ABOUT US

THE JULES VERNE DIFFERENCE

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.

• Inspiring tours to all seven continents

• Small groups and privately guided tours

• Knowledgeable local guides

• Expertly planned and organised


Jules Verne Sightseeing

This most important of Key Features indicates that sightseeing is tailored just for our group, taking into account your preferences and our experience over many years and not combining with other visitors. Sightseeing is undertaken by expert local guides and escorts who we consider to be the best source of information. A few programmes such as cruise or rail programmes will show ‘Excursions Included’, indicating that sightseeing may be shared with non-Jules Verne guests.

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.

New Tour/Improved Itinerary

Following our customers’ feedback from our questionnaires and other sources, we improve itineraries and introduce new tours, taking into account special opportunities and changed accessibility. 

No Single Supplement

We offer a range of destinations and dates where there is genuinely no single supplement (limited availability, so early booking is recommended). Additionally, we try to minimise the single supplement charged by hotels, cruise and rail companies.

Solo Groups

Following requests from single travellers, we are introducing on selected tours, departures with No Single Supplement where the group is comprised only of single travellers, following the same itinerary and accompanied by a UK or local tour manager. We are negotiating with our hotels to increase the number of solo groups. Please check tour price panels for Solo Groups departures.

Small Groups

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 small group sizes also avoid the congestion caused by travelling in a large group. Most tours have a maximum of 28 guests at most and many are 18 guests or fewer. However, we normally operate tours even for very small groups and our average group size is just 12 people. Please refer to Key Features for minimum and maximum Group Size.

Hotels

We offer hotels which enhance the experience of the destination. Look out for: Historic/Heritage Hotels, former noble residences or classic hotels of note and for Central Hotels which allow the evening to be 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. Hotel ratings vary worldwide and some standards may not reflect those in the UK.

Privately Guided

Enjoy a more personal experience with family or friends, visiting all the programmed sights with your own private vehicle and driver/ guide, generally allowing better access and more flexibility than larger groups/vehicles. Choose a published departures or request an alternative date (same weekday start is recommended due to possible issues with pricing, opening times and flow of itinerary). Supplements are per person based on two but reduced ‘pro rata’ for groups of 3 or more (details on request). For special rates for 8 or more guests travelling together please see below.

Groups

If you prefer the company of your choice, we normally offer a private departure on an existing tour or a tailored arrangement. We offer a discount of 3% for groups of 8 or more passengers, rising to 5% for groups of 15 or more travelling together on one of our tours. Our experience, expertise and excellent rates are advantageous for study groups, societies, incentive groups and closed groups of friends. Groups Contact: 020 7633 6799 or groups@vjv.co.uk

Extension Options

Whilst our tours follow of necessity a fixed itinerary, you can personalise your visit by adding our pre-or posttour extensions as indicated. Where dates and logistics allow, you can combine two tours or two extensions (extra nights/flights may be required or recommended).

Extra Nights

Extra nights at the first and last hotels of tours and extensions (or on a ‘stopover) are normally available to allow you extra time before or after the tour to relax or explore. Please see tour page for details.

Meals

Given the wide range of cuisines popular in the UK, we believe in creating opportunities to sample local cuisine of your choice rather than the more standardised hotel fare. Breakfast is, of course included, plus on occasion lunch or dinner for a special event or for convenience (shown in the itinerary as B, L, D).

Choice of Flights

Where practical, we include scheduled flights from multiple airports or with ‘low cost’ airlines. Brochure prices are based on specific routes but other flight options may be available – let us know if you are looking for an alternative routing or timing and we will endeavour to match your request (extra nights or transfers may need to be added). Connecting flights via London or other cities are available on many long haul tours. We also offer ‘Business Class’ upgrades with benefits such as more leg room, a wider seat, separate check-in, ‘fast track’ route and airport lounges. Some airlines offer a ‘Premium Economy’ (e.g. British Airways World Traveller Plus) offering more space and comfort.

Independent Arrival

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).

Why Book with Jules Verne?

Price guarantee & Early 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.

Honest pricing

We take care to offer simple, honest pricing where everything is clearly explained with no hidden extras.

Guaranteed departures

All departures on many tours in this brochure are guaranteed to operate with two or more passengers, so you can book with full confidence that your tour will operate.
At any point in time, many departures on the remaining tours will also be guaranteed as already over our small minimum group size, please check with our sales staff.

We listen

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 recognised

We are proud to have been awarded the Which? ‘Recommended Provider’ status, ‘Leading Tour Operator’ by Jet Airways, voted ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator’ at the Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards, and ‘Best Cultural Tour Operator’ by Silver Travel Advisor.

Jules Verne History

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 Company Information

Jules Verne Ltd is registered in England, No.1661988.

Registered Office: 96 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BE.

VAT No. 805146159

Jules Verne & Responsible Tourism

"Take only photographs; leave only footprints"

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.

Accommodation

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.

Climate Care

Voyages Jules Verne has joined forces with Climate Care to enable you to offset your CO2 by funding projects around the world. These involve:

  • Renewable energy – these projects replace non-renewable fuel such as coal
  • Energy efficiency – these projects reduce the amount of fuel needed
  • Forest restoration – these projects absorb CO2 from the atmosphere as the trees grow

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

Jules Verne Careers

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