eat, drink, TRAVEL
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cultures WITH THE
meal by meal spice by spice moment by moment There are endless reasons why we travel, but the thrill of experiencing a new culture is one many of us share. While landmarks and historic sites offer a glimpse into a destination, food is the universal language that unites us all. With Collette, youâ€™ll sample authentic regional cuisine and connect with the individuals who keep local traditions alive and create new ones for the next generation. Embark on a culinary adventure with us as we make our way across the world, one dish at a time. From the vineyards of Provence to the ancient teahouses of Beijing to the spice markets of Marrakesh, a tour of global flavors awaits!
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FOR CREATING A MEMORABLE TOURING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU A RICH, 100 YEAR HISTORY Our family-owned company has a passion for travel, taking guests to all seven continents on over 160 tours. Our century of experience means we know how to cover every detail and focus on making every moment memorable.
APPETIZING JOURNEYS Every tour features an appealing variety of immersive cultural experiences, special culinary delights, local must-see destinations, and quality accommodations.
A SEASONED TEAM Our Tour Managers live and breathe their destinations and love to share their local knowledge. From the best coffee in town to top spots off the beaten path, our Tour Managers will guide you to special culinary experiences you may not find on your own.
A FOCUS ON LOCAL FLAVOR From in-home dining to meals in locally loved restaurants and authentic regional fare, youâ€™ll truly eat as the locals do.
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SEE WHAT'S INSIDE ITALY (8-15) FRANCE (16-23) SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO (24-33) IRELAND (34-39) SCANDINAVIA (40-43) SWITZERLAND (44-49) ASIA (50-55) PERU (56-59) NEW ORLEANS (60-63)
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COLLETTE’S CULINARY EXPERIENCES SO MUCH MORE THAN A MEAL
Sometimes it isn’t just the food that makes a meal memorable, but the experience as a whole. When traveling with Collette, you’ll enjoy a variety of dining experiences, many of which you’ll remember long after the meal is done. Read on to see a sampling of dining experiences on Collette’s touring menu.
There’s no better way to connect with local culture than
Roll up your sleeves and dive in to creating regional
sharing a meal in someone’s home. During a home-hosted
specialties and local favorites during an interactive cooking
meal, you have a unique opportunity to experience a slice
class. Enjoy fresh dishes made with your own hands and
of everyday life and discover culinary traditions passed
take home new skills you can try out in your own kitchen!
down over generations.
Our tour designers span the globe all year long in search
Sometimes it’s how your food is prepared and delivered
of extraordinary culinary experiences. From exclusive after-
to you that truly makes the meal memorable. Whether
hours events at popular destinations to locally loved places
it’s a Pachamanca meal cooked in volcanic earth, dinner
just off the beaten path, many of these experiences would
accompanied by a traditional fado performance, or
be impossible to replicate on your own.
sampling Irish coffee in its birthplace, you’ll find many regional specialties with plenty of local flavor while on tour. collette.com 7
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Evocative. Bold. Fresh.
Much like its people, Italian cuisine is made with passion. Whether itâ€™s for family and friends or for guests in un ristorante, every dish brought to the table is bold and deliciously satisfying. You can certainly get your fill of pasta and pizza, but there are many more quintessentially Italian dishes you must experience.
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SELECTING THE FINEST BOTTLE Olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet, and in Italy high-quality oil is as revered as fine wine. There are a few factors to consider when selecting your bottle to ensure what you’ve found is top shelf. Region: An olive oil’s profile differs widely based on
Season: For fear of frost, olives are harvested
Flavor: Above all else, you can test the quality
what region the olives are grown in and how they
in early autumn before they are fully ripe. Olive
of the olive oil by its taste. Look for an appealing
are pressed. You will often see bottles from Tuscany,
harvesting typically takes place in late October
olive fruit aroma, bitterness (which means it is
Liguria, and parts of Southern Italy, as that’s where
to early November, so the sooner you buy the
of good quality), and a bit of a peppery bite.
the olives are most frequently harvested.
oil after it’s pressed, the fresher it will taste.
FINDING AUTHENTIC ITALIAN BALSAMIC VINEGAR Drizzled on top of an antipasti, added in a risotto, or paired with fruit and cheese, balsamic vinegar is just as coveted as its frequently paired partner, olive oil. In Italy, there are a few characteristics that define true balsamic vinegar. Here’s what you should keep in mind when sampling this sweet, yet acidic vinegar. Process: Balsamic vinegar is made
Region: Italian balsamic vinegar is only produced
Flavor: The only ingredient in authentic balsamic
from the juice of white Trebbiano
in Reggio Emilia and Modena, and uses methods
vinegar is grape must. The taste should be a perfect mix
grapes. These grapes are made into a
overseen by a special certification agency. Traditional
of acidity and sweetness. The best vinegars will simply
syrup and placed into oak kegs, along
balsamic vinegar is always labeled Aceto Balsamico
list “grape must” as its sole ingredient.
with the vinegar’s “mother” where it
Tradizionale and carries a D.O.P. (“Denominazione
is to be aged. This can take anywhere
di Origine Protetta”) stamp – a certification that
from 12 to 100 years depending on the
guarantees the quality, production, and place of origin.
quality and taste the producer desires.
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A VARIETY OF PASTA FOR EVERY OCCASION In Italy, there at least 300 kinds of pasta to enjoy. Classified by their composition and size, pasta often comes with its own storied tale as to how it was created. You probably know classics like penne and spaghetti, but if you’re interested in trying something different, one of these varieties might be your new favorite go-to. Paccheri - A traditional Neapolitan pasta, the Paccheri are made of wheat semolina and look like large, flat macaroni. Initially, the pasta was invented as a means to smuggle Southern Italian garlic cloves across the Alps into Austria in the early 1600s. This filling pasta is frequently stuffed with sausage, ricotta cheese, and, you guessed it, garlic. Ziti - Ziti is a type of hard-grain pasta made of an elongated tube. Italians in Campania serve ziti during holidays, family celebrations, and weddings. In southern regions of Italy, this long pasta is traditionally broken by hand, usually in four pieces or less.
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Fusilli - With a characteristic spiral shape, Fusilli is a type of short pasta originating in Campania. In the past, fusilli were made according to a special method handed down from mother to daughter. The word fusilli presumably comes from fuso (“spindle”), as traditionally the pasta is spun into a corkscrew shape. Tagliatelle - A typical pasta of the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy, tagliatelle comes from the word “cut” or “slice.” According to a Bolognese legend, tagliatelle was invented in the 15th century when famed Italian chef, Lucrezia Borgia was inspired by his bride’s golden hair. This variety of pasta is described as long, flat, and ribbon-like. Strozzapretti - An elongated form of cavatelli, this handrolled pasta features a light twist. Women reportedly cursed the pasta before it was served to gluttonous priests who lorded over the villages of central Italy in the 1600s. It is commonly served with cream or meat sauces.
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SARA PORTIOLI Communications Manager of Love for Food in Rome on her love for preparing hand-made pasta:
I love hand-making pasta. It may sound overly Italian, but I just truly love kneading fresh pasta with my hands and deciding which shape I want to make it last minute. It’s calming and the result is always more satisfying than any other pasta you could ever buy. Especially ravioli, with the infinite variety of fillings you can imagine!
ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI Love For Food Ingredients: 3 eggs 10.5 oz flour 4 tablespoons butter 1/3 c olive oil 1 clove of garlic
1/3 c parmesan 7 oz ricotta 2 medium zucchini 1 tablespoon pine nuts 2 chopped mint leaves (mint for cooking not the fresh kind)
Clean and chop the zucchini into fine pieces then fry in a pan with olive oil and clove of garlic until the zucchini reaches a brown color.
2 Mix the zucchini in a bowl with ricotta, egg yolk, and parmesan. Cool in the fridge for one hour.
3 Pour flour on working surface and make a fountain with a hole in the middle of the flour.
4 Break the eggs into the middle of the fountain. Gently beat the eggs inside to absorb the flour. While beating the eggs, add a little flour at a time with the tip of the fork.
5 When all the flour is mixed and you have a dough consistency,
knead the dough by pressing and folding gently with your hands. Now, work the dough with the palm of your hands - holding with the left hand and pressing with the right, then fold the dough over and turn. Repeat this process for 5 minutes.
6 Let the ball of dough sit for 30 minutes in the fridge. 7 Roll the dough out with a rolling pin into a long rectangular shape,
careful not to roll too wide for the pasta machine. If you do not have a pasta machine, continue to roll with the rolling pin until you reach the desired thickness. Don’t rush the process in the pasta machine - start on the thicker pasta setting and put the dough through the machine numerous times (changing the setting each pass), patiently reaching the desired thickness. Each time you will need to sprinkle flour on the pasta to keep it from sticking to the machine.
8 Cut the dough into long rectangular pieces. 9 Fold the dough in half to find your starting point. 10 Prepare the filling by mixing egg, cooked zucchini and parmesan.
Place the filling in, leaving one finger between each filling and one finger along the edges.
11 Brush the pasta with egg white to hold the dough together. Fold the dough over to make edges meet.
12 Begin on one end pressing firmly with fingers in the middle then
work to the edges in order to assure there is no air left inside the pasta.
13 Use a pasta cutter to cut the ravioli. Sprinkle some flour on the
surface and remove the ravioli using a spatula so they don’t stick.
14 While the ravioli is boiling, melt butter in a frying pan. 15 When ravioli are finished (they will float when ready), add the
cooked ravioli to the frying pan then add about half a ladle-full of the pasta water you boiled the ravioli in, and 1/3 c. parmesan.
