ASHES TRIPLE HEADER
BRISBANE - HAMILTON ISLAND - ADELAIDE
SYDNEY - PERTH
Travel from coast to coast as you watch the first three Tests of the series at the Gabba, Adelaide Oval (venue for the first ever 'Day/Night' Ashes Test) and Perth. Explore sunny Brisbane on the banks of the Brisbane River before flying to Hamilton Island where you will experience the Great Barrier Reef on our full day cruise . The cricket continues in welcoming and picturesque Adelaide where we have also planned a memorable day in the Barossa Valley, sampling some of South Australia's finest wines. No trip to Australia would be complete without a visit to Sydney, Australia's famous harbour city, where you'll have plenty of time to explore, as well as enjoy a lunchtime cruise that will take in many of the city's iconic sites. The final stop on your epic adventure is sun drenched Perth, Western Australia's laid back capital, a real natural playground of pristine beaches and glorious countryside and the venue for the third Test
Australia v England - Ashes Triple Header
1st Test Brisbane, 2nd Test Adelaide & 3rd Test Perth
|Destination||Nights||Superior Hotel||1st Class / Deluxe Hotels||Cricket Tickets|
Run of House
|SOFITEL BRISBANE Superior Room||GOLD|
|HAMILTON ISLAND||3||REEF VIEW Garden View Room||REEF VIEW Garden View Room|
|ADELAIDE||7||HILTON ADELAIDE Deluxe Room||MAYFAIR HOTEL Deluxe Room||GOLD|
|SYDNEY||4||THE GRACE HOTEL Superior Room||THE GRACE HOTEL Superior Room|
|PERTH||7||HOLIDAY INN Superior Room||HYATT REGENCY Standard Room||PLATINUM|
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £9,595
Single Room Supplement £2,945
1st CLASS / DELUXE HOTELS
Price per person sharing a twin / double room £10,055
Single Room Supplement £3,365
> 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 travellers.
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
Time to experience the unforgettable Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef 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.
Fri 01 December Fly to Adelaide
You will be transferred to your local airport for the flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide 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. Spend an enjoyable day visiting beautiful villages and wine estates as you sample some of the regions top wines and enjoy a lovely local lunch along the way.
Fri 08 December Fly to Sydney
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 or relax at a nearby beach. We have included a Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour during your stay and if time allows would recommend you consider an optional day trip to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley. With some excellent shopping and a mouth watering restaurant and bar scene, Sydney is sure to impress!
Sun 10 December Sydney Harbour Cruise
Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby at midday and walk to Circular Quay. No visit to Sydney is complete without a harbour cruise so enjoy this special Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise which combines million dollar views with spectacular dining. After the cruise you will be escorted back to your hotel or you may prefer to visit the nearby Rocks Area or Sydney Opera House.
Tue 12 December Fly to Perth
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for the flight to Perth. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. 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 our 'Welcome to Perth' drinks reception with your tour host and fellow travellers.
Wed 13 December Perth
Enjoy a lazy day relaxing at your hotel or head to one of Perths wonderful beaches. 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, THE WACA
This will be the last hurrah for an Ashes Test at the WACA as the new Perth stadium will host all future series. The WACA is easily reached via public transport or is a leisurely walk when combined with a coffee/beer break along the way. During the Test, join your tour host for a few drinks at our popular Q&A Cricket Forum.
Tue 19 December Perth / 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
* Hamilton Island & Barrier Reef Cruise
* Sydney Experience
* Barossa Valley Wine Tour
* Official Ashes Functions in each Test city
* GOLD match tickets Brisbane & Adelaide
* PLATINUM match tickets Perth
* 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|
|19 Dec 17||Perth / Dubai||22.20-05.25|
|20 Dec 17||Dubai / Heathrow||09.40-13.50|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 travellers passports as soon as possible so we can arrange your Australian visa.