European Rugby Champions & Challenge Cup
Finals: Bilbao, Spain. 10-13th May 2018
MSG Tours went to Spain as we celebrate the country’s first ever European Rugby Champions Cup & Challenge Cup Final, held in Bilbao over the weekend of 11-12 May 2018. Over 230 supporters traveled with us over this exciting weekend of rugby action, representing clubs and teams across Spain, France, Portugal, Wales and England.
In a move that surprised many, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced earlier this year that Bilbao’s San Mamés Stadium will open its doors to the showpiece matches of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. The statement also detailed England’s lively city of Newcastle as hosts to the 2019 Finals as the expansion of the sport into new and emerging markets across Europe gathers pace.
All Champions Cup roads lead to Bilbao!
— Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) 9 October 2017
Bilbao, Spain. 10-13th May 2018
Our European Rugby Champions & Challenge Cup Final supporters’ package was based in the city of San Sebastian 50 minutes via motorway from Bilbao. Like all of our tours, our rugby fans experienced the best of the visiting region. Bayonne, Biarritz and the city of Bilbao itself were visited from our Donostia (Basque for San Sebastian) base as part of a fun-filled long weekend away in this sensational part of Europe.
Thursday 10th May 2018
Assemble at Bristol Airport for your 14:00h flight to Bordeaux, landing at 16:20h local time. Your MSG Tour Managers will guide you to your coach bound for San Sebastian. Check in to accommodation ahead of an evening of Pintxos and drinks in the Old Town.
Friday 11th May 2018
Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation, followed by an optional round of golf at a course in either Spain or France. Those not wishing for anything too active can join in with a Basque cooking lesson, relax on the beach or simply people watch around this beautiful city.
Transfer after lunch to Bilbao for the European Challenge Cup Final. Kick-off is at 21:00h with buses returning 23:30h
Saturday 12th May 2018
Breakfast at your accommodation will be followed by lunch at a local Basque rugby club. In the afternoon, transfer to Bilbao to soak in the atmosphere of the European Cup Final day. In the evening, you will have tickets to watch the biggest fixture in the club rugby calendar prior to post-match carriages whisking you back to San Sebastian. Kick off is scheduled for 17:00h local time.
Sunday 13th May 2018
Transfer to Bordeaux via a lunch stop in Bayonne’s quaint streets. Your 15:00h flight lands at Bristol Airport at 15.30h. End of arrangements.
What was included?
- MSG Tour Managers accompanying your group
- Return flights to Bordeaux
- 10kg hand luggage
- Private transfer from Bordeaux to San Sebastian
- 3 x nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in San Sebastian on a twin-share basis
- Basque lunch at a local rugby club, including drinks
- Transfers to Bilbao for both Finals
- Match ticket for European Rugby Champions Cup Final
- Match ticket for European Rugby Challenge Cup Final
- Tour merchandise
- PRICE: £788.30PP
— Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) 12 June 2017