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ICC T20 World Cup 2024 - Calypso Classic Group Stage

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Our Calypso Classic Group Stage Tour kicks off in Barbados for Australia’s matched against Oman and England.

We then head to Antigua where Australia takes on Namibia followed by the tropical paradise of Saint Lucia for Australia’s final group match against Scotland. There's also the option of a couple of bonus fixtures featuring Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

With a number of matches being scheduled in each location the group stage offers the prefect mix of cricket and tropical beachside relaxation time!

Package Options

  • Calypso Classic - 12 Night Tour 4-16 June
  • Calypso Classic - 9 Night Tour 7-16 June

Included Matches

Our Calypso Classic includes Australia’s group stage matches:

  • Australia v Oman: Wednesday 5 June, Bridgetown, Barbados (12 night tour)
  • Australia v England: Saturday 8 June, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Australia v Namibia: Tuesday 11 June, St John’s, Antigua
  • Australia v Scotland: Saturday 15 June, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Optional Matches

You can choose to add matches before or after our core tour dates as our island bases feature a number of other games including:

  • England v Scotland: Tuesday 4 June, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Scotland v Namibia: Thursday 6 June, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Oman v Scotland: Sunday 9 June, St John’s, Antigua
  • Sri Lanka v Netherlands: Sunday 16 June, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
  • West Indies v Afghanistan: Monday 17 June, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Host Islands

A cricket tour of the West Indies is as good as it gets for the travelling fan. Warm weather, pristine beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze and a local population with a love of a good time, a good time is guaranteed for all!

Our accommodation on each island is at locally operated hotels featuring comfortable ensuite rooms plus private guest facilities including a pool, bar, restaurant and the services of their friendly local staff. The hotels ensure a genuine Caribbean touring experience so you can roll out of bed each day, take a dip in the pool before breakfast and relax at the bar with your fellow AST travellers each evening.

Flights

International flights from Australia are not included in our packages and should be booked separately online or through your travel agent. We are happy to assist in referring the best routes with Qantas/American Airlines for your travels to & from the Caribbean.

American Airlines has excellent connections via Miamai into both Barbados & Antigua. See www.americanairlines.com for details.

Travel insurance is not included in our travel packages or tours, however it is highly recommended as all payments made are non-refundable. See NIB Travel Insurance or CoverMore for options.

Whole Tournament

You can easily combine AST's group stage Calypso Classic Tour with our Super 8s & Finals Tour. Please contact our office for details and to arrange your flight from St Lucia to Antigua ready to connect your tour.

Any Questions?

Email us at info@astsports.com.au if you have any questions about the tour.

Inclusions

Hotel Accommodation

  • 2-5 nights at Bridgetown, Barbados (4 or 7-9 June)
  • 3 nights at St Jonh’s, Antigua (9-12 June)
  • 4 nights at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (12-16 June)
  • Breakfast daily

Match Tickets

Our Calypso Classic includes reserved seating at Australia’s group stage matches:

  • Official ICC match ticket for Australia v Oman (12 night tour)
  • Official ICC match ticket for Australia v England
  • Official ICC match ticket for Australia v Namibia
  • Official ICC match ticket for Australia v Scotland

Optional Add-Ons

  • Official ICC ticket for England v Scotland
  • Official ICC match ticket for Namibia v Scotland
  • Official ICC match ticket for Oman v Scotland
  • Official ICC match ticket for Sri Lanka v Netherlands
  • Official ICC match ticket for West Indies v Afghanistan
Optional match tickets subject to ICC availability

Transfers

  • Coach & flight transfers throughout
  • Stadium transfers for included Australian matches

Plus

  • Services of dedicated AST tour leader
  • AST tour luncheon in Barbados
  • Sightseeing day tour in St Lucia
  • Commemorative AST tour merchandise set

Itinerary

Tuesday 4 June - Welcome to Barbados


Welcome to the ICC T20 World Cup 2024! Australia’s match schedule has been blessed with some of the best islands in the Caribbean and Barbados is where we start to our West Indies 2024 adventure.

Barbados is the jewel in the crown for visitors to the West Indies thanks to its incredible beach resorts, nightlife and rich cricket history. This list of cricketing legends from the island is too long to list, but would start with the likes of Sobers, Worrell, Hall, Greenidge, Haynes, Garner and Marshall!

