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FIFA World Cup™ 2018 - Tour

We have created the ultimate FIFA World Cup™ 2018 tour experience, including six Russian cities plus six pulsating Match Days.

Tour Name: Group Stage Tour
Tour Dates: 13-29 June, 2018
Number of Nights: 16 nights

Match Days in Tour Schedule:

14 June - Russia v Saudi Arabia in Moscow
16 June - Australia vs France in Kazan
19 June - Japan v Colombia in Saransk
21 June - Australia vs Denmark in Samara
23 June - Germany v Sweden in Sochi
26 June - Australia vs Peru in Sochi

Our touring schedule is ideally suited to Australia's draw and ensures your Russia experience will be as diverse as it is fascinating.

Our Tour Schedule - The Ideal Mix

Although 19 nations will be playing in Moscow or St Petersburg during the group stage, Australia will not be one of those. However, as fate would have it, this presents a fantastic opportunity that enables us to visit four other incredible Russian host cities, plus experience its two biggest & most famous sightseeing destinations, Moscow & St Petersburg, at each end of the tour respectively.

The first half of our tour sees us taking in four host cities and four match days across nine nights including Moscow, Kazan, Saransk & Samara.

We then slow the pace for the second half of the tour, visiting Russia's summer holiday hotspot, Sochi, for five nights of seaside relaxation on the Russian Riviera including two outstanding match days.

We conclude our tour with two wonderful "white nights" in beautiful St Petersburg with the option to extend your stay with additional nights.

Russia is without question one of the world's great destinations and for most travellers it presents an exciting new frontier in European travel. With a total of six amazing cities ready and waiting, plus the added bonus of visa-free entry into Russia during the FIFA World Cup thanks to the impressive new FAN ID system, Russia in 2018 is an opportunity not to be missed.

Itinerary Summary

13 June - Tour starts Moscow (overnight Moscow night 1)
14 June - Moscow sights + match day RUS v KSA (Moscow 2)
15 June - Moscow sights (sleeper train)
16 June - Match day AUS v FRA (Kazan 1)
17 June - Kazan sights (Kazan 2)
18 June - Coach travel to Saransk (Saransk 1)
19 June - Match day JAP v COL (Saransk 2)
20 June - Coach travel to Samara (Samara 1)
21 June - Match day AUS v DEN (Samara 2)
22 June - Flight to Sochi (Sochi 1)
23 June - Match day GER v SWE (Sochi 2)
24 June - Sochi relaxed seaside day (Sochi 3)
25 June - Sochi sights & seaside (Sochi 4)
26 June - Match day AUS v PER (Sochi 5)
27 June - Flight to St Petersburg (St Petersburg 1)
28 June - St Petersburg sights (St Petersburg 2)
29 June - End tour today or add additional night/s St Petersburg

Domestic Travel Within Russia

Domestic travel within Russia is fully included in our tour price. Our tour ensures you will experience a nice balance of travel modes along the way including:

Moscow to Kazan - Sleeper train (800km)
Kazan to Saransk - Private coach (400km)
Saransk to Samara - Private coach (470km)
Samara to Sochi - Charter flight (1,600km)
Sochi to St Petersburg - Charter flight (2,200km)

AST Tour Host - Alex Tobin

We are extremely excited to announce that our AST Tour Host for Russia 2018 is former Socceroos captain Alex Tobin.

As one of Australia's most respected footballers of all time, Alex's legacy extends well beyond his playing days with one of Australian football's most prestigious awards - the Alex Tobin medal - awarded each year to the leading player who demonstrates leadership, achievement as a player, commitment to fellow professionals and service and dedication to the game. We're sure you will enjoy Alex's expertise and insight into Australia's matches and the tournament.

Tour Hotels & Rooming Options

Our tour will be staying in 4 star hotels throughout the entire tour. Room options include twin share (for two friends), double room (for couples), and single room. In addition, for those who are travelling solo or in an odd-numbered group, we also offer a "single-in-twin" option where we can pair you up with another solo traveller on the tour to save you having to pay the single room price (subject to being able to match you up).

Match Tickets

Match tickets are not included in our tour price. This is because fans of all nations are required to purchase their own match tickets. You have two main options for puchasing match tickets: 1) Purchase regular match tickets via FIFA's online sales, or 2) Purchase an official hospitality package which includes category 1 seating plus match day hospitality from USD $850 per person per match.

For general public sales visit the FIFA Ticketing Website and set up an account to enable you to purchase tickets for all three of Australia's matches (select Australia's group stage matches, match numbers 5, 22 and 38) in addition to individual matches for other teams/venues.

Match ticket applications are now open until 31st January 2018.

Russian Tourist Visas Replaced by FAN-ID

Tourist travel to Russia is normally tricky due to the complicated process of applying for a tourist visa. However, in 2018 the Russians are opening their doors to the world and making the tourist travel process as simple as can be via the new FAN-ID program.

FAN-ID is a simple online application process which you can complete on your home computer, tablet or phone. Most importantly, you do NOT have to send off your passport for processing. You simply enter your passport details online plus a photo of yourself (which you can take on your phone), then your FAN-ID card is sent to your home address. Upon check-in at the airport (eg. when departing Australia or any connecting flights en-route to Russia) and upon arrival into Russia, simply present your passport together with your FAN-ID card and your entry is cleared. Your FAN-ID is also required to be presented upon entry into the stadiums on match days (your match tickets will be aligned to your FAN-ID).

We are able to assist all AST travellers with their FAN-ID application if you need any help during the process. FAN-ID applications commence in early 2018. Visit the Fan ID Website for details.

AST at the FIFA World Cup™

We have been there supporting the Socceroos during their last three World Cup campaigns in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Over 500 AST tour members have cheered on our players at some of the biggest games on the world stage and they have also been able to experience the unbelievable sights and culture of these countries.

Russia in 2018

In 2018 we will be making our way to Russia as it opens its doors to the world. Russia is not your typical tourist destination for Australians and that's what excites us most about this tour. We are lucky to have fantastic contacts in Russia that will ensure all of our tour members will get to experience it all - the history, arts, architecture, diverse cultures, food, drink and of course a large dose of football.

We hope you can join us in Russia in 2018!
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AST - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Group Stage Tour

from $9,950

  • 16 nights accommodation in Russia
  • Hosted by Australian football star Alex Tobin
  • 4 star hotels throughout*
  • Sleeper train Moscow to Kazan
  • Private coach travel Kazan to Saransk
  • Private coach travel Saransk to Samara
  • Flight Samara to Sochi
  • Flight Sochi to St Petersburg
  • Breakfast daily
  • Opportunity to attend all 3 Socceroos matches (tickets must be purchased separately via
  • Opportunity to attend 3 other matches (tickets must be purchased separately via
  • Pre-match luncheon before all 3 Australia matches including food & alcoholic drinks
  • Group dinner restaurant evening in Sochi
  • Tour welcome evening with food & alcoholic drinks in Moscow
  • AST tour merchandise
  • Services of AST's most experienced tour rep with a world class CV of touring destinations including Russia
  • Guided city walking tour of central Moscow, including entry to St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin
  • Open top bus tour of St Petersburg
  • Optional extra nights available at start & end of tour
  • Enjoy Russia 2018 with your fellow AST Socceroos football supporters
  • *Hotels in Saransk are limited in range and rated as 3 star

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