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Over 1,000 testimonials from members of the Howzat Travel family

This is our favourite page on our website! Here you will find the words and thoughts of Howzat Travellers from every tour we have ever hosted. Have you travelled on one of our tours? If so, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Please email any comments, suggestions or pictures of you and your fellow Howzat Travellers to info@howzattravel.co.uk. If any you would like original copies of any of the photographs shown on this page, just email us to ask. Plus, don’t forget to check out the dozens of tour diaries that can be found on the Tour Reviews & Photos area of our website.

Testimonials from our latest tour

2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series

“Howzat Travel provided a high-quality experience for all travellers. The recommendation to travel with Howzat was certainly borne out. The information provided before travelling was very good with a very helpful and knowledgeable staff at the end of the phone. Nothing was too much trouble. Arrangements for travel were detailed and worked very well. The trip was very enjoyable with good hotels, friendly effective reps and good company. Pity about the cricket!”
Jeff Hooper

 

“Following our first Ashes tour with Howzat in 2013, this time we did the Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth tests and once again it was a wonderful experience. Each test had periods where the cricket was competitive and enjoyable from an England perspective and we witnessed history with the first day-night test and the final WACA test. And between the cricket we loved the fantastic trips to iconic places in Australia – the Great Barrier Reef, Barossa Wine Valley and Uluru.
As we have always found, Howzat delivered a first-class service with everything always in place as you would want. The main “team” of Ian, Steve, Carl and Charlie all contributed throughout with particularly helpful flight advice and arranging a bespoke element to our trip between the first two tests. In addition, the match tickets selected were excellent. And the “on the ground” Tour Managers Karen, Helen, Stephen and Gordon provided great ongoing, pro-active support throughout the tour, which was really appreciated.
Just under four years to the next Ashes and we are already counting and saving – and of course will be calling on Howzat to guarantee another memorable trip – and who knows perhaps an England win!”
Nigel, Hazel, Laura & Graham Maxfield

 

“All the arrangements went like a dream, pity about the cricket! It goes without saying that all the Howzat staff were equally friendly and helpful. Already looking forward to our next trip!”
Barry & Lorraine Johnson

 

“Excellent tour from start to finish all as a result of the highest standard and attitude from all of the staff at Howzat Travel. From the Directors at the top & all the other staff who represented the company I really can’t praise them enough. Thank you all for making our tour so special.”
Terry Groves

 

“The whole trip was brilliant, the Christmas dinner venue in Melbourne was fantastic and the New Year’s Eves night in Sydney was magical, the whole family had a great trip and it is something they will never forget. The cricket options were great, we chose hospitality and as a family this really worked out well as my son suffers with the heat and to have the options of being inside or outside was well worth the money spent. Also, the cricket stars talking in hospitality was amazing, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Peter Siddle, Ian Botham, Jeff Thompson, Damien Fleming and Mitchell Johnson and all were engaging and stayed for at least an hour. The Howzat Travel end of tour dinner in Sydney was great, especially as I had the honour of Glenn McGrath sitting next to me, wow! We all have very fond memories of the trip and one we will never forget.”
Stuart & Dawn Draper

 

“All information was given to us before and was clear and informative, Howzat Travel were able to clarify any queries by email. We have had the most amazing experience. As newcomers we didn’t know what to expect but we’ve just had the best time with lovely people in great hotels some brilliant organised evenings in great locations with fantastic food. Carl was right when he said “That walk to the MCG is amazing”. We met some lovely people during the tour and the Christmas dinner and special event evenings we attended were amazing with the locations and food marvellous. It all added to the overall experience. Thank You Howzat.”
Sue & Mick West

 

“I did the Great Ocean road tour between Perth & Melbourne and it could not have been improved, 10/10. Our tour manager, Karen, was first rate. Never forgot the smallest detail/request. One feels like a member of a family and is no problem for people travelling alone. Clients are looked after so very well.”
Margaret Jobling

 