16 Hover the pan over the heat moving the pasta continuously until the sauce becomes thick. While hovering add the chopped mint leaves.
17 Sprinkle with crushed pine nuts and parmesan, then serve. collette.com 11
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STAND. SIP. SOCIALIZE. THIS IS HOW YOU DRINK ESPRESSO LIKE AN ITALIAN Whether it’s morning, noon or night, Italians love their espresso. Unlike a café in the U.S., Italians don’t linger for long. The beverage is meant to be a quick, potent dose of energy. To blend in with the local scene, follow these tips from one of our local experts:
Stand, don’t sit.
Keep the time in mind.
Italians like to stand at the bar as they chat and sip. You’ll likely hear a variety of local topics from sports to fashion to politics.
When it’s time to order, approach the barista and say “Un caffè, per favore.” Or, to make it a double, “un caffè doppio.” The term “espresso” is hardly used, so be sure to swap it for the word “caffè.”
If you like a good cappuccino, plan to order yours early in the day. Italians rarely enjoy this drink past 10am.
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12 DAYS | MAY 2018 – APRIL 2019 | FROM $2999*
TREASURES From the bustling piazzas of Florence to the quaint Tuscan villas, your senses will come alive in Italy. Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems. Discover the rugged coast of Cinque Terre. See the rosy hues of a sun-soaked Siena. Charming Italia awaits you.
SMALL GROUP TOUR
Take a boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a special welcome dinner.
Attend a cocktail party in Stresa and sample some local specialties.
Visit a Tuscan winery and take part in a cooking lesson given by the winery’s chef.
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BELLA VITA Revel in the stunning sights, natural wonders, and storied history of Italy. Admire famous masterpieces from the Renaissance in Florence. Stroll through the thriving city of Bologna. Relax and unwind by the palatial Lake Como. Life is beautiful.
SMALL GROUP TOUR
Learn how to craft one of Italy’s most famous social cocktails – the Spritz!
Enjoy a home-hosted cooking lesson followed by dinner in historic Bologna.
Experience the workings of a local cheese shop and sample regional specialties.
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TUSCAN & UMBRIAN COUNTRYSIDE
From the medieval hilltowns of Umbria to Tuscany’s pastoral landscapes, experience the idyllic charm of Italy. Explore the art, history, and culture of Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Discover the medieval city of Siena. Book your getaway and breathe in the fresh air of Italy’s countryside.
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Participate in a cooking class in a 16th-century Umbrian farmhouse.
Delight in an authentic Tuscan lunch at a local winery.
Learn how olive oil is produced at a family-run frantoio (olive-presser).
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Sophisticated. Nuanced. Harmonious.
French cuisine is designed to be savored. Carefully prepared, each meal is a masterpiece, with complex layers of flavor that pair well with wine and lively discussion. Join us as we explore the culinary delights of France.
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MARK GODIN Tour Manager in France, on his favorite French dish:
Goat cheese salad. At first glance, this may seem like a simple dish, but the French are always able to turn even the simplest dish into a mouth-watering event. If you like goat cheese, French goat cheese is always excellent. Depending on the restaurant, the cook may drizzle honey onto the goat cheese or add lardons (small bits of pork lightly pan-fried) and fried potatoes. What may appear initially as a mere appetizer can quickly turn into a filling main course!
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FRENCH CHEESE FALL FOR FROMAGE
The French take great pride in being purveyors of some of the best cheese in all of Europe. Like their wine, each region of France boasts their own, distinct variety of cheese, or fromage, made from cow, goat, or sheep’s milk. From decadent, soft Brie to the delightful crumble of Roquefort, you’ll want to sink your teeth into these savory selections. Brie Mild and creamy, Brie has a signature crust and wonderful soft center that melts as it ages. Hailing from Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun – two nearby towns in the country some fifty miles southeast of Paris – Brie is a great introduction to French cheeses. Enjoy some Brie alongside some ripe berries and Chardonnay.
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Roquefort Known as the king of blue cheeses, Roquefort is tangy and distinctive. Made since the Middle Ages, Roquefort has a past as rich as its sharp flavor. You may find this cheese crumbled on top of your salad.
Banon Found in small, flat rounds wrapped in leaf papers soaked in wine or French Brandy, Banon is a type of goat’s milk cheese. Banon is best when very fresh and has a nutty, fruity flavor.
Cantal A variety of pressed cheese from the Auvergne mountains, Cantal has a taste similar to English farmhouse cheddar. The cheese’s taste and strength increases with aging, but many say the flavor is stronger than traditional cheddar. Have a slice or two alongside some Cabernet Sauvignon.
Livarot One of the oldest and greatest Normandy cheeses, Livarot offers a taste that’s as remarkable as its smell. Livarot is only perfectly ripe for a brief period of time and offers a strong, nutty taste. Allow this cheese to melt in your mouth and pair it with a full-bodied glass of Bordeaux.
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FRENCH WINE WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
Though Paris tops many must-visit lists, you’ll find a variety of vintages in the pastoral French countryside. French wine makers adhere to a specific set of rules which define where and how particular vintages are produced. This set of rules links the style of wine to the regions in which they’re grown. As you walk through vineyards cultivated for centuries, you discover many of these popular regional varieties while learning what locals pair with each glass. Champagne - Producing sparkling wines since the 17th century, the region of Champagne is a delightful place to experience this celebratory bubbly drink. The French enjoy a glass as part of their evening aperitif.
Bordeaux - The majority of wine produced here is red and is home to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec grapes. Bordeaux wines are a blend of several different grapes, creating rich and complex flavors that delight the palate.
Burgundy - Famous for both red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) and white Burgundy (Chardonnay), you’ll find that though this wine region is small in size, its influence is far-reaching. Alsace - The wine culture here is imbued by Germanic tradition and offers many white varieties, including Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. These dry, fruity wines are a nice accompaniment to fruits and cheeses.
Provence - More than half of Provençal wine produced is rosé, though the region also offers some red and white varieties. Pour a glass of rosé and sit back in the warm Provençal sun.
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FRENCH COOKING IT’S ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE
The cooking traditions of France have become mainstay techniques used across the Western world. Thanks to their simplicity and their effectiveness, many of the cooking techniques we use in our kitchens at home today have their roots in France. Master a few of these techniques and you’ll be on your way to earning your own personal Michelin star. Mise en Place - French for “putting in place,” this term means simply to gather all your needed ingredients – before you even start cooking. This first step of cooking helps make the later steps of a recipe easy, since you’ll be able to quickly access pre-measured and cut ingredients. Julienne - To create a match-like size cut, chefs use the julienne technique. A julienne cut allows for a vegetable to cook rapidly and evenly. You can use a mandolin for quick prep, or use a knife to slice, stack, and slice again. Julienned vegetables are often found as a garnish on a fresh bed of greens. Sauté - In French, “sauté” means to jump, and for this cooking technique, chefs rely on a little bit of fat and very high heat to constantly keep food moving, or “jumping” in the pan. A good sauté pan typically has sloped sides, helping the food move in an elliptical motion. Sautéing browns the food’s surface as it cooks, resulting in deliciously complex flavors and aromas. Chiffonade - To get a thin, ribbon-like cut on leafy vegetables and herbs, chefs employ the chiffonade technique. Simply stack, roll, slice and give your dish a little creative adornment. Flambé - Add some drama to your dish with the flambé method. By adding alcohol to a hot pan, a small burst of flames rises, infusing dinner or dessert with rich flavor. Some famous flambé dishes include Tarte Flambé and Crepe Suzette.
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JEAN-MARC LARRUE French Chef on the exciting hunt for the highly prized truffle:
Truffles are like France’s black diamond. It takes effort to find truffles–they’re not like fruit in a tree. You must rise early in the morning and take your dog or pig (or borrow your neighbor’s), to sniff out the truffles, as they are found underground–with some as deep as 40 centimeters. You must watch, smell, and listen. If all your senses are open–nature will give back to you.
SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH BLACK TRUFFLES Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. of black truffles 6 eggs ¼ cup of cream 1 tablespoon of butter
1 porcelain ramekin 1 toasted baguette minced chives
Grate 1 1/2 oz. of truffles and crack your eggs into a bowl and mix. Place them into a leak-proof box, such as Tupperware. Leave in a cool, dry place for at least 24 hours.
2 The next day, take your truffle egg mixture and add it to the porcelain ramekin. 3 Add your butter and the cream and mix until it is thin. 4 Cook eggs, stirring slowly and constantly with a wooden spatula for 12–15 minutes. Make sure you watch the mixture as you would with a soufflé. 5 Once cooked, spoon on to toasted baguette and sprinkle with chives.
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MAGNIFIQUE Discover the magnificence of France and come to understand the meaning of joie de vivre. Explore the enchanting medieval walled city of Avignon. See iconic landmarks as you cruise along the Seine. Relish the pastoral allure of Lyon. Wander through Paris’ winding streets. The rich culture and captivating spirit of France awaits you.
Dine at a gourmet restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower.
Visit a local winery and sample some of Europe’s finest wines.
Watch a crème brûlée demonstration in Avignon.
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JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE
Behold the arresting, bucolic scenery that inspired the masters on this Southern France sojourn. Embark on an interactive journey through the world of wine at La Cité du Vin. Stroll through Eymet, one of Southern France’s iconic bastides (fortified towns). Discover the medieval city Saint-Émilion. Allons-y!
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Sample wines from Bordeaux, Medoc, Saint-Émilion, and Dordogne Valley.
Set out on a truffle hunt led by a local chef and his trained dogs.
Savor local farm-to-table fare throughout your travels.
