ASHES 2015 - EXCLUSIVE FULLY ESCORTED TOURS & TEST MATCH TRAVEL PACKAGES
ASHES 2015 - EXCLUSIVE FULLY ESCORTED TOURS & TEST MATCH TRAVEL PACKAGES
EXCLUSIVE FULLY ESCORTED TOURS & TEST MATCH TRAVEL PACKAGES ASHES 2015 CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 Cricket Australia Travel Office presents its range of:
CONTENTS MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL CLARKE CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 2 PAGE What to expect from your CATO Ashes experience 3 2015 Ashes Test cities, venues and CATO Hotels 4-11 EXCLUSIVE FULLY ESCORTED TOURS 12-13 • First & Second Tests plus… Additional time in London 14-15 Dublin 16-17 • Second & Third Tests plus… Spain 18-19 Italy 20-21 European Highlights 22-23 • Fourth & Fifth Tests plus… Ireland 24-25 INDIVIDUAL TEST MATCH TRAVEL PACKAGES • First Test - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 26 • Second Test - Lord’s, London 27 • Third Test – Edgbaston, Birmingham 27 • Fourth Test - Trent Bridge, Nottingham 28 • Fifth Test - The Oval, London 28 T20 AND ODI SERIES - FIXTURE & TRAVEL PACKAGES 29 BOOKING CONDITIONS 30-31 Last summer at home the crowd got right behind us and it really spurred us on.
All the boys were talking about the amazing crowd support and how incredible it was to play in front of packed houses around the country. It was an unbelievable feeling to have so many people behind us. To capture some of that support and have as much green and gold at grounds across the UK and Ireland next year when we are playing on foreign soil would be a major bonus.
For those of you who make the long journey, your efforts will certainly be appreciated by the team. In return for your support, we’re determined to play attacking and entertaining cricket. We look forward to seeing you there. May 2014 Date Match Venue Location 8-12 July, 2015 First Ashes Test Sophia Gardens Cardiff 16-20 July, 2015 Second Ashes Test Lord’s London 29 July – 2 August, 2015 Third Ashes Test Edgbaston Birmingham 6-10 August, 2015 Fourth Ashes Test Trent Bridge Nottingham 20-24 August, 2015 Fifth Ashes Test The Oval London ASHES FIXTURE 2015 ASHES SERIES
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CATO ASHES EXPERIENCE CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 3 Qantas is the Official Airline of Cricket Australia and is proud to be flying the team to London for the 2015 AshesTour.
Qantas' expertise in long haul travel, coupled with exceptional inflight service, will allow the team and supporters to sit back and relax and prepare for the battle that lies ahead in the UK. Enjoy the journey with Qantas, the Spirit of Australia. Visit Qantas.com Take a break with travel insurance you can trust. 15% discount for Bupa health members, 24-hour global emergency assistance cover for overseas medical, dental and evacuation expenses or if luggage or travel documents are lost, damaged or stolen, hire vehicle excess waiver plus cancellation cover.* Call 134 135 for a quote or visit bupa.com.au/travelinsurance to find out more.
*Bupa Travel Insurance issued by CGU Insurance Limited (CGU) ABN 27 004 478 371 AFSL 238291. Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and does not take into account your individual circumstances. A Product Disclosure Statement is available at bupa.com.au and should be considered before making any decision on this product. Bupa Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590 is an authorised representative of CGU. Please see relevant PDS for details of cover provided including applicable limits and exclusions. COMMBANK TRAVEL MONEY CARD Organise your travel money before you leave on your 2015 Ashes tour.
A CommBank Travel Money Card is a reloadable prepaid MasterCard that holds multiple foreign currencies (including Great British Pounds and Euros) and provides a secure and convenient way to access your money overseas. Enjoy locked-in exchange rates, quick and easy reloads and acceptance at over 35 million MasterCard locations worldwide with no transaction fees on purchases. Find out more: commbank.com.au/tmc Welcome to the Cricket Australia Travel Office’s (CATO) travel program for the 2015 Ashes Series. The team at CATO has spent a great deal of time putting together what we believe is a fantastic range of tours and packages for anyone wanting to travel to the British Isles to support our boys in their quest to retain the urn in 2015.
