A refined worldwide escorted touring experience
Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES
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. PLEASE NOTE: We have access to
the U.S./Canada reservations only for this tour. If you reside outside
of the U.S./Canada please contact the closest Collette Vacations travel
agent in your country of origin.
We provide an additional "Thank You!" for all Collette tour programs. Call or Email us for details about our "Thank You!" Promotion for all first-time tour clients. Offer subject to availability and change without notice.
We are available to answer your inquiries in person Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 8:30am until 5:30pm CST (1-877-510-4653 | 817-788-5210). We are available from time to time on the weekends via email to answer your questions. Our typical response time for your email request ranges from 3 hours to as many as 72 depending upon the availability of onsite resources and those of the tour companies and resorts/lodging establishments, as well as any variations you may request from our listed programs. We will respond to your requests as quickly as possible and as soon as we have all components of your package confirmable. All tour program rates are based upon double occupancy unless otherwise specified.
Thank you for your interest in this quality tour by COLLETTE Vacations!
Randy C. Gardner
Gardner Travel Service, Inc.
PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATIONThe Collette Difference
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
The United Kingdom and Ireland are 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Currency in the United Kingdom is the British Pound. In Ireland, currency is the Euro.
The electrical current in the U.K. is 220V. 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.
Elevation on this tour will not exceed 1500 feet.
Plan Ahead, Reserve Now!
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.
A Scottish Night Out - $110
Duration: 3 Hours
Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Your evening will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers, who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!
Royal Yacht Britannia and The Royal Tea Room - $75
Duration: 3 Hours
Follow in the footsteps of royalty with a visit to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia. Launched in 1953, she spent over 40 years serving as the Royal Family’s yacht and was considered to be “the most famous ship in the world.” This royal residence saw countless famous guests at its many state visits, official receptions and royal social occasions. Now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, it has become one of the UK’s top tourist attractions. As you stroll along its decks and meander through the halls, you’ll get to know how the Queen would have spent her days aboard this royal residence on the sea. While on board you will also visit the Royal Tea Room where you can enjoy freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome.
Bagpipe Lessons and A Traditional Scottish Dinner - $85
Duration: 4 Hours
Get to know the music that is distinctly Scottish at the National Piping Centre, proudly possessing a very regal patron – Prince Charles. From your first steps into this remarkable building, formerly a church, you’ll be charmed by the unique sounds of the bagpipe. Join an expert who will lead you through the museum to discover the history of this intriguing instrument and learn about its importance to Scottish culture today. Then you’ll learn how to play! After a short demonstration, give it a try for yourself. Receive a “chanter,” the piece of the bagpipe that creates the melody, to practice, and once you get the hang of it have the opportunity to try the full instrument. Now that you have worked up an appetite, make your way to dinner in their lovely farm-to-table restaurant. Savor the cuisine that is a modern take on traditional Scottish cooking. Cap off your evening with a wee dram of Scotch whisky.
The Spirit of Derry - $80
Duration: 3 Hours
Explore one of Ireland's best-kept secrets. Enjoy an engaging evening that reveals the history of Derry and the North through storytelling, music and song. The tale of Derry is intertwined with many of Ireland's most important events. Come and experience the city’s budding farm-to-table culinary scene with a three-course dinner at a top restaurant and see first hand why Derry was named the UK City of Culture in 2013.
A Traditional Irish Night - $99
Duration: 3.5 Hours
Come to know Ireland's famed welcoming spirit, lively music and dynamic dancing during a fun-filled evening of Irish entertainment at its very best. You will become Irish for the night as you take in the local entertainment and savor some of Ireland's most traditional dishes, such as homemade soda bread and Dublin coddle. The Irish dancers will dazzle you and the traditional Irish ballads will touch your heart. This toe-tapping evening will take you on a journey that captures the true local flavor in a welcoming setting and immersing you in the magic of Irish culture that is rich in tradition and cheer.
Pub Lunch & The Guinness Storehouse - $70
Duration: 3 Hours
Enjoy a traditional pub lunch at a historic pub where you will soak up the atmosphere of days gone by. After lunch, continue on to the nearby Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage and discover the technique needed to pour the perfect pint! Classic Guinness ads and memorabilia create a nostalgic ambiance as you indulge in a complimentary pint and learn about a different yet key part of Ireland's history.
Please Note: This option will not be offered on St. Patrick's Day or Easter Sunday. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult and may not participate in the tasting at the Guinness Storehouse.
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.
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