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Tui Holidays was a originally known in the UK as Thomson holidays. Originally founded in 1965 as the Thomson Travel Group by Canadian Publisher Roy Thomson. Thomson was originally created from the acquisition of a few smaller tour operators and the airline Britannia Airways. In 1972 the company acquired Lunn Poly the largest chain of travel agents in the UK at the time. The travel agents became Tui in 2004 and the airline was rebranded Tuifly and today is known as Tui Airways. Today Tui operates the largest range of package holidays and holiday brands in the UK. Tui operate holidays across the globe with a great selection of long haul destinations.
The Tui airline, Tui Airways operates from over twenty UK airports and covers over eighty destinations. Most destinations are to the popular holiday destinations in Europe however there are a significant number of other long haul destinations also covered. Tui Airways also fly to Florida, India, Mexico, Maldives, Dominican Republic and more.
Tui travel brands in the Tui group of holiday companies and tour operators include First Choice holidays, Marella Cruises, Skytours, Tui Blue, Robinson, Sensatori and many more. Within the different brand you will find package holidays suitable for adults only, family holidays with kids' clubs, spa holidays, tours, luxury holidays, villas, holidays with nightlife and sports and activity options. Also within all of these brands and holiday options you will find the popular all inclusive board basis.
This is why millions of UK holidaymakers choose a Tui package holiday year after year. They don't just stand still each year they seem to evolve and offer something new or fine tune their hotels or holidays to make them even better.
Use these links below to track down a late availability holiday or late deal holiday offers. Otherwise you could use the main holiday search on their website
All Inclusive Holidays
It's not surprising that all inclusive holiday packages are covered with all the main Tui brands and collections. For many holidaymakers the all inclusive board basis offers a number of benefits. Once you pay for your holiday you can relax knowing that all your food, drinks and entertainment are covered. So the only extra cash you need is for travel expenses, trips or shopping.
Generally most of the holidays offered provide the standard all inclusive package deal. So you generally know what to expect from ani all inclusive holiday hotel. However there are differences and some hotels do offer extra activities, afternoon snacks or classes. It's always best to check the holiday description to see what is included on your all inclusive deal for your chosen accommodation.
Remember that thei all inclusive drinks are generally locally produced drinks so don't expect well know international brands. All inclusive hotels can vary in what they offer so before you make your booking it's best to check what is included in the price.
Tui do also offer 24 hour all inclusive holidays through their Magic Life hotels. For all inclusive family holidays you have Tui Blue for Families which offer lots of family extras such as kids' clubs and family activities.
For those looking for a adult only all inclusive holiday you can choose from a number of hotels from the Tui Blue for Two range. luxury all inclusive hotels are available through the Sensatori and Platinum brands.
You can even enjoy an all inclusive cruise with Marella cruises which are now all inclusive as standard. Not only are the Marella cruises all inclusive they also include all the tips as well. You can also book an all inclusive Marella cruise and stay holiday where you cruise for a week and stay for a few days or a week in an all inclusive hotel. One of the most popular all inclusive holiday deals is the all inclusive free child places. You will find all inclusive free child places in Tui Blue for Families hotels and at a number of Sensatori, Platinum & Skytours all inclusive hotels as well. Don't forget First Choice holidays are also part of the Tui group.
Brochures & Brands in the Tui Group
- Tui Magic Life (all inclusive) – Beachfront locations, Sports programme, 24 hour all inclusive, entertainment team, live shows & more
- Sensatori (luxury) – 5 star surroundings, sports & wellbeing, spas, pools, childcare, sophisticated dining & high quality entertainment.
- Tui Blue For All – Luxury touches, great service, authentic local meals, tailor made experiences, outdoor facilities, Bluef!t guides
- Tui Blue For Families – Family friendly hotels, food for all the family, kids' clubs, day to evening entertainment, big buffet meal options (Tui Family Life)
- Tui Blue for Two – adult only holidays (Sensimar) great locations, total relaxation, first class dining, spa, low key entertainment.
- Robinson – Enjoy a new experience each day with over 50 weekly activities, wholesome & tasty food, a la carte restaurants & changing buffet meal choices.
- RIU hotels & Resorts – Handpicked hotels from Rui hotels offering great hotels around the world.
- Gold (adult only hotels) – The classic holiday experience for adults in prime locations, with great entertainment, weekly gala dinners & more
- SCENE (adult only hotels) – Lively nights and chilled out days. Central locations in adult focused hotels in the world’s best clubbing destinations.
- Skytours Holidays – Great value holidays with self catering to all inclusive holiday deals, including free child places for families.
