Special Interest

For bespoke special interest holidays there are no end of possibilities.  If you run or are a member of a local club or society and want to arrange a trip for your group of friends to a part of the world which offers an experience of your special interest, give us a call. Or if you want me to include a special interest on a tailor made holiday that’s also possible.  Painting lessons or cookery courses are popular around Europe in particular.

  • Maybe you have a sailing club who want to charter a large yacht for a long distance challenge?
  • Got an orchestra that wants to play in a famous location?
  • Or a zoological society that wants to see their endangered animals in the wild?
  • Member of a  motorcycle club and want to ride Route 66 in America?

Whether it’s a gardening club that wants to visit botanical gardens, stately homes or have an expert guide on a botany tour or a wine tasting club that wants to sample the vineyards at source, we can help with anything that you want to do!

Vintage and classic car holidays are very popular – hire a colonial car and live like a Maharajah in one of India’s Palace hotels!  Or hire a private historic plane and fly over the African Rift Valley…..

There are many group holidays and adventures which would be suitable for school groups and special interest clubs.  We can work with specialist school adventure holiday operators to find the right experience to suit your group of school children. These large group adventure holidays will combine discovering the world with an unrivalled range of action-packed educational experiences.

Teachers will rightly be concerned that wherever they send their school children, the holiday needs the right level of supervision and guiding, that there is a genuine commitment to Responsible Tourism and that they can trust the operators knowing that they are experienced in large groups and the security that brings with it.  Travel around the world, particularly for children, has a strong educational content, broadening the mind and involving them in new cultures and learning new things – experience gained by adventure travel is something that can never be replicated in the classroom. It is also great to get children to meet their counterparts all around the world and see how they go to school and mix with their families to interact with foreign languages and food for example.

Wildlife Trusts and Societies often travel in groups on natural history holidays, if there is a particular species of animal you are interested in or you would like a private guide for a bespoke safari tailored to your own special interests, we can arrange that too.

Here are some examples of school adventure trips or family special interest holidays that we can book for you:

Mont Blanc Circuit – 15 days hiking the seven valleys through France, Switzerland and Italy, dramatic scenery, traverse glaciers, camp under stars.

Icelandic Highlights – 8 days trekking on glaciers and to volcanic craters, sightseeing in Iceland with options for whale watching, horse riding and sea kayaking.

Slovenian Whitewater – 8 days hiking, biking, canyoning, rafting canoeing and kayaking in Slovenia.

Sahara Desert Trek – 8 days trekking through dunes of the Sahara in Tunisia, sleep under the stars Bedouin style, trekking with camels.

Machu Picchu & Amazon Rainforest – 16 days Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Rainforest wildlife, Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Kilimanjaro Climb – 11 days climb to the roof of Africa’s highest peak in Tanzania.

Gorillas & Masai Mara – 17 days in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda wildlife in Masai Mara and trek Mountain Gorillas (age restrictions).

Cycling in Vietnam – 16 days Haiong Bay, Cu Chi war tunnels, cycling in Vietnam.

Trail of Borneo – 12 days visit Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary, wildlife along Kinabatangan River, Sunrise at Mt Kinabalu – Malaysia.

Corporate groups can also be catered for – if you are looking to do a charity challenge or have a special interest for team building, we can tailor a trip to accommodate your group.

Whether it’s a charity challenge, ski trips or mountain hikes, cycling, hiking or kayaking, contact us for a chat about how we can help bring some new ideas and unusual travel options to your school curriculum!

 

Thank you for all your hard work in putting together our tailor made holiday to Tanzania. Accommodation throughout was at least very good, sometimes really excellent. The Old Boma hotel where the service was super - one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in anywhere in the world Hassan our safari guide was first class and very helpful. The Bush Rover camping was fun ... for one night!
Eclipse in Tanzania & Selous Safari – Mr & Mrs R (Sept 2016)
September 13, 2016

If you’re considering seeing the Palio in Sienna (and you should) you must go for a few days before, and at least one day after. It is an extraordinary event that has its feet firmly placed in the Middle Ages, The Palio is actually about tradition, pageantry, corruption and thuggery. But all of those things make for an amazing experience. Jules got really good seats for us – the terraces is where it’s at. Then there’s the drums, the flags, the roaring oxen, the colour, the noise – an incredible time WILL be had! ..... But get stuck in – because they haven’t arranged it for you, and they won’t wait for you to join them!
The Palio in Siena, Italy – Howlett Family (Aug 2016)
August 26, 2016

