More holiday maker, than tour company, Collette draws on its 100 years of experience to make every tour a special one.
And the five-star treatment on a Collette tour begins before you even leave home, with an included private transfer to and from the airport.
Add to this included excursions, accommodation, expert tour guides, most meals, comfortable transportation and plenty of free time in every destination, and you have a world-class holiday.
Here are five new Collette tours to add to your 2018 travel list.
Northern Lights of Finland
Explore the northern reaches of Finland in search of the shimmering Aurora Borealis; better known as the northern lights.
During this tour, you will delve deep into Finnish culture as you savour the gourmet cuisine and more, in the cosmopolitan city of Helsinki.
Visit Santa’s home in Lapland during a 3-night stay and experience what it’s like to sleep in a glass roofed igloo and traditional wooden hut.
Embark on a reindeer safari; lead your own dog-sled team; and marvel at the northern lights as they dance across the evening sky in this epic, once-in-a-lifetime tour of Finland. (Read about other Christmas tours here)
Priced from: $6,209pp
Meals: 11 meals included.
Discover the rugged landscapes of Iceland on this small-group journey. Beginning with a walking tour of Reykjavik’s Old Town, the tour continues with spectacular views of the Gullfoss Waterfall in Thingvellir National Park.
In Iceland (read why you should travel to Iceland here), it’s the wilderness and the outdoors that make the trip so memorable. Stay in a countryside farmhouse, go whale watching in Skjalfandi Bay; soak in the geothermal baths of Lake Myvatn and wonder the vast landscape of Asbyrgi Canyon.
The best is yet to come, when you explore the Snæfellsjökull glacier on the back of a snow cat; journey through a lava cave; and bath in the famous Blue Lagoon.
Priced from: $5,864pp
Meals: 14 meals included.
Explore exotic Sri Lanka
Take an in-depth tour through the city of Colombo on the intriguing island of Sri Lanka, and visit the elephant sanctuary in Pinnawala, where dozens of rescued and orphaned elephants are lovingly cared for.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a former Sri Lankan palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site, before heading to an exotic spice market to learn about the unique spices used in Sri Lankan cuisine, where you’ll find more than just chilies, cinnamon, cardamom and clove.
Walk in the footsteps of history at the fascinating Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, revered by Buddhist’s world-wide. Take a guided tour of a tea house and estate; learn of the legends with traditional mask making; and uncover the history and traditions found in the Sri Lankan countryside.
Priced from: $5,129pp
Meals: 22 meals included.
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Adventure to Antarctica
Join your fellow intrepid travellers as you voyage to the ends of the earth on an Antarctic exploration.
Dubbed the “Paris of South America,” the tour begins in the vibrant Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Then, it’s an overnight trip to Ushuaia before boarding MS Midnatsol for the trip to the great white continent.
Observe the magnificent wildlife as you cruise through the Errera Channel. This is where steep cliffs rise above the narrow iceberg-filled passage, providing some of the world’s most dramatic natural scenery. A tour of Wilhelmina Bay includes views of an old ship wreck.
Priced from: $14,424pp
Duration: 16-19 days
Meals: 39-48 meals included.
Charming French Canada
The province of Quebec is filled with old-world charm, making this historic region one of the most delightful in all of Canada.
Your French Canada adventure begins in Quebec’s largest city, Montreal. Enjoy an in-depth tour on foot, or by coach, and admire the historic squares and impressive architecture found in this cosmopolitan city.
Voted ‘Best City in Canada’, you’re sure to fall under the Quebec City spell with its cobblestone streets, 400-year-old architecture, and French influence.
A short journey up the St. Lawerence River to La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region, brings adventures like whale-watching, and a tour of the historic island of L’Isle-aux-Coudres.
Your tour will include a stay in three of Canada’s most famous five-star hotels – the castle-like Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, the regal Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region, and Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, where your tour comes to an end. (Read
Priced from: $4,009pp
Duration: 8 days
Meals: 11 meals included.
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