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Tour operators by holiday type

Definition - Tour Operators

A holiday company (tour operator) buys - or owns in some cases - a high volume of travel components across carriers, accommodation and services. These components are then assembled into packages for purchase by the consumer, all for one price. The packages are sold via travel agents (independent or owned) or through the phone and internet. Niche tour operators may specialise in destinations, activities and experiences or a combination thereof.

Entry criteria

Open to companies and brands that:

Offer land based package holidays

Have valid ATOL protection and display on the CAA website authorised passengers for the year of the licence holder's current licence.

OR, provide customer protection in the event of company failure via a recognised bonding or insurance scheme.

A01 - Best Family Holiday Company

Activities Abroad
Canterbury Travel
Canvas Holidays
ClubMed
Emirates Holidays
Eurocamp
First Choice
Haven
James Villa Holidays
Mark Warner Holidays
Neilson Active Holidays
Plan South America
Sailing Holidays Ltd
Siblu Villages
Snowbizz
Sovereign Luxury Travel
The Holiday Place
Thomson
Tots Too
Virgin Holidays

A02 - Best Luxury Holiday Company

Black Tomato
Cox & Kings
Destinology
Emirates Holidays
Flight Centre First and Business
Hayes & Jarvis
Kuoni UK
Lekker Boutique Travel
Luxtripper
Nomadic Thoughts (Worldwide Travel)
Plan South America
Pure Destinations
Simpson Travel
Skanda Holidays
Sovereign Luxury Travel
The Holiday Place
Thomson
Winged Boots

A03 - Best All-Inclusive Holiday Company

ClubMed
First Choice
Letsgo2.com
Mark Warner Holidays
Mercury Holidays
Red Sea Holidays
Saga
SnowChateaux
SunChateaux
The Holiday Place
Thomson
Virgin Holidays

A04 - Best Singles Holiday Company

Contiki
Cox & Kings
Flavours Holidays
Friendship Travel Singles Holidays
Just You
Mark Warner Holidays
Mercury Holidays
On The Go Tours
One Traveller
Riviera Travel
Saga
Shearings
Solo Travellers
Solos Holidays
Titan
Traveleyes

A05 - Best LGBT Holiday Company

Hoseasons
Kuoni UK
Love Holidays
OnTheBeach.co.uk
OutOfOffice.com
Perfect Weddings Abroad
Virgin Holidays

A06 - Best Weddings & Honeymoons Holiday Company

Black Tomato
Destinology
First Choice
Flight Centre
Hayes & Jarvis
Honeymoon Dreams
Ionian Weddings
Kuoni UK
Olympic Holidays
Perfect Weddings Abroad
Plan South America
Prestige Holidays
Thomson
Tropical Sky
Virgin Holidays

A07 - Best Special Interest Holiday Company

Belle France
Direct Traveller
Discover the World
ExclusiveGP
Flavours Holidays
Friendship Travel Singles Holidays
Hoseasons
Inghams
Inntravel
Martin Randall Travel
Plan South America
Railtrail Tours
Saga
Titan

A08 - Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company

Guest participation holidays: trekking, cycling, riding, diving, sailing, sports etc.

Activities Abroad
Belle France
ClubMed
Headwater
Mark Warner Holidays
Neilson Active Holidays
Sailing Holidays Ltd
SunChateaux
Sunsail
SwimTrek
Trek Adventures

A09 - Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company

ClubMed
Crystal Ski Holidays
Esprit Ski
Flexiski
Inghams
LuxVacation.com
Mark Warner Holidays
Neilson Active Holidays
Snowbizz
SnowChateaux

A10 - Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company

APT
Back Roads Touring
Collette
Cox & Kings
Distant Journeys
Great Rail Journeys
Leger Holidays
Martin Randall Travel
Mercury Holidays
Mistral Holidays
Newmarket Holidays
On The Go Tours
Rabbie’s
Rail Discoveries
Railtrail Tours
Riviera Travel
Saga
Shearings
Titan
Topdeck Travel
Trafalgar
Traveleyes
Travelsphere
Tucan Travel
Wendy Wu Tours
Wild Frontiers

A11 - Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company

"Off the beaten track" holidays to remote or extreme locations accompanied by professional guides.

Acacia Africa
Contiki
Exodus Travels
Explore
G Adventures
Grand American Adventures
Intrepid Travel
On The Go Tours
Saga
Titan
Topdeck Travel
Traveleyes
Tucan Travel
Wild Frontiers

A12 - Best Coach Holiday Company

Back Roads Touring
Collette
Daish's Holidays & Hotels
Leger Holidays
Leisuretime
Mistral Holidays
Newmarket Holidays
Shearings
Titan

A13 - Best Rail Holiday Company

Canadian Affair
Ffestiniog Travel
Great Rail Journeys
Great Rail Journeys Independent
Holidays By Rail
Mistral Holidays
Planet Rail
Rail Discoveries
Railbookers
Railtrail Tours
Tailor Made Rail
Titan
Trailfinders

A14 - Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Company

Canvas Holidays
Eurocamp
Haven
Parkdean Resorts
Selectcamp
Siblu Villages
Venue Holidays
Yelloh Village

A15 - Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Company

Abercrombie & Kent
Discover the World
Hayes & Jarvis
Imagine Travel
Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Nomad Tanzania
Saga
Skanda Holidays
Titan
Virgin Holidays