“This is the first time I’ve used Howzat and I would highly recommend them to anyone. They were super organised and had very friendly staff on the ground as soon as I landed in Adelaide. During my stay I was very impressed how there always seemed to be a member of staff available if needed. Karen, Dave, Des, Charlie all excellent. During my trip they had everything covered and hotels and transfers were excellent, buses were new with air con and guides informing you of the surrounding area. The organised tours were also very good and super organised I didn’t have any stress or to think it was all taken care of by Howzat travel managers – EXCELLENT COMPANY WOULD HIGHLY RECCOMEND THEM!!!”
John Andrew

 

“FAB trip. What life’s about. Wonderful memories. Great organisation. Happy.”
Andy Barnes

 

“Charlie was fabulous sorting out all our arrangements including add-ons, stopover & special requests. He was always very quick to respond to my (many) e-mails. Also secured a very good price for business class flights. No complaints at all. I felt that the option of a small group Platinum tour was really good & suited us really well. We felt well looked after & appreciated the extras.”
Caroline & George Thompson

 

“We will use Howzat Travel again because the whole experience was excellent!”
Nick & Jane Bird

 

“Huge thanks to Howzat for an amazing tour experience to Brisbane and Adelaide and the short break in Sydney. Despite some bizarre weather in Adelaide, arrived in 38 degrees and two days later Day 1 at the match one of the coldest December days they had experienced in decades, at which point we raided the ski shop! In spite of some mediocre spells of cricket from England, there were also sessions with optimism and particularly Day 4 in Adelaide when we left the Stadium buoyed after a fantastic day of cricket. The match results did not impact on my enjoyment of the tour, the memories will all be of new friends made, old friends revisited, fantastically funny moments throughout both matches and amazing banter with Aussie fans. Howzat arranged for sessions and Q&As with Mike Hussey, Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan – all were excellent. In between there were beach days in the sunshine, relaxing in fantastic bars and restaurants and walking through the beautiful botanical gardens. Sydney is just as incredible as it appears on the TV and my helicopter ride over the Opera House, harbours and beaches was a perfect end to a perfect trip despite virtually waving goodbye to the Ashes. Thanks again Howzat for some truly amazing memories.”
Anne Gifford

 

“This tour was worth every penny, well done the Howzat Travel Team!”
Pete Hall

 

“Our very first tour with Howzat, totally professional from start to finish. We dealt with 3 individuals Carl, Ian and Bob and they all exceeded our expectations. Would highly recommend Howzat and will certainly utilise company again. We enjoyed the fact that special guest dinners and Q&A’s with ex cricket players were included.”
Tony & Lynda Sutton

 

“This was a well-managed tour with no problems. Included were the very enjoyable Christmas day meal and farewell dinner, both were excellent!”
Peter Roberts

 

“With Howzat, it’s always an easy task to get the tour you want. The tour managers were always very helpful and the ‘Howzat Traveller card’ that gave us a range all deals around each city was very well received, good idea.”
Anon

 

“The Christmas Day & Final Dinner were excellent. I keep coming back. What better proof of excellent value is there?”
Richard Crompton

 

“This tour was fantastic, up to Howzat Travel’s usual high standard.”
Alan Metcalfe

 

“We did not go solely for the cricket although that was enjoyable. For us, the trip provided the opportunity to see something of the country. We enjoy just taking ourselves off on local transport to see various sights. The botanical gardens in Adelaide and Perth were lovely, as were such places as Glenelg, Carrick Hill, Fremantle, Cottesloe. Visiting Perth also gave us the opportunity to see our friend whom we have not seen since our last visit there some 25 years ago. Thank you Howzat Travel for giving us the opportunity to go to Australia to see not only the cricket, but to experience the country if only a small part of it.”
Stephen & Brigitta Rathbone

 

“All my tour managers showed me great consideration and kindness. To single one out would be unfair, although Charlie volunteering to push me around the wildlife park did go above and beyond. But to all, I would like to say a big thank you! A fabulous holiday, organised by a Company that takes care of the detail. A holiday of a life time! There is New Zealand in March and Sri Lanka winter 2018 and many others to come, I hope!”
Paul Taylor

 

“Our trip came up to the usual high standard, lovely to see old friends and make some new ones.”
Jean & Alan Terry

 

