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I really can’t believe it’s Ashes-time once again; it feels like only yesterday we were in Australia for the 2013 Series, and here we are now planning our tour Down Under as England look to retain the tiny urn! For me this is an absolute highlight in the sporting calendar, a real ‘must-see’ for all cricket fans and one that has to be experienced first-hand to be believed. Watching our boys take on the baggy greens under the blue skies of the Southern Hemisphere summer; snorkelling in the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef; toasting the New Year with a glass of champagne in Sydney Harbour; and tucking into Christmas lunch whilst making predictions for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG…these are just a few of the reasons I look forward to the Ashes Tour more than any other. And the 2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series is no exception, with our team here at ITC headquarters having worked exceptionally hard to ensure we’ve created a selection of itineraries to suit your timescale, requirements and budget. But don’t forget, we can also put together a bespoke package should something different tickle your fancy. A few things to look out for as you flick through this brochure are: the first day-night Test in Adelaide, our private catamaran charter to watch the Sydney Harbour Bridge NYE fireworks, our outstanding luxury accommodation option in the Whitsunday Islands, and of course our pre and post-Tour extension choices so you can spend extra time discovering Australia’s many wonders. I hope this brochure provides you with inspiration, but if you have any questions our team is ready and waiting at the end of the line. Jamie Smith, Head of Sports

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‘G’day mate’, is an expression you’re going to become familiar with on your visit with us Down Under for the 2017/18 Ashes Series. Other words that you’ll have to add to your vocabulary are Tooheys New, Four X Gold, VB Bitter, James Boag and of course Crown Lager. But amber fluid isn’t the only reason for travelling to Aussie. There’s the sunshine, warm waters to swim in at their lovely beaches, a great choice of restaurants in whichever city you find yourself and of course there’s the cricket. That is, in itself, a definite reason to visit Australia. The spectator support, the world-class stadiums, and let’s not forget the extremely entertaining banter between the English and Aussie fans.

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I’ve enjoyed each Australian visit more than the previous one and it is my hope that you’ll decide to join us in Australia to experience exactly what it is I’m speaking about. See you on tour, ‘mate’!

The greatest Test in cricket is believed to have started with The Sporting Times’s coverage of England’s defeat to Australia at The Oval in 1882, which saw a mock obituary printed claiming England’s body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.

Hooray, it’s that time in the biannual calendar once again! My boots are well and truly hung up, yet there’s no contest as to which Test I look forward to the most. Each cricket tour is special, but somehow the Ashes excitement registers higher when it’s our boys’ turn to head Down Under.

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My highlights? The biscuit tin of the Gabba where the First Test tensions are even more searing than the temperature; majestic Adelaide where the atmosphere in the renovated horseshoe arena is matched by the partying crowds who gather on the adjoining oval’s local wine and seafood stalls; Boxing Day at the MCG (surely on the bucket list for any self-respecting cricket fan?); and in my humble opinion the SCG, which for me is the best stadium to watch cricket anywhere in the world. So guess where I’ll be for all the action? I’ll save you a seat next to me!

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THE ASHES STORY

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The miniature terracotta urn - said to contain the charred remains of the bail used at The Oval on that fateful date - didn’t appear until the following winter in Australia. England departed for their tour with Captain Ivo Bligh vowing to return ‘The Ashes’. And so he did, at least with a symbol of them, in the form of the miniature urn presented to him by a group of Melbourne women at Rupertswood Estate on Christmas Eve 1882. And so started a rivalry that has enthralled and excited for over 134 years. In that time, the balance has constantly shifted between these two great cricketing nations and countless heroes and villains have emerged. Aussie batsman ‘The Don’ Bradman dominated the Tests in the thirties and forties, despite England’s best efforts to stop him under hero Douglas Jardine and his bodyline tactics. The fifties and sixties brought us the ‘Brylcreem Boy’ Denis Compton and Richie Benaud, while who could forget Geoff Boycott’s seventies or ‘Beefy’ Botham’s eighties? In the nineties the Australians, and Shane Warne in particular, dominated the Ashes, at least until THAT magnificent England win on home soil in 2005. Australia regained the treasured urn in 2006-07, then England in 2009, before their historic win Down Under in 2010-11. So followed a home win for England in 2013, then later that year the whitewash we never mention in Oz! In 2015 England regained the Ashes, and so we find ourselves going into the next Series.

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THE ASHES IN AUSTRALIA

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hink of a country where the landscape is so varied you could feel as though you were visiting several different continents in one holiday. A country that is so vast, the whole continent of Europe can fit within it. A country where you can enjoy so many experiences, that on returning home you would yearn to go straight back.

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Australia really is an amazing destination offering a complete world of wonder, as well as a potentially thrilling Test Series!

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Within easy reach of beaches, untouched island reserves and heritage-listed forests, the capital of Queensland has all the benefits of a cosmopolitan city in a natural wonderland, with the Sunshine Coast to the North, Gold Coast to the South. Here the Gabba cricket ground, will host the first of the crucial Tests.

A city known for its ‘English’ charm and the Adelaide Oval - widely regarded as the most picturesque Test ground in the world - the capital city of South Australia is a fabulous destination on our tour. Spectators will be treated to the first day/night Magellan Ashes Test while in Adelaide - an experience for cricket fans in itself.

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A city with a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, situated on the banks of the Swan River, the natural and urban worlds meet in this western metropolis to create a space made for exploring. Experience a river cruise to Fremantle or relax on Rottnest Island, then join us for the Third Test. (Perth stadium to be confirmed). 26-30 DECEMBER 2017

Enjoy the traditional Boxing Day Fourth Test, as well as the festive season in the sun, whether on a drive along the Great Ocean Road or with a spot of Christmas shopping! In the capital of Victoria, culture and arts abound, so perhaps use a day at leisure to explore Melbourne’s finest galleries and exhibitions.

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Celebrate the New Year in Sydney in style and witness the finale of the Ashes. There’s plenty of leisure time for you to enjoy the many enticing experiences Sydney has to offer - from the beach at Bondi to the best ‘hatted’ restaurants in town, island hopping in the harbour to watching a traditional aboriginal performance.