All I can say is AWESOME!!!!!! The staff and other visitors at The Body Holiday were so friendly, I didn't feel uncomfortable as a solo traveller (after the first fifteen minutes of watching others obviously!) at all. The hosted communal evening meals were lively, friendly, interesting discussions with perfect strangers, several of whom I subsequently spent meal times with. The service was fantastic, the staff were friendly and I will definitely be looking to travel there again. I would also like to say thank you for putting me on to such a wonderful spot and I would love it if more places were so open to solo travellers and accommodating to different needs. All in all I would score it 10 out of 10!
Sarah Legg – St Lucia (May 2016)
August 10, 2016

What can I say? You did it again! From the night I arrived, being welcomed back to Hemingways in Nairobi (I felt like the King of Scotland again!), to the day I left everything was a complete delight. Elephant Watch Camp is lovely, the staff there are superb. They know all the elephants by name and there were around 9 families in the area, Saba had arranged a surprise sleep out for me with the warriors! I had some amazing leopard sightings around Samburu too ... all in all very sad to leave there.
Wilf Graham – Elephant Watch, Kenya (March 2016)
March 29, 2016

Communication was always very clear and we always had a quick response. We were very pleased with the service we received from Travel With Jules. The Ha Long Bay Bassac boat cruise was brilliant, the crew on board were a fantastic group and did everything they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We would definitely recommend your services to our friends.
Hannah & Richard Miller – Indo China (Feb 2016)
March 23, 2016

Thank you for our tailor made holiday to Cambodia and Vietnam (with Dubai stop over). You listened to what we wanted and made the changes to our itinerary as requested. The ground agents were fantastic, the guides were always on time and everything was organised very efficiently. There were many fantastic sights and experiences. Halong Bay was a particular favourite of mine.
Malc, Sue, Tony and Karen – Indo China (Jan 2016)
March 22, 2016

Our holiday in Venice, taken to celebrate David’s 70th birthday, and arranged with great care by Travel with Jules was quite wonderful. We loved every moment of the performance of La Traviata which we attended at La Fenice - the cherry on the top of the holiday cake.
Annette & David (from France) – Venice (May 2015)
June 6, 2015

Well we are now home from our Paris trip & all 42 of us  have nothing but praise for Jules & the Kirker team! I wanted to record what a super time our group recently had over 3 days  in Paris. It all ran to schedule throughout the varied and  full itinerary and the hotel Astor […]
Hindsight Investment Club – Paris (September 2014)
September 25, 2014

Everything on our trip worked out absolutely perfectly which is essential when you have a group of 11 cyclists covering long distances each day. Julie was very good at communication with all of the details so that we could ensure all of the group were properly briefed. If we were to do another group trip we would certainly use Julie.
Holdoway Cycle Group – Danube from Source to Budapest (September 2012)
October 15, 2012

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
Ian Furbank
June 30, 2011

Review of 2016 from Travel With Jules
December 27, 2016

Pageantry at The Palio!
August 26, 2016

Things are buzzing at the Beehive in Kenya!
October 4, 2016

I felt like the King of Scotland again!
March 29, 2016

Japan is a world of craziness!
May 30, 2016

Date with a Dragon!
February 17, 2016

Why you benefit from booking with a specialist travel planner!
January 17, 2016

Twitching in Tanzania!
December 15, 2015

Incredible India wowed us again!
November 23, 2015

If sharing breakfast with a Giraffe is your thing ..
August 18, 2015

New flights from Stansted!
September 21, 2016

Internet bookings often go wrong!
October 17, 2016

Travel With Jules New Office!
February 29, 2016

Documentary to mark anniversary of Born Free
October 21, 2016

Canada Entry Requirements
September 8, 2016

Don’t get caught out by holiday fraud – book with us!
July 17, 2016

What does Brexit mean for travel?
June 24, 2016

The Millionaires Holiday Club
June 3, 2016

New ‘music suites’ for recording artists!
May 30, 2016

Music Festival in Malawi – visit the Lake of Stars
April 26, 2016

Kenya ivory burn makes conservation news history
May 3, 2016

New flights link Cape Town to Botswana
March 23, 2016

Changes to Dubai airport taxes
February 18, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!
February 7, 2016

ZIKA Virus Travel News
January 26, 2016

Changes to USA entry requirements
January 17, 2016

News from the Warm Heart of Africa
January 30, 2016

World Wildlife Day!
March 3, 2016

We are working with Naturetrek!
January 14, 2016

Travel to South Africa just got even better value for money!!
December 11, 2015

Kenya Safaris are top of the world!
December 16, 2015

Travel in Dinosaurs Footsteps!

