A record 225,000 consumer votes were cast for the best travel companies for the over 50s towards this year’s Silver Travel Awards. That’s 60% up on last year, showing that even if it’s not possible to travel very far at the moment, silver travellers are keen to recognise the travel companies that have served them best in the last 12 months.
The winners will be announced at our first ever virtual Awards event, coming to a computer, tablet or mobile phone screen near you on Tuesday 15 September at 3pm. It’s completely free to attend, and we now invite you to register for this unique ceremony, hosted by Gyles Brandreth.
The shortlists for the 22 consumer-voted awards are:
Best Adventure or Activity Tour Operator
Ramblers Walking Holidays, Inghams Lakes & Mountains, Explore, Intrepid Travel, HF Holidays, G Adventures.
Best Cultural Tour Operator
Cox & Kings, Titan Travel, Travel Editions, Audley Travel, Jules Verne, Travel for the Arts.
Best City Breaks Tour Operator
Saga Holidays, Alfa Travel, Kuoni, TUI, Riviera Travel, Kirker Holidays.
Best Self-Catering Travel Company
Forest Holidays, Hoseasons, Eurocamp, Holiday Property Bond, Original Cottages, Pierre & Vacances.
Best Villa Holiday Company
Villa Plus, Sunvil, Simpson Travel, CV Villas, James Villas, Vintage Travel.
Best Destination Specialist Company
Frontier Travel, Wendy Wu Tours, Discover Egypt & Jordan, Tropical Sky, Serenity Holidays, Selective Asia.
Best Ocean Cruise Line
P&O Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Royal Caribbean, Saga Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, NCL.
Best Premium or Luxury Ocean Cruise Line
Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Viking, Cunard, Princess Cruises.
Best Specialist Cruise Line
Star Clippers, Hurtigruten, Variety Cruises, Azamara, Noble Caledonia,Hebridean Island Cruises.
Best River Cruise Line
Riviera Travel, Emerald Waterways, Saga Cruises, CroisiEurope, Fred. Olsen River Cruises, Titan Travel.
Best Luxury River Cruise Line
Uniworld, Viking, AmaWaterways, APT Travel, Scenic, Avalon Waterways.
Best Escorted Coach Tour Operator
Travel Department, Travelsphere, Cosmos, Saga Holidays, Titan Travel, Riviera Travel.
Best Luxury Tour Operator
Travel Editions, Scenic, APT Travel, First Class Holidays, Cox & King, G Adventures – National Geographic.
Best Rail Holiday Company
Switzerland Travel Centre, Railbookers, Rocky Mountaineer, Belmond Orient Express, Great Rail Journeys, Ffestiniog Travel.
Best Accessible Travel Provider
Enable Holidays, Revitalise, Limitless Travel, Dementia Adventure, Saga Holidays, Driving Miss Daisy.
Best Car Rental Company
Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise, Alamo.
Best UK Breaks Operator
Forest Holidays, Warner Leisure Hotels, HF Holidays, Saga Holidays, Alfa Travel, Just Go Holidays.
Best Operator for the Single Traveller
Travel One, Solos Holidays, One Traveller, HF Holidays, Just You, Saga Holidays.
Best Travel Deals Website
Expedia, Travelzoo, Travel Supermarket, Ice Lolly, Last Minute.com, Secret Escapes.
Best UK City
Edinburgh, St Ives, Bath, Bournemouth, York, London.
Best Overseas Destination
New Zealand, Spain, Greece, Italy, Canada, Australia.
Best Travel Agency
Barrhead Travel, TUI, Co-operative Travel, Hays Travel, Iglu, Trailfinders.