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18 Day Tour
South Pacific Wonders by Collette Tours
Map itinerary may slightly differ for departures May 7 and on.
featuring Australia and New Zealand

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere—Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northern coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this 15 day 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. Experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

No additional fees associated with the planning of this tour program.

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 additional. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air including internal flights can be purchased through us.

For departures between March and April 2012, click here to view the altered itinerary.

Collette Tour Highlights
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Mount Cook National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound

Collette Vacation Experiences
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Capture the amazing scenery of the fjords of New Zealand on a cruise of Milford Sound.
  • Visit a Canterbury farmyard to see a sheep shearing demonstration and learn how this New Zealand family farm works.

18 days, 24 meals
    CAIRNS| Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns,
    NEW SOUTH WALES| Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour,
    CHRISTCHURCH| Novotel Cathedral Square,
    QUEENSTOWN| Mercure Resort Queenstown,
    FIJI| Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa

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


Day 1 - 2: Depart From Home
Today you board your flight and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Crossing the International Dateline, you skip a day ahead.

Day 3: Arrive in Cairns, Australia

Your tour begins today in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Don't forget to look up at the Southern Hemisphere's stars this evening after you join your mates for a welcome dinner.

Today dinner will be included.
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Day 4:

Today visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center. You’ll see traditional Aboriginal dances, learn about the Aboriginal lifestyle, and even throw a boomerang or play a didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation center, which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. This afternoon a great experience awaits as you search for crocodiles in their natural habitat during a visit to Hartley's Croc Farm! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. While visiting you also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, enjoy an exciting cruise in the lagoon looking for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

Board a high speed 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. From your base on Green Island, you are able to explore the reef in many ways. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride*, a stroll on the walking trail to take in the rain forest, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.

Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Day 6:
Cairns - Sydney

Your morning is at leisure for independent exploration. Later today, fly to the bustling city of Sydney.

Today breakfast will be included.
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Day 7:

This morning enjoy a city tour of Sydney where the English explorer James Cook first weighed anchor in 1770. Highlights of your tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable Paddington suburb. Then, discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Next, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how raw opals are transformed from the dark mine shafts to beautiful works of art. This evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. Maybe try one of Sydney’s eclectic restaurants!

Today breakfast will be included.
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Day 8: Sydney
Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Sydney your way. 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. The cruise takes in the beauty of Sydney’s skyline and passes by Australia’s two most famous icons: the renowned Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Novotel Cathedral Square

Day 9: Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand

You leave Australia behind and fly to New Zealand and the historic city of Christchurch. Upon arrival enjoy a short sightseeing tour of "the most English city outside of England." Highlights include magnificent gardens and the elegant park district where you learn why Christchurch is referred to as the "Garden City."

Today breakfast will be included.
Novotel Cathedral Square

Day 10:

This morning visit a Canterbury farmyard where you’ll enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration and see the herding of the farm’s animals! It’s a great opportunity to learn how a New Zealand family farm operates. This afternoon you are free to explore Christchurch independently before a truly special evening. Tonight you are the guest of honor at a private dinner inside the restored Riccarton House mansion. Step back in time and experience a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendor during a guided tour that teaches you the history of the first family of Christchurch. Then, relax in the elegant dining room and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Novotel Cathedral Square

Day 11:

Today, enjoy a day of exploration on your own in beautiful Christchurch. This English city – the charming international gateway to New Zealand’s South Island – boasts countless cafes and boutiques. Stroll its cobblestone streets and enjoy the many sights that “the Garden City” has to offer. 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 “Kiwi’s” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 12: Christchurch - Mt. Cook Region - Queenstown
Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is one of the most impressive mountains in the world with its jagged contours and nearly vertical slopes. You may choose to view the massive glaciers and extensive snow-covered mountain top terrain on an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or perhaps enjoy the park during a nature walk. 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 will be included.
Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 13: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites 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.
Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 14:

A leisurely day in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your vacation. Shop or people watch in the village or perhaps take 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. This evening, take in the city of Queenstown from above and soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa

Day 15: Queenstown - Auckland - Nadi, Fiji
Today you will arrive in the beautiful paradise island of Fiji. Fiji retains all the primitive cultural fascination of the South Pacific and boasts expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters.

Today breakfast will be included.
Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa

Day 16: Fiji

Today, your day is free to explore what the resort has to offer on this tropical paradise. There are a number of relaxing and fun, adventurous activities you can engage in.

