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Reflections of Italy - 10 days ...................................

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Italy’s Treasures - 12 days.......................................

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Discovering Poland - 12 days.................................. 128, 129

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Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside - 11 days ..............

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Imperial Cities - 11 days .......................................... 130, 131

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Discover Tuscany - 9 days ......................................

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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera - 8 days .....................

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Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe - 14 days ................. 132, 133

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Spotlight on Rome - 7 days .....................................

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Legendary Waterways of Europe - 16 days ............ 134, 135

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Spotlight on Venice in Winter - 7 days ....................

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Springtime Tulip River Cruise - 9 days.................... 136, 137

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Rome & the Amalfi Coast - 10 days ........................

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Classic Danube - 11 days ........................................ 138, 139

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Magical Rhine and Moselle - 9 days ....................... 140, 141

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Christmas on the Danube - 9 days.......................... 142, 143

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Classic Christmas Markets - 9 days........................ 144, 145

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Magical Christmas Markets of Austria and Germany - 7 days.......................... 146, 147

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Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Scandinavian Capitals - 15 days ..... 148, 149

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Spectacular Scandinavia - 14 days ......................... 150, 151

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Inspiring Iceland - 9 days ........................................ 152, 153

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Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights - 7 days ............ 154, 155

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Italian Lakes, Greek Islands & Venice - 13 days ..... 156, 157

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Venice, Florence and Rome - 8 days ......................

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Treasures of Piedmont - 10 days ............................

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Southern Italy & Sicily - 12 days ..............................

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Splendid Sicilia - 10 days ........................................

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Shades of Ireland - 10 days .....................................

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Shades of Ireland with Northern Ireland - 13 days .

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Elegant Ireland - 9 days ...........................................

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Countryside of the Emerald Isle - 11 days ..............

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Spirit of the Emerald Isle - 12 days .........................

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Irish Splendor - 8 days .............................................

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Spotlight on Dublin - 7 days ....................................

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Exploring Britain & Ireland - 15 days.......................

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British Landscapes - 10 days ..................................

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UK by Rail - 10 days ................................................

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Exploring Scotland & Ireland - 13 days...................

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Discover Scotland - 10 days ...................................

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England’s Treasures - 12 days ................................

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London & Paris - 8 days ..........................................

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Spotlight on London - 7 days ..................................

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Spotlight on Paris - 7 days ......................................

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France Magnifique - 12 days ...................................

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Timeless France featuring the Saone and Rhone Rivers - 13 days ..

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Journey through Southern France - 13 days ..........

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Treasures of France - 11 days .................................

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Spotlight on the French Riviera - 8 days.................

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Netherlands, Belgium & Paris - 11 days .................

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Spain’s Classics - 11 days.......................................

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Spain’s Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera - 13 days ......................102, 103 397 NEW

Spotlight on Barcelona - 8 days ..............................108, 109 529 Spotlight on Madrid - 8 days ...................................110, 111 530 Sunny Portugal - 10 days ........................................112, 113

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Portugal & Its Islands - 13 days...............................114, 115 414 NEW

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Portugal’s Douro River Cruise & Pousadas - 13 days...........116, 117 578

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Classical Turkey - 13 days ....................................... 160, 161

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Israel: A Journey to the Holy Land - 10 days .......... 162, 163

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Highlights of Morocco - 11 days ............................. 166, 167

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The Plains of Africa - 14 days .................................. 168, 169

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Spectacular South Africa - 14 days......................... 170, 171

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Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana - 14 days ..................... 172, 173

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Classic Tanzania - 12 days ...................................... 174, 175

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Treasures of Egypt - 13 days .................................. 176, 177

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Madrid, Seville & Lisbon - 10 days ..........................104, 105 562 Northern Spain & Portugal - 14 days ......................106, 107 571

Exploring Greece and Its Islands - 15 days ............ 158, 159

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Spain’s Classics & Portugal - 14 days ....................100, 101 263

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Italian Vistas - 13 days .............................................

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Mysteries of India - 15 days .................................... 180, 181 Three Kingdoms of Indochina - 19 days ................. 182, 183

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The Beauty of Japan - 13 days................................ 184, 185 Discovering Myanmar - 12 days .............................. 186, 187

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Arabian Peninsula - 12 days .................................... 188, 189 The Wonders of China - 16 days ............................. 190, 191

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China Highlights - 9 days......................................... 192, 193

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From the Outback to the Glaciers - 21 days......... 196 - 199 The Complete South Pacific - 27 days.................. 200 - 203

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Portugal’s Gardens - 10 days ..................................118, 119 488

South Pacific Wonders - 15 days .......................... 204, 205

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Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains - 10 days ..................120, 121 416

South Pacific Wonders with New Zealand’s North Island - 18 days ....... 206, 207 A Taste of the South Pacific - 13 days .................. 208, 209

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Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria - 10 days ..................................122, 123

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Exploring the Alpine Countries - 13 days ...............124, 125

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Exploring Australia - 18 days................................. 210, 211 Exploring New Zealand - 21 days ......................... 212, 213

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The Best of Eastern Canada - 8 days ...................... 216, 217 Wonders of Newfoundland - 12 days....................... 218, 219

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Canadian Rockies by Train - 9 days ........................ 224, 225 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park - 7 days............................ 226, 227 Canada’s Winter Wonderland - 7 days .................... 228, 229

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Hawaiian Adventure - 10 days.................................. 296, 297 98 Alaska Discovery - 13 days ...................................... 298, 299 148 Alaska and the Yukon - 13 days ............................... 300, 301 575

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Colors of New England - 8 days ............................... 232, 233 358 Islands of New England - 8 days .............................. 234, 235 61

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Best of Eastern U.S. and Canada - 13 days ............ 236, 237 512 Spotlight on New York City - 5 days ........................ 238, 239 83

Tropical Costa Rica - 9 days ................................... 304, 305 89 Costa Rica World of Nature - 11 days .................... 306, 307 294 The Wonders of South America - 12 days .............. 308, 309 455

Spotlight on New York City Holiday - 5 days........... 240, 241 Heritage of America - 10 days .................................. 242, 243

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Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries - 10 days ............. 310, 311 454 The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu - 14 days . 312, 313 366

Spotlight on Washington, D.C. - 6 days ................... 244, 245 426 Spotlight on San Antonio - 5 days ........................... 246, 247 64

The Complete South America - 23 days ................. 314-317 550 Antarctica - 18 days ................................................. 318, 319 113

Heart of the South - 8 days....................................... 248, 249 467 Spotlight on New Orleans - 5 days........................... 250, 251 80

Discover Panama - 9 days ....................................... 320, 321 381 Rediscover Cuba A Cultural Exploration - 9 days............................. 322, 323 429

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America’s Music Cities - 8 days ............................... 252, 253 376 America’s South & Cajun Country - 14 days ........... 254, 255 514 Southern Charm - 7 days .......................................... 256, 257 Southern Charm Holiday - 6 days ............................ 258, 259

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Mackinac Island - 8 days .......................................... 260, 261 57 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - 6 days ....................... 262, 263 453 Canyon Country - 9 days .......................................... 264, 265 91 National Parks of America - 12 days ........................ 266, 267 93 Winter in Yellowstone - 7 days ................................. 268, 269 552 Northern National Parks - 8 days ............................. 270, 271 271 America’s Cowboy Country - 8 days ....................... 272, 273 438 South Dakota: The Black Hills & Badlands - 7 days .... 274, 275 137

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Pacific Northwest & California - 8 days ................... 290, 291 66 California and America’s Western Wonders - 13 days .................................. 292, 293 270 Hawaii By Land & Sea - 10 days .............................. 294, 295 495

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Maritimes Coastal Wonders - 11 days ..................... 220, 221 Resorts of the Rockies - 10 days ............................. 222, 223

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Europe extensions: Milan, Paris, French Riviera, Madeira, Prague, Iceland ....................................................................324, 325 Africa extensions: Jordan, Dubai, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, Tanzania ...............................................................................326, 327 Asia extensions: Nepal, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangri-La............................................................................328, 329 South Pacific extension: Fiji ......................................................329 North America extensions: Las Vegas, Hawaii ..........................330

The Colorado Rockies - 9 days ................................ 276, 277 282 California Coast - 9 days .......................................... 278, 279 119

South America extensions: Peruvian Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Brazilian Amazon, Costa Rica Jungle Adventure, Otavalo, Easter Island ....................................................................... 331 - 333

California New Year’s Getaway - 5 days.................. 280, 281 165 Southern California New Year’s Celebration - 6 days ........................... 282, 283 553 Treasures of Northern California - 9 days ................ 284, 285 353

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Spotlight on San Francisco - 5 days ........................ 286, 287 139 The Pacific Northwest’s Coastal Treasures - 9 days .................................... 288, 289 570

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Questions Most Frequently Asked ........................................334, 335 Air Information ..............................................................................336 Reservation Information ...................................................... 337 - 339

Leisure Stay itineraries feature multiple night stays, allowing for a more relaxed pace and time on your own. Explorations: Small group travel experiences.

(see page 10 for details)

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River Cruise itineraries feature small, intimate vessels for travel through a variety of beautiful waterways. Spotlights: Singlehotel stays featuring the world’s great cities. (see page 10 for details)

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Cruise-Land itineraries combine the great features of our land tours with an ocean or river cruise.

Garden Holidays: Royal Horticultural Society garden tours.

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Dear Traveler, Welcome to Collette’s 2016 - 2017 Worldwide Travel Guide. As you make your way through the following pages, rest assured that the entire Collette team is ready to make your travel dreams come true while delivering extraordinary service. My father took the helm of Collette over 50 years ago, carrying on

New York City, USA

a tradition of family ownership that began in 1918. For as long as I can remember, Collette has been focused on building relationships with our guests and partners around the world. Those personal connections are part of who we are. Whether it’s taking the extra time to help you find the perfect trip, working to select just the right inclusion, or giving back in our local community, Collette represents something more than a travel company. We may reach all seven continents, but you truly are the center of our world. Every year we roll out new incredible experiences that truly wow Paris, France

our guests, yet I am most proud when I hear someone say, “Collette treated me like family.”

Sincerely,

Daniel J. Sullivan, Jr. President and CEO

Collette’s Values Collaboration • Accountability • Integrity • Innovation • Respectful • Social Responsibility

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With Collette, you are the center of the world.

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Everything we do at Collette begins and ends with our guests

ity

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Collette

tour managers Part tour guide, part friend, part concierge, your Tour Manager is with you throughout your travel experience.

Collette’s Tour Managers are the best trained and most respected in the world. Drawing on their own rich backgrounds and extensive training, they enhance each journey. Whether it’s with a bit of historical information, suggesting a special local restaurant or sharing a laugh, these travel aficionados are at your service.

It was the best trip of my

life! I just wanted you to know the Tour Manager is a star.

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Collette is

the only way to travel

What’s Included: •

A professionally planned itinerary

Unparalleled sightseeing

Enriching cultural experiences

Strategically located hotels (4 stars and above)

The services of a professional tour manager

Expert local guides who provide insider knowledge

Breakfast every day and over 50% of dinners

Comfortable on-tour transportation

Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling

All you have to do is enjoy

Traditional entertainment

our one-of-a-kind blend of

Attraction & museum entrance fees with preferential access

inclusive touring and first-

Private sedan service on air-inclusive reservations

As a guest of Collette you are treated like a VIP from start to finish. We seamlessly handle the logistics in the background and are always eager to lend a helping hand.

(See page 335 for details.)

class guest service. •

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Traveling with Collette comes with

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differences

benefits that take the guided travel experience to another level. With a focus on service, we seek to make your time with us extraordinary.

Loyalty Program

Inclusive Touring

Travel Loyalty by Collette allows travelers to earn credit every

Our team carefully designs each itinerary to

Offering an amazing value.

Thanking our guests.

time they travel. They will receive $150

in travel

feature an inclusive blend of must-see sites,

credits towards their next Collette adventure.

immersive experiences, strategically located

(See page 335 for details.)

hotels and culinary events. With Collette, you get more on-tour, so you can say you did it all!

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Start in style. Leave the hassle of getting to the airport behind and enjoy

Private

roundtrip home to airport sedan service. (See page 335 for details.)

Sedan Service Making It Easy.

Travel

Protection

Collette Standards

Our revolutionary travel protection plan offers

Having been a family-owned business since 1918,

travelers a full refund if they cancel for any

Collette understands the exacting standards of

reason right up to the day prior to departure.

today’s traveler. That’s why we ensure every

You can reserve your tour and be worry-free.

element of your tour (including hotels, cultural

(See page 339 for details.)

experiences and local restaurants) meets

Giving peace of mind.

Living up to 98 years of history.

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our benchmarks.

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classic tours

The Collette collection of tours offers an inclusive look at a wealth of amazing destinations. From marveling at the mustsee’s to becoming a part of new cultures to

variety

an inspiring and easy way to travel.

small group

Galapagos Islands

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exploring on your own, these itineraries offer

With an average of 18 guests, these

world, Collette can take you there. Whether you want to travel across an entire country, dive into a local culture, or come to know one of the world’s great cities, Collette has the travel experience that’s right for you.

personal adventures focus on culinary experiences, cultural immersions and unique accommodations that capture the destination. Enjoy a new perspective on the world.

single hotel stay

New York City, USA

No matter how you want to see the

Explore and relax in the world’s most remarkable destinations during a

single-hotel stay. Immerse yourself in the fanfare of a grand city or unwind

river cruise

Rhine River, Germany

what’s your travel style?

in the timeless countryside.

These itineraries feature small, intimate vessels for travel through a variety of beautiful waterways. Plus, when you step off your ship with a Tour Manager by your side, you’ll truly come to know the

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people and places along the river.

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guided by travel

spotlights

spotlights river cruise

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Come to know the Uros people on floating islands in Peru.

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experiences Take dance lessons in Greece.

The Collette experiences you’ll find as part of each itinerary are travel moments both large and small. These are the immersive inclusions that allow you to truly come to know a destination and, more importantly, the people who call that place home.

Meet a cranberry farmer in New England.

Next to our marriage and the birth of our

children, this tour was the greatest experience that my wife and I have ever enjoyed. Everything about the tour was simply

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incredible.

— Robert M., Avon, CT

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Enjoy a luau in Maui, Hawaii.

Saddle up for a traditional chuckwagon evening in Wyoming. Enjoy a champagne toast at Ayers Rock.

Search for the Big 5 on a game drive in Tanzania.

Travel by train to the remote villages of Cinque Terre.

collette standards Carefully selected by our experts Bring to life the local culture Places you might not ever see on your own

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Africa Safari, Kenya Machu Picchu, Peru

collette standards Iconic landmarks and bucket-list sites Preferential access Going beyond sightseeing Wow moments for every traveler 14

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The itineraries are excellent. I always feel I have seen the highlights of each place visited. Overall,

these last two trips confirmed me as a loyal Collette traveler, and one that will make sure all

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my friends know who to go to for a great travel experience. — Gregory W., Indianapolis, IN

must-see inclusions Every destination has its iconic locations that are simply a must for visitors. Collette’s inclusive itineraries interweave what we call the“must-see’s” with immersive experiences to create a richer

Taj Mahal, India

Great Wall, China

portrait of the destination.

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collette standards Local restaurants Most meals outside of your hotel Culinary events on every tour Learn to cook in the Australian Outback.

Breakfast every day

Roll up your sleeves during a Tuscan cooking class.

The restaurants we visited had amazing ambiance and fantastic quality of food.

Lobster dinner on the beaches of Cape Cod.

— Janis G., Uniontown, OH Visit a family winery in Tuscany.

Paella-making demonstration in Spain.

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Visit a limoncello factory in Italy!

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culinary inclusions Collette’s culinary experiences cover an incredible breadth of the world. Many culinary adventures await. •

Baking bread under the sand in Morocco.

Walking through Barcelona’s open-air market.

Reveling in a traditional Cape Cod lobster dinner.

Trying an Icelandic delicacy – cured “hakare.”

Visiting a local farm for a cheese tasting.

Saddling up for a western chuckwagon dinner.

Food is a wonderful window on new cultures. Our authentic culinary experiences take you into the destination, inspiring both your understanding & your taste buds.

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Whether it’s the amenities, the fascinating history, the amazing view or the incredible location, your hotel often turns into a highlight all its own. These properties become more than a place to rest–they become a part of your own story.

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Jekyll Island Club, South Carolina

Collette accommodations As a Collette guest, you will find yourself: •

Enjoying an iconic hotel like The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Overlooking the heart of New York’s Times Square.

Staying at the base of mysterious Machu Picchu.

Stepping back in time at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.

Overnighting at a castle set amid Ireland’s rolling hills.

Relaxing on a junk boat in Halong Bay.

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collette standards Personally reviewed properties 4 stars and above Halong Bay, Vietnam

Strategically selected locations Properties that capture the destination

It was an absolutely fabulous trip, from the beautiful hotel

(in a perfect location) to the wonderful included sights and shows.

— Rhonda M., Martinton, IL

Castlemartyr Resort, Ireland

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Included events: •

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The Calgary Stampede in the Canadian Rockies.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.

The Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan. See itinerary pages or call for specific dates.

Collette has been around nearly as long as the National Parks Service, which is celebrating its centennial. You’ll see a special icon on itineraries that feature one or more U.S. National Parks.

what’s happening around the world Carnival in Venice

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The Great Migration in Kenya

(call for details)

New Orleans French Quarter Festival

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festivals & special events Every year, there are many things happening around the world. And whether it’s an Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

inclusion on your tour or you simply cross paths with an amazing cultural event, with Collette you can be a part of it all.

the world is closer than ever before: Whether you are waiting to go, on-tour, or reliving it at home, share your travel story. #guidedbycollette

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It’s extraordinary moments (and updates on what is happening at Collette) in 140 characters.

Fill the world with your amazing travel photos and follow along for another perspective.

If you are looking for inspiration for your next trip, this is where you’ll find it.

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Collette

pre-tour

start with

enhance your adventure

sedan service As one of the Collette differences, our private sedan service is available when you reserve an air-inclusive tour. It’s the perfect way to begin your adventure.

choice on tour

We know every traveler is different. So while providing a consistently inclusive experience,

on tour

Many tours feature the chance to choose from an assortment of included activities. Create your own touring experience by deciding what you want to do on select days.

we offer you the chance to personalize your trip in a variety of ways.

where inclusiveness meets choice

post-tour

post-nights Collette can also add a post-night stay to your existing itinerary along with tickets to your host city’s best attractions. Stay a little bit longer and enjoy more of some of the world’s best cities.

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upgrade! elite

airfare

pre-nights

Collette’s Elite Airfare allows you to travel in ultimate comfort

Collette can easily add a pre-night stay to your existing itinerary,

and convenience. Treat yourself to a wealth of amenities that come

and with a single phone call, we can reserve tickets to your host

with a business, premium economy, or first-class ticket. Land rested,

city’s best attractions. Enjoy the benefits of an early arrival and a

refreshed, and ready for the world’s wonders. (see pg. 336)

streamlined booking process.

optional excursions

dining experiences

Every tour offers a collection of optional excursions. From exploring

On select tours and evenings, our Diner’s Choice feature allows

Rome by Night to a Costa Rican sunset catamaran cruise, add to

you to choose where to enjoy your included dinner. Find just the

your experience with these specially designed tour additions.

right spot from a list that includes the city’s great restaurants.

tour extensions

go back-to-back

Our list of tour extensions reads like the logbook of a great traveler.

Collette can help you combine two tours into one grand

From spending a few more days in places like London or Paris to adding

experience. Many of our dates line up perfectly to allow you to

Fiji or Hong Kong, these experiences only enhance your adventure.

discover more of the world. Call for details.

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The Sullivan Family

it begins with Family has been

family

at the core of Collette since

Over generations, more and more family helped

1918, when Jack

shape Collette into the global tour operator it is

Collette started a

today, with tours to all 7 continents.

tiny New England travel company Dan Sullivan, Sr. and Dan Sullivan, Jr.

dedicated to

showcasing the beauty of New England and the East Coast. He personally guided the tours, making every traveler feel like they were part of the Collette family. In 1962, Jack sold the company to his friend, Dan Sullivan, Sr., who was determined to keep family at the heart of Collette. Dan’s sisters guided tours. His children worked in the mailroom. 24

Today, Dan Sullivan, Jr. is Collette’s President and CEO. Family members work throughout the company, sharing in the passion for travel and service. Along with the rest of the Collette team, they carry forward that sense of stewardship and stability that makes Collette special. No matter how much has changed since 1918, or how much the company has grown, family forever remains at the center of Collette.

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for our employees • for our community • for the world

Giving back is at the heart of everything we do

Through local community volunteering and support, we make an impact in the places where we work; and with our support of legacy programs in countries like Kenya, Australia, Fiji, Cambodia and Peru, we make a difference in the places where we travel. Our only goal is to give children everywhere – regardless of circumstance – the opportunity to accomplish their dreams.

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europe Here, every step you take, every corner you turn and every person you meet has a story to tell. From the romance of Rome to the history of London to the charms of Croatia, these classic destinations delight seasoned and new travelers alike.

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Capri

Extend your tour to Milan

Italian Vistas Day 1: Overnight Flight Ciao, Italy! Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Arrive in Rome and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. (D)

Day 3: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour A locally-guided tour of Classical Rome

features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona are also featured. (B)

Day 4: Rome Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore

Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. (B)

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journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast. (B)

Day 6: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri Sorrento Coast A scenic boat ride brings you

to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast. (B, D)

Day 7: Sorrento Coast - Florence Today, Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian

Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy’s best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8: Florence A locally-guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. (B) Day 9: Florence - Pisa - Venice Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. (B, L, D) Day 10: Venice - Murano Island Venice Embark on a boat trip (weather permitting)

to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.

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Map Italian Vistas 13 Days from $2899 Collette Experiences • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. • Get an in-depth tour of the famous Colosseum. • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. • Relax on a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri. • Stroll the streets of Verona – the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet.

• Set out on a locally guided tour of Classical Rome.

Venice

Pompeii

Must-See Inclusions • Explore the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento. • Witness the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. • Explore Venice’s legendary St. Mark’s Square and Bridge of Sighs. • Discover the excavated ruins of Pompeii with a local expert.