After checking-in at the hotel enjoy a dip in the pool before joining your fellow AST travellers and tour leader for a tour welcome & get together. If you are arriving early today’s action sees England take on Scotland in a morning fixture at Kensington Oval.

Arrival transfer options from Bridgetown Airport to the hotel will be emailed to you ahead of the tour.

Overnight: Barbados

Wednesday 5 June - Australia v Oman



Australia will be looking to get its campaign off to the strongest possible start this evening against Oman at Kensington Oval. This morning it's time to dust off the jetlag with some beach cricket and a swim in the sparkling clear waters.

Today we visit Barbados’ tourist centre complete with its vast array of bars, restaurants and stunning views over the Caribbean Sea. Later this afternoon we’ll be meeting up at the hotel bar with your fellow AST travellers ready to head off to Kensington Oval for Australia's opening match of the tournament.

Your included match transfer departs from our hotel direct to the stadium and returns following the end of play.

Included Match: Australia v Oman - Kensington Oval, Barbados 8:30pm

Overnight: Barbados

Thursday 6 June - Optional Match or Explore Barbados


Barbados has a wealth of sightseeing opportunities to explore when you’re ready to step out from our hotel pool and bar. From the colonial architecture of downtown Bridgetown to the natural wonders of Carlisle Bay, Paynes Bay and Bottom Bay, there is plenty on offer!

This afternoon is the first optional group match at Kensington Oval for what promises to be an entertaining clash between group B hopefuls Namibia and Scotland. For those who are not heading to the match there'll be a designated meeting place ready to watch the fixture at a local bar. After the match meet your AST rep and fellow travellers for another evening of Barbados socialising!

Optional Match: Namibia v Scotland - Kensington Oval, Barbados 3pm

Overnight: Barbados

Friday 7 June - Barbados Rum Shack Tour + Welcome to 9 Night Tour Passengers


A fantastic opportunity today to jump on board today's optional Barbados classic, an island rum shack tour! This is your chance to see more of the isalnd, visit small villages and non-tourist beaches, and of course sample some of Barbados most famous product, rum. Places on the rum shack tour are payable by cash. If you prefer to do your own thing today, for some history be sure to visit St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados Museum or the Garrison Historic Area and for an insight into the nation’s best non-cricketing export there is the Mount Gay Rum Distillery.

This afternoon marks the start for passengers commencing our 9 night tour. For those commencing today, check-in at our hotel and enjoy a refreshing swim in the hotel pool before joining the rest of the AST tour group for our evening get together.

The carnival atmosphere will be buzzing this evening with Aussie and English cricket fans all converging on Barbados.

Overnight: Barbados

Saturday 8 June - Australia v England


Today is the highlight of Australia’s group stage where we take on England for Group B bragging rights. Both teams will be looking for some valuable points to take into the Super 8s stage of the tournament! Today's match is a 1pm start so we'll be heading off shortly after breakfast to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere outside and inside Kensington Oval.

Your included match transfer departs from our hotel direct to the stadium and returns following the end of play.

This evening the bars across Barbados will be rocking as the West Indies take Uganda live on TV from Guyana.

Included Match: Australia v England - Kensington Oval, Barbados 1pm

Overnight: Barbados

Sunday 9 June - Welcome to Antigua


Today we head to Antigua in the Leward Islands for the next group stage matches.

Antigua is home to some West Indies cricketing royalty including Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts. The island is a leading tourist destination bringing in thousands of cruise ship passengers each week to enjoy the rustic town centre of St Johns plus its array of gorgeous beaches.

Upon arrival at our hotel take a refreshing swim in the pool before heading into town or enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel.

Optional Match: Oman v Scotland - Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua 1pm

Overnight: Antigua

Monday 10 June - Sightseeing Walk of St Johns


This morning after breakfast we head off together to explore the capital city, St Johns. Our walk takes in the popular Heritage Quay with its vast array of souvenir shops, clothing stores and eateries. We visit the impressive Saint John's Cathedral with its imposing twin towers built in 1845 and site history dating back as far as 1681, and also take a look at Antigua's Government House.

