Holidays from the major UK Tour Operators

Directline Holidays acts as an agent for Cosmos, offering package holidays provided by this popular tour operator at competitive prices.

Who are they

Cosmos Holidays is one of the best-known tour operators in the UK. British holidaymakers have been booking with Cosmos for over 50 years. Cosmos is the largest UK independent tour operator, sending over half a million people on holiday each year. A knowledgeable UK team is complemented by experienced resort staff. Cosmos is part of the Monarch Group. Sister companies include leading UK travel names like Avro, Archers Direct, Cosmos Tours & Cruises, and Cosmos is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and offers ATOL financial protection.

What they do

Traditional beach and family getaways are complemented by cruise, safari, exotic, villa, lakes and mountains, and even Christmas breaks to Lapland. Cosmos is Europe’s largest coach tour operator. They cater to all budgets and you’ll find self-catering apartments, B&B, half board, full-board and all inclusive options.

The company has long experience of tailoring packages to the needs of groups and single travellers as well as couples and families. Cosmos also offers extras like insurance, car hire, airport transfers and airport parking. The Cosmos website has information and advice on travel documents, visas, health, vaccinations and currency. Country guides include maps, photos, videos and information on climate and resorts.

Beach holidays

Great value beach breaks feature most of the UK’s favourite sunshine destinations. Cyprus resorts include Ayia Napa, Paphos, Polis, Protaras and Peyia. Egypt destinations include Sharm El Sheikh and the Red Sea as well as city destinations like Cairo and Luxor. Florida destinations include Orlando and the Gulf Coast. Fly-drive and self-drive options are available. A wide choice of Greek Island breaks includes Crete, Corfu, Lefkas, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini, Kefalonia and Paxos.

Cosmos excels when it comes to good-value packages in Portugal, Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and the Canary Islands. All the Spanish Costas are well represented as well as city break favourites like Barcelona and Madrid. Turkey holidays feature resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Cosmos also offer great-value packages to exotic destinations like Gambia, Goa, Mexico and Cuba.

Tours and cruises

Cosmos has a comprehensive choice of tours. You will find everything from Ancient Egypt sightseeing tours to rail tours of North America. Exciting North American destinations include the Rockies, Alaska and the great American national parks. South American tours include Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Caribbean destinations include Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica. African destinations stretch from Morocco to South Africa. Asia holidays include China, India, Laos, Thailand, Borneo and the Maldives. Cosmos also sell packages to Australia and New Zealand. A great choice of lesser-known destinations includes Iceland, Slovenia, Russia and the Baltic countries.

A terrific range of river cruises features the Danube, the Rhine, the Nile and the Yangtze. Cosmos also has a good choice of holidays on the Italian lakes. Themed tours cover everything from Elvis Presley to whale watching. A collection of ‘no-fly tours’ features travel on Eurostar as well as cruises and tours starting from the UK.