London - Bridgetown, Barbados
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Barbados. On arrival we transfer to the Radisson Aquatica Resort (4T), set on the beachfront in Carlisle Bay.
With its balmy climate and glorious azure waters, tropical Barbados epitomises paradise. As the capital and largest city of Barbados, Bridgetown is always busy with an inviting atmosphere and plenty to see and do. Perhaps visit UNESCO-listed Barbados Garrison, built in 1780, or view the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave, passing bubbling streams and tumbling cascades as you travel through magnificent chambers by tram, or just relax on the glorious sandy beaches.
Day 3 - Bridgetown
There’s more time at leisure this morning, before we embark Braemar (3T+) and dock overnight.
Day 4 - Bridgetown
A final morning in Barbados before sailing late this afternoon.
Day 5 - Castries, St Lucia
With glorious soft white beaches, St. Lucia is the perfect place to lay back, relax and soak up the sun. It is also a wonderful place to explore, with national parks full of beautiful fauna and wildlife. There are also many interesting monuments, from Derek Walcott Square in Castries, named after the noble laureate who was born on the island, to La Toc Battery, built by the original French colonists on Morne Fortuné. Although many of the buildings here have disappeared or crumbled, the 852ft ridge offers spectacular views over the island’s capital.
Day 6 - At sea
Day 7 - Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad has been compared to Amsterdam for its narrow-gabled, 18th century houses painted in cool pastels, intense yellows and royal blues, but with a more appealing climate. The pedestrian-friendly old town boasts a rich culture worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, with some 765 buildings preserved as national monuments including the Governor’s Palace, Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Penha Building and the oldest, Fort Amsterdam.
Days 8-9 - At sea
Day 10 - Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
Puerto Limón is one of the oldest cities in Latin America, established in 1502 by Christopher Columbus. Its long history has given the place some fascinating architecture and a vibrant atmosphere heavily influenced by the Afro-Caribbean culture. Take a stroll through the side streets and try the cashew wine, a local speciality, in a little bar, or maybe take a motorboat along the Tortuguero Canal to see many unusual birds, as well as alligators, turtles, bats and inhabitants of the surrounding jungle.
Day 11 - Colon, Panama
At the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal, Colón was established as the terminus of the Panama Railroad, built to provide a fast overland route to California and the gold rush. Take an excursion to experience the tracks of the first transcontinental railroad in a beautifully restored and richly adorned railcar, cutting through lush tropical rainforest where you may even glimpse wildlife such as howler monkeys and toucans. Alternatively, take this opportunity to learn of the magnificent Panama Canal.
Day 12 - Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Cartagena de Indias is a living museum of Spanish heritage, with the wonderful Santo Domingo plaza, Palacio de la Inquisicion and 16th century cathedral. San Felipe de Barajas Fortress is the greatest fortress built by Spaniards in any of their colonies, impressively defending every attack on its impenetrable walls. Cartagena's many open-air cafés are perfect viewing spots to watch the parade of horse-drawn carriages, fashionable locals and curious tourists.
Day 13 - At sea
Day 14 - Oranjestad, Aruba
The Dutch heritage is clear to see in Aruba’s capital, where European architecture infiltrates the Caribbean island of glorious white sand beaches, palm trees and flamingos. The harbour, packed with fishing boats and yachts, has stalls selling fresh fruit and fish, and open-air cafés from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of this busy port. Away from the city, the Butterfly Farm will provide you with an unforgettable encounter with nature, or you may have the opportunity to view colourful schools of tropical fish and huge sponge gardens from a submarine or semi-submarine.
Day 15 - Kralendijk, Bonaire
Bonaire’s capital, Kralendijk, lines one of the island’s many beaches with lovely stucco houses in pastel shades of pink, green and blue. Spend your day exploring the Washington Slagbaai National Park, home to flamingos, iguanas and giant cacti; viewing the bountiful marine life in Bonaire’s mangrove reserve; visiting the island's oldest settlement - Rincon - which is the former home of the Arawak Indians, or on the nearby uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire with a gorgeous white-sand beach.
Day 16 - At sea
Barbados - In flight
We disembark Braemar this morning and join an island tour of Barbados, which will include a buffet lunch and tour at the Sunbury Plantation, before our onward transfer to the airport for a British Airways flight to London.
Day 18 London
Arrival at London Gatwick Airport, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.