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spain, portugal & morocco Diverse. Local. Seasonal.
Revel in a multitude of culinary offerings as you sip sweet Port wine in Portugal, nibble on Spanish tapas, and explore a Moroccan spice market. The diverse, seasonal cuisine of Portugal, Spain, and Morocco, along with their warm, hospitable people will make you feel like youâ€™re one of the locals.
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RAS EL HANOUT
MOROCCOâ€™S SIGNATURE SPICE
Ras el Hanout is an aromatic spice known for imparting a distinctive, delicious taste to Moroccan cuisine. Here is a sample recipe to create this blended spice from thespruce.com:
What You'll Need: 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cardamon 2 teaspoons ground mace 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground anise seeds 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
How to Make it: 1
Measure out all spices into a bowl, then stir to combine evenly. Transfer the spice mix to a glass jar and store in a dry, cool place away from heat and sunlight.
2 Use ras el hanout as desired to season tagines, stews, meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables. It keeps well for several months.
THE MOROCCAN SLOW COOKER The significance of the tagine to Moroccan cuisine dates back as far as the 9th century, when writings about this cooking pot were mentioned in the famous "One Thousand and One Nights" â€“ an Arabian story collection. To this day, tagines are a favored way to prepare tender, slow cooked stews consisting of meats, poultry or fish alongside vegetables or fruits. Typically ceramic, these vessels are functional and often ornately designed. Tagines have a domed or cone-shaped lid, which traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot. Traditional Moroccan chefs will place the tagine over large bricks of hot charcoals to cook its contents. But, you can cook with a tagine in your own kitchen on the stovetop or in your oven.
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HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU PREPARE COD? ASK A PORTUGUESE NATIVE!
It’s commonly heard that in Portugal, there are more than 365 ways to cook bacalhau (cod). Cod is so popular it’s fondly referred to as fiel amigo or "faithful friend." Though much cod is imported, it’s still beloved throughout Portugal, with each region having its own spin on how to prepare it. Here is one suggested way you can eat bacalhau like the Portuguese. “If there are 1001 recipes of codfish, as they say in Portugal, it means there is always room for 1 more. This one was created by me, based on one of my best skills: improvisation with a touch of Mediterranean balance.” - Maria das Merces Pacheco, Tour Manager, on her own cod recipe, Codfish Lasagna
CODFISH LASAGNA Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds of codfish (previously de-salted) 1 pound fresh vegetables, diced/sliced = mushroom, zucchini, eggplant, carrot, leek, red onions, cherry tomato or any other that you like and doesn’t have a very soft body 4 fresh lasagna sheets Soy cream or regular cream
White sauce Fresh Parmesan cheese Spices - freshly-ground 3 peppers, freshly-sliced ginger, salt, chives Breadcrumbs with herbs Olive oil
After the codfish has been de-salted (for about 36 hours, soak and change water every 6 hours), boil it lightly (you should add some salt if needed, just taste the water it is cooking in and you know) and shred by hand, removing bones and skin.
2 In a wok, sauté the vegetables until almost done, they should remain firm; season with salt, freshly-ground 3 peppers, freshly-sliced ginger, chives or whatever spices and herbs you like and that go well with vegetables and fish. 3 Add soy cream (or regular cream, if you like; I prefer soy cream for it’s lighter) and season a bit more, if needed; let it cook for a bit. 4 Add the codfish, mix well and let it take in the flavors for a while. The result should be creamy and wet, so that after the oven stage the lasagna is still creamy. 5 In a baking dish (I like to use clay), put some olive oil at the bottom – I use a bit of kitchen paper or a brush to spread evenly – add the fresh pasta, then add the creamy codfish with vegetables, add another layer of lasagna sheet, one more layer of the creamy cod and one more layer of lasagna pasta. 6 Finish by adding a last layer of white sauce mixed with some cream (or soy cream) and seasoned with salt, pepper and chives; spread evenly; sprinkle breadcrumbs with herbs and Parmesan cheese (you decide how generously!). 7 Bake until golden. Have a great time!
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MARIA DAS MERCES PACHECO Tour Manager on a brief history of salted cod:
Codfish, the ever so Portuguese dried and salted fish, is actually caught in colder waters around Norway, the Faroe Islands or Newfoundland. It’s the only fish the Portuguese eat that is not fresh. The habit of drying and salting codfish is at least 500 years old, when refrigeration was not an option; nowadays, in spite of modern technology, the habit has not disappeared. The final result is not salty, as many might think, but actually tastier. There are, they say, more than 1001 ways of cooking codfish in Portugal; I still have more than 800 to try!
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Product Design Manager
The beauty of Portuguese cuisine is its simplicity and freshness!
THE PLEASURES OF PORT WINE This variety of fortified wine is one of Portugal’s most notable products. Port is derived from a unique blend of indigenous grapes, providing tasting notes that range from sweet raspberry to decadent chocolate. Get to know a little more about this prized Portuguese beverage.
• Port wine is only made in the rugged region of Douro Valley, where some of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards are located. • It is generally Wood or Bottle Aged. Wood-aged Ports should be consumed while still relatively young. Bottle-aged Ports, like Vintage Port, require a decade or two to reach full maturity. • It’s an ideal after-dinner drink. Due to its sweet, rich taste, Port is often paired with dessert or enjoyed on its own.
THE ABUNDANCE OF THE ALGARVE REGION Located on Portugal’s scenic south coast, the Algarve region is known for beautiful views and local fare. From fruiting trees that grow a plethora of fruits and nuts, to freshly caught seafood, and savory snails, this gorgeous spot is a culinary gem. Here are some foods to try when visiting the Algarve: Almonds - Around 86 different varieties of almonds are found here, with groves and wild trees scattered throughout the landscape. Enjoyed as a snack or made into a liqueur, this nut is a favorite among visitors and locals.
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Citrus Fruit - The fruiting trees in the Algarve are plentiful, growing oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and tangerines. With a Mediterranean climate that offers hot summers and mild winters, these fruits are harvested throughout the year.
Snails - Snails or caracóis are delicacy, and from May through June, the Algarve hosts several snail festivals (“Festa do Caracol”) throughout the region. The southwestern corner of the Algarve is said to have some of the best caracóis.
Seafood - Clams, lobster, squid, and sardines are just some of the seafood you’ll see on the menus in Algarve. Thanks to the ample coastline, the fish here is fresh and often caught and served the same day.
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Perfect to share with a large group, paella is a hearty, classic meal that’ll give you yet another reason to love traveling to Spain.
CHICKEN AND SEAFOOD PAELLA Shared by Jim Clark, our Tour Manager, and adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 pound extra-large shrimp (21–25), peeled and deveined Salt and ground black pepper olive oil 8 - 9 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat and halved crosswise
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½-inch strips 1 package frozen artichoke hearts 1 medium onion, chopped fine (about 1 cup) 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, minced, and drained again 2 cups Valencia rice or Arborio 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth ⅓ cup dry white wine ½ teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled 1 bay leaf 1 dozen mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded ½ cup frozen fava beans or broad green beans 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350°. Toss shrimp, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon pressed garlic in medium bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper; set aside.
2 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large Dutch oven (at least 6 quarts) over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until skin begins to blister and turn spotty black, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer peppers to a plate and set aside. 3 Add 1 teaspoon oil to now-empty Dutch oven and reheat oil. Add chicken pieces in single layer; cook, without moving, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn pieces and brown on other side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to medium bowl. Reduce heat to medium and add artichokes to pot; cook, stirring frequently. Transfer artichokes to bowl with chicken and set aside. 4 Add enough oil to fat in Dutch oven to equal 2 tablespoons; heat over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes; stir in remaining garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook until mixture begins to darken and thicken slightly, about 3 minutes. Add favas or green beans. Stir in rice and cook until grains are well coated with tomato mixture, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, wine, saffron, bay leaf, and ½ teaspoon salt. Return chicken and artichokes to pot, increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cover pot and transfer to oven. Cook until rice absorbs almost all liquid, about 15 minutes. Remove pot from oven. Uncover pot; scatter shrimp over rice, insert mussels hinged side down into rice (so they stand upright), arrange bell pepper strips in pinwheel pattern, and scatter favas/green beans over top. Cover and return to oven; cook until shrimp are opaque and mussels have opened, 10 to 12 minutes. 5 Remove from oven and let paella stand, covered, for about 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened and bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley and serve, passing lemon wedges separately.
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JAMON IBERICO ONE OF SPAIN’S MOST DECADENT TAPAS DISHES Touted as one of the finest cured meats in the world, Jamon Iberico or Iberian Ham is a savory Spanish delicacy. Jamon Iberico is top of the line in quality, akin to grass-fed beef in the U.S. Decadent and savory, it is often used as a tapas option, served on top of croquettes with sheep´s milk or covered over a piece of cod. If you see a leg of this ham hanging behind a bar or in a storefront, order this must-try succulent meat.
REFRESHMENT IN A GLASS: HORCHATA Served over ice or as a frozen shake with fartons – long, thin pastries used for dipping – this sweet, nutty drink originated in Valencia, Spain but has roots dating back to ancient Egyptian times. The drink’s main ingredient, tigernuts, or chufa, aren’t actually nuts, but small brown tubers similar to potatoes or carrots that grow from the root of the nutsedge plant. Tigernuts do, however, have a taste resembling almonds 30 collette.com
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or hazelnuts, which gives the drink its signature flavor.
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NORTHERN SPAIN Revel in Spain’s stunning Basque country. Explore the dynamic city of Barcelona. Board a funicular and take in breathtaking views of La Concha Bay. Tour medieval Burgos and see religious architecture and glimmering streetscapes. This colorful and welcoming region never disappoints.
