SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - BRISBANE
Seeing the New Year in with a bang is a true highlight of any Ashes holiday and our terrific New Years Eve venue overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour, promises to be a memorable evening. Spend several days exploring seductive Sydney before its time to watch England play the final Test of the series at Sydney Cricket Ground. The One Day Series now bursts into life and we are following the first two matches of the series in Melbourne & Brisbane. Cosmopolitan Melbourne is a vibrant hub of style, sport, culture and dining where you can wander the parks and leafy boulevards by day and then dance till dawn. Sunny Brisbane will show you a good time as you enjoy first class food and drink and some great visitor attractions including the Sunshine & Gold Coasts and the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands which are only a 90 minute flight away.
Australia v England - Ashes Combo
5th Test Sydney, 1st ODI Melbourne, 2nd ODI Brisbane
|Destination||Nights||1st Class / Deluxe Hotels||Ticket Category|
|SYDNEY||11||AMORA JAMISON Deluxe Room||GOLD|
|MELBOURNE||5||LANGHAM MELBOURNE Superior Room||GOLD|
|BRISBANE||4||STAMFORD PLAZA Superior Room||GOLD|
1st CLASS / DELUXE HOTEL PRICE
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £6,955
Single Room Supplement £2,485
> Prices are based on Cathay Pacific flights via Hong Kong. Other airlines are available and will be quoted when they offer more competitive fares. All tour prices are subject to seat availability at the time of booking.
> Premium Economy / Business Class upgrades are available on request.
Fri 29 December London / Hong Kong / Sydney
Depart Heathrow on your flight to Hong Kong, with onward connection to Sydney
Sun 31 December Sydney
Arrive Sydney mid-morning, clear customs and immigrations and then make your way to your chosen hotel. You will have time to unpack and prepare for tonights festivities but you will definitely be 'hitting the streets running' on your first night in Sydney. Welcome in the New Year at the Taronga Centre, one of Sydney’s most unique venues boasting breathtaking views over Sydney Harbour. Located within the grounds of Sydney’s world famous Taronga Zoo and offering unparalleled views of iconic Sydney landmarks such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower, Fort Denison and Circular Quay…perfect for an Australian New Year’s celebration! New Years celebrations include a five course dinner, drinks, dancing and coach transfers.
Mon 01 January Sydney
Time to get over the night before and enjoy a relaxing day in this famous harbourside city.
Tue 02 - Wed 03 January Sydney
Two full days for some serious sightseeing. Sydney is Australia's oldest, largest and liveliest city and almost bursts at the seams with iconic attractions. Away from the city there are a host of other experiences for you to discover including stunning beaches, the glorious wine estates of the Hunter Valley and the rugged beauty of the Blue Mountains.
On Wednesday evening you are invited to the Official Cricket Australia Ashes function which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour from 5.00pm. The event lasts for 2 hours and includes entertainment, finger food, beer, wine and soft drinks (first hour free / second hour will be a cash bar).
|Thu 04 to Mon 08 January
5th TEST SYDNEY AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, THE SCG
Sydney Cricket Ground in 5 miles from the famous sights of the city so we will provide daily return transfers from your hotel to the ground. During the Test, join your tour host on Sydney Harbour for a few drinks at our popular Q&A Cricket Forum.
Tue 09 to Wed 10 January Sydney
Two days to hit Sydney's shops or stunning beaches or perhaps book a full day tour to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley Wine Estates.
Thu 11 January Fly to Melbourne
After breakfast it's time to preapre for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne, transfer to your hotel.
Fri 12 to Sat 13 January Melbourne
Enjoy a relaxing few days exploring Melbourne, renowned as being Australia's most stylish and innovative city. Melbourne boasts a rich mix of theatres, festivals, art, sport, music and fine food. Easy to explore on foot or by the free city tram, try to include a visit to Queen Victoria Market, the Eureka Skydeck, wander along Southbank and discover many fabulous bars and restaurants.
|Sun 14 January
1st ODI MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, THE MCG
Cricket Australia are hoping to see a massive crowd at the MCG so prepare for a truly unique cricketing atmosphere. The stadium is easily reached on foot or via the excellent tram network.
Tue 16 January Fly to Brisbane
Following breakfast it's time to prepare for your flight to Brisbane. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Enjoy the Sunshine State of Queensland where the capital Brisbane offers a vibrant city scene on the banks of the Brisbane River.
Wed 17 - Thu 18 January Brisbane
Brisbane is a great city to explore on foot so take to the streets and enjoy Queen Street Mall, the Botanic Gardens and South Bank with its markets, landscaped gardens and swimming lagoon, before finding a bar overlooking the river for a cooling drink.
|Fri 19 January
2nd ODI BRISBANE AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, THE GABA
The stadium is easily reached via public transport that operates from the city centre.