Take the family on this fun fly drive to America and follow the footsteps of dinosaurs around the national parks of Utah!

Route 66 Holidays

Self drive Route 66 - bespoke holiday packages including flights, car or bike hire staying in historic and character hotels & motels

Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express train is the ultimate in romance and nostalgia for the rail traveller!

Elephant Watch Camp Samburu

Visit Elephant Watch Camp and Save the Elephants in Samburu, home of 'This Wild Life' BBC programme and the Douglas-Hamilton Family. Luxury eco-camp safari.

Highlands Discovery Papua New Guinea

Introductory 10 night tour to Papua New Guinea. Visit remote villages with unique cultures and beliefs, where the way of life has remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years.

Kenya Yoga Retreat

Be at one with nature on this week's yoga retreat at Campi Ya Kanzi in the heart of Hemmingway's "green hills of Africa"!

China Tours including Panda Keeper for a Day!

Escorted tours & cruises in China to see Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall of China, Yangtze River and spend a day with the Giant Pandas!

Follow Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America!

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America followed a 'circular' rail adventure around the United States on a 6,000-mile rail trip. Here we offer you 3 journeys or combine them all!

The Durrells Life in Corfu

Live the life of The Durrell family as written in Gerald Durrells 'My Family and Other Animals' - tailor made holidays to the historical, literary inspired island of Corfu.

Wildlife & Birding of Gambia & Senegal

As natural history and birding specialists, we can tailor make many holidays to Gambia or Senegal and we work with small tour operators to offer either private safaris or expert lead group birdwatching and wildlife tours. From £1,599 pp

Literary Inspired Holidays & Travel

Travel writing has inspired people for many years to explore the world! Do you have a favourite book or film that makes you want to visit the locations it writes about?

Luxury Sports Car Holidays in Italy

Drive your own Luxury Ferrari through stunning scenery of Italy, stay in top hotels, experience the ultimate Gran Turismo experience.

Trans-Siberian Railway

Watch the ever-changing landscapes of Russia, Mongolia and China roll by from your comfortable cabin, enjoy vodka and caviar tasting on board and make regular stops to discover the highlights of this classic route.

Solar Eclipse Safari Tanzania 2016

Small group tour in Southern Tanzania to see Solar Eclipse including Selous, Saadani & Zanzibar.

Iceland Winter Whale Watching Holiday

Small group winter whale watching holiday to Iceland, staying in a fishing village and exploring the natural history of the region. Chance to see Northern Lights.

Taste of Vietnam Food Tour

A fabulous foodie tour of Vietnam! Eat in top restaurants and street food stalls. Experience rural farming live and city markets with cookery classes.

Nordic phenomena worth travelling for!

Special travel experiences featuring amazing events of the Natural World focusing on the Nordic and Polar regions.

Tall Ship Gardens Experience

Luxury escorted tour on tall Ship visiting Southern Spain and the Mediterranean including famous gardens.

Calgary Stampede

Experience the world's largest outdoor rodeo at the Calgary Stampede in July. 3 night package including 2 day admission.

Leobo Observatory

A stunning private house with it's own observatory, polaris buggy and gourmet chef! Safari in South Africa.

New Year Fire and Ice!

Celebrate New Year in a style peculiar to Icelanders that attracts visitors from around the world.

Trans Asia Railways & Expeditions

Travelling across Asia is one of the greatest adventures in the world and there are a huge range of group adventure and overland tours to choose from across Russia or along the Silk Route. Trans-Siberian Railways offer a variety of rail journeys across Asia too.

Painting Holidays

Do you love painting? How about joining a small, friendly group dedicated to creating inspiring paintings with something to suit everyone.

New Year, Northern Lights, Volcanos and Glaciers

A fabulous 4 night holiday to celebrate New Year's Eve in Reykjavik, exploring the glaciers and volcanoes of the countryside while hoping to find the Northern Lights. From £1,059 pp.