Here’s a snap-shot of what to expect from your CATO Ashes experience. GUARANTEED MATCH TICKETS Cricket Australia has secured guaranteed tickets for CATO travellers at all Test Match venues. For the 2013 Ashes Series in the UK there was hardly a spare seat at any venue so it is vitally important that Australian supporters secure guaranteed tickets through the official CATO travel program. Be wary of unauthorized ticket on sellers and/or scalpers. A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF QUALITY HOTELS A range of hotels are available in all Test Match cities and these hotels have been individually inspected by CATO staff.
A summary of these hotels is provided on the following pages. For more detailed information contact your CATO sales consultant or visit www.cricket.com.au/travel. CATO PRE MATCH FUNCTIONS IN ALL CITIES Late afternoon/early evening prior to day one of each Test, CATO will host a match preview function featuring former cricketing greats, current players and/or Cricket Australia team management. These functions will be an opportunity to join fellow CATO travellers and hear the latest insights into the contest that will unfold over the next few days.
In keeping with the prominence of the Lord’s Test, the CATO function will be a sit down three course dinner staged in the ballroom of the fabulous Park Plaza Westminster Hotel. For all other Tests, the function will be a more casual cocktail style affair including finger food and beverages, with plenty of seats for those guests not wishing to stand. CATO STAFF ON LOCATION / 24 HOUR ASSISTANCE Experienced personnel will be on location throughout the 2015 Ashes Series to assist all CATO participants. A centralised hospitality desk will be established in each Test city and our staff will be on location at CATO hotels to assist with function transfers where applicable.
Additionally, all CATO travellers will be provided with a 24 hour emergency contact while they are travelling throughout the UK, and further afield on a CATO Exclusive Fully Escorted Tour, to address any unforeseen issues that might occur.
OFFICIAL ASICS TEAM MERCHANDISE All CATO travellers will receive premium quality official ASICS 2015 Ashes Series team merchandise including two (2) polos per person and a cap. 2015 ASHES SERIES
CARDIFF 2015 ASHES TEST CITIES AND VENUES CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 4 Getting to Cardiff – a very accessible city, Cardiff benefits from excellent road, rail and air connections. London is reached within 2-hours via regular high- speed train services. The city also boasts an international airport with convenient connections to London Heathrow, London Gatwick and beyond and is served directly by the M4 motorway providing fast links by car to the rest of the UK.
Our Test Venue, Sophia Gardens – located on the west bank of the River Taff just north of Cardiff city centre, Sophia Gardens is home to the Glamorgan County Cricket Club. Whilst the Glamorgan County Cricket Club played their first international cricket match at Sophia Gardens in 1967, it didn’t become their home ground until 1995 when they signed a 125-year lease. Since then, several improvements have taken place including the construction of the National Cricket Centre which was finished in 1999, the same year that the ground played host to Australia's contest with New Zealand in the group stages of the World Cup.
Since 2002 the ground has hosted regular one day matches but as an International Test match venue it is very young. It hosted its first Test match during the 2009 Ashes Series which ended in a draw. The capacity at Sophia Gardens is 15,000.
Getting to Sophia Gardens – located just north of Cardiff city centre, Sophia Gardens is a leisurely walk from most Cardiff city hotels. Buses run from outside Cardiff Central Station every 10 minutes (services 25, 62 and 62a) and drop on Cathedral Road where the ground is a short walk up Sophia Close. For the First Ashes Test, all CATO Exclusive Fully Escorted Tours include daily transfers to Sophia Gardens. Cardiff, or Caerdydd to the Welsh, is the capital and largest city in Wales. AERIAL VIEW OF CARDIFF PIERHEAD BUILDING AND WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF BAY SOPHIA GARDENS, CARDIFF Forged on a history of iron and coal mining thanks to the valleys in the north, Cardiff has blossomed into a lively and cosmopolitan city.
The city centre, which can be explored on foot, offers a mix of shopping, museums, dining and entertainment along with heritage buildings including the National Museum of Wales and Cardiff Castle. Just south of the city is Cardiff Bay with its selection of waterside restaurants and bars as well as the striking Wales Millennium Centre.
