Booking a holiday for 2025: what you need to know

Planning your dream holiday for 2025? It's time to get excited! From serene island retreats in the Maldives to thrilling safaris in South Africa, we've got a wonderful lineup of trips that are available to book now. But how does booking in advance work? And which destinations should you lock in early? Let our travel experts guide you through all you need to know.

Can I book a holiday now for 2025?

" Absolutely! Many customers have already booked their 2025 adventures and we’ll be delighted to help make yours a reality too. Popular destinations that are booking now include the Indian Ocean, the CaribbeanAustralia and South-East Asia." - Ariana Feroz, Assistant Store Manager, Kuoni Aberdeen.

Can I book a holiday for 2026?

" Many customers looking to book a holiday for 2026 are planning significant events such as honeymoons and long-awaited family reunions. We can secure guaranteed prices for certain destinations, especially for worldwide cruises and beach getaways in the Indian Ocean, Far East, and the Caribbean. Feel free to reach out for a chat and we'll talk you through your options." - Dev Armugan, Store Manager, Kuoni Meadowhall

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Where can I book now with guaranteed prices?

“ With selected airlines and hotels where we have long-standing partnerships, Kuoni can guarantee prices* until spring 2026 for most of our long-haul beach destinations (even if the flights or hotels are not yet publicly available). This is advantageous for customers heading for popular spots like the Maldives during peak periods like Christmas or Easter, when flights tend to sell out early." - Gemma Dick, Store Manager, Kuoni at John Lewis Norwich

“ We have guaranteed rates up till the end of March 2026 at a wide range of hotels, including honeymoon favourites like Lagoon Attitude in Mauritius and Kuoni exclusive properties, such as Keyonna Beach Resort in AntiguaThe Royal Santrian, Luxury Beach Villas in Bali and the stunning Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. Plus, there's often an enticing early bird discount available to make your decision even easier.” - Ariana Feroz, Assistant Store Manager, Kuoni Aberdeen

The Royal Santrian, Luxury Beach Villas, Bali

" I have some customers who are treating their airplane-mad nephew to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa in 2025. Their itinerary includes city adventures in Cape Town, safari thrills in Madikwe Game Reserve and a journey on the renowned Blue Train. To top it off, they have a special surprise lined up – they're travelling business class!" - Malcolm Holcroft, Tailormade Product Support 

How does it work if flights are not released yet?

“ Airlines typically release seats about 10 months before departure, but this doesn’t mean you can’t book ahead. This is known as out of date range flights. In the case where we can’t guarantee the fare, we'll estimate the price and take a deposit. Once the airline confirms the schedule with accurate pricing, you'll have 7 days to decide whether to proceed or cancel for a full refund. If seats aren't available, you'll get your deposit back." - Michael Leech, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni Metrocentre

Kuoni Metrocentre

Is the price likely to change if I book out of date range?

" While your hotel, transfers and any trips or tours rate won’t change, flight prices can fluctuate, and while we can't guarantee they'll decrease, booking early often means you secure the best rates. Typically, flight prices tend to rise closer to departure, so locking in your booking sooner rather than later is a smart move. Rest assured, we're here to help you get the best value for your money." - Dev Armugan, Store Manager, Kuoni Meadowhall

What if I change my mind?

" We're flexible when it comes to changes. If you decide on a different destination or date, we can usually help as long as it's well in advance to avoid penalties. Booking early gives you this advantage. We’ll make sure you're fully aware and prepared before confirming your plans and you'll be informed about any non-refundable deposits." - Donna Howard, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni at Sloane Square

I recently met a wonderful lady in her 90s with a lifelong ambition of exploring Antarctica. After months of careful planning, we’ve now finalised her booking for a HX Hurtigruten Expedition cruise in 2025, proving that age is no barrier to chasing your dreams.” Michael Leech, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni Metrocentre 

Jake Pike, Store Manager, Kuoni at John Lewis Oxford Street

Why book next year's holiday now?

