Lions rugby tour packages are now on sale - here's what they cost
New Zealand 2017
Published 22/11/2016 | 07:06
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
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.
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.
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.