Culinary Inclusions • 18 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners • Travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner. • Stop at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and local wines.

Accommodations Return to St. Mark’s Square where a local expert takes you on a walking tour of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. (B)

Day 11: Venice - Verona - Stresa

Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore. (B, D)

Day 12: Stresa - Locarno, Switzerland - Isola dei Pescatori, Italy - Stresa Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery. (B, D)

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16 May 21, 23, 30 June 6, 13, 20 June 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1, 15 September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 September 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23 October 1, 3, 8, 10

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October 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 October 31 November 5 December 5* January 23* February 20* March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20* March 25, 27 April 1, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 April 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$3699 $3299 $3299 $2899 $2899 $2899 $3249 $3599 $3599 $3849 (+) $600 - $950 (-) $50

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Rome. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from the hotel on the last day of the tour. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10 a.m. Our air passengers will depart from Milan airport. All of our transfers will depart from Stresa for Milan airport.

Extend your tour in Milan Meals: 2 breakfasts Extension from: $579 per person

Duration: 3 days See pg. 324 for details.

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Day 13: Stresa - Tour Ends (B)

Dates & Prices February – April 2016 February 29 March 5, 7, 12, 13, 14 April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Palatino, Mediterraneo Hotel or Imperiale Hotel, Rome Days 5, 6 Towers Hotel, Sorrento Coast or Central Hotel, Sorrento Days 7, 8 Grand Hotel Baglioni, Mirror Hotel or Hotel Albani, Florence Days 9, 10 Hotel Bellini, Venice Days 11, 12 Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa

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Reflections of Italy Day 1: Overnight Flight Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture, art and romance. Your journey begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins

Welcome to Rome, “The Eternal City.” This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. (D)

Day 3: Rome This morning you’ll come to know

the history and traditions of Rome while on a locally guided panoramic tour featuring the impressive Piazza Venezia, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, the famous Piazza Navona, and a visit to the Colosseum. This afternoon it’s your choice! Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. (B)

Day 4: Rome - Assisi - Perugia Ease your

way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key Italian phrases. Travel to Assisi, birthplace of

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St. Francis. Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis. Then you are off to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. Behold one of the grandest squares in Italy – the Piazza IV Novembre – and delight in the medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals. (B)

Day 5: Perugia - Siena - Florence A

scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena. You are sure to find many surprises among its shops and outdoor cafés. Arrive in Florence and enjoy some free time before gathering for dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Florence In Florence – the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” – visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible

statue of David. During your cultural tour of Florence, you’ll also view the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city on your own. (B)

Day 7: Florence - Venice Start your day with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about the winery’s famed Tuscan wines and enjoy a light lunch filled with local specialties. This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the wooded Apennine Mountains toward the Valley of the Po. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands and its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Venice - Murano Island - Venice See Venice from the water this morning as we board a boat (weather permitting) bound for Murano Island for an up-close glass making demonstration. Discover the secrets of this ancient art and marvel at the intricate designs of each one-of-a-kind piece. Next, return to

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Map Reflections of Italy 10 Days from $1899 Collette Experiences • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. • A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills. • Behold medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. • Visit a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region.

Must-See Inclusions Colosseum

Milan

• Experience the beauty of Rome on a panoramic tour. • Come to know Florence with a tour of the city’s treasures. • Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. • Explore the mystical city of Siena. • Be amazed by Milan on a panoramic tour.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Visit one of Chianti’s treasured wineries, complete with a special lunch. • Enjoy a memorable farewell dinner in Milan Malpensa.

Accommodations Venice and visit lively St. Mark’s Square, the cultural hub of the city. Uncover the stories of Venice as a local expert guides you on a walking tour of the area featuring St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Clock Tower with its famous Moors. (B)

Day 9: Venice - Milan Malpensa

Today you travel to Milan. Take in some of the city’s amazing sights on a locally guided panoramic tour including the Duomo (this magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third largest church in Europe), the Opera House La Scala and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Later,

Day 1 Days 2, 3

perhaps you will indulge in some shopping at the “Quadrilatero della Moda,” Milan’s highfashion district. Continue to Milan Malpensa for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)

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Day 10: Milan Malpensa - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Milan

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Malpensa this morning. (B)

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 June 8, 13, 15, 20 June 29 July 4 July 6, 11, 25, 27 August 8, 17

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August 31 September 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 26, 28 October 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 October 26 October 31 November 2, 7, 9, 12 November 28* January 24* February 14* March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 March 27, 29 April 3, 5 April 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2849 $2849 $2849 $2749 $2549 $2549 $2249 $1899 $1999 $2349 $2449 $2549 $2749

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre/Post Night-Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night stay in Rome. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. This tour sometimes operates in reverse.

(+) $400 - $1100 (-) $50

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Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 25 February 22 February 29 March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 March 14, 28 March 30 April 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 25, 26 April 5, 6

Overnight Flight Massimo D’Azeglio Hotel, Mediterraneo Hotel, Hotel dei Mellini, or Imperiale Hotel, Rome Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia or Roseo Hotel, Assisi Rivoli Hotel, Albani Hotel or Glance Hotel, Florence Carlton on the Grand Canal Hotel or LaGare Hotel, Murano Island or Santa Marina Hotel, Venice Crowne Plaza Malpensa, Malpensa

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Tuscany

A Small Group Tour

Italy’s Treasures Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on your

overnight flight to Italy!

Day 2: Stresa, Italy - Tour Begins Begin in Stresa, on the shore of Lago Maggiore. Visit a wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party, tasting some local products. A boat transports you to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands. (D) Day 3: Stresa - Lago Maggiore - Stresa

Today you choose how you want to spend your day in Stresa. Cruise on scenic Lago Maggiore past islands, villas, and historic palaces, and also enjoy a guided visit of the quaint town of Pallanza. Or, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you stop at a local farm to sample their artisanally produced cheeses paired with the region’s delicious wines. Your evening in Stresa is at leisure. Perhaps you will investigate the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets and lakeside promenades. (B)

Day 4: Stresa - Orta - Italian Riviera

Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Depart the Italian Lakes region for Sestri

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Levante on the Ligurian coast. Stop at Lake Orta and take a boat to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafés and shops of this lakeside resort. Continue on to the Italian Riviera. (B, D)

Day 5: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre

Spend your day discovering the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre perched on the edge of the sea. Traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards, arriving at this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages tucked between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Feel like you have stepped back in time, spending an afternoon independently exploring this magical place. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help you plan your adventure. (B)

Day 6: Italian Riviera - Lucca - Tuscan Villa Drive to the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Tour the piazza on foot. Next, visit the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Then, set off to get a taste of the region by sampling an array of seasonal, local delicacies at specialty food shops. End the day in a

historic Tuscan villa and begin a relaxing four-night stay. (B, D)

Day 7: Florence Get to know Florence with a walking tour of the city’s treasures and monuments, including the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, and the Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, housed in the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati. Explore independently before returning to your villa. At dinner, sample Tuscan cuisine in one of Tuscany’s traditional restaurants. (B, D) Day 8: Siena Travel to Siena for an expert-led

walking tour. Visit the town’s dramatic cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Stroll through narrow medieval streets as you experience life in this historic cultural center. Return to your villa for a relaxing afternoon. (B, D)

Day 9: Tuscan Countryside Visit a winery in the heart of Tuscany that showcases the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef. Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Return to the villa for some leisure time. (B, L)

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Map Italy’s Treasures 12 Days from $2999 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures. • Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. • Discover the colorful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. • Cruise on scenic Lago Maggiore past beautiful islands and villas.

Cinque Terre

Florence

Must-See Inclusions • Spend two wonderful nights in romantic Venice. • Get to know Florence with a tour of the city’s treasures. • Explore Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets. • Discover the beautiful Tuscan countryside. • Stroll through the narrow medieval streets of Siena.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners • Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Isola dei Pescatori

• Participate in a Tuscan cooking lesson given by an expert chef. • Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch expertly paired with wines produced on site. • Attend a cocktail party in Stresa, and sample some local products. • Savor regional wines with every included dinner.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5

Overnight Flight Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa Grand Hotel dei Castelli or Grande Albergo Sestri Levante, Italian Riviera Days 6 – 9 Villa Sanpaolo, San Gimignano, Tuscany Days 10, 11 Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice

Day 10: Tuscany - Bologna Venice Depart for Venice and stop en

route in Bologna. Take a guided walking tour of the center, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. Sample local delicacies at specialty food shops. Arrive in romantic Venice for your two-night stay. (B)

Day 11: Venice Enjoy a boat

glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square for a locally guided walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a visit to the Doge’s Palace. Tonight, partake in a celebratory farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: Venice - Tour Ends

Wake up in Venice and depart for home. (B)

trip to Murano Island for a fascinating Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 5, 12 April 2, 9, 11, 18, 25

Double $3749 $3949

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 2, 9, 30 August 6, 20 September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 October 1, 8 October 15, 22

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November 5 December 3* January 14* February 11* March 4 March 18 April 1, 3 April 17, 22, 24 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Stresa. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Venice. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into the Milan airport and depart out of the Venice airport. All of our departure transfers will depart from the Venice city center to the Venice airport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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A Small Group Tour

Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside Day 1: Overnight Flight Board your overnight flight to the Italian capital city of Rome. Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Meet

your fellow travelers in Rome for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Join in an interactive and fun presentation on Italy’s wines given by the restaurant’s sommelier. Indulge in a traditional four-course meal paired with some of the country’s finest wines. (D)

Day 3: Rome - Orvieto - Umbria Travel

to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral housing a Signorelli fresco. Take time for a leisurely lunch or explore this town on your own. Spend the next four nights in a pristine Umbrian hill town. (B, D)

Day 4: Umbria - Spoleto - Cooking Class - Umbria Embark on a guided walking

tour of historic Spoleto. See medieval palaces, the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, an aqueduct dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy free time to peruse the town’s shops and cafés. Pay a visit to a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. The chef provides a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside. (B, D)

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Day 5: Umbria - Montefalco - Winery Bevagna - Olive Oil Factory - Umbria

Travel to Montefalco, nicknamed the “Balcony of Umbria” for its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you independently explore this charming medieval town. Then, it’s on to a local winery to sip some of this region’s most prized wine, the Sagrantino, before enjoying lunch featuring typical Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where you will join a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels. Cap off your day by learning about another local product – olive oil – at a local factory in the area of Trevi. (B, L)

Day 6: Umbria - Home-Hosted Lunch - Assisi - Umbria After a leisurely morning,

an Umbrian family welcomes you to their country home as they prepare a delicious home-cooked meal. Afterwards, travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, for a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis and its medieval streets. Take time to explore the city on your own. (B, L)

Day 7: Umbria - Winery - Tuscany

a stop at a winery to discover the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards, olive groves and stunning views. The winery’s chef prepares an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Make yourself at home in Tuscany in your restored palazzo for the next four nights. (B, L)

Day 8: Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany Set

out on a short journey to Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Begin with a guided walking tour of the city sights, including the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Join your local guide in exploring the unique qualities of the city, focusing on Florence’s local artisans and visiting their workshops. Spend some free time shopping and investigating Florence on your own. Return to Montaione. (B, D)

Day 9: Tuscany - Siena - Monteriggioni - Tuscany Travel to the city of Siena. While on a

walking tour, visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along the quaint streets of this town, seemingly frozen in time, before returning to Montaione for the evening. (B)

Journey from Umbria through southern Tuscany. Make

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Map Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside 11 Days from $2549 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Visit one of the most famous Etruscan museums, the Guarnacci Museum. • Behold the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, a 13th century aqueduct. • Marvel at the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. • Embark on a guided walking tour of historic Spoleto.

Must-See Inclusions Tuscan Winery

Assisi

• Journey to Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” • Explore historic Siena to see the piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. • Travel to San Gimignano, known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” • Venture to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. • Stroll along the quaint streets of Monteriggioni, a town frozen in time.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 5 dinners • Participate in a cooking class in a 16th-century Umbrian farmhouse. Florence

• Experience a home-cooked meal at one of Umbria’s country homes. • Enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch, paired with locally produced wines. • Savor a traditional four-course meal paired with the country’s finest wines.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Day 2 Hotel Imperiale, Rome Days 3 – 6 Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca, Trevi, Umbria or Hotel Dei Duchi, Spoleto, Umbria Days 7 – 10 UNA Palazzo Mannaioni, Montaione, Tuscany

Day 10: Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano - Tuscany Spend your

morning in Volterra, a former Etruscan city which sits high above the Tuscan countryside. Visit the Guarnacci Museum, one of the most famous Etruscan museums in Italy. Travel to San Gimignano, known as the “City of Beautiful Towers,” and look for the town’s fourteen medieval towers

that date back to the 13th century. Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 11: Tuscany - Tour Ends

Your journey comes to a close in Montaione. (B)

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 4, 5, 11 April 1, 2 April 8, 9 April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29

Double $3149 $3249 $3349 $3399

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 7, 21 June 11, 18 July 5 August 6, 13, 27 September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24

Double $3149 $3149 $3149 $3149 $3149

October 8 October 15, 29 November 5 February 11* March 18 April 1 April 18, 22, 25, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Rome. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into the Rome airport and depart from the Florence or Pisa airport. All of our departure transfers will depart from Tuscany region to either the Florence or Pisa airport.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Tuscan countryside

Discover Tuscany Day 1: Overnight Flight Your adventure

begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture...this can only be Tuscany. On this special journey you will enjoy walking tours in Italy’s most charming towns, visit magnificent historic monuments, and sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines.

Day 2: Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the famous spa resort

town of Montecatini Terme, your home for the next seven nights. This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your Tuscan adventure. (D)

Day 3: Florence A cultural tour in the “Cradle

of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. A local Florentine guide highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including the Academy Gallery – which houses Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, which is the center of religious life in medieval Florence, you will see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the impressive gilded bronze doors of the

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Baptistery dedicated to St. John. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. (B)

Day 4: Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano Gothic Line Set out on a guided visit to Lucca,

Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Offering Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares, Lucca is sure to charm you. Visit the Basilica di San Frediano before stopping to explore the home of well-known composer Giacomo Puccini where you will see the piano on which he composed Turandot. Enjoy some free time for lunch and independent exploration. Afterwards, depart for Borgo a Mozzano and view the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Next, view the Gothic Line – built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers. (B)

Day 5: Siena Discover charming Siena with a

local guide. Embark on a lovely walking tour through its narrow, Gothic streets. Behold stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along

the way. Your day continues with a special visit to a Tuscan winery for the opportunity to sample a selection of the local wines in one of the Chianti regions that have made Tuscany so well-known. During your visit, learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making Italian olive oil. (B, D)

Day 6: Pisa Explore the many historic sites in the

ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli (“Field of Miracles”) – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to have your camera handy for a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa so you, too, can take a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic building up! (B)

Day 7: Montecatini Terme The day is yours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards to visit its nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. (B) Day 8: San Gimignano Begin your day with a visit to a cheese factory where you’ll learn how the

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Map Discover Tuscany 9 Days from $1329 Collette Experiences • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. • Visit the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers. • View the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) in Borgo a Mozzano. • See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans’ last lines of defense during WWII.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Winery Visit

Must-See Inclusions • Journey to Florence for a tour of the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” • Witness the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. • Explore the mystical city of Siena with a local guide. • Travel to the village of San Gimignano, overlooking picturesque vineyards. • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls. • Stay in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme for seven nights!

Culinary Inclusions • 10 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Spend time at a cheese factory to taste flavorful pecorino cheese. • Sample delectable wines during a wine tasting in the Chianti region.

Accommodations Florence

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 8 Hotel Ercolini & Savi or Grand Hotel & La Pace, Montecatini Terme On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

of the town’s great shops. A delightful experience awaits you this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines while overlooking the Tuscan countryside. (B, D)

Tour Activity Level

Day 9: Montecatini Terme Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

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Double $1949 $1999 $2049 $2149 $2149

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 12 June 9 July 7 August 30 September 8, 15, 22, 23

Double $1779 $1779 $1679 $1849 $1879

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$1879 $1779 $1779 $1679 $1329 $1329 $1329 $1679 $1699

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famous pecorino cheese is made. Then, sample it for yourself during a cheese tasting. Afterwards, travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some famous Italian gelato before visiting some

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Cinque Terre

Tuscany & the Italian Riviera Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to experience two of Italy’s great regions. Day 2: Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins Begin your trip with a relaxing three-night

stay in a traditional Tuscan estate. This evening, enjoy a private tour of the estate’s winery in the heart of Tuscany that showcases the wine cellar and the splendid grounds. Prior to enjoying an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with wines produced on site, experience an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the winery’s chef. (D)

Day 3: Tuscan Estate - Florence Tuscan Estate In Florence, the “Cradle of the

Italian Renaissance,” visit the world-famous Uffizi Gallery with a local expert to see some of the most important works from the Renaissance period. During your cultural tour, you’ll also view Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Palazzo Vecchio. Complete your tour with an informative

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explanation of Florentine gold and the fascinating techniques behind it at a local gold shop. Finally, enjoy time at leisure to relax or discover this thrilling city on your own. (B)

Day 4: Tuscan Estate - Siena Monteriggioni - Tuscan Estate A scenic

journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its great shops and outdoor cafés. Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along quaint streets. Return to your countryside estate where you may take time to explore the Medici Villa on-site. (B, D)

Day 5: Tuscan Estate - Lucca - Pisa Italian Riviera As you head towards Italy’s

picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city

of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. A guide takes you on an informative tour including a visit to the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the Italian Riviera, your home for three spectacular nights. (B, D)

Day 6: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera Spend a day exploring the

Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards. Travel by rail through this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Your Tour Manager is on hand to help plan your day and make the most of your time in these five towns. (B)

Day 7: Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera Travel to the seaside town of Santa

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Map Tuscany & the Italian Riviera 8 Days from $2019 Collette Experiences • Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with a local guide. • Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Piazza Dei Miracoli. • Travel to the seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure for a boat ride. • Experience a guided tour to the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino. • Stroll along the quaint streets of Monteriggioni, a town frozen in time.

Must-See Inclusions Piazza Dei Miracoli

Monteriggioni

• Journey to Florence for a tour of the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” • Witness the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. • Explore the mystical city of Siena. • Explore picturesque Cinque Terre with its stunning rugged coastline. • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.

Culinary Inclusions • 10 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Partake in an interactive pasta-making demonstration. • Enjoy an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with locally produced wines. Portofino

• Savor regional wines with every included dinner.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 4 Hotel Paggeria Medicea, Tuscany Days 5 – 7 Grande Hotel Sestri Levante, Italian Riviera On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Margherita Ligure for a boat ride to glamorous Portofino. Take in the town’s colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastelcolored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure where you may enjoy a lovely lunch or peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Enjoy a free afternoon in the area before your farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Italian Riviera - Tour Ends Today you depart for home. (B)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart out of the Florence or Pisa airports. All arrival transfers will depart from the Pisa or Florence airport to the Tuscan villa. All of our transfers will depart from the Italian Riviera to the Florence or Pisa airport.

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 11 April 8, 15

Double $2049 $2099

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - March 2017 May 13 June 17 August 19

Double $2069 $2069 $2069

September 9, 16, 19, 23 September 26 October 7, 14, 21 November 4, 11 March 10 March 31 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2119 $2069 $2069 $2019 $2019 $2069 (+) $200 - $300 (-) $30

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Roman Forum

Single-Hotel Stay

Spotlight on Rome Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us on an adventure through the art, history and culture of Rome, “The Eternal City.” Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Your

tour opens in Rome. You will be captivated by its old-world charm blended with its lively cosmopolitan energy. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 3: Rome This morning you’ll come to know the history and traditions of ancient Rome on a locally guided tour. Take a walk through time at the Roman Forum, a former marketplace and main center of ancient Roman life. Imagine the energy of 80,000

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spectators cheering during a visit to the Colosseum, once home to gladiatorial combat and wild animal fights dating back to the first century A.D. Spend time reflecting on the life of an emperor during a visit to Palatino Hill, the location of ruins of many former palaces. The remainder of the day is yours to explore as you choose. (B)

Day 4: Rome Discover the beauty of the sophisticated ancient art of mosaics. A local guide will lead you to some of Rome’s churches that are bursting with mosaic masterpieces. Gaze at amazing works of art in the Basilica di San Clemente, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Basilica di Santa Prassede. This

afternoon, continue exploring Rome’s treasures during a guided visit to the Vatican Museums. You will be in awe of the opulence at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (B, D)

Day 5: Rome The day is at leisure to relax, shop or explore the city. Rome is a fascinating city with many remarkable museums such as Capitoline Museums and Villa Borghese. You may decide to explore the Capuchin Crypt beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione, containing the skeletons of approximately 4,000 friars. Perhaps you will choose to learn the secrets of Roman cooking by partaking in an optional cooking class. (B)

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Map Spotlight on Rome 7 Days from $1279 Collette Experiences • Join a guide on a tour featuring the mosaic masterpieces of Rome’s churches. • Step to the front of the line and enjoy a guided visit to the Vatican Museums. • Visit the location of former palace ruins at Palatino Hill.

Must-See Inclusions • Stand in awe of the opulence at the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums

Colosseum

• Marvel at the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica. • Explore ancient Rome featuring the extraordinary Colosseum. • Step back in time at the ancient port of Ostia Antica.

Culinary Inclusions • 8 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Savor dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. • Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.

