Collette The Complete South Pacific
Tour Index Tour of The South Pacific

South Pacific Wonders
2016/2017
1-877-510-4653
 COLLETTE VACATIONS
South Pacific Wonders
A refined worldwide escorted touring experience

Collette New Zealand
South Pacific Wonders
Duration: 16 Days

Collette Tour Highlights

Cairns | Great Barrier Reef | Sydney | Sydney Opera House | Mount Cook National Park | Queenstown | Arrowtown | Milford Sound

Collette Tour Experiences
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Capture the amazing scenery of the New Zealand fjords on a cruise of Milford Sound.
  • Visit a Canterbury farmyard to observe a sheep shearing demonstration and learn how this New Zealand family farm works.
  • Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides.

Collette South Pacific Wonders
Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES

Touring Australia
Dream Big Down Under

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up-close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavors at a wine tasting and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.


THIS TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION MODES:
  Ride in Comfort
Each Collette motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts professional Tour Director's commentary to every seat. Our custom of daily seat rotation gives everyone a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenes.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements.

 Collette First Class Hotels
CAIRNS Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (SF)
TWIZEL Mackenzie Country Hotel (F)

SYDNEY Menzies Hotel(F)

QUEENSTOWN Millennium Hotel Queenstown
(SF)
CHRISTCHURCH Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
(F)



SUPERIOR HOTELS - (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class

  

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
19 - 24 Meals!

Collette Tour Itinerary

Days
1-2 Depart from Home


Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead.

Day 3 Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.
Today dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9

Day 4 Great Barrier Reef
Touring The Great Barrier Reef
Board a sailing catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the spectacular reef along Michaelmas Cay. The choice is yours: during the excursion you can choose to explore the shores of this small sand island on the outer reef; or, perhaps you would prefer snorkeling to see the vibrant sea life up close. Back on board, a marine biologist will have an informative presentation and you will even enjoy a fish feeding presentation.
Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9
Day 5 Cairns

Come to know the history of Australia’s original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. See the traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center which houses a collection of interesting artifacts.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9

Day 6 Cairns - Sydney

Your morning is at leisure. Make your own adventure or simply relax and take in the tropical atmosphere. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 69, Low 50; Average Rain 0.3

Day 7 Sydney

This morning, see where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Next, learn how raw opals mined from the depths of the Earth are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. The evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. The opportunities are endless!
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 69, Low 50; Average Rain 0.3

Day 8 Sydney

Take hold of the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 69, Low 50; Average Rain 0.3

Day 9 Sydney - Auckland, New Zealand

Touring Kakadu National ParkToday you leave Australia behind and fly to one of the world’s best-kept secrets, New Zealand. Arrive in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live. Auckland has the highest Polynesian population in the world, imbuing its chic atmosphere with the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. The evening is yours to explore New Zealand’s largest city.
Today breakfast will be included Average Temperature: High 60, Low 50; Average Rain 3.00
Day 10 Auckland - Rotorua
Get to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Next, travel to the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. Rotorua is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand, with over one-third of its population having Maori roots dating back over 1,000 years. Tonight, experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration where you learn about the warm-hearted Maoris and their lives before European colonists arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and since. Enjoy an immersive experience featuring authentic Maori entertainment such as the poi dance and the famous “Haka” war challenge.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 59, Low 39; Average Rain 4.00

Day 11 Rotorua

This morning visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience and a landscape of erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and other geothermal wonders. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills. Take part in an interactive demonstration on the art of weaving. You will also view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove the Kiwi from the endangered species list. Next, meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu – New Zealand greenstone – at a local jade factory. Then, visit the Agrodome where you will see a fun sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation. Tonight, relax or explore this lovely city on yo
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 59, Low 39; Average Rain 4.00

Day 12 Rotorua - Christchurch

A short flight brings you to the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner! This is sure to be an unforgettable evening during which you will make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis,” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 41; Average Rain 1.00

Day 13 Christchurch

Today, enjoy some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what The Garden City has to offer.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 41; Average Rain 1.00

Day 14 Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown

Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mount Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world. On your way, visit a Canterbury farmyard for a fantastic opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. You may even catch a sheep shearing demonstration. Continue to Queenstown and enjoy a stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 37; Average Rain 2.00

Day 15 Queenstown

Today Queenstown offers up several options to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 37; Average Rain 2.00

Day 16 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 37; Average Rain 2.00

Day 17 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown

Enjoy a leisurely touring day as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 56, Low 37; Average Rain 2.00

Day 18 Queenstown - Tour Ends

Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.
Today breakfast will be included.
South Pacific Wonders
Collette Travel Specialist 16 Day Tour - 18 w/Air
From $3299USD
(Less applicable COLLETTE and GARDNER TRAVEL Promotional Discounts)

NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies. Airfare is available through Collette Vacations at an additional cost.
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If you reside outside of the U.S./Canada please contact the closest Collette Family of Brands travel agent in your country of origin.