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AU STR A L IA vs EN G LAN D THE ITC EXPERIENCE

Cricketer Tours Cricketer Tours are carefully designed to create a memorable experience, focussing on the cricket but also including elements of sightseeing and excursions within Australia. Featuring excellent accommodation, with top level Test tickets, you’ll enjoy a tour that is sure to exceed your expectations. Whichever of our Cricketer Tours inspires you, our Sports Travel Specialists are at the end of the line to offer advice and suggestions for your cricket holiday, as well as additions and bespoke options to make your experience tailor-made.

Platinum Tours To experience a cricketing holiday like no other, you have to go Platinum. Everything on an ITC Sports Travel Platinum cricket holiday is just that little bit ‘more’. Our carefully selected accommodation provides a more luxurious home from home; the off-field itinerary is packed with more functions and excursions and the cricket viewing is more comfortable because it includes hospitality facilities at the Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Test Matches. This superior level of tour is unique to us and offers unrivalled service, style and sophistication. Think world-class cricket with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from ITC!

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UPGRADES & ITC EXTRAS

At ITC Sports Travel we pride ourselves on offering our clients a bespoke service, made-to-measure with them, solely in mind. That’s why if there isn’t an itinerary in this brochure that suits your requirements please do give us a call as we would be delighted to tailor one just for you. Perhaps you have the time to stay with us after the cricket has finished? Your wish is our command! Or perhaps you like the idea of a few weeks relaxing in French Polynesia while you’re on the other side of the world? Our Sports Travel Specialists can arrange this for you with ease. Travelling alone? Not a problem. We can put together a solo tour, and what’s more, you’ll be in fine company among your fellow cricketing fans and Australia enthusiasts. Our drinks receptions and ‘State of Play’ functions are a perfect means to get to know your companions. Likewise, if you’re travelling as a couple where your partner is not as keen on a day at the cricket as you, we can suggest and organise activities away from the grounds for them to enjoy while you’re at the game. Perhaps a round of golf, a tour of the city, or simply a day at the beach to soak up that Aussie sunshine. As well as bespoke tours to see the Ashes, packages can be created to watch England play Australia in the five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 games which follow the Test. Give us a call to find out more.

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With our full-time Tour Managers on hand to make sure you have everything you need from start to finish, whether you choose Cricketer or Platinum, you can be sure to have a memorable experience following England in Australia. Unless otherwise stated, our tour prices are based on economy class flights, standard rooms in each hotel and group transfers. If you’re interested in upgrading your international flights to premium cabins, or you would prefer an alternative stop-over on route, please do let us know so that we can fulfil your requirements. Upgraded room categories are also available at some of those properties listed and our Sports Travel Specialists would be more than happy to talk through any available options with you should you require a higher class of accommodation. Private car transfers are also available subject to availability and an additional cost.

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Those of you who have previously travelled with us on a cricket tour will know that our itineraries are designed to be sociable - with plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow travellers should you so wish. A great way for you to meet your tour group is through our hosted arrival drinks where you’ll have the chance to learn more about the itinerary, be introduced to your Tour Host and enjoy a few drinks to boot! Our cricket tours are infamous for creating great friendships, with our farewell dinner the opportune time to swap details and reminisce on tour highlights.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED AND WHAT TO EXPECT

When we put a tour together we endeavour to make your holiday as easy and relaxing as possible, so that you can literally turn up and go, with all the nitty gritty details taken care of. As well as the inclusions outlined below, we can arrange additional activities and details to suit your needs such as car hire and excursions. All featured tours include: • International flights in Economy Class • Cricket match day transfers

Cricketer tour hotels Our sports tours include resorts and hotels which offer our guests plenty to enjoy away from the sporting action too. We realise that budgets may vary, as well as tastes, which is why we provide a choice to suit personal requirements. These properties have been carefully selected based on their amenities and location, as well as their value for money, and if you’re unsure which particular one may be best for you, our team will be able to advise you. Our Sports Travel Specialists can arrange a higher standard of room should you wish.

• Airport and hotel transfers • Transfers to all functions • Exclusive commemorative merchandise • Tour management throughout • Welcome drinks, farewell dinners, organised lunches

Platinum tour hotels For our Platinum guests heading to Australia with us we’ve hand selected properties which we know will wow you; each offering something special in its own exceptional setting. We know you’ll receive first-class service at each, as well as those all-important added extras and little indulgences which make your stay ‘5-star’. With ‘location location location’ in mind, you’ll discover plenty to explore within walking (or sailing!) distance of these properties. Please see individual itineraries for full details on what’s included on Test Match days


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For those who haven’t experienced these events before, they take the format of a drinks reception with a panel of celebrity hosts offering their insight on the games and answering any questions you may have. As well as the former England players and professional pundits who travel with us as Tour Hosts, we will be inviting explayers and other sporting professionals along.

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Here at ITC Sports Travel, we believe what makes our tours so unique is the attention to detail and the first-hand knowledge of the destinations we offer, ensuring that we include all those added extras which make your experience ‘once in a lifetime’.

Drinks & Dinners Over the years we have found that by including plenty of drinks receptions and pre-planned dinners onto our tours guests feel they get the best value, as well as the opportunity to meet their fellow travellers, Tour Hosts and celebrity guests…and discuss the all-important England performance! Welcome drinks and a farewell dinner are therefore included on each tour, plus lots more.

A few of the highlights* of our Ashes Tour are outlined on the right, but you’ll discover plenty more besides as you flick through these pages. And don’t forget, if there’s something we haven’t included which you’re keen to add to your itinerary - perhaps a trip to see the awesome Uluru, or a flight to New Zealand to watch a traditional Haka performance - our team can create a bespoke package just for you.

A Gift To You Each guest is welcomed ‘on tour’ with an ITC Sports Travel branded polo shirt, travel wallet and bag…ideal for storing all the souvenirs you collect along the way! We hope they provide you with a few keepsakes of your time with us in Australia. As we will be away over the festive period, Santa Claus himself may also bring you a few treats on Christmas Day itself…if you’ve been good this year of course!

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Great Barrier Reef

Swan Valley Wine Tour

Rottnest Island Cruise

This epic Natural Wonder of the World is on many a bucket list thanks to its clear waters, outstanding eco-systems, white island beaches and incredible wildlife. We have arranged a stay at the luxury, 5-star Qualia resort to make the most of the destination and add three days of indulgence to your tour.