CARDIFF CATO HOTELS CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 5 All hotels have been individually inspected by CATO and they have been classified to provide customers with an indication of the hotel standard as outlined below: Standard hotels equivalent to a 3 – 3 ½ star rating in Australia. Centrally located, clean, safe and good value for money. Superior hotels equivalent to a 4 star rating in Australia. Centrally located, quality public areas, restaurant/bar and extras including room service, gymnasium, etc. 1st Class hotels equivalent to a 4 ½ - 5 star rating in Australia.
Premium accommodation with excellent facilities, quality restaurant/bar and full services Standard Superior 1st Class MERCURE CARDIFF CENTRE Located just outside the city centre, this hotel offers bright, spacious rooms and basic guest facilities - a good budget option APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 1.0km Sophia Gardens: 2.8km Standard THE ROYAL HOTEL CARDIFF Housed in a heritage listed Victorian building right in the heart of the city, this hotel boasts good value, modern accommodation. APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 0.4km Sophia Gardens: 1.7km Standard RADISSON BLU CARDIFF Located right by Central Station, this hotel is blessed with panoramic city views, modern rooms and all the facilities you need for a comfortable stay.
APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 0.4km Sophia Gardens: 2.0km Superior HILTON CARDIFF Overlooking Cardiff Castle and City Hall, this luxury hotel boasts modern rooms and excellent facilities including heated pool, gym, sauna, steam room and spa.
APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 1.1km Sophia Gardens: 1.7km Superior THISTLE CARDIFF CITY CENTRE, THE PARC Centrally located in a beautifully restored Victorian building, this hotel offers luxury rooms as well as a fine dining restaurant and champagne bar. APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 1.0km Sophia Gardens: 2.0km Superior PARK PLAZA CARDIFF Located a stone’s throw from Cardiff Castle, this chic hotel boasts stylish rooms and state-of-the-art health and spa facilities including an indoor pool and gym.
APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Central Station: 1.2km Sophia Gardens: 1.8km 1st Class
Getting to London – being one of the largest cities in the world, there are a myriad of ways to get to London. By air, there are two international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. By rail, the Eurostar operates daily from Paris and Brussels plus there are regular trains to/from London from across Great Britain. Our Test Venue, Lord’s – Lord’s Cricket Ground, generally known as ‘Lord's’has long been seen as the 'Home of Cricket' and the game's spiritual 'headquarters', but its importance is not merely historical. In practice it remains, to this day, perhaps the most important single place in world cricket.
Its owner, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), remains the guardian of both the Laws and the Spirit of Cricket, and MCC sides (which play around 500 games a year) perform a key role in promoting cricket - in Britain and abroad. The ground, which celebrated its two hundredth anniversary in 2014, is also the setting for the state-of-the-art MCC Cricket Academy, the unrivalled MCC Library and the world- famous MCC Museum - where exhibits include the Wisden Trophy and, of course, the Ashes urn. The capacity at Lord’s is 28,000.
Getting to Lord’s – Lord’s is in St. John’s Wood, north-west London, and is easy to get to by bus and London Underground. The recommended Underground station is St. John’s Wood on the Jubilee line which is approximately 10 minutes’walk from the ground. For the Second Ashes Test, all CATO Exclusive Fully Escorted Tours include daily transfers to Lord’s and all CATO Travel Packages include a seven day London Travelcard which allows unlimited travel on London’s public transport system within Zones 1-2. Our Test Venue, The Oval – The Oval, located in Kennington, London, is home to the Surrey Cricket Club.
The Oval was the venue of the first Test match between Australia and England in 1880, making it only the second ground in the world to stage a Test after the MCG. In 1882, Australia won a Test here by seven runs within two days which led ‘The Sporting Times’to print a mocking obituary for English Cricket which led to the creation of the Ashes trophy. Since then, the Oval has hosted a multitude of cricket matches in all forms of the game with the final Test of the English season traditionally played here. Though Lord’s is considered the home of Cricket, The Oval has played an integral part in the history of the game and visitors to the ground can enjoy one of the best preserved sporting arenas in England.
