World Cup finals in South Africa, so the scramble
for tickets and hotel beds is on.
Already, fans are finding independent travel
First, you have to get your ticket through
a ballot (you enter at fifa.com), so you won't necessarily
get a ticket for an England match.
Second, most accommodation has already been
block-booked (Fifa has taken hotels as far away as
Mauritius), and the remainder is hugely expensive,
as are flights.
Third, the final draw, to decide which match is in
which of the 10 stadiums, isn't until 4 December,
so if you book accommodation now you may
have to arrange transfers come December.
Instead, tour operators are proposing packages
of tickets and accommodation, using a "base
The two largest official companies selling packages
are Thomas Cook Sport and Thomson Sport. Book
with Thomson Sport (0845 1212018; thomsonsport.com)
and you'll be based in Cape Town, from where you'll
either fly or take a coach transfer to the stadiums
where England are playing.
Prices start from £2,560 for a five-night package
including flights, B&B accommodation in central
Cape Town, match transfers and
a ticket to one England match.
thomascooksport.com) has chosen Johannesburg as
its base, from where seven of the stadiums are
within four hours' driving distance (if a flight is
required there will be a supplement).
Packages start from £2,499, including flights,
five nights' room-only accommodation,
road transfers and one England ticket.
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