Discover some of Western Australia’s most famous tipples on a tour of its Swan Valley wine region. You’ll be talked through each tasting by an expert and have the chance to wander through the vines in the glorious Australian sunshine. Lunch is included as part of your package price.

Set sail from Perth with your fellow tour guests to the island of Rottnest, a place perfect for exploring and learning about Australia’s past. The island is made up of six major habitats: coastal, salt lakes, brackish swamps, woodlands, heath and settled areas, and boasts a fascinating natural history.

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New Year’s Eve

Blue Mountains Excursion

As we are on tour over the festive period, we have organised a Christmas Day lunch with transfers included. One of the highlights of the Australia Ashes Tour is the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne’s glorious MCG, where you’ll enjoy hospitality and prime viewing.

There’s no better place to welcome in the New Year than Sydney Harbour, seeing first-hand those iconic Harbour Bridge fireworks that are beamed worldwide on 31 December each year! Our private yacht charter includes dining, entertainment and unbeatable viewing of the evening’s spectacular pyrotechnics.

Our excursion, which includes lunch, will give you the opportunity to see one of Australia’s favourite natural landscapes. With its steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests and dramatic scenery, it’s a prime photography spot, with the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations a much-loved Blue Mountains muse.

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CRICKETER TOURS...

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CRICKETER TOUR

B R I S BAN E TEST 07 NIGHTS | 21 - 28 NOVEMBER

Four Points by Sheraton, Brisbane

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This Tour features the crucial First Test in Brisbane, a city where there’s so much to see and do. Experience Test Match cricket at The Gabba, alongside all those essential ITC extras that will make your holiday Down Under extra-special. 19 - 21 NOVEMBER

23 - 27 NOVEMBER 1ST TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, THE GABBA

Experience the First Test Match between Australia and England at The Gabba. A State of Play evening with celebrity guests has been arranged on the second evening. All transfers to and from the ground are included in your package price.

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Fly from the UK to Brisbane, where you will check into the Four Points by Sheraton hotel for the duration of your stay in the city. On your first evening you are invited to a welcome drinks reception to get to know your fellow guests.

Head to the airport for a return flight back to Blighty, or venture further into Oz on a tailor-made tour.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

22 NOVEMBER A day at leisure to explore this beautiful East-coast city. We suggest an amble around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall and the Queensland Art Gallery, all of which are very close to your hotel.

• A celebrity-hosted State of Play evening including drinks and canapés. • Welcome drinks to introduce you to your Tour Host and start your Australian experience in style. • Platinum seating at The Gabba to view the first Test Match.

Prices from £3,445 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including platinum level Test Match tickets, return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £650 TELEPHONE

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CRICKETER TOUR

B R I S BA N E & A D E LA I D E T E S TS 16 NIGHTS | 21 NOV - 07 DEC

This tour features the key First and Second Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide, two cities with contrasting styles. A few days of indulgence on the Gold Coast have been scheduled in-between the Tests. Tour Highlights • Two celebrity hosted State of Play forums including drinks and canapés at both Brisbane and Adelaide Test Matches. • A stay at the beachside Sheraton Hotel, Gold Coast the perfect spot to relax on your days at leisure in-between the Tests. • A delicious farewell dinner with your fellow guests to reminisce on your highlights of the trip. • Platinum seating at The Adelaide Oval to view the second Magellan Ashes Test.

Prices from £6,545 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including platinum level Test Match tickets, return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £2,050

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B R I S BAN E & A D E LAI D E TESTS 16 NIGHT ITINERARY

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After your long flight to Oz, you’ll spend the first evening relaxing at a hosted drinks reception at your hotel (the Four Points by Sheraton); a great way to get to know your fellow guests.

Fly to Adelaide and check-in to the Hilton for a 7-night stay. Your Deluxe Room features views of the city and hills, with a super-comfy Hilton Serenity bed to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

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A day at leisure has been scheduled for you to explore this stunning city and acclimatise to that glorious Australian sunshine after the cold weather back home!

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Experience the First Test Match between Australia and England at The Gabba. A State of Play evening with celebrity guests has been arranged on the second evening and we have included all transfers to and from the stadium in your package price.

28 NOVEMBER

THE ADELAIDE OVAL

Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, with a State of Play evening planned for the second day of the Adelaide Test. On the fourth day we have booked a farewell dinner for our guests to celebrate the Tour.

07 DECEMBER Transfer to Adelaide Airport, or to your preferred destination, for your onward flight home or holiday extension.

Transfer to the Gold Coast for your 3-night stay at the Sheraton Hotel Grand Mirage.

29 - 30 NOVEMBER Two days of leisure have been set aside for you to relax at this beach retreat with its beautiful lagoons and gardens. Chill with a cocktail at the Oasis Pool Bar; have a spa treatment; or be brave and ‘hang ten’ on a surf lesson with a pro!

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CRICKETER TOUR

P E RT H T E S T 13 NIGHTS | 09 DEC - 22 DEC

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Transfers to and from the cricket stadium (to be confirmed) have been arranged for each day before and after play, with a State of Play evening planned for the second day of the Test.

19 DECEMBER A day at leisure for you to experience Perth. Your hotel is conveniently situated just a stroll from some of the city’s major landmarks, including the Kings Park and Swan River.

This tour features the Third Test, as well as beginning your Aussie experience in indulgence on Hamilton Island on the East Coast. In addition to the excitement of the Test Match, a highlight of this holiday is our Rottnest Island cruise. 09 DECEMBER Arrive in Brisbane, then transfer to Hamilton Island for your 4-night stay at the Beach Club, Hamilton Island. Welcome drinks have been arranged for your first evening.

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20 DECEMBER We have arranged for our Cricketer Tour guests to enjoy a cruise to Rottnest Island, including lunch, a fascinating destination for Australian history and wildlife enthusiasts.

21 DECEMBER

BEACH CLUB HOTEL, HAMILTON ISLAND

Spend your final day in Perth at leisure soaking up those last Aussie rays of sunshine! Our farewell dinner during the evening will be a superb opportunity to exchange stories and contacts with your fellow travellers.

Our Cricketer guests joining us for the Perth Tour will enjoy 4-nights’ accommodation at the Beach Club Hotel, Hamilton Island. This adult-only retreat is the perfect spot to relax and be pampered, with rooms offering direct access onto the white sands of Catseye Beach.