Accommodations St. Peter’s Basilica

Day 1 Days 2 - 6

Overnight Flight Hotel dei Borgia, Rome On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 7: Rome - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Colosseum

Antica. You will be amazed by its wellpreserved Roman ruins. This ancient port city was abandoned at the fall of Rome and gives you a glimpse into the life of early Romans. This afternoon, return to the city for some

free time. Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. (B, D)

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Day 6: Rome - Ostia Antica Rome Journey outside the city to Ostia

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Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 12 February 16 March 8 April 12

Double $1649 $1699 $1799 $2149

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 9, 16 June 6 July 4, 11 August 15 September 5, 12, 19

Double $1879 $1879 $1749 $1599 $1879

October 3, 10, 17 November 7 December 5* January 23* February 20* March 6 March 20 April 3, 17 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1879 $1679 $1279 $1279 $1319 $1549 $1599 $1749 (+) $300 - $600 (-) $30

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Venice

Single-Hotel Stay

Spotlight on Venice in Winter Day 1: Overnight Flight Ciao, Venezia! Day 2: Venice, Italy - Tour Begins Arrive in Venice and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. (D)

Day 3: Venice Today, come to know the city

during a guided walking tour of La Serenissima (the most serene). During your tour you will view the church dei Miracoli; the church of San Giovanni & Paolo; the church of San Martino; and the majestic Arsenale, seat of Venice’s once mighty naval power. Continue to Riva degli Schiavoni to board the boat to Murano for a visit to a glass-making factory. See how

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the world’s most spectacular blown glass is artfully crafted. After returning to San Marco, the city’s cultural hub, enjoy time on your own for lunch before exploring the historical center of Venice. View the Tower Clock, an early Renaissance marvel. Turn your gaze towards the Bridge of Sighs where many a convict took their last look at the beauty of Venice. Visit Basilica San Marco to see its brilliant Byzantine altarpiece, the Pala d’Oro. Then, enter the spectacular Doge’s Palace from which the Doge ruled Venice. Your guide reveals its secrets as you view its sumptuous and splendidly decorated rooms. Later this afternoon, relax as you try the famous cicchetti & one ombra di vino - small snacks and wine - at a local Venetian wine bar. (B)

Day 4: Venice The day is yours. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps you will explore Venice’s cultural treasures independently. Delve into the local cuisine, find your own spot by one of the canals or stroll the endless pathways. The locals say the best way to experience Venice is to “get lost.” Perhaps sign up for a Venetian mask workshop to learn about the decadent symbol of the city or set out on a glorious gondola ride. (B, D) Day 5: Venice This morning we embark on a guided visit of Rialto Market, the centuries-old daily market area where visitors and Venetians alike shop the colorful display of fruits and vegetables. Then, stop at Frari Church, home to stunning works of art:

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Map Spotlight on Venice in Winter 7 Days from $1149 Collette Experiences • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. • Explore a squero (boatyard) – and learn how gondolas are made. • Visit Frari Church to see stunning art including Bellini’s “Virgin Mary.” • Step off the beaten path to explore the fascinating Jewish Museum.

• Come to know Venice during a guided walking tour of La Serenissima.

St. Mark’s Square

Glass-blowing demonstration

Must-See Inclusions • Explore the Academy Museum to view its rich collection of paintings. • Enter the spectacular Doge’s Palace from which the Doge ruled Venice. • Stroll though the centuries-old, colorful Rialto Market. • Visit Basilica San Marco, including its brilliant Byzantine altarpiece.

Culinary Inclusions • 8 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Indulge in Venice’s famous snacks and wine at a local wine bar.

Rialto Bridge

• Savor a dinner featuring regional delicacies and local wines.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 6 Hotel Santa Marina, Venice On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey walking tour of lesser-known areas of Venice. Visit the old Jewish Quarter with an expert and discover this area that remains a center of Jewish life. Learn more as you explore the Jewish Museum. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure for shopping or exploring the city’s many museums and other attractions. This evening, celebrate your new appreciation of Venice during a joyous farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Venice Today we step off the beaten path and meet a local guide for a

Day 7: Venice - Tour Ends (B)

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Rialto Market

Giovanni Bellini’s “Virgin Mary” and Titian’s “Assunta.” Pause to reflect on Venice’s deep artistic heritage before continuing to a squero – the Venetian word for boatyard – and learn how gondolas are made. No visit to Venice would be complete without a visit to the Academy Museum to view its rich collection of paintings from the Byzantine era to the Renaissance. (B)

Dates & Prices January – March 2016 January 2, 16 February 20 March 5, 12, 19

Double $1349 $1399 $1399

January 14, 21* February 11* February 25 March 4, 18, 25

$1149 $1149 $1599 $1699

Itinerary featured is for November 2016 - March 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

November 2016 - March 2017 November 5, 12 December 3*

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Double $1499 $1149

(+) $250 - $600 (-) $30

*Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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The Amalfi Coast

Rome & the Amalfi Coast Day 1: Overnight Flight Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Journey through southern Italy and experience its rich scenery, art, culture, food and wine! Witness the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast, discover the ruins of Pompeii, and explore the most well-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece while in Paestum.

Coast. En route, ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Make a stop at the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino, perched on a mountaintop south of Rome. You’ll discover its rich history while exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel, peaceful courtyards, and fascinating museum. (B, D)

Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Your

Day 5: Amalfi Coast - Sorrento - Amalfi - Minori - Amalfi Coast Begin your day

tour opens in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local delicacies and wines. (D)

Day 3: Rome This morning you may wish to participate in an optional tour to the magnificent treasures of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later, we set out on a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine, followed by an in-depth guided visit to the spectacular Colosseum. Contemporary Rome is highlighted through the legendary Piazza Navona. (B) Day 4: Rome - Montecassino - Amalfi Coast Depart Rome and journey to the Amalfi 44

exploring the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento. This afternoon, travel to the delightful town of Amalfi where you have time to explore. Next, continue to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a familyowned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 6: Amalfi Coast - Paestum - Amalfi Coast After breakfast, discover one of Italy’s most surprising products during a tour of a local buffalo milk mozzarella factory. Your day continues with a visit to Paestum where a local guide will escort

you through some of the best-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece. End your day with dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 7: Amalfi Coast Enjoy a day at leisure to

take in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast. You may wish to sign up for an optional boat trip (weather permitting) to the wonderful Mediterranean island of Capri, where a local guide will provide an interesting tour of this paradise island. (B)

Day 8: Amalfi Coast - Pompeii - Winery - Amalfi Coast Today, experience the

excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site. Stop at a local winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius to savor the famous Lacryma Christo wines and enjoy a typical Neapolitan lunch. (B, L)

Day 9: Amalfi Coast - Naples - Rome

Bid farewell to the Amalfi Coast this morning and proceed to colorful and vibrant Naples. Enjoy a visit

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Map Rome & the Amalfi Coast 10 Days from $1899 Collette Experiences • Visit the wondrous Greek temples of Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Explore the fascinating National Archaeological Museum in Naples. • Discover the amazing mountaintop monastery of Montecassino. • Enjoy a stop at a winery located at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius.

Must-See Inclusions • Spend a leisurely five nights on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Rome

Winery Visit

• Set out on a beautiful panoramic tour of Classical Rome. • Discover the excavated ruins of Pompeii with a local expert. • Marvel at the spectacular Colosseum on an in-depth guided visit. • Explore the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Sample delicious limoncello made at a family-owned factory. • Savor a typical Neapolitan lunch with Lacryma Christo wines.

Pompeii

• Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 - 8 Day 9

Overnight Flight Imperiale Hotel, Rome Cetus Hotel, Cetara, Amalfi Coast or Graal Hotel, Ravello, Amalfi Coast Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s, Rome On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Day 10: Rome - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with a lifetime of memories of this joyous part of Italy. (B)

Dates & Prices February - April 2016 February 25 March 3 March 10, 12 March 31 April 2 April 7, 12, 14, 28

Double $2499 $2499 $2599 $2649 $2649 $2699

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23 July 7, 28 August 4, 11 August 18 September 1 September 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

Double $2599 $2599 $2599 $2599 $2949 $2599 $2649

October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 October 27 November 3, 5 November 10 December 8* January 26* February 16, 23* March 2* March 9, 16 March 23, 30 April 1, 2 April 19, 20, 22, 27, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Rome. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

$2599 $2549 $2449 $2349 $1899 $1899 $1949 $2249 $2349 $2449 $2549 $2599

Paestum

to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in the world. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the completion of a marvelous trip to Italy. (B, D)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

(+) $500 - $800 (-) $30

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Colosseum

Venice, Florence & Rome Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us for a fabulous tour of Italy, exploring the magic of Venice, Florence and Rome. These cities are filled with history, culture, art and romance. Day 2: Venice, Italy - Tour Begins

Welcome to Venice, referred to as “La Serenissima” (“the most serene”) of cities. This evening, meet your fellow travelers over dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 3: Venice Explore enchanting Venice, with 117 tiny islands surrounded by its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Your Venetian adventure opens in charming St. Mark’s Square, the lively hub of the city’s activity and events. A local expert will guide you on a walking tour through the area highlighting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower with its famous Moors. The remainder of the day is

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yours to explore this enchanting city. Perhaps you will take an optional gondola ride. (B)

Day 4: Venice - Florence Board your high-

speed train to Florence and zip through the beautiful Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions. In Florence, meet a local expert for an introduction to this great city. On your leisurely paced walking tour, your guide will highlight the Piazza Del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry. You also visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive Palazzo Vecchio. End your day with an informative explanation of the fascinating techniques used in creating stunning Florentine gold jewelry at a local shop overlooking the Church of Santa Croce. (B, D)

Day 5: Florence This morning the choice is yours! You may choose to visit the Academy Gallery to view Michelangelo’s David with a local expert; or

perhaps you will choose a guided tour of Santa Croce’s church followed by a wine tasting at a local restaurant. The afternoon is yours to relax or continue exploring the city’s cultural riches at your own pace. (B)

Day 6: Florence - Rome Today we journey

to Rome. This afternoon, meet a local guide and get to know the history of this fascinating city on a panoramic tour that introduces you to the city’s countless treasures. Conclude at the Colosseum where your guide will take you on a walk through the halls of this previous home of gladiatorial combat and wild animal fights that dates back to the first century A.D. This evening, stroll the local area with your Tour Manager. (B)

Day 7: Rome This morning enjoy an included visit to Vatican City. Meander through various intriguing exhibits during a guided tour of

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Map Venice, Florence & Rome 8 Days from $1649 Collette Experiences • A local expert will lead you on a tour of the Colosseum. • Zip through the beautiful countryside on your high-speed train to Florence. • You choose – tour the Academy Gallery or Santa Croce’s church followed by a wine tasting. • Learn the techniques used in creating Florentine gold jewelry at a local shop.

• Explore Venice, one of Italy’s most unique cities, with a local expert.

Florence

Venice

Must-See Inclusions • Embark on a walking tour featuring Florence’s artistic and architectural gems. • Join a local guide on your panoramic tour featuring Rome’s treasures. • Meander through intriguing exhibits during a guided tour of the Vatican Museums.

St. Peter’s Square

• Discover the intricate artwork that adorns the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Culinary Inclusions • 9 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Dine in true Italian-style with wine at every included dinner!

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6, 7

Overnight Flight LaGare Hotel, Murano Island, Venice Albani Hotel or Grand Hotel Adriatico, Florence Romanico Hotel, Rome On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

the fascinating Vatican Museums. You’ll be awed by the intricate artwork that adorns the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The remainder of your day is at leisure to discover all of Rome’s treasures independently. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure at your farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Rome Your tour comes to a close today. You will depart with many fond memories of incredible Italy. (B)

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Treasures of Piedmont Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a tour of the fascinating Piedmont region. Dazzle your senses in a land of prestigious wines – Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. This is where the “slow food” movement began in 1986 and is the home of the world-famous Nutella! Day 2: Lago Maggiore, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens on the tranquil shores of

breathtaking Lago Maggiore which lies across the border between Italy and Switzerland. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Lago Maggiore - Borromean Islands - Lago Maggiore Cruise on scenic

Lago Maggiore past the Borromean Islands, villas, and historic palaces. Stop along the way for a guided tour of the colorful lakeside town of Pallanza. Perched on the edge of the pristine waters, take a stroll down the promenade featuring buildings adorned with charming terraces and balconies. The town center is a latticework of ancient streets lined with ornate historic buildings. This afternoon, visit a local shop for a tasting and a sampling of some local delicacies. (B)

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Day 4: Lago Maggiore - Vercelli - Sacri Monte - Bra Travel to the Vercelli, an area

that is one of Europe’s leading rice producers. Pass spectacular panoramas of rice paddies before making a stop at a traditional rice producer. Learn about the production process and the history of this unique place. Then, try some of the creamy home-cooked risotto at lunch. Continue to Sacri Monte di Serralunga di Crea, one of the nine Sacred Mountains in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, it’s on to Langhe-Roero & Monferrato, recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage site list. This area is strewn with vineyards and for centuries has been famous for its wine making. Its wine making roots can be traced as far back as the 5th century B.C. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area Begin exploring the Langhe-Roero &

Monferrato area with a stop in the small hilltop village of La Morra which offers a breathtaking panorama of the valley below. Then, spend time exploring one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the region that is surprisingly still lived in today. Continue to a family run “agriturismo” (small farm) for a delightful

home-cooked lunch. Afterwards, meet a local “wine teller” who introduces you to the renowned wines of the region. Then it’s on to Barbaresco to sample the delicious Barbaresco wine. (B, L)

Day 6: Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area Discover the world’s most celebrated

underground mushroom – the truffle. You will meet a “trifolao” (truffle hunter) and their hunting dog. Get to know the techniques used in gathering truffles during a hunting demonstration. Then, have the opportunity to sample this rare delicacy. Next, travel to the charming village of Barolo, the birthplace of the famed Barolo wine. Enjoy time on your own to explore its peaceful narrow streets. Continue on to the town of Canelli, known as Italy’s largest producer of sparkling white wines. These wines are stored in elaborate cellars known as “underground cathedrals” (UNESCO). Visit a winery and tour one of these unique masterpieces of architecture before sampling their wines. (B)

Day 7: Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area Venture down Piedmont’s hazelnut road to learn about Tonda Gentile, Northern Italy’s prized hazelnut. Spend time at a family-run hazelnut farm

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Map Treasures of Piedmont 10 Days from $2849 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Explore the magnificent ‘underground cathedrals’ of Canelli. • Meet a truffle hunter and learn about the “king” of mushrooms. • Stop at a traditional rice producer in Vercelli. • Meet a local “wine teller” who introduces you to the renowned wines of the region.

Must-See Inclusions Hazlenuts

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• Revel in a four-night stay in historic wine region of Langhe-Roero & Monferrato. • Spend two nights along the tranquil shores of breathtaking Lago Maggiore. • Explore the regal city of Turin with a local guide. • Visit the Sacri Monte di Serralunga di Crea, one of Italy’s Sacred Mountains.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 3 dinners Turin Castle

• Stop at a local café to savor local pastry and drinks made with espresso and chocolate. • Taste some of the best wines in all of Italy along the way. • Get a taste of the “slow food” tradition including a lunch at an “agriturismo.” • Try the amazing food – truffles, hazelnuts and creamy home-cooked risotto.

Accommodations and take a stroll through the hazelnut grove. Learn about the process of shelling and roasting and see how they transform the nut into decadent sweets before indulging in a tasting. Next, it is on to one of the most famous Piedmont wineries. Learn about its history, visit the cellars and get a taste of the “slow food” tradition at lunch featuring local ingredients paired with regional wines. The remainder of your day is free to spend as you choose. (B, L)

Day 8: Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area - Turin Set out

for the regal city of Turin where you will join a local guide to explore the city. You will be surrounded in grandeur at its Royal Palace and be enchanted by the beauty of its tree

lined avenues and cobblestone streets. Stop in a local café to savor a “merenda reale” (royal snack) and a delicious drink (bicerin) made with espresso, chocolate and milk. (B)

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 – 7 Days 8, 9

Overnight Flight Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore Hotel Cantine Ascheri, Bra Starhotels Majestic, Turin On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Day 9: Turin This morning you’ll have

time at leisure to explore Turin on your own. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to the magnificent hunting lodge at Stupinigi – the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (UNESCO). This extravagant building is designed with a towering center with two immense wings that encircle an intricately manicured courtyard. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Turin - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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Southern Italy & Sicily Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us in exploring the hidden treasures of southern Italy and Sicily. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine. Day 2: Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring traditional Sicilian cuisine. (D)

Day 3: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

A cultural tour of Palermo features the lovely squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Note the exotic mixture of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles that make this city special. View the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral which houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit the 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicoloured marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore the city. (B)

Day 4: Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos Ease your way into the local culture as your

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native language before traveling through the beautiful countryside with rolling hills and working farms towards the town of Agrigento. Upon arrival, visit the stunning Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. From ancient times to the present day, the Valley of the Temples’ ruins, landscape and colors have inspired poets, writers and painters. Here you get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your threenight stay. (B, D)

Day 5: Giardini Naxos - Taormina Giardini Naxos This morning, travel to beautiful

Taormina, known for its charming atmosphere, significant monuments and flowering gardens. Join a local guide for a tour introducing you to the city. You will see Corso Umberto and the bountiful public gardens and visit the Greek Amphitheater. Enjoy some free time to explore this delightful town. (B, D)

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos Journey to vibrant

Catania where a local guide will share its history. Visit the cathedral and view the main sites of this historic and Baroque city (UNESCO). Witness the daily

spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Or visit the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum). This fascinating museum is dedicated to the Allied landing on the southern coast of Sicily in 1943. Later, discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert and take in the spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos. (B)

Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera Travel to Messina where you will take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Travel through the beautiful and unspoiled region of Calabria and into the Basilicata region. This afternoon you’ll visit one of the area’s local wineries for a wine tasting and informative walk through the cellars and vineyards. Linger over a delicious regional dinner in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant. (B, D) Day 8: Matera - Alberobello - Matera

Today, explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings, both modern and ancient. A local guide will help you learn the history of this site and why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Afterwards, stop at a local shop to sample some regional produce. Enjoy some free time in Matera to browse the shops or taste the local cuisine before

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Map Southern Italy & Sicily 12 Days from $1999 Collette Experiences • Be amazed by the Greek Theatre and the Duomo in Taormina. • Travel to “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings. • Stop in Monreale to visit the stunning 12th-century cathedral.

Must-See Inclusions • Venture to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. • Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Amalfi Coast

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• Marvel at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. • Learn Catania’s history as you explore the city’s amazing sites. • Explore Palermo – Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 7 dinners • Savor a delicious regional dinner in a winery’s “agriturismo” restaurant. • Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.

heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. See some of the most unusually built homes (UNESCO), known as “trulli,” that have cone-shaped roofs. Surprisingly, no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Matera - Salerno Sorrento Peninsula Today, travel

towards Campania and the Bay of Naples, one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy. Make a stop in Salerno to explore the historical city center at leisure. Take a moment to gaze at its impressive cathedral, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in Italy. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon. Sit back and take in the views of this magical place. (B, D)

Day 10: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula Take time to explore the lovely

seaside resort town of Sorrento on your own. Then, begin your adventure exploring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Make a special

stop in the charming town of Amalfi where you will have time to explore. Then it’s off to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome Drive along

the Bay of Naples and experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site. Later, travel to Rome where you will spend your last evening. Celebrate the end of your journey with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 - 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9, 10 Day 11

Overnight Flight Grand Hotel Federico II, Palermo Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos Hilton Garden Inn Matera, Matera Towers Hotel, Sorrento Coast or Cetus Hotel, Amalfi Coast Donna Laura Palace Hotel, Rome On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Palermo. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Rome. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

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Splendid Sicilia Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on an exploration of the sparkling Mediterranean island of Sicily. Discover its rich blend of culture, its flavorful cuisine and its immeasurable beauty. Day 2: Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins

Your exploration opens in Palermo – Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

This morning depart for the nearby town of Monreale where you will visit the 12th-century cathedral which dazzles from the moment you step inside. Return to Palermo and set out on a comprehensive panoramic tour featuring the historic squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Discover the city’s exotic blend of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles. Be awed by the Palace of the Normans and La Martorana Church, and visit the Cathedral which houses the impressive Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. Then, immerse yourself in the culture

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while exploring one of Palermo’s colorful markets and sampling its famous “street food.” (B)

Day 4: Palermo Spend a morning at leisure savoring your stay in this fascinating city. Take time to visit one of the city’s great museums or stroll its streets lined with fancy boutiques and inviting cafés. Or you may choose to partake in an optional excursion to the medieval town of Erice. This afternoon, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home. Experience the life of the nobility as you join her for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palaces’ historic chambers. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Palermo restaurants. (B, D) Day 5: Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo Journey to the

seaside town of Cefalù, home to one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Sicily. After strolling through its medieval streets, proceed to a family farm in the

countryside. Learn about a day on a Sicilian farm and the typical products created there. A farmer demonstrates how to make a Sicilian favorite – ricotta cheese! Watch a chef prepare local specialties and enjoy a hearty lunch featuring the farm’s own products and recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 6: Palermo - Agrigento - Catania

Depart Sicily’s capital for Agrigento. Start your day at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the rich history as you walk around the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Journey through the beautiful Erei Mountains to Sicily’s Ionian Coast. Spend the next four nights in Catania, a coastal city at the foot of Mount Etna, an active volcano. (B, D)

Day 7: Catania This morning a local guide shares Catania’s history. Explore the city’s stunning cathedral and get acquainted with the various sites throughout the city. Witness the daily spectacle of

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Map Splendid Sicilia 10 Days from $1899 Collette Experiences • Be amazed by the Greek Theatre and the Duomo in Taormina. • Visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you. • Stop in Monreale to visit the stunning 12th-century cathedral. • Journey to the beautiful seaside town of Cefalù. • Step back in time on a visit to the Il Giardino del Biviere.

Must-See Inclusions • Explore Palermo – Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Palermo

Agrigento

• Learn Catania’s history as you explore the city’s amazing sites. • Marvel at the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Reflect on the sheer grandeur of historical sites in Siracusa. • Explore Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Enjoy a choice of dinner options during your stay in Palermo. • Watch a Sicilian farmer demonstrate how to make ricotta cheese! • Enjoy a hearty lunch featuring a Sicilian farm’s own products. • Savor a farewell dinner in one of Catania’s charming trattorie.