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TOUR DATES
Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2016 $3399
Oct 25 - Nov 8, 2016 $3399
Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2016 $3399
Jan 17, 2017 - Jan 31, 2017 $3399
Feb 21, 2017 - Mar 7, 2017 $3399
Mar 21, 2017 - Apr 4, 2017 $3399
Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 18, 2017 $3299
May 2, 2017 - May 16, 2017 $3599
Jul 4, 2017 - Jul 18, 2017 $3599
Aug 1, 2017 - Aug 15, 2017 $3599
Sep 12, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017 $3599
Oct 3, 2017 - Oct 17, 2017 $3649
Oct 10, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017 $3649
Oct 31, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017 $3649
Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 9, 2018 $3649
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are land only. We also offer competitive group-based airfares from your home city airport that fit with this particular touring program.

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PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

DESTINATION FACTS & STATS


Time Zone

New Zealand is 16 hours ahead; Cairns is 14 hours ahead; Melbourne and Sydney are 15 hours ahead; Alice Springs/Ayers Rock are 14.5 hours ahead of EST.

Electricity


Australia and New Zealand use 230 Volts. Both are Type I plugs. An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

The highest point on this tour is 2,500 feet above sea level.


Optional Excursions for
The Complete South Pacific

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Add a touch of personalization to your vacation by selecting from our well-researched list of options. While Collette is known for our many inclusions, we also want to be sure you have adequate free time and options to enhance your vacation – your way. And now, you can reserve your options in advance of your tour!


Availability is limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Payment must be received no later than 15 days prior to departure. Prices are subject to change. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Outer Reef Experience - $125
City: Cairns

Jump in and explore the vibrant, colorful world teeming with life at the outer Great Barrier Reef. This massive reef system, the largest in the world, can actually be seen from space. Cruise across the water by catamaran to the Outer Reef pontoon where a diverse, bountiful ecosystem is yours to discover. See the kaleidoscopic underwater sea life from up close as you snorkel along the reef and board a semi-submersible. Many other fascinating activities await you on the Outer Reef. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take an introductory scuba dive along the reef. You’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Your transportation is included.
Important Note: This option is recommended for strong swimmers and those comfortable in an ocean environment. Scuba diving is an additional cost and some medical restrictions and a waiver of liability will apply.
Duration: approximately 7 hour(s).


Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy - $100

City: Cairns

Glide over and through the lush rainforests of Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest gondola cableway. The comfortable gondola carries you 4½ miles through the rugged beauty of Barron Gorge National Park, part of the Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage area. The gondola dips through the layers of the canopy to bring you deep into the rainforest, stopping at two viewing platforms along the way. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of this vibrant ecosystem up close and see the dramatic Barron gorge and waterfalls.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).


Tivua Island Day Cruise - $125
City: Nadi

Seize the chance to set sail upon the legendary waters of the South Pacific. Board your sailing ship (the Ra Marama or Fiji One) and let the winds carry you to the coral atoll of Tivua Island, home to 500 acres of coral gardens. Once you arrive, enjoy a full day in paradise. Savor the beautiful combination of sun, sand, turquoise water and music. This excursion also includes guided snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat tours. Experience a little of the local culture during a kava ceremony or guided medicine walk. Soak up the tropical atmosphere in a hammock, view a coconut husking demonstration and even sip morning and afternoon tea on board. All the while indulge in a buffet lunch and included beer, wine and soft drinks on the island. This is as good as it gets.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 8 hour(s).


Tivua Island Day Cruise - $125
City: Nadi

Seize the chance to set sail upon the legendary waters of the South Pacific. Board your sailing ship (the Ra Marama or Fiji One) and let the winds carry you to the coral atoll of Tivua Island, home to 500 acres of coral gardens. Once you arrive, enjoy a full day in paradise. Savor the beautiful combination of sun, sand, turquoise water and music. This excursion also includes guided snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat tours. Experience a little of the local culture during a kava ceremony or guided medicine walk. Soak up the tropical atmosphere in a hammock, view a coconut husking demonstration and even sip morning and afternoon tea on board. All the while indulge in a buffet lunch and included beer, wine and soft drinks on the island. This is as good as it gets.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 8 hour(s).


