I also rate Thomsons. Not all of their holidays are to crammed beaches in Magaluf/Benidorm. We had a lovely holiday to Sicily this year in a typically Italian resort with not an all day English breakfast or karaoke bar in sight.
Was trying to book a package Holiday at Christmas just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Kids want to do all inclusive but all looked awful for our budget. Ended up doing it separately got a great deal for Barbados.
We have ne er done a standard package holiday but this summer booked a week in Greece with Thomson.
It was fabulous. They sorted out flights, accommodation and car hire. We were a bit dubious and thought we'd end up with a villa beside a nightclub or something but the villa was lovely, on a headland above the sea, fab gardens, beautiful private pool, 3 good sized bedrooms and bathrooms etc. It could sleep 6 but there were only the two of us. It got cleaned every second day.
The service was great - everything was smooth, we got met at the airport, the car was available straight away and the rep was very helpful.
The total cost for the vIilla, flights and car hire was £1500, so only £750pp. I an not sure we could have sourced it more cheaply ourselves.
I was in this position this summer, not having done a package since my parents took me in the early 80s. I was a bit nervous about the whole thing and thought it would be a disaster. A week in Menorca with Thomson. Fabulous. So well organised. Cannot fault anything. To the point I've booked again for next year.