The Ashes Series 2015

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The Ashes Series 2015

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The Ashes.

At A Glance

The Ashes is the prize in an ongoing test series between Australia and England. The Ashes are regarded as being held by the team that has last won the Test Series. Currently this is Australia, who defeated England in the 2013/14 series (5 – 0).

The Ashes has origins dating back to 1877 when Australia first played England. However, the first ‘Ashes’ concept started in 1882. That year Australia made 63 runs in the first innings, with England taking a 38-run lead, with 101. Since humble beginnings, The Ashes annually draws capacity crowds at all venues in the UK and Australia.

The Ashes is one of sports greatest rivalries, a spectacle which we have been privileged enough to provide travel to, since 1997. This is our 6th UK Ashes Series.

Ashes Facts

The Ashes Facts


 

Fast Scorer
127 Stan McCabe (Australia) Most runs in a session (from 100 balls).

Fast Starter
287 In 1903, at Sydney, Reginald ‘Tip’ Foster (England) scored 287 in his first Test match. This remains the highest total on debut for all internationals.

Slow Starter
80 John Murray (England) once took 80 balls (faced) to get off the mark. Carl Rackemann (Australia) is the Aussie record holder at 76 balls faced.

Never Too Late
49 The age of debutant James Southerton (England) when he stepped onto the field in 1877.

Bamboozled – The full story
For many years Doug Walters held the unofficial record for beers consumed on the flight to England, having downed 44 cans, in 1977, to win the first-ever unofficial in-flight drinking competition for allcomers (anyone on the flight could enter, with players, management and journalists starting the competition).

During that flight Rod Marsh claims to have gone drink-for-drink with Walters, only to be denied an entry in the record books. To rectify matters Marsh made a second run on the flight to England, in 1983. With some help from his teammates Rodney downed 45 cans.

Although he will neither confirm nor deny it, David Boon is generally agreed to have made a successful assault on Marsh’s record, on the flight to the 1989 Ashes series. Boon’s staggering record of 52 cans apparently still stands as the allcomers best, despite many alleged attempts to better it … rumour has it that even England’s victorious  2003 Rugby World Cup giants couldn’t out drink our Boonie.

Quack, Quack – More Batting Bunnies
Australia’s Syd Gregory holds the record for most ducks in Ashes tests, with 11 from 92 innings between 1890 & 1912. Gregory sits one duck clear of a trio of modern legends; Glenn McGrath* (10 from 33 innings), Shane Warne (10 form 48) and Sir Ian Botham (10 from 59).

In Ashes Tests, two players have been dismissed for a ‘Diamond Duck’ (ie; without facing a ball). William Attewell, at the SCG in 1884-85, and Rodney Hogg, at Birmingham in 1981.

Although at least twelve batsmen have suffered a “king pair” in Test matches (out first ball in both innings), it has not yet happened in an Ashes Test.

* Odd Spot: A world-class batting bunny, McGrath was dismissed for a first-ball (golden) duck in his first Test & ODI innings

Doughtiest Dead-bat
The fewest runs in a complete session is eight, by Trevor “Barnacle” Bailey in the infamous Brisbane Test of 1958-59. In the session in question Bailey faced 87 balls. At the other end, Bailey’s partners added eleven runs in the same session.

Bailey made his way to 68 off 427 balls in a marathon 458-minute innings, that works out at just short of nine runs per hour over seven-and-a-half plus hours … and we all thought Chris Tavare was a snail.

Event Info

Ashes Information


TEST DATES

1st Test: Sophia Gardens, 8 – 12 July (Cardiff)
2nd Test: Lords, 16 – 20 July (London)
3rd Test: Edgbaston, 29 July – 02 August (Birmingham)
4th Test: Trent Bridge, 06 – 10 August (Nottingham)
5th Test: The Oval, 20 – 24 August (London)

CLIMATE

July / August are the  hottest months of the year for the UK.

Average temperature:  18°C

Daily highs: 23°C on average, can reach 34°C

The weather will be mild and warm, but it is the UK, so packing for all seasons is recommended, with an orientation towards warm weather clothing.

CURRENCY

The Australian Dollar buys .54 British Pounds.

1 AUD = 0.548834 GBP1 GBP = 1.82204 AUD

This is at the time of publishing (9 July, 2o14) and is subject to change.

Refer to XE.com for new results.

