This year marks the 190 years since the birth of French science fiction author, Jules Verne. Even if you’ve never read his works, you probably know the movies: “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” But even in Verne’s wildest imaginings, he never dreamed of travel by private jet charter. In that spirit, Stratos Jet Charters can help you experience 21st Century travel, as imagined in the 19th Century. Here are four of our best Jules Verne-inspired private jet charter travel adventures:

Nantes, France

This is where it all began; Verne was born in Nantes on Feb 8, 1828. The best place to get an overview is the Jules Verne Museum. Here you can explore a variety of books, manuscripts, posters, games and models based on Verne’s extraordinary machines. The Museum offers something for every visitor, from young readers to Verne scholars.

International Ballooning


Hot-air balloon travels were a novelty in Verne’s day, inspiring his first novel, “Five Weeks in a Balloon” (1863), essentially an African balloon safari. Modern balloons are of course safer, and easier to book. A private jet charter can get you to the best balloon excursions in the US. Favorites include Napa Valley wine country balloon tours, or Grand Adventure Tours in Winter Park Colorado, with stunning views of the Rockies. Overseas, floating above the otherworldly volcanic terrain of Cappadocia, Turkey is truly impressive. And, the ultimate Verne experience would be to glide over Fountainbleu, France, home to the French aristocracy’s chateaus and hunting grounds.

Submarine Tours

When Verne wrote “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” in 1869, submarine travel was still unfeasible. Verne readers were thrilled with Captain Nemo, and his amazing submarine, “The Nautilus.” Now, submarines are used by undersea tour companies everywhere. Some of the more intriguing tours include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or spotting sunken ships in Maui, Hawaii. For the ultimate undersea luxury experience, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai offers underwater suites with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy the resort aquarium’s Ambassador Lagoon, filled with 65,000 sea creatures. Even Captain Nemo would be impressed.

Under the Earth


In “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864), Verne’s explorers descend into a dormant volcano in Sneefels, Iceland. The volcano really exists, but even today, it’s virtually inaccessible. If you are feeling particularly rugged, you can book a combination snowmobile/hiking tour to the lip of the crater. But expect harsh conditions. Or, you can rent a helicopter in Reykjavik, and fly over the crater. On a clear day, it truly is a memorable sight. If you want a luxury underground experience, consider the subterranean Beckham Creek Cave Lodge in Arkansas. The exclusive Beckham Creek Cave Lodge is a 6,000 sq. ft. lodge with every modern amenity, embedded deep into a natural cave.   If you’re looking for a private jet charter company that can arrange luxury charter flights to anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.