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Discover the secrets of Catalan cuisine during an interactive culinary workshop.
Sample traditional pinxtos during a local dining experience in San Sebastián.
Mingle with locals during a Madrid market stop.
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PORTUGAL & ITS ISLANDS
Discover the magic of Portugal’s islands. Enjoy multi-night stays in picturesque Madeira and the Azores. See how Old-World traditions still thrive in Lisbon. Explore charming coastal villages, beautiful botanical gardens, and geothermal wonders. This Mediterranean paradise is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
Experience a truly unique cozido das furnas lunch cooked by the heat of volcanic steam in Furnas Valley.
Relish a traditional Madeiran dinner known as espetada.
Learn Azorean culinary traditions during an interactive cooking demonstration.
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MOROCCO Get to know the vibrant, colorful world that is distinctly Morocco. Discover the peaceful tranquility of the Sahara Desert. Pause in Ifrane for excellent views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Explore Fes – one of the holiest cities in the world. Morocco offers a tapestry of sights, sounds, and tastes that will captivate you.
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Get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality during lunch and tea with a local family.
Select your own ingredients before taking part in a culinary workshop at a local riad.
Dine like royalty in a palace in the heart of Marrakech.
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ireland Hearty. Traditional. Sustainable.
With an abundance of lush, green pastures and generous coastline, Ireland offers a variety of food from land and sea. Though it may not always be the first destination you think of when it comes to culinary prowess, Irelandâ€™s farmto-table movement has invigorated the culinary scene with vibrant new life. Wash it all down with a Guinness and relish the flavors of Ireland.
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IRELAND’S FARM-TO-TABLE MOVEMENT Local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients are what you’ll see appearing on the menus of restaurants across Ireland. Tapping in to the country’s agrarian roots, chefs, artisan food producers, and farmers are spotlighting locally sourced ingredients found across Ireland. It’s the most authentic way to experience all the flavors of the Emerald Isle.
PAUL O’GORMAN Head Chef at the Rozzers Restaurant at the Killeen House Hotel on what makes Ireland’s cuisine so unexpectedly tasty:
Ireland is an island, off an island, off the coast of mainland Europe. We are surrounded by pure clean ocean, have a mild climate and are proud owners of some of the finest and most fertile land on the planet. This automatically gives us some of the finest meats, fish and vegetables on the planet! The farm to fork concept of food preparation ensures a quality, an integrity and a freshness that simply cannot be replicated. The taste and succulence of fresh food is incomparable to any form of processed or preserved food.
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THE DIFFERENCE IN IRELAND’S DAIRY PRODUCTS IS UNDER YOUR FEET: The rolling, verdant hills of Ireland aren’t just a pretty sight – they’re also a prime reason why the cows here produce such distinctive dairy products. Thanks to the Emerald Isle’s temperate climate and lush grass, Ireland is one of the foremost milk producers in the world. With the burgeoning artisan movement, there are a growing number of specialty dairy products to try, particularly cheeses. Some notable cheeses worth sampling in Ireland include: Coolea A nutty, gouda-style cheese made by Dutch immigrants in Ireland. A perfect pairing with malty beers. St. Tola A goat cheese with a golden rind on the outside and a soft, white interior. The complex, mellow flavors become more pronounced as this cheese ages. It’s an excellent addition to any cheese board.
Ardrahan An earthy, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese with a zesty tang that rivals French varieties such as Epoisses and Livarot. Great with tart grapes and a Pinot Noir. Cashel Blue A marbled cow’s milk blue cheese that’s pleasant with a creamy edge. Try it with figs and water biscuits.
ROZZERS BAKED GOAT CHEESE APPETIZER DISH Ingredients: One slice of Irish goat cheese A baked disc of puff pastry A tablespoon of red onion jam Two tablespoons of honey
One clove of garlic, finely crushed A teaspoon of diced Mediterranean mixed vegetables A teaspoon of chorizo sausage Basil pesto
Individual Parts of Dish Assembly: • Red onion jam: Slice one larger red onion and put it into a saucepan with a glass of red wine, two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and two tablespoons of honey. Boil and reduce until onions are tender and sticky. • Puff pastry disc: Use pre-rolled puff pastry. Cut out a tea-cup sized disc shape and place on a tray, with another tray on top, to prevent it from rising. Place in oven at 180 degrees until golden brown (approx. 10 to 15 minutes). • Mediterranean vegetables: Use half a red onion finely diced, half a red, yellow and green pepper finely diced, and a half clove of finely crushed garlic. Heat oil in a pan, and add ingredients. Gently sauté until tender (approx. 10 to 15 minutes). • Slice about half inch thick of Irish goat cheese. • Two slices chorizo, thinly cut, and then cut into thin strips. About a teaspoon’s worth.
Overall Dish Assembly: 1
Place the puff pastry on a baking tray and then place the goat cheese on top of it. Then add the red onion jam, the Mediterranean vegetables and finally the sliced chorizo.
2 Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes approx., or until the chorizo strips are crispy and the goat cheese has become gooey. 3 Remove from oven, plate up and drizzle with basil pesto to finish. 4 Bon Appetit!
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GRAB A GUINNESS Created in Dublin’s St. James’s Gate Brewery by Arthur Guinness in 1759, Guinness was based upon the porter-style beer that originated in London in the early 18th century. The true recipe for the beer remains a secret, but it’s said that the brew receives its distinct, burnt flavor from the use of roasted un-malted barley. The identifiable thick creamy head of Guinness is the result of the beer being mixed with nitrogen when being poured. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness are consumed every day around the world. In a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll learn more about the history and brewing process of this beloved beverage. At its spectacular Gravity Bar, enjoy sweeping views of Dublin as you sip on a complimentary pint.
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Travel through Ireland’s quaint countryside and take in the seemingly endless hills of green. Experience Dublin’s lively, effervescent culture with a multi-night stay in the capital. Take a leisurely cruise down the River Lee. Raise a pint and celebrate Ireland.
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Savor canapés and cocktails in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.
Put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class in Dublin.
Enjoy Diner’s Choice in Ireland’s gourmet capital of Kinsale.
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Get a taste of luxury during this Irish getaway. Stay in stunning Dromoland Castle. Gaze down upon the mighty Atlantic from the Cliffs of Moher. Relax at the stately Castlemartyr Resort. Embrace the elegance of the Emerald Isle.
Dine in Dromoland Castle and feel like royalty.
Savor organic Irish ciders and apple syrups at a family-owned farm.
Taste true Irish coffee at its birthplace in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.
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scandinavia Distinct. Novel. Complex.
Scandinavians rely heavily on the sea to fill their plates. The people of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden still eat many of the meals their Viking ancestors once did, and often prepare them using the same techniques. As you marvel at breathtaking fjords and gorgeous mountain vistas, be sure to sample some of Scandinaviaâ€™s delicious food and drink along the way. SkĂĽl!
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CUTTING EDGE OF CULINARY SCANDINAVIA’S NEW NORDIC CUISINE MOVEMENT As of late, Scandinavia is the “it” place for haute-cuisine. Much of what’s involved in Nordic cuisine is actually traditional fare reinterpreted in new ways. The chefs who’ve championed New Nordic cooking put together a manifesto conveying what they believe to be its defining traits. They’ve decreed that New Nordic movement is based on the following 10 pillars: 1. To reflect seasonality in meals. 2. To express the purity, freshness, simplicity and ethics associated with our region.
3. To base cooking on ingredients that are unique to our climates, landscapes, and waters.
4. To combine good taste with health and well-being. 5. To promote Nordic products and the variety of Nordic producers. 6. To promote animal welfare. 7. To develop new applications of traditional Nordic food products. 8. To combine the best in Nordic cookery and culinary traditions with influences from abroad.
9. To combine local self-sufficiency with regional sharing of high-quality products.
10. To join forces with consumers, cooking craftsmen, agriculture, retail and wholesales industries, researchers, teachers, politicians and authorities on this project for the benefit of everyone in the Nordic region.
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KATHERINE ULRICH Restaurant Manager at Zeleste Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark on the New Nordic cuisine movement’s influence in its kitchen:
The New Nordic Cuisine is very much a part of our approach to cooking at Zeleste. A part of this – using seasonal produce, the focus on quality and using regional products – has always been part of our DNA. We are now using more of the techniques associated with the movement, such as fermenting and pickling. We are also experimenting more with the traditional uses of produce, such as using ingredients normally associated with savory dishes in our desserts – and vice versa.”
CHANTERELLE (WILD MUSHROOM)
WHAT EXACTLY IS A
The word smorgasbord in America has become synonymous with a
Ingredients (for 4 people): ½ lb. chanterelles 1 shallot 1 clove of garlic 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme 1 ½ cups of cream
2/3 cup of milk 1/4 cup white port wine 1 tablespoon cognac Salt and pepper Butter
Clean the chanterelles for soil. Chop the shallot and garlic and brown the onion in a pan with butter and the fresh thyme.
2 When the onions have softened add the chanterelles and stir around until the liquid is evaporated. 3 Add the port wine and cognac. Let it all boil until almost all the fluid is gone.
buffet-style meal. But in Scandinavia – where the term was coined – a smörgåsbord refers to something quite different. Its roots date back to the 14th century when Sweden’s upper class would offer a small spread of bread, butter, and cheese before mealtime. When you dissect the word, you’ll find that in Swedish smör means butter, och means and, bröd means bread. This all translated simply means, “butter and bread.” It wasn’t until the 1900s that the smörgåsbord’s offerings grew to include meats, fish, fruit, and vegetables.