22 DECEMBER

Spend three days of leisure on Hamilton Island where you can discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the white sand beaches of the Whitsundays. Your adult-only boutique resort sits on Catseye Beach, overlooking the Coral Sea, the perfect spot to relax in the Aussie sunshine.

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Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight or a bespoke extension to your sports tour.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Prices from £5,585 per person

• Discover the wonder of the Whitsunday Islands with our stay on Hamilton Island.

based on 2 adults sharing, including platinum level Test Match tickets, return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £1,710

Today you will fly to Australia’s most famous western city, Perth, for a 9-night stay at the Pan Pacific Perth, a great base for the West Coast Test Match.

If you would prefer to spend your first 4 nights closer to Perth, please speak to one of our Sports Travel Specialists who will be happy to assist you with alternative options.

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• In Perth we have organised a fantastic cruise to Rottnest Island which includes lunch. • With plenty of time of your own in both East and West Coast destinations, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the Aussie sun.

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MELBOURNE & SYDNEY TESTS 17 NIGHTS | 23 DEC - 09 JAN

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An excursion has been arranged to the Blue Mountains today, including transfers and lunch. The spectacular natural scenery is perfect for keen photographers.

03 JANUARY A day at leisure to do as you please! With so much to see in this great city, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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The climax of The Ashes, this tour takes in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG; Christmas lunch in Melbourne; a special New Year’s Eve Party on board a catamaran in Sydney Harbour; and an excursion to the Blue Mountains. 23 DECEMBER Arrive in Melbourne where you will check-in to the Pullman on the Park for an 8-night stay. Drinks and an introduction to your Tour Host have been organised for your first evening in the city.

24 DECEMBER Spend Christmas Eve at leisure to explore Melbourne in the sunshine. Wander round the markets or galleries, or perhaps head to the beach for a sunbathe.

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Experience the Fourth Test at the glorious MCG. Transfers to and from the stadium; a State of Play evening with your Tour Host and celebrity guests on day two; and, of course, the event on so many a cricket-lover’s bucket list…a Magellan Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG, are all included.

31 DECEMBER Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your 85-minute flight to Sydney, where you will check-in to the Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel for a 9-night stay. See in the New Year in style with your fellow travellers on our catamaran cruise on Sydney Harbour, the perfect vantage point for those famous fireworks.

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25 DECEMBER Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch - transfers are included - with your fellow travellers and Tour Host…and maybe even a few presents from Mr Claus too!

New Year’s Day is a leisure day to recover from the night before! For those who feel up to it, perhaps head to Bondi Beach for a warm 1st January swim.

Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, as well as a State of Play cricket forum with your Tour Host and a special Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers to complete your Ashes Tour in style.

09 JANUARY Transfer to Sydney Airport, or to your preferred destination, for your homeward flight or holiday extension.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Two celebrity hosted State of Play forums including drinks at both Melbourne and Sydney Test Matches. • Sailing on board a catamaran in Sydney Harbour watching the famous Harbour Bridge fireworks to welcome in 2018…what a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve! • A trip to the Blue Mountains to discover this stunning natural wonderland.

Prices from £8,785 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including platinum level Test Match tickets, return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £2,610

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SYDNEY TEST 10 NIGHTS | 30 DEC - 09 JAN

Hyatt Regency Sydney

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Relish a double dose of excitement as you celebrate New Year in Sydney and witness the finale of The Ashes. Surrounding the drama of the Fifth and final Magellan Ashes Test, there is plenty of leisure time for you to enjoy the many fabulous experiences this great city has to offer. 30 DECEMBER Arrive in Sydney and check-in to the Hyatt Regency Sydney for your 10-night stay. On your first evening you’ll enjoy welcome drinks with your Tour Host.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

With its scenic look-out points and spectacular gum tree forests, the Blue Mountains tour we have arranged for today is always a highlight of our Sydney Tour. Lunch and transfers are included in the excursion.

• A trip to the Blue Mountains to discover this stunning natural wonderland; a great opportunity for keen photographers.

03 JANUARY

• Two days at leisure to relax. Our Sports Travel Specialists would be delighted to offer suggestions. • Platinum seating at the SCG to view the Fifth Magellan Ashes Test.

Enjoy your final day at leisure in Sydney before the Fifth Test begins; a great opportunity to soak up those glorious southern hemisphere summer rays.

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See in the New Year in style with your fellow travellers on board a catamaran with unparalleled views of the fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge. What a way to start 2018! All transfers to and from the Harbour are included.

Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, as well as a State of Play cricket forum with your Tour Host and a special Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers to complete your Ashes Tour in style.

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Today we have scheduled a day at leisure to enjoy the best of Sydney - The Rocks, the Opera House, Darling Harbour or a New Year’s Day swim at Bondi Beach - the choice is yours!

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home, or extend your Tour to watch the ODI’s or explore Australia further.

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• Sailing on board a catamaran in Sydney Harbour watching the famous Harbour Bridge fireworks to welcome in 2018.

Prices from £5,995 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class platinum level Test Match tickets, flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £1,800

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HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY

HOTEL PULLMAN MELBOURNE ON THE PARK

HILTON ADELAIDE

Overlooking the famous Darling Harbour, just a short stroll from Pitts Street Mall and Chinatown, guest rooms have views over the city or the Harbour. The hotel’s main restaurant offers Aussie favourites and local delicacies (like Sydney rock oysters), while the signature beer programme, Best Brews, features local craft beers.

Ideally located opposite Melbourne Cricket Ground and boasting views of Fitzroy Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park, all rooms and suites are contemporary in design with the latest technology and opening windows overlooking the MCG. The outdoor heated pool is the ideal spot to chill after a day at the cricket.

The hotel overlooks Victoria Square located in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining districts, featuring East facing guest rooms with views out towards the Adelaide Hills or Westerly towards the bay, a 24-hour fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and the superb Coal Cellar + Grill restaurant and Collins Bar.

Accommodation is in a Premium City Side Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Superior Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Deluxe Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON, BRISBANE

SHERATON GRAND MIRAGE RESORT, GOLD COAST

PAN PACIFIC PERTH

This modern, trendy hotel is a great base for your stay in the city, being super-close to highlights including the city’s Botanical Gardens and trendy eateries at Eagle Street Pier. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure great views from your Superior Room, with blackout blinds to guarantee a good night’s sleep. A cocktail at rooftop bar Sazerac is a ‘must’.

The perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine on the glorious Gold Coast, this beachfront 5-star resort is set in six hectares of lagoons and gardens, with newly refurbished rooms offering a high level of accommodation. Facilities are in abundance, with a fitness centre, spa, pool and excellent dining, including the renowned seafood buffet at Terraces Restaurant.

Surrounded by views of Perth’s Swan River and just a short walk from the city’s shopping areas and attractions, you’ll enjoy spacious accommodation, with facilities including an outdoor pool and spa. The award-winning Montereys Restaurant serves a sumptuous breakfast.

Accommodation is in a Superior Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Mirage Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Accommodation is in a Premier Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

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PLATINUM TOUR

P LAT I N U M H O S P I TA L I T Y Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Test Matches During the first three Test Matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, our Platinum Tour guests will receive Cricket Australia Official Hospitality, which is included in the package price shown on these Test itineraries. For days 1-3 of each of these three Test Matches, our Platinum clients will have access to the Cricket Club at each of the grounds, a sophisticated, yet relaxed environment, where they will receive:

Excellent stadium seating (with access to the Cricket Club throughout the game). Seating is exclusive to the Cricket Club in Brisbane. Other venues are either in the public seating or Members’ Enclosure, dependent on the facility.

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Entertaining guest appearances.

There will be a sit-down meal at a table reserved for you during the main break in the game.

Throughout the day, beverages, including premium wine and beer, soft drinks, espresso coffee and tea, will be served.

Dedicated reception offering an all-day concierge service.

On day 4 of the Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Test Matches, our Platinum guests will receive the stadium seating as described above, while on day 5 your ticket will be ‘General Admission’.

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PLATINUM TOURS...


PLATINUM TOUR

B R I S BAN E TEST 07 NIGHTS | 21 - 28 NOVEMBER

Stamford Plaza

This tour features the crucial First Test in Brisbane, a city with style! Experience first-class cricket at The Gabba, alongside five-star accommodation and those all-important ITC Sports Travel extras.

28 NOVEMBER

19 - 21 NOVEMBER

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Fly from the UK to Brisbane, where your Tour Host will be waiting to check you into the Stamford Plaza for the duration of your stay in the city. On your first evening you are invited to a welcome drinks reception.

• Celebrity hosted State of Play forum including drinks and canapés.

22 NOVEMBER

• ITC Sports Travel merchandise will be included in your tour package.

A day at leisure to explore your hotel and the beautiful East-coast city. We suggest an amble around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Guests venturing deeper into Australia or joining us further along on the tour will say farewell to the Brisbane tour group, or head to the airport for a return flight back to Blighty.

• Ask your Sports Tour Specialist to book a famous High Tea at The Brasserie on the River at the Stamford Plaza hotel.

Prices from £5,395 per person

23 - 27 NOVEMBER

based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class flights and transfers.

1ST TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, THE GABBA

Single Supplement: £960

Experience the First Test Match between Australia and England at The Gabba. A State of Play evening with celebrity guests has been arranged on the second evening. All transfers to and from the ground are included in your package price. TELEPHONE

01244 355 533

See opposite page for details of match day hospitality inclusions.

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PLATINUM TOUR

B R I S BA N E & A D E LA I D E T E S TS 16 NIGHTS | 21 NOV - 07 DEC

Nothing beats the sense of excitement on the first morning of an Ashes Series and The Gabba in Brisbane has witnessed its fair share of day one drama over the years, while the Adelaide Oval is perhaps the most picturesque venue of the series. Tour Highlights • Two celebrity hosted State of Play forums including drinks and canapés at both Brisbane and Adelaide Test Matches. • A stay at the luxurious qualia Resort, Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. • A delicious farewell dinner with your fellow guests on the final night of the Tour to reminisce on your own highlights of the trip.

Prices from £11,095 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £3,600 See page 18 for details of match day hospitality inclusions.

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PLATINUM TOUR

B R I S BAN E & A D E LAI D E TESTS 16 NIGHT ITINERARY

Adelaide Oval

19 - 21 NOVEMBER

01 DECEMBER

After your long flight to Oz, you’ll spend the first evening relaxing in style at a hosted drinks reception at the Stamford Plaza.

Fly to Adelaide and check-in to the InterContinental Adelaide for a 7-night stay. Here your Club Room is generously spaced with wonderful views of the city and includes access to the Club InterContinental Lounge, serving refreshments throughout the day.

22 NOVEMBER A day at leisure for you to explore this stunning city and acclimatise to that glorious Australian sunshine after the cold weather back home!

View from the InterContinental Adelaide

02 - 06 DECEMBER 2ND TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND,

23 - 27 NOVEMBER

THE ADELAIDE OVAL

1ST TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, THE GABBA

Experience the First Test Match between Australia and England at The Gabba. A State of Play evening with celebrity guests has been arranged on the second evening. All transfers to and from the ground are included in your package price.

07 DECEMBER

28 NOVEMBER Transfer to Hamilton Island where you will check-in to the qualia for a 3-night stay. For those seeking seclusion and exclusivity, the pristine Whitsunday Islands are the perfect place. Whether you want to swim, snorkel, dive, sail, play tennis or simply lie on the white sand beaches, the luxurious resort of Qualia will indulge your every wish.

qualia, Great Barrier Reef

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Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, with a State of Play evening planned for the second day of the Adelaide Test. On the fourth day we have booked a farewell dinner for our guests to celebrate the Tour.

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Transfer to Adelaide Airport, or to your preferred destination, for your onward flight home or holiday extension.

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PLATINUM TOUR

P E RT H T E S T 13 NIGHTS | 09 DEC - 22 DEC

WACA

qualia

21 DECEMBER In the day we have booked a cruise to Rottnest Island, including lunch; a fascinating destination for Australian history and wildlife enthusiasts. Our farewell dinner during the evening will be a superb opportunity to exchange stories and contacts with your fellow travellers.

22 DECEMBER Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight or a bespoke extension to your luxury sports tour.

This tour features the pivotal Third Test in Perth, as well as kicking off your Aussie experience in luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the excitement of the Test Match, a highlight of this holiday is our visit to Rottnest Island for a taste of outback life and Aboriginal culture. 9 DECEMBER

13 DECEMBER

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Today you will fly to Australia’s most famous western city, Perth, for a 9-night stay at The Hyatt Regency Perth; a great base from which to explore the city and a chic urban contrast to your island retreat on the East Coast.

