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 29 at 2:30 p.m. and
Monday, May 21 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!

April 9-13, 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

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.  Contact Jessica at 454-7929 for dates and pricing.  

August 13-20, 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.   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/860690

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. Contact Jessica at 454-7929 for dates and pricing.   

October 12-19, 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.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/860655

November 14-20, 2018 - Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights
Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights.Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vik, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, Skogar Folk Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajökull Glacier, Blue Lagoon.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/860682

March 11-31, 2019 - From the Outback to the Glaciers
Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including its unparalleled beauty and captivating culture. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Choice on Tour, Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier Region, Queenstown, Skyline Restaurant, Milford Sound, Mt. Cook National Park, Dine with a New Zealand Family.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/860698

May 2019 - 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

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