Day 8: Catania - Siracusa Catania Depart Catania and venture

further south to Siracusa. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece during an included excursion to the historical sites in Siracusa, boasting archaeological treasures rivaling those in Athens. A local expert guides you through Archaeological Park which features an impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. Afterwards, make a stop in Lentini for a visit to the Il Giardino del Biviere. Feel like you have stepped back in time at this stunning estate with its renowned Mediterranean garden. Reflect and explore this horticultural oasis while enjoying a regional treat. (B)

Day 9: Catania - Taormina Catania Explore Taormina, the jewel

of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. During a guided tour you will be amazed by the Greek Theatre, the Duomo and the spectacular public gardens. Spend the afternoon dining at a sidewalk café or shopping in the town’s boutiques. On your return to Catania, travel along the Cyclops Coast, passing vineyards, citrus groves and charming fishing villages. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in one of Catania’s charming trattorie. (B, D)

Day 10: Catania - Tour Ends Your

tour of Sicily comes to a close as you return home with many cherished memories. (B)

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 5 Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo Days 6 – 9 UNA Hotel Palace, Catania On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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December 9* January 20* February 17* March 17 March 31 April 21 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Enjoy free time in Catania’s elegant center. Afterwards you may wish to sign up for an optional excursion to Mount Etna. (B)

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Shades of Ireland Day 1: Overnight Flight Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. Soak in the landscapes of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland’s natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Open your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Today you decide how you want

to explore Dublin. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford

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of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely-paced walking tour of this unique city. (B, D)

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone Killarney Today, journey to historic Blarney Castle

and embrace the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. This afternoon, decide how you would like to explore charming Killarney. Enjoy a time-honored jaunting car ride to beautiful Muckross House. Set out on a tour of this stately home and its gardens. Get a glimpse into the elegant lifestyles of the Victorian gentry as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. Or, enjoy a scenic jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. Board a traditional boat and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their

local knowledge and ‘craic’ (amusing nature). This evening its Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney Travel along one of the most

beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy pristine ocean scenery as you move through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View.” From this spectacular vantage point, one of Ireland’s finest, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture. (B)

Day 7: Killarney - Limerick Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the “city of the violated treaty.” (B)

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Map Shades of Ireland 10 Days from $1949 Collette Experiences • Visit the beautiful House of Waterford Crystal. • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads. • Travel through mountain passes to gaze upon the spectacular “Ladies View.” • Experience daily life of an Irish family during a visit to a dairy farm.

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Must-See Inclusions • Jump into Ireland’s vibrant capital city – Dublin. • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. • Explore the charming town of Killarney.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment. • Experience a traditional Irish whiskey tasting. • Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle! • Savor a dinner at one of Killarney’s great restaurants.

Accommodations Day 8: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick

An exciting day awaits. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside into Galway, where a brief city tour introduces “The City of Tribes.” Tonight, enjoy dinner on the town at a local restaurant. (B, D)

of Tullamore and Kilbeggan have long been associated with the whiskey industry. Become engaged in the process of whiskey making and enjoy a tasting of the final product during a visit to one of these historic distilleries. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends Your tour ends in Kingscourt. (B)

Day 9: Limerick - Tullamore/ Kilbeggan - Kingscourt Start

Dates & Prices Double $2049 $2099 $2149 $2199 $2249

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April 2016 - April 2017 April 30 May 2, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 June 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27 July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. All of our transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. On day 10, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 9:00 a.m. On some dates, this tour may operate in reverse.

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February – April 2016 February 23 March 1, 5, 8 March 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 26, 29 April 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 April 23, 25, 26, 27

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Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Open your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Today you decide how you want

to explore Dublin. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford

Travel to Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely paced walking tour of this unique city. (B, D)

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Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone Killarney Today, journey to historic Blarney Castle

and embrace the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. This afternoon, decide how you would like to explore charming Killarney. You may enjoy a jaunting car ride to beautiful Muckross House. Set out on a tour of this stately home and its gardens and get a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a scenic jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle; then, board a traditional boat and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their local knowledge and ‘craic’ (amusing nature). This evening its Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney Travel along one of the most

beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of

Kerry. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy pristine ocean scenery as you move through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View.” From this spectacular vantage point, one of Ireland’s finest, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture. (B)

Day 7: Killarney - Limerick - Ennis

Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the “city of the violated treaty.” (B)

Day 8: Ennis - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Enniskillen, Northern Ireland An

exciting day awaits. Journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Stand tall as the ocean winds blow in from half a world away. Then, travel through the vast limestone

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13 Days from $2449 Collette Experiences • Visit the beautiful House of Waterford Crystal. • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads. • Enjoy an overnight stay in a 19th century estate in western Northern Ireland. • Experience daily life of an Irish family during a visit to a dairy farm. • Marvel at “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes that built the Titanic.

Must-See Inclusions • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher.

landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue to Galway, where a brief city tour introduces “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends at the Manor House Hotel, a stunning 19th-century estate located on a secluded lakeside in the western most reaches of Northern Ireland. (B, D)

Day 9: Enniskillen - Donegal Town - Derry Today, take in the

rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Then, it is on to the city of Derry, famous for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads you on a walk through the old city. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Derry’s charming Craft Village, a charming 19th-century Georgian square in the heart of the walled city. (B, D)

Day 10: Derry - Inishowen Peninsula - Derry This morning it’s

your choice. You may choose to journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Passing through Malin village, you arrive at Malin Head, Ireland’s northernmost point with its beautiful panoramic view of the North Atlantic Ocean. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to join a local guide to take a deeper look at Derry’s rich and turbulent history and meet local experts at some of the city’s museums; finish at the Museum of Free Derry, where you’ll meet individuals who witnessed the events of Bloody Sunday. (B)

Day 11: Derry - Giant’s Causeway - Glens of Antrim Belfast See the most famous natural

site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim. (B)

Day 12: Belfast - Kingscourt, Ireland Get ready for a guided tour

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• Explore Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. • Formed by volcanic activity, see the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 6 dinners • Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment. • Taste traditional tea and homemade scones with an Irish family! • Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle! • Savor dinner in Derry’s charming Craft Village.

of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Next you’re off to Kingscourt as you cross back into the Republic of Ireland. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. (B, D)

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Day 13: Kingscourt - Tour Ends

Tour Activity Level

Your tour ends in Kingscourt. (B)

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Overnight Flight Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin Tower Hotel, Waterford Killarney Avenue or Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Old Ground Hotel, Ennis or The George Hotel, Limerick Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen City Hotel or Maldron Hotel, Derry Europa Hotel, Belfast Cabra Castle or similar, Kingscourt On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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August 1, 8, 22, 29 September 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 25, 26, 28 October 3, 10 October 27 November 7 March 6, 13, 20 April 3, 17 April 24 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2749 $2749 $2649 $2599 $2449 $2449 $2599 $2649

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Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Dublin. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Kingscourt. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. All of our transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. On day 13, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 9:00 a.m.

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• Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.

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Elegant Ireland Day 1: Overnight Flight Enjoy days of yore

and old-world elegance as you explore the Emerald Isle. Stay in some of Ireland’s most luxurious estates, interact with its charming locals, and take in the inspiring beauty that has made Ireland a timeless destination.

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins There is no better place to begin your journey than Ireland’s dynamic capital city. Arriving in Dublin, discover a city brimming with history and warmth. Complete your day at a rollicking “Irish Night” complete with traditional entertainment. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Today opens with a choice of

two cultural experiences. You may opt to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park – originally established as a royal deer park in the 17th century. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office and the River Liffey. With the remainder of your day at leisure, unwind near your hotel or continue to discover Dublin’s countless cultural offerings on your own. As always, your Tour

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Manager is on hand to make suggestions so that you can make the most of your time. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Farmhouse Lunch - Castlemartyr Leave Ireland’s capital

behind to visit the country’s medieval capital – Kilkenny. Meander its historic streets and soak up the unique sights of the city built on both banks of the River Nore. Later, visit a family-run farm and enjoy lunch while hearing about the traditions of Irish farming. Continue on to Waterford, “Ireland’s oldest city,” and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Later, rejuvenate with a relaxing evening in the country at the Castlemartyr Resort. This grand manor house, which once belonged to Sir Walter Raleigh, is like something out of an ancient tale. You will even find dramatic 800-year-old castle ruins on the grounds. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Castlemartyr - Blarney Killarney With a leisurely morning at Castlemartyr, there are endless possibilities. Indulge in a spa treatment; cycle or walk a little of the estate’s 220 stunning acres. Later, a short drive brings you to the Old Midleton Distillery where an expert will lead you through while regaling you with the extraordinary story

of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Stop at historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Arrive in Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney Today, travel along one of the most

beautiful coastal routes in the world – the Ring of Kerry. This world-famous trail is part of an unspoiled region of Ireland that boasts beautiful beaches, plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery for which the Emerald Isle is known. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Make your way through picturesque villages and traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View” to gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 7: Killarney - Adare - Limerick Cliffs of Moher - Dromoland Castle

Travel to Adare and discover why they call it “Ireland’s prettiest village.” A city tour of Limerick showcases King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Learn the fascinating history of the “City of the Violated Treaty.” Then, journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs

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Map Elegant Ireland 9 Days from $2549 Collette Experiences • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads. • Explore Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. • Visit the beautiful House of Waterford Crystal. • Travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren. • Stay at Castlemartyr, a grand manor once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Must-See Inclusions • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.

Dromoland Castle

Old Midleton Distillery

• Jump into Ireland’s vibrant capital city – Dublin. • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. • Stroll the streets of the country’s medieval capital – Kilkenny. • Explore Galway, the “City of Tribes.” • Discover “Ireland’s prettiest village,” Adare.

Culinary Inclusions • 12 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Take part in an unforgettable, homemade farmhouse lunch. • Attend a formal dinner in Dromoland Castle.

Accommodations Day 8: Dromoland Castle

CASTLES & COUNTRY ESTATES Discover the brilliant country estates that make the Irish landscape so magical. Enjoy stays in some of Ireland’s finest five-star castles and country manor houses. Each stop feels like you are entering another fairy-tale. Relax as Elegant Ireland allows you to indulge in the Old-World charm of these luxury accommodations.

gh of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. As you are whisked through gorgeous countryside, arrive at stately Dromoland Castle. (B)

Spend the entire day at leisure at Dromoland Castle. Live the life of a royal as you enjoy the amenities available on the splendid grounds. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to explore Ireland’s wild western coast, known for its breathtaking coastline and scenery. Visit a Gaeltacht (an Irish speaking region) and immerse yourself in the lore and legend of Connemara. Learn about the history of the Irish language and music, and explore the country’s famous peat bogs. Afterwards, visit Galway – the ancient ‘City of Tribes’ – and enjoy some free time to explore. This day is yours to spend however you would like. Tonight, attend dinner in the castle and toast the end of an unforgettable trip! (B, D)

Day 9: Dromoland Castle - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close in Shannon. (B)

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Overnight Flight InterContinental, Dublin Castlemartyr Resort, Cork The Dunloe Hotel or The Europe, Killarney Dromoland Castle, County Clare On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Double $2949 $2949

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Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Dublin. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into Dublin and depart from Shannon. All transfers will arrive into and depart from these airports.

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Countryside of the Emerald Isle Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for the rolling hills, warm people and rollicking fun of the Emerald Isle. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Discover the traditions and deep history of Dublin. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at one of Dublin’s best local restaurants. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Today opens with a choice of

two cultural experiences. You may opt to set out on a drive with a local guide to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and see St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Midleton - Kinsale Leave Dublin behind for the country roads of Ireland. Stop for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Drive the famous “Vee” road across the mountains to Lismore, home to mighty Lismore Castle. Explore Old Midleton Distillery, home 60

of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. Give it a go with a tasting of the distillery’s production. Continue on to the quaint coastal village of Kinsale. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice...tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Kinsale’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Kinsale - Cobh & Cork or Kinsale Harbor Cruise Join your group

this morning to partake in a historic walking tour of Kinsale with an expert local guide. This afternoon the choice is yours. You may opt to visit the bustling city of Cork before boarding a local train to the small coastal town of Cobh. There, reflect upon the site where the Titanic last dropped anchor before its fateful voyage; plus, take a walk through history at the Cobh Heritage Centre, where millions of Irish left their native land forever. Or, you may spend a leisurely afternoon in this quaint fishing village, followed by an included cruise of Kinsale’s famed harbor. (B)

Day 6: Kinsale - Bantry - Kenmare Killarney Embark on a beautiful drive along West

stunning coastal routes. Take in the atmosphere of the quaint seaside villages of Timoleague and Skibbereen before arriving at the regal Bantry House. During a tour of the home and gardens, you will uncover centuries of history and be awed by the inspiring grandeur of this place. Next, travel to County Kerry and the resort town of Kenmare. Enjoy free time to explore its many local boutiques and cafés. Continue to Killarney and top off your day with dinner “on the town” at one of Killarney’s best restaurants. Enjoy a private demonstration that will bring to life the secrets of the town’s legendary farm-to-table recipes. (B, D)

Day 7: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney Drive across Moll’s Gap into Killarney

National Park. Take in awe-inspiring views of the Lakes of Killarney and be amazed by the famed Ladies View. At the Gap of Dunloe you will have time to browse for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Traverse the spectacular Ring of Kerry, one of Europe’s great coastal roads, and discover the serene beauty of this magical land. (B)

Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of the world’s most

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Map Countryside of the Emerald Isle 11 Days from $2549 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Explore Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. • Stroll through the elegant halls of the majestic Kilkenny Castle. • Tour the renowned “Titanic Experience” in Northern Ireland. • Feel like royalty as you enjoy a 2-night stay at the regal Bellingham Castle.

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• Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Dublin. • Step back in time at the famous Bunratty Castle. • Partake in a historic walking tour of beautiful Kinsale. • Explore Northern Ireland’s picturesque capital city of Belfast. • Travel the spectacular Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads. • Experience County Kerry and the resort town of Kenmare.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Enjoy a tasting of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. • Savor a dinner of your choice in one of Kinsale’s great restaurants. • Take part in an unforgettable, homemade traditional Irish dinner.

Day 8: Killarney - Adare Bunratty - Home Stay, Kilkenny Area Leave the rugged southern coast

behind as you travel to Adare, renowned as “Ireland’s prettiest village.” Next, feel like you have stepped back in time at the Bunratty Folk Park & Castle and gain insight into the way of life of the Ireland of yesteryear. Make yourself right at home this evening when an Irish family welcomes you into their household for the night. Take in your surroundings and get to know the family as you enjoy a homemade traditional dinner. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience! (B, D)

Day 9: Kilkenny Area Bellingham Castle, County Louth Bid a fond Irish farewell to your

newfound friends. Make a stop in the city of Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. Stroll through the elegant halls

of the majestic Kilkenny Castle during a guided tour. Finally, head to County Lough for a relaxing two-night stay at the regal Bellingham Castle. You will feel like a royal guest at this historic 17th-century castle with only 19 elegant rooms. (B)

Day 10: Bellingham Castle Belfast - Bellingham Castle

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Overnight Flight Hampton Hotel, Dublin Actons Hotel, Kinsale Plaza Hotel, Killarney Home-Hosted Stay, Kilkenny area Bellingham Castle, County Louth or Cabra Castle, County Cavan

Journey to Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. Discover the history and grandeur of days gone by on a tour with a local guide. Tour the renowned “Titanic Experience,” the number one visitor attraction in Northern Ireland. Return to the magnificent Bellingham Castle for a memorable farewell dinner. (B, D)

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Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 6 April 3, 17

• A private cooking demonstration will highlight Killarney’s farm-to-table recipes.

August 7, 21 September 4, 11, 18 October 2 March 19, 26 April 2 April 23 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Dublin. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive and depart from Dublin airport. All of our transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport.

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Spirit of the Emerald Isle Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover another side of the Emerald Isle. Savor Ireland’s natural beauty, rich history and hospitable culture on your journey through Dublin, Kinsale and Galway. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

We open the tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Driving Tour or Walking Tour of Dublin’s Historic Center Today

opens with a choice of two cultural experiences. You may opt to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a personal walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own. (B)

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region, well-known for Irish horse breeding and training. We make a stop at the Irish National Stud and learn about the “Sport of Kings” and its long connection with this land. Stroll through its surprising Japanese gardens, the finest in Europe. Next, pause in the center of the country and behold the historic Rock of Cashel. Later, arrive in the charming town of Kinsale. Known for its spectacular restaurants and art galleries, Kinsale is Ireland’s culinary capital. Settle into your waterfront hotel for a two-night stay. (B, D)

Day 5: Kinsale - Cork & Cobh or Kinsale Harbor Cruise Join your group

this morning to partake in a historic walking tour of Kinsale with an expert local guide. This afternoon the choice is yours. You may opt to visit the bustling city of Cork before boarding a local train to the small coastal town of Cobh. There, reflect upon the site where the Titanic last dropped anchor before its fateful voyage; plus, take a walk through history at the Cobh Heritage Centre, where millions of Irish left their native land forever. Or, you may spend a leisurely afternoon in this quaint fishing village, followed by an included cruise of Kinsale’s famed harbor. (B)

Day 6: Kinsale - Bantry - Kenmare Killarney - Ballyseede Castle, Tralee

Drive along West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of the most stunning coastal routes in the world. Take in the beauty of the quaint seaside villages of Timoleague and Skibbereen before arriving at the regal Bantry House. During a tour of the home and gardens, uncover hundreds of years of history. Continue to County Kerry and the resort town of Kenmare. Take some time to enjoy the town’s many local boutiques and cafés. Next, set out for charming Killarney to embark on a traditional jaunting car ride. Complete your day with an overnight stay at the regal Ballyseede Castle. (B, D)

Day 7: Tralee - Dingle - Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Enjoy a leisurely morning before

traveling to the scenic Dingle Peninsula. We begin in the historic town of Dingle. Afterwards, have your camera ready as we traverse the coastal Slea Head road, where some of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes are found. Later, we arrive at the historic Old Ground Hotel in the charming town of Ennis. (B, D)

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Map Spirit of the Emerald Isle 12 Days from $2419 Collette Experiences • Travel the stunning coastal route of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way. • Stop at the “Irish National Stud” to learn the “Sport of Kings.” • Embark on a traditional Irish jaunting car ride. • Wind through the picturesque Dingle Peninsula.

Must-See Inclusions • Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Dublin. • Explore Galway, the “City of Tribes.”

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• Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. • Experience County Kerry and the resort town of Kenmare. • Partake in a historic walking tour of beautiful Kinsale.

Culinary Inclusions • 16 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 6 dinners • Dine in Kinsale, the culinary capital of Ireland. • Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Dublin’s oldest pubs. • Sample a taste of Irish farm life when savoring homemade scones. • Experience a traditional Irish whiskey tasting.

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the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic and Aran Islands. Experience rural Ireland during a visit to Rathbaun Farm, a family-run dairy farm that has been in operation for 200 years. Sample a taste of Irish farm life when savoring homemade scones. Later, return to Old Ground Hotel to enjoy time at leisure. Relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities. (B)

Day 9: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis - Galway - Cnoc Suian - Westport Today, set out for Galway. Enjoy some time to explore the “City of Tribes” before heading to Cnoc Suian, a restored 17thcentury Connemara hill village. Through music, stories and poetry, come to know the richness of the ancient Irish culture. Marvel at the dramatic bogland and learn a Ceili (a traditional folk dance) and hear the rousing Gaelic language spoken. (B, D)

Day 10: Westport - Kylemore Abbey - Westport Today you visit

Kylemore Abbey, home to the oldest order of Benedictine nuns in Ireland and site of beautiful gardens. Enjoy some time at leisure in the charming town of Westport, filled with antique pubs and colorful shops. A free evening offers up a chance to share a drink and a laugh at one of Westport’s charming pubs. (B)

Day 11: Westport - Athlone Kilbeggan - Dublin Stop in the

historic town of Athlone, an important crossroads on the legendary river Shannon. Continue on to Ireland’s Whiskey region to enjoy a traditional Irish whiskey tasting. Tonight, celebrate your Irish adventure during a farewell dinner at one of Dublin’s oldest pubs and enjoy tales of Ireland’s myths and lore. (B, D)

Day 12: Dublin Your tour comes to a

close in Dublin. (B)

Overnight Flight The Ashling Hotel, Dublin Trident Hotel, Kinsale Ballyseede Castle, Tralee or Dunloe Hotel, Killarney Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Wyatt Hotel, Westport Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Co. Meath or Cabra Castle, Co. Cavan On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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This trip requires a passport. July and August departures will stay at the Dunloe Hotel in Killarney instead of Ballyseede Castle; and at Cabra Castle instead of Dunboyne Castle Hotel. July and August departures will have their farewell dinner at Cabra Castle. Air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. All transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport.

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Irish Splendor Day 1: Overnight Flight Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food. Join us and return to times gone by during your unforgettable tour of the amazing Emerald Isle. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in rollicking Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Enjoy a sightseeing tour of

Dublin, the “Fair City.” Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park, and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. Your tour concludes at the Guinness Storehouse where you will learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage. This is your chance to discover the training and technique needed to pour the perfect pint

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and to enjoy one! The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Dublin - Killarney Today, experience

the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit, complete with homemade tea and scones. Continue on to the town of Cashel for views of the historic Rock of Cashel, the reputed location where St. Patrick preached and converted the King of Munster. Next, journey to historic Blarney Castle where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. You will also have time to shop at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills, the world’s largest Irish gift store. End your day in charming Killarney. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney Set off this morning to follow

what is perhaps Ireland’s most majestic coastal route – the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Travel to the town of Dingle and then drive the beautiful Slea Head road, where some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes are found. (B)

Day 6: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher Dromoland Depart Killarney and travel across

the countryside of Kerry. Journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside to the fairytale setting of Dromoland Castle, regarded as one of Ireland’s finest hotels. Overnight in this castle and toast your magnificent trip during a fabulous dinner. (B, D)

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Map Irish Splendor 8 Days from $1149 Collette Experiences • Wind through the picturesque Dingle Peninsula. • View the Rock of Cashel, the historic site where St. Patrick preached. • Travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren. • Learn about brewing while exploring the fascinating Guinness Storehouse. • Visit the 13th century St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Tea & Scones

Must-See Inclusions • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of lively Dublin, the “Fair City.” • Explore the charming town of Killarney. • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. • Spend a night in Dromoland Castle and experience old Ireland at its finest.

