Collette Vacations released its brochure for the 2012-13 season with 15 new tour itineraries. Collette is offering early booking savings of up to $500 per couple on new 2012 tours. The Worldwide Travel brochure, Collette’s “big book,” highlights more than 100 escorted tours through Australia, Asia, Europe, South and Central America, Antarctica, the U.S. and Canada, including holiday tours; its Explorations small group tours; and new Collette Family Vacations in one, easy-to-use reference brochure. A desk copy of this complete brochure has been mailed to select travel agents. Separate regional brochures will also be available throughout the year.
Of the 15 new highly-inclusive tours for 2012 featured in the brochure, nine are Europe tours including two that feature Floriade, the World Horticultural Expo held only once every 10 years in the Netherlands. The 11-day Netherlands, Belgium & Paris tour and the 11-day Dutch and Belgian Delights both feature Floriade and a visit to Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also highlighted are two new tours to Portugal and two to Ireland; as well as a 10-day England’s Treasures tour featuring the Cotswolds and Lake District regions; a 10-day Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains; and a 10-day Treasures of Tuscany & Provence tour, also featuring Monaco.
The Best of Portugal includes the island of St. Michael, Azores, located in the heart of the Atlantic, as well as the island of Madeira. The debut of the 12-day Explorations small group tour, Discover Portugal’s Treasures, will introduce Collette passengers to 10 overnight stays in Pousadas, an exclusive, luxury lodging experience in restored historic buildings throughout Portugal.
For the Emerald Isle, Collette introduced a nine-day Ireland’s Coastal Treasures, featuring Galway, Connemarra, and other overnights and attractions that make it ideal for passengers who have already traveled to Ireland and are looking to return. For travelers with a bit more time, the 12-day Exploring Scotland & Ireland itinerary featuring Northern Ireland travels the Antrim Coastal Route and includes a guided visit to Glenveagh Castle.
Outside of Europe, Collette’s new tours include two in South America (Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes and The Wonders of South America which debuts a new modular touring concept for the company); two in Asia (Flavors of Thailand and Explorations’ 19-day Three Kingdoms of Indochina); a new week long Washington, D.C. tour of America’s capital; and 13-day Israel -- Journey to the Holy Land tour.
Collette tours are available with guaranteed departure dates. Each tour includes the services of a professional tour manager throughout the journey in addition to expert local guides and an industry-leading cancellation waiver that allows passengers to cancel any time prior to the day of departure and receive a full cash refund. Collette Vacations is also the only major U.S. travel tour operator that offers the benefit of complimentary roundtrip home to airport sedan service on all air-inclusive tours, enabling travelers to begin their vacation at home, all included in the published air-inclusive tour price (gratuities included). For more information, call 800-340-5158 or visit www.collettevacations.com/agents.