Today breakfast will be included.
Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa

Day 17:

Today, your day is free to explore what the resort has to offer on this tropical paradise. There are a number of relaxing and fun, adventurous activities you can engage in. Enjoy a lovely dinner this evening.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Sofitel Fiji Resort Spa

Day 18:
Fiji - Tour Ends

Before your tour ends today in Fiji, an optional island tour is offered.

Today breakfast will be included.

Optional Excursions for South Pacific Wonders
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.

Journey through Middle Earth $145.00
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).

City: Cairns

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. Explore the kaleidoscopic underwater sea life from the semi submersible or up close, with goggles, snorkeling along the reef. Many other fascinating activities await you on the Outer Reef. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take to the reef scuba diving. Whatever your pleasure, 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: Scuba diving is an additional cost and some medical restrictions and a waiver of liability will apply.
Duration: approximately 8.5 hour(s).

Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy $60.00

City: Cairns

Glide over and into the leafy rainforest canopy 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. Discover the ways of the Djabugai Aboriginal tribe, whose traditional home is here. See the dramatic Barron gorge and waterfalls.

Your transportation is included.
Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).

Flight of Aoraki $380.00
City: Mt. Cook Region

Spectacular! Fly into the pristine wilderness of Mt. Cook National Park for once-in-a-lifetime views of the wilderness surrounding Mt. Cook—named Aoraki by the Maoris. New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt. Cook soars to 12,316 feet. Nineteen peaks in the park climb to over 9,800 feet—40% of the surface covered by glacier. The ski plane carries you over the Tasman Glacier and gently lands on the ice field. Explore the glacier on foot and experience the magical silence of the remote ice field. The return flight brings even more breathtaking vistas of New Zealand wilderness and wildlife. NOTE: Please be advised that some of these activities may be weather dependent and/or seasonal offerings and could be unavailable on your specific departure. Flight times may alter the ability to participate in some of the optional activities listed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Your transportation is included.
Flight Time: 40 minutes. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager.
Duration: approximately 1 hour(s).

Vuda Lookout Tour (Island Tour) $45.00
City: Nadi

This popular half day tour takes you into Nadi's scenic heartland through the beautiful Sabeto Valley to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Housing the largest and most varied orchid collection in Fiji, this attraction is one of Fiji's best. 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. 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. Relax in a Fijian Bure and enjoy a tropical fruit juice and seasonal fruits from the orchard before returning to the hotel.

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

A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River $120.00
City: Queenstown

A lazy river cruise in Queenstown, the epicenter of adventure tourism and home of the Bungee Jump, would be putting this journey a bit mildly… Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling adventure. Shotover Jet boats zoom 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 partake in a little of the adventurous spirit the made Queenstown famous. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Collette’s guests on these jet boats consistently illustrate otherwise—this adventure is perfect for the young at heart!

Your transportation is included.
Please Note: Weather may be cold and you may get wet during this option. Actual high-speed boating time is 30 minutes. A minimum of 1 passenger is required.
Duration: approximately 1.5 hour(s).

Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown $350.00
City: Milford Sound

Get more Milford Sound! This time, soar over the plunging cliffs, fjords and pristine Southern Alps on a flightseeing plane that carries you back to Queenstown from Milford Sound. Seeing Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from the air brings a whole new perspective on the overwhelming beauty of this region. You’ll be captivated by 9,000 feet peeks and frozen lakes that can only be seen from a bird’s eye view. A truly spectacular trip! NOTE: Please be advised that some of these activities may be weather dependent and/or seasonal offerings and could be unavailable on your specific departure. Flight times may alter the ability to participate in some of the optional activities listed. Availability for flightseeing is limited. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only.

Your transportation is included.
Please note this option does have a weight restriction.
Duration: approximately 40 minutes.

A Taste of Australia $140.00
City: Sydney

Meet the fascinating denizens of the deep at the largest Aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sydney Aquarium allows you to experience the enormous diversity of eight unique Australian aquatic environments. Over 12,000 animals are found here, including huge sharks, rays, platypuses, crocs, 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 Restaurant, a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy Nick’s renowned fresh seafood and picturesque waterfront location.

Your transportation is included.
Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required.
Duration: approximately 5.5 hour(s).

Lady of the Lake, Dinner, and Entertainment $125.00
City: Queenstown

Step back in time when you step aboard 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’ll take you to the Colonel’s Homestead, Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy high country hospitality there with a carvery style buffet where you 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 show 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.

During New Zealand’s winter months of May through August this option is weather permitting.

Transportation is not included.
Duration: approximately 4.5 hour(s).

