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IAAF World Athletics Championships 2013
Moscow, 10th - 18th August

Join us in Russia...

Named after the river that runs through it, Moscow is one of the greatest metropolis in the World, a city famed for its history, culture, architecture and landmarks including The Kremlin, Red Square and St.Basil’s Cathedral (pictured).

This will be the third time Moscow has hosted a global athletics championships. All the action will take place in the same arena that hosted the 1980 Olympics and the great duels of Coe and Ovett. We invite you to join us in this fantastic city for World-class athletics and a trip of a lifetime in the capital city of Europe’s largest and possibly most diverse country.

Anticipating that many will wish to include a sight-seeing trip to St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities anywhere on Earth, we have plans for a fantastic value 3-night add on after the championships. Travelling by train to take in the scenery on the way, we will plenty of excursion options including a city tour, Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace (Pushkin), Peterhov, Yusopov Palace, canal trips and more. To avoid returning to Moscow for the flight home, we have a special group reservation with BA, flying direct to London from St.Petersburg.

Centresport Travel Ltd, specialist tour operators to athletics events for over 30 years, will be hosting the trip and Graham Botley, tour leader extraordinaire, will be on hand to deal with most requests!

 


Visa Service - Exclusive

We are delighted to offer every customer the opportunity to avoid the stress and uncertainty of the visa application process. Our specialist Russian connections will provide guidance with the online form; deal with the formality of the visa invitation letter; and check all documentation in advance of submission. This service includes all administration costs associated with the process and special delivery trips to Russian Embassy. The visa service procedure can start as soon as booking has been made or at any suitable time for you. It can take up to 10 working days and we will allow 15. If this is too long to be without your passport, there is a faster service at extra cost. The standard charge for this hassle-free and highly-recommended service is £105.

The All Sports Travel team is proud to be teaming up again with Centresport Travel Ltd and Graham Botley, specialist tour operator to athletics events for more than 30 years.

 


Tour Itineraries

The athletics programme starts with a bang - the Men’s 100m qualifying is at 10.10 on the first morning of competition. Bolt and Gemili anyone?

The standard tour duration is ten nights, arriving the day before and leaving the day after the championships. But, with a 4-hour flight and 2-hour time change, we strongly recommend an extra day at the start to recover from the journey and allow for orientation. The rare opportunity to include the spectacle that is St.Petersburg requires a 3-night extension, very attractively priced and expected to be very popular. This can be added to 10-night and 11-night options.

Thursday 8th     Early starters depart for extra sightseeing in Moscow.
Friday 9th

Fly to Moscow from your chosen UK airport, to be met on arrival for private transfer to your hotel.

Saturday 10th
4 days of Morning and Evening Sessions
Sunday 11th
Monday 12th
Tuesday 13th
Wednesday 14th
Morning Session only
Thursday 15th Morning and Evening Sessions
Friday 16th
Saturday 17th Evening Session
Sunday 18th FINAL SESSION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Monday 19th Return flight to UK or train journey to St.Petersburg and 3 night tour
Thursday 22th Direct BA flight to LHR from St.Petersburg

 


Stadium

The Luzhniki stadium is the largest in Russia with over 75,000 seats for Athletics (all covered). This fantastic complex is on the southern-side of the city and only 25-30 mins from our hotels in the city centre by metro (much faster than by taxi). Your tour package will include more than enough metro tickets for the duration of the championships. This stadium has also hosted UEFA cup final, Champions League final, Michael Jackson, U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and most recently Red Hot Chilli Peppers!

 


Programme & Tickets

The World Championships competition takes place over 15 sessions between 10th-18th August 2013, with Morning and Evening sessions daily except Wednesday 14th (morning only), Sat17th and Sun 18th (evening only).

With total seating capacity around 75,000 there are numerous options for fans even after VIP's and Press have been provided for.

By special arrangement with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) we have an allocation of best seats in different sections to suit all budgets – numbered and reserved in Green sector 6, best of house seats in Dark Blue sector 1 and back straight tickets are in Cream sector 3.

Tickets for the full programme are very reasonably priced - less than one Olympic 100m final ticket!

Ticket Prices 9 Days
FDaily
Tribune A Finish Line (Dark Blue 1) £720 from £75
Tribune A Home Straight (Green 6) £270 from £30
Tribune C Back Straight (Cream 3) £150 from £15-£30

 

NB: We do not provide a ’ticket only’ service.