Garden of the Sleeping Giant Island Tour - $70
City: Nadi

This popular half-day tour takes you into Nadi's scenic hinterland to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This garden, begun by Hollywood actor Raymond Burr, now houses one of the largest and most varied orchid collections in the world with over 2,000 different varieties. The Vuda Lookout affords a 360 degree bird's-eye-view of the West's mountain ranges, Nadi Bay and the beautiful Yasawa Group of islands. Travel to Viseisei Village, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will enter the village and have a chance to explore the local handicraft displays. You will also make a stop in the bustling township of Nadi to experience the modern style of Fiji living.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

Visit Koalas in their Native Bush - $60
City: Sydney

Head out to see some indigenous wildlife at Koala Park! This family-owned sanctuary was established over 90 years ago in response to the harsh treatment of koalas for fur export. Immersed in 10 acres of eucalyptus and rainforsest growth, the park works to ensure that these lovable creatures will continue to live and breed naturally for generations to come. Visit with the koala population of the Sanctuary - you can even cuddle and have a photo with a koala! You’ll also have the chance to walk among the kangaroos and wallabies, and see dingoes, wombats, echidnas, native birds and much more.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).


A Sydney Night Out - $125
City: Sydney

Meet the fascinating denizens of the deep at the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium allows you to experience the enormous diversity of 14 unique Australian aquatic zones. Over 13,000 animals are found here, including huge sharks, rays, platypuses, crocodiles, and more! Australia’s marine diversity will astound you – from the weedy sea dragon of the Southern Oceans to the wiggly sea cucumber found in tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Later, dine alfresco at Nick’s Bar & Grill, a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy Nick’s renowned cuisine and picturesque waterfront location.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).


Journey through Middle Earth - $135.00
City: Queenstown

Venture into Middle Earth on this best selling venture and see the primeval, mystical landscapes where the powerful trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien was filmed. The vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness and awesome grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island provided the ideal setting to bring these beloved adventures to life. Trek by 4 x 4 up into the Remarkable Mountains and across the Arrow River. There are no movie sets left, just the stunning, pristine vistas that filled the frames. Driven around by driver guides in Range Rovers, it is a highly personalized experience that gives you unique insight into this beautiful realm.

Your transportation is included.
Please Note: Option to cancel is available up until 24 hours before start date of tour. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, you will still be liable for payment.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

Take a Steamship to Dinner - $105
City: Queenstown

Step back in time when you board the TSS Earnslaw, the beloved steamship that has been transporting goods and people on Lake Wakatipu since 1912. Nicknamed "The Lady of the Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house dessert specialties hard to resist! An after dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River! - $110
City: Queenstown

Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling ride. Shotover Jet boats race along in mere centimeters of the glacial water which flows down from the Southern Alps, providing an exhilarating, but safe and enjoyable ride for all ages. You may get a little wet, but it is a unique and fun way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand and absorb a little of the spirit that has made Queenstown a world center for adventure tourism. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Guests on these jet boats consistently illustrate otherwise – this adventure is perfect for the young at heart!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 1 hour(s).


Antarctica - $45
City: Christchurch

Did you know that New Zealand is one of the primary departure points for Antarctica? Well, this makes it the perfect place to learn about the 7th continent! Step inside and be transported to the “white continent!” The awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica is recreated with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of the “Great White South.” See the seasons change before your eyes. Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches. They’ll outfit you to experience the Polar Room, where you’ll find real snow and ice. Explore the snow cave or brave the wind chill machine. Every half hour an Antarctic storm blows through the Polar Room, with lightning, authentic Antarctic storm audio and 25 mile per hour winds. The Aquarium features amazing creatures found in McMurdo Sound. Experience the internationally acclaimed 4-D experience that takes you on a simulated journey through the notoriously rough Drake Passage to the shores of Antarctica. Get up close and personal with the amazing little blue penguin. This is as close to the seventh continent as you can get without going!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).