- Small & Friendly – Perfect for a more authentic holiday feel in generally family run accommodation with traditional touches (some adult only options)
- Villas Collection – handpicked villas and holiday homes. Ideal accommodation for families and groups of friends (villas with pools)
- A La Carte (luxury hotels) – Handpicked luxury hotels from around the world. Look out for the extra VIP touches and room upgrade options.
- Platinum Holidays (Premium hotels) – High quality hotels with something for everyone. Look out for the luxury touches.
- Crystal Ski Holidays – All the best Ski & snowboarding destinations plus beginner packages for anyone new to winter sports.
- Lakes & Mountains – Beautiful scenery does not get any better. From the Italian lakes to the Austrian mountains there are lots of options.
- Marella Cruises – All inclusive Cruises, sail on some amazing itineraries and visit fantastic destinations. Ideal for couples and family holidays.
- River Cruises – Sail along the Danube, Rhine, Moselle or the Dutch or Belgian waterways. There are three river cruise ships to choose from.
European Holiday Destinations
- Austria – St Wolfgang, Mayrhofen, Wörthersee, Söll, Seefeld, Ellmau, Lech, Kitzbühel
- Bulgaria – Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Golden Sands, Obzor, Pomorie, Sozopol
- Croatia – Dubrovnik, Korcula, Porec, Pula, Rabac, Hvar, Kvarner Bay, Split, Rovinj
- Cyprus – Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach, Protaras, Coral Bay, Paphos, Limassol, Amathus Bay
- Germany – Titisee Neustadt, Ruhpolding, Fussen, Garmisch Partenkirchen
- Greece – Crete, Halkidiki, Ionian Islands, Aegean Islands, Parga, Athens, Naxos
- Iceland – Reykjavik
- Italy – Campania, Sicily, Sardinia, Vento, Puglia, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Tuscany, Calabaria
- Lapland – Levi, Pallas, Rovaniemi, Yillas, Luosto, Hetta, Ruka, Kuusamo
- Malta – Mellieha Bay, Sliema, Bugibba, Qawra, St Julian's, Veletta, Paradise Bay, San Anton
- Montenegro – Ulcinj, Becici, Budva, Petrovac, Igalo
- Norway – Bergen
- Poland – Zakopane, Krakow
- Portugal – Algarve, Madeira, Porto Santo Island
- Slovenia – Bled, Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Ljubljana
- Spain – Mainland Spain (Benidorm, Salou) Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucia
- Switzerland – Montreux, Wengen, Zermatt, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lucerne
- Turkey – Antalya area, Bodrum area, Dalaman area (Marmaris), Izmir area
- Mexico – Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose Del Cabo, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Playacar, Isla Mujeres, Guadalajara
- Costa Rica – Papagayo Bay, Playa De Matapalo, Playa, Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo
- Cape Verde – Boa Vista, Sal
- Egypt – Hurghada, Marsa Alam
- Morocco – Agadir, Marrakech
- Mauritius – Grand Gaube, Anse La Raie, Flic en Flac, Belle Mare, Grand Baie, Le Morne
- Tunisia – Hammamet, Yasmine Hammamet, Sousse, Por5t El Kantaoui, Skanes
- South Africa – Tours & safari
- Tanzania (Zanzibar) – Jambiani, Kiwengwa, Marumbi, Nungwi
Caribbean Long Haul Holidays
- Antigua – South & North East Coast
- Aruba – Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Druif Beach, Oranjestad
- Barbados – Maxwell, Needham's Point, Hastings, Rockley, St Lawrence, St James
- Cuba – Havana, Varadero, Jibacoa
- Dominican Republic – Punta Cana, La Romana
- Jamaica – Runaway Bay, Trelawny, Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay, Lucea
- St Lucia – Soufriere, St Lucia North & South, Smugglers Cove, Rodney Bay, Castries
- Trinidad and Tobago – Tobago
North America Destinations
- United States – Florida (Disney), Las Vegas, New York
Flights From the UK, Where Can I Fly From?
You can fly from a number of UK airports. Not all destinations are available from all airports. Obviously the more popular holiday destinations will be offered from more airports. For some of the long haul destinations you will only find departures from London & Manchester.
- London Airports – Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Southend, Stansted
- Scottish Airports – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness
- Northern Ireland Airports – Belfast City, Belfast International, City of Derry
- Welsh Airport – Cardiff
- English Airports Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Humberside, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton
Late Deals & Last Minute Availability
There will always be late deals & late availability holidays. Whether they are cheap holiday deals or heavily discounted will depend on how well the holidays have sold plus a number of other factors. Simply put, the prices will always be based on supply and demand! If you want to get a cheap holiday deal don't expect to get the cheapest holiday prices for a week in Tenerife over New Year. If prices is the driving factor then take some simple steps to give yourself a better chance of getting a cheap Tui last minute holiday. Avoid the busy dates such as Easter, New Year, Christmas and school holidays. Also don't travel to the most popular destinations as everyone else will be so the availability will be restricted so the chances of getting cheaper prices will be reduced.
