April 17, 2018 | Jules Verne
Still seeking holiday inspiration for 2018? Specialist tour operator Jules Verne (www.vjv.com) has added a tempting selection of new escorted tours to its worldwide programme, ranging from small ship cruises of Greece and the Galapagos to an exploration of the Chilean Fjords, plus a welcome return to the cultural treasure house of Tunisia.
Travelling in small escorted groups led by expert guides who showcase the true character of a destination, Jules Verne clients are assured of authentic travel experiences with a twist, whichever destination they choose.
Myths & Minoans: Resplendent with artefacts from its fascinating Minoan, Venetian, Ottoman, Greek and Byzantine heritage, Crete is a history enthusiast’s paradise. This tour explores the island’s ancient highlights, including the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Loggia, the ruins of former Cretan capital, Gortys, and the Venetian port of Chania, staying at centrally-located four-star hotels with swimming pools in Heraklion and Rethymnon. Departing 1 & 22 May, 12 June, 11 & 25 September and 16 October, seven nights cost from £995 pp*.
The Enchanted Isles of the Galapagos: This remote archipelago is home to some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, with rich blue seas, unspoilt beaches and verdant highlands providing a spectacular and otherworldly setting. Witness the sea lions of Mosquera, the red-footed boobies of San Cristobal, the endemic land iguanas of Santa Fe and much more in the company of expert naturalists, and enjoy on-board lectures during this small ship cruise. Departing 3 May, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 6 September, 4 October and 1 November, eight nights cost from £6,195 pp*.
Carthage to Kairouan: Discover Tunisia’s impressive Roman sites, including Dougga, Uthina and El Djem, on an escorted tour that spends four nights in Tunis and three in Sousse, staying at five-star hotels. This holiday also features a Special Event: a fascinating lecture on Tunisia’s history by a university professor in the Ribat of Sousse, one of Tunisia’s most famous and best-preserved monastic fortresses. Departing 12 May, 15 & 29 September, 13 October & 3 November, seven nights cost from £795 pp with no single supplement (subject to availability)*.
Scandinavian Explorer: This varied tour takes in Scandinavia’s most scenic destinations with a visit to the spectacular fjords of western Norway, a cruise along the Göta Canal in Sweden, and a rail journey on one of the steepest rail tracks in the world, the Flåm Railway. Enjoy time in the fashionable Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, and visit the cultural attractions of Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. Departing 26 July and 8 September, ten nights cost from £2,495 pp*.
Chilean Fjords – Terra Incognita: Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, the turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains of the Chilean Lake District and the remote icefields, fjords and glaciers of Patagonia on a small group cruise that also promises top-notch gastronomy, washed down with excellent Chilean wines. Departing 11 September, 16 October and 13 & 27 November, as well as 12 & 26 February, and 26 March 2019, 11 nights cost from £3,595 pp*.
Volcanic Réunion & Mauritius: These remote and unspoilt Indian Ocean islands provide a wonderful contrast of natural scenery on this twin-centre tour. Explore Réunion’s fascinating wildlife and dramatic volcanoes before flying to nearby Mauritius to take in colourful temples, cascading waterfalls, vast sugar cane plantations and the beautiful beaches for which it is renowned. Departing 14 September, 12 October and 9 November, nine nights cost from £2,945 pp*.
Classic Pursuits in Aegean Waters: Set sail on a luxury gulet for this private small group cruise around the Aegean Coast and Greek Islands. Visit the sites of Classical Greek and Rome antiquity, from the colossal temple of Apollo and ancient city of Ephesus, to historic Knidos and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), taking in stunning azure coves and idyllic islands along the way. Departing 6 October, seven nights cost from £1,715 pp*.
*Prices are based on two people sharing (unless otherwise specified) and include return flights, accommodation (hotel or boat), meals and excursions as per the itinerary, and the services of a Tour Manager, guides and local representatives.
Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded and winner of many travel awards, including Which? ‘Recommended Provider Status 2017’, Jules Verne’s team of travel experts organises 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.
For full details of Jules Verne’s wide-ranging programme of worldwide escorted tours and cruises for 2018 and beyond, call 020 3553 3722 or visit the Jules Verne website at www.vjv.com.