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Itinerary: Tests 2 & 3 + London

Tuesday 13th August – Arrive London / Pre Match Function

Today you will arrive into London in anticipation for the start of tomorrow’s 2nd Test match at Lord’s.

London is an iconic city and everywhere you look there is a monument or building that you have seen in a book or on television. From Trafalgar Square to Tower Bridge, Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, there is something for everyone in London.

Tonight, following our arrival into London, we will be guests at the Cricket Australia Pre Match Function which includes a 3 course dinner, a drinks package and special guest appearances. 

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Westminster

Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th August – 2nd Ashes Test Match @ Lord’s, London

An Ashes Test Match at Lord’s is something that all Australian cricket fans want to tick off their bucket list and today we get to experience it for ourselves. Whether it’s your first or tenth trip here it is always a special feeling.

Each morning before the day’s play our Tour Hosts Merv Hughes and Geoff Marsh will conduct their pre-match briefing’s dissecting the previous day’s play and offering up their insights into what to expect for the day ahead.

Australia will be hoping to draw some inspiration from their last Test here at Lord’s where they crushed England by 405 runs to tie the 2015 Series at 1-1. Batting first Australia declared on 8/566 with skipper Steve Smith making a classic double century (215) and Chris Rogers assisting greatly with 173. In reply, our bowlers did a great job restricting England’s batsmen to 312 with Hazlewood and Johnson both taking three wickets. Our 2nd innings was about building a lead big enough to defend with all batsmen contributing to the 2/254 declared total, then England were bundled out for 103 thanks to another great bowling display from all five bowlers.

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Westminster

Monday 19th to 21st August – London City Break

The next two days you have the opportunity to explore on of the world's great cities.

The possibilities are endless - Cruise the Thames, see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, or visit the prime meridian and Greenwich Royal Observatory. If museums are your thing, try the Tate Modern, the National History Museum, the Science Museum, or Churchill's War Rooms just for a start. For sports fans, why not take a tour of Wimbledon, the new London 2012 Olympic sites, or state of the art Premier League Football facilities at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge or Arsenal's Emirates Stadium? For the more adventurous, there are also some great day trips from London, including Oxford, Brighton and Windsor Castle.

Or now that the Test match is completed why not take to a guided tour of Lord’s - 'the traditional home of cricket'. Visit the famous old Long Room and the state of the art media centre, plus see the original Ashes Urn in the Lord’s Museum. This is a rare chance to see behind the scenes and marvel at the immense history of one of the world's most revered sporting venues.

The evenings are great times to visit some of the city’s many bars and restaurants or perhaps enjoy a visit to the London Eye for simply amazing views of the London skyline.

Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Westminster
On the 21st August, you will need to get yourself from London to Leeds via train or bus in readiness for the first day's play in tomorrow's 3rd Test match at Headingley (we can advise you of options and arrange your transport booking, payment required closer to the date)  Tonight we will be guests at the Cricket Australia Pre Match Function which includes finger food, a drinks package and special guest appearances. 
Overnight:Crowne Plaza Leeds

Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August – 3rd Ashes Test Match @ Headingley, Leeds

We reach the pivotal 3rd Test at Headingley, Leeds which is back on the Ashes fixture for the first time since 2009, and the visiting Aussies will be hoping for a repeat of that match where they dominated England winning by an innings and 80 runs.

Each morning before the day’s play our Tour Host Merv Hughes will conduct his pre-match briefing’s dissecting the previous day’s play and offering up his insight into what to expect for the day ahead. 

Australia's bowlers set up the Test win with a fantastic performance in the 1st innings where they dismissed England for only 102 runs on the back of 5-21 from Peter Siddle and 3-18 from Stuart Clark. Australia only needed to bat once and compiled 445 with Marcus North scoring a century, before our bowlers again did the job rolling England for 263 with Mitchell Johnson claiming 5-59 and Ben Hilfenhaus taking 4-60

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Leeds  

Tuesday 27th August - Tour Concludes

Today we say goodbye as our wonderful time in the UK comes to a close. If you have purchased your international flights with AST, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

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