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rramdin
Post subject: Tour package v Organise yourself
PostPosted: 19:02 on 14th Jan 2013

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Hi,

I am thinking of going to the Melbourne and Sydney tests next year - I've considered using a tour package provider but they seem to be ridiculously expensive. Does anyone with experience of going to the Ashes in Australia know how much cheaper it would be to organise accomodation and tickets ourselves?

We're looking at 3 star hotel minimum. Also how easy is it to obtain tickets for these tests without using a travel agent?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Tour package v Organise yourself
PostPosted: 23:46 on 14th Jan 2013

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rramdin Wrote:
Hi,

I am thinking of going to the Melbourne and Sydney tests next year - I've considered using a tour package provider but they seem to be ridiculously expensive. Does anyone with experience of going to the Ashes in Australia know how much cheaper it would be to organise accomodation and tickets ourselves?

We're looking at 3 star hotel minimum. Also how easy is it to obtain tickets for these tests without using a travel agent?


Based on arriving in Melbourne on 23/12 and leaving Sydney on 8/1:

Melbourne Accommodation: £542.50 Best Western Atlantis 4* (8 nights)

Sydney Accommodation: £494.50 Leisure Inn Sydney Central Hotel 3* (8 nights)

Both are per person based on 2 sharing a twin bedded room. Double bedded rooms tend to be a bit cheaper. I used Otel.com for both of these, which I discovered through Trivago.

I would guess that around £250 ought to cover the price of tickets for both matches.

I can't vouch for the quality of either hotel, since my experience of travel in Australia doesn't cover anything more salubrious than very low budget hotels and more often backpacker hostels! I picked them out just to give you an idea. Both hotels are centrally located though. You will probably find cheaper options within your specs by shopping around.

Last time there were no problems getting Melbourne tickets. For Sydney you'll need to get in quick as soon as they go on sale, but I don't recall any of those people who did that in 2010/11 missing out. The level of demand will depend on how things are going this summer when the tickets go on sale.
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