Rugby fans are in expert hands with Gullivers Sport Travel, the only travel agency in the world to have conducted 9 Rugby World Cup tours since 1987.
Ever set out to visit an international sporting fixture? Then you’ll know what a logistical challenge you’re up for.
For starters, there’s the stress of booking the minute those tickets go online, armed with the banking details and names of your entire entourage – plus a truckload of patience for when the system crashes, just as you’ve placed your order.
Then there are hotels, flights, transfers and special outings to coordinate. All while remembering that Dave needs super-regular meals because of his diabetes, Harry needs a day to sulk if his team loses, and Jenny wants to shop for every type of merch available.
All eyes will be on the French side ahead of Rugby World Cup 2023 (photo © Patrick Derewiany - Midi Olympique)
TICKS ALL THE BOXES
Luckily, rugby fans seeking an unforgettable 2023 Rugby World Cup in France are in expert hands when they book with Australian-based specialist sports tour company, Gullivers Sport Travel.
Gullivers Sport Travel founder, Ken Grover, started his thriving business in 1983 and is a diehard Francophile.
“France is a hugely compelling destination, whether rugby is your number one passion, or history, or gastronomy – there are just so many attractions,” he says.
Ken’s first tour was with a group of 200 to the Cup in New Zealand in 1987. His business has hosted 4,000 successful tours since, culminating in Japan last year, when Gullivers hosted 3,500 guests and sold more match tickets than any other travel agent.
“We foresee an even greater demand for France than Japan, with the rich culture, beautiful scenery, fine wines and superb gastronomy boosted by the return of Rugby World Cup.”
Ken and his experienced tour team are currently working hard to create a compelling 2023 France travel program. Pre-booked tickets go without saying, but it’s the immersive French experiences that make the trip.
Gullivers Sport Travel’s experienced consultants have a deep knowledge of all things France, and can tailor tours according to interest: whether it’s young singles seeking the romance and vigour of Paris, or well-travelled gourmets, wine lovers and history buffs wanting to go beyond the beaten paths.
Former Wallaby Dean Munn will again lead a Tour to France copyright Gullivers Sport Travel
WHY I LOVE LYON
One of Gullivers Sport Travel’s tour leaders to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan was professional rugby player Damien Fitzpatrick, who is well placed to guide visitors through France in 2023.
Fitzpatrick spent three years in Lyon during 2013-2016, when he played for LOU Rugby in Lyon – a town he is still deeply fond of. “I can’t recommend Lyon highly enough. For starters it’s the gastronomic capital of France. The influence of chef Paul Bocuse is everywhere – he’s Lyon’s spirit animal. Everywhere, in beautiful enclosed marketplaces, are murals paying tribute to him.
Don’t miss Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. In the space of 100 metres, visitors can experience an incredible overview of French delicacies and high end French cuisine. Try all the food; share some oysters and a bottle of wine; be prepared to spend.
“You should also eat at Brasserie Georges. It’s a Lyon institution. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s THE place to experience traditional French Lyonnaise cuisine, especially in a group.”