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Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series 2013/14
The Opal Tour
- Melbourne & Sydney Test

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The Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test Matches in Melbourne and Sydney, including Christmas in Melbourne and New Year's Eve in Sydney.

22nd December 2013 - 9th January 2014

From £4,249 per person

Tour package includes:

15 nights accommodation in Melbourne and Sydney.
Return, international, one-stop economy flights
from the UK. Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades may be available.
All domestic flights throughout Australia.
Guaranteed official five-day tickets for each Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test Match.
Air-conditioned coach transfers between airports and hotels.
Air-conditioned match-day coach transfers between the Grace Hotel/Four Points and the Sydney Cricket Ground (Blue Tours only).
Full services of Howzat Travel tour managers.
Tour welcome drink and farewell dinner.
Howzat Travel lightweight tour polo shirt.
Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day
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Tour Itinerary

Tuesday 24th December - Christmas Eve
Arrive at Melbourne International Airport where you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to your hotel to check in. We will request early check-in for our guests, but it will not be guaranteed by the hotel. If you wish to pay for your room for the night of 23rd December to guarantee it is ready for you on your arrival, please let us know at time of booking.

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day
A day at leisure.

Melbourne on Christmas Day can only mean one thing... join your Tour Managers and fellow Howzat Travellers at one of our favourite restaurants in town for a delicious Christmas Dinner.

Howzat Travel will make sure this is an extra-special Christmas you will remember for a long time. Enjoy some delectable food and drink, toast your friends and family back home and pull a Christmas cracker, whilst looking forward to the start of the fourth Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series Test Match starting tomorrow!

Thursday 26th - Monday 30th December
Each day after breakfast and at your convenience, walk to the MCG for the fourth Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series 2013/14 Test Match. After each day’s play, make your own way back to the hotel.

Tuesday 31st December
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Melbourne domestic airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, transfer to your hotel.

That evening, enjoy Sydney's legendary New Year's Eve celebrations.

Fancy a NYE harbour cruise or a meal on the waterfront?
Read more about our Sydney NYE options
here >

Wednesday 1st January
Days of leisure - or recovery! If you wish, you can explore Sydney and the surrounding area. Your Tour Manager will be able to assist you with any excursions you might like to do.

Thursday 2nd January
Days of leisure. Again, your Tour Manager will be able to assist you with any excursions you might like to do.

EXCLUSIVE!
Play cricket at the Bradman Oval, Bowral... or just spectate!

For Howzat Travellers in Sydney on 2nd January, we are delighted to offer you the exclusive chance to play at the legendary
Bradman Oval (www.bradman.com.au/bradman-oval).
We have places available - for players of any ability - for a fun Twenty20 game. Or you can simply come along and watch. Details of both packages are as follows...

Player Package - £100pp.
Includes transport, use of playing equipment, lunch, a match souvenir cap plus admission to the Bradman Museum admission. Umpires, match balls are provided.
(All you need to bring along are your whites.)

Spectator Package - £80pp.
Includes transport, lunch box for picnic at the ground, a souvenir plus admission to the Bradman Museum.

 

Friday 3rd - Tuesday 7th January
Each day after breakfast, head to the SCG for the fifth Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series 2013/14 Test Match. After each day’s play, head back to your hotel.

On the evening of Monday 6th January, join your fellow Howzat Travellers for the tour farewell dinner.

Wednesday 8th January
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Sydney International airport for your flight home.

 



Hotels

 

Howzat Blue

Bed & breakfast accommodation throughout, with daily match transfers in Sydney.

Melbourne - Novotel on Collins 4* or Crowne Plaza 4*
24th - 31st December (7 nights)
Hotel website > | Hotel website >

Sydney - Grace Hotel 4.5* or Four Points Darling Harbour 4*
31st December - 8th January (8 nights)
Hotel website > | Hotel website >

* Please note, we have now sold out of double rooms - for double or single occupancy - at the Grace Hotel, Sydney

 

Howzat Red

Accommodation on a 'room only' basis.

Melbourne - Travelodge Southbank 4*
24th - 31st December (7 nights)
Hotel website >

Sydney - Rendezvous Studio Hotel 4* or Novotel Central 4*
31st December - 8th January (8 nights)
Hotel website > | Hotel website >

 

All hotel ratings shown above are as per the hotel's website (where available) or as shown on TripAdvisor. Howzat Travel accepts no responsibility for hotel ratings.



Match Tickets

Howzat Blue

Howzat Blue tours come with Silver category Five-Day Test Match tickets as standard.

Melbourne - Silver (Level 3, Southern Stand, Behind the Bowlers Arm to Slips)
Sydney - Silver (In front of Brewongle Stand, Slips to Gully)

Upgrades are available - please contact us to discuss.


Howzat Red

Howzat Red tours come with the following Five-Day Test Match ticket categories as standard. These tickets have been selected by the Howzat Travel team as the best value options for customers who have budget in mind.

Melbourne - General Reserve (Level 1, Southern Stand, Gully to Square of the wicket)
Sydney - General Reserve (In front of OReilly Stand, square of the wicket)

Upgrades are available - please contact us to discuss.

 



International Flights

For this tour, we are offering a choice of international flights, either via Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong.

These flights all depart the UK on the evening of Sunday 22nd December and arrive into Melbourne International Airport on the morning of Tuesday 24th December.

Tour prices quoted below include economy flights from London. Regional departures may incur a surcharge.

Please contact us for specific timings, regional departures and any upgrade options.

 


 

Tour Price & Details

Howzat Blue
Just £4,949 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £1,350*

Howzat Red
Just £4,249 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £1,075*

 

* If you are a single traveller and are happy to share a room to avoid paying the single supplement charge, there is a very good chance we can pair you up with another traveller. Please let us know if you wish to explore this option - the sooner we know, the better chance we have of finding you a room sharer.

 


Not included:

Any meals except those specified in the itinerary.
Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities.
Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times.
Individual’s travel insurance.

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Didn't find exactly what you were looking for?

If you do not find exactly what you are looking for within our set packages, then please let us know, as we are very flexible in organising tailor-made packages to suit your exact requirements.

If you have travelled to Australia before and wish to explore alternative options between Test matches, simply contact us to let us know what you'd prefer to do instead. We will then build an itinerary to your exact requirements.

 



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Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator for the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series 2013/14 (CATO Licence Number - CATO1314/050).

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NB: Howzat Travel reserves the right to make alterations to any aspect of the itinerary, including accommodation stated. Equivalent alternatives will be provided if this is the case.

 

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