THOMSON AND FIRST CHOICE UNVEIL EXCITING PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER 2018!

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Fun in the sun awaits Northern Ireland holidaymakers as leading tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, part of the TUI Group, launched their summer 2018 programmes, with a huge range of holidays to suit the needs of families and adults alike…

The summer 2018 line-up from Thomson and First Choice offers an exciting range of hotel collections, with eleven destinations available to those travelling from Belfast International Airport and flights to the island of Majorca for those who wish to fly from the City of Derry Airport.

Holidaymakers from Northern Ireland will also have new Sensatori and SuneoClub ranges to choose from as well as the new TUI Explorer, Thomson Cruises’ largest ship. With over 1,000 unique properties to choose from, there really is something for every taste and budget.


To make the most of your summer 2018 holidays, Thomson and First Choice are offering lots of reasons to secure your holiday now. There are 1000’s of free child places on offer in selected properties across a range of destinations and you can book with a low deposit of just £75.

Thomson will once again fly direct non-stop to Cancun in Mexico on the state-of-the-art Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner from Dublin Airport. The choice of hotels available is sure to keep all brides and grooms happy with the choice of luxurious Platinum and Sensatori collections as well as the adults-only Sensimar collection.

Belinda Vasquez, Head of Ireland for Thomson and First Choice, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our summer 2018 programme from Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport.

“Once again we are pleased to expand our varied product offering with the introduction of a brand new TUI Sensatori Resort in Rhodes and SuneoClub in Bulgaria. For cruise enthusiasts summer 2018 will bring the launch of TUI Explorer, the largest of the fleet, offering even more choice, space and flexibility with more luxury and facilities than any other ship. We will also be continuing with our long-haul offering to Cancun in Mexico from Dublin Airport.

“We encourage Northern Ireland holidaymakers to get in early and book free child places and with a low booking deposit of just £75, it really couldn’t be easier.

“All this choice, combined with our fantastic resort teams dedicated to looking after our customers every need, Thomson and First Choice can help you take the stress out of choosing the perfect holiday for summer 2018”.

New TUI Sensatori Resort Rhodes, by Atlantica

The eleventh addition to the popular TUI Sensatori collection is the adults-only TUI Sensatori Resort Rhodes by Atlantica. Located 20km from Lindos and set on the beach, the TUI Sensatori Rhodes is perfect for avid explorers and beach goers. This spectacular hotel is flanked by cliffs and better still, Kolymbia’s Blue Flag sand-and-shingle beach is right on its doorstep.

This luxurious hotel, operated by Atlantica, is right on the beach and also includes a lagoon-style pool, and plush spa for guests to unwind in. Rooms are dressed in earthy colours and come with special touches like fluffy robes and slippers. With a pool to suit every mood, themed á la carte restaurants, activities and sports, guests can leave their busy lives behind and fuel their senses at this stunning resort.

TUI SuneoClub Serenity Bay Bulgaria

Serenity Bay is the perfect name for this First Choice SuneoClub hotel, it’s a peaceful, family-friendly property located right in the middle of a golden-sand beach.  SuneoClub properties great value all-inclusive resorts so flights, accommodation, meals and local drinks are all included as standard, making them very affordable.

Serenity Bay is quiet and tucked out of the way, making it the perfect relaxing holiday destination. There are only a handful of other hotels around, so the beach is pretty much guaranteed to be crowd-free. It boasts spacious studios and apartments, making it a home away from home for families. Outside of the hotel the historic seaside town of Sozopol is a great choice for days out just a 40 minute drive away.

TUI Explorer sets sail for Thomson Cruises

Newly named TUI Explorer is Thomson Cruises’ largest ship setting sail in 2018 and 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, bigger than any other standard cabin in the fleet and a wider choice of dining and premium entertainment.

The ship introduces new feature bar, Indigo, which offers stunning ocean views from its prime position at the top of the ship and is home to the casino and nightclub when the sun goes down; Aperitif, an intimate speakeasy style bar perfect for pre and post dinner drinks; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour with quirky bicycle-themed seating; and The Lounge, a new venue complete with colour-changing bar and signature brightly coloured piano, where customers can relax and listen to live music.

Making its debut in Corfu Town in summer 2018, TUI Discovery 2 will sail four itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Thomson Dream will also be based in Palma, Majorca.

Customers choosing these ships will be able to team their holiday with a beach break as part of the extensive Cruise and Stay programme, offering further chance to explore the destinations. Thomson Cruises are available with flights from Belfast International Airport.

The programme for summer 2018 is on sale NOW. To avail of early booking offers and to find out more log onto thomson.co.uk or firstchoice.co.uk or alternatively visit your nearest Thomson Shop.

Thomson Offers:

·  26 May 18, Belfast to Gran Canaria, Rocamar, 3 Star, Puerto Rico, 7 nights, Self-Catering, £529pp (Self-Catering lead-in)
·  23 May 18, Belfast to Rhodes, Sensatori Resort Rhodes, 5 Star, Kiotari, 7 Nights, All inclusive, £1165pp (Sensatori)
·  05 May 18, Belfast to Majorca, Aparthotel Bonaire, 4 Star, Cala Bona,  HB , 7 nights, 2+1 £1461, 2+2  £1860 (Platinum)
·  23 May 18, Belfast to Rhodes, Sensimar Imperial Resort & Spa, 5 Star, Kolymbia, Half Board, 7 Nights, £945pp (Sensimar)
·  25 June 18, City of Derry to Majorca, Globales Verdemar Apartments, 3 Star, Santa Ponsa, Self-Catering 7 Nights ,  £645pp (Derry Departure)

First Choice Offers:

·  27 May 18, Belfast to Tenerife, Holiday Village Tenerife, 4 Star,  Playa De La Arena, 7 Nights All Inclusive, 2+1 £2133, 2+2 £2706 (Holiday Village)
·  24 May 18, Belfast to Majorca, Hotel Saturno, 3 Star, Alcudia, All Inclusive, 7 nights, 2+1 £2035, 2+2 £2479 (SplashWorld)
·  21 May 18, Belfast to Bulgaria, SuneoClub  Serenity Bay,3 Star, Tsarevo, All Inclusive, 7 nights, £466pp (SuneoClub)
·  26 May 18, Belfast to Ibiza, Invisa Hotel Ereso, 3 Star, Es Cana, 7 nights, All Inclusive, £519pp (all Inclusive lead-in)
·  25 June 18, City of Derry to Majorca, Bellevue Lagamonte (SuneoClub), 3 Star, Puerto De Alcudia, All Inclusive, 7 nights, £787pp (Derry Departure)

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