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!

Simpkins Swim Center (979 17th Ave.);
Monday, April 24 at 2 p.m. or Tuesday, May 23 at 2 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!

June 9-16, 2017 - Islands of New England
The Islands of New England tour spends eight days exploring New England’s charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you’ll learn to “eat like a Pilgrim.” In Provincetown, the choice is yours – set out on a whale watch cruise or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Visit Boston and Providence, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/746580

July 31-Aug. 6, 2017 – Canadian Rockies & Glacier Natl. Park
Icefields, rushing streams, lovely waterfalls, glacial peaks and towering summits are just a few of the scenic wonders awaiting you in the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. Ride aboard a Jammer (open-air touring car) during your visit to Glacier National Park and spend two nights at the Prince of Wales hotel. Stop at Columbia Icefield and choose a ride across this mass of glacier ice or take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. A three-night stay at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel lets you explore Bow Falls and the Hoodoos (the "Land of the Sleeping Giants"). https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/746443

Sept. 25-Oct.5, 2017 – Imperial Cities
Bask in the splendor and romance with 3-night stays in each of Europe’s Imperial Cities, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighborhood of tiny, medieval houses. Delight in the baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace. Soak up the culture of the region with included guided city excursions and through your own explorations on your days at leisure. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley to the famous Abbey at Melk.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/751464

Oct. 21-31, 2017 – Spain’s Classics
Experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history and culture. Set against a backdrop that spans sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges, this stunning destination is dotted with white pueblos, groves of oranges and olives. Visit the exotic and expansive Alhambra palace, resplendent with Moorish regal flair. Enjoy reserved seating at a flamenco show and feel the passion of this famous dance. Explore Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba and Toledo. Become part of an authentic “paella experience,” and learn how this rice dish is made. View Antonio Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, including La Sagrada Famila. Spain beckons.

February 2018 – Discover Panama
Explore the colors and natural beauty of Panama – a land between the seas. Cruise through the canal aboard the Pacific Queen on a partial transit and stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Travel via dugout canoe to meet the indigenous Emberá people. Explore bustling local markets. Visit the historic district in Panama City, Casco Viejo, and the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. Stay in Anton Valley, a community nestled entirely within a volcano crater. Complete your Panama experience with a final night in your resort overlooking Playa Bonita. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/820803

April 2018 – Spotlight on San Antonio
Relax Texas-style when you settle into your River Walk hotel on this five-day adventure. Visit the legendary Alamo. Learn about the history of the San Antonio region at the South Texas Heritage Center. Be swept up in the romance of the Old West at a dude ranch in Bandera. Visit charming Fredericksburg nestled in the hill country and rich with German heritage.  Cruise along the Paseo del Rio and immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of this Texas city.   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/820795

May 2018 – Spotlight on Tuscany
The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Savor a 7-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David.” Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/820787

August 2018 – America’s Cowboy Country
Visit Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial on this great American Adventure. Spend two nights in the cowboy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the crown jewel of the Northern Rockies. Experience the Wild West as it once was at Yellowstone National Park, home to an incredible array of wildlife including free-ranging herds of buffalo. Check off one of life’s must-dos as you thrill upon seeing Old Faithful erupt. Marvel at Grand Teton National Park’s towering peaks, marked with mountain glaciers. Soak in stunning views of Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorials.

September 2018 - Magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers
Set sail on a cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers that will take you to Netherlands, Germany and France. Sit back and relax in your outside stateroom, and enjoy the luxury of unlimited wine or beer with every dinner and daily onboard musical performances. Join a local expert for a tour of Amsterdam, highlighting the city’s centuries-old canal system and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side. This cruise will bring you by charming panoramas while you get to know the interesting culture and deep history of the region. Spend time in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Your stop in Cologne features a guided walking tour of the city’s old town and Cologne Cathedral. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Strasbourg old town.   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/821487

October 2018 – America’s Music Cities
Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on this tour of America’s most famed musical cities. Visit New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville as you revel in the sounds of the blues, jazz, country, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. Experience America’s most singular city in New Orleans, home to the French Quarter where the world’s great jazz musicians reside. Have your choice on tour – either stroll through New Orleans’ famous French Quarter on a walking tour with a local expert or set out on a panoramic motor coach tour for a different perspective of the city. Spend two nights in Memphis, "birthplace of the blues," tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and indulge in award-winning barbecue. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and a backstage tour.  A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is sure to have you humming long after you return home.

More 2018 destinations
Nov., 2018 – Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights
July, 2018 – Irish Splendor
Mar., 2019 - From the Outback to the Glaciers

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