The Land of the Hobbits - $95
City: Rotorua

Just outside Rotorua one can literally enter the home of the legendary Hobbits. Join us as we discover the authentic movie set of Hobbiton from the"Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This picturesque site was selected as the location that best represented “The Shire” as described by author J. R. R. Tolkien. Tour this wonderfully preserved set that includes over 40 unique Hobbit holes complete with beautiful gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling green hills and distant mountains. This is Middle-Earth in all its glory. See what it would be like to live the simple life of a Hobbit and come to appreciate the hard work of the talented Kiwi filmmakers and artists who brought Tolkien’s story to life. Finish your tour at with a well-deserved glass of ale at the authentically recreated Green Dragon Inn!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).


Collette Vacations

is a global leader of world travel and Escorted Tours, offering 150 vacation choices on all seven continents. We are a family-owned business, now in our third generation of Sullivan-family ownership.

MISSION STATEMENT
Our whole purpose at Collette Vacations is to fulfill vacation dreams. Our daily goal is to deliver to our family of travelers the highest quality, best value and exceptional service, every time, everywhere. We strive to create extraordinary vacation experiences on all 7 continents. Our greatest reward is planning our clients’ next trip.

The Collette Difference
IT'S IN THE DETAILS

Our NO WORRIES cancellation waver means you can cancel anytime prior to the day of departure and receive a full cash refund.

Add up the cost of hotels, transportation, meals, sightseeing and entertainment and you'll find what an incredible savings a tour offers.

On a tour, you'll find yourself saying, "I never would have thought to try that!" We work everyday to uncover those gems that make your vacation special. Let our experience work for yours.

Don't worry about planning the details, getting directions, picking great hotels, or purchasing sightseeing tickets - we do that!

Our tour managers are with you from start to finish, taking care of every detail - and brightening your vacation with history and anecdotes that bring the destination to life. A Collette Tour means less time planning and more time enjoying.

You pack the bags - we'll lug them around! That's right - when you're on tour with us, we take care of all luggage handling... including the tip!


Enjoy a free ride from home to the airport and back, including tip. We believe that your vacation should start at your front door. We include FREE roundtrip sedan service with air-inclusive Collette tours in many U.S. cities within 50 miles radius from more than 80 airport gateways.



Why Travel on an Escorted Tour?

We take the hassle out of travel, so you have all the fun. Here's how.

Our buying power gets you unbeatable value.
Our tours include your sightseeing, entertainment, admissions to museums and parks, great hotels and many meals, making it a hassle free experience for you from start to finish. Our 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.

We planned ahead, so Europe with us is still a bargain.
We can provide a vacation to Europe, for example, at 15% less than you would pay if you planned it on your own. There is no better time than now to buy a packaged vacation.

Imagine seeing Thailand for less than $90 a day, and that includes your hotel.
On our Thailand - Ancient Capitals and Countryside tour, you'll ride an elephant and cruise the Mekong River into Laos, just two unforgettable included experiences among 14 days worth of discoveries You'll also enjoy 26 meals on tour, including a dinner cruise on a rice barge. See the Golden Buddha, the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the colorful pageantry of a Hill Tribe cultural show - it's all included!

It's like traveling with a friend who knows the area.
Your tour manager will be with you every step of the way, handling the tedious details of travel, while you relax and enjoy the trip. They are seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge about your destination and a passion for sharing it.

Our tour developers personally scout out the best for you.
They search for accommodations, restaurants, attractions and entertainment to assemble not only a fantastic trip, but create an entire experience that captures the spirit of your destination. Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine from a Florentine chef in Italy. Fly a kite in China. Feed a kangaroo in Australia. Our tour developers love creating those unforgettable moments that make your trip uniquely yours.

We've got something for everyone, from Branson to Beijing.
Collette Vacations travels to more than 150 destinations on all seven continents. We also offer Explorations by Collette, small-group tours with a maximum of only 16 - 24 passengers that wander off the beaten path. Explorations tours feature boutique hotels, outdoor activities and interaction with local people.


No Worries Protection Plan


What exactly is your cancellation waiver?

We have the best cancellation waiver in the industry-period. You can cancel your trip up until the day prior to departure for any reason - sickness, change of heart or any reason whatsoever-and you will receive a full refund, minus the small cost of the insurance. That's a cash refund, not a voucher or certificate. There's no risk when you book with Collette.

But isn't it expensive?
Not at all! Let's say you were planning to take our Italian Vistas tour for 13 days. The land-only waiver is just $170 per person. That breaks down to about $13.07 a day-just a little over eight euros! The land and air waiver is only $30 more. That's airplane peanuts compared to the peace of mind you'll enjoy.

Plus, you're covered on tour.
Our cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay; or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you're covered.

