That sense of adventure to discover the world is at the heart of Jules Verne. Established in 1978, our innovative small group escorted tours offer authentic travel with a twist for people who love to see the world. Packed with special touches and little extras, our expert guides will show you the true character of each destination and take you beyond the norm, whether your chosen destination is closer to home or far-flung. Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded and winner of many travel awards, our expert staff organise every detail so you can book in complete confidence.
Over 40 years of Experience
Founded in 1978, Jules Verne has a wealth of experience at your disposal to match your needs.
Experienced English-speaking local specialist guides bring the destinations to life as well as looking after your travel arrangements and general well-being.
All our arrangements are fully bonded with ABTA and ATOL allowing you to book with complete confidence.
Best Tour Operator Survey
We are proud to have been awarded the Which? ‘Recommended Provider’ status in 2015 and 2017, ‘Leading Tour Operator’ by Jet Airways in 2016 and 2017, voted ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator’ at the Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards in 2016 and 2017, and ‘Best Escorted Tour Operator’ in 2016 and ‘Best Cultural Tour Operator’ in 2017 by Silver Travel Advisor.
Price Guarantee and Booking
Our 100% Price Guarantee means your holiday price is fixed when you book and you won’t ever pay more, even if our costs increase afterwards, we therefore recommend booking early so that you are covered by our included price guarantee, indeed many tours offer a discount for early bookings.
We take care to offer simple, honest pricing where everything is clearly explained with no hidden extras.
Our arrangements are characterised by a common theme with history and culture being the thread that runs across all the tours. Our themes include cruises, rail journeys, wildlife, and short breaks
We offer hotels which enhance the experience of the destination. Look out for: Historic/Heritage hotels, former noble residences or classic hotels of note. Central hotels so that the evening is also an experience whether for a stroll or to visit a local restaurant, café or bar. We indicate the local hotel ratings and check hotels for health & safety.
No Single Supplement
We offer a range of destinations and dates where there is genuinely no single supplement (limited availability, so early booking recommended). Additionally, we try to minimise the single supplement charged by hotels, cruise and rail companies.
Travelling as part of a small group you will enjoy a more intimate and sociable atmosphere, benefit from more personal attention from our guides and delve into your destination in more detail, getting closer to the places visited and experiencing local life in a more personal and informal setting. Our limited group sizes also avoid the congestion caused by travelling in a large group. We normally operate tours even for very small groups, as indicated and our average group size is just 12 people.
Most tours show price reductions if you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, arriving and departing independently. Join the group at the first hotel and leave at the last (Arrival and departure transfers not included but may be booked as indicated).
Jules Verne Special Events
To enhance the experience of Jules Verne travellers, we arrange exclusive and memorable special events, illuminating the country and peoples you are visiting. Attend a special ceremony, performance, meal or drinks party at characteristic and spectacular locations; learn about cooking and the local way of life; discover less-visited corners or special locations not normally open to the public.
Your opinion is important to us! We constantly review and evaluate our arrangements and act upon the feedback we receive from our valued travellers.
We are inspired
Like you, we are inspired and have converted our passion for travel and years of expertise to create the best possible experiences.
We have the experience
We have 40 years’ experience of creating extraordinary adventures, pioneering voyages and inspirational journeys worldwide. We invest in our personal travel experts who have genuine first-hand knowledge of our tours and destinations, and who are there to offer you guidance.
We are responsible
We visit some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world. We are aware of the responsibility we have to the places we visit, the people we meet, the wildlife and the environment we encounter, and of the need to preserve these elements for future generations by ensuring our impact on destinations is positive.
We are recognised
We are proud to have been awarded the Which? ‘Recommended Provider’ status in 2017 and 2015, ‘Leading Tour Operator’ by Jet Airways in 2017 and 2016, voted ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator’ at the Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards in 2017 and 2016, and ‘Best Cultural Tour Operator’ in 2017 and ‘Best Escorted Tour Operator’ in 2016 by Silver Travel Advisor.
Jules Verne was founded in 1978 on the basis of one simple idea - to operate a train from London to Peking (Beijing) and thence to Hong Kong. In doing so the market to China was opened up at a time, remarkably, when the 'bamboo curtain' was still officially in place.
Further innovative train journeys were to follow and many travel firsts were also achieved including inaugural flights to previously inaccessible areas and the opening of remote border crossing points.
In 1982 Serenissima Travel was acquired and added a complementary list of cultural itineraries to the overall portfolio as well as introducing clients to themed travel such as walking, music & opera and cruising.
World events from 1989 to 1991, most notably the Tian an Men incident in China and the Gulf War, further shaped the future of the Company as even more diversification was necessary. Far from bemoaning the travel recession at the time, this resulted in an expansion of the company's portfolio while still retaining the core group travel ethos.
Jules Verne was acquired by Kuoni Travel in 1998 but still retains its independent and innovative approach to a comprehensive list of destinations and themes.
Today the range of product encompasses longhaul and shorthaul, weekends and expeditions, the conventional and the unexpected, a variety of themes and special interests - all underpinned by quality and value for money.
The tradition of innovation and creativity is still alive today and evidenced, amongst others, by stays at a convent in Rome, heritage properties in India, the use of royal steamers on the Nile, and a series of special events exclusively arranged for Jules Verne clients.
Completion of sale of European tour operating activities to REWE Group
The sale of European tour operating activities to REWE Group was completed on 11 September 2015. REWE Group, and its tourism division DER Touristik, has now taken over Kuoni Group’s tour operating activities in Switzerland, Scandinavia, Benelux and the UK which includes Jules Verne. REWE has confirmed that all the business activities are continuing. We are looking forward to this new chapter in our history and welcome the injection of new support and enthusiasm in our objectives and arrangements for our customers. Otherwise nothing changes – our brand remains the same and we will continue to deliver the highest level of service and innovation that you would expect.
Jules Verne Ltd is registered in England, No.1661988.
Registered Office: Kuoni House, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4AZ.
VAT No. 805146159
Featured on our website are some of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the world. We believe tourism should work positively towards protecting the natural beauty, culture and wildlife of the destinations we visit so that future generations of visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy them.
In most cases, we arrange sightseeing to be undertaken by expert local guides and escorts. Not only because we consider local people the best source of information on the sites visited but to ensure the communities which form an integral part of our tours, also benefit from tourism.
Where it is feasible to do so, we utilise ‘eco-friendly’ accommodations. Whilst precise definition will vary from property to property, it generally implies environmentally sensitive architecture and operations and an active involvement in schemes to support local communities and regenerate flora and fauna. Current destinations where this has been possible include Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Voyages Jules Verne has joined forces with Climate Care to enable you to offset your CO2 by funding projects around the world. These involve:
Our Climate Care calculator helps you to take steps to reduce your 'carbon footprint' and offset what remains, helping us to protect the environment which we live in.
To offset your flights please visit www.climatecare.org/vjv
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