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.);
Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. or;Thursday, June 30 at 6 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!

April 27 - May 6, 2016 – Shades of Ireland
From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast and onwards to Belfast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this 13-day tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal factory. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Stand on the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Tour the walled city of Derry. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have tea and scones at a working farm. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/674492#.VRl_WrlASig

September 14-23, 2016 – Reflections of Italy
Revel in the magic of Italy on this 10-day tour that explores the cities of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. Travel the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, exploring medieval hill towns and visiting the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence and see hot glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in Venice for two nights before ending your journey in Milan.
https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/674306#.Vg1g8blzOig

October 3-7, 2016 – Spotlight on New Orleans
Get to know the “birthplace of jazz” during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Discover its unique flavors during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city, as well as a dinner at the famous Court of Two Sisters. Head out to the swamp to enjoy a cruise tour of the bayous to learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem. Learn the secrets of the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. Come to know its music, when taking in a spirited jazz revue at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Play house. You will be taken on a delightful discovery through the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic city of New Orleans. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/674307#.Vg1iRLlzOig 

Dec. 30, 2016-Jan. 3, 2017 - California’s New Year’s Getaway
Ring in the New Year with an exciting trip to southern California. Find Pasadena abuzz with preparations for the famous Tournament of Roses Parade and get a sneak-peek as final touches are put on the massive floats. Listen as select Parade Bands perform at a special Bandfest presentation. Celebrate the season with a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance, with live entertainment and a champagne toast to the New Year. Enjoy prime viewing with reserved seating at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.
https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/674309

March 11-17, 2017 – Southern Charm
Experience the history, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Soak in two nights at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Explore one of America’s oldest plantations, Boone Hall. Explore the history of Savannah and Antebellum Charleston. Visit the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida, and enjoy an enchanting trolley tour through its vibrant Old Spanish Quarter.
https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/748501

April 6-14, 2017 – Springtime Tulip River Cruise
Experience the color and glory of spring on this leisurely river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Float past blooming fields of flowers and windmills. Visit the expansive tulip fields of Keukenhof Gardens, home to more than 7 million tulips! Visit Kinderdijk, and see Holland’s largest concentration of windmills. Enjoy a canal cruise in the heart of Amsterdam. Step back to medieval times during a Bruges sightseeing tour. Sample artisanal cheese at a Dutch farm. Stop in Arnhem, the favorite summer retreat of the Dutch royal family.
https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/748871

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 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").

September 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

October 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.

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.

More 2018 destinations
May 2018 – Spotlight on Tuscany
August 2018 – America’s Cowboy Country
September 2018 - Magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers
October 2018 – America’s Music Cities

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