Testimonials:
My husband had an accident in New Zealand…He subsequently had to be transferred by ambulance to Invercargill (Southland Hospital) to have surgery on his leg. He spent one week in the hospital. I am so glad we always take out the insurance. This is our third trip with Collette and we always take out the insurance…In spite of the accident, we had a wonderful time in Australia and New Zealand up to Queenstown and we are very glad we took the trip. Genevieve Gallagher, Clifton Park, NY

We had one unfortunate problem; one traveler broke her ankle…Thank goodness I insist that my passengers take the insurance. Virginia Gratton, Greenport, NY


CANCELLATION WAIVER & INSURANCE PLAN
Exception: If you originally purchased non-refundable airline tickets, the Waiver does not provide a refund for the airline tickets, taxes or fees in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. The air waiver does not cover medical evacuation or additional expenses associated with a medical emergency.

The Waiver Fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. In this case, the single supplement will be deducted from the refund of the person who cancels. Division of this charge between the two passengers involved is solely their responsibility. If insufficient funds are deducted from the canceling client, the traveling client will be charged the remaining portion of the single supplement.

Payment of the Waiver Fee (if chosen) must be received by Collette Vacations with your Deposit. The Waiver is non-transferable and valid for each applicant only.

Collette Vacations can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions of any travel agent or travel agency other than that of Collette Travel Service, Inc. itself, and its own employees.
SCHEDULE OF COVERAGES MAXIMUM BENEFIT AMOUNT
PART A – Benefits Provided By Collette Vacations
Pre-Departure Cancellation Fee & Unused Services Waiver Up to Trip Cost
 
PART B – Benefits Provided by the Insurance Company Listed Below
Accidental Death & Dismemberment $25,000
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense $25,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation $50,000
Travel Delay (Maximum of $100 per Day) $1,500
Baggage and Personal Effects $2,000
Baggage Delay $200

PART B CONDITIONS & LIMITATIONS Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Certificate of Coverage. For example, coverage does not apply to: any sickness or condition of you, a Traveling Companion or an Immediate Family Member traveling with you that existed during the 60 days prior to the effective date of the coverages (this exclusion is waived if your plan payment is received by Collette Vacations within 7 days of your initial deposit/payment for your trip and you are not disabled from travel at the time your plan payment is received), suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person booked to share accommodations in the same room with you during your trip. Sickness or injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while the Travel Protection Plan is in effect for you. This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in effect for you.
Part B of this plan is underwritten by: Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio 464-03

Where to Present Part A Claims
To request a refund under the Cancellation Fee and Unused Services Waiver, please send any unused
airlines tickets (only if purchased from Collette Vacations), a doctor’s note or medical documentation and a written request to:

Collette Vacations
ATTN: Customer Service Department
162 Middle Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
If cancellation occurs prior to departure, contact the Collette Vacations Reservations Department.

When a client cancels prior to departure any due refunds are processed through the booking agent. Agent commissions are not protected if cancellation occurs prior to departure.

All Inquiries and Claims under Part B should be reported to the Plan Administrator:

Trip Mate*
9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64114
Tel: 800-888-7292
*In CA, dba Trip Mate Insurance Agency
CANCELLATION WAIVER & INSURANCE PLAN PRICING (Per Person)
Land Only Clients
  • $30 for all domestic escorted tours under 6 days
  • $110 for all domestic escorted tours of 6 days or more
  • $110 for all international tours 9 days or under (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $170 for international tours 10 days or more (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $195 for all Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt
  • $205 for all cruises and Canadian Rockies Train Tours
When purchasing pre and post night accommodations, including optional extensions, the number of days will be added to the total number of tour days, and may subsequently alter your waiver fees. Please confirm with your reservation agent at time of booking.

Air Inclusive Clients (air is purchased through Collette Vacations)
  • $60 for all domestic escorted tours under 6 days
  • $140 for all domestic escorted tours of 6 days or more
  • $150 for all international tours 9 days or under (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $200 for all international tours 10 days or more (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $225 for all Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt
  • $235 for all cruises and Canadian Rockies Train Tours
The Cancellation Waiver fee with air can only be purchased by individuals who have purchased air through Collette Vacations.

Collette Tours is a NON-FEE buy!

We will not charge a fee for any/all tour planning for Collette Vacations. Our services are absolutely free when servicing this quality program. Rest assured, you will receive the quality that you expect and the unique value of a well-designed tour program from the beginning and planning stage to the culmination of this exceptional journey.

Experience the Collette Difference with Gardner Travel!

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