As 2013 draws to a close, we would like to wish all our clients a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
We have been getting into the Christmas spirit in the Titan HQ; Jackie Willis and I became Mr & Mrs Claus taking our sleigh filled with chocolate and other goodies around the office!
2014 is set to be another wonderful year for those keen to explore the world with Titan and if you are still undecided on your travel plans, below are a few ideas that might help.
The Call of Africa – if you have never traveled to Africa, do take the plunge in 2014. You will be rewarded with unforgettable experiences, breath-taking scenery, high quality accommodations, a friendly welcome, those incredible big African skies and of course the excitement and joy one feels when observing the wildlife in their own habitat. In addition, for many (including me) there is Africa’s fascinating history – with iconic figures like Livingstone, Rhodes – and more recently Mandela waiting to be discovered. I whole-heartedly recommend a journey on the Pride of Africa, described as the most luxurious train journey in the world. Imagine enjoying a sumptuous luncheon with an included glass of excellent South African wine as you travel past beautiful ever-changing scenery of rolling hills, villages and Bushvelt. And new for 2014, we have added a second itinerary featuring the Pride of Africa, Kruger National Park and the delightful wine growing region of Stellenbosch.
Burmese days – now is definitely the time to travel to Myanmar, the location of George Orwell’s first novel and a country of subtle beauty, unique culture, the evocative Irrawaddy and friendly people on their own journey of discovery from the years of isolation. Our tour combines with a few days in Thailand, so you are fully acclimatised before arriving in Mandalay for your Burmese adventure.
Great American road trips – for many there is nothing that can compare to the enjoyment of touring the USA, one of Titan’s most popular destinations. We have many exciting new initiatives and tours to enjoy in 2014. Unlike nearly all other operators, Titan is able to offer a journey on the scenic Big Sur and a drive to the Giant Redwoods in Yosemite National Park. Get your kicks on Route 66, traverse the best of the East coast on our Eastern Extravaganza and – new for 2014 – our longest road trip yet, the incredible Grand American, a 30 day odyssey from Los Angeles to New York through the wild west and deep south. Don’t miss out on your American adventure. Eat your heart out Jack Kerouac!
The World’s Best River Cruises are now all-inclusive – what can be better than enjoying a holiday where everything (and I mean literally everything) is included in the price. Our popular and exclusive river cruise partner Uniworld has upgraded all their European itineraries for 2014 to include our VIP Home Departure Service, Titan airport service on your outbound journey, transfers, scheduled flights, all meals, all drinks (only top end premium drinks are extra), all excursions, all on board entertainment and lectures and all tipping – both on board and on excursions. Add to this the elegant vessels, flexible dining and award-winning service and it all adds up to what can only be described as 6* service. If you want the best, no other river cruise operator comes close! And with Uniworld, you have the widest range of rivers to choose from – particularly popular being the new programme aboard the River Royale on the River Garonne – exploring delightful western France from Bordeaux to the Dordogne.
Experience the Panama Canal in its 100th year celebrations – 2014 marks an important milestone in the history of “The Big Ditch”. Not only will the atmosphere be extra special as you traverse the Canal aboard your award-winning NCL ship, but you will be able to see for yourself the incredible transformation that is going on, widening the world’s most famous man-made waterway for the demands of the next 100 years. Our cruise starts in Los Angeles and visits Mexico, Costa Rica and for many the highlight – the chance to explore the historic and architecturally-rich Colombian city of Cartagena.
All aboard the world’s great train journeys – there is perhaps no better holiday option than combining a tour or cruise with a journey by rail where you experience the scenery and history from the perspective of the great pioneers whose vision you are lucky enough to be part of. Combine an unforgettable journey on Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer with a cruise to Alaska or arrive in style in Venice from the Orient Express, with continuing explorations of Tuscany’s treasures. Titan has the world covered, with some wonderful itineraries in Africa on Rovos Rail (see above) – new for 2014.
The Delights of the Dalmatian Islands – so popular have been our small ship adventures exploring the quant and relatively un-discovered Dalmatian islands, that we have added a third cruise and tour to our portfolio. As Titan charters the whole vessel, a friendly welcome awaits as you explore tiny villages, unspoilt national parks, local wineries and the more famous roman influenced cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. 2014 is a super time to visit Croatia and its equally beautiful neighbour Montenegro where we visit for the first time on a new tour for 2014.
New flights, new opportunities – here at Titan we are always on the lookout for new flight routings that might enable a more relaxed way of seeing the highlights of a destination. New British Airways flights to Chengdu have created the opportunity to admire the indigenous Giant Pandas at the city’s world-renowned Breeding Institute, as well as taking a 3-night cruise through the majestic Yangtze Gorges, plus the Terracotta Warriors and Beijing with less backtracking than when travelling via Shanghai.
In North America, as a result of the excellent Icelandair new direct services to Anchorage, we are now able to offer a tour of the Natural Wonders of Alaska without the previous back-tracking via Vancouver.
In the wake of the Royals – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 were a wonderful occasion, with the highlight for many being the extra-ordinary Thames Pageant led by the Royal family aboard the elegant Spirit of Chartwell. The vessel is now in warmer climes, sailing the picturesque waters of the Douro River. Titan is exclusively able to offer the chance to experience a cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell with a beautifully crafted programme that combines with a few days at the exquisitely-restored Pousada de Amares located in stunning countryside north of Porto.
As they say…the world really is your oyster! Happy travelling.
Hugh Clayson, Titan Product Director