Published on Thursday, June 27, 2019

See pictures of this year's Silver Travel Awards

Trailfinders was named the best travel agency for over-50s travellers at this year's Silver Travel Awards.

It was the first time an agency category had been added to the awards, which took place at the BAFTA headquarters on London's Piccadilly.

The event was hosted by TV presenter and consumer champion, Dame Esther Rantzen, who is also the founder of SilverLine, a free, 24-hour, confidential helpline for isolated and lonely older people.

More than 140,000 consumer votes were cast across 21 categories in the awards, which are run by Silver Travel Advisor.

A special Silver Service Award for 'A Lifetime in Travel' was presented to veteran broadcaster and presenter John Carter, who was serenaded on stage by a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Debbie Marshall, managing director Silver Travel Advisor, said: "John is someone whose name has become synonymous with travel. Our silver travellers grew up with John's resort reports and exotic adventures on ITV's Wish You Were Here and BBC's Holiday programme.

"Our collective travel horizons widened as John took us to destinations we might never have heard or - or dreamt of travelling to - before he whetted our holiday appetites. He is a true travel icon and a natural communicator: insightful, amusing and always great company."

Now in their fifth year, the awards were supported by gold sponsors Shearings and Avis and silver sponsors Saga Holidays and Emerald Waterways.

Here's a list of this year's winners (pictured below):

Best Ocean Cruise Line

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Best Luxury Cruise Line

Silversea Cruises

Best Specialist or Expedition Cruise Line


Best River Cruise Line

Viking River Cruises

Best Luxury River Cruise Line

Viking River Cruises

Best City Breaks Operator


Best Escorted Tour Operator (UK Tours)


Best Escorted Tour Operator (Europe And Long''Haul)

Saga Holidays

Best Luxury Escorted Tour Operator

Titan Travel

Best Cultural Tour Operator

Jules Verne

Best Activity or Adventure Tour Operator

HF Holidays

Best Beach Holiday Operator


Best Operator For The Single Traveller

One Traveller

Best Rail Holiday Provider

Great Rail Journeys

Best Self-Catering Travel Company

Forest Holidays

Best Villa Holiday Company

Villa Plus

Best Accessible Travel Provider

Enable Holidays

Best Car Rental Company


Best Airline

British Airways

Best Overseas Destination


Best Travel Agency




Silver iAwards




Best For Product

G Adventures

Best For Marketing

Cycling for Softies


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