“The tour was easy to book & you are kept informed of anything you need, as well as being very good value for money. Howzat Travel is a really professional company, everything is done for you, so you have nothing to do but enjoy the tour.”
Philip Sharratt

 

“Great first tour with Howzat, will be back!”
Dave Welch

 

“I really enjoyed Adelaide and Perth, the test tickets were all in great positions. The tour reps were all very good and friendly, it was a nice atmosphere right through the holiday and I met some really nice people. I will certainly be booking with Howzat Travel in the future.”
Bob Lancaster

 

“I want to state unequivocally that my experience with Howzat, albeit brief, was excellent in all respects. They answered all my pre-visit queries promptly and clearly, and I received the same “full Monty” service although I only took the accommodation and tickets package for the Gabba Test.”
Jay Amrith

 

“This was my first cricket tour facilitated by Howzat. Not only were the flights, hotel accommodation and match tickets arranged with utmost professionalism, Howzat provide much more for their clients and this is reflected by the numbers in the group, particularly for the Opal tour covering Melbourne and Sydney. The welcoming luncheon held in Melbourne and the tour farewell dinner in Sydney were both superb occasions and ones not to be forgotten. Thanks are due to Ian Kerr and to the entire Howzat team for all their efforts and help for the three weeks involved. Special appreciation from me to Des Newton who looked after my particular group with utmost dedication with much fun and humour thrown in. For future tours (I am looking especially at South Africa 2019/20), I will have no hesitation in choosing Howzat once again.”
Adrian Walmsley

 

“All the arrangements went like a dream, pity about the cricket! It goes without saying that all the Howzat staff were equally friendly and helpful. Already looking forward to our next trip!”
Barry & Lorraine Johnson

 

“Much better value than my previous trip with another company.”
Mark Cripps

 

“I would give tour managers Nick and Carole Joyce more than 10 points if possible. I was travelling alone, and they made my trip by making me feel welcome and comfortable from Day One. I noticed they were quietly aware of not just mine, but others’ individual needs throughout the trip, even when these weren’t specifically stated. They discreetly took care of everyone, well above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion. How on earth they managed that super-quick and smooth check-in/bag-drop at Melbourne airport is beyond me. Nick and Carol were open and friendly, always available, and happy to deal with any queries or questions. The tour exceeded all my expectations and I will be booking again with Howzat very soon, maybe even for New Zealand in a few weeks’ time!”
Stella Wallace

 

“I want to say a very big thank you to everyone at Howzat during my family’s trip to Brisbane, we cannot thank them enough for the hospitality, and the friendliness of all staff cannot be underestimated we have had the time of our lives. The tour surpassed all expectation, we are planning when we can go on another!”
Andy, Sue & Becky Craven

 

“As usual everything was spot on from the moment the first enquiry was made. Top class hotels, good seats for the cricket and Rugby League (especially the World Cup Final) and helpful friendly tour managers. What more could you want, apart from a different result in the Final?!”
Garry Clarke

 

“I was very impressed by the faultless way it had been organised and congratulate Howzat Travel on the choice of accommodation, which surpassed all my expectations. I would particularly like to thank both Nick and Carol for whom nothing was too much trouble to sort. I am now bitten by the touring bug and will most definitely be looking to repeat but to a different location!”
Nick Newman

 

“It was my first trip with Howzat but I am already thinking about the next one!”
Anon

 

“My first Howzat cricket tour and because of the great service I received it won’t be my last!”
Andy Jones

 

“The staff were friendly and inclusive which gave the tour a great feel, All very helpful and efficient. I was impressed with their availability – they never went walkabout! We would definitely tour with Howzat again.”
Chris Harris

 

“Christmas Day lunch was superb – food, venue, wine. We also enjoyed Farewell Dinner. We had an add-on at end of tour to Port Douglas and Barrier Reef. We had priced this up ourselves but the trip you organised for us was brilliant. Excellent hotels (luxurious in Port Douglas just when we needed to relax!), transfers and transits were perfect, and the excursions were really good. The trip you organised for us turned out to be good value and well-tailored to our needs. The tour managers were excellent as ever. We had a great time, it was a shame about the cricket!”
Liz & Nick Morton

