Indian Cricket Tour : 20th February - 7th March, 2013
 
This will be a challenging period for Australia coming straight after a big home series with Sri Lanka and a massive encounter with the No 1 ranked side South Africa, (whose title we hope to claim) and just prior to the tour that excites us all – the Ashes in England. But if you think there will be any respite in this period, then the Indians will soon put that to rest.

Given the confrontations between the teams in prior series, this will be no less intense despite the fact that many of the Australian and Indian players are teammates during the IPL and subsequent big bash tournaments. Not one of the players on either team is willing to take a back step, nor be intimidated by their opponents, so we can expect the competition to be as fierce as ever. This all makes up for some fascinating cricket between two teams fighting for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy – there is personal pride and unfinished business here. And of course in the terraces, where the chanting of the crowds is cricket support in its most passionate form, and must be seen and appreciated to understand Test match cricket in the sub-continent. Of course we will be in the luxury of our corporate hospitality suites, as there is no need to endure the heat and sun that the Indian climate can present to us.

Besides the cricket there is of course, the mystical country of India. The beauty and charm of the country will delight and enchant you, as this is a country of extremes. The food, the aroma, the tastes and smells, the sights and contrasts make this a destination that will truly give you unforgettable memories. Famous of all the world’s structures is the Taj Mahal, which needs no introduction to anyone, and is usually on most people’s must-see list. The Red Fort in Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, famous for their elephant rides, are all world renown sites in their own rights.

This will be our fifth cricket tour to India, and working with our colleagues at Tourism India, our expertise will make a difference to your travel experiences. I look forward to seeing you on this wonderful tour.


Tour Itinerary
Wednesday 20th February : Australia to Chennai
Board your morning Singapore Airlines flight to Chennai via Singapore, and on arrival transfer to our hotel the ITC Grand Chola.

Thursday 21st February : Chennai
This morning we undertake a half day city tour of Chennai. This evening our welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Friday 22nnd February : Chennai
First day of the First Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai with corporate facilities and return coach transfers.

Saturday 23rd February : Chennai
Second day of the First Test with return transfers.

Sunday 24th February : Chennai
Third day of the First Test with return transfers.

Monday 25th February : Chennai
Fourth day of the First Test with return transfers.

Tuesday 26th February : Chennai
Fifth day of the First Test with return transfers.

Wednesday 27th February : Chennai to Agra

This morning we transfer to Agra and check into our hotel the 5 star Radisson Agra

Thursday 28th February : Agra to Jaipur
This morning an early start for a sunrise visit to the world renown Taj Mahal, return for breakfast, then our coach to Jaipur, the pink city and capital of Rajasthan. On arrival check into our hotel ITC Rajputana and this afternoon a tour of Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace.

Friday 1st March : Jaipur to Hyderabad
A half day morning city tour with an elephant ride to the Amber Fort before transferring to the airport and our flight to Hyderabad and to our hotel the JW Marriott.         

Saturday 2nd March : Hyderabad
First day of the Second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad with corporate facilities and return coach transfers.

Sunday 3rd March : Hyderabad
Second day of the Second Test with return transfers.

Monday 4th March : Hyderabad
Third day of the Second Test with return transfers.

Tuesday 5th March : Hyderabad
Fourth day of the Second Test with return transfers.

Wednesday 6th March : Hyderabad
Fifth day of the Second Test with return transfers. This evening transfer to the airport for our evening flights home.


Tour Cost - Price Per Person
TOUR
TWIN PER PERSON
SINGLE PER PERSON
Full Tour
$6,990
$8,490
Land Only
$6,090
$7,590
For those wishing to spend a couple of days stopover in Singapore, we can arrange this on an individual basis.


Tour Inclusions
  • Return economy class international flights with Singapore Airlines
  • One way economy domestic flight with Jet Airways
  • First class 5 star accommodation throughout the whole tour
  • All breakfasts included daily 
  • Welcome dinner and drinks in Delhi
  • Touring and sightseeing as per the itinerary in luxury coaches with guides
  • Reserved undercover seating with corporate facilities at both Test matches
  • The services of a cricket manager and experienced tour leader
  • Travel kit including polo shirt and hat
Tour Exclusions
  • Airline and airport taxes and charges (approximately $700.00)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other meals and drinks unless specified
  • Passport and visa costs (required for India)
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Tour Conditions
  • Tour conditions as per our Reservation Form
  • Deposit of $2,000.00 per person, non-refundable is due upon booking
  • Balance due Thursday 20th December, 2012
  • Airport taxes will be charged at time of ticketing
  • We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance
  • We recommend that you check with your local doctor as immunizations and medications may be applicable to you


Visa Information
Please note that a tourist Visa is required for India. Indian Visa applications now need to be completed online at : http://www.vfs-in-au.net/tourist_onlineapplication.html


Reservation Form







Test Match Fixture
22-26 Feb, 2013 - 1st Test
Chennai
2-6 March, 2013 - 2nd Test
Hyderabad
14-18 March, 2013 - 3rd Test
Chandigarh
22-26 March, 2013 - 4th Test
New Delhi












ITC Grand Chola




MA Chidambaram Stadium




Radisson Agra




ITC Rajputana




JW Marriott




Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium