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Voyages Jules Verne adds seven new tours to its World of Wonders programme

19th November 2013 Print

Specialist tour operator Voyages Jules Verne has added a further seven new itineraries to its escorted holidays selection. Ranging from short-haul sojourns in Europe to more adventurous journeys in Africa and Asia, experiences include the chance to spend the night in an ‘Ice Hotel’ in the Arctic Circle, to sleep under canvas in a specially-constructed safari camp in Botswana or to discover India’s mighty Brahmaputra River from the comfort of a 12-cabin cruise vessel.

As well as the seven new escorted tours, Voyages Jules Verne has also reintroduced two itineraries. Back by popular demand are Bhutan & the Himalayas, a two-week journey through some of the world’s most spectacular mountainous regions, and Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, an eight-night exploration of Sudan and its ancient past.

Travelling in small groups - the maximum generally being 25 people, generally less - each itinerary offers the opportunity to visit a chosen destination in the company of like-minded people, whilst enjoying the expertise and local knowledge of Voyages Jules Verne’s carefully-chosen, experienced guides and representatives. Peace of mind is assured, too: all of Voyages Jules Verne’s holiday arrangements are fully bonded with ABTA and ATOL, whilst a price guarantee ensures that the price quoted at the time of booking is the price its customers will pay.

New tours in Europe…

Arctic ‘Ice Hotel’ & the Northern Lights: Make the most of this winter’s solar maximum with a trip to Arctic Alta, one of Norway’s most northerly towns, from where a Northern Lights tour takes visitors in search of the breathtaking Aurora Borealis. This four-night trip also includes a night at the Sorrisniva Igloo ‘Ice Hotel’, optional dog-sledding and snowmobile excursions (additional cost) and free time for independent sightseeing. Departing from January to March 2014, the price is from £1,195 pp*.

Grand Tour of Southern Italy: Enjoy a classical journey in warmer climes on this 17-night tour to some of Southern Italy’s most iconic locations, including Sicily, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Rome, visiting many of the UNESCO World Heritage sites for which this region is renowned. Regional cuisine is also on the menu with several meals at local restaurants included, as well as a delicious cheese & wine sampling session to savour. Departing April to October (excluding July) 2014, the price is from £2,295 pp*.

Trulli & Sassi: Italy’s lesser-known Puglia and Basilicata regions are the focus of this seven-night itinerary, the many highlights of which include the mountainous Gargano Peninsula, the ‘Sassi’ cave settlements of Matera, the Greek temple of Metaponto, Lecce - famous for its Baroque churches and buildings carved from local stone - and a drive along the Adriatic Coast to visit the Castellana caves and unique Trulli houses of Alberobello. Departing in April & May and September & October 2014, the price is from £945 pp*.

Spain’s Golden Age: Re-live the rich splendour of Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ during a week staying in four-star hotels in Madrid and Toledo that explores the surrounding area’s historic cities and palaces. Amongst the many cultural immersion opportunities of this tour are an evening ‘tapas trail’ that combines a walk around the capital with dining like a Madrileño at a selection of Madrid’s local eateries. Departing from April to June and September to October 2014, the price is from £945 pp*.

Hungarian Rhapsody: Blending three nights in Budapest with two nights each in Sopron and at Lake Balaton, this seven-night tour of Hungary’s cultural highlights encompasses palaces and porcelain, wine, music and much more. Explore this fascinating country by tram, metro, road, boat and on foot, staying in four-star hotels throughout. Departing from April to September 2014 (excluding July), the price is from £975 pp*.

New tours Worldwide…

Botswana Mobile Safari: Responding to ever-increasing requests from its clients for special safari experiences, Voyages Jules Verne’s new 12-night itinerary certainly ticks all the boxes. Featuring six nights in specially-erected tented camps that offer authenticity and comfort without the sometimes over-extravagant amenities of Botswana’s permanent camps, the tour also includes four-star hotel stays on the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, an unforgettable visit to Victoria Falls and game drives. Departing May to October 2014, the price is from £3,395 pp*.

Assam & the Brahmaputra: Venturing deep into the heart of India’s rural Assam region, sail to wildlife sanctuaries, historical monuments and tea gardens on board either the RV Sukapha or the RV Charaidew, small vessels that are ideally suited to the journey, offering an intimate ambience and attentive personal service. Meet gentle tribal people, enjoy a jeep safari in Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range - favoured by rhino - and enjoy city sightseeing in the vibrant former colonial capital of Calcutta. Departing October to December 2014 and January to April 2015, the price is from £2,195 pp*.

Back by popular demand, Voyages Jules Verne has also re-introduced two more escorted tours:

Bhutan & the Himalayas: Explore the dramatic Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan on a stunning 12 or 14-night tour that takes travellers on a journey through some of the world’s most picturesque mountainous regions. Bhutan’s legendary friendliness and little-changed culture will leave a lasting impression, as will the unique sights of Kathmandu, a dramatic flight past Himalayan peaks to Paro (optional flight over Everest also available – additional cost) and crossing Dochu-la pass (3,000m) to view Buddhist chortens, Mani walls and colourful prayer flags. Departing May to December (excluding June and September) 2014, the price is from £2,595 pp*.

Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs: Explore Sudan’s fascinating ancient past on an eight-night tour that visits an extraordinary array of archaeological sites left by the country’s Nubian rulers, known as the Black Pharaohs. Wander through ruined temples unhindered by other tourists, visit traditional Nubian villages, marvel at myriad temples (Sudan has even more than Egypt) and absorb the lifestyle of the locals at a traditional Sudanese evening of music and dancing. Departing February to April & October to December 2014, the price is from £2,565 pp*. No single supplement places (subject to availability) on 24 March & 21 April departures.

*According to the itinerary selected, prices are based on two sharing and include air travel, taxes, transfers, accommodation, some meals, a sightseeing programme and the services of guides and local representatives.

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