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Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, with a State of Play evening planned for the second day of the Test. You can expect a high level of hospitality at the grounds on your Platinum Tour.

Arrive in Brisbane, then transfer to Hamilton Island for your 4-night stay at the super-indulgent Whitsunday Islands hotel, qualia.

10 - 12 DECEMBER Spend three days of leisure on Hamilton Island where you can discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the white sand beaches of the Whitsundays and the incredible 5-star luxury of qualia; a world-class escape where you’ll begin your Australian adventure in fine style.

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• With plenty of time of your own in both East and West Coast destinations, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and soak up the summer sun.

Prices from £9,195 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class flights and transfers.

See page 18 for details of match day hospitality inclusions. If you would prefer to spend your first 4 nights closer to Perth,

20 DECEMBER Today we have arranged for our guests to enjoy a Swan Valley Wine Tour, including lunch, a great way to get a taste of the region’s top tipples.

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• In Perth we have organised two superb experiences for our guests, a wine tour and cruise to a nearby island. Both include a delicious lunch.

Single Supplement: £3,200

A day at leisure for you to wander this wonderful city, take a trip along the Swan River, or simply relax by the pool at your hotel.

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• Discover the wonder of the Whitsunday Islands with our stay on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef.

please speak to one of our Sports Travel Specialists who will be happy to assist you with alternative options.

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PLATINUM TOUR

MELBOURNE & SYDNEY TESTS 17 NIGHTS | 23 DEC - 09 JAN

03 JANUARY With its scenic look-out points and spectacular gum tree forests, the Blue Mountains tour we have arranged for today is always a highlight of our Sydney Tour. Lunch and transfers are included in the excursion.

04 - 08 JANUARY 5TH TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, SCG Park Hyatt Sydney

The climax of The Ashes, This tour takes in the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests with plenty of celebrations to mark the festive season, regardless of how England are holding up! We include Christmas lunch and our special New Year’s Eve Party - onboard a luxury catamaran in Sydney Harbour - as well as 5-star hotels on this Platinum Tour.

26 - 30 DECEMBER

23 DECEMBER

Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your speedy 85-minute flight to Sydney, where you will check-in to the Park Hyatt Sydney for a 9-night stay. See in the New Year in style with your fellow travellers on our catamaran cruise on Sydney Harbour, the perfect vantage point for those famous fireworks.

Arrive in Melbourne where you will check-in to the Park Hyatt Melbourne for an 8-night stay. Drinks and an introduction to your Tour Host have been organised for your first evening in the city.

24 DECEMBER Spend Christmas Eve at leisure to explore Melbourne in the sunshine. Wander around Queen Victoria Market or head to St Kilda Beach to soak up those summer rays.

25 DECEMBER Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with your fellow travellers and Tour Host…and maybe even a few gifts from Santa too!

4TH TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, MCG

Experience the Fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Included are transfers to and from the stadium, a State of Play evening with your Tour Host and celebrity guests on day two and, of course, the event on so many a cricket-lover’s bucket list…a Magellan Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG.

31 DECEMBER

01 JANUARY New Year’s Day is a leisure day, to nurse your sore head or explore this vast cosmopolitan city. Your hotel’s rooftop heated pool with views of the Opera House is a great place to relax.

02 JANUARY Today we have arranged a lunch to welcome in 2018 with your fellow travellers and Tour Host, a great opportunity to discuss the Fourth Test and make predictions for England’s final performance.

Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, a State of Play cricket forum with your Tour Host and a special Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers to complete your Ashes Tour in style.

09 JANUARY Transfer to Sydney Airport, or to your preferred destination, for your homeward flight or holiday extension.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Two celebrity hosted State of Play forums including drinks and canapés at both Melbourne and Sydney Test Matches. • Christmas lunch in Melbourne and a special New Year’s lunch in Sydney. • Sailing on board a catamaran in Sydney Harbour watching the famous Harbour Bridge fireworks to welcome in 2018…what a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve! • A trip to the Blue Mountains to discover this stunning natural wonderland.

Prices from £11,995 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £7,150 Hospitality and tickets are not included


PLATINUM TOUR

SYDNEY TEST 10 NIGHTS | 30 DEC - 09 JAN

SCG

Park Hyatt Sydney

The shining star of the Southern Hemisphere, in Sydney we will celebrate New Year’s Eve and the final Magellan Ashes Test! Our day spent in the Blue Mountains is a real highlight of this superb tour.

02 JANUARY

09 JANUARY

Enjoy a New Year’s lunch with your fellow travellers and Tour Host; a chance to catch up on what’s been happening in the Test Match Series and make your predictions for the final Sydney Test.

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home, or extend your tour to watch the ODI’s or to explore Australia further.

30 DECEMBER

03 JANUARY

Arrive in Sydney and check-in to the Park Hyatt Sydney for your 10-night stay. On your first evening you’ll enjoy welcome drinks with your Tour Host.

With its scenic look-out points and spectacular gum tree forests, the Blue Mountains tour we have arranged for today is always a highlight of our Sydney Tour. Lunch and transfers are included in the excursion.

31 DECEMBER See in the New Year in style with your fellow travellers on board a catamaran with unparalleled views of the fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge. What a way to start 2018!

01 JANUARY Today we have scheduled a day at leisure to enjoy the attractions of Sydney - The Rocks, the Opera House, Darling Harbour or Bondi Beach - the choice is yours.

• A trip to the Blue Mountains to discover this stunning natural wonderland; a great opportunity for keen photographers. • Sailing on board a catamaran in Sydney Harbour watching the famous Harbour Bridge fireworks to welcome in the New Year. • Those all-important ITC Platinum extras: a State of Play evening, welcome drinks and a farewell dinner

04 - 08 JANUARY 5TH TEST | AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND, SCG

Transfers to and from the cricket stadium have been arranged for each day before and after play, a State of Play cricket forum with your Tour Host and a special Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers to complete your Ashes Tour in style.

