Collette expands Italian program for 2021/22

Four brand-new journeys through Italy including three small group explorations

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.

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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:

Amalfi Coast to Puglis Trulli

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
Amalfi Coast to Puglia, Matera

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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