Titan HiTours the escorted tours specialist, has released its first ever ‘Wonders of the World’ brochure for 2010. This brand new programme contains an exceptional range of holidays featuring the New Seven Wonders of the World - a selection of important cultural sites (chosen by popular vote back in 2007) that represent truly global icons in the world of travel.
From Rio de Janeiro’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue to the magnificent Mayan temples of Chichen Itza and the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal, each of the New Seven Wonders presents a fascinating insight into a country and culture whilst remaining a must-see destination in its own right. The brochure is supplemented with holidays featuring other finalists from the New Seven Wonders selection process as well as a host of other outstanding spectacles, both natural and man-made - and of course, each comprehensive itinerary comes with the high levels of quality, service and value for money for which Titan HiTours is renowned.
Three of the New Seven Wonders can be found in Latin America, with two (Christ the Redeemer and the fabled Inca citadel of Machu Picchu) being included in the 21-day Grand Tour South America Incas, Andes & Icons itinerary. With two departure dates offered in November 2010, this tour takes in the highlights of four countries - Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. In addition to the two sites mentioned above, the itinerary also includes visits to the mighty Iguaçu Falls, the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and the colourful houses of Buenos Aires’ vibrant La Boca district. This holiday costs from £4,995 per person, to include flights, transfers, B&B accommodation, services of a tour manager and local guides, excursions and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service (which collects guests from - and returns them to - their own front door).
Over on the other side of the world, the Mighty Yangtze River & the Best of China itinerary takes another of the New Seven Wonders: the Great Wall. At around 4,000 miles in length, this monumental piece of engineering presents a lasting tribute to the incredible achievements of the ancient Chinese dynasties. Other highlights of this tour include the antique wonders of the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors; the panda sanctuary at Chongqing; and a six-night cruise through the famous gorges of the Yangtze River. With 12 possible departures offered in 2010, this 18-day holiday costs from £2,575 per person, to include flights, transfers, accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and activities as stated in the itinerary, the services of a tour manager and local guides, and the VIP Home Departure Service.
Not all of the New Seven Wonders are in far-flung, long-haul destinations. Closest to home is the emblematic Colosseum in Rome, which is a highlight of the 10-day Treasures of Italy tour (from £1,395 per person). Once the scene of unimaginable gladiatorial bloodshed, this famed arena is an enduring symbol of the Roman Empire. Other unmissable experiences on this holiday include tours of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and St Mark’s Square in Venice, plus visits to Bologna, Assisi, Verona and Florence. Also within easy reach of the UK are the incredible monuments at Petra, where the stunningly well-preserved façades of the temple, treasury and monastery are carved directly into the sandstone mountainside. A visit to this site is included in the Jordan with Ancient Petra itinerary (8 days, from £1,515 per person), which also takes in the historical wonders of Amman, a dip in the Dead Sea and a relaxing day in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba. Both these holidays include flights, transfers, accommodation, some meals, sightseeing and activities as stated in the itinerary, the services of a tour manager and local guides, and the VIP Home Departure Service.
The winners of the New Seven Wonders vote were chosen from a total of 21 finalists, which included such impressive sites as the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia; the mysterious statues of Easter Island; elegant Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan; the instantly recognisable Pyramids of Giza; and several modern monuments like the Statue of Liberty and Sydney Opera House. Several of these are featured in the new brochure. The Pyramids, for example, appear in the Egypt - Treasures & Pleasures itinerary (12 days, from £1,795 per person), while Angkor Wat features in the Images of Vietnam with Cambodia tour (23 days, from £3,495 per person). The temples and gardens of Kyoto, meanwhile, are a highlight of the 14-day Essence of Japan itinerary (from £3,295 per person). All of these prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, some meals, sightseeing activities, the services of a tour manager and local guides, and the VIP Home Departure Service.
There are also several itineraries containing other locations that, whilst not shortlisted for the New Seven Wonders, are nevertheless exceptional in their own right. One of these, the Grand Canyon, is featured in the perennially popular California and the Golden West itinerary, a 16-day overland adventure through California, Arizona and Nevada. The tour starts and ends in Los Angeles and takes in lively San Diego, glitzy Las Vegas and laid-back San Francisco along with the incredible natural scenery of the Grand Canyon, the towering redwood trees of Yosemite National Park and the dramatic, rocky coastline of Big Sur. Departure dates are available year-round, with prices starting at £1,395 per person (to include flights, transfers, accommodation, some meals, sightseeing and activities as stated in the itinerary, the services of a tour manager and local guides, and the VIP Home Departure Service).
Another impressive site is the Panama Canal, which can be experienced from the comforts of a cruise ship on the 17-day Panama Canal Cruise. This splendid voyage has departures available in April, September, November and December in 2010 and takes in Central America’s Pacific coastline (with stops in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica) before continuing through the ‘Big Ditch’ to the Atlantic Ocean and on to Miami. The holiday costs from £1,895 per person and includes flights, transfers, room-only accommodation in Los Angeles and full-board at sea, included excursions and the VIP Home Departure Service.
Commenting on the new brochure, Marketing Manager James Hewlett said, “The New Seven Wonders project was designed to drive awareness of and respect for our world’s beauty and fragility. It’s an ethos that we at Titan Travel truly believe in and we are therefore delighted to be playing our part in promoting and preserving these wonderful places”.