“Steve Mayer was THE best! Organized, knowledgeable, fun to be with. Our driver Michael was an excellent driver. Always felt safe with him. Our group was small (22) so it was easy to get to know everyone. All were fun and agreeable! Our first tour experienc...“
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Since 1918, Collette has earned a global reputation as a travel company that offers extraordinary experiences, unsurpassed guest service and a wide appeal. Traveling with Collette comes with benefits that take the guided travel experience to another level. Our inclu...
Since 1918, Collette has earned a global reputation as a travel company that offers extraordinary experiences, unsurpassed guest service and a wide appeal. Traveling with Collette comes with benefits that take the guided travel experience to another level. Our inclusive tours offer you more value for your money while also ensuring that each element adheres to our exacting standards. With a focus on service and quality, we give you more of what makes travel special. Collette’s diverse travel collection features comprehensive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, city stays and a variety of travel styles and tour types to meet every traveler’s needs. We seamlessly handle the details - all our guests need to do is enjoy the journey. Collette gives back to children in our local communities and around the world through our non-profit organization Collette Cares. With a focus on hunger and education and a robust volunteer program, we aim to make the world we travel a better place. Through volunteerism and grant support, we strive to make a better world – starting right in our own communities.Read more
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- DRDanielDiscover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast featuring Istrian Peninsula, Lake Bled, Dalmatian Coast and Dubrovnik (Opatija to Zagreb) (Alternative)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on January 2, 2020THE DISCOVER CROATIA, SLOVENIA AND THE ADRIATIC TOUR WAS EXCELLENT. The tour manager, Mojca Zdesar was well organized, communicated very well and was very knowl…Read more
- GGGeorgianaSunny Portugal Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve (13 destinations)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 3, 2019Jo has been by far the most accomplished, caring, and professional tour director I have had on all my escorted group trips. She provided us with facts about all…Read more
- SGSimonSunny Portugal Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve (13 destinations)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on November 12, 2019We realized as the tour went on that we could have used a day between sites to relax and do our own thing - but this was our first tour and we accepted the itin…Read more
- DMDavidDiscover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria (including Lake Geneva)4.5 - ExcellentWritten on November 10, 2019Very good planned out excursions to areas in Switzerland and Austria. The hotels were good, clean, good breakfast, and very well situated. The transportation…Read more
- CMChristineSpotlight on the French Riviera (12 destinations)4.5 - ExcellentWritten on November 9, 2019It was a great tour but for me I would have preferred more free time
- DDebParmenterShades of Ireland (Kingscourt to Dublin) (Reverse) (from Kingscourt to Dublin)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on October 24, 2019Steve Mayer was THE best! Organized, knowledgeable, fun to be with. Our driver Michael was an excellent driver. Always felt safe with him. Our group was small (…Read more
- DNDaleDiscover Washington, D.C. Exploring America's Capital4.5 - ExcellentWritten on October 23, 2019My husband and I are so happy with our decision to travel with Collette. Things could not have gone better, even the weather cooperated. We had a full and memor…Read more
- LZLeviGermany's Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road featuring Berlin, Hamburg, Rothenburg and Munich (Berlin to Munich)4.0 - GoodWritten on October 22, 2019Overall great tour. You get to see a lot of the country in a relatively short time period. Be ready to do a lot of moving. Some hotels were better than others. …Read more
- Shades of Ireland (14 destinations) 9 daysStarts DublinEnds Kingscourt$2,249 $1,912-15%
- Spain's Classics (Madrid to Barcelona) (Standard) 10 daysStarts MadridEnds Barcelona$2,649 $2,252-15%
- Shades of Ireland (Kingscourt to Dublin) (Reverse) (from Kingscourt to Dublin) 9 daysStarts KingscourtEnds Dublin$2,499 $2,124-15%
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Collette History & Story
Back in 1918, when Jack Collette started the company, the first tour to ever run was made up of a jitney bus of travellers that left Boston, Massachusetts headed for Florida. This three-week adventure cost just $61.50! At that time few could have foreseen that nearly 100 years later, that same company would be taking guests from around the world to all seven continents.
Collette is now a global company. With offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, its team of dedicated experts are able to cater to the tastes of distinct groups of travellers. Collette’s diverse travel collection features comprehensive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, city stays and a variety of travel styles and tour types to meet every traveler’s needs. We seamlessly handle the details - all our guests need to do is enjoy the journey.
