This year’s most-talked-about sporting event is more a matter of days than weeks away, and travelers continue to scramble to make last-minute arrangements to join the festivities in South Africa. The 2010 version of the world’s premier soccer tournament kicks off at the Soccer City Stadium Johannesburg on June 11. Ten stadiums, 63 games, and 30 days later it all culminates in a world championship match scheduled back in Johannesburg on July 11. In between, there will certainly be a lot of great soccer played, but there are also lots of travel arrangements and logistics to be handled by those who want to experience the dramatic and triumphant moments that are sure to be part of it all. Several travel companies specialize in these kinds of arrangements, and some have recently released hotel space that helps to facilitate a last-minute package for any fan who would rather be there than just watch it on television.
Roadtrips (www.roadtrips.com ; 1-800-465-1765) is a top-of-the-line, Canadian-based sports travel specialist with infinite experience in creating travel packages at major international sporting events. Roadtrips offers custom travel planning services so that each guest can create their own bespoke sports travel experience. Roadtrips’ coveted five-star hotel space is normally not available outside of its travel packages, but last-minute space can now be had on a hotel-only basis. Hotels on offer include some of South Africa’s finest, including the award-winning Grace in Rosebank, Nelson Mandela’s former hotel home; The Saxon (both in Johannesburg); and The Cape Grace in Cape Town. Tournament rates are from US$628/night based on double occupancy and inclusive of breakfast and taxes. Semi-Final and Finals space is available from US$1,078/night.
FIFA (www.fifa.com ), the governing body for international football (soccer) is the organization that runs the World Cup. FIFA has appointed MATCH Event Services as its official ticketing agent. Tickets range in price from a low of US$80 for a Category 3 round robin ticket to a high of US$900 for a top-priced ticket to the Final. Despite slower-than-anticipated pre-sales for the event, ticket sales have steadily increased, and many of the matches are now sold out. However, both FIFA and MATCH are eager to invite international guests to South Africa. As such, tickets for some of the sold-out events may still be available through MATCH hospitality or through travel companies in the MATCH official tour operator program. Links on the FIFA webpage can direct travelers to complete information on World Cup tickets and hospitality options.
Emirates (www.emirates.com ) is the official airline of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and it offers one of the most luxurious in-flight cabin experiences in the air today. Uniquely, the airline has used its position as an official sponsor to put together fully-inclusive packages to the World Cup. Packages include roundtrip transportation on the Emirates network to South Africa plus accommodations, game tickets, and event transfers. Four-night Round Robin and Follow Your Team packages can be had from US$4,274 per person, based on double occupancy with three-night packages to the World Cup Final available from US$5,954, also double occupancy. Complete packages can be found at the special offers section of the Emirates website.
For over 17 years, Roadtrips has been specializing in providing amazing travel experiences to the most exciting sporting events all over the world. From events like the World Cup, Super Bowl, and Masters, to the Winter and Summer Games, Roadtrips takes pride in delivering amazing travel experiences for thousands of guests every year.