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Brexit & Your 2020 Holiday Published: 29 Jan 2020
Britain will leave the EU at 11pm on Friday night after the government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill received formal assent last week and was ratified by the EU. The UK will end 47 years of EU membership, but nothing will change until January 2021. Instead, Britain will enter a transition period to allow talks on the new relationship with the EU. This means that anyone wishing to travel with us this summer will be able to do so with a valid UK passport and enough days remaining on it for your return date. You will not need 6 months remaining until January 2021. Customers wishing to bring back Tobacco, Alcohol and other goods Read more ...
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Thomas Cook Statement Published: 21 Nov 2019
Everyone at Balkan Holidays is deeply saddened to hear that Thomas Cook has entered into administration this morning, and our thoughts are with all customers and employees affected. All customers who have booked a holiday or flight with Balkan Holidays via a Thomas Cook travel agent, be it ski or for next Summer, can rest assured that their booking is secure and will proceed as planned. In the first instance, customers should speak to our call centre team. Further information and details of replacement flights will be published on the dedicated website thomascook.caa.co.uk, but this is a major operation and there may therefore be some Read more ...
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Balkan Holidays are delighted to announce the confirmation of Yanko Popov at our Telegraph Ski Festival stand this year. Yanko Popov is the manager of the Ski and Snowboard School, Ulen in Bansko, Bulgaria. He will be on the Balkan Holidays stand for duration of the festival to answer any questions regarding skiing in Bansko, whether about the resort, the pistes or the tuition available through Ulen. Or indeed more general questions about your skiing or boarding technique. Yanko was born in 1962. He graduated with a Master of Science in Sport Management. As a student, he fell in love with winter sports and in 1985 completed his ski Read more ...
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Following the extention of the deadline in their unilateral contigency legislation released today, the EU have confirmed that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU until at least October next year. The deadline for this contigency was set for March 2020 under the previous legislation however this new extention will now allow customers to book their travel further in advance with confidence that flight schedules will not be affected ABTA confirmed. This extention follows extensive lobbying by ABTA with key EU destination countries which pointed out the mutual benefits of increasing customer Read more ...
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Like every year you can expect to find our  representatives from Balkan Holidays present at one of the biggest events in the travel Industry - at the WTM! Balkan Holidays have been operating for over 45 years and specialise in holidays to Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania. Please make a note of our stand number and visit us this week to find out more and talk to us about opportunities. WTM Stand Number: EM735  For more information you can contact our Sales and Marketing Manager  and arrange a meeting with him directly: R.diggins@balkanholidays.co.uk 02075435564 Read more ...
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ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) has today launched a combined PR and Marketing campaign called “ABTA Early Bird” which will be aimed at encouraging British consumers to book their holidays early and to book with an ABTA member (such as Balkan Holidays). The week-long campaign will include advertising, PR and social media activity as well as a dedicated “ABTA Early Bird” page on the ABTA website which will feature advice on booking early; a new interactive web tool providing destination inspiration and an embedded twitter feed from ABTA and its membership offering tips and deals. During the week, Read more ...
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Brexit & Your UK Passport Published: 17 Jan 2019
Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union on March 29th with no deal, the rules for travel to our destinations is expected to change. With this in mind, the government has started accelerating its plans for a no deal EU exit and wants to ensure you are also prepared for any changes that come from a no deal Brexit. UK passport holders are advised to check their passports to see whether it is valid for travel after March 29th 2019. If you do not yet have a UK passport, more info will follow in the coming weeks. After March 29th 2019, you should ensure that you have a minimum of 6 months validity left on your UK passport from Read more ...
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According to new ABTA research, one in five holidaymakers are still travelling uninsured. Although the number of those travelling overseas uninsured are slightly down last year's figure of 22% travelling overseas uninsured, ABTA said there has still been a big rise in young holidaymakers travelling uninsured. A third (33%) of 16-24 year olds are travelling uninsured, up from 22% in 2014. A third (32%) of 25-34 year olds are also travelling uninsured, putting these two age groups at most risk should something go wrong. ABTA said the high numbers could be down to confusion amongst young holidaymakers over what a European Health Read more ...
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Bulgaria has 11 beaches and a marina flying the Blue Flag, the official international certification that it meets its stringent standards. The scheme started in France in 1985 by the Foundation for Environmental Education and a beach has to meet very strict criteria in the areas of Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and services in order to be awarded by the Blue Flag. In Bulgaria the following beaches carry the Blue Flag: In Varna region: Albena Bunite Sunny Day In Bourgas region: Duni Sozopol-Harmanite Elenite Pomorie East St Vlas Central Sunny Read more ...
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  Winter is just a couple of months from now, that is 8 weeks. So don't be the last one to book your Ski holiday abroad and pay more for booking last minute. Here at Balkan Holidays we have launched our 2nd edition brochure and with even more reduced prices. You can now book a Winter Holiday from as little as £199 per person on self catering basis. For those who are after half board – then you can search on our website for the best deal available for the date and duration you are after. Some of the hot offers we have include but are not limited to: Holidays from £199pp Early Read more ...
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