Collette has released its 2021/22 Worldwide Travel Guide in a digital format, featuring 145 tours from New Zealand to Alaska, with dates through until May 2022. The program features around 30 Small Group Exploration itineraries, including three brand-new options in Italy alone.
Guests can book with confidence with Collette’s Cancellation Policy assuring a full money-back refund in the event any tour can not go ahead. This takes the stress and uncertainty out of planning post-pandemic holidays.
In addition, travellers may purchase a Cancellation Waiver from only $95 per person. This allows the flexibility to change dates up to 60 days prior and cancel up to 24 hours prior to a tour, with the same full money-back guarantee.
The program boasts seven new Exploration small group tours that all include boutique accommodation and multi-night stays to ensure guests are able to enjoy the best experiences that a destination has to offer.
The new Exploration tours include three new Italy experiences, contributing to a total of 18 Collette tours to Italy. Those trips include:
The 13-day Sicily and Its Isles tour allows travellers to go off the beaten path, enriching the tour with unique locations – think smaller islands around Sicily – and more interactive and intimate experiences. Highlights include:
- Experience an impact moment with an anti-Mafia non-for-profit. Travellers will be on location where some turning-point Mafia attacks happened
- Explore one of Sicily’s lesser-known islands, isle of Mozia. The islet was a crucible for ancient Mediterranean civilisations with the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans all leaving a trace there
- Discover and taste at an award winning local farmhouse which produces olive oil according to the Slow Food method
- Visit the Agrigento Valley of the Temples at dusk, a UNESCO site.
- Explore Ragusa, Sicily’s Baroque jewel and Mount Etna’s wilder side on an off-road adventure of Europe’s largest active volcano
- Stay 2 nights in Salina, one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
The tour starts at $5,199 per person (limited time offer).
The 14-day Old World Sicily & Malta (starting at $5,099 per person) explores how ancient traditions blend into modern society amid these two Mediterranean Island paradises. Highlights include:
- Explore Sicily and Malta, two island paradises nestled amongst the deep blue waves of the Mediterranean
- Travellers have a choice between a tour of Palermo, visiting Monreale Cathedral and visiting the gold Byzantine mosaics or visit a WWII air raid shelter before exploring the historic city with a guide
- Meet a countess in her medieval palace, where she guides you through her family’s home and share an aperitif and hors d’oueuvres
- Experience an impact moment with an anti-Mafia non-for-profit, visiting two sites of terrorist acts led by the Mafia and pay tribute to the fallen activists
- Travellers experience the isle of Mozia, sailing next to a submerged Roman road, once traversed by foot.
- Visit the ruins of Mozia’s ancient port.
- Explore Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples at a dusk, a UNESCO site
- Engage with Malta’s dynamic past on a leisurely 3-night stay in St. Julian’s.
- Explore the Three Cities, a conglomeration of three fortified cities of medieval heritage, once
setting the battle by the Knights of Malta
The third, Amalfi Coast to Puglia (starts at $4,999 per person) and goes off-the-beaten-track to explore a new side to the Italy travellers know and love. This tour boasts live music, local transport, unique accommodations, a relaxed pace with no 1-night stays and diverse culinary experiences. Highlights include:
- 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast in Minori
- a visit to the lemon grove and a local limoncello factory
- climbing the cliffs to the village of Ravello, where travellers visit the gardens of a villa hanging off the cliff
above the sea.
- opportunity to sleep inside a cave dwelling in the hotel in Matera, providing a more unique and personal way to experience the city.
- Visit the UNESCO site of Alberobello’s fanciful Trulli
- Enjoy a private concert of traditional and folk Neapolitan Music
Other new tours include Alaska’s Northern Lights which features a ride on the Alaska Aurora Winter Train, Netherlands, Belgium & France including three nights at La Maison Favart in Paris and African Safari; Kenya & Tanzania where travellers visit the renowned Ngorongoro crater.
Old favourites including Southern Italy & Sicily, Treasures of Egypt and America’s National Parks & Denver are also featured.
View the 2021/22 Worldwide Travel Guide here.
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