- MS Amadeus BrilliantLaunched in 2011, the MS Amadeus Brilliant is a premium river cruise vessel that lives up to its name and famous lineage. The ship is bui… Read moreBuilt2011Guests150Length110mWidth11.4mSuites8Staterooms68RegistryGermany
- MS Amadeus Silver IIDebuting in the spring of 2015, the stellar MS Amadeus Silver II is a sophisticated vessel that has been inspired by its award winning si… Read moreBuilt2015Guests168Length135Width11.4mSuites12Staterooms72RegistryGermany
- MS Amadeus Silver IIIThe magnificent MS Amadeus Silver III vessel is the newest addition to the award winning Amadeus Silver fleet that includes the premium 1… Read moreBuilt2016Guests168Length135Width11.4mSuites12Staterooms72RegistryGermany
- Celestyal OlympiaMS Celestyal Olympia cruise ship (previously “Louis Olympia”) was built in 1982 as “Song of America” for RCCL (Ro… Read moreBuilt1982 (refurbished in 2016)Guests1611Crew540Length215 m / 705 ftSuites9Staterooms724Gross Tonnage37584 gtElectricity110VBeam28 m / 92 ftCruising Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mphDraft7m
- Celestyal CrystalMS Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (previously sailing as “Louis Cristal”) was built in 1980 as Viking Saga ferry ship for Rede… Read moreBuilt1980 (refurbished in 2014)Guests1200Crew406Length158 m / 518 ftStaterooms476Gross Tonnage25611 gtBeam25 m / 82 ftCruising Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
- Ocean AtlanticWith an ice-strengthened hull, the newly renovated Ocean Atlantic is a strong and comfortable vessel operating in the polar regions. Carr… Read moreBuiltRenovated in 2017Guests198Crew160Length140mElectricity220vBeam69ftCruising Speed12 knotsDraft5.8mCapacityWidthSuitesStateroomsRegistryGross TonnageGeneratorsEngines
- National Geographic ExplorerThe National Geographic Explorer is a polar expedition vessel that holds 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. Her design and equipment is the… Read moreBuilt1982 (refurbished in 2008Guests148Length112mWidth16.5mStaterooms81Cruising Speed18 knots
- Travvy Award2017 Best Tour Operator US & Canada (Silver)
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- Travvy Award2016 Best Tour Operator US & Canada (Gold)
- Travel Weekly Magellan Awards2016 Gold Award Winner
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Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
How can I plan for shore landings?
Special clothing is required for the shore landings (Antarctica, Galapagos); please refer to your predeparture documents for important details.
Are attractions always available?
Access to some attractions or Collette Foundation sites may be affected by the observance of holidays, weather conditions or other circumstances. As a result, the days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour. Boat rides are weather permitting. Some attractions may not be available during the "off-season" months. When attractions are unavailable, other similar attractions will be substituted. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
When can I check into my hotel?
Normal check-in time is late afternoon in most locations. Due to early arrival times into some cities, rooms may not always be available for immediate check-in.
What is the difference between a twin room and a double room?
In certain countries, hotel rooms tend to be smaller than U.S. standard accommodations. A double room is designed to accommodate two people, but may not have two separate beds. A twin-bedded room has two separate beds of any size, and is the type most commonly utilized.
How can I be best prepared for the pacing and physical requirements on a Collette tour?
Tour pacing varies by itinerary, and each destination's sightseeing and activities are unique. Pacing is subject to personal interpretation. At Collette, we do include the best a destination has to offer, enhancing your overall tour experience. For overnight pacing of a tour, please refer to the "Accommodations" section on each tour page and on the tour map. These describe the number of nights you will stay in each hotel during your tour. The day-by-day descriptions will provide additional detail about the number of activities included in each day.
The Tour Activity Level Ranking is featured on each tour itinerary in a circle. The definition of each activity level is listed here. If you have additional questions regarding a specific tour, please inquire at time of reservation. For your comfort, we recommend packing comfortable walking shoes so you can fully enjoy every aspect of your tour.
Level 1: At a very leisurely pace, this tour involves minimal physical activity, such as climbing some stairs, boarding a motorcoach, and walking from the hotel reception area to hotel rooms and dining areas.
Level 2: This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Level 3: This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Level 4: To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
Level 5: This tour is very active, requiring participants to be physically fit to fully enjoy all the experiences. This itinerary has more strenuous activities which may include such things as: extensive walking tours, transfers over uneven and dusty terrain, high altitudes, early morning departures, late night activities, or extreme temperatures. All conditions do not apply to all days, so please read the itinerary carefully and speak to one of our travel counselors to determine if this tour is right for you. We recommend this program to individuals who are physically fit. Unfortunately, this tour is not appropriate for individuals who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If this trip is not ideally suited for you, our travel counselors can help determine the perfect trip for you.
Where do I meet my Tour Manager?
Your tour will begin at your first hotel. The Tour Manager will make contact with you at the hotel and will provide details relating to your tour. The hotel's address and phone number will be included in your documents.
Is there a lot of walking on tour?
We pride ourselves on bringing travelers the very best experiences a destination offers. Our itineraries include many activities and may consist of walking on uneven terrain or significant walking at times. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. Some hotels/lodges in remote locations may not have elevators. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes.
Can children travel on a Collette tour?
Children over the age of 5 may travel on a Collette tour accompanied by an adult. Child land rates are valid for ages 5-12, sharing a room with two full-paying adults.