Extended Trips

Why travel on an escorted tour? It takes the hassle out of travel, so you have all the fun! 

Collette Vacations has been providing tours since 1918.  Their team of experts handles the details for you, from booking transportation and lodging to arranging exciting guided tours, to ensure that you have an amazing stress-free experience. Collette Vacations include your sightseeing, entertainment, admissions to museums and parks, great hotels and many meals, making a wonderful experience for you from start to finish. Hotels are centrally located, so you won't waste a second of your free time in buses or cabs. Even your luggage is managed for you.  Your tour manager will be with you every step of the way, handling the tedious details, while you relax and enjoy the trip. Tour managers are seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge about your destination. 

Attend an informative slide presentation to learn
more about the upcoming Collette trips and to
get a sneak peek at exciting future destinations!

Thursday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. and
Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Slide presentations are held upstairs at the
Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave. in Live Oak.

Call Jessica Beebe at (831) 454-7929
for more details or to book a trip.

 

Scroll down for a list of the upcoming trips. Click on links for each trip to discover exciting details about what could be your next adventure!

 

May 14-212019 - The Best of Eastern Canada Featuring Montreal
Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls & Toronto - From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you’ll love every moment of this tour of Eastern Canada. Enjoy two-night stays in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto, as well as an overnight stay in Ottawa and city tours of each of them. Board a boat to experience Niagara Falls up-close and cruise through the spectacular unspoiled 1000 Islands. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec. From picturesque countryside to glistening skyscrapers, a truly unforgettable cultural and historical experience awaits you in the heart of Eastern Canada.

October 16-28, 2019 - Treasures of Egypt
The mysteries and treasures of Egypt unfold before you on your journey along the intriguing Nile River. Begin by spending time at the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza – one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Stand in awe at the iconic Great Sphinx. Travel to ancient Memphis, with its nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and Sakkara. Embark on a leisurely paced 4-night cruise on the Nile, the world’s longest river. See Luxor’s impressive Temples of Karnak. On the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, uncover countless ancient treasures including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. Partake in a special evening, and dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabeya party. Egypt's fascinating story awaits to be discovered.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/881610

April 23 – May 2, 2020 - British Landscapes 
Sleepy villages where sheep wander the grassy hillsides, lakes set amidst mountains that inspired centuries of literature, and cities thriving with arts and culture – these are the landscapes of Britain. Discover them on this memorable journey through England, Scotland and Wales. Sleep in a historic castle. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. Soak up the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and enjoy dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespearean family home. Explore London and Edinburgh. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Stratford and Edinburgh. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge.

October 2020 – Exploring Greece and Its Islands
This comprehensive journey explores Greece's most important ancient monuments, like the famed Temple of Zeus, archeological site of Olympia and ancient artifacts of Delphi.  Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced. Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Wander the winding streets, vineyards, marketplaces and beaches of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the excavations of the ancient city at Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean. Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia and Corinth.

May 2020 – National Parks of America
Experience the grandeur of the American West as you explore five fantastic national parks on this exciting journey. Relish overnight stays in a lodge nestled in the heart of Yellowstone and in a National Historic Landmark inside the Grand Canyon. Enjoy a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs. Enjoy 2-night stays in Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole. Drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and the great Sioux Nations Territory before seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. 

September 3 – 7, 2020 - Spotlight on New York City
Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular 5-day tour. From Rockefeller Center to Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination that will dazzle even the most seasoned traveler. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway shows. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See the Empire State Building and Central Park. Visit the poignant 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and explore this fabulous city on your own. Get ready to “start spreading the news!”

July 9 – 17, 2020 - Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains 
Take a delightful trip through the heart of Appalachia, discovering the equestrian culture of Kentucky, the pioneer spirit of Tennessee, and the mountainous beauty of North Carolina. Get a taste of Bourbon, baseball, and Thoroughbreds in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. From your home base of Gatlinburg, explore the natural wonders of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After a day of exploring, relax and tap your toes during Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Dinner Show. Tour the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s "little mountain escape" in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you leave, you’ll have the warmth and charm of southern Appalachia still in your heart.

Sept. 26 – Oct. 4, 2020 - Spotlight on the French Riviera
Uncover the chic resorts, sun-soaked beaches and elegant allure that attracts the rich and famous to the exquisite French Riviera. Unpack for a leisurely multi-night stay, embracing the luxury and breathtaking beauty of the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur. Spend time in the fairy-tale principality of Monaco. Discover the opulence of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and Gardens. Watch artisans create fragrant perfumes. Get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous in Cannes and St. Tropez. Enjoy leisure time to explore on your own. Shop like a local at Nice’s colorful flower market. It’s time you lived a little bit of the good life.

Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us