 


Transfers

Moscow is served by three international airports and we may use all three. Airport transfers are included in your tour cost and will be provided by coach or minibus depending on numbers. Transfer times will vary depending on which airport you fly to; which hotel you are staying at; and traffic at the time of day you are travelling. No transfers are expected to take more than an hour. For Peter 1st / Budapest Hotels and BA flights, the projection is 35-50 mins.

For the stadium, we appreciate not everyone wants to watch all sessions from start to finish and we also know that the most cost-efficient, most time-efficient and least stressful way to come and go is on the Metro system. So all travellers will be provided with Metro tickets and no doubt a tour leader will guide you on the first day. And of course we will be providing maps!

 


Flights

We have substantial group allocations of British Airways flights, direct from London/Heathrow on the quickest, preferred route. Our original allocation of flights has been fulfilled and we have more direct flights but prices may be subject to change on the total tour cost. Limited availability on group fares from April, contact us for options.

The BA direct flights offer a choice outbound on either...

Thursday 8th BA 235 Heathrow - Moscow 1105-1805
Friday 9th BA 233 Heathrow - Moscow 0850-1525

    
...and returning from Moscow or St.Petersburg

Monday 19th BA 234 Moscow - Heathrow 1925-2030
Thursday 22nd BA 879 St.Petersburg - Heathrow 1655-1730

    

These provide for 10 or 11-night tours to Moscow, 13 or 14-night tours to Moscow + St.Petersburg.

EASYJET

Easyjet now fly from Manchester and Gatwick to Moscow and prices are generally competitive and may offer a small discount on the group fares we have with BA. Please note timings can be early starts and late arrivals and if booking an Easyjet flight you may be travelling outside any group and therefore the transfer costs can be for a private transfer.

Note - group flights are allocated strictly on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

These are the flight options for which we have most customers flying on -

 

Ten-Night Tour

Depart 9th August
BA 233 Heathrow - Moscow
0850-1525
Return 19th August
BA 234
Moscow - Heathrow
1925-2030

 

Eleven-Night Tour

Depart 8th August BA 235 Heathrow - Moscow 1105-1805
Return 19th August BA 234
Moscow - Heathrow 1925-2030

 

Thirteen-Night Tour to INCLUDE ST.PETERSBURG TO LHR

Depart 9th August BA 233 Heathrow - Moscow 0850-1525
Return 22nd August
BA 879 St.Petersburg - Heathrow 1655-1730

 

Ten Night Tour – LUFTHANSA VIA GERMANY

Depart 9th August LH 941 & LH 1470
Manchester - Moscow (via Frankfurt)
1925-2030
Return 19th August LH 2997 & LH 3438
Moscow - Manchester (via Hamburg)
1640-1920

 

 

 

We have plenty of options For Business / First Class flights, please contact us for info on Lufthansa, Aeroflot, BA – all direct.

 


Hotels

In this huge and at times extremely expensive and busy city one of the constant features is traffic. We are very pleased to offer a choice of hotels to suit a range of budgets and achieve the priority of close enough proximity to the stadium and access to all the sights. Our thorough research and excellent advice from Russian partners means that we confidently recommend this choice to you:

Peter 1st Hotel - 5* - SOLD OUT!

‘Top of the range’ is this classic 19th century option mixing old-style elegance and modern comforts only walking distance from Red Square and the Kremlin. Rated 5* locally, equivalent to superior western 4*, it has a top floor VIP area with spectacular views of Moscow and plenty of bars/restaurants nearby. Exceptional value for a high standard central hotel.

Hotel Budapest - 4* - Tour HQ - SOLD OUT!

This 4* property (equivalent superior western 3*) shares the same fantastic location as ‘sister’ hotel Peter 1st and similarly offers great value in a city where prices are famously high. This classic Russian hotel has large, well-appointed rooms and provides an excellent breakfast. Both hotels are 5 mins walk from the metro for comfortable transfer to stadium.

Hotel Marco Polo - 4*

This lovely modern 4* hotel is located only 1 tram stop from Hotel Budapest and is a 20min walk to Red Square and Kremlin and 35min transfer to the stadium. Located in a very nice neighbourhood and close to Art Galleries and the tourist sites. Bookings from April 2013 onwards only and once Budapest is fully booked.

 

For triple, family or suite rooms, and adapted rooms for wheelchair users,
please contact us.