Culinary Inclusions Dublin

• 10 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 4 dinners

Cliffs of Moher

• Savor an entertaining dinner at Brazen Head, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. • Explore Tullamore Dew Heritage Center, and enjoy a tasting of whiskey. • Visit a traditional Irish farm to savor homemade scones and tea. • Attend a dinner in Dromoland Castle.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Day 6 Day 7

Overnight Flight Ashling Hotel or Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin Killarney Avenue, Tower Hotel, or Plaza Hotel, Killarney Dromoland Castle, County Clare Castleknock Hotel or Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level Day 7: Dromoland - Tullamore - Dublin Enjoy a relaxing morning at the castle before you return to Dublin. En route to Dublin, visit the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre where you will learn how Irish whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting. This evening, join your fellow passengers

for a farewell dinner and toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)

Day 8: Dublin - Tour Ends

Your tour ends today. Head home with a lifetime of Irish memories. (B)

Dates & Prices February - March 2016 February 9, 16, 23 March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 March 15, 16, 29, 30

Double $1699 $1799 $1849

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

October 2016 - April 2017 October 18, 19, 25, 26 November 1, 2, 8, 9 November 15 November 29

Double $1799 $1699 $1649 $1549

November 30* February 21* February 28 March 1, 7, 8 March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night stay in Dublin. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Dublin airport and depart from Dublin airport. All of our transfers will arrive into Dublin airport and depart from Dublin airport.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Spotlight on Dublin Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for Dublin and discover a city brimming with personality. From the elegance of its architecture to the fun-loving characters you’ll find around every corner, the possibilities are endless. Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Arrive in Dublin, the “Fair City,” a capital with a rich history and welcoming culture. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a fun-filled Irish evening that includes traditional entertainment and cuisine. (D)

Day 3: Dublin Come to know Dublin during

a tour highlighting the top sights. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, and

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Phoenix Park and view the city’s trademark – magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Afterwards, spend an afternoon exploring delightful Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Dublin This morning, see one of Ireland’s

most treasured pieces of history, The Book of Kells. Housed at Trinity College Dublin, this illuminated manuscript is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting Dublin. Next, take a look back in time during a tour of the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin’s historic jail. Now a museum, it offers a unique window on Irish nationalism. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Tonight, step into Irish daily life during an evening of food and folklore at The Brazen Head,

Ireland’s oldest pub. Your night comes complete with an unforgettable storytelling session. (B, D)

Day 5: Dublin Enjoy a day at leisure in Dublin.

Or, perhaps you will choose to join fellow travelers on an optional excursion to historic Malahide Castle and tour the castle’s walled gardens and historic rooms — dating back to the 12th century. The optional excursion continues to the coastal village of Howth where you may enjoy lunch at one of the town’s renowned seafood restaurants. Take some time to explore the village before your excursion ends and you return to Dublin for an evening at leisure. (B)

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Map Spotlight on Dublin 7 Days from $1299 Collette Experiences • Discover the picturesque monastic site of Glendalough. • Tour Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin’s historic jail. • Escape to the countryside and the rugged Wicklow Mountains.

Must-See Inclusions • Jump into Ireland’s vibrant capital city – Dublin. • See the treasured Book of Kells at Trinity College. • Explore the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dublin Pub

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

• View the trademark stately Georgian town homes. • It’s Dublin your way with a full day at leisure!

Culinary Inclusions • 8 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Begin your journey with an evening of traditional Irish cuisine. • Savor an entertaining dinner at Brazen Head, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. • Toast and dine at the iconic restaurant “O’Connell’s of Donnybrook.”

Accommodations Glendalough

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 6 The Gresham Hotel, Dublin On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Tonight, gather at one of Dublin’s most iconic restaurants – O’Connell’s of Donnybrook – to celebrate your journey and enjoy a farewell dinner that highlights Ireland’s growing farmto-table culinary scene. (B, D)

Double $1549 $1549

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

April 2016 - April 2017 April 30 June 11

Double $1449 $1449

This trip requires a passport.

Day 7: Dublin - Tour Ends Your

tour comes to a close today. Head home with many wonderful memories. (B)

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 13 April 6, 20

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July 9, 30 September 24 October 1 March 4 April 3 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1449 $1449 $1449 $1299 $1349

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the rugged Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin. Here, each pass reveals another classic Irish vista. Continue to Glendalough, the “Valley of the Two Lakes.” In the 6th century, Saint Kevin, who legend says lived until the age of 120, founded a thriving monastic community here. Today you can still see the remains of that early center of Christian life. Next, pay a visit to the Avoca Handweaving Mill to shop for locally made Irish goods before returning to Dublin.

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Irish Entertainment

Day 6: Dublin Today we travel into

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

(+) $300 - $400 (-) $30

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Exploring Britain & Ireland Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the regal city of London. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: London Today, see London your

way! You may choose to board a coach to discover the pageantry of this grand city with a local guide. See and learn about Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to get a different perspective during a walking tour. Begin at your hotel and take to the streets where a local guide shares stories of days gone by; stroll past Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall and St James’s Park. Both tours see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (if held). Finally, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city. (B)

Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Bath Cardiff This morning’s journey takes you to

Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and

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their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through its cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Continue to the Welsh capital of Cardiff. (B)

Day 5: Cardiff - Ferry to Ireland Waterford Join a local expert on a walking tour

of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There, we board our ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to charming Waterford, your home for the night. (B, D)

Day 6: Waterford - Blarney - Killarney

Begin your day with a tour at the new House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Next, travel to the historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone where, legend has it, you will be blessed with the “gift of eloquence.” This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included

and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 7: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Killarney Behold the glorious Ring of Kerry where

you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Upon returning to Killarney you will be treated to a time-honored Irish jaunting car ride. (B)

Day 8: Killarney - Rock of Cashel Dublin Today you’ll have the opportunity to talk

and laugh with a local family when you visit their working farm. Later, we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, come to know the local culture when you join in the festivities at a traditional Irish Night show. (B, D)

Day 9: Dublin Discover Dublin on a locally

guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming

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Map Exploring Britain & Ireland 15 Days from $3349 Collette Experiences • Talk and laugh with a local family when you visit their working farm. • Behold the magical scenery at the glorious Ring of Kerry. • Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. • Be inspired by the Lake District’s quintessential English villages. • Tour the new House of Waterford Crystal factory.

Must-See Inclusions • Ponder ancient mysteries at Stonehenge. • Overnight in the capital cities of London, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.

nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own. (B)

day is at leisure to explore the city in your own way. (B)

Day 10: Dublin - Ferry Crossing - Wales - Cheshire Ferry across the

Day 13: Edinburgh - York, England En route to England, visit

Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain. (B, D)

Day 11: Cheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland - Edinburgh Travel north into

England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city. (B, D)

Day 12: Edinburgh Delve into

Edinburgh’s rich history during a guided tour of the city featuring entrance to imposing Edinburgh Castle (home of the Scottish crown jewels) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the

Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13thcentury Minster. (B)

Day 14: York - Coventry Stratford-upon-Avon Journey to

Coventry and visit its famous modern cathedral, completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. Next, venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, you may choose one of the following: tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife; or, perhaps you’d prefer a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening, we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner. (B, D)

Day 15: Stratford-upon-Avon Tour Ends Depart today with many new

memories of lovely Britain and Ireland. (B)

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 11, 18 April 1, 8 April 15, 22 April 24, 29

Double $3149 $3249 $3299 $3399

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 6, 13 June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 8 July 22 July 29 July 31

Double $3599 $3649 $3649 $3699 $4049 $3849

August 5, 7, 12, 14 August 19 September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 September 23, 25 September 30 October 7, 9, 14 November 4 March 17, 24 March 31 April 2, 14, 21 April 23, 28 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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• Visit historic Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone. • Delve into Edinburgh’s rich history during a guided tour of the city. • Explore the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas.

Culinary Inclusions • 20 meals included: 13 breakfasts • 7 dinners • Join in the festivities as a guest at a traditional Irish Night show and dinner.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Day 5 Days 6, 7 Days 8, 9 Day 10 Days 11, 12 Day 13 Day 14

Overnight Flight Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel or Grange St. Pauls, London Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Granville Hotel or Tower Hotel, Waterford The Brehon Hotel, Killarney Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Cheshire Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh Hotel 53 or Royal York Hotel, York Walton Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in London. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive and depart from the London airports. On day 15, all of our transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airports. On day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 11:30 a.m.

Passengers arriving into Edinburgh between August 5-27, 2016 will be provided with tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Show.

Extend your tour in Paris Meals: 3 breakfasts Extension from: $899-$1049 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 324 for details.

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British Landscapes Day 1: Overnight Flight Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines the exploration of dramatic history and natural wonders. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at an English pub. (D)

Day 3: London This morning, see the

quintessential sights of London with your local guide. View the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard (if held). Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city. This evening, perhaps you will choose to join an optional dinner followed by one of the city’s spectacular theatre performances. (B)

Day 4: London - Cambridge - York

Today we visit Cambridge, home of the famous university which is more than 800 years old. Later,

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stroll through the medieval city of York. See the famous Minster and walk on the “Shambles,” a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. Tonight, stay within the city’s historic walls. (B)

perspective, join a local expert to explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is free to independently explore the city. (B)

Day 5: York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh Head north through the rolling fields

Day 7: Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Ruthin Castle, Wales Our final

on your way to bonnie (“lovely” in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian’s Wall which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, the “Athens of the North.” Discover Scotland’s exciting capital city which is rich in beauty and culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle, situated in the north of Wales. (B, D)

Day 6: Edinburgh Today it’s your choice! You may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour. Or, for a different

home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Step back in time as we visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Day 8: Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon, England Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your

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Map British Landscapes 10 Days from $1999 Collette Experiences • Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful castle situated in the north of Wales. • Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. • Stop to see the ancient Roman fortification - Hadrian’s Wall. • Step back in time when visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Must-See Inclusions Edinburgh Castle

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• See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. • Choose an Edinburgh guided panoramic city tour or walking tour. • Venture to mystical, ancient Stonehenge. • Discover the beauty of the picturesque Lake District. • Stroll through the medieval city of York.

Culinary Inclusions • 12 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Enjoy a private dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare-family home. • Dine like a Londoner with dinner at an English pub.

Afterward, it’s your choice! You may choose to tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife; or, enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River. (B)

Day 9: Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford Complete

your visit to Britain with a trip to Stonehenge. Start your day at this mystical and fascinating site before traveling through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Explore the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds region. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespearefamily home. As traditionally costumed actors perform some of the playwright’s

most renowned scenes, toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)

Day 10: Stratford-upon-Avon Tour Ends Your journey through Britain

ends today. (B)

See the filming location of Downton Abbey! On select dates, experience an unforgettable visit to Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey!

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26 May 28 June 2, 16, 30 July 7, 14 July 28 August 4, 6,13, 20 August 18 August 25

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Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Days 5, 6 Day 7 Days 8, 9

Overnight Flight Grange City Hotel, Grange Tower Hotel, or Grange Minories Hotel, London Hotel 53, York G & V Hotel, Apex International Hotel, or Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh Ruthin Castle, Ruthin The Falcon Hotel or Walton Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Space is extremely limited on these dates and subject to availability.

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

September 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 29 October 8 October 13, 15, 20, 27 November 3, 5 December 1* January 12* February 23* March 9, 16, 18, 23 April 1, 6, 8 April 22, 24, 27, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in London. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Stratford-Upon-Avon. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Due to transfer scheduling, flights on the last day of your tour should be scheduled after 11:30 a.m. Some departures include a visit to Oxford. On some dates, this tour operates in reverse.

Passengers arriving into Edinburgh between August 5-27, 2016 will be provided with tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Show.

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UK by Rail Day 1: Overnight Flight Venture by train to three of Britain’s most lively cities. Stunning landscapes will surround you as you are whisked through the peaceful countryside. Along the way, get to know the stirring history and captivating legends of this great land. Day 2: Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Edinburgh, the “Athens

of the North.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a fun-filled Scottish evening complete with traditional entertainment. (D)

Day 3: Edinburgh Come to know this regal city on a locally guided tour that includes the Royal Mile, Old Town, Grassmarket, and the Scottish Parliament. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse before touring the imposing Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This afternoon, enjoy free time to independently explore the city – browse the shops, meet the friendly locals or relax at afternoon tea. (B) Day 4: Edinburgh - St. Andrews Pitlochry - Edinburgh Travel to St. Andrews,

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world the game of golf, to see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its Old World appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. This afternoon, visit a Scottish whisky distillery and taste one of the world’s most wellknown whiskies. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh’s charming local restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh - York, England

Depart Edinburgh for a scenic train ride through the Scottish Borders. Soak up rolling hills, emerald forests, picturesque villages and sweeping coastlines as you make your way south to York. Arrive in York, England’s iconic medieval city, and tour the impressive York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Afterward, enjoy some free time to stroll through the city’s historic streets. Walk on the Shambles, a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did in the Middle Ages. This evening, enjoy the best in English cuisine at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 6: York - Castle Howard - Helmsley - York Venture to Yorkshire’s breathtaking

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countryside. Visit Castle Howard, a magnificent 18th-century estate set on more than 1,000 acres of land. Continue on to the quaint market town of Helmsley. Enjoy time to peruse its local shops and famed teahouses before heading back to York for an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7: York - London Board your train; then

sit back and relax en route to England’s sophisticated and bustling capital city of London. Be greeted by a local expert who leads you on a panoramic tour. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace, the London home to Britain’s royalty since 1837. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. (B)

Day 8: London Enjoy a full day to explore

London on your own. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional excursion that begins with a visit to the mystical Stonehenge, a center of spiritual activity since prehistoric times; then, continue on to the charming market town of Salisbury for a tour of its famous cathedral. (B)

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Map UK by Rail 10 Days from $2449 Collette Experiences • Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town that gave the world the game of golf. • Explore Castle Howard, one of England’s most magnificent estates. • Tour the impressive York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. • Spend time in the quaint market town of Helmsley.

Must-See Inclusions Windsor Castle Guard

Tower of London

• Take in breathtaking views while traveling along England’s historic train routes. • Join a local expert for a tour featuring London’s iconic sites. • See magnificent Edinburgh Castle, a stone fortress perched high above the city. • Tour Windsor Castle, home of the UK’s kings and queens for nine centuries. • Enjoy three-night stays in London and Edinburgh!

Culinary Inclusions

Trafalgar Square

• 12 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Enjoy a fun-filled Scottish evening featuring traditional food and entertainment. • Eat like a local during dinner at a traditional English pub. • Savor dinner at one of Edinburgh’s charming local restaurants. • Tour a Scottish whisky distillery and sample “the water of life.”

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5, 6 Days 7 – 9

Overnight Flight Novotel Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh Hotel 53, York Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Day 9: London - Windsor London Travel outside of the city to

traditional English pub and toast to the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)

glorious Windsor Castle. Originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a

Day 10: London - Tour Ends

Your journey through Britain comes to a close today. (B)

Dates & Prices April 2016 - April 2017 April 30 June 4 July 9 August 6 September 17 October 8, 15 November 5 December 10* January 14*

Double $2999 $2999 $2999 $3299 $2999 $2899 $2849 $2499 $2449

February 18* March 18 April 1 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2499 $2849 $2899 (+) $700 - $800 (-) $50

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Edinburgh. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in London. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

Passengers arriving into Edinburgh between August 5-27, 2016 will be provided with tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Show.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Edinburgh

Exploring Scotland & Ireland Day 1: Overnight Flight From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await. Day 2: Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Edinburgh – Scotland’s regal capital city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and toast the start of a wonderful journey! (D)

Day 3: Edinburgh A locally guided tour of the city begins with a visit to the famous Palace of Holyroodhouse, once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Embrace the culture of Edinburgh as you enjoy an afternoon to explore independently. (B) Day 4: Edinburgh - St. Andrews Grantown-on-Spey Travel to St. Andrews – the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf – to see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its old-world appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Spend time at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for

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yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. (B, D)

Day 5: Grantown-on-Spey - Loch Ness - Ballachulish Enjoy time to explore Inverness,

the “Capital of the Highlands.” This afternoon, enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness. Disembark at the base of famed Urquhart Castle and explore the ruins of this historic stronghold. Continue south through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel on the banks of Loch Linnhe. (B, D)

Day 6: Ballachulish - Glasgow Begin your

day with a breathtaking drive in the heart of Scotland as you pass through Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Take in the sights with a local expert before enjoying an evening at leisure in this bustling city. (B)

Day 7: Glasgow - Ferry Crossing Belfast, Northern Ireland Enjoy a morning

at leisure before you travel along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as we head for Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. Upon arrival, settle into your city center hotel for a two-night stay. Tonight, enjoy dinner “on the town.” (B, D)

Day 8: Belfast Enjoy a fascinating guided

tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete your tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the many attractions that this dynamic capital offers. (B)

Day 9: Belfast - Glens of Antrim Giant’s Causeway - Derry Venture along

the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the wondrous Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Continue to the walled city of Derry, situated on the banks of the River Foyle. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine’s Cathedral, and the Guildhall. This evening its Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Derry’s great restaurants. (B, D)

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Map Exploring Scotland & Ireland 13 Days from $2849 Collette Experiences • Travel to St. Andrews – the beautiful town that gave the world the game of golf. • Spend time exploring the award-winning Titanic Experience museum. • Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. • Step back in time at Ulster American Folk Park as you learn about generations past.

Titanic Experience

Giant’s Causeway

• Discover Glenveagh Castle, set amidst one of the finest gardens in Ireland.

Must-See Inclusions • Tour the “Fair City” of Dublin with a local guide. • Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness. • Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls. • See the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, formed by ancient volcanic activity. • Enjoy a locally guided tour of Edinburgh featuring the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Culinary Inclusions Day 10: Derry - County Donegal - Glenveagh National Park Derry Today’s journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Return to Derry with time to explore the town on your own and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Derry - Ulster American Folk Park - Dublin, Republic of Ireland Travel to

the Ulster American Folk Park where you will find collected buildings and artifacts from generations past. As you walk through the museum, learn how the Irish used to live and about the tragic and

triumphant experiences that awaited them in America after emigration. Pass through the scenic countryside and cross into the Republic of Ireland. We end our day in the “Fair City” of Dublin. (B)

Day 12: Dublin A locally guided tour

of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park, and the city’s magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin’s cultural treasures. This evening, partake in an “Irish Night,” a memorable experience featuring great local cuisine and traditional Irish entertainment. (B, D)

Day 13: Dublin - Tour Ends Your

tour comes to a close. (B)

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June 2016 - April 2017 June 5, 19 July 17 August 7, 14

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September 4, 11, 18, 25 October 9 November 6 March 12 March 26 April 2, 23 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

• Sample the “Water of Life” at a Scottish whisky distillery. • Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9, 10 Days 11, 12

Overnight Flight G & V Hotel or Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish Hotel Indigo, Glasgow Europa Hotel, Belfast Maldron Hotel Derry, Derry Ballsbridge Hotel, Hampton Hotel or Gresham Hotel, Dublin On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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$3249 $3249 $2849 $2849 $2949 $3049 (+) $600 - $1000 (-) $50

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

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Edinburgh

Discover Scotland Day 1: Overnight Flight An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cities, stirring history plus distinct myths and stories. Day 2: Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Edinburgh. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a fun-filled Scottish evening complete with traditional entertainment. (D)

Day 3: Edinburgh Today it’s your choice! You

may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour by coach. Or, for a different perspective, you may join a local expert to explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. This afternoon, enjoy free time to independently explore the city. (B)

Day 4: Edinburgh - St. Andrews Pitlochry - Inverness Travel to St. Andrews,

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the world the game of golf, to see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its Old World appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Spend time at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. Continue to Inverness, “Capital of the Highlands,” for your overnight stay. (B, D)

crossing you’ll see abundant bird life and, if you are very lucky, porpoises and seals. A local guide introduces this magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience. Visit Skara Brae and discover the remains of a Neolithic village built at the same time as the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Next, pass the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reported to be older than Stonehenge. Visit the town of Viking Kirkwall before returning to the mainland. (B)

Day 5: Inverness - Thurso Today you will visit the Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle changed the course of history. Next, make a stop at the majestic Dunrobin Castle which dates back to the 1300s. Experience a fascinating falconry display in the formal gardens overlooking the North Sea. Later, soak in the breathtaking views as you drive along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. Your day concludes in Thurso. (B, D)

Day 7: Thurso - Loch Ness Ballachulish Today, enjoy stunning and unspoiled

Day 6: Thurso - Orkney Islands Thurso A day of adventure awaits as you voyage by ferry to the Orkney Islands – for many years a Viking stronghold off the coast of Scotland. On the

landscapes as you return south through the Highlands. Take in the panorama of Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open – you never know when Nessie will appear! Soak up the awe-inspiring view at the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. Travel through the Great Glen, famous for its many lochs (lakes), before arriving at your hotel situated on lovely Loch Linnhe. (B, D)

Day 8: Ballachulish - Isle of Skye Ballachulish Take a stunning drive along the

“Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the

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Map Discover Scotland 10 Days from $2199 Collette Experiences • Travel to St. Andrews, the town that gave the world the game of golf. • Reflect at Culloden Battlefield, the site of a half-hour battle that changed history. • Discover the remains of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae. • Soak up the awe-inspiring view at the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle. • Embark on a relaxing cruise on sprawling Loch Lomond.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Highland cow

Must-See Inclusions • Experience the Orkney Islands during a full-day guided excursion. • See magnificent Edinburgh Castle, a stone fortress perched high above the city. • Explore the legendary Isle of Sky while soaking up the dramatic views. • Search for the infamous Loch Ness monster from the beautiful shores of Loch Ness. • Witness the remarkable skills of working Scottish sheep dogs.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 6 dinners • Learn the art of producing Scotch whisky during a distillery tour and tasting. • Enjoy a fun-filled Scottish evening with traditional food and entertainment.

legendary Isle of Skye, also known in poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle). Enjoy dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills. Then, visit Armadale Castle and Gardens and the Museum of the Isles to learn about island life and the history of Skye. Conclude your visit with views of the isle from yet another vantage point during a ferry crossing back to the mainland. Returning to Ballachulish you’ll see Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. (B, D)

Day 9: Ballachulish - Glencoe - Loch Ard Begin your day with a

Rannoch Moor. Embark on a relaxing cruise on the famed Loch Lomond, the largest lake in the United Kingdom. This afternoon, get a taste of country life at a working Scottish farm. Enjoy tea and homemade scones before seeing a farmer working his sheep dogs. Later, settle in to your loch-side hotel and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to celebrate your time together in Scotland. (B, D)

Day 10: Loch Ard - Tour Ends

Your tour of Scotland comes to a close today. (B)

Dates & Prices Double $2099 $2149 $2199 $2349

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 2 May 30 June 6, 13 June 27 August 1

Double $2549 $2649 $2649 $2749 $2799

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Days 5, 6 Days 7, 8 Day 9

Overnight Flight Radisson Blu Edinburgh or Apex Waterloo Hotel, Edinburgh Grant Arms Hotel or Garth Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey Royal Hotel, Thurso Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish Macdonald Forest Hotel & Spa, Loch Ard On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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August 8, 15, 22 August 29 September 3, 12, 17, 19 September 26 October 3, 10 March 20, 27 April 1, 3, 17, 22 April 24 April 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2949 $2649 $2649 $2549 $2349 $2199 $2299 $2349 $2449 (+) $400 - $550 (-) $30

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

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This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Glasgow airport. All of our transfers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Glasgow airport.

