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2017-18 Ashes Series in Australia

The Opal Tour
Melbourne and Sydney Test Matches

Two of the greatest experiences in world cricket are the Boxing Day test at the magnificent MCG and the final Ashes test in Sydney! A special Christmas lunch as well as the chance to experience the Sydney fireworks on New Year's Eve will top off a fantastic festive period... You just have to BE THERE!

Prices from £3,799pp
Dates: 22nd Dec 2017 - 10th Jan 2018

The Opal Tour package includes:

16 nights' accommodation in Melbourne and Sydney.
Guaranteed five-day passes for the Melbourne and Sydney Ashes Test Matches. Some include match transfers, see tour options for details.
Return, international, economy flights from the UK.
All domestic flights.
All airport transfers in air-conditioned transport. (Not included in 'White tours')
Services of Howzat Travel Tour Managers.
Tour welcome drink, Christmas lunch and farewell dinner. (Not included in 'White tours')
Access to Howzat Travel's famed special guest events.
Limited edition lightweight tour polo shirt and brimmed hat.

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Tour Itinerary

If you would like to add some sightseeing to the start of this tour then please see below for details.

To read more about our Pre Melbourne
sightseeing options, click here >

Fri 22nd Dec
Depart the UK on your international one-stop flight to Melbourne.

Sun 24th Dec - Christmas Eve
On arrival at Melbourne airport, you will be met by your Tour Manager and transferred to your hotel.

In the evening, you are invited to join your Tour Manager and the rest of your group for welcome drinks and an introduction to your tour. This will also be an ideal chance for you to meet your fellow Howzat Travellers.

Mon 25th Dec - Christmas Day
Join your Tour Managers and fellow Howzat Travellers for a Christmas lunch to remember! Enjoy some delectable food and drink, toast your friends and family back home, pull a Christmas cracker, and enjoy some big laughs with our special guest, whilst looking forward to the start of the Boxing Day Test Match tomorrow!

Tues 26th - Sat 30th Dec 4th Ashes Series Test Match
Each day after breakfast, join the fans' walk or transfer to the MCG for the fourth Ashes Test Match - the legendary Boxing Day test - between Australia and England. After each day's play, return to your hotel.

Sun 31st Dec - New Year's Eve
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, transfer to your hotel.

That evening, enjoy the famous New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney. Howzat Travel will have a range of NYE options, including harbour cruises and waterfront restaurants. Further details and pricing will be communicated in due course.

Mon 1st - Wed 3rd Jan
Days at leisure in Sydney. Explore the sights and sounds of of this iconic city or enjoy a range of day trips from the Blue Mountains to the Hunter Valley wineries. See our inspection page for other suggestions. Your Tour Manager and our local partners will be able to assist you with any activities you might like to do.

Thurs 4th - Mon 8th Jan 5th Ashes Series Test Match
Each day after breakfast, transfer/walk to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the fifth and final Ashes Test Match between Australia and England. After each day's play, return to your hotel.

On the evening of Sunday 7th, you are invited to join your Tour Managers and fellow travellers for a Howzat Travel tour farewell dinner!

Tues 9th Jan
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Sydney airport for your one-stop international flight back to the UK.

 



International Flights

For this tour, we are offering a choice of international flights, via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and a range of other destinations.

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

Tour prices quoted below include economy flights from London. Regional departures and/or some airlines may incur a surcharge.

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

 



The Opal Tour - Platinum
Hotels, Inclusions
& Price

*Limited Availability*

The Opal Tour Platinum package includes:

First-class hotels on a B&B basis throughout the tour.
Platinum match tickets. Upgrades to hospitality available click here for ticket information >
All match transfers in air-conditioned transport.
Full services of a Howzat Travel Tour Manager exclusively for the Platinum group.
Exclusive access to Howzat Travel special guests.


Melbourne - The Langham (Riverview room)
24th - 31st Dec (7 nights) - Hotel website >

Sydney - The Four Seasons
31st Dec - 9th Jan (9 nights) - Hotel website >

 

Platinum Tour - Match Ticket Information

Melbourne - Platinum ticket - Olympic / South Stand, Level 2, behind the bowlers arm to gully
Sydney - Platinum ticket - Victor Trumper Stand, behind the bowlers arm to slips

Hospitality - Cricket Club Dining
(SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

For Days 1-3 of the Test you’ll be guest of Cricket Australia in Official Hospitality. The Cricket Club is a sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. All guests in the Cricket Club receive:

• Excellent stadium seating with access to the Cricket Club throughout the game. Seating is exclusive to the Cricket Club in Brisbane and Sydney. Other venues are either in the public seating or Members Enclosure, dependent on the facility.
• Entertaining guest appearance
• Dedicated reception offering an all-day concierge service
• During the main break you will be escorted to a reserved table for a sit down meal.
• Beverages, including premium wine and beer, soft drinks, espresso coffee and tea served throughout the day.
• You will have access to the Lounge throughout the day.