Aboriginal Cultural Experience After Sunset $145.00
City: Cairns

At Tjapukai by Night, embrace Australia’s ancient indigenous culture with an evening of entertainment, learning, delicious cuisine, and storytelling that brings dreamtime legends to life. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival. Have your face painted to reflect Aboriginal history. Revel in a laid back, delicious buffet dinner enjoying the camaraderie of your travel companions and locals. Discover Aboriginal traditions and Australian culture through customary dances and music. It’s an unforgettable, cultural evening you can’t miss!

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

The Maori Haka Ceremony $50.00
City: Queenstown

Anyone that has ever seen the famous Kiwi rugby team, the All Blacks, play has seen the team perform the Haka ceremonial dance before the start of the game. From the first dramatic moments of the "Powhiri," the traditional Maori welcome, you’ll be embraced by the powerful culture of the Maori people at a traditional Haka. Feel the spirit of their proud history celebrated through the music of ancient Maori instruments and songs. Traditional dances are accompanied by the thumping swings of poi balls, flying around the dancers with rhythmic precision. This is an experience of traditional entertainment you won't want to miss as it gives you the opportunity to learn about the native culture of New Zealand—the Maoris!

Your transportation is included.
Please note a minimum of 10 passengers is required.
Duration: approximately 0.5 hour(s).

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Tour prices are Land Only rates based on per person double occupancy. Please call for triple or child occupancy rates. Taxes and fees are additional for tours that feature a cruise; port taxes are not included in the prices shown. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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Certain restrictions may apply. Airfares are based on departure from New York.
For year 2013, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.

Requesting Availability

We will check your requested tour program and accommodations  for the date range that you may specify in the boxes below and reply back to you as soon as possible. Of course the more information that you can provide us, the closer we will be in matching your exact request(s). We will not knowingly sell or pass along your information that you provide to any third party for any reason (see Liabilities and Privacy Policy

We are available to answer your inquiries in person Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 8:30am until 5:30pm CST (1-877-510-4653). 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 resourses and those of the tour companies and resorts/lodging establishments, as well as, any variations you may request from our listed programs. For those inquirers requesting a trip within two weeks, we will give you a priority due to your need to establish an immediate plan. At any rate, 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.

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May 07, 2012
DBL $2949
May 14, 2012 DBL $2949
June 11, 2012 DBL $2949
July 23, 2012 DBL $2949
July 30, 2012 DBL $2949
August 06, 2012 DBL $2949
August 13, 2012
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August 20, 2012 DBL $2949
August 27, 2012
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September 03, 2012 DBL $2949
September 10, 2012 DBL $2949
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October 01, 2012
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October 08, 2012 DBL $2949
October 15, 2012
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October 22, 2012
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October 29, 2012 DBL $2949
November 05, 2012 DBL $2949
November 10, 2012
DBL $3249
November 26, 2012
DBL $2949
January 7, 2013 DBL $2949
January 14, 2013
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January 21, 2013
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February 04, 2013
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February 11, 2013
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February 18, 2013
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February 25, 2013
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March 04, 2013
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March 11, 2013
DBL $2949
April 01, 2013
DBL $2949
April 08, 2013
DBL $2949
April 15, 2013
DBL $2949

Single Room Supplement Add $1300 / Triple Room Reduction Subtract $100

For departures between March and April 2012, click here to view the altered itinerary.

Optional Tour Request(s)

These side programs can be purchased and reserved in addition to the above listed itinerary and can be inserted during pre-planned free time that this tour typically allows.

 I am interested in adding these optional programs to my tour:
The Outer Reef Experience $130.00 / City: Cairns
Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy $60.00 / City: Cairns
Aboriginal Cultural Experience After Sunset $145.00 / City: Cairns
A Taste of Australia $140.00 / City: Sydney
Journey through Middle Earth $145.00 / City: Queenstown
A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River $120.00 / City: Queenstown
Lady of the Lake, Dinner, and Entertainment $125.00 / City: Queenstown
The Maori Haka Ceremony $50.00 / City: Queenstown
Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown $350.00 / City: Milford Sound
Flight of Aoraki $380.00 / City: Mt. Cook Region
Vuda Lookout Tour (Island Tour) $45.00 / City: Nadi

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With Collette Vacations you have the ability to check actual availabilty and dates via our Collette Vacations real-time booking engine. You can also locate your best air options and add travel insurance and other options.

What is not included in the tour price?
The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end of trip gratuities for your tour manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship wait staff, and any incidental charges.

Can Collette Vacations book our airline reservations?
Collette Vacations is happy to assist you in accommodating your flight needs. Due to tour scheduling and limited availability you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Collette's air packages. We are not responsible for air arrangements you have made on your own. On occasion, it is necessary to change tour dates. In this case, we can only protect air reservations booked through Collette Vacations. For all air reservations, it is strongly recommended to reconfirm flights before departure, in the event that the airline has an unexpected schedule change. We cannot assume responsibility for schedule changes, routings or flight cancellations involving the airlines.

