Overview

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

Airlink to St. Helena

Be one of the first to visit by air this fascinating British Overseas Territory of great natural and historic significance, a remote volcanic island, previously only accessible by Royal Mail ship

Visitors to the British Overseas Territory of St. Helena will be welcomed to one of the remotest islands in the world: lying in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean between Brazil and Angola it is a beautiful tropical island of volcanic origin.

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. Whale sharks, gentle filter-feeding giants gather off the rocky shores (Nov-Mar).

The island welcomed famous people such as Charles Darwin, the Duke of Wellington, Captain Cook and the astronomer, Halley. It was a place of exile for the Zulu chief Dinizulu, 6000 Boer prisoners and notably for Napoleon, whose death at Longwood House in 1821 is marked in 2021. He was buried nearby having been guarded by 1000 soldiers and a strong naval presence (his entry of death is on view in the 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 rich history as the halfway point on the East India trade route (before the Suez Canal opened). Now, with the introduction of an airport the lonely Island is easier to get to than ever. Jules Verne possesses over 10 years’ experience of programmes to St. Helena since a British government commission approached to increase tourism.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
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 Maslow 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 Visit the Western side of the island and explore some of the stunning views the island has to offer. View the island’s endemic plants and wirebird, the only surviving endemic land bird and threatened with extinction. (B, L)

Day 5 Enjoy a boat trip along the coast to view the East India Company’s fortifications, offshore islands, birds, dolphins and volcanic cliffs (in January Whale Sharks may be seen). A walking tour of Jamestown and St. James Church conducted by an island historian followed by afternoon tea (or St. Helena coffee!). Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Full historical & conservation tour – Visit of Deadwood, once occupied by the Boer prisoners as well as the Millenium Forest overlooking the airport. Highlights including The Boer Cemetery in Knollcombes, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tour of Plantation House, Jonathan The Tortoise, Princes Lodge with a photo opportunity at Jacobs ladder. (B, L)

Day 7 Day at leisure for optional activities bookable locally. (B)

Day 8 Visit Jamestown Museum, which gives you the opportunity to explore more than 500 years of the island’s history in one place. Drive to Sandy Bay in the afternoon and visit Bellstone. (B, L)

Day 9 Visit Longwood House. Nestled in well-manicured grounds, the house was the residence of Napoleon, during his exile on St Helena from December 1815 until his death in May 1821. Visit the Briars Pavilion where Napoleon spent the first few months on the island and his tomb where he was buried between 1821 and 1840. Enjoy a visit to the most remote distillery in the world, sampling some of the local products. Farewell dinner of local specialities. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Fly to Johannesburg. Overnight at the 4-star Maslow Hotel. (B)

Day 11 Return flight to London. (B)

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

2022

Thursdays
per person in a twin room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 6 £4295
November 3 £4295

2023

Thursdays
per person in a twin room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 12 £4695
February 9 £4645
March 16 £4595
April 20 £4495
October 5 £4445
November 2 £4395

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495

Flight Options

Emirates from London Heathrow/Manchester/Birmingham/
Glasgow - nil
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £1695
British Airways Club World from £3495

Extension Options

Extension - Victoria Falls
4 nights £1295 (2023 £1395)
Single supplement £545 (2023 £745)

Extra nights – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel
(per night) £245
Single supplement £195
Departure transfer add £20

Extra nights – Pretoria / Johannesburg
Maslow Hotel
(per night) £75
Single supplement £75
Arrival transfer £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 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.

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

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