Gather friends old and new to connect over your own smörgåsbord. Be sure to include a few of these authentic Scandinavian plates on the menu: • Cold-cured Gravlax on Rye Crispbread
4 Add cream and milk and let it boil for 10-12 minutes.
• Pickled Herring
5 Season with salt and pepper.
6 Blend the soup for a few seconds and, if necessary, add more thyme, salt or pepper.
• Marinated Cucumber Salad • Strawberry Snow
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Embark on a journey that showcases the natural wonders of Scandinavia. Pass mighty waterfalls, towering mountains, and amazing valleys aboard the Flåm Railway. Mingle with locals in the delightfully bohemian city of Copenhagen. From stunning vistas to cosmopolitan cities, Scandinavia is truly remarkable.
Dine at Fem Små Hus, a 17th-century restaurant in Stockholm’s Old Town.
Taste the seasonal foods crucial to New Nordic Cuisine in Copenhagen.
Stop at a candy cane making factory. (Part of It’s Your Choice)
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switzerland Sweet. Magical. Adventurous.
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Influenced by German, French, and Northern Italian cuisines, the food in Switzerland offers its visitors a culinary journey. Decadence is encouraged here, as chocolate, fondue, and absinthe are all on the menu. Indulge your taste buds and be prepared to take a bite out of Switzerland.
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AND THE HISTORY BEHIND THE GREEN FAIRY Absinthe originated in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Rising to popularity in the late 19th century, absinthe became known as la fee verte or “the green fairy” for its color and ability to liberate the mind. Julie Mathey, Coordinator
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the Swiss economy, so when it was outlawed, producers needed to get creative. “When absinthe was forbidden, it was an economic shock for our small valley of Val-de-Travers. The fact that in Switzerland absinthe survived thanks to the bootleggers and the moonshiners is very important. All the our history and it influences the production and the consumption today.” In the small village of Môtiers, visitors can now take an optional tour to retrace the origins of the Green Fairy and get to understand the historic connections to Absinthe. Take a sip and allow the Fairy to work her magic!
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MICHAEL MOITOSO Product Design Manager, discussing our optional absinthe cooking experience at Maison de l’Absinthe in Môtiers, Neuchatel
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Learning about the history of absinthe in the region was fascinating, but this experience took it to a whole other level – who knew you could cook with absinthe as well?!
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ALWAYS CHOOSE CHOCOLATE SWITZERLAND’S MOST FAMOUS TREAT
Swiss chocolate is unlike any other chocolate in the world. The Swiss are known as the masters of this sweet treat, inventing the chocolate bar, milk chocolate, and several chocolate-related manufacturing processes. Swiss producers like Francois-Lois Cailler, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, and Rodolphe Lindt are just a few of the industry titans that helped Switzerland corner the chocolate market.
FIVE SWEET FACTS ABOUT SWISS CHOCOLATE 1. The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world – consuming close to 20 pounds per year. 2. Chocolate is a major Swiss export; with almost 115,500 tons of chocolate exported in 2015. 3. Swiss chocolatier DeLafée developed a truly rich treat by blending 24-karat gold dust into cocoa butter to create edible chocolate gold. 4. All Swiss chocolate is union made. Chocolate workers are covered by collective-bargaining labor agreements. 5. It takes 500 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
JULIA BLOM Coordinator at the Läderach Choclatier, on the Grand Cru Chocolate:
Like a fine wine, the Grand Cru is a vintage chocolate. Unlike other chocolates that are always a blend, Grand Cru uses the best fruits from one region. Each time you taste this chocolate there are different flavors.
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CINTHYA PAVAN Tour Manager on Swiss Chocolate:
I love the chocolate in Switzerland. Swiss Chocolate melts in your mouth. Traditional Swiss chocolate is MILK chocolate – the Dark chocolate is not considered real Swiss chocolate. The secret is the milk with the cocoa and the mixing process. It’s a true meal!
CHOCOLATE MAKING PROCESS There is a whole process that goes into making Switzerland’s signature, melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. Here is a little behind-thescenes look at how that chocolate bar goes from a humble bean to a decadent delight.
Cocoa trees produce pods (fruit), which contain the beloved cocoa beans. These beans are harvested, shipped and processed for their quality and region.
2 The beans are then cleaned and the shell is removed to reveal the nibs, or core pieces of the chocolate. 3 The nibs are sterilized, roasted, and crushed to create a liquid cocoa mass that is stored according to the unique quality of the bean. 4 The liquid cocoa is then mixed with milk powder, cocoa butter, sugar and vanilla. 5 This mixture is continually pressed through rollers, pulverizing the mix. 6 The mixture spends hours being agitated and aerated using a process called conching until it takes on a soft, smooth texture. collette.com 47
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WAIT UNTIL YOU TRY SWITZERLAND’S RACLETTE Few meals are as indulgent – or as delectable – as Raclette. The semisoft, gooey raclette cheese turns into a convivial experience as a shared dish. Originating with peasants who lived in the Alpine regions of Valais, Savoie, and Haute-Savoie, raclette was heated by campfire until it was melted enough to easily scrape onto a piece of bread. While you’ll see fondue both in and out of Switzerland, raclette is rarely consumed outside its homeland. It’s a must-try when visiting.
Though it is a decadent treat, there is some raclette etiquette that the Swiss abide by.
1 Only the cheese should be cooked on top of the raclette grill. While side dishes like cornichons (small French pickles), cocktail onions, and little Dutch potatoes may be served alongside the meal, the Swiss believe that the raclette is tasty enough on its own.
2 No water (or no drinks besides wine, beer or hot tea while eating raclette – and for two hours afterward). The Swiss warn that the cheese could congeal in your stomach, creating an uncomfortable experience.
3 No empty trays. Once you scrape the hot cheese out of the tray, it must be immediately filled again to cook more cheese while you eat. Cooking does not stop until the entire table agrees that the raclette is finished.
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SWITZERLAND: HIDDEN TRAILS & MAJESTIC PEAKS
Discover a world of pastoral splendor all set to the grand backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Home of the Matterhorn and Lake Geneva, Switzerland’s natural beauty is otherworldly. Now is the time to embark on a Swiss journey you’ll never forget.
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Indulge in the art of swiss chocolate during a hands-on workshop.
Sip and sample wines at a family-run vineyard in Lavaux.
Indulge in cocktails and canapés inside Neuchatel's historic Collégiale.
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The spice of chili peppers. The juiciness of a ripe Rambutan. The soothing nature of a hot cup of tea. The allure of Asian cuisine is undeniable. Characterized by complementing tastes and textures, Balanced. Disciplined. Exotic. the diverse cuisine across this vast continent is appetizing to a wide variety of palates.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE IN VIETNAMESE FOOD THE FIVE ELEMENTS Vietnamese food is all about balance. Every meal is created with a yin and yang that makes it both good and good for you. In fact, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world! Along with valuing balance, the number five is a crucial component in Vietnamese cuisine. Chefs seek to incorporate and consider five elements, five colors, five senses, five organs, and five spices in every dish. Here is a chart to help illustrate how this culinary experience will enhance your senses, aid in your internal health, and leave you satisfied:
ELEMENTS CORRESPONDENCE WOOD
SPICES (NGŨ Vị)
ORGANS (NGŨ TẠNG)
COLORS (NGŨ SẮC)
SENSES (NGŨ GIÁC)
NUTRIENTS (NGŨ CHẤT)
JOHN PHAM Vietnam Tour Manager on the Harmonious Nature of Vietnamese Cuisine:
The food in Vietnam is so unique because it is a great harmony and combination of the ingredients and balance in tastes. I love the huge varieties and flavors of food in different regions. Each of them has their own unique taste.
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DRAGON FRUIT TO DURIAN SOUTHEAST ASIA’S EXOTIC PRODUCE When traveling to Southeast Asia, the produce is often unlike what you’d find in your supermarket back home. This makes for an exciting trip to a local market, where there’s an abundance of new foods to sample. In Asia, the fruit is especially exotic, as most of it only thrives locally. Here’s just a sampling of what fruits you might discover while in Southeast Asia: Dragon Fruit - With a vibrant pink exterior and white, fleshy interior, the dragon fruit is both beautiful and delicious. Tiny, black edible seeds in the fruit make for a delightful crunch. You’ll often see dragon fruit blended in sweet drinks.
Tamarind - A sweet-and-sour tang makes the tamarind a unique treat. This fruit comes in a brown shell and is eaten by sucking the meat from the stone-like seeds. You might find this fruit in laksa – a popular dish.
Rambutan - Resembling small, hairy cherries, the rambutan is sweet and syrupy. This fruit is best when ripe – look for a bright red exterior with no white spots.
Lychee - Similar in taste to the rambutan, the lychee was a favorite fruit of Chinese emperors. The small brown or pink shells on these fruits are peeled away, revealing a sweet, white ball.
Durian - While the durian has a strong, pungent smell, it is touted as the “king of fruits” in Southeast Asia. With a spiky, green exterior and flesh interior with a texture similar to custard, durian is a fruit people either hate to love or love to hate.
INSIDER TIPS FOR NAVIGATING AN ASIAN STREET FOOD MARKET From the aroma of fragrant herbs and spices to the chatter of locals as they barter with vendors, the food markets and food stalls are where you’ll have the most authentic culinary experiences. To confidently navigate an Asian street food market, consider these tips from our local guides:
• Take a sturdy, reusable bag: Vendors don’t often have plastic or paper bags on hand, so it’s best to bring your own – especially if you plan on purchasing a few items. • Don’t be afraid to try something new: Now is the time to try new produce or small dishes that you might not experience otherwise!
