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New horizons from cruise and tour pioneers Titan

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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Titan, the multi award-winning escorted tour operator, has released the first edition of its 2015 Cruise & Tour brochure – showcasing 20 brand new itineraries that combine the best of both worlds, with the freedom of a journey by sea alongside the opportunity to get to the heart of a chosen destination with a land-based tour.

Titan pioneered these innovative holidays more than two decades ago and the concept has now developed into an exciting range of 55 unique globetrotting tours, from exotic adventures in far-flung corners of the world to experiences much closer to home.

The breadth of the tours includes world renowned cruise lines such as Fred. Olsen, Holland America, Voyages to Antiquity, NCL and Hurtigruten, as well as small ship operators such as the MV Adriatic Queen (with fewer than 50 passengers), Turkish Gulets and Galapagos Islands Cruises.

Showcased within the brochure are some of the world's greatest rivers, from the Danube and the Douro in Europe to the Volga and Neva in Russia and further afield to the Nile, the Mississippi, the Yangtze and the Napo, a tributary of the mighty Amazon.

Working closely with 16 river cruise suppliers, there is a cruise to suit every budget, from the comfortable two-star+ MS Rublev, which offers outstanding value for a Russian river cruise on the Volga and Neva (from £1,549 per person for 11 days including flights, accommodation, most meals and a programme of excursions) to the "six-star experience" of a luxurious Uniworld river cruise on a choice of European rivers.

Single travellers are also welcomed with low or no single supplements on a wide range of itineraries including Dutch Waterways and the Beautiful Keukenhof, The Danube with Vienna, Grand Voyage to the Black Sea, Classical Rhine and the Black Forest, The Enchanting River Douro and Cairo, Alexandria and a Nile Cruise. Single cabins are limited so early booking is advised.

There are also no single supplements available on itineraries including Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands, Lakes and Islands of Undiscovered Croatia and Terra Magica as well as Istria and Croatia's Bay of Islands.

Among the new routes for 2015 is the stunning 16-day New York and the Southern Caribbean itinerary – a unique winter holiday combining a two-night break in the Big Apple with a 12-night Caribbean cruise.

Take in the sights and sounds of New York before embarking the award-winning Norwegian Breakaway 'super ship' for a 12-night cruise around some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean including the US Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Barbados and the idyllic St Kitts.

Departing on the 16th or 30th of January 2015, this unforgettable cruise costs from £1,695 per person with a free Balcony Stateroom upgrade (limited availability – book early to avoid disappointment) and includes flights, two nights in the four-star Marriott East Side, a New York city tour, 12 nights' cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway, 37 meals, the services of a Titan Tour Manager and Titan's VIP Home Departure Service.

For a no-fly option, the new Scandinavian Islands and Archipelagos cruise departs from Southampton and offers a 15-day itinerary exploring the best Scandinavia has to offer, from the 20,000 islands that make up Finland's beautiful Turku Archipelago to the historic cities of Turku and Helsinki, with additional stops in St Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

It costs from £1,499 per person departing on the 11th of July 2015 and includes a 14-night cruise on Balmoral, most meals, a variety of daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment, £75 per person on-board credit, the services of a Titan tour manager and Titan's VIP Home Departure Service. Book before 30th September 2014 to receive a free drinks package worth an additional £140 per person.

Also new for 2015, the Island Beauty of Greece and Turkey itinerary offers a unique "small ship adventure" aboard an exclusively chartered traditional Turkish Gulet.

These traditional wooden vessels have evolved from their original purpose for fishing and cargo to become full-service hotels on the water. The beauty of the gulet is its small size (up to 35 metres), which enables access to the deserted bays and secluded coves of the coastline and also facilitates an informal and friendly atmosphere on board, with luxury and deluxe accommodation and the facilities and creature comforts of a hotel.

This eight-day cruise explores the turquoise waters and beautiful scenery of the Datça Peninsula and its surrounding islands at a tranquil pace, including a night docked in Rhodes to offer extra time on the largest of the Dodecanese Islands.

Departing from May to October 2015, it costs from £1,349 per person including flights, seven nights' cruise on an air-conditioned gulet, most meals, walking tours of Rhodes and Marmaris, the services of a Titan tour manager and Titan's VIP Home Departure Service.

There are many impressive savings to be had – travellers wishing to go further afield can save up to £680 per person on the incredible 22-day Passage to Sri Lanka and India itinerary which takes in the island of Penang in Malaysia, Colombo in Sri Lanka and the Malabar Coast of India before embarking on a five-day land tour of India's Golden Triangle.

Prices start from £4,595 departing on the 11th of March 2015 and include flights, six nights in hotels and 13 nights' cruise on the MV Aegean Odyssey, all meals on-board the ship and breakfast in the hotels, 12 excursions and visits, selected wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner, a Titan tour manager and Titan's VIP Home Departure Service.

With savings of between £50 and £300 available throughout the brochure, prices start from £999 per person on the new seven-day Towns and Cities of Medieval Germany itinerary. On this no-fly holiday, hilltop castles look on as passengers sail along the serene waters between Germany's magnificent medieval towns aboard the exclusively chartered MS Arlene. Beginning with a luxury coach journey from Folkestone to Cologne, this river cruise then offers travellers the opportunity to take in the majestic views from the tranquil water and the verdant mountainsides, as ancient footpaths and cable cars lead up through stunning towns and cities. Departing on the 25th of July 2015, it costs from £999 per person including coach travel, six nights' cruise, all meals, complimentary tea and coffee all day and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at mealtimes, a Titan tour manager and Titan's VIP Home Departure Service.

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