Sat 20 January Brisbane / Hong Kong / London
Time to prepare for your journey home which departs early hours of Sunday (21 Jan) morning. Check out as normal and leave your bags with the hotel until you are ready to make your way to the airport. Make you way to the airport late evening, ready to complete check in formalities for your flight to London Heathrow.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
* Cathay Pacific International flights - economy
* Domestic flights in Australia - economy
* First Class Hotels
* Daily Breakfast
* Official GOLD Category match tickets
* Celebrity Cricket Host
* New Years Eve Dinner Overlooking Sydney Harbour
* Official Ashes functions in Sydney
* Half day tours of Melbourne & Brisbane
* Local tour manager
* Hosted social events
* Ashes tour merchandise
* Australian Visa
* ATOL Protection
All meals except breakfast, airport transfers from/to international flights, travel Insurance, pre-seating charges applied by airlines,.excess luggage costs and items of a personal nature.
|29 Dec 17||Heathrow / Hong Kong||22.05/17.45|
|30 Dec 17||Hong Kong / Sydney||21.25/09.45|
|11 Jan 18||Sydney / Melbourne||12.00/13.35|
|16 Jan 18||Melbourne / Brisbane||12.00/13.10|
|21 Jan 18||Brisbane / Hong Kong||00.45/07.25|
|21 Jan 18||Hong Kong / Heathrow||09.40/15.00|
Hand Picked Hotels
All hotels have been carefully selected to enhance your holiday experience. We have chosen a mix of excellent Superior and First Class-Deluxe Hotels to ensure your comfort and security. At the end of the day’s cricket or sightseeing, you’ll want to freshen up and relax in a hotel that makes you feel at home. That’s why we never skimp on quality and carefully select our hotels for their superior level of comfort and service, excellent amenities, friendly staff, convenience and safe location. Please read our hotel descriptions in conjunction with other tourist information for the areas you will be visiting.
Amora Jamison, Sydney
The award winning Amora Jamison in Sydney combines style, space and warmth. The hotel is just a short stroll from the main sights and features an art deco-inspired lobby with a collection of modern art. Hotel features include two restaurants and a cocktail bar, indoor heated pool, exercise room, steam room, spa and free WIFI. Deluxe rooms were fully renovated in 2015 and are sleek and luxurious and among the largest in the city. Offering a wide range of facilities, the bright, modern rooms offer a touch of luxury and overlook the city skyline or Jamison Street.
The Langham, Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s finest hotels.This 5 star deluxe hotel is located in one of the most enviable locations on the exclusive Southbank of the River Yarra. Surrounded by alfresco cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Adjacent to Federation Square and the Botanical Gardens and just a short stroll to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Inside the hotel has been classically designed with timeless elegance boasting a grand marble staircase, fountains and magnificent chandeliers. The hotels spa offers the ultimate in pampering with a conservatory swimming pool and extensive gymnasium.
Stamford Plaza, Brisbane
A recognisable landmark on the city’s skyline, this hotel is located between the banks of the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a choice of outstanding restaurants and a fitness centre. The hotel is a 5 minute drive from The Gabba Cricket Stadium making this a great option for the cricket. Luxurious marble bathrooms and flat-screen cable tv comes as standard in all the well sized rooms. The Brasserie On The River offers indoor and outdoor dining and is a popular choice with hotel guests.
Ashes Ticket Descriptions
As we purchase match tickets directly from CATO (Cricket Australia Travel Office) as part of a hotel & ticket package, all match tickets are fully guaranteed. Ticket prices have been included in our Escorted Tour packages and include a ticket to each day of the Test. For the avoidance of doubt, irrespective of the Ticket Category purchased, Day Five tickets in all instances will be a general admission ticket (i.e. a non reserved seat). Having visited all match venues, we have selected GOLD category tickets for our packages (except Perth where we have chosen the top category PLATINUM should the match take place at the WACA. If the Test is moved to the New Perth Stadium we will change our featured ticket category to Gold seating). Please note, no refund applies to unused tickets should a match finish early.
1ST TEST, THE GABBA - BRISBANE
2nd TEST, ADELAIDE OVAL
3rd TEST, THE WACA or NEW PERTH STADIUM - Venue to be confirmed
4th TEST, THE MCG - MELBOURNE
5th TEST, THE SCG, SYDNEY
In all instances Day 5 provides a General Admission Ticket.
How to book
When you have chosen the holiday you wish to book, please call our sales team on 01737 244398 to check availability.
To confirm your booking we need to collect a deposit payment equivalent to 25% of the total holiday price. When making holiday payments we encourage you to pay online by bank transfer or by debit card or personal cheque. We also accept credit card payments but they will incur a charge of 2% to cover bank charges.
A second interim payment of 25% is required by 25 April 2017 with the final balance due by 30 August 2017. The person signing the booking form will be treated as doing so on behalf of, and with the consent of, all the persons for whom the booking is made and is responsible for ensuring due payment of all monies. Please ensure you return your signed booking form, together with a copy of the photograph page of all passports as soon as possible so we can arrange your Australian visa.