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UK breaks are the most booked holidays during lockdown… but the second most popular might surprise you

Leading high-end escorted tour operator, Titan Travel, has revealed its best-selling tours for new bookings made during lockdown. 

Whereas before, Titan’s most popular tours were trips to long-haul destinations, such as North America, Asia and Africa, the most popular destinations booked lately have been, unsurprisingly given changing flight restrictions, UK short breaks. 

North Wales Short Break – Credit: Titan Travel

Swapping the Serengeti for the rolling hills of the UK, the specialist’s North Wales short break has become their number one bestseller. The 5-day trip includes a VIP door-to-door travel service to start your holiday in style, right from your doorstep, and excursions include a trip on the unique Snowdon Mountain Railway, which rides atop the summit of the highest mountain in Wales, and with its panoramic views, offers one of the most scenic journeys in the world. 

Tulips and Windmills tour – Credit: Titan Travel

However, the second most popular option for trip bookings is more surprising: the lockdown has seen a spike in European river cruise holidays being booked, too. 

Given the uncertainty around the cruising industry at the moment, the favour for European river cruises is not so predictable. But though ‘”sea-going” cruise ships are currently banned by the Foreign Office, river cruises have recently been given the green light to sail. And considering that this particular type of tour comes with a no-fly option, perhaps it makes sense that Titan’s luxe river cruises have seen a higher demand for Brits itching to travel internationally again – without relying on air travel.

The no-fly Tulips and Windmills tour has brought in the most new bookings for 2021 departures – it’s not hard to see why, given that the waterway tour of Holland takes travellers to the famous Keukenhof Gardens in springtime – home to one of the world’s largest collection of flowers, including millions of tulips, while onboard guests are treated to meals and drinks included, onboard entertainment, gala dinners and more high-end touches. Proost! 

Tracks of Africa tour – Credit: Titan Travel

Meanwhile, those missing travel further afield can feel optimistic, with the company revealing an increase in demand for long-haul adventures for 2021. “It was hugely uplifting to see new bookings coming in throughout the lockdown period and most interesting to see the types of holidays being booked. For the first time in Titan history, our UK tours were outselling our worldwide tours as the demand for domestic and no-fly holidays surged between April and July,” said Andy Squirrell, Managing Director of Titan Travel, “As international travel slowly begins to resume we’re seeing more interest flood in for our long-haul holidays, and expect this to continue as the year goes on. Many travellers have already transferred their 2020 holiday to next year with Canada, the USA and Asia booking particularly well for 2021.” 

Lockdown or not, we think we hear the sound of swish steam trains and wondrous windmills calling our name… 

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