 

“Steve and Carl pulled together a bespoke package for us based on the Flinders tour. The statements were clear and concise. Before the tour, we received a full pack of information that was complete and accurate. We had 8 flights in total, the pick-ups worked well. The group check-in on internal flights helped proceedings immensely. This Ashes tour was a great experience.”
Anon

 

“Trip of a life time!”
John Prior

 

“A thoroughly enjoyable tour, well organised with some excellent dinners, shame about the cricket!”
Michael Gurd

 

“As always, we received clear and accurate information and prompt responses during the booking process and ‘meet and greets’ were ready and waiting when we arrived at each airport. We had a fantastic holiday again! As usual, Howzat made us feel that we are their friends as well as their customers – so nice to see the familiar faces of Tour Reps too. Karen and Steve were both fantastic. Karen had extensive knowledge of all of the cities we stayed in and was always available to answer any questions and help out with queries.”
Des & Maggie Whitelock

 

“10/10 Excellent!”
Andrea Watson

 

“The pre-tour information was all very well organised, and all questions were answered swiftly. I loved Australia, the country and the MCG and the SCG. Everyone very friendly and lovely Christmas dinner and Farewell Dinner with Glenn McGrath. This was my first Cricket Tour and I hope it will not be my last. I enjoyed every minute, although the cricket was disappointing!!”
Ged Jepson

 

“In the booking process the team were very responsive to our plans to put together a bespoke holiday either side of the Opal Tour in Melbourne and Sydney by staying for a few days in Thailand, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Nick and Carole were so very helpful once in Australia in every way – they got the balance just right and always seemed to be right there when we needed them! Christmas Day lunch and the end of tour dinner were wonderful occasions and also a very interesting Q&A with Mike Atherton in Sydney before the test. No doubt it was an expensive trip, but we absolutely loved it! This was our second Howzat tour and we hope there will be more!”
John & Jane Wheeler

 

“The booking process all worked perfectly, and we appreciate Howzat tailoring our tour as requested. Another brilliant tour. Great hotels in great locations, overall fantastic value for money, logistics worked perfectly. The Christmas Day lunch and tour farewell dinner were both excellent with superb food and the wine flowed. Thanks again to the whole Howzat Team.”
Nigel & Christine Lord

 

“Our Tour Manager, Des, was a legend – charming and nothing too much trouble. An asset to the business.”
Michael Brown

 

“Having Mike Atherton for a Q&A was great add on and the meal with a talk from Glenn McGrath was excellent!”
Bob Bruce

 

“Good value for money.”
Mike Newman

 

“Our tour manager, Karen, was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and she never failed us when there was a setback or mistake.”
Anon

 

“Having travelled with Howzat Travel previously we were not surprised to find the whole Australian experience was absolutely wonderful. The tour was everything, and so much more than, we expected thank you to everyone at Howzat for giving us so many happy memories that will live with us for a very long time. Here’s to the next tour!”
Malcolm & Sue Oliver

 

“Very enjoyable experience, helped by Howzat Travel’s flexibility.”
Graham Thomas

 

“As usual a very well organised and enjoyable tour, just a pity about the results! You would not be able to get better for the price, or even a lot more.”
Garry Clarke

 

“First tour, great experience, will repeat!”
Derek Harrison

 

“Ian and the team were also very patient and extremely helpful with our stream of questions. We’d never done anything like this before so had plenty! Howzat Travel are an excellent company. Friendly, efficient and beautifully organised. Highly recommended.”
Peter & Julia Hill

 

“All my requests were catered for and the pre-departure information was very comprehensive. Very professional & good value for money…why pay more?!”
Howard Hudson

 

“This tour met all expectations (apart from England’s performance!) Howzat came recommended to me from four sources. The Christmas lunch and end of tour dinner were both well organised functions with a very good standard of food and wine and I appreciated the calibre of speakers – i.e. Mike Atherton for the Q&A and Glenn McGrath for the dinner!”
Peter Lindsay

 

“The Christmas lunch, Mike Atherton’s Q&A and the farewell dinner with Glenn McGrath were the icing on the cake! Overall a superbly organised trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. Sincere thanks to all Howzat staff.”
Liz Hooper

