- More mid-haul choice including new destination Varna, Bulgaria
- New luxurious TUI Sensatori Resort in Rhodes
- New contemporary, adults-only TUI Sensimar Resort in Halkidiki, Greece
- Exciting self-drive and road trip holidays to Florida
20th April, 2017 – The UK’s leading holiday companies, Thomson and First Choice, today announce their summer 2018 holiday line-up with an expansion of their mid-haul holiday collections following a rise in holidaymakers looking for destinations a little closer to home. From May next year customers will be able to head to new Balkan hotspot, Varna, Bulgaria with its picturesque seaside location.
The line-up for summer 2018 will also include brand new exciting self-drive itineraries in Florida, including road trips to the much loved Deep South, a wider range of multi-centre holidays with itineraries to the likes of Costa Rica, Croatia and the Caribbean, a new contemporary, adults-only hotel in the TUI Sensimar collection in Halkidiki, a brand new TUI Sensatori Resort in Rhodes and two First Choice SuneoClub hotels in Bulgaria.
Thomson and First Choice customers will also be able to take advantage of the introduction of new flight routes across a number of UK airports including London Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol. The move to introduce additional Thomson Airways routes forms part of the holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly to some of the world’s most desirable destinations from their local airport.
New destination for summer 2018
Thomson and First Choice have recently seen a rise in the microadventurer – customers who are looking to pack more into their holidays than ever before – and Varna is the ideal destination to do this without travelling further afield. Predicted to be one of the most popular destinations next summer, Varna is top of the list for culture and relaxation with its beautiful location on the Black Sea coast.
Thomson will begin offering holidays flying to Bulgaria’s bustling city of Varna in May 2018. The Balkan destination, which is the third biggest city in the country, is bursting with culture, including the renowned Roman baths and the golden-domed Cathedral of the Assumption. Holidaymakers are able to relax in the popular resort of Golden Sands and enjoy the beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. With two weekly flights from London Gatwick and Manchester airport, holidaymakers will have plenty of choice and flexibility when it comes to the duration of their holiday. They will also have the option of choosing from a wide selection of resorts, including First Choice’s new 3Sun SuneoClub hotel Odessos in Golden Sands with its great value all-inclusive offering and freshly decked out rooms.
New TUI Sensatori Resort Rhodes, by Atlantica
The eleventh addition to the popular TUI Sensatori collection is the TUI Sensatori Resort Rhodes by Atlantica. With almost three quarters of the TUI Sensatori collection now based in mid-haul destinations, Thomson customers will now have more opportunity to soak up the sun from a luxurious swim-up room or enjoy quality time with their loved ones in one of the collection’s exquisite restaurants a little closer to home.
Located 20km from Lindos and set on the beach, the TUI Sensatori Rhodes is perfect for avid explorers and beach goers. With a pool to suit every mood, themed á la carte restaurants, activities and sports for the whole family, including a spa to unwind in, guests can leave their busy lives behind and fuel their senses at this stunning resort.
Florida and multi-centres
Brand new for summer 2018 are self-drive tour itineraries in Florida. This unique and exciting programme offers road trips travelling from Florida to places such as the Deep South, visiting the likes of vibrant New Orleans, Nashville and Miami where holidaymakers will have the option to swim with the manatees at the famous Crystal River.
Trips will include flights, car hire and pre-booked hotels and will be available on both seven and 14 night packages as stand-alone tours or as part of the wider, expanding multi-centre holidays range. This will be the first time holidaymakers are able to book the entire package of flights, cars and hotels in one go online with any travel brand in the UK.
Also new for Florida are further fly-drive itineraries and additional beach resorts, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach.
Thomson will also be offering an increased programme of multi-centre holidays which includes new short, mid and long haul destinations giving a wider variety of choice and flexibility to holidaymakers and microadventurers wanting to combine different destinations on their holiday.
TUI Explorer sets sail for Thomson Cruises
Thomson Cruises recently announced that its latest addition to the fleet will be named TUI Explorer which will join recently launched ships TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2 in offering all inclusive as standard. Based in Palma, Majorca from May 2018, TUI Explorer offers even more choice, space and flexibility for customers, including two new cabin types and a wider choice of dining and premium entertainment.
TUI Discovery will homeport in both Newcastle and Southampton for summer 2018, offering itineraries from the UK to the Fjords, the Baltics and Iceland, while TUI Discovery 2 will sail out of Corfu Town for the first time. Thomson Celebration will be based in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Thomson Celebration in Palma, Majorca. New for summer 2018 will also be 15 new ports of call, including Monaco, Ancona and Skiathos Town, and 12 exotic new itineraries.
More flight choice from regional airports
Thomson and First Choice will increase flexibility by offering new 10 and 11 night holidays from Manchester, London Gatwick and Bristol airports to a number of popular destinations including Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia and Sardinia. Norwich airport will offer flights to Crete, and sunseekers in Aberdeen will be able to head to Costa Dorada with the new direct route.
Capacity will also increase at Bristol airport including Thomson Airways’ first long haul routes from the airport to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on the state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Also available from Bristol airport will be new 10 and 11 night breaks to Bulgaria and Dubrovnik giving greater flexibility to holidaymakers flying from the south-west of England.
Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson and First Choice, says, “We know that our customers are looking for new and exciting holidays for summer 2018 so our focus is on expanding our mid-haul programme to include more choice of destination. New hotspot Varna offers customers something a little different for their break, with the perfect balance between culture and relaxation.
“I’m also delighted that we are continuing the expansion of our luxury TUI Sensatori collection with our new addition in Rhodes and building on our extensive range of holiday types in Florida, giving families, couples and friends more unique holiday options to choose from.
“With the wide variety of choice available in the most sought-after destinations, enjoying the perfect holiday has never been easier.”
The programme for summer 2018 will be on sale from 20th April.
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