PHOTO: Collette's Spotlight on Rome independent package provides a way to take a closer look at the Eternal City than is possible during one of Collette's escorted tours of Italy. (photo by David Cogswell)
Collette introduced a new series of city tours called Spotlights targeting a different travel market than that of its traditional escorted tours.
The new Spotlights provide four- to six-night stays in a single city, with some included activities during the mornings, but with afternoons and evenings free.
Each package includes a local guided city tour for orientation, local hosting and support with some meals included, a lot of independence and only one unpacking and re-packing job.
The new independent package series targets a different market and offers a different style of travel than the escorted tours. The target may be independent travelers who don’t like to travel in an escorted group, or it may be people who have visited a city on an escorted tour and want to return to take a closer look.
The packages take advantage of Collette’s established tour infrastructure to provide support at the destination with some of the kinds of inclusions of its escorted tours, such as museum visits, but with more independence and more time to get a more concentrated and comprehensive experience of a single city.
The initial product roll-out includes packages for Florence, Rome, Venice, New Orleans, San Francisco, Paris, Dublin, London, Barcelona, Madrid, French Riviera, Beijing, New York and San Antonio.
Prices vary from $999, land only, for the Beijing program, to $1,749 for the Paris and New York programs and $1,899 for Barcelona.
The programs are now being loaded on Collette’s website. Paris, Dublin and San Francisco are now available for viewing.
The entire selection will appear in a brochure to be distributed in August. The packages are available to book now for travel beginning in May 2015.