All eyes were on England's cricket team as they took on Australia in the opening Ashes Test and they lived up to their billing with a 14-run win at Trent Bridge.
That followed the British and Irish Lions' series win in Australia and Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory as England chase a hat-trick of home Ashes successes.
The five-match series now moves on to Lord's and will also visit Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street and The Oval and the two sides will meet again later this year in Australia as part of a unique Ashes double-header.
The first of five Tests in Australia takes place in Brisbane before the two teams move on to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney over the Christmas and New Year period.
For those inspired by the cricket this week, Austravel, the leading Australasia specialist is offering a variety of Ashes packages. In association with Gullivers Sports Travel, the operator is combining the famous cricket series with the ultimate holiday down under.
It has a large variety of individually tailor made options available, combining accommodation and the sought after Test tickets at exceptional value for money. Whether it is just one Test or all five, cricket fans can personally design their trip to ensure they take in their chosen match as well as having the opportunity to explore Australia.
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. This year’s Ashes are perfectly timed over the New Year break and holidaymakers can 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.
A nine day holiday with Austravel starts from £2,649 per person and includes scheduled flights from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific, 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.
For the ultimate Ashes fan, Austravel has the ultimate Test package which combines accommodation and Bronze tickets for all five of the Ashes Series Tests. From £2,529 per person, it 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, allowing complete flexibility in between matches to explore Australia as you wish.
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 £1,769 per person and includes 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 2013.
If Western Australia has always taken your fancy then Austravel has a twelve day holiday combining the Perth Ashes Test and the stunning West Coast from £2,549 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 2013 departure, flying with Singapore Arlines from London Heathrow.
Austravel has a vast 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.