On Day 4 you will receive Platinum seating and, as with all match modules, Day 5 tickets are general admission.

Melbourne - Upgrade to Cricket Club Dining for £950
Sydney - Upgrade to Cricket Club Dining for £930

 

The Opal Tour - Platinum Price
£7,699 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £2,480

 

 



The Opal Tour - Blue
Hotels, Inclusions
& Price

The Opal Tour Blue package includes:

Luxury hotels on a B&B basis throughout the tour.
Superior match tickets. Upgrades available, see below for information.
Match transfers in Sydney in air-conditioned transport.
Full services of Howzat Travel Tour Managers.

 

Melbourne - Pullman on the Park
24th - 31st Dec (7 nights) - Hotel website >

Sydney - The Grace
31st Dec - 9th Jan (9 nights) - Hotel website >

 

Blue Tour - Match Ticket Information

Melbourne - Gold Ticket - Olympic / Southern Stand, Level 2, gully to point
Sydney - Gold Ticket - Victor Trumper Stand, slips to gully

 

The Opal Tour - Blue Price
£5,999 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £1,720

 

 

The Opal Tour - Red
Hotles, Inclusions
& Price

The Opal Tour Red package includes:

Quality hotels on a room-only basis throughout the tour.
Silver match tickets. Upgrades available, see below for information.
Full services of Howzat Travel Tour Managers.

 

Melbourne - Clarion Suites Gateway
24th - 31st Dec (7 nights) - Hotel website >

Sydney - Rydges Sydney Central
31st Dec - 9th Jan (9 nights) - Hotel website

 

Red Tour - Match Ticket Information

Melbourne - Silver Ticket - Southern Stand, Level 3, behind the bowlers arm to slips
Sydney - Silver Ticket - Churchill/Brewongle Stands, Lower, slips to gully

 

The Opal Tour - Red Price
£4,999 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £1,450

 

 



The Opal Tour - White
Hotels, Inclusions
& Price

The Opal Tour White package includes:

Great value, good hotels on a room-only basis throughout the tour.
Official match tickets, see below for information.
Access to Howzat Travel Tour Managers.

 

Melbourne - Mercure Welcome
24th - 31st Dec (7 nights) - Hotel website >

Sydney - Metro Hotel Marlow
31st Dec - 9th Jan (9 nights) - Hotel website >

 

White Tour - Match Ticket Information

Melbourne - Reserved Seat - Southern Stand, Level 1, gully to square of the wicket
Sydney - Reserved Seat - In front of O'Reilly Stand, square of the wicket

 

The Opal Tour - White Price
£3,799 per person, based on two people sharing.
Single supplement available for £1,240

 

 


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

 



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 before, after or between the Tests, ODIs & T20s, 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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Our ATOL number is ATOL 9498.

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Click the links below to jump to a specific page:

2017-18 Ashes Series hub page

Tours

The Walkabout Tour (All Five Tests)
The Boomerang Tour (Brisbane & Adelaide Tests)
The Kookaburra Tour (Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Billabong Tour (Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Flinders Tour (Perth, Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Opal Tour (Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Sydney New Year Tour (New Year's Eve & Sydney Test)

Sightseeing

Sightseeing Options - Post Adelaide, Pre Perth
Sightseeing Options - Post Perth, Pre Melbourne

Bookings Page & T&Cs

2017-18 Ashes Series Bookings Page
2017-18 Ashes Series Terms & Conditions

Or, if you fancy ODI cricket...

The One Day Walkabout Tour

 

 

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.

 


 

And... while you are deciding which tour to book, why not read the tour diaries from our previous cricket tours to the Ashes:

Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, 2013-14 >

KFC Twenty20 Internationals and Commonwealth Bank Series, Australia 2011 >

Vodafone Ashes Series, Australia 2010-11 >

Ashes Tour Australia 2006-07 >

 

 

Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

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The Opal Tour - Jump to...
Tour Itinerary
International Flights
Tour Information and pricing
>> Platinum (from £7,699)
>> Blue Tour (from £5,999)
>> Red Tour (from £4,999)
>> White Tour (from £3,799)

Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia 
Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator 
for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia
Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator
for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
Licence Number - CATO1718/050.


MCG, Melbourne


The Langham, Melbourne


Pullman on the Park, Melbourne


Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne


Mercure Welcome, Melbourne


Phillip Island Penguins, Melbourne


Sydney Cricket Ground


Four Seasons, Sydney


The Grace, Sydney


Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney


Metro Hotel Marlow, Sydney


Bridge Climb, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


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