Inspired by BBC Two’s spectacular Earth’s Great Rivers to experience three of the world’s most wonderful waterways for yourself? Innovative tour operator Jules Verne (www.vjv.com) offers unforgettable cruises on each of the rivers featured in this week’s superb three-part series (catch up on iPlayer here):
Episode One of Earth’s Great Rivers reveals the animals, landscapes and people of the ‘greatest river on Earth’, uncovering the Amazon’s myriad secrets, from transparent lagoons to pink dolphins.
Visit the Amazon with Jules Verne…
Venturing to the remote upper reaches of the mighty Amazon River, Amazing Amazonia travels deep into Peru’s protected Pacaya-Samaria Reserve - on board the RV Amazon Star - for unrivalled access to the rainforest’s most pristine areas. Abundant flora and fauna await in one of the last great unexplored regions of the world on ‘Natural History’s Greatest Voyage’.
Departing 14 June, 19 July, 16 August and 11 October, this ten-night holiday costs from £4,295 pp with no single supplement (subject to availability), including flights (Gatwick), two nights’ hotel accommodation in Lima, a seven-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board (includes drinks with meals) on the cruise, and the services of expert naturalists, and local guides and representatives. One overnight flight.
Episode Two of Earth’s Great Rivers examines the astonishing wildlife, landscapes and people of the Nile; its great length providing an essential lifeline for all and revealing an unparalleled array of ancient wonders.
Visit the Nile with Jules Verne…
For the ultimate Egyptian experience, The 600-Mile Nile is a must, both for first-time and returning visitors. This ‘full Nile cruise’ - on board the luxurious five-star MS Darakum - sails from Aswan and Nubia to Thebes, Amarna, Cairo and the Pyramids, taking in ancient pharaonic sites such as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Philae and Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, the catacombs of Tuna el-Gebel and the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan.
Jules Verne clients will also enjoy a private cocktail reception at the Victorian Lounge in the Luxor’s Old Winter Palace, where Howard Carter announced the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, followed by a memorable visit to the illuminated Luxor Temple.
Departing 14 February, 12 March, 3 May, 1 & 27 September and 23 October*, this 12-night holiday costs from £2,695 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow), 12-night cruise, full board on the cruise vessel, excursions, and the services of an Egyptian tour manager and Egyptologist, plus local representatives. *No single supplement on 23 October departure (subject to availability).
Episode Three of Earth’s Great Rivers tells the surprising story of a world-famous waterway that unites the USA. From frozen waterfalls to time-travelling barges, the Mississippi connects a continent like no other river.
Visit the Mississippi with Jules Verne…
Soak up the essence of the USA’s Old South on Ol’ Man River, a step into authentic southern culture and living history that blends short stays in Memphis and New Orleans with a seven-night cruise of the lower Mississippi on board American Queen, a fabulous steamboat evoking the opulence of the American Victorian era.
Departing 23 November, this 12-night holiday costs from £3,645 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow), four nights’ hotel accommodation (two each in Memphis and New Orleans), a seven-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board on the cruise vessel (includes complimentary tea/coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer with dinner), on-board gratuities, excursions, and the services of a UK Tour Manager, local guides and a cruise director.
All three cruises are featured in the 2019 edition of Jules Verne’s River & Coastal Cruises brochure (available online here), a collection of carefully crafted itineraries using an array of interesting vessels to visit waterways as diverse as the Rhine, the Volga, the Ganges and the Mekong.
BOOKING WITH THE BEST:
Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded, and winner of many travel awards, Jules Verne’s expert staff organise every detail, ensuring that clients can book in complete confidence. This commitment is further reinforced by Jules Verne’s 100% Price Guarantee; the holiday price is fixed when clients book and will remain so, even if Jules Verne’s costs increase subsequently. Clients cruising with Jules Verne can also select their cabin at no extra charge, making early booking highly recommended.
For more information or a copy of Jules Verne’s Coastal & River Cruises brochure, which includes a useful,
at-a-glance 2019 Cruise Calendar, call 020 3553 3722, visit www.vjv.com or click here.