Overview

Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
St. Helena - 7 nights
Johannesburg - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

Airlink to St. Helena

Be one of the first to visit this British Overseas Territory, the remote volcanic island of St. Helena by air (previously only accessible by Royal Mail ship) in the footsteps of our first groups and our Head of Product

The building of a uniquely sited new airport and a newly opened quality hotel in traditional style has inspired this exciting new programme to discover a fascinating British overseas territory. Successful visits in 2019 of the first Jules Verne group by air and our own Head of Product confirmed the combination of wonderful nature and fascinating naval and military history.

The wire bird is an endemic land bird protected from extinction by the St. Helena National Trust who also have a project to re-plant endemic trees in their Millennium Forest. The Governor’s House is a fascinating British residence and home to the giant tortoise, Jonathan, the island’s oldest resident at nearly 200 years old! The few coffee plantations produce premium coffee.

The island welcomed famous people such as Charles Darwin, the Duke of Wellington and Captain Cook and was a place of exile for the Zulu chief Dinizulu, 6000 Boer prisoners and most notably for Napoleon, who died at Longwood House and was buried nearby after being guarded by 1000 soldiers and a strong naval presence (his entry of death may be viewed in the town archive).

Previously the Royal Mail ship was the only way to reach this remote sub-tropical island, 1400 miles from the nearest landfall. It reveals deep verdant valleys, barren desert, volcanic scree, plentiful birdlife and a rich history as the halfway point on the East India trade route (before the Suez Canal opened). Jules Verne possess over 10 years’ experience of programmes to St. Helena since a British government commission approached to increase tourism. Our guides are the excellent Basil George, a local historian of some renown and his knowledgeable son.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
New Tour
3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 –15

 

Special Departures

Post Box Walks - 23 Jan, 5 Mar 2020

St Helena ‘s remarkably diverse heritage includes some mildly challenging ‘post box’ walks. These departures for keen walkers follow the regular itinerary in a more ‘energetic’ way! An additional day of walking is fitted in: in the morning experience a coastal defensive plateau, Coxes Battery with spectacular scenery; after a packed lunch at the golf club walk to Diana’s Peak, the highest point, viewing higher altitude endemic plants with panoramic views. 

Special Event

Special Dinners & Tours

Experience a town walk with historian Basil George (pictured), and a guided tour of Jamestown museum. Enjoy a dinner at the Mantis hotel and a farewell dinner of local specialities with Basil George.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg and transfer to Pretoria. View the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument and Church Square. Overnight at the 4-star Court Classique (2019) or 131 Herbert Baker (2020). (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, St. Paul’s Cathedral, packed lunch and afternoon tea (or St. Helena coffee!) at a historic hotel. Continue to Jacob’s Ladder in lower Jamestown. (B, L)

Day 5 View the island’s endemic plants and wire bird. Plant a tree in the Millennium Forest. Afternoon free. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit a conservation establishment to view plants endemic to the island. Packed lunch. Visit Plantation House, Boer Cemetery, High Knoll Fort and Prince’s Lodge to view the Castell Collection of old island and naval prints, followed by tea. (B, L)

Day 7 A Napoleonic tour visits the French properties of Briar’s Pavilion, Longwood House and Napoleon’s Tomb. Visit also St. Matthew’s Church, a distillery and the site of Halley’s observatory. (B, L)

Day 8 Enjoy a boat trip along the lee coast to view East India Company fortifications, offshore islands, birds, dolphins and volcanic cliffs (in January Whale Sharks may be seen). A town walk of lower Jamestown and St. James Church with an included tea. (B)

Day 9 Free day. Farewell dinner of local specialities with Basil George. (B, D)

Day 10 Fly to Johannesburg. Overnight at the 5-star Monarch Hotel. (B)

Day 11 Return flight to London. (B) 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg and transfer to Pretoria. View the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument and Church Square. Overnight at the 4-star Court Classique (2019) or 131 Herbert Baker (2020). (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, St. Paul’s Cathedral, packed lunch and afternoon tea (or St. Helena coffee!) at a historic hotel. Continue to Jacob’s Ladder in lower Jamestown. (B, L)

Day 5 In the morning experience a coastal defensive plateau, Coxes Battery with spectacular scenery; after a packed lunch at the golf club walk to Diana’s Peak, the highest point, viewing higher altitude endemic plants with panoramic views. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit a conservation establishment to view plants endemic to the island. Packed lunch. Visit Plantation House, Boer Cemetery, High Knoll Fort and Prince’s Lodge to view the Castell Collection of old island and naval prints, followed by tea. (B, L)

Day 7 A Napoleonic tour visits the French properties of Briar’s Pavilion, Longwood House and Napoleon’s Tomb. Visit also St. Matthew’s Church, a distillery and the site of Halley’s observatory. (B, L)

Day 8 Enjoy a boat trip along the lee coast to view East India Company fortifications, offshore islands, birds, dolphins and volcanic cliffs (in January Whale Sharks may be seen). A town walk of lower Jamestown and St. James Church with an included tea. (B)

Day 9 View the island’s endemic plants and wire bird. Plant a tree in the Millennium Forest. Afternoon free. Farewell dinner of local specialities with Basil George. (B, D)

Day 10 Fly to Johannesburg. Overnight at the 5-star Monarch Hotel. (B)

Day 11 Return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin room
South African Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 10 £3795
November 7 £3795

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin room
South African Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 16 £3895
January 23 £3995
February 6 £3945
February 20 £3945
March 5 £3945
March 19 £3795
April 23 £3695
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Prices Reduced

Save up to £200
(2019)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 
Limited availability, on these dates:
2019: Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 7
2020: Mar 19, Apr 23

Single supplement
2019: £795
2020: £495

Flight Options

South African Airways Business Class
(London-Johannesburg-St Helena) from £3745

Extension Options

Extension - Victoria Falls
4 nights £1295 
Single supplement £575

Extra nights – Johannesburg
Monarch Hotel (per night) £75
Single supplement £65
Departure transfer £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinner, 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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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