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• Learn some food-related phrases: If you plan on tasting some food while at the market, learn phrases like “not too spicy” or “no meat, please” to help easily communicate what you’d like to a vendor. • Carry a range of currency: Many vendors don’t carry enough money to make change, so be sure to have a range of bills.
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A HISTORY OF CHINA’S NATIONAL BEVERAGE:
The discovery of this herbed beverage is steeped in legend and mostly credited to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong. A revered scientist and ruler, it’s said that Shen Nong discovered tea when a leaf from a Camellia tree found its way into a pot of water he was boiling in his garden. Once the Emperor discovered the pleasant taste of this infused beverage, he extracted the leaf and researched the plant further, discovering it had several health benefits. From religious ceremonies to medical cures to celebrations, tea has been woven into the fabric of past and present Chinese culture. Different regions in China offer their own, unique varieties of this ancient brew. And just like sommeliers are to wine, there is an art form to both brewing and drinking tea, which in Chinese is chayi (the art of drinking tea), or cha wenhua (tea culture). Consider sampling these delightful varieties: Green Tea The oldest variety of tea, green tea is produced in the Zhejiang province of China. Green tea is traditionally brewed with cooler water and used as an energy stimulant. It is the most widely produced tea in China, with 1.42 million tons grown in 2014.
White Tea Known for its delicate flavor and lack of processing, this simple tea is plucked, wilted and dried. Almost all white teas hail from the Fujian province in China. White tea has a lighter, subtler taste than a green or black tea.
Oil Tea High in caffeine and bold in taste, oil tea is popular in southern China. Made by frying tea leaves with ingredients like garlic, salt, ginger, chili. The fried mixture is then pounded with a hammer-like wooden pestle to release the flavor.
Oolong Tea Semi-oxidized, Oolong is darker and richer in taste than a traditional green tea. Many drink Oolong for its reported benefits with weight loss and improvement in their skin’s texture.
Pu’er Tea A variety of fermented tea produced in the Yunnan province of China, Pu’er is strictly made from a large-leaf variety of plant growing in a defined area, which is then processed into compressed tea or brick tea. The fermented tea is a must-try if you can get your hands on a cup.
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OF SOUTHEAST ASIA Delve into an ancient and exotic world as the colorful mosaic of Southeast Asia unfolds before you. Explore Vietnam’s complex relationship with the West. Find inspiration at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple. Discover a floating village in Laos. Each day paints a new picture of the rich cultures found in these three kingdoms.
SMALL GROUP TOUR
Learn how to prepare Vietnamese dishes during a cooking class.
Visit a home on the Mekong Delta where coconut candy and rice paste are made.
Dine at a nonprofit restaurant that empowers underprivileged children by training them new skills.
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WONDERS OF CHINA AND THE
China boasts ancient as well as modern marvels. Discover the mysterious Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Walk through a section of the legendary Great Wall. Take a relaxing cruise along the Yangtze River. This fantastic tour is an adventure of a lifetime.
RIVER CRUISE TOUR
Savor traditional Chinese food including dumplings, noodles, and Peking duck.
Learn the rich history of China’s national drink during a traditional tea ceremony.
Share lunch with a local family in their Hutong home.
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Unexpected. Cross-Cultural. Enticing.
Peru is truly a foodieâ€™s paradise offering a fusion of flavors from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Amazon. As of late, the capital has become a hot spot with travelers anxious to taste its truly unique cuisine. In addition to remarkably fresh fish, ripe fruits, and traditional Incan meals, the historic sites will make your trip here unforgettable.
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THE HIDDEN CULUNARY PLEASURES OF PERU
Over the past five years, the food scene in Lima has exploded. Clustered in neighborhoods like Miraflores and Barranco, are a multitude of huariques (traditional restaurants), food stands, and bars where you’ll find some of the most mouthwatering cuisine imaginable. From the Pacific Ocean, to the mountainous Andes and Amazonian rainforest, there are so many fresh options available for Peruvians. And thanks to the migrants that have landed here from locales like Italy, Japan, and Africa, Lima’s practically an international buffet. But, the native cuisine is impressive in itself. From fresh ceviche to deliciously tart pisco sour, the local delicacies are highly recommended. If you need more convincing, two of the top ten restaurants ranked by the “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” are found in Lima. Allow your taste buds to guide you to this thriving, food-forward city.
COOKING WITH NATURE’S GIFT: PACHAMANCA Originating in the Andes of Peru, the Incans popularized the primordial cooking method of pachamanca. Cooking and preparing the meal in this manner was the Incans way of showing respect to their goddess Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Pachamanca translates to “earth oven,” and when you see the traditional process, you’ll understand why.
Here is how to prepare a traditional Pachamanca meal: • A hole is dug, as it serves as the “oven” to cook the ingredients. • Stones are heated over a fire until they are hot. Once heated, the stones are placed at the bottom of the hole followed by potatoes, sweet potatoes and ocas, a yam-like vegetable. • The seasoned meat (usually lamb or goat) is placed on top of the vegetables, along with herbs to enhance flavor. A larger amount of stones are placed on top of the meats, as they take longer to cook. • The meal is covered in a protective layer of banana leaves. • Humitas (corn cakes), fava beans, cheese, bananas and corn are added then covered again with banana leaves and a close-woven blanket to keep the temperature. • The pachamanca is then sealed with dry soil and cooked for two to three hours. • Usually a cross is placed on the top. Once cooked, the “godfather” removes the cross from the pachamanca. He will unearth the meal and give a ceremonial toast with chicha, Peru’s beer-like fermented corn drink.
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PERUVIAN CEVICHE Ceviche is a Peruvian dish that leaves seafood lovers’ mouths watering. Fresh, raw fish is marinated and cured by the power of citrus juice, resulting in a zesty, tasteful dish. One of our local friends shared his favorite way to prepare ceviche from famed Peruvian chef, Gaston Acurio.
Ingredients (For 4-6 people): Leche de Tigre (to be added to ceviche) 2/3 cup fresh lime juice 2 garlic cloves, smashed 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise ½ small red onion, chopped ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional) Kosher salt
Ceviche 1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces) 1 ear of corn, husked ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise 1 pound fluke, flounder, or sole, cut into ½-inch cubes 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced, divided Kosher salt Cilantro leaves
Directions: Leche de Tigre (to be added to ceviche) Set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill. Ceviche 1
Pour water into a large pot fitted with a steamer basket to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add sweet potato, cover, and cook until just fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.
2 Add more water to same pot, if needed, to measure 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add ear of corn to pot and steam until crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely. 3 Halve sweet potato lengthwise. Using a small melon baller, scoop out potato balls and place them in a small bowl; set aside. Cut kernels from cob. Reserve 1/3 cup kernels (save extra kernels for another use). 4 Rub a large bowl with cut sides of chile; discard. Place fluke (or other white fish), 2/3 of onion, leche de tigre, and 4 large ice cubes in bowl; stir well. Let marinate for 2 minutes; remove ice. Fold in potato and corn; season with salt. 5 Using a slotted spoon, divide ceviche into small bowls or onto plates. Drizzle ceviche with leche de tigre from bowl; garnish with remaining onion and cilantro.
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LAND OF MYSTERIES Discover fabled archeological treasures, scenic coastal vistas, and ancient colonial influences in Peru. Meet the indigenous Uros people of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train. Peru is the perfect place to let your curiosity take hold.
Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel at the base of Machu Picchu.
Savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a practice that uses the power of nature.
Delight in a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch at a local Quechua community.
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new orleans Fusion. Soulful. Old-World.
The long-standing influences of France, Spain, and Africa are woven into the sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans. Get to know â€œthe holy trinityâ€? of Cajun cuisine, grab a beignet, and see why New Orleans is a favorite destination for foodies.
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GET TO KNOW THE WORLD-RENOWNED
JENNIFER JETTE Tour Manager and New Orleans resident, on the origin and appeal of New Orleans' cuisine:
I think food is important to our culture because it is a tangible representation of all of the different cultures (French, Spanish, German, Irish, Italian, Sicilian, Island, African, etc.), which blended to become the people of New Orleans. Food makes people feel warm, happy, satiated, but it also sparks memories and inspires us. Food is a connection to our past; long distant history to our youth around a family holiday table.
TWO SANDWICHES WORTH SAVORING
CAFÉ DU MONDE
Established in 1862 in the heart of the French Quarter, Café Du Monde is an iconic culinary time capsule that perfectly captures the charm of New Orleans. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Café Du Monde serves a bustling crowd of locals and tourists around the clock. The menu consists of less than five items, though most patrons only go for two: coffee and beignets. Coffee is served either black or Café Au Lait style, which is half coffee and half hot milk. Even if you don’t identify as having a sweet tooth, a beignet is a must. These square French-style doughnuts are covered with powdered sugar and practically melt in your mouth. Savor the New Orleans élan and start (or end) your day with this delightful treat.
PO’BOYS AND MUFFULETTAS
For lunch options that aren’t your typical fare, try a po’boy or muffuletta. Though these two sandwiches are now enjoyed on a national level, their origins can be traced back to The Big Easy.
Po’Boy: Made famous by railroad conductor turned sandwich shop owners Benny and Clovis Martin, the po’boy is a savory sandwich stuffed with fried shrimp, catfish, or grilled chicken.
Muffuletta: The muffuletta sandwich originated among the Italian immigrants of New Orleans and is known for its signature marinated olive oil salad and thinly-sliced Italian meats and cheeses.
