2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series
Australia v England

The Opal Tour

22nd Dec 2017 – 10th Jan 2018

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 £3,799 per person

Countdown to Match Day

23rd November 2017

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The Opal Tour

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.

Test Match Venues

Melbourne & Sydney Test matches

Tour Itinerary

The Opal Tour

Melbourne

Your Melbourne itinerary is as follows
  • 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!
  • Tues 26th – Sat 30th Dec Fourth Magellan Ashes Test
    Each day after breakfast, join the fans’ walk or transfer to the MCG for the fourth Magellan Ashes Test – 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.If you would like to add some sightseeing to the start of this tour then please see below for details.

Iconic Cricket Venues

Hospitality packages available
MCG, Melbourne
MCG, Melbourne

Sydney

Your Sydney itinerary is as follows
  • 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  Fifth Magellan Ashes Test
    Each day after breakfast, transfer/walk to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the fifth and final Magellan Ashes Test 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.

Iconic Cricket Venues

Hospitality packages available
England Cricket Tours
England Cricket Tours

2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series Inspection Report

Howzat Travel strongly believes in the importance of pre-tour inspections of each tour

International Flights

A range of flight options are available including a choice of stopovers

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

If you wish to add a stopover to your outbound and/or inbound journeys, please let us know and we will be happy to organise this for you.

Tour prices quoted below include economy flights from London and Manchester. Other regional departures may incur a surcharge.

Most flights depart the UK on the evening of Monday 20th November and arrive into Brisbane on the morning of Wednesday 22nd November.

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

The Opal Tour Packages

Choose from the tour package options below

Platinum

The Opal Tour Platinum package includes:

First-class hotels on a B&B basis throughout the tour. Platinum match tickets. Upgrades to hospitality available, see information below. All match transfers in air-conditioned transport. (Excluding Adelaide and possibly Perth (venue dependent), which are a short walk) Full services of a Howzat Travel Tour Manager exclusively for the Platinum group. Exclusive access to Howzat Travel special guests.

Accommodation

Platinum Package Hotels

Melbourne – The Langham (Riverview room) 23rd – 31st Dec (8 nights)
Click here to view The Langham website

Sydney – Four Seasons Hotel 31st Dec – 9th Jan (9 nights)
Click here to view the Four Seasons Hotel website

The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
Sydney Four Seasons,
Sydney Four Seasons,

Match Tickets

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

Avaliable Upgrades

Platinum Tour – Match Ticket Upgrade Information

Hospitality – Cricket Club Dining. 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:

  • You will have access to the Lounge throughout the day.
  • Dedicated reception offering an all-day concierge service.
  • 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
  • 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.

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

Platinum Price

£14,999 per person

Based on two people sharing
Single supplement available for £5,700

Blue

The Opal Tour Blue package includes:

Luxury hotels on a B&B basis throughout the tour. Superior match tickets with upgrades available. All match transfers in air-conditioned transport. (Excluding Adelaide and possibly Perth (venue dependent), which are a short walk) Full services of a Howzat Travel Tour Manager.

Accommodation

Blue Package Hotels

Melbourne – Novotel on Collins 23rd – 31st Dec (8 nights)
Click here to view the Novotel on Collins website

Sydney – Parkroyal Darling Harbour 31st Dec – 9th Jan (9 nights)
Click here to view the Parkroyal Darling Harbour website

Hotels

Blue Package Hotels
Novotel on Collins
Novotel on Collins
Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney
Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney

Match Tickets

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

Blue Price

£5,999 per person

Based on two people sharing
Single supplement available for £1,720

Red

The Opal Tour Red package includes:

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

Accommodation

Red Package Hotels

Melbourne – Clarion Suites Gateway 24th – 31st Dec (7 nights)
Click here to view the Clarion Suites Gateway website

Sydney – Rydges Sydney Central31st Dec – 9th Jan (9 nights)
Click here to view the Rydges Sydney Central website

Hotels

Red Package Hotels
Melbourne Clarion Suites Gateway
Melbourne Clarion Suites Gateway
Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney

Match Tickets

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

Red Price

£4,999 per person

Based on two people sharing
Single supplement available for £1,450

White

The Opal Tour White package includes:

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

Accommodation

White Package Hotels

Melbourne – Mercure Welcome 23rd – 31st Dec (8 nights)
Click here to view the Mercure Welcome website

Sydney – Metro Hotel Marlow 31st Dec – 9th Jan (9 nights)
Click here to view the Metro Hotel Marlow website

Hotels

White Package Hotels
Melbourne Mercure Welcome
Melbourne Mercure Welcome
Metro Hotel Marlow, Sydney
Metro Hotel Marlow, Sydney

Match Tickets

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

White Price

£3,799 per person

Based on two people sharing
Single supplement available for £1,240

Bespoke

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, simply contact us to let us know what you’d prefer to do instead. We will then build an itinerary to your exact requirements.

Brisbane Cricket Ground, 'The Gabba'
Brisbane Cricket Ground, 'The Gabba'
England Cricket Tours
England Cricket Tours

Sightseeing

Fantastic range of Sightseeing options available

The opportunity to enhance your time in Australia with a range of must-see group sightseeing options before the Melbourne test.

Please click the buttons below to view the full details of the sightseeing options

Add-On Excursions

Fantastic range of Add-On Excursion options available

Of course, the cricket is the main event, but Howzat Travel knows that you will want to make the most of each great location you visit with us.

Please click the button below to view the full details of the Add-On Excursions

Check out the testimonials from our last Ashes tour

Visit our testimonials page to see all our great tour diaries and photos

Related and Previous Events

See below links to other events you might be interested in booking and past events from previous years

Or, if you fancy ODI cricket…

The One Day Walkabout Tour

Previous Events

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

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