Get the First Look at Collette Spotlights!

Collette 8.19Collette has introduced a brand new product line called Spotlights that illuminate the world’s most remarkable destinations!  Enjoy unpacking just once with a single relaxed hotel stay and immerse yourself in the fanfare of a grand city or unwind in the timeless countryside. These tours offer a more in-depth exploration where travelers have a chance to relax and experience daily life. Take a once-in-a-lifetime walk on the Great Wall in Beijing, capture the essence of Paris as you cruise the Seine River, learn to cook New Orleans-style, or enjoy a rousing night of traditional Irish entertainment in Dublin. These new, shorter tours will appeal to any kind of traveler, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Tour locations include: London, Paris, the French Riviera, Dublin, Rome, Florence, Venice in Winter, Barcelona, Madrid, New York, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco and Beijing.

 

Tour highlights include:

 

  • The Spotlight on Dublin, 7 days starting at $1549*
  • Embark on a comprehensive Dublin city tour highlighting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes.
  • Step aboard the “Jeanie Johnston,” an authentic recreation of one of Ireland’s famous “famine ships” and learn about the experience shared by millions of Irish who sought out a better life in the New World.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin’s historic jail that now offers a unique window on Irish nationalism.
  • Step into Irish daily life during an evening of food and folklore at one of the oldest pups in Ireland, the Brazen Head, complete with an unforgettable storytelling session.

     

  • Spotlight on New Orleans, 5 days starting at $1349*
  • Get to know the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
  • Roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans style during a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise narrated by your captain.
  • Enjoy an elegant dinner at the Court of Two Sisters, one of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants.

     

  • Spotlight on Paris, 7 days starting at $1749*
  • Savor French cuisine and enjoy breathtaking views of Paris as you dine at the Eiffel Tower.
  • Enjoy a tasting and tour at a champagne cellar during a visit to the world-famous champagne village of Épernay.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous dinner complete with wine, champagne and a delightful cabaret show at the Paradis Latin, Paris’ oldest cabaret theatre.
  • Embark on a locally-guided tour of Paris highlighting the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and the magnificent Place Vendome.

     

  • Spotlight on Beijing, 9 days starting at $829*
  • Savor a variety of traditional Chinese food including Peking duck, hand-pulled noodles, and dumplings.
  • Visit the sprawling Forbidden City, an elaborate palace complex that was the home to 24 Chinese Emperors over the course of almost 500 years, and enjoy a tour of the spectacular Treasure Hall.
  • Take a once-in-a-lifetime walk on the awe-inspiring Great Wall.
  • Visit China’s national treasure, the famous giant pandas, at Beijing Zoo.

     

    Departures are limited and space is filling quickly. To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.

     

    *Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.

All Aboard!

Scenic, Swiss Alps, Valais, Switzerland, Europe.Explore dramatic railways, scenic lakes, stunning landscapes and charming towns with Collette on these unique tours which allow you to travel by train! Enjoy the cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe, journey through the beautiful Canadian Rockies, or discover the hidden treasures of Northern California. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep in your private accommodations aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.  Visit the world famous California State Railroad Museum. Take in panoramic Alpine views with rides on the GoldenPass, Glacier Express and Bernina Pass. Countless unforgettable experiences await. Join Collette and partake in your railway adventure, check out these tours today!

Collette tours by train:

 

Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains, 10 days starting at $2699

  • Enjoy panoramic Alpine views with rides on the GoldenPass, Glacier Express and Bernina Pass.
  • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry.
  • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the Alpine village of Zermatt and a night in the resort town of St. Moritz.
  • Enjoy traditional regional cuisine such as cheese fondue and apple strudel along with other culinary delights.

     

Canadian Rockies by Train9 days starting at $3199

  • Board VIA Rail’s The Canadian and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as the train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains, the stunning Pyramid Falls cascading down Mt. Cheadle, glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and Mt. Robson – the highest peak of the Rockies.
  • Stand on the amazing 1,000-foot thick Athabasca Glacier during an exciting excursion at the Columbia Icefield.
  • Spend two nights at the magnificent Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel, properly nicknamed the “Castle in the Rockies.”
  • Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake – a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity.

     

Trains, Wineries & Treasures of Northern California9 days starting at $2299

  • Journey on a splendidly restored Pullman car as you travel through picturesque Napa Valley at an unhurried pace.
  • Experience the city of San Francisco during dinner overlooking the bay on a highlight-packed city tour.
  • Enjoy the incredible beauty of one of America’s most beloved national parks, Yosemite.
  • Glide along the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and marvel at the inspiring scenery.