Passengers arriving into Edinburgh between August 5-27, 2016 will be provided with tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Show.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

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Lake District

England’s Treasures Day 1: Overnight Flight Absorb the idyllic charms of England on this journey that includes three of its most scenic rural areas: Cornwall, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of Britain. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional English pub. (D)

Day 3: Choice of Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of London Today, see

London your way! You may board a coach to discover the pageantry of London with a local guide: see and learn about Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to get a different perspective on a walking tour: meet your local guide at your hotel and take to the streets where your guide will tell you stories of days gone by…plus, stroll past Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, and St James’s Park. Both tours see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (if held). Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city. (B)

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Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Salisbury - Cornwall Bid London farewell and travel across

Day 6: Cornwall - Glastonbury - Bath - Great Malvern Today, visit the ruins of

Day 5: Cornwall If you like, join a local forager on a morning expedition behind your hotel and hunt for berries, herbs and other delicacies that grow naturally here. The ingredients you find will be used in your dinner this evening! Later, set out for Penzance, making a photo stop along the way at St. Michael’s Mount. Legend says St. Michael the Archangel appeared to local fishermen here in the 5th century. Upon arrival in Penzance, enjoy some free time to soak up its timeless charm. Next, we travel along a scenic coastal road to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. Continue to St. Ives, a popular holiday resort town, for some time at leisure. (B, D)

Day 7: Cotswolds - Great Malvern

some of England’s most beautiful countryside on your way to Stonehenge. No trip to the English countryside would be complete without a visit to mysterious Stonehenge, a center of spiritual activity since prehistoric times. Continue on to Salisbury to visit the famous Salisbury Cathedral, boasting the tallest spire in Britain. Next, arrive in Cornwall, the ‘sunny southwest’ of England, for a twonight stay in this breathtaking corner of England. (B, D)

Glastonbury Abbey, once the richest monastic community in England and the reputed home of King Arthur. Next, stop in the ancient Roman town of Bath – renowned for more than 2,000 years for its spas and natural hot springs. Visit the Roman Baths Museum to see the elaborate spas, valued since Roman times for their curative properties. Complete your day in the spa town of Great Malvern. Here, your hotel affords you magnificent views across the English countryside. (B, D)

Discover one of England’s most magnificent homes – Blenheim Palace – birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Relax and enjoy your day touring the Cotswolds. Pay a visit to some of the region’s charming villages such as Bourton-on-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. Return to your hotel with time to relax and explore the charming town during an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Great Malvern - Liverpool Lake District This morning, travel to the great

port city of Liverpool. A tour will reveal the 800 year history of this fascinating city. Afterward, spend time on your own at the restored Albert Dock complex. Explore

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Map England’s Treasures 12 Days from $2899 Collette Experiences • Visit the Roman Baths Museum to see the famous elaborate spas. • Tour Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. • Set sail on one of the largest lakes in the picturesque Lake District. • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Yorkshire Dales National Park. • Explore the haunting ruins of Coventry’s medieval Cathedral.

Must-See Inclusions • Tour London your way – walking tour or via motor coach. Bath

Stonehenge

• Enjoy a private tour of Liverpool to learn of its 800-year history. • Behold the mysterious prehistoric formations at Stonehenge. • Relax and enjoy a day of exploring the charming Cotswolds. • Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, home of King Arthur.

Culinary Inclusions • 16 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 6 dinners • Savor dinner at a traditional English pub.

Accommodations one of the many museums such as the Tate Liverpool Gallery, Maritime Museum, or the award-winning Beatles Story. Travel north to the scenic Lake District and your hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere. (B, D)

Day 9: Lake District Enjoy a day

exploring the magnificent Lake District, England’s most popular area of bucolic beauty. Stroll through the picturesque village of Grasmere, once home of and inspiration to the romantic poet William Wordsworth. Sail on one the largest lakes in the Lake District – Coniston Water – aboard the Victorian steam yacht Gondola. Take an afternoon break in Bowness before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Lake District Yorkshire Dales - York Take

in some of England’s most breathtaking scenery as you travel through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stop for a visit at the Wensleydale Creamery and learn about the history of cheese making in Yorkshire. Continue on to the medieval city

of York. See the famous Minster and walk on the “Shambles,” a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. (B)

Day 11: York - Coventry Windsor Area Travel south this

morning to the historic city of Coventry. Legend has it this is where Lady Godiva’s famous ride occurred. Join a local guide for a tour of the city’s medieval cathedral’s haunting ruins before stepping inside and finding yourself surrounded in the splendor of its grand new cathedral. Then, have some free time for lunch or exploring the city. Your day comes to a close at Frimley Hall, a historic home converted to a hotel. Gather tonight with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: Windsor Area - Tour Ends Your journey through Britain ends today. (B)

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 7 June 4, 25 July 15, 21

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August 25 September 9, 16 October 7, 14 March 24 April 21 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

Overnight Flight Park Plaza Hotel Group, London The Cornwall Hotel, St. Austell Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern Low Wood Hotel, Ambleside Hotel 53, York Frimley Hall, Windsor Area On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in London. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport.

$3449 $3099 $2999 $2899 $2999 (+) $450 - $1000 (-) $30 - $50

On select dates, experience an unforgettable visit to Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey! Dates: 7/15/16; 7/21/16; 8/25/16. Space is extremely limited on these dates and subject to availability.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

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London & Paris Day 1: Overnight Flight Experience two of the world’s most popular cities on one fabulous tour. Enjoy unpacking just once in each city during a relaxing journey as you discover the beauty and allure of both London and Paris. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to London. Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in London, a sophisticated metropolis featuring style, culture and history. Its bustling city streets are filled with colorful history, regal pageantry, beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, celebrated monuments and grand theatres. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional English pub. (D)

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Day 3: London A local expert leads you on a

panoramic tour of London. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, the London home to Britain’s royalty since 1837. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Cap off your afternoon with one of London’s finest theatre performances. (B)

Day 4: London After breakfast, enjoy a day to

explore London at your leisure. You may choose to take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle. Originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today. (B)

Day 5: London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France Sit back and relax as you depart London and travel on the innovative Eurostar High Speed Train to France. Arrive in the “City of Light,” Paris. Tonight, sample delicious French cuisine and witness breathtaking views during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, enjoy a romantic Seine River cruise against a backdrop of Paris’ glittering skyline. (B, D)

Day 6: Paris The world-famous Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and the magnificent Place Vendome are some of the amazing landmarks you will see while on a locally guided tour of Paris. This afternoon you

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Map London & Paris 8 Days from $2199 Collette Experiences • Cruise along the Seine River against a backdrop of Paris’ glittering skyline. • Take your seat at one of London’s spectacular theatre performances.

Must-See Inclusions • A local expert leads you on a tour of London featuring Buckingham Palace.

London Guard

Tower Bridge

• Get to know the amazing landmarks of Paris on a locally guided tour. • Cross the English Channel aboard the Eurostar Train.

Culinary Inclusions • 9 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Savor delicious cuisine and breathtaking views dining at the Eiffel Tower. • Dine with the locals at a traditional English pub. • Immerse yourself in Parisian culture at dinner at Paris’ oldest cabaret theatre.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 4 Grange Tower Hotel, Grange City Hotel or Grange Minories Hotel, London Days 5 – 7 Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris

Day 7: Paris Today you are free to enjoy

the city however you would like. Enjoy an optional tour at the Louvre; indulge in some of the world’s best shopping on the ChampsElysees; or simply do as the Parisians do and sit at a sidewalk café and watch the beauty that is Paris go by. Celebrate the end of

a fabulous trip with a special dinner at the Paradis Latin, Paris’s oldest cabaret theatre. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner complete with wine, champagne and a delightful cabaret show. (B, D)

Day 8: Paris - Tour Ends Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B)

Dates & Prices March – April 2016 March 3, 7, 10, 14 April 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 April 28

Double $2499 $2549 $2599

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 4, 11, 18, 25 May 31 June 1, 2, 15, 22 June 29 July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 August 4, 11, 17, 18, 24 August 31 September 7, 14, 15, 21, 28

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September 28 October 5, 19 November 2, 9 December 8* January 19* February 9* March 2, 9, 15, 16, 23, 29 March 29 April 5, 7, 19, 26

$2949 $2699 $2599 $2199 $2199 $2199 $2599 $2649 $2649

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

(+) $700 - $1200 N/A

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in London. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Paris. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Paradis Latin may be considered unsuitable for children – consult your Tour Manager. On some dates this tour may operate in reverse.

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may choose to take an optional excursion to Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles and relive history as you walk through the various rooms of the State Apartments, including the Queen’s bed chamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. (B)

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Spotlight on London Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on a relaxing journey as you discover the colorful history and regal pageantry only found “across the pond.” Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Welcome to London, a sophisticated metropolis featuring style, culture and history. Its bustling city streets are lined with beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, celebrated monuments and grand theatres. This evening, meet your fellow travelers during a special welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: London A local expert leads you on

a panoramic tour of London. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and

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Buckingham Palace, the London home to Britain’s royalty since 1837. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. This afternoon, perhaps you will join us on an optional tour to regal Windsor Castle; originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of Kings and Queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today. (B)

Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Salisbury - London Travel across England’s beautiful

countryside en route to the epic and mysterious Stonehenge, a center of spiritual activity since prehistoric times. Continue on to the charming town of Salisbury. Enjoy time in this bustling market town and

pay a visit to the famous Salisbury Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Britain. (B)

Day 5: London Enjoy a day to explore London

at your leisure. Perhaps stop by Harrods famous food court, visit the world-famous British Museum, or simply relax. Or, you may choose to check out one of London’s spectacular theatre performances, since London boasts one of the best live theatre scenes in the world. (B)

Day 6: London Start your day by soaring

above the city on the London Eye, one of the most iconic landmarks in London and an engineering marvel. Then, take a step back in time

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Map Spotlight on London 7 Days from $1299 Collette Experiences • Discover what it would have been like to see a Shakespeare play in the 16th century at the Globe Theatre. • Behold the tallest spire in Britain – Salisbury Cathedral. • Travel across England’s picturesque countryside.

Must-See Inclusions • Experience an eye-opening panoramic tour of London. • Discover the epic and mysterious Stonehenge.

Westminster Abbey

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• Soar high above the amazing city on the “London Eye.”

Culinary Inclusions • 7 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 2 dinners • Gather for a special dinner at a traditional English pub.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 6 Grange City Hotel, Grange Tower Hotel, Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, or Grange Minories Hotel, London

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On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

at Shakespeare’s Globe, a recreation of his 16th-century theatre and located just steps away from the site of his original theatre. Discover what it would have been like to witness his work in action hundreds of years before. Gather for a special farewell dinner at a traditional English pub and toast the end of a wonderful London getaway! (B, D)

Day 7: London - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation. (B)

Double $1499 $1499

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 18 June 22 July 20 August 24, 31 September 7

Double $1699 $1699 $1699 $1699 $1699

Christmas in London 7 Days • 7 Meals Embark on a relaxing journey as you discover the colorful history, regal pageantry and holiday cheer found “across the pond.” November - December 2016 November 30 December 8, 10

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October 5 January 18* February 15* March 2* April 5, 19 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1699 $1299 $1299 $1499 $1699 (+) $600 - $750 (-) $30

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The Gardens of London featuring the Chelsea Flower Show 8 Days • 9 Meals May 2016 May 19

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Join us and the Royal Horticultural Society on a journey to discover the horticultural heritage of Britain, complete with members-only day access to the Chelsea Flower Show!

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Spotlight on Paris Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for captivating Paris. Come to know this city famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion. Its rich history will astound you while its style dazzles. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins

Arrive in the “City of Light.” Tonight, your adventure begins with breathtaking views of the city while you enjoy dinner featuring delicious French cuisine at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, get a different perspective on the city during a Seine River cruise. As you glide along, admire Paris’ glittering skyline. (D)

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Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome are just some of the amazing landmarks you will see while on a locally guided tour. Write your own story during a free afternoon. Perhaps you will choose to partake in an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre. (B)

Day 4: Paris The entire day is yours to enjoy the city in your own way, or to leave the city and explore the surrounding countryside. You may also choose an optional excursion to Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the royal residence of French rulers including King Louis XVI and Napoleon. This optional tour comes complete with a stop at Barbizon, the “village of painters.” (B)

Day 5: Paris - Reims - Épernay - Paris

Today our journey takes us to Champagne country. Make a stop in ancient Reims to visit its towering centerpiece, the Notre-Dame de Reims. This UNESCO site was once the place where French kings were crowned. Discover Reims’ pedestrian streets lined with art galleries and cafés during an included walking tour. Next, travel a short distance to the village of Épernay. Set on the banks of the river Marne, it is home to the world’s leading champagne makers. Stroll down the most famous street in Épernay, the Avenue de Champagne, before making a visit to one of the cellars dug here between the 4th - 15th centuries. Here we enjoy a guided tour and a tasting of the notable champagne varieties. (B)

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Map Spotlight on Paris 7 Days from $1599 Collette Experiences • Immerse yourself in Parisian culture at Paris’ oldest cabaret theatre. • Step out of your city-center hotel and explore Paris during your free time.

Must-See Inclusions • Come to know the famous landmarks of Paris during your city tour. • Capture the essence of the city as you cruise the Seine River.

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Seine River

• Travel to the ancient city of Reims for a walking tour.

Culinary Inclusions • 7 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 2 dinners • Savor French cuisine and views of Paris during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. • Enjoy a tasting and tour at a champagne cellar in the village of Épernay.

Accommodations Epernay

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 6 Hyatt Regency Etoile, Paris On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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dinner complete with wine, champagne and a delightful cabaret show. (B, D)

Day 7: Paris - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. Head home with many wonderful memories of your Parisian adventure. (B)

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

Arc de Triomphe

Day 6: Paris Today, relax and take some time to explore on your own or simply do as the Parisians do and sit at a sidewalk café and watch the people go by. You may choose to join an optional excursion to the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles. Celebrate the end of a fabulous trip with a special dinner at the Paradis Latin, Paris’ oldest cabaret theatre. Enjoy a sumptuous

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

Dates & Prices February - April 2016 February 16 March 8 April 5

Double $1749 $1799 $2049

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 1, 21 May 24 July 12 August 9, 23 September 20 October 4

Double $1899 $1849 $1849 $1749 $1949 $1949

November 8 November 15 November 29 December 6, 13* February 14* March 7, 14 April 4 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1799 $1749 $1699 $1599 $1599 $1749 $1849 (+) $650 - $1000 N/A

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Extend your tour in the French Riviera

France Magnifique Day 1: Overnight Flight Depart for a journey through France. Bask in the history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.

liberation of France – before making your way to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local bistro in the charming village of Port-en-Bessin. (B, D)

Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a sunset dinner cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine – which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the right bank and the left bank. (D)

Day 5: Huppain Port-en-Bessin - D-Day Landing Sites This morning visit the Omaha

Day 3: Paris A panoramic tour of Paris reveals the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe; the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the Place de la Concorde and its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt; Place Vendome; and the Champs-Elysées, the promenade famous for its people watching. (B) Day 4: Paris - Caen - Huppain Port-enBessin Set off for the Normandy coast. During WW

II, the largest invasion in history took place here. Enjoy an insightful visit to the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains – where the allies resupplied their lines during the

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Beach Cemetery with time to stop by the new interpretive center and see the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mère Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit other landing beaches, such as Utah and Juno. (B)

Day 6: Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Dinan - St-Malo Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Next, journey to Dinan, one of the best preserved medieval villages in France. Meander through streets lined with halftimbered houses and along the ramparts overlooking

the picture-perfect port village. Then it’s off to St-Malo, Brittany’s famous coastal village. Here you’ll be immersed in the beautiful beaches, striking blue waters, and views of the fortified Old Town. (B, D)

Day 7: St-Malo - Le Mont St. Michel - St-Malo Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage

site of Le Mont St. Michel, the “Wonder of the West.” Cherish the breathtaking views of this pilgrimage site that rests on the border between Normandy and Brittany and sits on the edge of the sea. Stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, which dates back to the 11th century. Return to St-Malo to enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose. (B)

Day 8: St-Malo - Châteaux de Chenonceau and D’Augerville Journey

south to the Loire Valley which is brimming with châteaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Visit Château de Chenonceau on the banks of the Cher River, a jewel of Renaissance architecture with traditional French gardens. Continue on to Château D’Augerville Hotel for your two-night stay on the grounds of this magnificent estate that was the former residence of Jacques Coeur, King Charles VII’s

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Map France Magnifique 12 Days from $2899 Collette Experiences • “Fly” through the French countryside on the high-speed TGV Train. • Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive Bayeux Tapestry. • Discover Dinan, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. • Tour Château de Chenonceau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture.

Must-See Inclusions • A panoramic tour of Paris reveals its breathtaking architecture. Omaha Beach

Mont St. Michel

• Explore Avignon and step inside its 14th-century papal palace. • Ponder history at Normandy’s Memorial Peace Museum and Omaha Beach Cemetery. • Enjoy magnificent views of Le Mont St. Michel village and abbey.

Culinary Inclusions • 15 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Feel like nobility during dinner in the grand hall of your hotel – a former chateau. • Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise along the River Seine as you drift past famous landmarks.

Minister of Finance. Feel like nobility during dinner tonight in the grand hall. (B, D)

Day 9: Château D’Augerville - Fontainebleau - Château D’Augerville Embark on a tour of

spectacular Château Fontainebleau, home of French royalty for seven centuries and beloved by Napoleon. The palace is not only steeped in history but an architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Relive days gone by as you stroll through the ornate palace and stunning gardens, as well as the charming village that lies just outside the palace grounds. (B)

Day 10: Château D’Augerville - Paris - TGV Train - Avignon

Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train and “fly” through the French countryside on your way to Avignon, Provence. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour with a local resident. On your delightful tour of this walled city, discover its legacy of being the center of European

religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. Then, explore some of the 25 rooms of the 14th-century papal palace, Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world. Filled with priceless frescoes and home to nine Popes, the palace will amaze you. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. (B)

Day 11: Avignon - Châteauneufdu-Pape - Avignon This morning

we’ll venture out to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wine capital of Provence. Take a stroll through the historic cobbled streets before touring one of the region’s best wineries for a chocolate and wine tasting. Return to Avignon for a free afternoon before your farewell dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a cocktail reception and crème brulee demonstration. (B, D)

Day 12: Avignon - Tour Ends (B)

Dates & Prices March – April 2016 March 3, 10, 11 March 31 April 7 April 14, 21, 28

Double $2899 $3099 $3099 $3149

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May 2016 - July 2017 May 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 26 June 9, 23 July 14 August 25

Double $3199 $3199 $3099 $3099

September 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 September 29 October 6, 13, 15, 20, 22 October 27 November 10 March 2, 9, 16 March 30 April 1 April 20, 22, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$3199 $3099 $3099 $2999 $2899 $2899 $3099 $3099 $3149 (+) $800 - $1050 N/A

• Dine at a local restaurant in Avignon, featuring a crème brulee demonstration. • Delight in a tour and tasting at a winery in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6, 7 Days 8, 9 Days 10, 11

Overnight Flight Crowne Plaza Republique, Paris Mercure Omaha Beach or Ibis, Port-en-Bessin Hotel Oceania, St-Malo Château d’Augerville, Loire Valley Mercure Pont d’ Avignon or Mercure Hotel Cite Des Papes, Avignon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Paris. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Avignon. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. During your stay at Chateau d’Augerville, all standard rooms are on the chateau grounds, but not in the chateau itself. You may upgrade to a deluxe room or junior suite within the chateau at an additional supplement. Included breakfasts are French buffet breakfasts.

Extend your tour in the French Riviera Meals: 3 breakfasts Extension from: $649-$849 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 324 for details.

