* 18 itineraries * exclusively chartered ship * new Christmas 2017 cruises *
For the first time ever Titan (0800 988 5873, titantravel.co.uk), the multi award-winning escorted tour and cruise operator, has exclusively chartered a river cruise vessel, the MS Serenade 1 for a full season in 2017 and 2018. Titan took ownership of the 4-star, 68 cabin vessel in March 2017 to ply the tranquil and picturesque waters of the Rhine, Danube, Main and Dutch Waterways.
Having already sold well for its 2017 departures, the new brochure features 18 varied itineraries for 2018 departures and three new Christmas 2017 itineraries to some of Europe’s finest festive markets. Prices start from £629 per person, for a five-day Rhine Christmas market cruise, plus early booking discounts of up to £250 per person on selected departures (subject to availability).
Commenting on MS Serenade 1, Andy Squirrell, MD for Titan said “Every aspect of the cruise experience aboard the ship has been designed with the needs and interests of the Titan traveller in mind. After many years of working with some of the world’s leading operators we know what makes a great river cruise. We’re excited to be offering a chance to explore some of Europe’s finest waterways in true style and comfort and by chartering our own vessel we have been able to tailor all aspects of the cruise, from the itineraries, excursions and cuisine to the inclusions and on-board ambience, specifically to suit UK travellers”.
The ship has been refurbished to Titan’s specifications and Titan’s own cruise directors provide exceptional service. The 68 superior outside cabins are located across three decks offering some of the most spacious cabins on Europe’s rivers, with French balconies on the two higher decks. The cabin interiors have a contemporary décor with minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and generously sized bathrooms, with each having a bath as well as a separate shower. To the rear of the ship are two 22 square metre Suites with full private balconies and a private seating area.
The spacious Panorama Lounge provides a place to relax during the day and is the hub for musical entertainment or to enjoy a cocktail by night. The Sun Deck and Sky Lounge provide scenic 360 degree views and for those looking to keep active there’s an on-board gym and revitalising sauna.
In the relaxed elegance of the restaurant dishes on the four-course lunch and dinner menu reflect the regions through which the ship is sailing, using locally sourced ingredients for a true flavour of the area. Breakfasts are made to order and for those who are still a bit peckish a midnight snack is served in the Panorama Lounge.
Varied, included onshore excursions provide opportunities to appreciate the best of each location with Titan’s experienced tour managers, as well as local guides, to add knowledge of a favourite café or hidden local gem.
The new five-day ‘Traditional Christmas Markets on the Rhine’ offers the chance to embrace the festive season with prices from £629 per person based on 14 December 2017 departure (including a saving of up to £100 per person). There’s time in the cities of Koblenz, Frankfurt, Rüdesheim and a walking tour of Mainz, taking in magnificent squares full of festive wooden market stalls. This no-fly cruise also includes Eurotunnel or ferry crossings, four nights’ cruise on MS Serenade 1, most meals, the services of an experienced Titan tour manager and Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service.
Also new is the chance to celebrate Christmas in style with an eight-day ‘Christmas on the Rhine’
cruise. Prices start from £1,499 per person based on 21 December 2017 departure (including a saving of up to £50 per person). Spend Christmas Eve enjoying a guided walking tour of Speyer, then walk off Christmas Day indulgences in the cosmopolitan city of Strasbourg. Prices include scheduled British Airways direct flights, seven nights’ cruise on MS Serenade 1, 20 meals, including the Captain’s Christmas Eve gala dinner and Christmas Day gala lunch, three excursions, the services of an experienced Titan tour manager and Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service.
In March 2018, the season kicks off with a six-day ‘Dutch Waterways and the Beautiful Keukenhof Gardens’ cruise. Prices start from £1,149 per person departing 31 March (including a saving of up to £100 per person). The no-fly cruise includes a city tour and canal cruise of Amsterdam and a lecture on tulips before visiting the famous Keukenhof Gardens, a 32 acre showcase of seven million flowers set in sweeping gardens. Further highlights include the compact city of Hoorn and Enkhuizen, which both became wealthy in the 17th Century from the Dutch East India Company, and the picturesque village Zaandam Schans where six well preserved windmills have been relocated. Prices include Eurotunnel or ferry crossing, five nights’ cruise on MS Serenade 1, 20 meals, three excursions, the services of an experienced Titan tour manager and Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service.
For those seeking a longer cruise, the comprehensive 17-day ‘Eastern European Odyssey’ itinerary offers superb value with prices starting from £3,249 per person based on 11 June 2018 departure (including a saving of up to £250 per person). Sailing through seven countries, this journey follows the Danube River from Budapest, as it flows through Eastern Europe and the Danube Delta, to Romania’s Black Sea Coast. Along the way city visits include Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava and Vienna, topped off with a daylight cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge. Prices include scheduled direct flights, 16 nights’ cruise on MS Serenade 1, 47 meals, five excursions and visits, the services of an experienced Titan tour manager and Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service.
For details of all these cruise options or to book call Titan on 0800 988 5873 or visit www.titantravel.co.uk
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Notes to editors
Titan offers three times as many itineraries as other escorted tour operators, visiting 97 counties and every continent.
Titan holidays are only on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland and are all UK originating enabling them to be carefully and imaginatively crafted for the British holidaymaker
Titan’s price promise protects early bookers and once a deposit has been paid Titan will never apply supplements. If Titan subsequently reduces the price of a holiday to below what has already been paid the difference will automatically be refunded in the form of a credit to be used towards a future holiday.
Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplements.
Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer regional flights and home transfers for mainland customers in northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Titan works with experienced tour managers and all hotels are accorded an honest ‘T’ rating. Tours feature schedule flights with world-renowned operators and excursions are included to attractions which are clearly highlights of a chosen region or country.