 

Departures are limited and space is filling quickly. To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.

 

*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.

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Warm Up your Winter Travel Plans!

Collette 8.5.14Winter is the perfect time to join Collette on a tropical adventure. Relax on the beach or explore breathtaking scenery on tour. Discover Panama, a country of lush rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines. Visit Costa Rica and enjoy the tropical landscapes, breathtaking forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. Have the adventure of a lifetime in the sun-drenched Hawaiian Islands. Swim and snorkel with marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks in the Galapagos Islands. The options for your winter getaway are endless! Check them out today!

 

Collette warm weather tours include:

 

The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu, 14 days starting at $6109*

  • Embark on a five-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with a naturalist guide and see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and more!
  • Admire the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation projects.
  • Climb from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu aboard one of the world’s most famed train rides.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Larco Museum in Lima, housed in an 18th-century mansion surrounded by lush gardens. 

Tropical Costa Rica, 9 days starting at $1399*

  • Learn about Costa Rica’s unique vegetation on a guided nature walk through the cloud forest.
  • Spot indigenous wildlife on a Cano Negro river boat cruise.
  • Enjoy the tropical landscapes and breathtaking scenery surrounding Arenal Volcano.
  • Take a tour of the Doka Coffee Estate that highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rican economy. 

Discover Panama, 9 days starting at $1699*

  • Traverse the Panama Canal through two locks aboard the Pacific Queen and lean about this engineering marvel.
  • Travel by dugout canoe to an Embreá village and learn about their traditional indigenous culture.
  • Enjoy three relaxing nights in a deluxe river view room – complete with balcony and hammock – at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
  • Visit the El Nispero Zoo, home to a large selection of endemic animals as well as some that are not found in any zoo outside Panama. 

Hawaiian Adventure, 10 days starting at $2899*

  • Remember Pearl Harbor as you visit the USS Arizona Memorial.
  • Stand in awe before the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, considered the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
  • Experience one of Hawaii’s best Polynesian luaus featuring endless tropical drinks and a scrumptious feast.
  • Stop in the surfing town of Haleiwa and learn why surfers father from all over the world with waves ranging from 2 to 40 feet!

 

Departures are limited and space is filling quickly. To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.

 

*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.

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Experience the Best of Alaska

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJoin Collette in exploring the gorgeous Alaskan Wilderness known for its awe-inspiring beauty and abundant wildlife! Who knows what thrilling sights you may see on your journey?  Glaciers, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls and sheer rock walls, along with Alaska’s largest icebergs, set the perfect scene. Cruise through the spectacular Glacier Bay. Its rich world of marine life and large concentration of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best! Visit some of Alaska’s bustling cities including the Juneau and Fairbanks. These unique tours are filled with excitement and adventure. Check them out today!

Collette tours to Alaska include:

 

Alaska Adventure, 11 days starting at $2798*

  • Ride 520 feet up to the observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle for spectacular views of the city.
  • Stroll through Pike Place Market, an open-air market with fresh, locally-produced food – a Seattle institution since 1907.
  • Relax for seven nights aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice and see Alaska’s epic scenery.
  • Pass through the spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord on your way to Juneau, Alaska’s thriving capital city.
  • Relive Alaska’s Gold Rush days in Skagway, the “Gateway to the Klondike” and home of the famed Chilkoot Trail.
  • Explore Victoria, British Columbia, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

Alaska Discovery,13 days starting at $3031*

  • A park expert guides you on a Tundra Wilderness Tour deep into Denali National Park.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable rail journey to Whittier in a luxury domed railcar.
  • Embark on a relaxing 7-night cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay onboard truly memorable.
  • Enjoy and evening of entertainment at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater where you’ll hear the dramatic story of the first ascent of Mount McKinley.
  • Cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic costal islands.
  • Visit Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

Departures are limited and space is filling quickly. To book your tour, visit www.gocollette.com or call 855-370-8687.

*Rates are per person, land only, double occupancy.

New Year’s Eve in Vienna

AMA 7.22Champagne toasts, celebrating the night away and waiting for that magical moment when the clock strikes twelve. This is what New Year’s Eve is all about. Imagine how much more spectacular all of those things would be aboard a luxurious river cruise that rings in 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Captivating views of glimmering landscapes and the local festivities that take place are sure to inspire as the ship docks overnight in this historic city on December 31st during its voyage along the Danube.

Save 30% on Christmas on the Danube

Embarking December 27, 2014 aboard the AmaBella