PERTH - ADELAIDE - KANGAROO ISLAND
MELBOURNE - SYDNEY
Your journey of discovery begins in sunny Perth, Western Australia, a natural playground of pristine beaches and picturesque countryside, full of beautiful vineyards and sumptuous local produce. Having enjoyed the 3rd Test it's time to head to Kangaroo Island, South Australia and discover Australia's very own Galapagos Island which is rich in wildlife and impressive coastal scenery. Enjoy wine tasting in McLaren Vale as you return to Adelaide for the flight to Australia's culture, sport and shopping capital, Melbourne, venue for the Boxing Day Test. Enjoy a special Christmas lunch at the picturesque Point Restaurant, overlooking Albert Park Lake before its time to take your seat at the MCG. The excitement reaches a climax in Sydney where you will be in a prime location to enjoy the NYE fireworks as you dine, drink and dance the night away, overlooking the fabulous harbour. Sydney is full of iconic landmarks and attractions you can explore at your own pace before its time to head to Sydney Cricket Ground for the final Test.
Australia v England - Ashes Discovery
3rd Test Perth - 4th Test Melbourne - 5th Test Sydney
|Destination||Nights||Superior Hotel||1st Class / Deluxe Hotels||Cricket Tickets|
|PERTH||8||HOLIDAY INN Superior Room||HYATT REGENCY Standard Room||GOLD|
|ADELAIDE||1||HILTON ADELAIDE Deluxe Room||HILTON ADELAIDE Deluxe Room|
|KANGAROO ISLAND||2||AURORA OZONE Executive Sea View||AURORA OZONE Executive Sea View|
|MELBOURNE||8||CROWN PROMENADE Standard Room||GRAND HYATT Grand Room||GOLD|
|SYDNEY||10||AMORA JAMISON Deluxe Room||WESTIN SYDNEY Tower Superior Room||GOLD|
SUPERIOR HOTEL PRICE
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £10,585
Single Room Supplement £3,185
1st CLASS / DELUXE HOTEL PRICE
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £10,895
Single Room Supplement £3,475
> Prices are based on two of the world's most iconic airlines, Emirates & Qantas who have formed a global partnership. Together they operate 19 daily flights between the UK and Dubai with convenient onward connections to Australia. Other airlines are available if you have a preferred carrier - prices subject to seat availability at the time of booking.
> Premium Economy / Business Class upgrades on request - Get in early for the best upgrade deals!
Mon 11 December London / Dubai / Perth
Depart Heathrow on your overnight flight to Dubai with onward connection to Perth.
Tue 12 December Perth
Arrive Perth, clear customs and immigrations and then make your way to your chosen hotel. Tonight you are invited to our 'Welcome to Perth' drinks reception ahead of the 3rd Ashes Test.
Wed 13 December Perth
Perth is vibrant yet laid back and one of the most attractive cities in Australia. Located on the banks of the Swan River and surrounded by parks, gardens and pristine beaches, Perth boasts more sunshine hours than any other state capital. Tonight you are invited to the Official Cricket Australia Ashes function which is being held at the Pan Pacific Hotel from 5.00pm. The event lasts for 2 hours and includes entertainment, finger food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
|Thu 14 to Mon 18 December
3rd TEST PERTH AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, STADIUM TBC
Cricket Australia are hoping that the New Perth Stadium will be ready in time for the 3rd Test. If not then we will be returning to the WACA for one last time. Both stadium are easily reached via public transport. During the Test, join your tour host for a few drinks at our popular Q&A Cricket Forum.
Tue 19 December Perth
Explore Perth at your own pace. If the sun is shining, it might just be easier to head for the beach!
Wed 20 December Fly Perth to Adelaide
Transfer to Perth Airport for the flight to Adelaide. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are only in Adelaide for a night so make the most of your time and explore this delightful city.
Thu 21 December Fly to Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. The islands various habitats provide a haven for over 250 species of birds including the rare Glossy Black Cocatoo, as well as mammals including echidnas, bandicoots, wallabies and sea lions. The Islands wildlife park will allow you to get up close and personal to cuddly Koalas, Penguins, Kangaroos and Wallabies. Visits to Seal Bay, Flinders Chase National Park, Stokes Bay Beach and Bay of Shoals Winery are all included during your stay as are lunch and dinner.
Sat 23 December Kangaroo Island - McLaren Vale - Fly to Melbourne
Following breakfast, transfer by ferry to the mainland (approx.45 minutes). On arrival at Cape Jervis, we travel north to McLaren Vale, the internationally acclaimed wine district. Enjoy lunch at Woodstock Winery where you will sample a regional platter of local produce. After lunch we stop for a wine tasting at one of the local wineries before driving to Adelaide airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.
