Friday 21 July 2017

Lions rugby tour packages are now on sale - here's what they cost

New Zealand 2017

Jonathan Sexton celebrates with teammates Conor Murray and Jamie Roberts during the Lions series win in Australia in 2013. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Jonathan Sexton celebrates with teammates Conor Murray and Jamie Roberts during the Lions series win in Australia in 2013. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Lions supporters cheer during the 2005 New Zealand tour. Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll and team-mates face the All Blacks Haka at the Jade Stadium on June 25, 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
What goes on tour... A streaker is tackled by the police during the match between British and Irish Lions and Manawatu on June 28, 2005. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Did Ireland v the All Blacks whet your appetite? Here's how to get to New Zealand for the ultimate rugby tour.

The British & Irish Lions take on New Zealand in a 10-match tour running from June 3 to July 8 of 2017, and it promises to be a cracker.

Ireland's victory over the All Blacks - the latter's first defeat in 19 games - has blown the series wide open, and some packages have already sold out.

As we publish, tours are available via the official Lions Tour website (tours.lionsrugby.com) and Rugby Travel Ireland (rugbytravelireland.com; formerly Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours), Ireland's official sub-agent.

Both operators include official match tickets with all packages.

One Test Tours

Lions supporters cheer during the 2005 New Zealand tour. Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images
Lions supporters cheer during the 2005 New Zealand tour. Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images

Official Lions Tours range from £2,599/€3,028pp for flights, two warm up games and the first test (June 24), to £4,999/€5,824pp for a package including flights, a pair of warm-up games, airport transfers and hotel accommodation.

The tours take 14 days, kicking off with flights on June 12.

Two Test Tours

Two-test options with Lions Tours range from £6,399/€7,356pp to £7,699/€8,970pp, depending on various flight, accommodation and transfer options.

What goes on tour... A streaker is tackled by the police during the match between British and Irish Lions and Manawatu on June 28, 2005. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
What goes on tour... A streaker is tackled by the police during the match between British and Irish Lions and Manawatu on June 28, 2005. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Rugby Travel Ireland's two-test option has already sold out.

Three test Tours

Rugby Travel Ireland has an 18-night tour including all three test matches, plus the Hurricanes game, including accommodation and flights, from €8,950pp.

A 40-day tour taking in all 10 matches, flights with Emirates, 40 nights' accommodation and more is priced at €12,495pp.

Brian O'Driscoll and team-mates face the All Blacks Haka at the Jade Stadium on June 25, 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll and team-mates face the All Blacks Haka at the Jade Stadium on June 25, 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Lions Tours has flights and official tickets for three tests from £2,999/€3,494pp, with its most expensive, 40-day tour priced at £15,499/€18,059pp.

Any other notes?

Flights with Lions Tours depart from London Heathrow, so you'll need to factor in a connection from Ireland if you book from the UK.

Killester Travel (killestertravel.com) may also have packages at a later date.

2017 Lions Tour Fixtures:

  • June 3: Provincial union team (Toll Stadium, Whangarei)
  • June 7: Blues (Eden Park, Auckland)
  • June 10: Crusaders (AMI Stadium, Christchurch)
  • June 13: Highlanders (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)
  • June 17: Maori (International Stadium, Rotorua)
  • June 20: Chiefs (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)
  • June 24: New Zealand (First Test, Eden Park, Auckland)
  • June 27: Hurricanes (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
  • July 1: New Zealand (Second Test, Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
  • July 8: New Zealand (Third Test, Eden Park, Auckland)

The historic 1971 Lions Tour is the only time the home nations have won a series in New Zealand (2-1). 2005 was a 3-0 whitewash.

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