Enjoy your Christmas and New Year celebrations in destinations known for basking in year-round warming sunshine. This winter-sun cruise aboard Balmoral will take you to the beautiful Canary Islands - Christmas at sea will be an experience to remember, too. The tradition of Madeira’s New Year fireworks dates back to the 17th century and today the show is spread over more than 30 burning fire stations across Funchal. Balmoral provides the perfect vantage point from which to view this stunning spectacle.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Southampton. Embark our ship in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
As we sail towards Gran Canaria, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your day off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Forget about the usual stresses and strains of Christmas as you relax and enjoy delicious food and festivities aboard Balmoral.
Another day aboard, to spend as you wish.
Be sure to wander into the heart of Las Palmas, rich with historic buildings of all shapes and sizes - including the impressive Cathedral Santa Ana, which took nearly four centuries to complete. Alternatively, take one of the many excursions available to explore Gran Canaria’s stunning scenery or beautiful towns, try a dolphin-watching cruise or take a gentle trek upon a horse.
Tenerife is a hugely popular cruise destination; whitewashed homes and boutique shops lead down to the colourful waterfront where incredible beaches bask in the year-round sunshine. If you prefer to spend your final day ashore exploring, excursions cover a wealth of tastes. Travelling inland, you’ll soon be greeted with sights of sacred Mount Teide; its snow-tipped peak is the highest in all of Spain at 12,000 ft.
The pretty town of San Sebastian on La Gomera, one of the less visited islands of the archipelago, greets us this morning. It was here that Columbus prepared his ships before sailing for America, and La Asuncion’s church, where he and his crew attended mass, still stands today. The island’s most stunning natural attraction is the Garajonay National Park, offering magnificent views across the ravines and forests, plunging steeply into the sea.
La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city is one of the Canary Islands’ authentic gems, boasting colonial-style architecture, palaces and churches, and plenty of beaches, restaurants and bars to relax. Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and offers something for everyone.
Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit. Then later this evening, celebrate the dawn of a New Year in style, with dazzling views from the ship of the spectacular Funchal Fireworks.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off the day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
Early morning arrival in La Coruña, where a treasure-trove of historic sites await your exploration. Whilst here, perhaps follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims on an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela.
As we sail home you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there‘s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
We arrive back early this morning and your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
As one of the UK’s leading escorted holiday companies, Titan Travel offers an award-winning collection of holidays and tours in incredible destinations on all seven continents. In addition to scooping 20 British Travel Awards, 4 British Cruise Awards and a Telegraph Travel Award in 2018, the company won a Globe Travel Award and achieved Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status in 2019, meaning you can have complete confidence in booking your escorted holiday and experiences with this great travel brand.
With a vast array of destination choices and so many carefully planned escorted tours available, it’s easy to find your perfect holiday with Titan Travel. The company does, in fact, offer over 400 exciting itineraries visiting around 100 destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. And as your Titan Travel holiday includes a VIP door-to-door service, your escorted holiday starts and ends at your front door. This means planning your touring holiday is super easy, so the only hard part is choosing where to go!
One of the best things about Titan Travel is that they cover all holiday types and have something for everyone, from coach tours, escorted train and rail holiday tours and short UK breaks to Christmas holidays and a wide variety of river and ocean cruises. Whether you want to explore the Slovenian coast from the bow of a boat, see the monumental glaciers and snow-dusted mountains of the Alaskan fjords or even attend a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, Titan Travel boasts an unbeatable collection of touring holidays and unique solo and group travel experiences. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that everything’s taken care of - including any airport transfers, excursions and chosen escorted tours.
If you want to travel on your own, Titan Travel welcomes thousands of single travellers every year and offers escorted holidays that are reserved exclusively for solo guests, like trips to Russia, escapes to Portugal, rail journeys in Switzerland and Greek island-hopping adventures. Not only will you discover new destinations but you’ll also meet new people and make unforgettable memories while fulfilling your solo travel wishes. Titan Travel also offers small group escorted tours so that you can meet like-minded travellers and enjoy a more intimate and social atmosphere on your holiday. Small group tours are limited to 25 travellers and include South Africa safari adventures, Thailand and Cambodia discovery tours and cruising to the temples and villages in Burma.
No matter which type of escorted touring holiday you pick, your Titan Travel holiday is ABTA and ATOL protected and the brand’s price promise protects you against any price drops after you’ve made a booking. What’s more, Titan Travel uses experienced tour managers and expert local guides who will ensure you don’t miss a thing while visiting a new destination.