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Lord’s Test | Tours & Package


The second test at Lord’s is by far the most popular test. Lord’s is the home of cricket and has a superb atmosphere surrounding Marylebone Cricket Club, with its tradition and heritage. If you only have time for 1 of the 5 tests, treat yourself to Lord’s, keep in mind, space is always limited.

We have 3 different Lord’s test options;

1. The Lord’s Test Package

2. Cardiff & Lord’s Tour

3. Lord’s & Edgbaston Tour


1. The Lord's Test Package

Lord’s Test Package


Inclusions:

  • Flights | Return economy flights from AUS*
  • Transfers | Return airport – hotel transfers
  • Accommodation | 6 nights from 15 July *
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily
  • Match Tickets | 5 Days, 2nd Test Lord’s*
  • London Oyster Card | £20 value pp, with fares up to ½ price
  • CATO Pre Test Dinner Function 15 July, with transfers
  • EWT Private Test Dinner 18 July, venue TBA
  • EWT Travel Pack; back pack, water bottle, EWT Cap, Travel Documents
  • All ticket handling fees, services charges and VAT at 20% included

*

Flights: Included flights depart 14 July arriving 15 July in London.  If you wish to travel on another date or to another destination first there is a small fee of $100 to amend that routing away from our designated departure group date.
Accommodation: 6 nights are included at a choice of hotels. Extra nights pre/post or at any other city are available.
Match Tickets: Day 1 – 4 reserved seats provided. Day 5 may be general admission (non-reserved) or reserved depending on final ground configuration.


Prices.

HotelBeddingStar→Lords*TwinXNTripleXNSingleXN
Radisson Bloomsbury (Superior)Double or Twin430 mins$6698$242NANA$7958$484
Radisson Bloomsbury (Deluxe)Double or Twin430 mins$6898$281$6498#$222$8398$562
The Landmark (Superior)King (no twins)515 mins$7198$334NANA$8998$668
The Landmark (Family)Double/Double515 mins$7598$418$7198^$348NANA


 

KEY

XN = Extra night, per person on a request basis

* Estimated walking time to Lord’s Cricket Ground from the hotel

# = rollaway bed

^ Using existing bedding, double/double

2. Cardiff & Lord's Tour

Cardiff & Lord’s Tour


The ultimate cricket experience. This high quality package includes the essentials required to see the first 2 tests in style. Both hotels are within walking distance to each cricket ground, offering you immediate access to the best cricket has to offer!

Inclusions;

  • Flights | Return economy flights from AUS*
  • Transfers | Group transfer from Heathrow to Cardiff (7 July)
  • Accommodation | 6 nights at the Cardiff Radisson Blu Hotel *
  • Transfers | Group transfer from Cardiff to London (13 July)*
  • Accommodation | 8 nights at the 5 Star Landmark London Hotel*
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily
  • Match Tickets | 5 Days @ the 1st and 2nd tests*
  • London Oyster Card | £20 value pp, with fares up to ½ price
  • CATO* pre match cocktail function at Cardiff City Hall, 7 July, all inclusive
  • CATO* Pre Test Dinner Function 15 July, with transfers
  • EWT Private Test Dinner 18 July, venue TBA
  • EWT Travel Pack; back pack, water bottle, EWT Cap, Travel Documents
  • All ticket handling fees, services charges and VAT at 20% included

Flights: Included flights depart 6 July arriving 7 July in London.  If you wish to travel on another date or to another destination first there is a small fee of $100 to amend that routing away from our designated departure group date.
Accommodation: Extra nights pre/post or at any other city are available.
Match Tickets: Day 1 – 4 reserved seats provided. Day 5 may be general admission (non-reserved) or reserved depending on final ground configuration.


Prices.

BeddingPrice
Double share pp$10,598
Twin share (2 beds) pp$10,997
Single occupancy$15,077

Land Only.

Double share /pp: $8,799 (start in Cardiff)

Twin share /pp: $9198

Single: $13,278

Fly to and from London on a customised basis for $100 extra + taxes


 

Extras.

You can fly to and from London or any other European city on a customised flight basis for only $100 extra. Air taxes are not included, as they vary from city to city.

OR

You can add part of the Lord’s & Edgbaston Tour (starting from London 22 July) for only $4,698 pp twin share or single extra $1,399.

