Why Virgin Holidays?

About us

We take pride in our customer service and we aim to make your holiday experience with us the best you've ever had. 

We've been arranging holidays since 1985 and are the largest, most successful transatlantic tour operator, and market leader for travel to the USA and the Caribbean.

As well as USA and Caribbean we offer holidays to Canada, the Far EastSouth Africa, the Middle EastIndian OceanMauritius, plus a well-established ski programme, so we can find your ideal destination.

We're passionate about creating the best holidays in the whole wide world and going that extra mile to make sure you get exactly what you want, the way you want it.

Our worry free guarantee

There are some things you really don't want to hear when you're about to take a well earned break.

... your flight has been cancelled and you can't reach your destination within a reasonable amount of time: You can change to another holiday with us. We'll always try to keep it the same price too (although we're sure you'll understand, a change from the Isle of Man to the Island of Mauritius may require you to pay the difference). Otherwise, if we can't give you a holiday, we'll give you a full refund.

... your flight home is cancelled: We'll simply book you a new one with the help of all our airline partners. If it's not leaving for a couple of days, never fear, we'll assist you booking a hotel too. And just so friends and family back home don't think you've gone all Shirley Valentine, we'll help you get in touch with them, so nothing to worry about there either.

Your holiday is protected

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to the ATOL website at www.caa.co.uk

ABTA - The Travel Association

Book with Confidence. We are a member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. We provide financial protection for your money when you buy a package holiday.If you buy other travel arrangements such as accommodation only this protection doesn't apply

ABTA - The Travel Association - ensures our practices are amongst the best in the business ensuring that our customers get the most from their travel. We are a member of ABTA with membership number V2043.

A holiday is all about leaving your problems behind, relaxing, taking it easy. That's why we'd never let anything come between you and a brilliant holiday.

Pay your way

There are many ways to pay (depending on when you book your holiday):

  • Standard Deposit - if your departure is more than 12 weeks away, you only need to pay a deposit of £175 per person including children. Full balance is required 12 weeks before departure.
  • Pay in chunks - pay £100 this month and £50 next month, as long as the full balance is received 12 weeks before departure.
  • Direct debit - set this up when you book so you automatically pay off your holiday when it suits you. Read the Direct Debit guide for more details.
  • Pay in full - You can pay for your holiday all in one go if you want.

 

Research online and take your time

  • Find the right holiday for you, at the right time of day that suits you.
  • There is no obligation to book, so feel free to browse around are your leisure.
  • You have access to the most up to date pricing and availability.
  • Share your holiday ideas before you go with your friends and family.
  • Create your own hotel shortlist from over 1200 hotel, comparing all the content you find in the brochure, and more, including independant customer reviews from Trip advisor and 360° pictures (where available).
  • View and download our brochures in PDF format.

 

Secure online booking

Your personal details are safe with us! Your security and confidentiality is our highest priority so we encrypt your details as they are being sent back and forth across the Internet with SSL (Secure Socket Layer), an industry leading security protocol. If you want more information please read our privacy statement.

Excellent online customer service

Ask us a Question

Once you have booked online we will automatically send a receipt by e-mail, if we have your address, and we confirm the booking by sending you a Confirmation Invoice.

After we have received full payment for the holiday (either 12 weeks before departure or at time of booking, if less than 12 weeks from departure) and approximately 14 days before departure, all your documents will be sent to you. If you book within 2 weeks of departure you will collect them from the airport. Just don't forget your passport!

If you have special needs (e.g. wheelchairs) or wish to order a special meal please call us after you have bought your holiday (please note we need at least 48 hours notice prior to departure). Telephone numbers of our call centre are in the contact us section of the site.

Please check out our Booking Conditions before you book.

Services for disabled customers

Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team leads the world in providing holidays to everyone. Whether you have mobility restrictions or medical requirements, don't worry – we've thought about it.

We have an experienced and dedicated team of knowledgeable staff who will help you, your friends and family. We've integrated our accessibility and specialist services into the relevant sections of the website to assist in finding the perfect holiday for disabled customers.

Please check out http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/important/disabled-customers before you book.

Virgin Holidays awards

Now in its 30th year, Virgin Holidays is the UK’s favourite worldwide holiday company. Founded in 1985 on the Virgin principles of excellent customer service, value, reliability, responsibility and a sense of fun, it has used its entrepreneurial heritage and passion for innovation to benefit customers and communities around the world.  The brand is particularly known for the “magic touches” its customers have come to expect whatever destination they choose – whoever they are.

In 2015, it was voted Best Large Holiday Company to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean for the fourth consecutive year at the prestigious, consumer-voted, British Travel Awards.

October 2015 saw Virgin Holidays overhaul its approach to travel retail, launching its first concept store that is designed to inspire and engage consumers at the heart of the model. The new concept stores is designed to create a landscape of interaction, giving the customers opportunities to explore new destinations, discover new experiences and shop for holidays in a relaxing environment.  It’s due to launch its flagship retail outlet in Manchester’s Trafford Centre, this summer. 

Take a look at our recent awards here.

What's next?

  • If you know roughly what you want, and when you want to go, then use the search form above which will let you search different types of holidays.
  • If you want inspiration on where to go, you can browse through our destinations or holiday types.
  • If you are looking for a deal, check out our special offers page.
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