 

“During the booking process, Charlie was very helpful in patiently providing detailed and swift responses to the questions I had. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, I met a number of likeminded people. I also thoroughly enjoyed the evenings with Atherton, Healy and McGrath.”
Anon

 

“Top notch hotels and great seats. Really enjoyed the small scale, informal meetings with commentators and ex England Captains to discuss the series – Vic Marks, Aggers, Vaughan, Atherton, Hollioake, Healy etc which was something special offered by the Platinum Tour.”
Gary Alderson

 

“During the booking process We dealt mainly with Carl, who was excellent in helping us. Gordon Bacon was our tour manager and he was excellent. We will certainly be very interested in future cricket tours!”
Ernest & Yvonne Taylor

 

“Des was a credit to Howzat Travel – diligent yet entertaining. The tour was a nice compliment of “togetherness yet also do your own thing”.”
Anon

 

“We used Howzat for Cape Town two years ago and were so impressed that we decided to use them for our proposed trip to Australia. The service is exceptional and pleasingly personal. We are made to feel part of a family and we like the way sole group members are looked after. The only way to make the tours better would be England winning more often!”
Mervyn & Brigid Brooker

 

“These folks know what they are doing, that gives you confidence knowing it’s going to all go OK and if it doesn’t, they sort it there and then. Just can’t sort the England team!”
Stephen Fox

 

“The tour was excellent, well planned and executed. Our tour manager Gordon was great, the right combination of helpful and giving us space. He handled it with style and grace. We liked the free additions, Q&A’s with ex-cricketers or members of the media in each city.”
Claire Alderson

 

“Des, Jenni, Karen & Steve were all excellent! First rate. They did a fantastic job. Made me feel welcome and included at all times. I’d like to say Thank You!”
Judie Grant

 

“Our tour manager, Gordon, was a star. He was friendly and thorough and didn’t put a foot wrong. An experience of a lifetime and way above my expectations!”
Don McCrickard

 

“First time with Howzat Travel and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well organised with friendly Tour Managers and looking forward to the next one.”
Phil Lambert

 

“For me, the highlight was the final dinner with Glen McGrath. I also enjoyed the sessions with Adam Hollioake, Mike Atherton and Michael Vaughan. The quality of what I received was very good and I felt it was worth it. Less said about the quality of England’s cricket the better!”
Anon

 

“Howzat Travel were happy to remove international flights which other companies wouldn’t. Speaking to others in Australia they had similar experiences – so Howzat are more flexible than other companies.”
James Parkinson

 

“All the arrangements were handled efficiently. I had a couple of queries and requests for clarification that were responded to promptly. Very good seats at all venues. Efforts had obviously been made to ensure a fair rotation of seats that had maximum shade.”
Joh & Jillian Lipscombe

 

“I was happy all round!”
John Nicholas

 

“The Christmas day lunch and farewell dinner were excellent events.”
Anon

 

“Our tour managers, Helen and Karen, were excellent – very friendly, helpful and available. We were most impressed with them.”
Christine & Colin Young

 

“An excellent trip with good organisation and attentive staff from booking to the flight home.”
Anon

 

“Excellent tour and great to meet with many friends from previous tours!”
John & Jackie Yeomans

 

“Very satisfied, thanks to all concerned.”
Anon

 

“Cricket rubbish from England perspective, weather rubbish (cold when we were in Adelaide and Perth; hot in those Cities when we weren’t there!) but apart from that – Excellent tour from Howzat Travel!”
Geoff Marshall

 

“Thank you for the holiday! I met lots of people on tour different groups or travelling independently, they all had their pros and cons. With you Howzat Travel, it was a stress-free holiday… they arranged everything. The tour managers were friendly, knowledgeable, and always available for a question, a chat or a beer. I just had to concentrate on enjoying myself!”
Marc Parry

 

“As ever, well organised with tour managers always available. Met some great people and will continue to use and recommend Howzat Travel!”
John & Janet Virr

 

“Howzat Travel have a good product and in the eight tours I have undertaken with them I have always been satisfied!”
Chris Phillips