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© Court of Two Sisters
SEAFOOD GUMBO Court of Two Sisters restaurant
One of the best examples of New Orleans’ melting pot of cultures is found in its gumbo. Combining West African, Native American, and French culinary influences, the dish is imbued with a history as rich as its flavors. You can cook up your own large batch using this recipe from the Court of Two Sisters restaurant:
Ingredients: 1 cup celery, diced 1 cup bell pepper, diced 2 cups white onion, diced 2 cups okra, sliced 1½ tsp. pureed garlic or garlic paste 1 cup margarine or cooking oil 1½ cups flour ¼ cup parsley, chopped 1 ½ lbs. small or medium shrimp, peeled 6 qts. water 4 scallions, chopped 1½ lbs. gumbo crabs
Directions: 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 pint oysters 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. basil 1 bay leaf, crushed 2 tbs. salt 1½ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. black pepper 2 tbs. Kitchen Bouquet (a browning and seasoning sauce) rice
In a large stockpot make a medium-dark roux of the flour and margarine, heating the margarine until it is sizzling and gradually adding the flour and darkening.
2 Add seasonings and vegetables, and cook until vegetables are limp, and let cool about half an hour. 3 Boil shrimp separately, reserving stock. 4 Add roux and vegetables to stock and blend well until thickened. 5 Add oysters, crab, shrimp, and Kitchen Bouquet for color. Simmer one-half hour. 6 Serve over rice. Yields 20 servings.
GUMBO, JAMBALAYA, AND ÉTOUFFÉE: DELICIOUS BUT DIFFERENT DISHES These three dishes are found on many traditional Louisianan menus. Each meal is savory and involves some portion of rice and spice. However, each meal has their own distinct flavor profile. Let’s explore what makes each one unique.
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• Jambalaya: Akin to paella, jambalaya is a rice dish that typically features shellfish, Andouille sausage, and vegetables. The Creole version of this meal includes tomatoes but the Cajun version does not. • Gumbo: A roux-thickened stew, typically containing either poultry and sausage or seafood along with vegetables. The rice is served on the side of the dish, not in it. • Étouffée: A thicker, spicy stew most commonly made with crawfish and served over rice. The term étouffée, is derived from the cooking method of smothering.
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NEW ORLEANS Get to know one of America’s most vibrant cities: New Orleans. Stay in the heart of the French Quarter and immerse yourself in a melting pot of cultures. Groove to New Orleans’ signature sound at a French Quarter jazz club. Take a scenic drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans always delivers on a good time.
SINGLE HOTEL STAY
Learn how to cook New Orleans-style at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Indulge in a staple New Orleans sweet — beignets at Café Du Monde.
Get a taste of French-Creole cuisine at The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant.
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RESERVATION INFORMATION Land Rates Land rates are per person, double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability of departures at the prices noted in the brochure is limited. For current prices, please see our website. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. The land price includes those land based items delineated as included in the package itinerary and does not include any other items such as 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 waitstaff, and any incidental charges. Payments Land Package Deposit • A $250 non-refundable deposit is due with your land only reservation. • For Antarctica, Cruises only and Oberammergau reservations, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required. An additional $1000 is due 180 days prior to departure for Antarctica. An additional $1500 is due one year prior to departure for Oberammergau. Air Inclusive Package Deposit • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due with your air inclusive reservation. • For Antarctica, Cruise and Oberammergau air inclusive reservations, a non-refundable $750 deposit is required. An additional $1000 is due 180 days prior to departure for Antarctica. An additional $1500 is due one year prior to departure for Oberammergau. Instant Purchase Air • If you have selected Instant Purchase Air, the deposit required is the full cost of the airfare plus a $500 deposit, all of which is non-refundable. Should you decide to purchase our per-person Travel Protection Plan, you must do so at the time of booking. Payment of this Plan includes the Pre-Departure Cancellation Fee Waiver which protects you from penalties in the event you have to cancel your entire tour package for any reason up to the day prior to departure (see Part A in our terms on our website for more details). If you originally purchased nonrefundable airline tickets, Part B of the Travel Protection Plan may provide a refund for the airline tickets, taxes, or fees in the event of a cancellation for a covered reason (see Part B in our terms on our website for more details). Final Payment Unless otherwise noted, the balance is due 60 days before departure on all tours, except cruises, Antarctica, Galapagos and Oberammergau. The balance is due 120 days before departure for cruises, Antarctica, Galapagos and Oberammergau. Payment may be made by charging to clients’ Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Discover (card imprint and signature required) or by sending a check or money order. All land rates are guaranteed upon deposit. Payment may also be made online at https://reservations.gocollette.com/payment.aspx TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS PLEASE CONTACT: Collette: 1-800-611-3361 PLEASE SEND PAYMENTS TO: Collette Travel Service, 162 Middle Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Attn: Accounts Receivable Revision Fees A handling fee of $25.00 per transaction will be assessed for any change or revision made to a reservation. A change of departure date within 11 months of departure will be treated as a cancellation, and cancellation charges will apply. Cancellation Charges Cancellations of confirmed bookings and transfers to new travel dates both result in penalties and fees assessed by travel suppliers. If you need to transfer or cancel for any reason prior to tour departure, the following cancellation fees will be assessed on your land or cruise product. Air is 100% nonrefundable once paid in full. If canceled prior to being paid in full, the following cancellation fees will also apply to air. • More than 60 days prior to departure: a nonrefundable deposit will be retained. • 60 - 16 days prior to departure: 30% of land or cruise price • 15 - 1 day prior to departure: 50% of land or cruise price • Day of departure and after: 100% of land or cruise price Exceptions: Ocean Cruises: • More than 90 days prior to departure, a nonrefundable deposit will be retained. • 90 - 61 days prior to departure: 35% of land or cruise price • 60 - 31 days prior to departure: 60% of land or cruise price • 30 - 0 days prior to departure: 100% of land or cruise price
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• 120 - 91 days prior to departure - 75% of total price • 90 days - 0 days prior to departure -100% of total price * Instant Purchase air and its associated taxes, fees and surcharges are 100% nonrefundable at time of reservation. Upon cancellation of transportation or travel services where you, the customer, are not at fault and have not canceled in violation of the terms and conditions above, you will be refunded 100%. Collette’s Travel Protection Plan Payment of a Per Person Travel Protection Plan Fee guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit), except the Travel Protection Plan Fee itself, made to Collette for travel arrangements in case of cancellation of your travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure. The Travel Protection Plan Fee with Air only covers airline tickets you have purchased from Collette. Exception: If you originally purchased nonrefundable airline tickets, the Travel Protection Plan does not provide a refund for the airline tickets, taxes or fees, in the event of a cancellation. Collette’s Travel Protection Plan protects you from penalties in the event you have a need to cancel your entire inclusive tour package up to the day prior to departure. The Travel Protection Plan does not indemnify you from penalties if you choose to cancel partial tour components or air. If you choose to partially cancel your tour, you will be responsible for a revision fee as well as any penalties that are incurred at the time of the cancellation. Visit gocollette.com/terms for Complete TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN Terms and Conditions. Airfare For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all tour packages. If you purchase an air-inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes and fees. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date. Instant Purchase Nonrefundable Airfare includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers (excluding pre- or post-days and extensions). Instant Purchase nonrefundable airfare requires full payment at the time of booking. If you purchase the Travel Protection Plan, the Instant Purchase nonrefundable airfare may be covered, if you cancel your trip for a covered reason (see Part B for more details). Tickets will be issued immediately and once issued are nonrefundable, and may only be changed for a fee up to $300 plus any difference in airfare for travel in the following 12 months; specific fees and policies may vary by airline. These tickets include an administration fee and roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers, of which both hold no airline reissue value. Once issued, there can be no fluctuation in price due to an increase in government taxes or in airline fuel surcharges. Therefore, any such fees or airportto-hotel transfers are not refundable under any circumstances. Travelers Needing Special Assistance You must report any disability requiring special attention to Collette at the time the reservation is made.* Collette will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants. Such participants, however, should be aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act is inapplicable outside of the United States and facilities outside the United States for disabled individuals are limited. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the assistance. Neither Collette nor its personnel, nor its suppliers, may physically lift or assist clients into transportation vehicles. If a traveler thinks he or she might need assistance during a trip, he or she should call Collette to determine what assistance might reasonably be given. Collette cannot provide special individual assistance to tour members with special needs for walking, dining or other routine activities. *To request a wheelchair accessible room on a cruise, the traveler or person sharing the room must have a recognized disability that alters a major life function and requires the use of a mobility device and the use of the accessible features provided in the wheelchair accessible stateroom. Baggage Disclaimer Although every effort is made to handle passengers’ luggage as carefully as possible, Collette is not responsible for and does not assume liability or accept claims for loss of or damage to luggage due to breakage, theft or wear and tear through hotel and group carrier handling. It is recommended for your own self-interest and protection that you have adequate insurance to cover these eventualities. Check with your sales agent for low-cost insurance to cover these risks. There are limitations by coach and air carrier as to the number and size of bags which can be carried onboard and in bulk storage. Be sure to ask your travel professional about such restrictions before departing for your tour.
River Cruises: including Europe, Russia, Egypt and China • More than 90 days prior to departure, a nonrefundable deposit will be retained. • 90 - 61 days prior to departure: 50% of land or cruise price • 60 - 31 days prior to departure: 85% of land or cruise price • 30 - 0 days prior to departure: 100% of land or cruise price
Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Please be advised there is a $25 USD/CAD charge (per piece) for checked baggage on most transborder flights between U.S. & Canada. This is a fee levied by the airlines, not Collette, and may be subject to change.
