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About The Vacation Company

The Vacation Company is an award-winning travel agency and was founded in 2003 by Joan and Tony Blakey who between them have over 70 years experience within the Travel Industry.

We are a fully licensed and bonded travel agency and aim to deliver a first class service to all our clients. We offer a comprehensive range of travel services including, Holidays, Cruises, flights, car hire, airport parking and airport lounges.

Whilst we are a full service travel agent we specialise in working closely with a very small number of companies who all share our commitment to excellence and who all offer a holiday experience that in our opinion is exceptional. In river cruising we are delighted to work closely with Amadeus, AmaWaterways, APT Cruising, Uniworld and Riviera Cruising and a simple click on the link above will take you to our dedicated websites for each of these operators. The websites will allow you to explore the superb vessels operated by each cruise line and give you full details of the cruises and destination areas offered by each of these companies.

All of our staff have first hand experience of river cruising and offer all clients unbiased and independent advice on the best river cruise for their individual needs.

As a specialist river cruise agent we often have access to exclusive offers and give an additional River Cruise Vacations Company discount on every river cruise we sell.


We are proud to be members of CLIA UK and Ireland the World’s largest cruise industry trade association. CLIA UK and Ireland is accredited by City and Guilds and is the sole industry provider of cruise training certification in the UK.

2017 River Cruise Excellence Awards - Winner 'Best River Cruise Newcomer' 

CLIA UK & Ireland: Best River Cruise Newcomer 2017

The Global Travel Group.

We are members of the Global Travel Group (membership number S4433) which is one of the largest consortium of Independent Travel Agents in the UK. The Global Travel Group is part of the Stella Travel Services group which is owned by DNATA, one of the world's largest and most successful travel conglomerates. Other companies in the DNATA group include Emirates Airlines, Travel2 and Gold Medal Travel.

The Vacation Company acts as an agent on behalf of The Global Travel Group Ltd in connection with the sale of travel products. Unless specified as the operator, The Global Travel Group Ltd is the agent on behalf of ATOL Protected Tour Operators and other principals. Please note: The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has up-to-date advice on safety across the globe, as well as security, local laws, and passport and visa information. We recommend that customers check regularly for updates ahead of travel, as the advice can change.

Some 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. We will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make 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:

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Joan and Tony in the AmaPrima main bar, March 2017