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Timeless France

NEW TOUR

featuring the Saône and Rhône Rivers

Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us on a journey through France that blends a river cruise with an immersive land tour. Along the way, discover four of the most magnificent regions of France – Alsace, Burgundy, Provence and the French Riviera. Day 2: Frankfurt, Germany - Tour Begins Welcome to Frankfurt, the historical “city of coronations.” Get acquainted with this great city with time on your own before gathering with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Frankfurt - Strasbourg, France

Travel to Strasbourg, “Petite France.” Embark on a city tour with a local expert who will lead you on a guided tour featuring the Cathedral of Strasbourg, also known as Strasbourg Minster, a gorgeous Roman-Catholic complex and the world’s tallest building for most of the 18th century. Then, enjoy free time to explore the perfectly preserved town at your leisure. (B)

Day 4: Strasbourg - Colmar Strasbourg Set out for a full day of touring

through the Alsace region. Your first stop is at a sixth-generation local winery where you’ll sample their latest vintages and learn about world-class

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wine making. Then we’re off to the storybook village of Riquewihr, one of the most beautifully preserved villages in France. Continue on to Colmar, located in the middle of the Alsatian wine route, and considered to be the “capital of Alsatian wine.” As you walk with your local guide through its well-known historic old town and past its canals, the architecture will have you feeling as if you have stepped into a fairy tale. Spend the afternoon meandering through the village. Tonight, savor dinner at a local restaurant featuring regional specialties. (B, D)

Day 5: Strasbourg The day is yours to

independently explore Strasbourg and everything it has to offer. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional tour delving into the history of Alsace during WWII, including visits to the Maginot Line, a French strategic defense system, and the KL-Natzweiler, the only Nazi concentration camp in France. (B)

Day 6: Strasbourg - Dijon - Macon Embark Ship Say au revoir to Alsace and head

toward the city of Dijon in Burgundy. Spend time exploring the old town and the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, a remarkably well-preserved building which now houses the fine arts museum. Make a stop

along the way at the medieval church of Notre Dame. After time on your own to explore or enjoy lunch, we head to the town of Macon to board the MS Amadeus Symphony, your home for the next five nights. (B, D)

Day 7: Chalon-sur-Saône - Beaune

Today we sail north, making a stop in charming Chalon-sur-Saône. From here, continue by land to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Join a local expert for a guided tour of this historic walled city, highlighting its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu. Famous for its dramatic design, this delightful building was once a charity hospital. Finally, we complete our visit to Burgundy with a wine tasting at a local cellar. Back aboard ship, enjoy an afternoon and evening sail down the Saône and Rhône rivers towards Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Lyon Wake this morning docked in the city of Lyon, full of historical and architectural treasures, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s renowned Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse indoor market will dazzle your senses. Browse its endless stalls and experience the lively atmosphere. Continue on your tour through Lyon’s enchanting Old Town. This afternoon, take in the scenery of the Côtes du Rhône from the comfort of your cabin or take advantage

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Map Timeless France 13 Days from $3899 Collette Experiences • Stroll quaint French villages and mingle with the locals along the way. • Explore enchanting Colmar, the “capital of Alsatian wine,” with a local guide. • Discover the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, now a fine arts museum. • Enjoy a day to discover the ancient port of Antibes at your own pace.

Must-See Inclusions Arles

Amadeus Symphony

• Spend five nights relaxing onboard your cruise ship, the MS Amadeus Symphony. • Enjoy a guided tour of Arles featuring its imposing Roman amphitheater. • Behold the majestic Cathedral of Strasbourg, also known as Strasbourg Minster. ©Lüftner Cruises

• Stroll though picturesque Aix-en-Provence on a guided walking tour.

Culinary Inclusions • 23 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 8 dinners

of any of the ship’s public spaces as we continue southward. (B, L, D)

it’s time to bid farewell to the Symphony at your Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Avignon Today, stop in the

Day 11: Disembark Ship - Aixen-Provence - Antibes Your journey

ancient city of Avignon. Your guided tour showcases its historical gems, including the Palais des Papes. Built during the 14th century, a total of seven popes lived here during the Avignon Papacy, and the city remained under Papal control until 1791. This afternoon, you may continue to explore Avignon on your own or choose to join an optional tour bound for Pont du Gard and the charming city of Uzes. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Arles Relax and savor the

scenery on your way to the town of Arles. Today, you may choose to join an optional tour to the Camargue Nature Reserve – learn about the reserve’s 400 bird species and how this territory remains one of the most protected in all of Europe. This afternoon, gather for a guided tour of Arles. Your walking tour introduces you to the history and culture of this ancient Roman town. Visit the imposing Arles Amphitheatre – once capable of seating over 20,000 people, it has hosted chariot races and gladiator battles. Later, take in the stunning architecture as you stroll the streets that inspired artists such as Van Gogh. Tonight,

continues in picturesque Aix-en-Provence. Experience this quintessential French city on a guided walking tour. You’ll quickly see why it is referred to as the “town of a thousand fountains.” Each turn seems to reveal colorful local markets and a wealth of architectural treasures. Enjoy some free time exploring this captivating city on your own before we continue on to the picturesque seaside resort of Antibes. (B)

Day 12: Antibes The day is yours

to discover this ancient port at your own pace. Spend some time strolling the narrow streets, browsing the local markets or soaking in the view from the harbor’s medieval ramparts. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and take in the breathtaking Mediterranean panoramas. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the close of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)

Day 13: Antibes - Tour Ends (B)

Dates & Prices April – September 2016 April 30 June 25 September 10

• Uncover the secrets of the famous Palais des Papes in Avignon.

Double $3899 $3899 $3899

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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• Savor dinner at a local restaurant in Strasbourg featuring regional specialties. • Enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner aboard your cruise ship. • Partake in a wine tasting at a local wine cellar.

Accommodations Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 - 5 Days 6 - 10 Days 11, 12

Overnight Flight Le Meridien Parkhotel, Frankfurt Hilton Hotel, Strasbourg MS Amadeus Symphony Hotel AC Ambassadeur, Antibes On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Frankfurt. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Antibes. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on Lower Deck (Haydn). Cabins are available on lower (Haydn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for cost of any upgrade fees which will apply for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. Our air passengers will arrive into Frankfurt, Germany airport and depart from Nice, France airport. All of our transfers will depart from/return to these airports.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

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Carcassone

A Small Group Tour

NEW TOUR

Journey Through Southern France Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us as we travel from the cultural hub of Paris to Bordeaux, the world’s most renowned wine region, and on to colorful Provence. Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins Your tour opens today in Paris, the “City of Light.” With your hotel just blocks from the Eiffel Tower, you are right in the center of the magic that is Parisian life. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a Parisian café. (D) Day 3: Paris - Chinon - Fontevraud Take

the TGV train to the Loire Valley. Visit the celebrated Chinon wine village and meander through the streets of this medieval setting. Spend time getting to know a local wine maker and his family at their biodynamic winery. Discover the natural growing methods they use and taste the delightful wine they produce. This afternoon, check into the magnificently renovated abbey of Fontevraud. Delve into the history of this site which was home to one of the largest orders in Europe during the medieval times and serves as the final resting place of King Richard the Lion Heart. Tonight’s dinner is set among flying buttresses, chiseled arches and ancient stone. (B, D)

Day 4: Fontevraud - Cognac - Bordeaux Enjoy a scenic drive as you travel from the Loire Valley to the coastal region of Bordeaux. En route, savor a unique stop at a Cognac distillery. Participate in a tasting and learn about the history of this brandy and how its worldwide popularity soared. This afternoon we arrive in Bordeaux and take a behind-thescenes walking tour led by a local resident. The rest of the evening is yours. (B)

Day 5: Bordeaux - Médoc - Bordeaux This

morning, head to the Médoc wine region. Travel along the “Route des Chateaux,” viewing the historic wine estates of the region. Along the way, you’ll stop at one of these chateaux to learn about the growth and popularity of wine production in the Bordeaux region and sample the renowned wine. After your return, the remainder of the afternoon is yours. Tonight, let the charm and romance of the city capture your heart as you meander through the narrow streets on your way to a tucked away local restaurant. Here a chef’s tasting menu is carefully prepared with the day’s freshest ingredients; this will be a culinary moment to remember. (B, D)

Day 6: Bordeaux - Saint-Émilion Bordeaux Travel to the prominent wine region of

Saint-Émilion. Your guided tour takes you through this

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well-preserved medieval city’s fascinating underground monuments and to the original settlement. You will also see the Trinity chapel, the catacombs, and the unique limestone monolithic church. The afternoon is your last chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bordeaux - be sure to save time to stroll down the longest shopping street in Europe. (B)

Day 7: Bordeaux - Saint-Antonin-NobleVal - Toulouse Bid farewell to Bordeaux as you

make your way to Toulouse, the pink city and home of the French aerospace industry. En route, spend time in the charming village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, made famous by the hit movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. A local guide will share stories as you peruse the market and walk the same narrow streets featured on film. Come to know this enchanting village set in the middle of a beautiful gorge. After arrival in Toulouse, a local guide will acquaint us with the city via a panoramic tour. Then, settle into your perfectly located hotel, a former 17th-century convent overlooking the grand palace. (B)

Day 8: Toulouse Today is a free day to explore

on your own. Perhaps you’ll tour one of the many cathedrals or museums close to your hotel. Of course, your Tour Manager will be available with suggestions. You’ll also have the opportunity to take an optional

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Map Journey Through Southern France 13 Days from $4249 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Pause at Chinon wine village, and meander through its streets. • See the Medoc wine region, along the stunning Route des Chateaux. • Spend time in the charming village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. • Walk alongside the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. • Enter caves near Les-Baux-de-Provence for a mesmerizing light show.

Must-See Inclusions excursion called “Artists and Industry of France,” which begins with a visit to Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum and finishes with a tour of the Airbus facility, maker of the world’s largest passenger airliner. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner as you taste traditional cassoulet, which many argue originated in this city. (B, D)

Day 9: Toulouse - Carcassonne

This morning visit the fairy-tale village of Carcassonne. A local expert will guide you through the old city. This storybook setting comes complete with drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore independently. No doubt you will want to soak up as much of this city as you can. Spend the night surrounded by old-world ambiance and ultimate comfort in your iconic hotel situated along the walls of this picturesque, fortified village perched above the valley. (B)

Day 10: Carcassonne - Pont du Gard - Avignon This morning, you’ll

journey to Provence and the incredible village of Avignon. En route, marvel at the Pont du Gard, the greatest surviving stretch of aqueduct remaining from Roman times. Admire this feat of engineering while enjoying lunch at its base, along the river, taking in the picture-perfect views of the arch. Later, after checking into your Provencal retreat, spend time learning the history of Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” and get an inside look at the town of Avignon with your local guide. Revel in the beauty as you visit the medieval bridge and the dramatic Palace of the Popes, a center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. (B, L)

Day 11: Avignon The day is yours!

Enjoy free time to stroll the historic cobbled streets lined with boutiques, or simply relax and sample some local cuisine at one of the cafés that fill the city’s lively plazas. You’ll also have the opportunity to take an optional “Flavors of Provence” tour: accompany a local chef as you go truffle hunting with truffle pigs; then cook up sausage, eggs and truffles before visiting a goat cheese farm, all complete with wine pairings. (B)

Day 12: Avignon - Saint-Rémy Avignon Today we set off for Saint-

Rémy. Let your senses take over during the famous Wednesday market. Sample the fresh delicacies of this truly authentic Provencal market filled with local residents. From there, head up the scenic roads through the Alpilles mountain range to the hilltop town of Les-Baux-de-Provence. As you navigate its winding medieval streets, you’ll be captivated by its charm. At the imposing fortress, stand in awe of the recreated giant medieval catapults. Then, enter the caves at the nearby ancient quarries for a mesmerizing sound and light show featuring projections of magnificent works of art. Tonight, prepare your senses for your farewell farm-to-table dinner hosted by the owners of your hotel and prepared by award-winning chefs. (B, D)

Day 13: Avignon - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

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• Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Bordeaux, led by a local resident. • Get an inside look at the town of Avignon with your local guide. • Enjoy a storybook stroll through the historic village of Carcassonne. • Witness the UNESCO wine region and medieval village of Saint-Emilion. • Delve into history with an amazing stay at Fontevraud Abbey.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 dinners • Savor a brandy tasting during a unique stop at a Cognac distillery. • Taste traditional Cassoulet in Toulouse, a hardy old-world dish. • Sample delightful wine in two of France’s most famous wine regions.

Accommodations Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Days 4 – 6 Days 7, 8 Day 9 Days 10 – 12

Overnight Flight Mercure Tour Eiffel, Paris Fontevraud L’Hotel, Fontevraud Mercure Centre, Bordeaux Grand Hotel de L’Opera, Toulouse, France Hotel de La Cite, Carcassone Auberge de Cassagne, Avignon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Dates & Prices April 2016 - April 2017 April 30 July 16 August 6 August 20 September 17, 24 October 15

• Feel the magic of Paris staying just blocks away from the Eiffel Tower.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Paris. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Explorations air passengers will depart from the Marseilles airport. All Explorations departure transfers will depart from Avignon to the Marseilles airport.

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Treasures of France Day 1: Overnight Flight Journey through the best of France as you explore lively Paris, romantic Provence and delightful Nice, making many fascinating discoveries along the way.

Champs-Elysées, visit the Orsay museum, take a cruise on the River Seine, or simply watch the world go by from a sidewalk café. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the world-renowned Louvre. (B)

Day 2: Paris, France - Tour Begins

Day 5: Paris - TGV Train - Aix-enProvence Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train

Your tour begins in Paris, the “City of Light.” Tonight, sample delicious French cuisine and witness breathtaking views during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. (D)

Day 3: Paris A panoramic city tour reveals the

breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Place de la Concorde with its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II. You will also see the Place Vendôme, the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Elysées – the promenade famous for its people watching. After your guided tour, experience what so many travelers dream about and take an afternoon to independently explore this legendary city. (B)

Day 4: Paris Enjoy a day at leisure to create your own adventure. You may choose to stroll the elegant 92

and “fly” through the beautiful French countryside on your way to Provence. Delve into the Provencal countryside during a visit to picture-perfect lavender fields. Later, travel to Aix-en-Provence and tour the atelier (workshop) of the famous painter, Cezanne. Relax this evening and enjoy fine French dining at its best at your hotel’s elegant restaurant. (B, D)

Day 6: Aix-en-Provence - Nimes - Aixen-Provence The city of Nimes reveals its deep

history during a tour that includes a visit to the elliptical Roman amphitheater, the best preserved in France and still used as a bull fighting arena to this day. Visit the Maison Carrée (Square House), a small Roman temple; the 18th-century Jardins de la Fontaine (Gardens of the Fountain), built around the Roman Thermae ruins;

and the Tour Magne (Great Tower), a ruined Roman tower. This afternoon, return to Aix-en-Provence for time at leisure to explore this lovely town, once frequented by Hemingway and the inspiration to many artists. (B)

Day 7: Aix-en-Provence - Saint-Rémy - Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Aix-enProvence Depart for Saint-Rémy where you

will enjoy a visit to the bustling morning market in the city square – a Provencal tradition! Next, your journey brings you to the famous wine region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. An expert guide leads you through the mysteries of wine and chocolate at a private tasting. Arrive in Avignon for a delightful tour of this historic walled city. Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” acted as a center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. Take a moment at the famous Roman “Bridge of Avignon” before enjoying some time for independent exploration. Complete your day with a cooking demonstration and fine French cuisine at a local restaurant. (B, D)

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Map Treasures of France 11 Days from $2899 Collette Experiences • Whisk through the French countryside aboard the high-speed TGV Train. • Tour the atelier (workshop) of the famous painter, Paul Cezanne. • Stoll through the bustling morning market in the city square of Saint-Rémy. • Participate in a special perfume workshop to create your own fragrance.

Must-See Inclusions Monaco

Avignon

• A panoramic city tour of Paris reveals its breathtaking architecture. • Embark on a walking tour of the historic walled city of Avignon. • Get to know the deep history of Nimes on a tour featuring its Roman amphitheater. • Feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful flower market in Nice. • Witness the splendor of Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Sample delicious French cuisine and enjoy spectacular views while dining at the Eiffel Tower.

Day 8: Aix-en-Provence Antibes - Grasse - Nice Journey

to Antibes to rub shoulders with Europe’s elite in this Riviera getaway. After some free time to explore, continue to Grasse, the world’s center of perfume making. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting a famous perfumerie; then participate in a special workshop where you will create your own fragrance. Take home a unique and personal souvenir from this memorable hands-on experience. Then it’s off to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous. (B)

Day 9: Nice - Monaco - Nice This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market in Nice. Then you’re off to discover Place Massena and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Your journey

takes you to witness the splendor of Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. (B)

Day 10: Nice Revel in a day of

leisure. Spend your day discovering Nice’s world-class shopping; sampling the many French delicacies found in the south of France; or simply relaxing and taking in the laid-back atmosphere. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a quaint restaurant. (B, D)

Day 11: Nice - Tour Ends Depart for home with many wonderful memories. (B)

Double $3149 $3349

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• Partake in a cooking demonstration of fine French cuisine at a local restaurant. • Enjoy fine French dining at its best at your hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5 – 7 Days 8 – 10

Overnight Flight Crowne Plaza Republique, Paris Grand Hotel Roi René, Aix-en-Provence Nice Riviera, Nice On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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This trip requires a passport.

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• An expert guide leads a wine and chocolate tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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Extend your tour to Paris

Spotlight on the French Riviera Day 1: Overnight Flight The fabulous French Riviera awaits your arrival, complete with elegant coastal resorts, superb dining, fabulous shopping and fascinating museums. Unpack your bags just once and stay at a single hotel for your entire adventure which begins with an overnight flight to France. Day 2: Nice (French Riviera), France - Tour Begins Your tour commences in the

stunning Mediterranean city of Nice, long revered as the playground of the rich and famous. With an average of nearly 300 sunny days per year, Nice is a seaside paradise. Check into your magnificently located hotel – it’s directly across from the sea! This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring delightful French cuisine artfully presented. (D)

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Day 3: Nice Get to know Nice while on a tour of the city. Discover its vibrant local flower market where much more than brightly colored blooms are sold. Next is a trip to the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena, the town’s center of activity. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax on the beach, peruse the local shops or take in the scenery at a sidewalk café. (B) Day 4: St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Monaco

Today, travel the spectacular coastline and pass the charming town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, east of Nice. In St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, called the crown jewel of the French Riviera, you visit the impressive Rothschild Villa and Gardens. This stunning seaside palazzo overlooks the Mediterranean and boasts seven themed gardens. Later, a tour of Monaco will introduce you to the famous Casino of Monte Carlo, the Place des Armes, Prince’s Palace, Avenue des Beaux Arts, and

the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. (B, D)

Day 5: Antibes - St. Paul de Vence

Journey to charming Antibes to enjoy the typical Provençal market and explore this ancient port town, a favorite of Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Next is historic St. Paul de Vence, situated atop a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside. This walled medieval town is filled with traditional buildings, hidden alleyways, fabulous restaurants and many specialty shops. As you explore, soak in its distinctive light, said to have inspired Matisse, Braque, Chagall and many other artists. (B)

Day 6: Day at Leisure The day is yours to create your own adventure. The old city is the perfect place to explore antique shops and boutiques, or indulge in some scrumptious world-renowned French pastry. (B)

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Map Spotlight on the French Riviera 8 Days from $1549 Collette Experiences • See the stunning seaside palazzo Rothschild Villa and its gardens. • Explore the walled port town of Antibes. • Visit the fascinating Museum of Provençal Costume. • Learn the secrets of perfume making with a tour of a Parfumerie.

Must-See Inclusions • Tour Nice, the sunny playground of the rich and famous.

St. Paul de Vence

Casino of Monte Carlo

• Explore Monaco to see famous sites such as the Casino of Monte Carlo and the Cathedral of Monaco. • Travel to St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the “Crown Jewel of the French Riviera.” • Discover the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence with beautiful vistas. • Follow the road above the Loup River Gorge for breathtaking views.

Culinary Inclusions • 9 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 3 dinners

Nice

• Savor a welcome dinner featuring delightful French cuisine, artfully presented.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 - 7

Overnight Flight Le Meridien, Nice On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 7: Grasse - Gourdon Learn

the secrets of perfume making with a tour of the Fragonard Parfumerie in Grasse, where fragrant formulations have been prepared since 1782. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere of this charming town. Visit the fascinating museum dedicated to the artist Fragonard and the Museum of Provençal Costume. Then, follow the road high above the Loup River Gorge to

Gourdon for an unparalleled panoramic view. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)

Day 8: Nice - Tour Ends Depart for

home with many wonderful memories of your journey through the Cote d’Azur. (B)

Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Nice. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

Dates & Prices March – April 2016 March 3, 10 March 31 April 7, 14

Double $1799 $1849 $1849

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

September 2016 - April 2017 September 3, 10, 17 October 1 October 15

Double $2099 $1999 $1899

November 5, 12 January 21* February 18* March 4, 18 April 1, 22, 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1749 $1549 $1649 $1749 $1899 (+) $600 - $1000 (-) $30

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

Extend your tour in Paris Meals: 3 breakfasts Extension from: $899-$1049 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 324 for details.

*Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Netherlands, Belgium & Paris Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to experience the renowned Benelux region. Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, explore the ancient lanes of historic Bruges, and stroll the boulevards of Paris. Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam, “Venice of the North.” Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tour Begins Arrive today in Amsterdam, the 800-year-

old thriving capital of Holland. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a delicious welcome dinner. You may choose to cap off your night by joining your Tour Manager for a stroll through Amsterdam’s famous Red Light district. (D)

Day 3: Amsterdam Stories of the city’s

past and present unfold during a guided canal cruise that brings you by the many highlights of Amsterdam’s historic city center. Afterwards, you have the chance to visit one of Amsterdam’s quintessential fixtures – a diamond workshop. Then, discover a natural oasis in the city: the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Originally founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden, today it boasts more than 4,000 plant species in gardens and greenhouses

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that are protected from the bustle of the city behind 300-year-old gates. (B)

Day 4: Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans Volendam - Amsterdam First, step back into

“old Holland” at Zaanse Schans, a living and working community dating back to the 18th century. Explore the Dutch culture and traditional architectural style amongst its windmills, barns, and historical houses; perhaps even catch a cheese demonstration or clog-making class. Next, continue on to the charming fishing village of Volendam where you can stroll the quaint harbor and possibly see fishermen dressed in typical caps and baggy-legged trousers. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice. Dinner is included and you will choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Amsterdam’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Amsterdam - Brussels, Belgium

After breakfast, travel to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and home of the EU Parliament. Have time to relax at the hotel before your city tour that includes a “dinner stroll.” First, discover the city’s grandeur on a panoramic tour featuring the royal gardens and castle; Atomium (constructed for Expo 58); Arch of Triumph; the Art Nouveau houses; and the world-famous Grand

Place. Then, gather for your stroll in the historic city center where your local guide will lead you on a “culinary discovery” walk which includes a beer or wine tasting in a local brewery; a full dinner in the local market; a dessert of Belgian waffles; and a chocolate tasting, followed by coffee in a café on the famous Grand Place. (B, D)

Day 6: Brussels Today is yours to explore Brussels on your own. Browse a museum; take a stroll to discover the world-famous chocolate; or choose to join an optional excursion and immerse yourself in the culture of the Belgian countryside while taking in an artisanal afternoon visiting various local farms and food producers. (B) Day 7: Brussels - Bruges - Brussels Take

a step back in time in the Imperial city of Bruges. Narrow canals lined with charming Patrician houses bring to life the splendor of by-gone days. Allow yourself to journey back into medieval times with a leisurely paced walking tour led by a local resident through one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved cities. Next, the choice is yours – continue your exploration on foot through “undiscovered Bruges” with a lace-making demonstration, or experience the city on

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Map Netherlands, Belgium & Paris 11 Days from $2649 Collette Experiences • Step inside Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. • Soak up Paris on a romantic Seine River cruise. • Walk the pathways of the 300-year-old Hortus Botanicus. • Stroll the charming fishing village of Volendam.