The capacity at The Oval is 23,500. Getting to The Oval – The Oval is located nearby to the centre of London and is easily accessible by Underground, bus or train. If using the Underground take the Northern Line to Oval station. The main entrance to the ground is a short walk away. The ground is also a ten minute walk from Vauxhall tube station on the Victoria line. For the Fifth Ashes Test, all CATO Exclusive Fully Escorted Tours include daily transfers to The Oval and all CATO Travel Packages include a seven day London Travelcard which allows unlimited travel on London’s public transport system within Zones 1-2.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 6 LONDON 2015 ASHES TEST CITIES AND VENUES One of the world’s truly great cities. THE OVAL, LONDON Visiting London during the 2015 Ashes Series will not just be about experiencing world classTest cricket at iconic venues, it will also be about enjoying the unique and limitless opportunities London never fails to offer. Whether you are making your first visit, or returning once again, there is always much to do and see in London. From Buckingham Palace to theTower of London, the British Museum to the London Eye, the capital’s attractions are simply awe-inspiring.
London restaurants serve cuisine from every corner of the world, and the West End offers the most diverse selection of shows to be found anywhere. LORD’S, LONDON AERIAL VIEW OF LONDON
CRICKET AUSTRALIA TRAVEL OFFICE Tel: 1300-133-232 Web: cricket.com.au/travel BRITISH ISLES BRITISH ISLES 2015 7 LONDON CATO HOTELS All hotels have been individually inspected by CATO and they have been classified to provide customers with an indication of the hotel standard as outlined below: Standard hotels equivalent to a 3 – 3 ½ star rating in Australia. Centrally located, clean, safe and good value for money. Standard Superior hotels equivalent to a 4 star rating in Australia. Centrally located, quality public areas, restaurant/bar and extras including room service, gymnasium, etc. Superior 1st Class hotels equivalent to a 4 ½ - 5 star rating in Australia.
Premium accommodation with excellent facilities, quality restaurant/bar and full services 1st Class Deluxe top of the range 5 star hotels – nothing left to chance.
Deluxe DOUBLETREE BY HILTON WESTMINSTER Just around the corner from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, this award winning hotel offers modern accommodation and a huge range of facilities. CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Pimlico APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 6.0km The Oval: 2.0km Standard HILTON LONDON OLYMPIA Located on fashionable Kensington High Street, this hotel offers a great range of facilities including fitness centre, all with easy access to all London has to offer. CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Kensington APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 5.2km The Oval: 7.6km Standard HOLIDAY INN KENSINGTON FORUM In the heart of Kensington, this hotel features bright rooms, an elegant restaurant and traditional pub all within a short walk of the bevy of local shops and restaurants.
CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Gloucester Road APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 4.6km The Oval: 5.8km Standard RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN KENILWORTH Set in Bloomsbury, the perfect location for London sightseeing, this classic English hotel offers richly decorated rooms only a short walk from Covent Garden and Oxford Street. CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Tottenham Court Road APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 3.9km The Oval: 4.7km Superior DOUBLETREE BY HILTON TOWER OF LONDON With views out over London’s skyline, this stylish hotel features a rooftop Skylounge, modern amenities in all hotel rooms including Apple iMac entertainment system and its own British restaurant.
CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Tower Hill APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 7.8km The Oval: 4.6km Superior RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN BLOOMSBURY ST Conveniently situated in Bloomsbury, close to Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Soho and Regents Park, this luxury central London hotel boasts warmly furnished rooms and a chic lobby bar and restaurant. CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Tottenham Court Road APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 3.9km The Oval: 4.7km Superior GRANGE ST PAULS Overlooking St Pauls Cathedral, this luxury hotel boasts a stunning glass atrium, 4 restaurants and fully equipped health club with pool. All rooms are elegantly furnished with all the mod- cons.
CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Blackfriars APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 6.3km The Oval: 4.0km 1st Class PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Set on South Bank of the Thames, across from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, this contemporary hotel offers modern rooms, award- winning restaurants and state-of-the-art health club and pool. CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Waterloo / Westminster APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 6.0km The Oval: 2.5km 1st Class THE LANDMARK LONDON Set in the heart of fashionable Marylebone and close to Lord’s, this grand hotel offers luxurious rooms, health club and day spa with indulgent treatments and an award-winning restaurant housed under an 8-storey atrium.
CLOSEST TUBE STATION: Marylebone APPROX. DISTANCE TO: Lord’s: 1.3km The Oval: 6.2km Deluxe