1. Lord's & Edgbaston Tour

Lord’s & Edgbaston Tour


This 4 Star, 19 night tour, visits some of the most iconic areas of Southern England. It is the ideal tour to avoid multiple flights and long distances required to visit Europe mid-series. It is a tour aimed to maximise value and your time at beautiful English destinations. Visit Cambridge and Oxford, followed by Bath and Cheltenham Spa. Then we head off to the Cotswolds, followed by the Birmingham midlands. This sightseeing tour fits perfectly between the 2nd and 3rd tests which are often the series deciding tests. Treat yourself to the sights and sounds of England.

Inclusions;

  • Flights | Return economy flights from AUS*
  • Transfers | Group transfer from Heathrow to Hotel (15 July)*
  • Accommodation;
  • 7 nights in London at the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury
  • 1 night at the Doubletree by Hilton in Cambridge (22 July)
  • 1 night at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars in Oxford (23 July)
  • 2 nights at the Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath (24/25 July)
  • 2 nights at the Mercure Queens Hotel in Cheltenham (26/27 July)
  • 6 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn in Birmingham (28 July)
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily | 19 days!
  • Match Tickets | 5 Days @ the 2nd and 3rd tests*
  • London Oyster Card | £20 value pp, with fares up to ½ price
  • Full day local sightseeing tour with lunch in a local pub (27 July)
  • CATO* Pre Test dinner in London (15 July + return transfers)
  • CATO* Pre Test cocktail function in Birmingham (28 July + return transfers)
  • EWT Private Test Dinner 18 July, venue TBA
  • EWT Travel Pack; back pack, water bottle, EWT Cap, Travel Documents
  • All ticket handling fees, services charges and VAT at 20% included
  • Tour Escorted by an experienced representative between London and Birmingham

Flights: Included flights depart 14 July arriving 15 July in London.  If you wish to travel on another date or to another destination first there is a small fee of $100 to amend that routing away from our designated departure group date.
Accommodation: Extra nights pre/post or at any other city are available.
Match Tickets: Day 1 – 4 reserved seats provided. Day 5 may be general admission (non-reserved) or reserved depending on final ground configuration.


Prices.

BeddingPrice
Double share pp$11,598
Twin share (2 beds) pp$11,598
Single occupancy$14,597

Land Only.

Double share /pp: $9,799

Twin share /pp: $9,799

Single: $12,798

Fly to and from London on a customised basis for $100 extra + taxes


 

Extras.

You can fly to and from London or any other European city on a customised flight basis for only $100 extra. Air taxes are not included, as they vary from city to city.

OR

Add any of the 3 other Single Test Packages to this Tour (Sophia Gardens, Trent Bridge or The Ovals) from only $2,298 twin share pp.

Single Test Packages.

Special Offer: Take 5% off any Single Test Package when added to any Tour or Lord’s Test package.


You can add any of these Packages onto any Tour, Travel Package or other travel arrangements, with or without flights. The hotels included in these packages are in the top 30% of hotels in their respective locations. Trip Advisor ratings are indicative at time of publication and may change at any time, without immediate updates or notice.

Inclusions;

  • Accommodation| 6 nights
  • Buffet Breakfasts | Daily
  • Match Tickets | 5 Days*
  • London Oyster Card | £20 value pp, with fares up to ½ price
  • CATO* Pre Test Function
  • All ticket handling fees, services charges and VAT at 20% included

*

Match Tickets: Day 1 – 4 reserved seats provided. Day 5 may be general admission (non-reserved) or reserved depending on final ground configuration.


Cardiff: Sophia Gardens

Cardiff: Sophia Gardens

7 – 13 July

The Royal Hotel

20 min to cricket. Trip Advisor 18 of 81 = 75%

$2,469 / twin/double share pp

$2,398 / triple share pp

$3,098 / single

Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

25 min to cricket. Trip Advisor 10 of 81 = 79%

$2,819 / twin/double share pp

$2,639 / triple share pp

$3,698 / single

The Hilton Cardiff

20 min to cricket. Trip Advisor 12 of 81 = 77%

$2,999 / twin/double share pp

$3,998 / single

Birmingham: Edgbaston

Birmingham: Edgbaston

28 July – 3 August

The Hilton Garden Inn

Local bus to cricket. Trip Advisor 26 of 137 = 83%

$2,658 / twin/double share pp

$3,239 / single

Nottingham: Trent Bridge

Nottingham: Trent Bridge

5 August – 11 August

The Ramada Nottingham

Local bus to cricket. Trip Advisor 18 of 60 = 72%

$2,298 / twin/double share pp

$2,279 / triple share pp

$2,839 / single

London: The Oval

London: The Oval

19 – 25 August

Doubletree London Westminster

Use your Oyster Card included to the cricket. Trip Advisor 183 of 1076 = 89%

$2,849 / twin/double share pp

$3,569 / single

With any of the above packages you can add;

