Thomson Holidays: A Guide to Package Holidays

If you like to arrange your holidays as a package with a tour operator, the chances are you will have booked at least one Thomson holiday. It’s a familiar and trusted name both on the High Street and online, offering a wide variety of holiday types in locations all over the world.

If you Google “package holidays” Thomson Holidays is one of the first names on the list. It’s also a familiar brand on many of the holiday comparison websites with thousands of holidays available from beach resorts in the Mediterranean to skiing in the Alps.

How can I find out about Thomson Holidays?

Thomson has a strong presence both on the High Street and online. It has its own chain of easy-to-spot travel agents as well as several websites offering different holiday genres. You could pick up a selection of Thomson Holidays brochures from your local travel agent to browse at your leisure or use the knowledge of the staff in the agency. Alternatively, take a look at the websites and browse the range of holidays or search on a specific location or type of holiday to see the options on offer.

What sort of holidays are available?

Whether you want a family beach holiday, an all-inclusive luxury couples break, a sports and activities vacation, a skiing trip, a cruise, a wedding or a sight-seeing tour, Thomson should have a range of options for you to choose from. Here is a guide to some of the most popular holiday genres and how to find out more:

Beach holidays: Thomson has most of the popular beach holiday locations around the world covered. Whether you want a family break, a luxury hotel, a couples’ getaway, some winter sun or a week of partying, the comprehensive website at www.thomson.co.uk should be able to point you in the right direction. Thomson has grouped its holiday types into collections to help you find your ideal holiday eg Sensatori holidays are described as “luxury holidays designed to fuel the senses”. The Platinum collection offers holidays in premium hotels whilst the Gold collection is aimed at adults who want a classic holiday experience. The A La Carte collection features some of the finest hotels offered by Thomson or if you’re after a lively nightlife try the Scene collection. The Sports & Activities collection highlights hotels with pool activities, water sports and tennis courts.

All-inclusive holidays: Thomson has a range of all-inclusive holidays available; some are targeted at families whilst others are adult-only or aimed at couples. If you want to indulge you could try the Gourmet Inclusive option which entitles you to multiple-course meals and premium drinks. You can find out more at www.thomson.co.uk/holidays/all-inclusive.

Skiing holidays: Thomson is one of many tour operators offering ski and snowboarding package holidays, in partnership with Crystal. The usual Alpine ski resorts are available but you can also book winter sports holidays with Thomson in Finland, Slovenia, Japan, Canada and the USA. See www.thomsonski.co.uk for more information.

Lakes and mountains: If you love spectacular scenery, Thomson’s Lakes and Mountains holidays at www.thomsonlakes.co.uk are likely to tick the box. With packages available in Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia you can combine activities such as hiking and ferry-hopping with browsing around the shops and attractions of nearby towns and cities.

Cruises: A cruise can be one of the best ways to combine sightseeing with relaxation. Cruise destinations at www.thomson.co.uk/cruise include the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East, and Central America. Keep an eye out for cabin upgrade special offers.

How can I book a Thomson Holiday?

You can book your holiday at a High Street travel agency or online, either on the Thomson website or through one of the many holiday comparison sites. If you book online, you may find yourself eligible for special online-only discounts.

How can I save money on a Thomson Holiday?

Like most other tour operators, Thomson prices its holidasy according to the anticipated demand. Therefore, the most popular resorts and hotels at the most popular times eg school holidays, are likely to cost more than a hotel in a small, quiet resort during an off-peak period. If you are able to take your holiday during school term times you can save yourself hundreds of pounds.

Keep an eye out for special offers. If you are able to book soon after holidays become available you may benefit from Early Bird offers such as £100 off per couple. Also, there are often a limited number of free child places available on family holidays so again, booking early could save you money. The other alternative is to leave it to the last minute when prices can drop considerably to ensure that hotel rooms are filled.

How can I make sure I know about offers or new holidays?

Thomson Holidays has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. If you follow the company on Twitter or Like the Facebook page you can keep up to date with any news. The social media accounts are also used as ways of communicating with Thomson if you have any questions or queries.

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