Sun 24 December Melbourne
Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Melbourne, renowned as being Australia's most stylish and innovative city. Melbourne will show you a good time with its 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 some fabulous bars and restaurants.
Mon 25 December Christmas Day in Melbourne
A lazy start to the day before you are collected and driven down St Kilda Road to Albert Park for a special Christmas Lunch. Our celebration will take place at the picturesque Point Restaurant, overlooking Albert Park Lake. Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbles on the terrace before enjoying a great Christmas buffet. Return transfers are included.
|Tue 26 to Sat 30 December
4th TEST MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, THE MCG
Cricket Australia are hoping to see a massive crowd for the Boxing Day start to the 4th Test at the mighty MCG. The stadium is easily reached on foot or via the excellent tram network. During the Test, join your tour host for a few drinks at our popular Q&A Cricket Forum.
On the second morning of the Test you are invited to the Official Cricket Australia Test Match Breakfast which is being held at Crown Palladium from 7.30am. The event lasts for 2 hours and includes entertainment, hot & cold breakfast items, tea, coffee and juice.
Sun 31 December Fly to Sydney
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel where you will have plenty of time to unpack and prepare for tonight's New Year's Celebrations. Sydney is a stunning city that will quite simply take your breath away. There’s the picturesque harbour, majestic Opera House and magnificent Harbour Bridge for starters. Away from the city you’ll discover great beaches, the majestic Blue Mountains and a host of great wineries in the Hunter Valley.
New Years Eve Celebration
Tonight we have arranged a great introduction to the city with a wonderful New Years Eve Celebration dinner overlooking the harbour. Join your tour host and fellow travellers in our prime location and enjoy free flowing drinks and a sumptuous 5 course dinner as you welcome in the New Year - Sydney Style! The famous Sydney Harbour firework display will be the highlight of a truly memorable evening. Round trip transfers are included.
Mon 1 January Sydney
Time to get over the night before...you’ll probably need it! For those up early, make the most of today and visit some of Sydney’s famous sights and attractions.
Tue 2 - Wed 3 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. Alternatively you might want to break free of the city and head to find a waterside restaurant and watch the world go by.
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 / second hour will be a cash bar)
|Thu 4 to Mon 8 January
5th TEST SYDNEY AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, THE SCG
The SCG is the regular home for the New Year's Test and is just 5 miles from the famous sights of Sydney Harbour. Daily transfers will be provided from our featured hotels and the social calendar for the week includes our final Q&A Forum of the series.
Tue 9 January Sydney
Enjoy a final day visiting the sights or browsing through the numerous shops for some last minute presents. If you have yet to cruise the harbour, we recommend the regular Manly Ferry which will take you across the harbour to Manly where you can spend the day soaking up the sun on Manly Beach.
Wed 10 January Sydney / Dubai / London
Time to prepare for your journey home. Check out as normal and leave your bags with the hotel until you are ready to make your way to the airport. Board your flight to Dubai with connecting service to London Heathrow, arriving the following day.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
* Economy International flights - Emirates/Qantas
* Domestic flights in Australia - economy class
* Superior or First Class/Deluxe Hotels
* Daily Breakfast
* Kangaroo Island Experience
* Christmas Lunch in Melbourne
* New Years Eve Dinner in Sydney
* Official Ashes Functions in each Test city
* Official GOLD Category match tickets
* Cricket transfers in Sydney
* Cricket Celebrity Host
* Local tour manager
* Hosted social events
* Transfers to/from domestic flights
* Ashes tour merchandise
* Australian Visa
* ATOL Protection
All meals other than breakfast, airport transfers to/from international flights, travel insurance, pre-seating charges applied by airlines, excess luggage costs and items of a personal nature.
|11 Dec 17||Heathrow / Dubai||13.40/00.40|
|12 Dec 17||Dubai / Perth||03.00/17.35|
|10 Jan 18||Melbourne / Dubai||21.45/05.15|
|11 Jan 18||Dubai / Heathrow||07.45/11.40|
Hand Picked Hotels
All hotels featured in our escorted tours have been carefully selected (following our visit in November 2016) 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.
