BRISBANE - HAMILTON ISLAND or SYDNEY - ADELAIDE
Watch the first two Tests at the Gabba and Adelaide Oval - venue for the first ever 'Day/Night' Ashes Test. Enjoy the Sunshine State of Queensland where the capital Brisbane offers a vibrant city scene on the banks of the Brisbane River. Between the Tests head to the Whitsunday Islands and experience a magical cruise to the Great Barrier Reef as well as some relaxation on Hamilton Island. Alternatively fly to Australia's stunning harbour city Sydney, which is full of iconic sights, wonderful cuisine and great beaches. Adelaide is the final stop on your Ashes adventure, a welcoming and pretty city, surrounded by world renowned wine regions and home to one of the most picturesque venues in world cricket, the Adelaide Oval.
Australia v England - Ashes Medley
1st Test Brisbane & 2nd Test Adelaide
|Destination||Nights||Superior Hotels||1st Class / Deluxe Hotels||Cricket Tickets|
Run of House
|SOFITEL BRISBANE Superior Room||GOLD|
HAMILTON ISLAND or
REEF VIEW or
REEF VIEW or
|ADELAIDE||7||HILTON ADELAIDE Deluxe Room||MAYFAIR HOTEL Deluxe Room||GOLD|
SUPERIOR HOTELS + SYDNEY
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £6,145
Single Room Supplement £1.975
1st CLASS / DELUXE HOTELS + SYDNEY
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £6,559
Single Room Supplement £2,195
SUPERIOR HOTELS + GREAT BARRIER REEF
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £6,845
Single Room Supplement £1,965
1st CLASS / DELUXE HOTELS + GREAT BARRIER REEF
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £7,255
Single Room Supplement £2,185
> Prices are based on Emirates/Qantas flights via Dubai and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
> Premium Economy / Business Class upgrades available on request - Get in early for the best deals!
Sun 19 November London / Dubai / Brisbane
Depart Heathrow on your overnight flight to Dubai with onward connection to Brisbane..
Tue 21 November Brisbane
Arrive Brisbane, clear customs and immigrations and then make your way to your chosen hotel. Rooms are booked for immediate occupancy.Time to acclimatize ahead of tonight's 'Welcome to Brisbane' drinks reception when you will meet your tour escort, cricket host and fellow travelers.
Wed 22 November 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. Tonight you are invited to the Official Cricket Australia Ashes function which is being held at Stamford Plaza Hotel from 5.00pm. The event lasts for 2 hours and includes entertainment, finger food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
|Thu 23 to Mon 27 November
1st TEST BRISBANE AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, The GABBA
Return transfers will be provided to the stadium. During the week enjoy our popular Q&A Cricket Forum where you can ask your host their thoughts about the current series as well as any questions you have about their playing days. .
Tue 28 - Thu 30 November Fly to Hamilton Island or Sydney
Time to choose between our two great touring experiences between the 1st & 2nd Tests.
HAMILTON ISLAND - Whitsunday Coast
Queensland's coast is home to a collection of islands that host many beautiful beaches and remarkably rich habitats. During your stay we have included a full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef which will be the real highlight of your stay. Hamilton Island boasts a wealth of activities including day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, golf and food and wine experiences.
Sydney is a fascinating city that will take your breath away. Instantly recognizable from land and water, Sydney's iconic sights are an architectural delight. Discover the historic Rocks area and the buzz of Darling Harbour, stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens and relax at a nearby beach. We have included a Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour during your stay. Add to this some excellent shopping and a mouth watering restaurant and bar scene and Sydney will show you a good time!
Fri 01 December Fly to Adelaide
You will be transferred to your local airport for the flight to Adelaide. Arrive Adelaide where you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Adelaide offers a welcoming Mediterranean climate, cafe-lined streets, leafy parklands, colonial architecture, fine wineries and a wide choice of quality restaurants. A small city, Adelaide is easy to explore and you will soon feel at home. Tonight you are invited to our 'Welcome to Adelaide' drinks reception ahead of the first ever, day-night Ashes Test Match.
|Sat 02 to Wed 06 December
2nd TEST ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, ADELAIDE OVAL
Adelaide Oval is easily reached by foot or on the free city tram. During the Test, join your tour host for a few drinks at our popular Q&A Cricket Forum.
