Head To The Ashes Down Under With Austravel
Austravel is offering a variety of Ashes packages, in association with Gullivers Sports Travel, to combine the famous cricket series with the ultimate holiday down under.
England and Australia have been playing cricket against each other in the Ashes Test Series since 1882 and it is a historic rivalry which makes for an electric international sporting event.
The term ‘Ashes’ was first used after England lost to Australia for the first time on home soil that year and a mock obituary to English cricket was published, concluding that ‘the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia’. A few weeks later an English team set off to tour Australia and vowed to bring ‘the ashes’ home.
Now arguably the hardest fought event in world cricket, the Aussies are sure to be out for revenge on their home soil later this year when the two countries meet for the 2013/14 series, following England’s triumph in the 2009 and 2010/11 series.
Alastair Cook and his team will head to Brisbane in November for the first of five tests taking place over the Christmas and New Year period. Whether you are a huge cricket fan and dream of watching the Ashes firsthand or have always wanted to take that once in a lifetime trip to Australia, there is no better time to go.
Austravel is offering city packages which tie in perfectly with each of the Tests and can be linked together to create a tailor made itinerary. It has a number of flexible options available, combining accommodation and the sought after Test tickets at exceptional value for money.
With the Ashes perfectly timed over the New Year break, book the ultimate Australian holiday and experience a memorable New Years Eve in Sydney watching the iconic fireworks over Harbour Bridge before taking in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. The nine day holiday starts from £2,589 per person and includes scheduled flights from London Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines, eight nights accommodation at the four star Citigate Central Hotel and a five day Bronze ticket for the Sydney Test starting 3 January. Price based on departures 29 December.
Melbourne Test Package
Or, spend Christmas in sunny Melbourne, taking in the Ashes by day and the trendy eateries and cutting edge culture by night. A seven day holiday starts from £1,829 per person and includes schedule flights with Royal Brunei from London Heathrow, six nights accommodation at the three star Mercure Hotel in Melbourne and a five day Bronze ticket for the Melbourne Test starting on Boxing Day. Price based on departures 24 December.
Whether you are in Australia for all of the Tests, or just the one, this is the ideal opportunity to explore beyond the cities and soak up the culture Australia is known for.
Perth Test Package and West Coast Twin-Centre
Austravel has a twelve day holiday combining the Perth Ashes Test and the stunning West Coast from £2,395 per person. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Perth before taking a relaxed drive along the scenic coastline exploring Margaret River, Pemberton and Albany on the way. The holiday includes six nights accommodation at the Rendezvous Studio Hotel in Perth, a five day Perth Test bronze ticket and a six day West Coast Self-Drive, with five nights accommodation and six days car hire. Price based on 12 December departure, flying with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow.
Ultimate Test Package
For the ultimate Ashes fan, Austravel has an all-Test package which combines accommodation and bronze tickets for all five of the Ashes Series Tests. From £2,529 per person, this includes six nights in Brisbane at the Mercure Brisbane Hotel, six nights at the four star Mercure Grosvenor in Adelaide, six nights in Perth at the Rendezvous Studio, six nights at the four star Travelodge Southbank in Melbourne and eight nights in Sydney at the four star Citigate Central Hotel over the New Year. Designed for those who want flexibility in their holiday, this offer does not include flights or accommodation between the Tests, giving you the flexibility to explore Australia as you wish in between matches.
Austravel has a number of flexible packages for each of the Tests including match tickets at all levels. For more information on these packages and other great Australasia holidays contact its specialist travel advisors on 0800 988 4834 or visit www.austravel.com.
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