Contact us for information on Superior 5* Hotel Kempinsky or Ritz Carlton 5*

 

Weekend and Bespoke Packages

We are very proud of our personal service to everyone and the reason why so many customers come back year after year!
As well as the standard packages of 10, 11, 13 and 14 nights we are able to offer, at best rates, full packages including tickets and flights with hotels centrally located from 3nights and guaranteed stadium tickets.
Prices from - £650 (based on 3 nights 4* accomodation, flying Easyjet LGW, price per person sharing twin room, transfers, stadium metro tickets, breakfast, tour leaders on hand and more!) does not include ticket choice or visa cost.
Please contact us for more information.

 


Tour Extension – ST. PETERSBURG - NOW SOLD OUT!

Known as the Venice of the North due to its extensive canal system, St.Petersburg has long been a ‘must-do’ destination for visitors to Russia, a chance to explore one of the world’s most elegant cities.

Our tour starts the day after the championships with a 4-hour train journey (there are 6 trains daily) to St.Petersburg where you will be met and transferred to the highly recommended and ideally located 4* Ambassador Hotel for a 3 night stay.

This classic 19th-century hotel has many rooms offering views of the historical centre and modern amenities including a fitness centre and swimming pool. An excellent choice of local visits/excursions can be organised in advance to Nevsky Prospekt, St.Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and most notably the amazing Hermitage, or Winter Palace, to discover a vast store of treasures and priceless artwork including some by da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky. And you can start a tour at Catherine’s Palace, named in honour of Catherine the Great, and finish it with a visit to Yusopov, the scene of one of Russia’s most dramatic events – the murder of Rasputin!

 TOUR EXTENSION INCLUDES:

  • Train from Moscow to St.Petersburg
  • Transfer from train to hotel
  • 3 nights in 4* Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • Private transfer to the airport for direct flight to London Heathrow

PRICE PER PERSON (sharing room) £395.  Please inquire for single supplement.

Comprehensive guided city tour, booked in advance £20 per person.

For further information and links to more in depth articles and pictures in St.Petersburg see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg

 


Climate

August in Moscow is generally warm with temperatures ranging from a low of 17C to a maximum of 30C. August 2012 (10th-18th) the weather was warm, but not hot, around 22-24 degrees. Be prepared for most conditions but definitely not snow!

 


Tour Management

Your tour leaders Graham Botley and Benjamin Woolnough will be with you in Moscow for the duration of the championships and on call around the clock!

One of them will accompany the St.Petersburg tour extension and fly back with you on 22nd August.

 

Graham Ben

 


Tour Prices

 10 and 11 Night Tours – all prices per person see below for

Hotel Peter 1st - 5*

SOLD OUT!

Hotel Budapest - 4*

SOLD OUT!

Hotel Marco Polo - 4*

Double / Twin

  Double / Twin Single Double / Twin Single
£1,790 £2,300 £1,550 £1,945 £1,650 £2,095

 

For an extra night in Moscow please contact us.

3 night packages in Aquamarine from £650 including direct flights, Breakfast, Metro travel to the stadium and transfers (does not include event ticket)

 

St.Petersburg Add-On

3 Nights 4* Ambassador Hotel, Transfers, train transport, flights from St. Petersburg to LHR

  • £395 (add to cost of ten night tour)
  • Optional city tour add £20

 

Visa service - £105 (we will advise details at time of booking)

Included:

  • Return, scheduled flights, including all taxes
  • 10, 11 or 13 nights hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • Airport transfers
  • Metro tickets for all stadium transfers
  • End-of-Tour ‘gathering’
  • Tour leaders throughout
     

Not included:

  • Event tickets
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Travel Insurance - Our booking terms and conditions require all travellers to have comprehensive travel insurance in place prior to travel

 


How to Book

  1. Access the Booking Form via the link to the right.
  2. Print and complete accurately.
  3. Return to us with a deposit payment of £500 per person + full value of event ticket(s)
  4. We will confirm your booking by ATOL invoice.
  5. An interim payment, approx 50% of the balance of tour costs, will be required by Friday 22nd February and the final balance due by Friday 7th June 2013.

 


 

For any further queries, call us on 0800 840 1116 or email athletics@allsportstravel.co.uk

 

Financial Protection

These air packages are protected by ATOL licences of the Civil Aviation Authority so you can book with confidence.

All Sports Travel ATOL 9498. Centresport Travel ATOL 5363.

 

 

 

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