Transun was founded in 1982. In the early days, there were just a few of us working out of a small office in Oxford. We very quickly developed a reputation as specialists in travel to Yugoslavia, with a range of short breaks to stunning beaches along the Dalmatian coast. In more recent years we have developed a lasting relationship with Lapland and the Arctic, sending tens of thousands of guests to explore the untouched wilderness.
Throughout the 80s, we operated to a wide range of destinations, flying from airports throughout the UK. We ran weekend trips to New York, short breaks to the sunny climes of the Seychelles, Tunisia, and even the Sahara.
This was a time of many firsts. We were the first UK tour operator to fly day breaks out of Aberdeen airport, for example. We operated the first flight to New York from Norwich.
In the early nineties, Transun pioneered a new concept in holidays: day breaks. Imagine flying to Rome or to Venice, to Iceland or the Norwegian fjords, spending a leisurely afternoon there, then getting back on the plane and being home before bedtime.
These were just some of the remarkable experiences that we made possible and day breaks proved a runaway success. We ran an extensive selection of day breaks throughout mainland Europe, and also flying as far afield as Morocco, Cairo and St Petersburg. All just for a day!
One of our most popular day breaks was to Lapland, where families had the chance to meet Father Christmas. Little did we know back then how popular this programme would go on to be.
Our short break programme continued with a range of sunny European destinations: Croatia, Sorrento, Madeira, Sardinia, and more. And we moved to our present premises in central Oxford, as well as opening up a sales office in the north of England.
Our Lapland programme went from strength to strength as we launched short breaks as well as the now well-established day breaks to Santa’s homeland. These went on to overtake day breaks in popularity and we had become one of the UK’s major operators to Lapland, long before the mass market travel companies had moved in.
At the turn of the millennium, we began to expand our product base once again. After several years of research, we launched our first Thailand brochure, with a comprehensive focus on the then little-known island of Koh Samui.
We launched our first ‘Arctic Spirit’ brochure in 2005 and this has gone on to be one of our most popular programmes ever, giving more and more people the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Our focus on dramatic travel experiences comes from all of this rich history: trips to little-known parts of Croatia back in the 80s, Santa-themed day trips in the early nineties, whale watching day breaks in the late-nineties, our first short break to see the northern lights in 2005 – all these have evolved to become compelling ingredients in our collection of fantastic travel experiences.
Throughout our history, we’ve continued to innovate and to strive to provide everyone who’s been with us with new and unforgettable travel experiences.