Are airport and hotel transfers available?
Roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers are provided FREE for all passengers who purchase airfare through Collette Vacations. These transfers are available on the first and last day of the tour date and do not apply to pre and post night stays.

Passengers who do not purchase airfare through Collette can purchase transfers at an additional cost of $100 per person, round trip. Some restrictions may apply.

Do you accept late bookings?
Tour sales normally close 7 days prior to departure. All late bookings are on request and must be guaranteed with a credit card if within 60 days of departure date. A late booking fee of $25.00 may be assessed to cover express mailing of documents and other expenses incurred.

Do I need a Passport?
A valid Passport is required for trips outside the USA. We strongly recommend that you have a valid passport (with six month validity) for all travel outside the United States. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for additional details.

What is the difference between a twin room and a double room?
A double room is designed to accommodate two people, but may not have two separate beds. A twin bedded room has two separate beds of any size, and is the type most commonly utilized.

Do you rotate seats on tours?
Seats are rotated on board the coach for all Collette tours under the direction of the tour manager. So that we do not show partiality among passengers, exceptions cannot be made.

What size is a triple room?
A triple room is the same size as a twin bedded room and beds will accommodate three people; but we cannot guarantee that there will be three separate beds. If there are only two beds, a rollaway may be requested but cannot be guaranteed due to size of room and fire codes.

Can I extend my tour to see more of a region?
Yes! You may enhance your tour with either an extension, offered on select tours, or by purchasing pre/post hotel stays.

Extensions may be "hosted" rather than escorted. When hosted, passengers will be greeted upon arrival by a local tour manager who will provide all included services, and be available on-call during the duration of the extension. A minimum number of passengers may be required to operate some extensions. Extensions not purchased at time of deposit are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request. Collette also offers pre and post hotel nights before and/or after a tour for you to explore the destination independently. Should you purchase additional nights, please be advised that your tour manager will not be available during this time.

Would my tour date ever be changed?
Collette Vacations reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. Should this happen, Collette Vacations will make every effort to protect you on another departure date and if an alternate cannot be found, a full refund will be made. Air booked through Collette Vacations will be protected. We cannot be held responsible for other air arrangements.

Should you decide to change your reservation after initial booking, a handling fee of $25 per transaction will be charged for any alteration made to a reservation (including name changes). Revisions to air tickets are subject to the rules and regulations of the airline and fare type purchased and rates vary. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within the guidelines of the cancellation policy will be treated as a cancellation and regular cancellation fees may apply.

Where do I meet my tour manager?
Your tour will begin at your first hotel. The tour manager will make contact with you at the hotel and will provide details relating to your tour. The hotel address and phone number will be included in your documents.

How can I be best prepared for the pacing and physical requirements on a Collette tour?
Tour pacing varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, however at Collette we do include the best a destination has to offer, enhancing your overall tour experience. For overnight pacing of a tour, please refer to the "Your Itinerary" section on each tour page. This describes the number of nights you will stay in each hotel during your tour. The day by day descriptions will provide additional detail about the number of activities included in each day. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your vacation.

Do I need to be a member of Smithsonian to take a Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures tour?
Yes, all Smithsonian Associates are invited to join our tours. If you are not currently an Associate you will be mailed the Smithsonian membership form with your pre-departure information packet. The membership fee is $29.00 USD per family. In addition to unique travel opportunities, Associates also receive the following benefits:
  • 12 issues of Smithsonian magazine.
  • Discount of 10% at Museum shops and on catalog purchases.
  • Personalized membership card.
  • Advance notice for seminars and events in your area.
  • Free admission to The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NY.

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Your request will be handled by a responsible and knowledgeable tour specialist that can not only check availability for this particular tour but can further advise you as to other general quiries that you may have about traveling conditions, passport/visa requirements, immunization requirements and other valuable information that you may need before making a reservation. We are a full service travel company and we have always catered to the individual traveler and his/her specific needs. We want to get to know you as a valued friend in travel. We are always available with our email service but you may feel free to call upon us if you have an immediate request at 1-817-788-5210.

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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.

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

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!
Door to Door Pickup and Return!
NEW 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.

And, we partner with Smithsonian Journeys to bring you learning tours through Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures. These tours bring you expert local scientists, historians and artists to illuminate your travels with lectures and demonstrations.

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

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.
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
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.

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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.

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