2019 Telegraph Travel Awards winners announced

20 November 2019

The Telegraph’s readers have revealed their favourite travel destinations, operators and experiences as the winners of The Telegraph Travel Awards 2019 were revealed today.

New Zealand retained its title of Best Country for the seventh year in a row, with Telegraph readers once again voting for it as their favourite destination.  Japan rose two places to claim second place and Canada and Italy both returned to the top ten rankings after being absent from last year’s final ten. One new addition to this year’s top ten was Bhutan, which took fourth position  in the best country category.

Cape Town took the honors in the Best City category,  with Italy awarded the Best European Country title and St Petersburg the Best European City. For holidays closer to home, Telegraph readers awarded the title of best Cottage operator to the National Trust.

Voted for entirely by readers of The Telegraph who come to our travel content for inspiration, advice, reviews and the latest trends and news.  The voting survey covered a total of 15 categories and readers who participated had the opportunity to win one of 15 ultimate luxury holidays worth a total of over £500,000.  In total there were over 40,000 responses to this year’s voting survey, with the Awards providing a real insight into the travelling habits of The Telegraph’s readership.

Established in 1998, the Telegraph Travel Awards are among the longest running and most prestigious in the industry, giving readers a chance to recognise those in the sector who they feel have made the biggest impact in their travelling lives.

Claire Irvin, Head of Travel, The Telegraph said: ‘It’s been another fantastic year for the Telegraph Travel Awards, with thousands of readers taking part in one of the most in depth and editorially independent travel surveys in the world. The results confirm what prolific and curious travellers they are – but the consistency of some of the winners proves that even after exploring the world their favourites remain consistent! ‘

 The winners in each category at the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards were as follows:

Best Tour Operator


Best Escorted Tour Operator


Best Specialist Tour Operator

New Zealand In Depth

Best Rail Operator

Rocky Mountaineer

Best Ski Operator

Peak Retreats

Best Ferry Line

Brittany Ferries

Best Short-haul Airline


Best Long-haul Airline

Singapore Airlines

Best River Cruise Line

Uniworld River Cruises

Best Small-ship Ocean Cruise Line


Best Boutique Ocean Cruise Line

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best Large-ship Ocean Cruise Line

Cunard Line

Best Hotel Group

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Best Villa Operator

Vintage Travel

Best Cottage Operator

National Trust

Best Car Hire Provider


Best City

Cape Town

Best Country

New Zealand

Best European City

St Petersburg

Best European Country



For more information, please contact:

Telegraph Media Group

Media Enquiries