TELEPHONE

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Prices from £9,995 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including return economy class flights and transfers. Single Supplement: £6,450 Hospitality and tickets are not included

01244 355 533

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P L AT I N U M H O T E L S

PARK HYATT SYDNEY

PARK HYATT MELBOURNE

INTERCONTINENTAL ADELAIDE

In a location that is second to none, boasting guest rooms that showcase spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies facing Sydney Harbour, this is the perfect hotel for your time in Sydney. Drink-in the outlook of the Sydney Opera House whilst enjoying a morning coffee or evening meal in the hotel’s restaurants.

Located in the heart of Melbourne overlooking St Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens, the multi-award-winning Park Hyatt Melbourne offers 240 luxurious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, an exceptional restaurant, and a spa with indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms, as well as a private sun deck.

Sitting on the banks of the River Torrens, its central location means that everything this city has to offer is right on your doorstep. Beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury with views of the city, river or the Adelaide Oval. Dine in style at the hotel’s two award-winning restaurants: Riverside and Shiki.

Accommodation is in a City Harbour Deluxe Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a City Harbour Deluxe Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Club Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

HYATT REGENCY PERTH

STAMFORD PLAZA, BRISBANE

QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND

Boasting views of the Swan River, this hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre. There is also a free bus service that takes you into the centre of Perth or it’s an easy 20-minute stroll. A selection of restaurants and bars present variety on site.

A recognisable landmark on the city’s skyline, this hotel is located between the banks of the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens. The 252 luxuriously appointed guest rooms are generously sized and spread over 22 floors, offering a comfortable stay in this cosmopolitan city. Dining options are outstanding, with alfresco The Pav Bar a favourite.

This luxurious Whitsunday resort is situated in a secluded location on Hamilton Island, offering guests a superb range of activities including Great Barrier Reef tours, snorkelling, diving and a top notch spa. All accommodation offers uninterrupted views over the sea and lightfilled spaces made for soaking up the incredible natural scenery.

Accommodation is in a Club River View Room on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Leeward Pavilion on a bed & breakfast basis.

Accommodation is in a Superior Room on a bed & breakfast basis. TELEPHONE

01244 355 533

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2017-18 MAGELLAN ASHES SERIES

AU STR A L IA vs ENG LAN D TOURING EXTENSIONS

Here we have created four inspiring touring options in Australia to whet your appetite, but there are many other amazing Australian experiences on offer and we are happy to put together a tailor-made quote and itinerary for you to include any highlights that take your fancy Down Under. Don’t forget, with the One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 games following the Ashes, we can craft a bespoke tour to watch those too! Speak to one of our Sports Travel Specialists for more details. They will be more than happy to create and advise you on the perfect pre, or post-tour extension.

POST-ADELAIDE

PRE-MELBOURNE

Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island for a three night stay at the spectacular Southern Ocean Lodge (Platinum) or Aurora Ozone Hotel (Cricketer). The following two days you can tour and explore the island, its abundance of wildlife, Seal Bay Conservation Centre and Flinders Chase National Park, including the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Continue your Oz adventure with a flight back to Adelaide and self-drive to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Spend two nights at The Louise (Platinum) or Novotel Barossa Valley Resort (Cricketer) from where you can discover the many fine wineries in this picturesque area.

Arrive in Melbourne and collect your self-drive vehicle before heading off to the Yarra Valley, just an hour’s drive away. Spend two nights at the sublime Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel (Platinum) or Yarra Valley Lodge (Cricketer), from where you can explore the many local wineries and inspiring forest walks. A ‘must do’ is a visit to see the Aboriginal spirit figures carved out of old trees at William Ricketts Sanctuary, and if you have a head for heights, ask your Sports Travel Specialist to work a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards into your bespoke itinerary.

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POST-SYDNEY: OPTION 1

POST-SYDNEY: OPTION 2

BESPOKE TRAVEL

Hamilton Island, in the heart of the Whitsundays, is one of 74 tropical islands that lie between the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy its pristine beauty on our suggested extensions.

Fly to Tasmania where you will self-drive to The Henry Jones Art Hotel (Platinum) or Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Cricketer) for two nights. Explore Hobart’s historical past and take in the many sights of the city. Then drive to Freycinet National Park, with its peninsula of pink granite mountains, to spend two nights at Saffire Freycinet (Platinum) or Freycinet Lodge (Cricketer). Complete your trip in Launceston with two nights at Peppers Seaport Hotel (Platinum) or The Sebel Launceston (Cricketer) where you can visit the beautiful Cataract Gorge and taste Australia’s top tipples at the historic James Boag & Son Brewery and in the Tamar wine region.

Other potential options to consider include the short hop over to New Zealand; Fiji, with its diverse culture and varied wildlife; or the idyllic beaches that French Polynesia has to offer. Alternatively, take a stopover in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore, or, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi offering excellent connecting flight options, you could break up the journey to Australia in either direction.

Platinum: Fly to Hamilton Island, spending five nights at qualia. Here you can partake in the many activities on offer including bush walking, sailing, scuba diving or simply relaxing in this internationally-renowned, luxury resort. Cricketer: Fly to Hamilton Island, spending five nights at The Beach Club, where non-motorized watersports and an on-site sports club are included. Over 40 activities can be booked (at an additional cost) including Barrier Reef cruises and island tours.

TELEPHONE

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Of course, the cricket doesn’t end with the Ashes, and here at ITC Sports Travel we can create an extension, or complete stand-alone itinerary, to see the One-Day Internationals or Twenty20 games. Or perhaps another sport inspires you? Our team can suggest the best places to play golf, or even take in a horse race or two.

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SPORTING CALENDAR • 2017 / 2018 •

EXCEPTIONAL SPORTING HOLIDAYS DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU… At ITC Sports Travel we offer a range of tours and bespoke sporting holidays to the top-class fixtures around the world in the finest destinations. We offer tailor-made holidays to many sporting events including, but not limited to, cricket, Formula 1, tennis, rugby and golf. Through our sister brand, Horse Racing Abroad (HRA), we offer trips worldwide to the most prestigious meetings, from the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris to the Dubai World Cup. Our portfolio is broad; so whether you’re seeking a luxury yacht in Monaco to watch the Grand Prix, the finest hospitality at Le Golf National for the Ryder Cup or the best seats in the house when watching England’s cricket team on tour in the Caribbean, then ITC Sports Travel will have the holidays to suit.

