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Itinerary: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Fully Escorted Tour with Merv Hughes

Friday 5th July 2019 – Arrive Manchester

Welcome to Manchester for the start of what promises to be an amazing tour.

Manchester is famous for many things including being the birthplace of the industrial revolution, for hosting the 2002 Commonwealth Games and for its vibrant, youthful and progressive culture, but to sports fans the city is probably more well known for being home to two Premier League heavyweight teams in Manchester United and Manchester City. 

Today is a chance to explore the number of new entertainment precincts and quality restaurants close to our tour hotel as we gear up for a huge day tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Overnight:  Park Inn by Radisson or similar

 

Saturday 6th July 2019 – Australia v South Africa @ Old Trafford, Manchester

It's crunch time for Australia today with our last round robin match taking place in what could be an elimination scenario for our boys.

South Africa are tough opponents in any conditions and boast one of world cricket’s most formidable bowling attacks – Steyn, Philander and Rabada, and some world class batsmen in De Villiers, Amla, du Plessis and de Kock, ensuring this will be a great spectacle.

Hopefully the results fall our way and after this match we qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.

Overnight:  Park Inn by Radisson or similar 


Sunday 7th July 2019 - Liverpool Day Tour

This morning we head out of Manchester for the day and make the short way by train to Liverpool.

Located on the River Mersey, Liverpool has come a long way since its early humble and working class beginnings. It has become Europe's celebrated Capital of  Culture and since flourished into a trendy city full of exciting events and unique attractions. 

Today we will take a behind the scenes tour of the world famous Anfield Stadium.  Home to the most illustrious terrace in world football - the Spion Kop, you can imagine hearing "You'll Never Walk Alone" much like the players do. We'll follow the footsteps of legends like Shankly and Paisley, and sit in the same dressing room as modern day icons like Steven Gerrard

Following lunch we will indulge in the other favourite offering for visitors to Liverpool - the Beatles, with a trip to their museum. Here we can discover the amazing journey these 4 lads from Liverpool experienced from humble beginnings to being one of the biggest music acts of all time.

Overnight:  Park Inn by Radisson or similar 

 

Monday 8th July - Old Trafford Stadium Tour

Today we head to Old Trafford Football Stadium for a behind the scenes experience of this great stadium. Dubbed the "Theatre of Dreams", the stadium tour will see us take in all aspects from the North Stand and the pitch side dugout, to the players' dressing rooms and walking out of the players tunnel onto the pitch.

The museum is home to both historic exhibits and state of the art experiences that highlight the great success this club has had over the last 140 years.

Overnight:  Park Inn by Radisson or similar 

 

Tuesday 9th July 2019 – Semi Final 1 (1st v 4th) @ Old Trafford, Manchester

The top team from the round robin stages of the tournament will take on the 4th ranked team in this 1st Semi Final at Old Trafford.

In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi Final 1, New Zealand took on South Africa in what turned out to be a thrilling match. The Proteas batted first and compiled 5-281 in 43 overs thanks to a brilliant 82 from du Plessis, 65 not out (from 45 balls) from de Villiers and 49 from 18 balls by Miller.

A re-adjusted Duckworth-Lewis total of 288 saw McCallum come out swinging making a quick fire 59 from 26 balls, but it was South African born Grant Elliott who played the hero role with 84 runs including a 6 from the second last ball of the match to claim a record win and book New Zealand’s place in the World Cup Final.

Overnight:  Park Inn by Radisson or similar 

 

Wednesday 10th July 2019 - Manchester to Birmingham 

We leave Manchester behind today and make our way to Birmingham on our private coach transfer in preparation for tomorrow's Semi Final 2.

Birmingham is Britain's second largest city and is always growing; with the 2022 Commonwealth Games just around the corner, the city has undergone a rapid transformation and seen many new attractions, restaurants and cafes open.

Overnight:  Clayton Hotel or similar 

 

Thursday 11th July 2019 – Semi Final 2 (2nd v 3rd) @ Edgbaston, Birmingham

Today sees the second and third best teams from the Round Robin stage take on each other in the 2nd Semi Final at Edgbaston.

This is our first opportunity to visit the famous Edgbaston ground that often plays a huge part in an Ashes Tour of the UK. 

In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 corresponding Semi Final, hosts Australia, took on India at the SCG and got off to the best possible start batting first making a big total of 7/328 thanks to 81 runs from Aaron Finch and a century from Steve Smith.

In reply, India’s openers got off to a solid start getting to 76 without loss, but from there never got going, losing wickets at regular intervals to fall 100 runs short. Starc, Faulkner and Johnson were the chief destroyers taking 7 wickets between them.

Overnight:  Clayton Hotel or similar 


Friday 12th July 2019 - Birmingham - Stratford-Upon-Avon - Cotswolds - Oxford 

This morning following our departure from Birmingham on our private coach transfer, we make our first stop at the historic Stratford-Upon-Avon - the birthplace of Shakespeare. We will visit the Globe Theatre & Exhibition giving us the opportunity to learn more about the theatre and its most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. 

Following lunch we will make our way to Oxford via the Cotswolds. This beautiful part of the world is quintessential England featuring an amazing setting, with golden stones, rolling hills, castles, and country houses dominating the landscape. We will stop at a couple of different villages on our way through to Oxford.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Oxford or similar


Saturday 13th July 2019 - Oxford Tour - London 

This morning we will embark on a relaxed walking tour of Oxford learning about the history of the city and university. We will go into the oldest colleges including New College which was founded in 1379, and well known outside of its tertiary accomplishments through featuring in the Harry Potter films and television shows Inspector Morse. 

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was a student at Oxford back in 1953 where legend has it he downed a yard of ale in just 11 seconds at the local Turf Tavern. 

Following the tour we will board our private coach transfer through to London, where this evening we will enjoy our tour dinner.

Overnight: Millennium Gloucester or similar

                                

Sunday 14th July 2019 – The Final @ Lord’s, London        

The past 6 weeks of cricket action all culminates with today’s big final at the home of cricket – Lord’s. A capacity crowd of 28,000 will be on hand today to watch another big match add to the history of this amazing ground.

Australia has had a stranglehold on this tournament over the past few editions, winning 4 out of 5 dating back to 1999, with India the only other winner in that time.

Will the home team ranked number 1 in the world finally win their first World Cup after 3 Final losses? Can the new look Australian team continue their dominance amid the recent ball tampering controversy in South Africa? Or will a new contender come from the pack and take out the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

Overnight: Millennium Gloucester or similar

 

Monday 15th July 2019 - Tour Concludes

Today sees our ICC Cricket World Cup Tour 2019 come to an end. 

 


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