" Planning ahead pays off. Book now and you can spread out the cost in manageable chunks, ensuring your holiday is fully paid for by next year. With plenty of notice, you can coordinate plans with friends and family, giving everyone something to look forward to." - Dev Armugan, Store Manager, Kuoni Meadowhall

" Booking early can give you access to the best deals as we can lock in current hotel rates and secure early booking incentives like discounts and upgrades. And with us, you usually don’t need to pay your balance till eight weeks before, giving you more time to save." - Gemma Dick, Store Manager, Kuoni at John Lewis Norwich

" Whether it's a milestone celebration or fulfilling a long-held dream, booking now ensures your plans become reality. With ample time, you can meticulously plan every detail, from honeymoons to bucket-list adventures. We'll work closely with you to make sure your trip is everything you've imagined." - Michael Leech, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni Metrocentre

Where to book now for travel in 2025?

" Soaring demand for early 2025 (January to April) means winter destinations like the Indian Ocean, Far East, and the Caribbean are filling up quickly. It's best to book now and avoid missing out on your preferred travel dates." - Ariana Feroz, Assistant Store Manager, Kuoni Aberdeen

Madeira Flower Festival

" In May, don't miss the vibrant Madeira Flower Festival in Funchal, featuring a jubilant parade and flower-themed festivities. Be sure to book early to secure your spot at this spectacular event." - Sheena Paton, Senior Regional Product Manager – Europe and Arabia

“ For iconic rail adventures like the Venice Simplon Orient Express or Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, booking well in advance is key. Vietnam is trending for 2025, with routes like The Vietage gaining traction – I highly recommend including this journey in your holiday itinerary. On the six-hour train ride, you’ll wind your way through emerald paddy fields, enjoying exceptional dining and even a massage whilst on board!” - James Kerr, Sales Manager, Expert Hub

Mount Fuji, Japan

" For specific events like Japan's cherry blossom season or gorilla trekking in Rwanda, securing permits is crucial and requires advance notice." - Donna Howard, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni at Sloane Square

" If you’re fond of intimate boutique hotels and lodges, you need to be quick to snap up the rooms. India has some real gems; take Samode Haveli in Jaipur, for instance, a heritage hideaway with just 33 rooms. Due to its popularity, finding availability during peak season can be tricky. Similarly, booking an Indian safari lodge early means you’re more likely to secure permits in the heart of the national park – where you’ll have a better chance of spotting tigers." - Malcolm Holcroft, Tailormade Product Support

“If you are planning an epic adventure in Australia or New Zealand around New Year or during the southern hemisphere’s summer, booking ahead is a must. There are so many incredible itineraries to choose from and a range of stopover options. Early planning means we can secure reservations for our top-recommended hotels and experiences, such as sought-after rail journeys, great walks and in-demand tours.” Scott Catchpole, Tailor Made Expert – North America, Australia & New Zealand

 Emerald lakes, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

" One of my regular customers takes his family away every year for Christmas. He knows the importance of early booking; in fact, he drops me an email while he is away on his festive trip to get the next holiday rolling." - Donna Howard, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni at Sloane Square .

Why Choose Kuoni for Your Holiday?

" As a Which? Recommended Provider, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and forming genuine relationships with our customers. You'll have a dedicated expert assisting you throughout your journey, from planning to post-trip follow-ups. Our on-ground agents will take good care of you during your travels, reflecting the same level of care and attention we provide before you depart." - Donna Howard, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni at Sloane Square

* Click here to read the full terms and conditions of our holiday bookings.

Kuramathi Maldives


If you’re ready to plan your 2025/2026 holiday, we’re here to help every step of the way. Get in touch to book an in-store appointment, join a web chat or request a call-back – our team of Personal Travel Experts will share their advice and find you the perfect holiday to look forward to.

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This feature was created on 10th April 2024. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Heather Flanagan.

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