Holidays from the major UK Tour Operators

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

Who are they

Thomson Holidays is a household name in the UK. The company was founded in 1965 and has had a huge influence on the travelling habits of the British. Thomson was instrumental in the growing popularity of beach breaks in Spain and the Mediterranean. Thomson now offers holidays across the globe and employs around 18000 people. There are around 650 high street stores in the UK. Thomson Airways is the UK’s largest charter airline, with over 70 planes based at Luton Airport. Thomson also has its own cruise ships. Thomson Holidays 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 cruises, safaris, adventure breaks, villas, lakes and mountains retreats and even Christmas holidays to Lapland. Thomson also sells hotel-only, flight-only and late availability deals. Thomson cater to all budgets. You will find B&B, self-catering, half board, full-board and all-inclusive options.

Thomson has long experience of tailoring packages to the needs of groups and single travellers as well as couples and families. Thomson also offers extras like insurance, currency, excursions, car hire, airport parking, airport hotels and UK airport transfer. The Thomson website has an impressive collection of photos and videos on hotels and destinations. The company has its own unique way of grading hotels based on customer feedback and reviews.

Worldwide destinations

Great-value beach breaks feature all of the UK’s favourite sunshine destinations. Thomson excels when it comes to low-cost packages in Portugal and Spain. They also have a very wide choice in Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Malta, Montenegro, France and Italy. Their Turkish collection features resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.

Caribbean options include destinations in Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. African destinations include Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and Cape Verde. Indian Ocean destinations include India and the Maldives. Their USA catalogue includes a wide choice in Florida. More long-haul destinations are available from Thomson Worldwide.

Holiday styles

Thomson will appeal to a wide range of ages. The iExplore range focuses on activity and adventure breaks. Thomson Sport offers packages focusing on sporting events. Adult-only options include the 2wentys range for the young party crowd. The Simply Travel range offers a more authentic experience of local culture. Thomson also focuses on specialist areas like boutique hotels, 5 star luxury and villas with pool. They also offer summer and winter breaks with Thomson Ski and Thomson Lakes and Mountains. A vast choice of family getaways includes Disney holidays, villas and all-inclusive options. The Skytours range focuses on low-cost family breaks and free places for kids.

Cruise holidays

Thomson began the 2012 cruises season with five of its own ships. Cruise itineraries include the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, Morocco, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. A diverse choice of cruise styles include family-friendly and adults-only. Holidays can be extended with a range of cruise and stay options.