  • Flights (in all classes using best available fares)
  • Transfers (return Airport to Hotel transfers in London or Birmingham)
  • Train Travel (throughout the UK and Europe)
  • Rental Cars
  • Accommodation (between tests, pre or post, anywhere in UK or Europe)
  • Stopover Packages (in the Middle East, Asia or elsewhere)

 

Deluxe Dubai Stopovers

2 nights / Hotel – Airport Return Private Transfers / twin share pp:

Hilton The Walk: $295 / pp

JW Marriott Marquis: $435 /pp

Grand Hyatt: $375 /pp

Hotel Information.


The Landmark London

222 Marylebone Road, London, NW16JQ

One of London’s highest rated hotels offering Superior King Rooms at 35sqm and Family Twin rooms at 55sqm. It’s only a 15 minute walk from Lord’s.

Website >

The Landmark London


Doubletree by Hilton Westminster

30 John Islip Street, London, SW1p 4DD

At this iconic location you will find fabulous London attractions; Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace and the TATE Gallery.

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DoubleTree by Hilton


Radisson Bloomsbury

9 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC18 3QD

Located in the fashionable area of Bloomsbury / Fitzrovia, close to the British Museum, you are close to many London attractions, including Oxford street and it is only a 30 minute walk to Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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Radisson Bloosbury


Radisson Blu Cardiff

Meridian Gate Bute Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 2FL

This modern 21 story hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a superb central city location and it is a short 20 – 25 minute walk to the cricket in Sophia Gardens.

Website >

Radisson Blu Cardiff


The Hilton Cardiff

Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3HH

Only a 20 minute walk to the cricket in Sophia Gardens, The Hilton is one of Cardiff’s premium hotels.

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Hilton Cardiff


The Royal Cardiff

88 St. Mary’s Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DW

Cardiff’s oldest hotel has just 60 rooms and stunning old world charm. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi. Only 20 minutes home from the cricket at Sophia Gardens.

Website >

The Royal Hotel


The Hilton Garden Inn

1 Brunswick SQ, Birmingham, B1 2HW

In an excellent central city location this new 4 star hotel is well appointed.

Website >

Hilton Garden Inn


The Ramada

Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5FW

A great value 3 star hotel in the centre of the city, with air conditioning, flat screen TV’s, free Wi-Fi and many other facilities.

Website >

Ramada Notts Hotel

 

Terms.


RATES

All rates shown on this webpage are in Australian Dollars, these rates are subject to change at any time until paid in full.

TO BOOK

Please use the online booking form. It can be found here >

THE PROCESS

After submitted a booking form, we will get back to you via email.

Your booking is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email with details of your reservation and an invoice outlining your purchase.

Before travelling you will receive Travel Documentation which includes everything you need to undertake your Ashes 2015 trip.

PAYMENTS & INSURANCE

All payments made are non-refundable. We recommend Travel Insurance policies, options will be sent to you with your reservation confirmation.

We offer a 15% Travel Insurance discount for all packages.

PAYMENT DATES

Flight Inclusive Tours & Packages

Deposit: 25% required within 3 working days of confirmation.

31 August 2014: 25% stage payment

30 January 2015: 25% stage payment

20 April 2015: All outstanding balances are due, along with any extra travel arrangements.

Note: At any stage through this process when flights are confirmed we may require the applicable fare and government taxes which are required to issue flight tickets.

Single Test Packages

Deposit: 50% required within 3 working days of confirmation.

30 January 2015: 25% stage payment

20 April 2015: All outstanding balances are due, along with any extra travel arrangements.

AMENDMENTS AND NAME CHANGES

Any changes to confirmed reservations will incur amendment fees charged by carriers and suppliers. In addition EWT may charge amendment fees to alter some bookings. Each alteration is $50 per reissued invoice, unless you are adding $500 or more travel components to that change. It pays to give us as much information about your trip as possible from the outset to avoid amendment fees. You will then be surprised how well it comes together as we offer a fully comprehensive travel service to include;

- Hotel accommodation, 3, 4 or 5 star anywhere in the world

- Escorted quality Coach Tours, Ocean and River Cruising

- Rental Vehicles

- Quality Stopover Packages customised to your needs

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