Voyages Jules Verne

About us


Travelling with Voyages Jules Verne, with over 35 years of experience, opens the door to a World of Wonders, rich in history, culture and natural beauty.  Our tours span the globe, following carefully devised itineraries by air, road, river and rail that capture the true essence of your chosen destination. All our groups are expertly guided by local specialists with the arrangements enhanced by exclusive excursions and special events and the pleasure of travelling with companions who share similar tastes and interests. Here are some top reasons to travel with VJV...

1). Over 35 years of Experience
Founded in 1978 Voyages Jules Verne has a wealth of experience at your disposal to match your needs.

2). Classic Journeys
Our touring arrangements allow you to capture the true essence of your chosen destination with a careful balance of cultural and historical content.

3). Innovative Itineraries
Choose from an impressive worldwide selection of expertly planned, imaginative itineraries by air, road, river and rail.

4). Specialist Guides
Experienced English-speaking local specialist guides bring the destinations to life as well as looking after your travel arrangements and general well-being.

5). Limited Group Sizes
Our groups are limited to manageable numbers to ensure comfortable travel, easy communication and individual service.

6). Making the Difference
On many itineraries we have incorporated exclusive excursions, utilised unique transport or have arranged special events only available to VJV travellers.

7). Price Guarantee
The price we quote at the time of booking, including any increases or reductions applicable at that time, is the price we guarantee. Once booked, we promise that no airfare increases, fuel or currency surcharges will be added.

8). Fully Bonded
All our arrangements are fully bonded with ABTA and the CAA allowing you to book with complete confidence.

9). No Single Supplement
We are delighted to offer single travellers an ever-expanding list of destinations and dates without single supplements.

10). Best Tour Operator Survey
Over the past few years, and amongst other awards, Voyages Jules Verne has been consistently voted in the top five of the UK's best tour operators. We are proud to have been voted 'Best Specialist Tour Operator' at the Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards and 'Best Escorted Tour Operator' by Silver Travel Advisor in 2016. In June 2015, we were awarded the coveted Which? ‘Recommended Provider’ status under the 'Best Holiday Company' category.

11). Regional Flights
For the benefit of your convenience and finance, we offer an increased selection of regional departures.

12). Independent Arrival 
We now offer a comprehensive list of ‘land only’ arrangements with appropriate reductions which allow you to make your own international flight bookings.

VJV Special Events

We offer a range of Special Events on many of our arrangements exclusively for VJV guests, enjoy a ballet in Russia, wine tasting in Sorrento or dinner at a Pagoda in Burma.


Voyages 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.

Voyages 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 VJV 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 Voyages 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.


Voyages Jules Verne is a trading name of Kuoni Travel Limited.
Registered in England No. 395623.
Registered Office: Kuoni House, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4AZ.

VJV & 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.


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


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