Holiday Inn City Centre, Perth
Holiday Inn Perth® City Centre is a stylishly appointed Perth hotel. Situated in a great location in the heart of the CBD, the hotel is renowned for its outstanding service and accessibility to everything the city has to offer. Explore Perth’s best attractions, including Elizabeth Quay, The Bell Tower and Barrack Street Jetty, all within a short 10 minutes walk. Affording a contemporary and modern feel, the hotel boasts a lively signature restaurant, Ivy & Jack, which offers a unique dining and bar experience. Choose from an extensive selection of premium quality wine and beer, plus fun and innovative cocktails.
Crown Promenade, Melbourne
Crown Promenade Melbourne is a fresh, modern and stylish hotel located within the vibrant Southbank precinct and directly linked by airbridge to the Crown Entertainment Complex which hosts a wide selection of shops and restaurants. The hotel features ‘The Deck’ an extensive leisure club with infinity swimming pool offering great views of the city. Mesh Restaurant and Tonic Bar are popular dining and drinking venues. Standard rooms have a contemporary design, are well equipped and feature floor to ceiling windows.
Amora Jamison, Sydney
The Amora Hotel Jamison is located in the heart of the city, just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks. It is a 15-minute walk from Darling Harbour. The city’s best shopping, dining and nightlife are on the hotel’s doorstep. This contemporary hotel boasts excellent facilities including two restaurants, a cocktail bar, indoor pool, gym, spa, sauna and free WIFI. Rooms were completely refurbished in 2015 and are sleek, modern and a good size and feature the latest in-room entertainment options including internet access. The spacious and ultra-modern bathrooms offer separate bath and shower facilities.
FIRST CLASS-DELUXE HOTELS
Hyatt Regency, Perth
This is a luxury hotel based close to St Georges Terrace, Murray Street and the WACA.The hotel welcomes you in an impressive lobby and features a good sized outdoor heated pool with sun terrace, fitness centre and sauna, tennis court, free WIFI and a free city shuttle bus each weekday morning. Dining options feature a restaurant serving a sumptuous array of dishes from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as a casual dining area designed in the style of a European coffee terrace. The contemporary styled rooms overlook the city or river, are a good size and designed to give you a restful nights sleep.
Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne continues to be recognized as a Melbourne icon. Located on Collins Street in the bustling city centre, this luxurious hotel provides a great experience for guests. The hotels signature restaurant, Collins Kitchen, features an expansive open kitchen serving multiple food concepts, including Deli, Sushi, Grill, Wok, Wood-Fired Oven and Patisserie. The bar, ru-co also features an outdoor courtyard and an exclusive area for guests. The hotel houses City Club – Australia's largest hotel gym and has an indoor heated pool. The luxurious guestrooms include custom-made beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, and Egyptian cotton linen. There is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
The Westin, Sydney
The award winning Westin Sydney delivers a true 5 star experience. Modern facilities coupled with the history of the old Post office building makes for a magical stay. The hotel enjoys a wonderful, central location making the whole of Sydney easily accessible. The Tower rooms offer floor to ceiling windows, spacious bathrooms and Westin Heavenly beds. Mosaic, the Westin's signature restaurant, could be viewed as one of Sydney's most unique due to its sophisticated setting in an elevated position within the atrium offering a light-filled dining experience during the day and lends to a romantic atmoshpere in the evening with the moonlight illuminating the beautiful sandstone heritage wing.
Overlooking Victoria Square, the Hilton Adelaide hotel is located at the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts. The Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street - Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destinations are just minutes from the hotel. Catch the free city tram from outside the hotel to North Terrace (5 mins) and then walk across the footbridge to Adelaide Oval. Coal Cellar + Grill highlights the best of South Australia’s produce using a variety of cooking methods including the feature charcoal grill and rotisserie, while the Lobby Lounge and Collins Bar are ideal for unwinding with a refreshing beer or glass of wine. There is a tennis court, fitness center and outdoor heated pool. Every room offers delightful views of the Adelaide Hills or towards the Bay and are well equipped with newly refurbished bathrooms.
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
Aurora Ozone Hotel is just 10 minutes' drive from Kingscote Airport and is located close to the Islands Dive Adventure and Pelican Feeding Centre. A popular touring hotel, the Auroa offers guests a warm and welcoming stay in modern, contemporary rooms. The Bistro style restaurant features an extensive menu made up of local produce and fresh seafood. It is accompanied by Kangaroo Island's finest wines as well as spectacular views over the Nepean Bay..There is a lounge/bar, an outdoor pool, fitness center, laundry and free WiFi in public areas and guest rooms. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés surrounding the hotel.
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 the availability of the tour.
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 travellers passports as soon as possible so we can arrange your Australian visa.