Voyages Jules Verne launches latest collection

Cultural tours and inspirational journeys…  plus a few Secrets!

Covering departures until April 2015, Voyages Jules Verne’s new brochure is packed with suggestions for short breaks, long-haul stays and multi-centre itineraries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and The Americas that blend all the benefits of travelling in an escorted group with ample opportunity for individual enjoyment.

There are trips to suit an array of interests, including those with a particular focus on history and culture or wildlife, as well as those featuring fascinating rail journeys, or river and coastal cruising.  Solo travellers are excellently accommodated, too, with an ever-increasing range of destinations and departure dates available to book without single supplements.

A number of new tours appear in the brochure for the first time this year

Assam & the Brahmaputra: An 11-night Indian odyssey merging city sightseeing in Kolkata and Delhi with a six-night meander along the mighty Brahmaputra River. Price is from £2,195 pp*.

Botswana Mobile Safari: A nine-night African adventure that combines six nights in private mobile tented camps with four-star hotel stays on the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, an unforgettable visit to Victoria Falls and mesmerising game drives.  Price is from £2,695 pp*.

Spain’s Golden Age: A seven-night discovery of the rich historic, architectural and artistic treasures of Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Avila and Aranjuez. Price is from £945 pp*. Includes a VJV Special Event – Evening Tapas Trail: Dine like a Madrileño and enjoy a tour on foot sampling tapas in the local eateries of Madrid.

Wild Borneo: A nine-night immersion in the unspoilt natural beauty of Sarawak and Sabah that promises highlights including a scenic plank walk through the rainforest, a visit to an orangutan sanctuary and a steam train journey on the North Borneo Railway. Price is from £1,895 pp*.

Several tours also make a welcome return to the Voyages Jules Verne collection, including:

Bhutan & the Himalayas: Journey through some of the world’s most picturesque mountainous regions on a 12-night tour that visits Kathmandhu, Thimphu and Paro before rounding off this unforgettable experience with a two-night stay at the five-star Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata. Price is from £2,495 pp*.

Voyages Jules Verne also offers a choice of departure dates to coincide with one of Bhutan’s famous festivals (tsechus): witness either the spring-time ‘Paro Tshechu’ at Rinpung Dzong (departs 3 April) or, in September, enjoy ‘Thimphu Tsechu’ at Trashichoe Dzong (departs 25 September). These 14-night itineraries cost £2,995 pp*.

Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs: Sudan’s fascinating past reveals itself on an eight-night tour that travels north from Khartoum to discover the ancient lands of Nubia. Price is from £2,565 pp*. Includes a VJV Special Event – A Sudanese Evening with traditional local music and dancing.

Read John Westbrooke’s Cultural Voyager article on this trip by clicking here…

The latest edition of World of Wonders also features four of Voyages Jules Verne’s ever-expanding series of ‘Secret’ tours. Designed to introduce clients to lesser-visited – but equally rewarding – areas of popular countries, these itineraries have been developed to reflect the increasing trend for travellers to return to destinations they may have visited before, but in which they are now seeking a more ‘under the skin’ experience. Choose from:

Secret Moldavia: Combining north-eastern Romania with the relatively-unknown neighbouring country of Moldavia, intrepid travellers on this seven-night trip stay in Chisinau and Radauti, enjoying escorted sightseeing and lunches at the Cricova wine cellar and at the 16th century Moldovita Monastery. Price is from £945 pp*.

Secret Tanzania: Safari enthusiasts will adore this 11-night itinerary, venturing beyond the more well-trodden tourist trail to observe Africa’s finest animals in their natural habitat at Tanzania’s Saadani National Park and Selous Game Reserve before indulging in five-star luxury on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Price is from £2,595 pp* including an exclusive special dinner at Saadani, either in the bush or at the beach (dependent on weather

Should clients prefer to personalise their holiday even further, Voyages Jules Verne can also advise and quote for a tailor-made itinerary that meets their particular requirements.

To book, or to order a copy of the latest World of Wonders brochure – spanning worldwide departures until April 2015 – contact Voyages Jules Verne on 0845 166 7035, email, visit the website, or click here…