If you just want a cheap late deal in the sun, be as flexible as possible with your choice of destination, accommodation and departure points. The more you start to restrict the holiday options the more you will pay. However if you just don't want to go to a particular destination or leave from another airport then be prepared to pay more. Some people are just looking to get away and not necessarily checking for late deals.
Not everyone is booking last minute to find the cheap holiday deals. There is a last minute holidays page on their website, notice the exclusion of anything inferring cheaper prices or bargains! They don't want to market their holidays that way, the obviously prefer people to book early. However they know they will usually always have holidays to sell near the departure dates. The deals page has a list of deals pages and searches where you can see their latest prices for a number of destinations or brands.
How To Book a Holiday with Tui to Get Their Best Prices
Usually it's best to make your booking direct on the official website (click here) You will get access to their best online discounts which will be automatically discounted off the cost of any holiday you are looking at. You will also have live access to the latest availability and holiday deals. Plus for families looking for free child places, you will also get to see what is really available using the Tui free kids finder search.
Tui usually offer a low deposit holiday scheme where you can book for less than you would normally pay. This is an especially attractive discounts for families which makes it easier to book a free child place holiday deal.
Sometimes Tui offer discount codes which get you a bigger discount off your holiday or Marella cruise. You will only find out about these if you go to their website. Travel agents are not going to let you know about the discount codes as the generally have to reduce their commission to match the discount code deals. How many travel agents do you think are going to do that? In fact many travel agents are now charging booking fees to book your holiday for you. So you could pay someone to enter your details for you can save the money and put your own name and address into the Tui booking system yourself! Tui have also introduced a pay monthly direct debit system where you can pay your holiday up each month.
How To Find Your Best Holiday & Accommodation for You!
Fortunately searching for the right Tui deal is easy. Simply use the main holiday search or one of the late deal searches to start with. Just enter the basis information to get thing going. Enter where you are prepared to fly from, any specific destinations, dates, duration and number of people travelling. After that you will get a list of possible options. If you want to see the cheapest Tui package holiday deals then change the sort filter to show prices low to high.
After that use the other holiday filters to narrow down the search results. You can select board basis, facilities, destinations, price range, rating and in some case flights if there are more than one option available. Within the holiday type you can select one of the holiday collections such as Gold, Small & Friendly, Tui Blue, Skytours and more. You can also select the most suitable accommodation for adults only, families, nightlife plus other options. For families looking for a free child place, use the free kids finder search which also has similar filters to narrow down the accommodation & resorts. First Choice holidays is also part of the Tui group and their website offers similar search options for their full range of all inclusive holidays.
Tui City Breaks
Tui also offer a range of Tui city breaks to New York, Dubai & las Vegas. So if you have a few days off and want to visit somewhere different then a city break is well worth having a look at. Tui offer city breaks from eight UK airports for durations from three nights to fourteen nights. Price are very reasonable and there are also some luxury hotel options as well.
How Do You Get the Best Tui Free Child Places?
Tui free child places are very popular with families looking to get away and save money off the overall cost of their family holiday. A free child place can really make a difference and these deals not surprisingly can sell out quickly. Now that Tui have introduced their free kids finder search it's now easier than ever to find the free child deals. However it also makes it easier for everyone else to find them as well!
Not surprisingly the free child places are most popular during the school holiday dates, especially the Tui all inclusive free child places. So if you are looking for a kids go free holiday make sure you know your dates so you can book right away. These free child place holidays are subject to availability and are not unlimited so if you have to check and see if people can get time off work etc then you may miss your free kids places holiday deal especially if it's an all inclusive free child place as these do get booked up very quickly.
Tui generally offer some good low deposit deals especially for families. This can be helpful particularly if you are booking your summer holiday so far in advance. A free child place can be the best option for a discount off one of their popular holiday brands such as Tui Blue for Families (formerly Family Life) Obviously these are popular family hotels as they offer lots of activities, kids' clubs and facilities for families. Don't forget to check nearby airports as well as your prefered airport as you can find that you may get a free child place from another airport on similar dates. For Tui free kids places > click here
Remember Tui package holidays are protected by the atol cover provided. However for accommodation only the atol scheme does not apply. This is only because atol protection applies to package holidays. When you book a package holiday with Tui you should be provided with an atol receipt. Holidays on the Tui website are financially protected. For advice on staying safe and passport and visa information check on the official website. If the information is not on their site there are links to enable you to get the latest travel advice on staying safe abroad from the foreign commonwealth department. This information can change so check regularly for updates. There is also further information of the financial protection and the atol scheme as well as booking conditions and tips on how to stay healthy abroad.
Original Publish Date: 2 Feb 2008