Thomson and First Choice have announced their summer 2018 holiday line-up with an expansion of their mid-haul holiday collections following a rise in holidaymakers looking for destinations a little closer to home.

From May next year customers will be able to head to new Balkan hotspot, Varna, Bulgaria with its picturesque seaside location.

The line-up for summer 2018 will also include new self-drive itineraries in Florida, including road trips to the Deep South, a wider range of multi-centre holidays with itineraries to the likes of Costa Rica, Croatia and the Caribbean, a new contemporary, adults-only hotel in the TUI Sensimar collection in Halkidiki, a new TUI Sensatori Resort in Rhodes and two First Choice SuneoClub hotels in Bulgaria.

Customers will also be able to take advantage of the introduction of new flight routes across a number of UK airports including Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol. The move to introduce additional Thomson Airways' routes forms part of the holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly to some of the world’s most desirable destinations from their local airport.

The companies' direct of product, Mark Hall, said: “We know that our customers are looking for new and exciting holidays for summer 2018 so our focus is on expanding our mid-haul programme to include more choice of destination. New hotspot Varna offers customers something a little different for their break, with the perfect balance between culture and relaxation.

"I’m also delighted that we are continuing the expansion of our luxury TUI Sensatori collection with our new addition in Rhodes and building on our extensive range of holiday types in Florida, giving families, couples and friends more unique holiday options to choose from."

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