Galapagos & Antarctica: • More than 120 days prior to departure: nonrefundable deposits will be retained. • 120 - 90 days prior to departure: 60% of land or cruise price • 89 - 0 days prior to departure: 100% of land or cruise price
Transfers Roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers are provided for all passengers who purchase airfare through Collette. These transfers do not apply to pre- and post-night stays. Passengers who do not purchase airfare through Collette can purchase transfers (for the first and last day of the tour) at an additional cost of $100 per person, roundtrip. Some restrictions may apply. All transfers leave at prescheduled times.
Oberammergau • More than 120 days prior to departure – a nonrefundable deposit will be retained.
All passengers who purchase pre and post hotel nights through Collette may also purchase transfers to/from the airport and the pre or post hotel. Please inquire at time of booking.
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Roundtrip Home to Airport Sedan Service This service is available for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalized service is included in many U.S. cities within a 50 mile radius from more than 90 airport gateways.* Service is available between 51 and 75 miles for a small fee. Not valid on group travel. *One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Tour Pacing Tour pacing varies by itinerary, and each destination’s sightseeing and activities are unique. Pacing is subject to personal interpretation. 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 “Accommodations” section on each tour page and on the tour map. These describe 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. The Tour Activity Level Ranking is featured on each tour itinerary in a circle. If you have additional questions regarding a specific tour, please inquire at time of reservation. For your comfort, we recommend packing comfortable walking shoes so you can fully enjoy every aspect of your tour. Travel Loyalty Formerly known as Travel Loyalty by Collette (TLC), Collette has relaunched a new, more inclusive loyalty program called the Collette Passport Club. For guests who are already enrolled in TLC no action is required. New guests who complete a trip that departs on or after 9/4/17 will automatically be enrolled in the program. Collette Passport Club members receive a $150 travel credit for each trip they take* along with various other benefits. *Full credit is valid for your next tour when you travel within 12 months of the original trip. $100 of the credit remains valid for travel within 13-24 months, and the entire credit expires 24 months after the original trip. Holiday and Museum Closures Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or many religious, state and local holidays observed throughout the world. Motorcoach Washrooms Most motorcoaches used on our tours are equipped with washrooms except safari vehicles, exotic locations, and some of our Explorations tours. These are typically for emergency use, as we make plenty of comfort stops, allowing you the opportunity to use public restrooms and/or stretch your legs. Seat Rotation Seats are rotated onboard 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. Maps and Photos Maps shown on tour pages are current at the time of printing and may not reflect actual tour routing should the tour change. Photos shown on tour pages are reflective of the area(s) visited, but may not be included in the actual tour itinerary and the conditions you experience may be different than depicted in the photograph(s). Explanation of Responsibilities and Tour Conditions for Collette Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. If you decide to make a reservation, you acknowledge and agree that you are physically well enough to travel and understand that medical facilities may not be similar to what you are accustomed to at home. You must bring enough medication with you for the trip. Any person reserving or purchasing any Collette product published in this brochure accepts the condition that Collette reserves to itself the exclusive right to change or cancel itineraries, hotels, and other tour components whenever it is deemed necessary, including for tours designated as “guaranteed departures.” If this occurs, every effort will be made to offer alternate dates and/or programs. Published times on itineraries are as accurate as possible but subject to change due to traffic, weather, mechanical and any other conditions beyond Collette’s control that prevent Collette from operating as scheduled. Collette expressly disclaims any liability for any damages that may be incurred for any changes, cancellations or delays on any itinerary on any Collette tour. All rates on foreign tours are subject to fluctuations of currency and may be changed when necessary without advance notice prior to deposit. All rates published are per person as indicated and are based on double occupancy when only one rate is shown. Reservations will be accepted subject to availability at the time of request and will be considered confirmed only upon receipt of a minimum deposit. Child land rates are available and are valid for ages 5-12, sharing a room with two full-paying adults. Collette does not accept liability in the case of any passenger being denied boarding by any airline carrier due to the carrier’s overbooking of a flight. All cancellation charges, fees and refunds for any tour within this brochure are in effect as of the effective date as indicated below and supersede any other previously printed policies relating to these same charges. GENERAL DISCLAIMER Collette montiors security situations around the world as well as government travel advisories. Conditions may require Collette to change or even cancel trips. You accept the risks involved in travel, both foreign and domestic, and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions. Guests may be required to review and sign a participation agreement prior to engaging in certain activities on the trip. Neither Collette Travel Service, Inc., its affiliated entities and its and their employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively “Collette”), own or operate any person or entity which is to or does provide goods or services for these trips. You agree to be bound by the conditions of carriage for all transportation providers. Collette does not maintain control or operate the personnel, equipment, or operations of these
suppliers it uses and as such Collette assumes no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of (1) any wrongful, negligent, willful or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the suppliers or other employees or agents, (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrument owned, operated or otherwise used by any of these suppliers, or (3) any wrongful, willful or negligent act or omission on the part of any other party. Client shall indemnify and hold harmless Collette Travel Service, Inc., its affiliated entities and its and their employees, agents, shareholders, officers, successors and assigns (collectively “Collette”), from all suits, actions, losses, damages, claims or liability for any personal injury, death, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which is occasioned by any negligent acts or omissions of Collette arising out of any goods or services provided for this or these trips. Additionally, responsibility is not accepted for losses or expenses due to sickness, lack of appropriate medical facilities or practitioners, weather, strikes, theft or other criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer problems, or other such causes. Other risks may arise such as, but not limited to, hazards of traveling in foreign countries including undeveloped areas, the hazards of travel by aircraft, bus, van, train, automobile or other motorized vehicle, differing safety standards, sickness, criminal acts committed by others, allergic reactions, and/or animal encounters. You are voluntarily participating in the tour and Collette, and as lawful consideration for the agreement to travel with Collette, you agree not to make a claim against Collette, its related companies, officers and employees for injuries, death, or any other claim and agree to release Collette, its related companies, officers and employees from any such claim. This release is binding on all members of your traveling party, as well as your Estate and heirs and this provision shall be enforceable even after your trip has ended. If you make your own air reservations, Collette is not responsible and shall provide no refund if your flight schedule changes so that you are not able to enjoy the entirety of your tour. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws of the country in which they are provided. Collette reserves the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant, or if Collette deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour. Collette reserves the right to withdraw any tour announced. Collette reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by the Tour Manager to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or of the individual participant. If you are traveling with children, you are solely responsible for their behavior and monitoring them throughout the tour. Neither does Collette accept liability for any carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable airline or other ticket to the tour departure city and return or otherwise. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owner at all times. Collette is not responsible, and will not be bound by, representations made by third party representatives, travel agents, unaffiliated websites, or any other party. Participants may be photographed for the promotional purposes of Collette. In addition, any comments that you submit as a review or your social media posts may be used for Collette’s promotional purposes. Payment of the deposit to Collette constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. Collette reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time, without notice. FORUM SELECTION AND CHOICE OF LAW THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED AND INTERPRETED PURSUANT TO THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES HERETO AND THE FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS IN RHODE ISLAND SHALL HAVE EXCLUSIVE AND SOLE JURISDICTION OVER ANY DISPUTE, CONTROVERSY OR SUIT ARISING RELATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT. ERRORS AND OMISSIONS While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in our brochures, on our website or communicated by our reservation staff, errors or omissions are possible and Collette is not responsible for such error. If a mistake is made in billing, we reserve the right to correct the invoice and you will be responsible for proper payment. SEVERABILITY In the event that any clause in this agreement is determined to be invalid, the remaining provisions are valid and enforceable. The invalid provision shall be replaced by Collette by a clause as similar as practicable. Consumer Protection Plans Collette is a member of the following organizations: the National Tour Association, the United States Tour Operators Association, the Alliance of Canadian Travel Associations, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, and the Association of British Travel Agents. Some of these associations operate a consumer protection plan to cover deposits placed with any tour operator member. Collette is proud to be a member of USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association), an association that represents the tour operator industry. The USTOA logo on our brochures signifies that Collette is a member in good standing and is backed by their $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Collette, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Collette customers in the unlikely event of Collette’s bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 million posted by Collette may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Collette. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. Collette is pleased to give this additional protection to our clients.
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1 Million MEALS to Celebrate 100 YEARS! Global hunger is a central part of our mission at Collette Cares. Weâ€™re thrilled to celebrate 100 years of service by giving 1 million meals to those in need globally through volunteering, meal programs and partnerships with Rise Against Hunger, Edesia and No Kid Hungry.
100 WAYS TO CARE We celebrate the children we have helped through global programs in India, Cambodia, Australia, Fiji, Kenya, Ecuador, Peru, Poland, Costa Rica and South Africa.
100 ACTS OF KINDNESS Employees volunteer over 5,000 hours of service each year. Travelers are rolling their sleeves up by joining us on Impact Tours. For more information, visit collettecares.org
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source code for savings. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Space is limited and savings are only available on select departures. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings or combinable with any other offer. Promotional pricing may remain in effect after the expiration date. Offer amounts vary by tour and departure date. Other restrictions may apply. Call or visit collette.com/offers for more details.
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what’s your reason F O R T R AV E L? In 2018, Collette proudly celebrates its 100th year. As we look back over the past century, where and how we travel has changed. But one thing remains the same – the reasons why we travel. We have come a long way, from simple bus tours to culturally immersive and inclusive explorations. But whether it’s fulfilling a dream, celebrating a milestone, or simply broadening our horizons, our reasons for travel remain the same. To learn more about our Centennial, visit Collette100.com
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