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Exhibitors in Focus: Voyages Jules Verne

How did your company start out?

Voyages Jules Verne was founded in 1978 on the basis of one simple idea - to operate a train from London to Peking (Beijing) and thence to Hong Kong. In doing so the market to China was opened up at a time, remarkably, when the 'bamboo curtain' was still officially in place.

Further innovative train journeys were to follow and many travel firsts were also achieved including inaugural flights to previously inaccessible areas and the opening of remote border crossing points.

In 1982 Serenissima Travel was acquired and added a complementary list of cultural itineraries to the overall portfolio as well as introducing clients to themed travel such as walking, music & opera and cruising.

World events from 1989 to 1991, most notably the Tian an Men incident in China and the Gulf War, further shaped the future of the Company as even more diversification was necessary. Far from bemoaning the travel recession at the time, this resulted in an expansion of the company's portfolio while still retaining the core group travel ethos.

What tours do you offer?

Today the range of product encompasses long-haul and short-haul, weekends and expeditions, the conventional and the unexpected, a variety of themes and special interests - all underpinned by quality and value for money.

The tradition of innovation and creativity is still alive today and evidenced, amongst others, by stays at a convent in Rome, heritage properties in India, the use of royal steamers on the Nile, and a series of special events exclusively arranged for VJV clients.

What makes your company unique?

  • Over 35 years of experience
  • No Single Supplement
  • Innovative Itineraries
  • Exclusive Special Events
  • Specialist Guides
  • Limited Group Sizes

What new countries and itineraries will you be offering in 2016?

In 2016 we will be operating a number of exclusive cruises, especially for VJV guests. We are particularly pleased to announce a sailing on the River Elbe from Prague to Berlin but also we offering a dedicated departure of the ‘long cruise’ on the Nile on board the magnificent SS Misr, probably the most sought-after boat on the river. For art lovers we have chartered the MS Victor Hugo in the Netherlands to include visits to both the Mauritshuis and the newly-opened Rijksmuseum.

Meet the team at Voyages Jules Verne at Destinations Manchester on stand E31.