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Jennie Bond

The Silver Travel Awards were held on 22 June 2016 at a champagne reception in the London Transport Museum, proudly supporting Age UK and Age International.

In a unique setting of buses, trams and other exhibits, the ceremony was hosted by the actress Amanda Redman MBE, of BBC1’s New Tricks fame, who brought an extra touch of glamour. Amanda said: 'it's a real honour to be able to present the awards to companies and destinations which best support the mature traveller'.

Now in their second year, our awards were supported by headline sponsor Iglu Cruise, with a total of 16 categories and were decided by a public vote of older travellers.

The event was also attended by Esther Jackson, Marketing and Fundraising Director of Age UK, who spoke movingly about the work of Age UK and Age International, and a collection was made for the Africa appeal.

Watch Silver Travel Advisor's highlights video

The runners-up and winners at the 2016 Silver Travel Awards were:

Best Ocean Cruise Line

  • WINNER: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Runner-Up: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Best Specialist Cruise Line

  • WINNER: Noble Caledonia
  • Runner-Up: Swan Hellenic

Best River Cruise Line

  • WINNER: Emerald Waterways
  • Runner-Up: Viking River Cruises

Best Large Tour Operator

  • WINNER: Shearings Holidays
  • Runner-Up: Saga Holidays

Best Escorted Tour Operator

  • WINNER: Voyages Jules Verne
  • Runner-Up: Shearings Holidays

Best Specialist or Activity Tour Operator

  • WINNER: HF Holidays
  • Runner-Up: Ramblers Worldwide Holidays

Best Accessible Travel Provider

  • WINNER: Enable Holidays
  • Runner-Up: Saga Holidays

Best UK Attraction

  • WINNER: London Eye
  • Runner-Up: Alton Towers

Best UK Town or City

  • WINNER: London.
  • Runner-Up: York

Best UK Hotel Group

  • WINNER: Premier Inn
  • Runner-Up: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Self-Catering Operator

  • WINNER: Forest Holidays
  • Runner-Up: Haven

Best Airline

  • WINNER: British Airways
  • Runner-Up: Emirates

Best Car Hire Company

  • WINNER: Avis
  • Runner-Up: Hertz

Best Overseas Destination

  • WINNER: Italy
  • Runner-Up: New Zealand

Best City Breaks Operator

  • WINNER: Kirker Holidays
  • Runner-Up: Riviera Travel

Best Rail Holiday Provider

  • WINNER: Great Rail Journeys
  • Runner-Up: Ffestiniog Travel

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787