Our walk of St Johns is not complete without a trip down memory lane to the infamous Antigua Recreation Ground which hosted Australia's last Test in St John's in 2003. In what was one of the greatest Tests in Frank Worrell Trophy history, both teams were bowled out in their first innings for 240 before Matthew Hayden (177) and Justin Langer (111) posted a seemingly match winning 242 run opening stand in Australia's second innings of 417. Miraculously, after 128 overs on Day 5 the Windies reeled in the total with 3 wickets in hand thanks to Lara (60), Sarwan (105) and Chanderpaul (104). The ground was replaced by the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in the north of the island for the 2007 World Cup, but is still used locally today and remains a relic of the Windies Calypso glory days.

This evening presents the opportunity to sample St John’s town centre by night or simply relax and enjoy the local hospitality by the hotel’s pool, restaurant and bar.

Overnight: Antigua

Tuesday 11 June - Australia v Namibia


Today we get ready to witness Australia’s group match against Namibia at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The stadium was built ready for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and played host to three convincing Australian victories over Bangladesh, West Indies and England.
In today’s earlier matches Pakistan take on Canada and Sri Lanka play Nepal.

Your included match transfer departs from our hotel direct to the stadium and returns following the end of play.

Included Match: Australia v Sri Lanka - Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua 8:30pm

Overnight: Antigua

Wednesday 12 June - Travel to St Lucia


This morning we farewell Antigua ready to head to the majestic island of St Lucia. Saint Lucian cricket is the proud home of Daren Sammy who is the islands only Test representative and in whose honour the Gros Islet cricket ground is named.

Upon arrival at our hotel it’s time to take a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, grab some dinner either at the hotel or one of the many nearby eateries, then join the locals at the bar to watch the West Indies take on New Zealand live from Trinidad.

Overnight: St Lucia

Thursday 13 June - St Lucia Day Tour


St Lucia’s west coast is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and today we get to experience its splendour on our fully included day tour. Marvel at the beauty of St Lucia’s famous Pitons volcanic peaks, Toraille Waterfall, sulphur springs and mud baths, Soufriere, Marigot Bay, and more. Transfers, boat cruise, lunch and beverages are included in the tour.

This evening relax and enjoy the hotel restaurant and bar or venture out with your fellow AST travellers to enjoy some local cuisine and entertainment.

Overnight: St Lucia

Friday 14 June - St Lucia Sand & Sun


Today we take the time to enjoy a day of relaxation at one of St Lucia’s famous beaches. Kick back on the gold sands, cool off in the sparkling tropical waters, enjoy some local beachside cuisine and join in a game of beach cricket.

As the afternoon sun starts to go down the beach bar is the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing Carib Lager, a dash of rum on ice or a picture-perfect summer cocktail.

Overnight: St Lucia

Saturday 15 June - Australia v Scotland


Australia take on Scotland here in St Lucia this evening for their final group stage match and the chance to finish in a strong position heading into the Super 8s. To get things rolling there’s plenty of action on TV today including India v Canada and Namibia v England.

Your included match transfer departs from our hotel direct to the stadium and returns following the end of play.

Included Match: Australia v Scotland - Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia 8:30pm

Overnight: St Lucia

Sunday 16 June - Group Stage Tour Ends or Commence St Lucia Extension


For those concluding their tour today it’s time to say farewell to the Caribbean.

Our optional 2 night St Lucia extension sees the cricket carnival continue with back-to-back fixtures right here in St Lucia!

In this evening’s match Sri Lanka take on the giant-killing Dutch team in St Lucia for what could be a winner takes all clash.

Optional Match: Sri Lanka v Netherlands - Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia 8:30pm

Overnight: St Lucia

Monday 17 June - St Lucia Extension - West Indies v Afghanistan


Tonight the group stage comes to its conclusion with the locals taking on Afghanistan and we’ll be there as the West Indies look to secure their place in the next stage of the tournament!

Included Match: West Indies v Afghanistan, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia 8:30pm

Overnight: St Lucia

Tuesday 18 June - St Lucia Extension Ends


With the group stage concluded our St Lucia extension comes to an end this morning.

If you are continuing on tour for the Super 8s make sure you book your connecting flight for the start of our next leg in Antigua.

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ICC T20 World Cup 2024 - Calypso Classic Group Stage
Event Date/s:
5, 8, 11 & 15 June, 2024
Venue:
Barbados, Antigua & St Lucia in West Indies
Tour Dates:
4-16 Jun, 2024
Tour Duration:
13 Days/12 Nights