Britain's best tour operators

Britain's best tour operators

Audley has retained the title of best tour operator in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, based on the opinions of almost 90,000 readers, while APT, McKinlay Kidd, Belmond and Premiere Neige also won awards.To get more tour operators, you can visit shine news official website.

Audley, a tailor-made specialist, offers itineraries to long-haul destinations including Asia, Africa, Australasia and Latin and North America.

Founded in 1996, it first began providing itineraries to south-east Asia, then South America, but now its portfolio comprises all corners of the globe. The operator has perfected the art of devising the perfect trip, thanks to its extensive network of contacts on the ground and excellent specialists and advisers.Not far behind is Trailfinders, another tailor-made provider. The independently-owned company is a firm favourite and has performed consistently throughout the years. Owner Mike Gooley and his team offer exceptional service and competitive prices.A new entrant this year is Turquoise Holidays. The tailor-made specialist, which started operating in 2002, has grown to become a boutique long-haul luxury holidays and honeymoon operator. The company’s biggest-selling destinations by volume are typically tropical island idylls, including the Maldives, Mauritius and Thailand. It also offers a strong family holidays programme.
At this year’s ABTA conference, touring was singled out as a fast-growing travel trend. In response, operators are delivering increasingly sophisticated itineraries for every type of traveller. While general destination tours to long-haul destinations continue to be popular, we are also seeing a rise in adventure tours as well as learning holidays and itineraries that offer exclusive access.

This year, APT finds it way to the top. Many might know the Australian company as a river cruise operator but it also runs an extensive escorted tours programme. Itineraries range from botanical excursions and culinary trips to four-wheel drive adventures.The adventure travel company Exodus comes in at second. The operator first took a group of travellers to the Himalayas more than 40 years ago, and has since expanded to offer itineraries across the world. Trips include cycling, walking, riding and mixed activity adventures as well as family and winter sports holidays.The idea of booking an itinerary with a specialist tour operator is something we tend to consider without question when the destination we are dreaming of is far-flung or hard to visit without assistance. But we may be less prone to call the experts when we are planning a break on domestic soil.

With this in mind, McKinlay Kidd’s triumph in this year’s Specialist Tour Operator category is a tribute to its continued excellence. Based in Glasgow, the company only came into existence in 2003. Initially, it focused on Scotland, attempting to show holidaymakers a side of the country beyond cliché.

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