Explore the UK & Ireland with our new brochure
We are delighted to unveil our brand new Closer to Home online brochure covering departures until May 2023.
Given that the pandemic-fuelled staycation boom has encouraged a new generation of UK holidaymakers - those who would previously only ever have considered taking a holiday abroad - and with the success and almost sell-out of many of our Closer to Home tours and voyages, it’s important we remember that around the United Kingdom and Ireland, there are plenty of spots to visit, and you might be surprised by the amazing sights that have been on our doorstep all along.
Be gracefully transported in Pullman style carriages deep into the heart of the UK’s diverse heritage with scenic steam hauled journeys aboard the Mayflower; built for the London and North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. You will be seated in 1950’s or 1960’s carriages with wood panelling, comfortable seats, table lamps and curtains at the windows. Combined with the highest level of service, the atmosphere evokes memories of a bygone era; choose from ‘Whistle-Stop to Windermere’ with a choice of superb hotels, or the classic gateway on ‘Steam to Edinburgh - The Balmoral Express’. We also have an included rail journey as part of the tour on ‘A Jurassic Journey’ whilst staying at a charming base in one of England’s most beautiful seaside towns, ‘A Different Kind of Broad’ exploring England’s eastern corner, ‘Secret Devon and Cornwall’ taking you to both well-known and off-the-beaten-track places, ‘Royal Alba Castle Country’ (Alba being the old name for Scotland), the spectacular ‘Highlands and Islands’ tour - ‘Caledonia Calling’ and ‘The Wonder of Wales’ staying in Anglesey and the Brecon Beacons, with visits to local artisans.
Hop into Easter and spend it on a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands. You can also experience Scotland’s most elegant cruise ship on ‘Lord of the Glens’ and our new ‘Highlands Lock to Loch’ panoramic voyage.
Save £250 discovering ‘God’s Own Country’ in June, September or October 2022; or save £100 exploring the wonders of Northumberland’s majestic coastline bursting with magnificent castles and exquisite gardens in September or October 2022. Or you can experience gardens galore on ‘The Charm of the Cotswolds’, now including Oxford and Blenheim Palace - a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.
Explore Cumbria’s living heritage visiting the homes of great writers - John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth on ‘Letters from the Lakeside’; our special tour begins in the enchanting gardens of Rydal Mount, former home of the romantic poet William Wordsworth, with a recital of some of Wordsworth’s most famous poems. Alternatively, indulge your literature interest by tracing the footsteps of some of the literary giants of Ireland; celebrate Ireland’s proud literary history and explore the island’s beautiful landscape which has evoked creativity and inspired their wonderful writing.
At Jules Verne, we pride ourselves on our service and our Personal Travel Experts. We are delighted to have passengers travelling once again and to have received 5-star reviews on a selection of our Closer to Home tours including ‘A Jurassic Journey’, ‘The Charm of The Cotswolds’, ‘Letters from the Lakeside’, ‘Northumbrian Majesty’ and ‘In God’s Own Country’.
As we are all too aware prices are going up, sadly travel is no exception and although we are endeavouring to hold back on increasing ours, the pressure is building. Prices in our brochures are correct at the time of printing, so please check individual tours for current prices. The price we confirm at the time of booking is the price we guarantee.