On the first morning of the Test you are invited to the Official Cricket Australia Ashes function which is being held at Adelaide Convention Centre from 11.00am. The event lasts for 2 hours and includes entertainment, 2 course lunch, beer, wine and soft drinks.
Thu 07 December Barossa Valley Wine Tour
Just an hour from Adelaide is the picturesque Barossa Valley, Australia's most renowned wine growing region. What better way to spend your final day in Australia than visiting the beautiful villages and wine estates of the Barossa Valley as you sample some of the regions top wines and enjoy a lovely local lunch.
Fri 08 December Adelaide / 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 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
* Hamilton Island or Sydney Touring
* Barossa Valley Wine Tour
* Official Ashes Functions - Brisbane & Adelaide
* Official GOLD Category match tickets
* Cricket transfers in Brisbane
* Cricket Celebrity Host - Bob Taylor
* 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.
|19 Nov 17||Heathrow / Dubai||22.00-08.45|
|20 Nov 17||Dubai / Brisbane||10.25-06.40|
|08 Dec 17||Adelaide / Dubai||22.35-05.15|
|09 Dec 17||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.
NEXT Hotel, Brisbane
NEXT Hotel Brisbane is an exciting new hotel located right in the middle of Queen Street mall, with shopping, restaurants and bars right on your door step. There's an upscale restaurant and a lobby bar, plus a rooftop pool with a poolside bar/lounge. The modern guest rooms come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and minibars (offering some free items), espresso machine and room service. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. The unique 'In Transit' zone caters for early arrivals and late departures and is a nice touch.
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. Other facilities include 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.
FIRST CLASS-DELUXE HOTELS
Sofitel Central, Brisbane
Located above Central Station in the heart of Brisbane, this modern and refined hotel is within walking distance of the city centre, Eagle Street Pier and South Bank Parklands. This luxury hotel offers many excellent features including a choice of delicious restaurants and bars, a heated pool and spa, gym and well equipped rooms that blend elegance with artistic Parisian decor and offer the finest luxury amenities. A stay at the Sofitel offers a relaxing experience, excellent service and elegant style all in the heart of the city.
Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
Located in the heart of Adelaide and overlooking Rundle Mall, the luxurious Mayfair Hotel is set within a heritage-listed and beautifully renovated building, just 200 yards from the Art Gallery of South Australia and about a 10 minute walk from Adelaide Oval and Parliament House. Adelaide Airport is 4 miles away. The hotel offers free WiFi, a lovely restaurant and lounge bar and a great roof top bar with outdoor terrace. All rooms offer stylish decor and a wide range of facilities including a 55-inch flat-screen TV and luxury bathroom with walk-in shower.
Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island
Set back from sandy Catseye Beach, Reef View offers a lounge and Poolside Terrace restaurant. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and complimentary use of catamarans, wind surfers, paddle skis, snorkeling equipment, tennis and squash courts, fitness room and sauna. Spacious, well-appointed rooms, all with private balconies, overlook either the tropical landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. All rooms have outdoor furniture so you can experience the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The hotel is close to an array of local restaurants and bars, and it also offers a selection of complimentary non-motorised watersports.
The Grace Hotel, Sydney
Built by the Grace Brothers in the 1920s as a showpiece to their successful retail business. Today it has been beautifully restored to its former glory making it a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture with contrasting Art Deco interior. Centrally located near Darling Harbour, the Grace Hotel is a 4-star property within walking distance of many of Sydney's famous sights and landmarks. There are 382 rooms, each with air conditioning, a minibar, in-room safe and ironing facilities. The hotel has two restaurants and two bars offering a range of buffet and a la carte options. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and health club and their is free WIFI.
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 passports as soon as possible so we can arrange your Australian visa.