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Pride in the USA

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, we’re celebrating 2019’s must-visit Pride events in Philly, Chicago, Vegas, and W. Hollywood.

WorldPride: 50 years of Pride in NYC

We learn where to go for all things Pride in NYC — parties, food, history, arts and culture. We've got the scoop with a local in the Big Apple.

Our top places to go in 2019

Forget the wet weather and whet your appetite for adventure with our top destinations for 2019.

An expert's guide to San Francisco

We sent some of our team on a fact-finding holiday to San Fran. Here's a taste of what they experienced.

The Most Instagrammable places in NYC

If you’re looking for some serious Insta-envy from your followers, these Big Apple beauties are sure to get the likes rolling in.

The best places to eat in Arizona

We've put together some food for thought on where to eat in Arizona, from watering holes to desserts in the dunes. Did someone say air conditioning and ice cream?

Have a nice day in San Francisco

A handful of quintessentially San Francisco places and experiences that we’d love to share with you.

LA LA Land

Become an honorary Angelino and explore LA and beyond with these tours and experiences.

Awesome music festivals from around the world

With Glasto round the corner, it’s time to dust off your tent, grab your shades and set off for summer’s hottest festivals.

San Francisco Pride 2017 – Celebration of Diversity

Join San Francisco Pride in promoting a “Celebration of Diversity” in 2017 over the weekend of 24 and 25 June.

Las Vegas Pride 2017 – loud, proud and plenty of crowds

Maybe you’ve done Pride before. But until you’ve done Pride in Las Vegas, you haven’t really done Pride.

Fantastic Places - Inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Get a glimpse of these magical sites around New York City.

Why Washington DC is the perfect holiday destination for families

You may not see Washington, DC as a family-friendly holiday destination at first glance. But look closer and you’ll find this political powerhouse ranks right at the top for the best family-friendly US cities.

Summer of Love - 50th Anniversary

2017 ushers in the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and is the perfect time to visit San Francisco.

History of the USA

From sprawling vineyards and Art Deco buildings to iconic statues, The USA has a fascinating history to explore. Here’s just a few pointers on how to discover America’s intriguing past.

More about Big Island

There’s not really much that shouts 'getting out into nature' more than watching land form before your very eyes and you can see just that at the Kilauea Lava Flow Sea Entry. The red hot, glowing orange magma bubbles up from beneath Kilauea’s caldera and snakes down the volcano flowing right into the sea at the Waikupanaha ocean entry. Watch the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle from one of the boats, which regularly goes out and see Mother Nature trying to recreate something as awe-inspiring as you.

All this the swimming and looking gorgeous on the beach can leave you with a bit of an appetite. Cue Pololu Beach on Big Island with its Merriman’s Waimea restaurant which has been a national treasure for over two decades. Ninety percent of its menus are locally sourced from home-grown vine ripened tomatoes to pineapple plantations, to the fresh pole-line caught tuna. Dig in to Kalua pig and sweet onion quesadillas, the blackened shrimp Ala Plancha and the Maui gold pineapple and toasted macadamia nut pudding.

Cue Pololu Beach

Ditch the white sand beaches for something a little different at Punalu’u Beach on Big Island, which thanks to Hawaii’s volcanic activity, is home to black sands. There’s still swaying coconut palms and the rolling ocean, but your vistas will be just a bit more unique. Hawaiian green sea turtles may also potter onto the beach to meet you. Well, who wouldn't?

Punalu'u Beach

Ok, so it lucked out on being the tallest volcano in the world, but the Mauna Loa weighs in as the world’s largest active volcano. It takes up over half the island (with most of it sitting below the ocean). The mountain is deceptively tall and the trail long, so do some lunges before you set off. It’s a rather challenging 12.4 miles round-trip and the hike is steep (take plenty of water on the way), but once you’re on it, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of its neighbouring volcano, Mauna Kea.

Mauna Loa

Located in the Wailuku River State Park, this 24-metre gorgeous waterfall is surrounded by tropical jungle and well worth an early morning visit when there is a chance you can see a rainbow. 

Rainbow Falls

No stranger to royalty, Waipio Valley was once the childhood home of King Kamehameha I and with a name like ‘Valley of the Kings’ you’re sure to fit in. Sitting at one mile across and five miles deep, its cliffs scale over 2,000 feet high and with its dramatic tropical landscapes, it’s an area of serious beauty. Entwined with taro fields, rivers and waterfalls, its pièce de résistance is Hawaii’s tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls, which sends water cascading down over 1,300 feet. Meet the locals, as to this day over 100 residents live amongst the falls.

Waipio Valley

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Your holiday may be affected by the government’s travel restrictions

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

You’ll be away before you know it

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Register yourself as away from home


If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers

Help is at hand


Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types online and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

If you’re ready to book but can’t find the information you need on our website, just call our travel experts who will be happy to help.

To redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us, just give us a call and quote your old booking reference.

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Important information: We are working hard to help all of our customers, particularly those already on holiday or due to travel in the next 72 hours.