MARCH 2017

JULY 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

Australian Grand Prix

British Grand Prix, Formula One

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One

Las Vegas Sevens, Rugby

Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula One

Brazilian Grand Prix, Formula One

West Indies v England, Cricket (3 ODIs)

Munich Racing - HRA

Australia v England, Cricket

Ireland v England, 6 Nations, Rugby

Austrian Grand Prix, Formula One

The Melbourne Cup - HRA

The Dubai World Cup - HRA

Wimbledon, Tennis

The Breeders’ Cup, San Diego - HRA

AUGUST 2017

DECEMBER 2017

Sandy Lane Gold Cup - HRA

APRIL 2017

US Open, Tennis

Dubai Sevens, Rugby

Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One

Norwegian Derby, Oslo - HRA

Australia v England, Cricket

Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One

Belgian Grand Prix, Formula One

Cape Town Sevens, Rugby

Singapore Sevens, Rugby

SEPTEMBER 2017

JANUARY 2018

US Masters, Golf

Italian Grand Prix, Formula One

Australian Open, Melbourne, Tennis

Singapore Grand Prix, Formula One

J & B Met, Cape Town - HRA

Irish Champions Weekend - HRA

Australia v England, Cricket

Russian Grand Prix, Formula One Hong Kong Sevens, Rugby

MAY 2017 French Guineas, Deauville - HRA Kentucky Derby - HRA

OCTOBER 2017

Spanish Grand Prix, Formula One

Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe - HRA

Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One

Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase - HRA

French Open, Tennis

US Grand Prix, Formula One

Coolmore Stud & The Irish Guineas

Malaysian Grand Prix, Formula One

- HRA

Japanese Grand Prix, Formula One Mexican Grand Prix, Formula One

JUNE 2017 San Sebastian Racing - HRA

Find out more by calling one of our Sports Travel Specialists on 01244 355 533 or visit our website www.itcsports.co.uk

Canadian Grand Prix, Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Formula One


Dubai World Cup

23-27 MARCH, 2017

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

05-10 APRIL, 2017

US Masters

06-09 APRIL, 2017

Having created a reputation as a high-class and colourful sporting event, ITC Sports Travel, with our partners at Horse Racing Abroad, is pleased to offer a tour package to the Dubai World Cup 2017. Only recently formed, the Dubai World Cup has since gone on to gain a reputation as one of the best and most luxurious horse racing competitions in the world and has attracted a host of top quality participants.

The Hong Kong Sevens has grown into one of the most popular events on the international calendar and boasts a sensational carnival atmosphere to match. Enjoy the lightning-fast battles between the world’s top rugby teams and the energy local and international fans create which ensure a vibrant atmosphere at this much-loved tournament. Just make sure you leave time to visit Hong Kong’s many highlights while you’re in the city.

In April, all eyes are on the famous Augusta National Golf Club for the US Masters, one of four major championships in professional golf. The world’s elite golfers will compete on the manicured greens of Augusta to become the first champion of 2017. This historic club’s hallowed grounds are amongst the most difficult to gain access to, with membership being a privilege available to few. We are able to offer guaranteed tickets and match hospitality with our selection of luxury golf itineraries.

Monaco Grand Prix

Breeders’ Cup

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

26-29 MAY, 2017

Considered one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, the Monaco GP is a highlight on Europe’s social calendar. We will once again be offering bespoke luxury packages, staying at a selection of hotels in Monaco and the surrounding area, along with a choice of hospitality. Our 2017 packages include Grandstand K tickets for the weekend as standard; in our opinion the best grandstand view in Monaco.

31 OCT - 05 NOV, 2017

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracting the best horses, jockeys and trainers from around the world and deemed to be the richest prize-money event currently in sport. Previously held at Santa Anita, California and Keeneland, Kentucky, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup will be held at the new venue of Del Mar, situated just outside of San Diego. Join us for two days of spectacular racing!

24-28 NOV, 2017

Join us in Abu Dhabi for this spectacular ‘sunset race’ at the magnificent Yas Marina Circuit, an F1 course that offers the latest in innovative design and luxurious features, allowing its 50,000 spectators to get extremely close to the action! Our fully-inclusive packages feature flights, transfers, accommodation and premium tickets and hospitality, with the opportunity to include pre or post-race experiences on your bespoke itinerary.


Did you know that the ITC family can now cover all of your travel needs? From tailor-made tours to high-end holidays, family-friendly villas to experiential excursions, there’s a Travel Expert in our Group who can create a bespoke travel package just for you.

Platinum, 5-star luxury

Tailor-made travel experiences

Enriching, immersive escapes

With over 40 years’ experience providing bespoke, luxury holidays to the best hotels and most iconic destinations across the world, a holiday from ITC Luxury Travel goes above and beyond your expectations. ITC prides itself on its industry leading, award-winning service and flexibility that means, when it comes to luxury travel, your wish is their command.

Western & Oriental caters to those who wish to encounter new, interesting perspectives on some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful places. From the wild horses of the American mid-West to the Caribbean charm of Cuba and Guadeloupe, W&O offers a truly diverse range of holidays and an impressive selection of 4-star accommodation across the globe.

Regent Holidays has been offering travel to a wide range of unique and off-the-beaten-track destinations since 1970. So whether you want to journey past deep fjords on an Arctic cruise in Greenland or watch the sun rise over 2,000 temples on a tailor-made tour of Burma, Regent’s Travel Specialists can plan a truly extraordinary holiday to remember.

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www.westernoriental.com

www.regent-holidays.co.uk


Unique, private hideaways

Extraordinary, adventurous journeys

Specialist horse racing holidays

Villa Select pride themselves on professional, specialist service from their team in the UK, as well as their overseas resort managers. Providing family villa holidays for over 30 years, and having visited every property they offer, the Villa Select team is ideally placed to advise you on the perfect property for you and your travelling companions.

Rainbow Tours has long pioneered responsible travel, and specialises in tailor-made holidays, offering a selection of small group tours to mainland Africa, Madagascar and Latin America. Their well-travelled team can arrange safaris, custom-made trips for couples, family holidays, honeymoons and expert-led group tours.

Horse Racing Abroad (HRA) is renowned for its horse racing holidays, industry connections and insight into the racing world, taking you closer to the action than other companies can even dream about! A year-round tour programme covers the finest flat and National Hunt meetings, the pinnacle of which is the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

www.villaselect.com

www.rainbowtours.co.uk

www.horseracingabroad.com


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