Be one of the first to visit the remote volcanic tropical island of St. Helena by air, now fully connected to the African continent, previously only accessible by Royal Mail ship
Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
St. Helena - 7 nights
Johannesburg - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
Gone are the days of the Royal Mail ship transferring people and goods to this remote island, now it is possible to visit with ease by air. Previously the operation of the Royal Mail service to St. Helena provided the only opportunity to reach this isolated and remote tropical island. Jules Verne possess over 10 years’ experience of touring programmes to St. Helena since a British government commission approached to increase tourism to the island.
Located 1,400 miles from the nearest landfall, St. Helena offers deep verdant valleys, barren desert, volcanic scree, plenty of birdlife and a fascinating history, connected with early trade with the Far East. It has welcomed famous people such as Charles Darwin, the Duke of Wellington and Captain Cook and was also a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon, who died there, the Zulu chief Dinizulu and 6,000 Boer prisoners.
Given the advent of a newly opened quality hotel on the island, this is the perfect opportunity to experience historic charm and modern comfort. This unique journey is combined with a stay in Pretoria, allowing for a glimpse of old city landmarks with new significance, the Union Buildings now best known for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 Lunches and 2 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 –15
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg and transfer to Pretoria. View the Union Buildings, Church Square and imposing Voortrekker Monument. Overnight at the 4-star Court Classique Hotel. (D)
Day 3 Fly from Johannesburg to St. Helena (via Windhoek). Stay seven nights at the 4-star Mantis St. Helena Hotel. (B)
Day 4 Explore the diverse landscape of the island including Woody Ridge, Sandy Bay, St. Paul’s Cathedral, packed lunch and tea at one of the historic hotels. Continue to Jacob’s Ladder in lower Jamestown. (B, L)
Day 5 View the island’s endemic plants and wirebird, the only surviving endemic land bird and threatened with extinction. There will be an opportunity to plant a tree, part of the Millennium Project by the National Trust. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 6 Visit a conservation establishment to view plants endemic to the island. Packed lunch. Visit Plantation House, home to the present governor, Boer Cemetery, High Knoll Fort and Prince’s Lodge to view the Castell Collection of old island prints. Enjoy tea in an island home. (B, L)
Day 7 A Napoleonic tour visits the French properties of Briar’s Pavilion and Longwood House, Napoleon’s Tomb, St. Matthew’s Church, a distillery and the ruins of Halley’s observatory. (B, L)
Day 8 Enjoy a boat trip along the coast to view the East India Company’s fortifications, offshore islands, birds, dolphins and volcanic cliffs. A walking tour of lower Jamestown includes a view of the castle, St. James Church, ending with an included tea. (B)
Day 9 At leisure. Farewell dinner with local cuisine. (B, D)
Day 10 Fly to Johannesburg. Overnight at the 5-star Monarch Hotel. (B)
Day 11 Return flight to London. (B)
A boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 57 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV and hairdryer.
A 4-star boutique hotel set in the original East India Company’s officers’ barracks built in 1774 in the centre of Jamestown with restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 30 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 5-star boutique hotel, formerly a 1930’s post office and located in the Rosebank suburb of Johannesburg. Restaurant and WiFi (free). 12 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Victoria Falls Extension
Fly to Victoria Falls for four nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the world's grand hotels, a short walk from the Falls. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Fly to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg for four nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the world's grand hotels, a short walk from the Falls.
Day 2 Excursion to Victoria Falls and sunset cruise.
Day 3 At leisure. Optional helicopter flight over the Falls (12 mins, £119; 2019 £129).
Day 4 At leisure.
Day 5 Fly to Johannesburg for the overnight flight to London Heathrow.
Day 6 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin room
South African Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £795
South African Airways Business Class
(London-Johannesburg-St Helena) from £3745
Extension - Victoria Falls
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £575
Air travel and taxes, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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