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We all thought we were so clever, two decades ago, when we ditched the package holidays of the 1980s and 1990s to venture out alone, city breaking, backpacking, researching destinations on the new fangled “t’internet” (as we humorously dubbed it then).
But now, as modern travellers looks at their options, they would have to admit that booking a package seems like a pretty good idea again. It’s not only extra financial security that a package provides – who really wants to spend weeks looking at every single hotel online, researching every single flight option, and trying to arrange their own transfers when a tour operator could do it for you? Who wants to be responsible for fixing things, should anything go wrong? Who doesn’t like a good deal?
The modern package holiday is a very different beast from those of the past, especially one booked with Jet2holidays, which is so renowned for its flexibility and customer service that it was recently named Which? Recommended Provider of 2020 for package holidays.
The hallmarks of the 1980s package – the traffic light parties, welcome meetings and evening entertainments where reps jollied the crowd into singalongs and games – are, thankfully, long gone.
The modern Jet2holidays package is simply a good-value, easy-to-arrange jumping-off point for whatever kind of adventure awaits you. In Majorca, one of its most popular destinations, that adventure can mean many different things – certainly not simply flying and flopping by the pool.
You could book a package and spend a week mastering rock climbing, even trying some deep water soloing – that is tackling the limestone sea cliffs without ropes then dropping into the turquoise water.
You could book a package and take a gourmet road trip around the centuries-old villages of the island’s agricultural heartland, stopping to feast on grilled squid or roast lamb at palm-fringed fincas, and for behind-the-scenes wine-tastings at a new generation of boutique bodegas.
You could book a package then hammer the zigzagging hill climbs of the Serra de Tramuntana – a Unesco world heritage site – on a road bike like the pros do, go wild swimming at dawn in a secret cove, visit the studios of Joan Miró, or learn to sail.
Or you could just relax (you are allowed).
And while you focus on doing any or all of that, Jet2holidays will look after the basics, sorting out the holiday framework for you to build magical experiences on top of.
It’s all about choice – enough to give flexibility, without being overwhelming. Travellers can fly from nine UK airports: London Stansted, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, East Midlands, Birmingham, Belfast International, Glasgow and Edinburgh (with no hand luggage wrangling, as there’s a 22kg baggage allowance at no extra cost).
With 600 accommodation options all over Majorca, there’s something to suit every kind of traveller and budget: stylish seaside boutique hotels; simple, affordable apartments; golf resorts right by some of the 19 superb courses; family hotels with pools, or chic, top-end, adults-only spas.
Alternatively, those who would rather escape other people and spend time as a couple or small group in a secluded spot with their own private pool can choose from hundreds of lovely villas.
And a short city break to cosmopolitan Palma – with its buzzy city scene, art galleries and narrow streets of gothic architecture – is another option, part of the Jet2CityBreaks collection.
Beyond the city, days can be filled exploring rural villages such as Biniaraix and Fornalutx in the north, with their darling artisan boutiques and galleries; visiting the archaeological sites, castles and ruins that trace the island’s history back through the Arab, Roman and Phoenician eras to neolithic times; trekking into the craggy limestone mountains or feasting in tiny fishing villages by the sea.
All these holidays are available year-round, too, as Majorca is a great winter-sun destination, with off-season draws such as the spectacular display of almond blossom in February.
Whatever shape your trip takes, what all Jet2holidays trips have in common are security and flexibility. Increasingly important these days, packages have the safety net of being Abta- and Atol-protected, so your money is safe.
Extra bonuses include free child places, special early booking deals, and only having to put down a £60 deposit to book.
A special collection of “any duration” holidays, for example, allows travellers to be away for as many days as they like, rather than the standard seven or 14 days. Named the “real package holidays”, Jet2holidays’ trips have been taken by 15 million British holidaymakers over the past 10 years.
The UK’s second largest tour operator, its other accolades include best-rated airline in Europe according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards, and best tour operator for customer service from The Institute of Customer Service.
So as long as you’re not looking for banana boats and fancy-dress nights, it could be time to give the package holiday another chance.
The modern package holiday is a very different beast from those of the past, especially one booked with Jet2holidays, which is renowned for its flexibility and customer service. Travellers can fly to Majorca from nine UK airports: London Stansted, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, East Midlands, Birmingham, Belfast International, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Visit jet2holidays.com/destinations/balearics/majorca for more information.