Must-See Inclusions • Discover Paris, a city steeped in history, on a panoramic tour.

Bruges

Giverny

• Explore medieval Bruges your way – on a walking tour or a canal cruise. • Create your own adventure in Brussels with a day at leisure. • Enjoy a guided canal cruise highlighting Amsterdam’s historic city center. • Experience 18th-century “old Holland” at Zaanse Schans.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Savor traditional Parisian food in a lively bistro. • Partake in a flavorful “culinary discovery” walk through Brussels. • Enjoy a choice of dinner options during your stay in Amsterdam.

a serene canal cruise. Later, enjoy free time to discover Bruges on your own. Tonight, get a taste of the region during dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8: Brussels - Paris, France

Today, we make our way through the lush Ardennes forest and scenic French countryside to Paris, the “City of Light.” Upon arrival in Paris, relax and soak up the atmosphere while on a romantic Seine River cruise. This evening, you may join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner and cabaret show in the city. (B)

Day 9: Paris - Giverny - Paris On

your panoramic Parisian tour, discover a city steeped in history. Take in the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe; the Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame with its lovely rose windows dating to the 13th century; the historic Place de la Concorde and its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt; Place Vendome; and

the Champs-Elysées, the famed promenade that is known around the world for its people-watching. Next, Claude Monet’s famous painting “Water Lilies” comes to life during a visit to the artist’s lovely home and palatial gardens in Giverny. (B)

Day 10: Paris Today has been left

free to give you time to explore Paris on your own. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to the world-famous Palace of Versailles. Or, just sit in a café on the Champs-Elysées and watch the world go by Parisian-style – it’s Paris your way! Cap off an incredible trip by savoring delicious cuisine and a selection of French wines during an intimate dinner in a cozy bistro. The event is flavored with traditional musical entertainment. (B, D)

Day 11: Paris - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Paris. (B)

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5 – 7 Days 8 – 10

Overnight Flight Amsterdam Hotel Hampshire-Eden, Amsterdam Sheraton, Brussels Crowne Plaza Republique, Paris On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Amsterdam. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Paris. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. On dates that include Keukenhof Gardens, the visit to Hortus Botanicus is not included.

Dates & Prices Double $2799 $2799

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 9 (Keukenhof Gardens included) May 30 June 6

Double $2699 $2699 $2849

June 27 July 4, 11 August 15 September 12, 19, 26 October 10 March 27 (Keukenhof Gardens included) April 3, 10, 17 (Keukenhof Gardens included) Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2699 $2649 $2649 $2699 $2699 $2699 $2699

Seine River Cruise

March - April 2016 (Keukenhof Gardens included) March 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25

(+) $1050 N/A

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Spain’s Classics Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Madrid - Royal Palace - Toledo - Madrid During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s

historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. A guided tour of the monumental 18th-century Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, the throne room, royal armory and the impressive courtyard. This afternoon travel to Toledo, a UNESCO site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo’s Jewish heritage. Also stop in the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. (B)

Day 4: Madrid - Cordoba - Seville Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Then, travel to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, an 98

architectural marvel built by the Moors in the 8th century as a magnificent mosque, was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Cordoba in the city’s wellpreserved old Jewish Quarter. Later, transfer to Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D)

Day 7: Granada - Valencia Today you travel

Day 5: Seville Today you will see Columbus’ tomb, the ornate cathedral (UNESCO), and the Giralda Bell Tower. Enjoy a walking tour of the quaint old Santa Cruz Quarter with its bright flowers, white-washed buildings and winding streets; then continue to Plaza de Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B)

Day 8: Valencia - Lladro - Paella Experience - Valencia Begin your day viewing

Day 6: Seville - Granada Travel along the

peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, the immense hilltop palace that is a UNESCO site. Also tour the Generalife, meaning “garden of the architect,” where the grounds are beautifully designed with waterfalls, courtyards and smaller secret gardens. (B, D)

through Spain’s amazing landscape, viewing rolling hills dotted with picturesque olive groves while en route to the Mediterranean coast. Arrive in the city of Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture, surrounded by citrus groves. (B)

the impressive City of Arts & Sciences. A walking tour of Valencia features the ornate 14th-century Serranos Tower and imposing 15th-century Quart Tower. You’ll also see the bustling central market, one of the largest in Europe, and view the Gothic cathedral, where construction began in 1262 on the site of an ancient mosque. Next, visit Lladro-City of Porcelain and learn about the history and creative process of the world-famous, handmade Lladro figurines. Travel to the area where paella cuisine originated. A “paella experience” features a boat ride on the canals surrounding rice field plantations; a visit to a traditional fisherman’s home known as a “barraca;” a paella-making demonstration and an authentic paella lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L)

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Map Spain’s Classics 11 Days from $1949 Collette Experiences • Feel the energy of Spain at a flamenco performance in Seville. • In the “City of Porcelain,” learn about handmade Lladro figurines. • In Cordoba, take a walking tour of the Mezquita, a religious marvel.

Must-See Inclusions • Step back in time in Toledo, the former capital of the Spanish Empire.

Royal Palace, Madrid

Flamenco Show

• Explore Madrid’s Royal Palace, the official residence of the royal family. • Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra palace. • Get to know Seville’s quaint, old Santa Cruz Quarter. • Barcelona reveals Antonio Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Savor a “paella experience” including a paella-making demonstration and lunch.

Toledo

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Day 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9, 10

Overnight Flight Hotel Melia Galgos, Madrid Hotel Melia Sevilla or Melia Lebreros, Seville Hotel Melia Granada, Granada Hotel Tryp Oceanic, Valencia Hotel Colon, Barcelona On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona’s fascinating boulevards including the famous Las Ramblas, dotted with colorful bird and flower stalls. (B)

Day 10: Barcelona Today, get an

in-depth look at vibrant Barcelona. Your locally guided tour showcases Columbus Monument; Parc de Montjuic; plus Antonio Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites

including La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Batllo House and the unconventional Casa Mila building. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain! (B, D)

Day 11: Barcelona - Tour Ends

You return home with vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage. (B)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Madrid. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Barcelona. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

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Las Ramblas

Day 9: Valencia - Barcelona

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Spain’s Classics & Portugal Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins Welcome to Portugal, where quaint farming villages and cork & olive tree plantations dot the landscape. Enjoy Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital city. Tonight, begin your journey with a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Lisbon A tour of Lisbon features the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO). Tonight, enjoy a dinner complete with local cuisine, wines and Fado music (UNESCO). (B, D) Day 4: Lisbon - Fatima - Nazare Obidos - Lisbon Your day on Portugal’s “Silver

Coast” begins in the pilgrimage town of Fatima. View the Batalha Monastery (UNESCO), an example of Manueline architecture, and travel to the quaint town of Nazare and the medieval walled town of Obidos. (B)

Day 5: Lisbon - Madrid, Spain Depart

Lisbon and cross the border into Spain. Enjoy your day viewing the countryside of Portugal and Spain before arriving into the capital city of Spain — Madrid. (B, D)

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Day 6: Madrid - Royal Palace - Toledo - Madrid During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s

historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. A guided tour of the monumental 18th-century Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, the throne room, royal armory and the impressive courtyard. This afternoon travel to Toledo, a UNESCO site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo’s Jewish heritage. Also stop in the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. (B)

Day 7: Madrid - Cordoba - Seville Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Then, travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, an architectural marvel built by the Moors in the 8th century as a magnificent mosque, was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Cordoba in the city’s well-preserved and historical old Jewish

Quarter. Later, transfer to Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D)

Day 8: Seville Today you will see Columbus’ tomb, the ornate cathedral (UNESCO), and the Giralda Bell Tower. Enjoy a walking tour of the quaint old Santa Cruz Quarter with its bright flowers, white-washed buildings and winding streets; then continue to Plaza de Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B) Day 9: Seville - Granada Travel along the

peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, the immense hilltop palace that is a UNESCO site. Also tour the Generalife, meaning “garden of the architect,” where the grounds are beautifully designed with waterfalls, courtyards and smaller secret gardens. (B, D)

Day 10: Granada - Valencia Today you travel through Spain’s amazing landscape viewing rolling hills dotted with picturesque olive groves while

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Map Spain’s Classics & Portugal 14 Days from $2869 Collette Experiences • Feel the energy of Spain at a flamenco performance in Seville. • In the “City of Porcelain,” learn about handmade Lladro figurines. • Discover 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Must-See Inclusions • Step back in time in Toledo, the former capital of the Spanish Empire. • Explore Portugal’s capital city during your stay in downtown Lisbon. • Get to know Seville’s quaint, old Santa Cruz Quarter.

Seville

Paella

• Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra palace. • Barcelona reveals Antonio Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

Culinary Inclusions • 19 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners • Savor a “paella experience” including a paella-making demonstration and lunch. • Dine on traditional Portuguese cuisine and enjoy Fado music.

Accommodations

Day 11: Valencia - Lladro Paella Experience - Valencia

Begin your day viewing the impressive City of Arts & Sciences. A walking tour of historic Valencia features the ornate 14th-century Serranos Tower and imposing 15th-century Quart Tower. You’ll also see the bustling central market, one of the largest in Europe; and view the Gothic cathedral, where construction began in 1262 on the site of an ancient mosque. Next, visit Lladro-City of Porcelain and learn about the history and creative process of the world-famous, handmade Lladro figurines. Travel to the area where paella cuisine originated. A “paella experience” features a boat ride on the canals surrounding rice field plantations; a visit to a traditional fisherman’s home known as a “barraca;” a paella-making demonstration and an authentic paella lunch.

Day 12: Valencia - Barcelona

Travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona’s boulevards including the famous Las Ramblas, dotted with colorful bird and flower stalls. (B)

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 11, 18 June 8 July 13

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Overnight Flight Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon Hotel Melia Galgos, Madrid Hotel Melia Sevilla or Melia Lebreros, Seville Hotel Melia Granada, Granada Hotel Tryp Oceanic, Valencia Gallery Hotel or Hotel Colon, Barcelona On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Day 13: Barcelona Today, get an

in-depth look at vibrant Barcelona. Your locally guided tour showcases Columbus Monument; Parc de Montjuic; plus Antonio Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites including La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Batllo House and the unconventional Casa Mila building. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain and Portugal! (B, D)

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Day 14: Barcelona - Tour Ends

You return home with vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with old, rich and diverse cultural heritages. (B)

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Lisbon. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Barcelona. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

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en route to the Mediterranean coast. Arrive in the city of Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture, surrounded by citrus groves. (B)

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Spain’s Costa del Sol & The Portuguese Riviera Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins

city’s cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236. Enjoy a stroll through the streets of the historic Jewish quarter. Later, arrive in Spain’s Costa del Sol for a three-night stay. (B, D)

Day 3: Madrid - Prado Museum Ease

Day 5: Costa del Sol Enjoy a day at leisure

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Madrid’s historic center. See the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. Join a local expert to explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum which opened in 1819 and boasts the world’s finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Your afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Madrid - High-Speed Train Cordoba - Costa del Sol Sit back and enjoy

stunning landscapes as you travel via high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally built as a mosque, it was converted into the

to relax and experience the best of this cosmopolitan coastal region. Stroll the sandy beaches and promenades or linger at a traditional café. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to help you plan your day. (B)

Day 6: Costa del Sol - Granada - Costa del Sol Take a day trip to Granada, the last great

capital of the Moors in Spain. Travel past rolling hills dotted with olive groves, capturing the country’s classic beauty. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, a hilltop palace and UNESCO site. Tour the Generalife, “Garden of the Architect,” and behold the waterfalls, courtyards and secret gardens upon its grounds. (B)

Day 7: Costa del Sol - Ronda - Seville

Travel to Ronda, one of the loveliest and most historic

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towns in Andalucía. Join a local expert exploring Ronda’s old town full of twisting narrow streets, 18th-century Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) over the El Tajo gorge, and La Alameda Park with its wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Continue to Spain’s “cultural capital” – Seville. (B, D)

Day 8: Seville In Seville, see Columbus’ tomb,

the ornate cathedral (UNESCO), and Giralda Bell Tower. Take a walking tour of the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter with its cascading bright flowers, whitewashed buildings and winding streets. Continue to Plaza de Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park – one of the loveliest parks in all of Europe. (B)

Day 9: Seville - Azeitao, Portugal Cascais Depart Spain and travel through the

Portuguese countryside to Azeitao – an agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and country estates. Enjoy a tour and tasting of local wines when you visit a centuries-old winemaker. Later, arrive in

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13 Days from $2449 Collette Experiences • Journey on the thrilling AVE High Speed Train. • Visit the impressive Mafra Palace and Monastery. • Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita, a religious marvel. • Stop in Obidos, protected by medieval city walls. • Travel to Ronda, one of Spain’s loveliest and most historic towns.

Must-See Inclusions Cascais

Mezquita

• Join a local expert to explore the masterpieces of the Prado Museum. • Experience Portugal’s beautiful town of Sintra, a UNESCO site. • Tour the world-famous Alhambra, a hilltop palace. • View Lisbon’s impressive Belem Tower on your city tour. • Enjoy a day at leisure in the picturesque Costa del Sol. • Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors.

Culinary Inclusions • 16 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Enjoy a tour and tasting of local wines at a centuries-old winemaker. • Savor regional wines with every included dinner!

Cascais, the famous and picturesque coastal resort on the Portuguese Riviera. (B, D)

Day 10: Cascais - Lisbon Cascais Tour Lisbon, including the

Moorish Alfama Quarter. See the 16thcentury Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO); the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons; and the impressive Belem Tower (UNESCO). Then, enjoy leisure time in Cascais…perhaps walk the beach promenade or shop for ceramics, handwoven works and tapestries. (B)

Day 11: Cascais - Ericeira Sintra - Cascais Visit the impressive

Mafra Palace and Monastery, one of the largest Baroque buildings in Portugal. A guided tour takes you through the domed basilica, the royal apartments decorated in 18th-century furniture and paintings, and the magnificent Baroque library, one of the finest in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the fishing village of Ericeira, perched on

cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Its unique narrow streets, lined with whitewashed chapels and white houses edged in blue, are the perfect place for thoughtful wandering. Continue on to the town of Sintra, a UNESCO site and the favourite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Here, peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts. (B)

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Day 12: Cascais - Obidos Nazare - Fatima - Cascais Travel

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Portugal’s Silver Coast, a region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and centuriesold castles. Stop in Obidos, protected by medieval city walls. Continue to Nazare, a coastal fishing village. Then, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a wonderful farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 13: Cascais - Tour Ends (B)

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 – 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9 – 12

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for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Madrid. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will depart from Lisbon, Portugal airport. All transfers will depart from Cascais to Lisbon airport (approximately a 40 minute drive).

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Seville

NEW TOUR

Madrid, Seville & Lisbon Day 1: Overnight Flight Delve into three grand cities of the Iberian Peninsula. Each is filled with unique treasures to uncover. You will have plenty of time to explore, get to know their charms and savor the atmosphere of each of these magnificent cities. Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Madrid - Prado Museum Madrid Ease your way into the local culture as

your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Enjoy a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center. See the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. Join a local expert to explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum which opened in 1819 and boasts the world’s finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Your afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Madrid - AVE High-Speed Train - Cordoba - Seville Sit back and enjoy stunning

landscapes as you travel via high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of

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the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally built as a mosque, it was converted into the city’s cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236. Enjoy a stroll through the streets of the historic Jewish Quarter. Later, arrive in charismatic Seville, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. (B, D)

Day 5: Seville - Royal Alcazar - Tapas Lunch - Seville Join a local expert in

discovering the intriguing myths, stories and legends of Seville. You will be impressed by this historic city’s Mudéjar architecture. Tour the Royal Alcazar (UNESCO), where you can stroll through its beautifully decorated courtyards featuring columns and exquisite plasterwork. Then, walk through the sprawling and colorful Alcazar gardens discovering one garden after another. Next, see the Giralda Bell Tower and the majestic Seville Cathedral (UNESCO). Continue on to the winding narrow streets and quaint courtyards of Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of Seville, with its bright flowers and whitewashed buildings. Join a local flamenco dancer for a traditional “tapas lunch” (small plates) and discuss the history and artistry of flamenco. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening you have reserved seats for an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B, L)

Day 6: Seville Have a day to discover Seville as you choose. Seville exudes an unmeasureable beauty and has a rich culture that is sure to dazzle your senses. Take a stroll along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, explore the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets, or enjoy the peaceful serenity of the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe. Your choices are endless. (B) Day 7: Seville - Evora, Portugal Lisbon Say adios to Spain! Ease your way into

the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few keys words of the native language of Portugal. Travel through beautiful countryside, across Alentejo’s limitless plains and vineyards to historic Evora, Portugal (UNESCO). Known as the “Museum City of Portugal,” a leisurely paced walking tour reveals a true open-air museum inside Evora’s medieval walls. A 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana and wellpreserved monuments set the scene. Your day comes to a close in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of Europe’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities. Renowned for its warm and sunny disposition, Lisbon is home to a wealth of historic monuments and worldclass museums. (B)

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Map Madrid, Seville & Lisbon 10 Days from $2469 Collette Experiences • Embark on a walking tour of the Cordoba’s Mezquita, a religious marvel. • Take your seat at an authentic flamenco show. • See one of the world’s finest private art collections at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. • Explore the monumental compound of the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

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• Spend time learning about “azulejos” at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.

Must-See Inclusions • Join a local expert to explore the masterpieces of the Prado Museum. • It’s Lisbon your way – a panoramic city tour or walking tour. • Journey on the thrilling AVE high-speed train. • Explore the charming streets and courtyards of Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville. • Discover the “Museum City of Portugal,” Evora, on a walking tour.

Culinary Inclusions • 13 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 4 dinners • Join a local flamenco dancer for a traditional “tapas lunch.”

Day 8: Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour This morning it’s your

choice! Perhaps you will join a panoramic Lisbon city tour or possibly you will choose to take a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic Alfama District. The Lisbon city tour features Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and is capped off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. The Alfama is Lisbon’s most symbolic quarter. Step back in time as you explore this residential neighborhood which is considered a village within a city. Stroll through its medieval alleys, narrow streets, tiny squares, and by beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers. Then, climb the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, enjoy the captivating sounds of Fado music (UNESCO) that accompanies your dinner featuring local cuisine. (B, D)

Day 9: Lisbon - Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - National Tile Museum - Lisbon Start the

day exploring the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world’s great museums with a priceless private art collection that includes both western and eastern art. The worldwide collection spans 4,000 years, from the ancient Egyptian period to the late 20th century. Then it’s on to the delightful National Tile Museum. Home to five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles (azulejos), it’s the only collection of its kind in the world. Marvel at its spectacular blue and white composition of 1,300 tiles of Lisbon’s cityscape made in 1738. Enjoy another afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Lisbon - Tour Ends Your

tour comes to a close today. (B)

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• Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner!

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A Small Group Tour

NEW TOUR

Northern Spain & Portugal featuring historic accommodations in Spain’s Paradores & Portugal’s Pousadas Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Toledo, Spain - Tour Begins

Welcome to Toledo, a national monument to Spain’s art and history, and a treasure trove of El Greco artwork. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Toledo Get acquainted with Toledo,

a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. A comprehensive walking tour highlights the Gothic cathedral, fortified towers and the medieval castle, with its storybook Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, Europe’s oldest synagogue still standing. Stop at the Church of Santo Tome to see El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Toledo - Ribera del Duero Burgos Travel to Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s

foremost wine-producing regions. Stop for a tour and tasting of its famed red wine at the spectacular Bodegas Portia. Continue on to historic Burgos. Discover the beautiful town center and the 13th-

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century Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of Gothic architecture. (B, D)

Day 5: Burgos - Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum - Old Quarter - Burgos Continue

through the Basque country to Bilbao, recognized as a leader in architecture and art in Europe. Tour the Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture designed by architect Frank Gehry. Next, enjoy the local favorite – a “txikiteo” (bar crawl) in Bilbao’s Old Quarter. Enjoy a light lunch of “pintxos” – the Basque equivalent of the Spanish tapas – and drink the local cider. Later, visit the Vizcaya Bridge (UNESCO), the first transporter bridge of steel structure in the world. Opened in 1893, it’s considered the engineering marvel of its time. Cross to the other side aboard the hanging gondola with great views of the extraordinary panorama of the estuary. (B, L)

Day 6: Burgos - León Travel to León and join

a local guide for a visit to the 13th-century cathedral, one of Spain’s most beautiful buildings, with its sculpture-covered façade and impressive stained glass windows. Continue on for a tour of the city featuring

the Basilica of San Isidoro and the Royal Pantheon, the resting place of Leon’s ancient kings. Pause to marvel at Casa de Botines, designed by the famous architect Gaudi. Then, settle into your hotel, the Parador Hostal San Marcos, one of Spain’s most impressive hotels. This magnificent building was once a hostel for pilgrims on the Santiago Way; then it served as a monastery; and during the Spanish Civil War, it was an army barracks and prison. (B, D)

Day 7: León - Santiago de Compostela

Your travels continue to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. Join a local expert for a leisurely paced walking tour that features the city’s world-famous cathedral and Praça do Obradoiro, a monumental square of pure grandeur in granite, home to some of Europe’s finest historical buildings. Arrive at your hotel, the impressive Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, considered to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in the world and one of the most luxurious. (B, D)

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela - Porto, Portugal Your morning is at leisure to relax. Then,

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Map Northern Spain & Portugal 14 Days from $3799 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Stop at the Church of Santo Tome to see El Greco’s masterpiece painting. • Visit the world-class Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular structure. • Cross Vizcaya Bridge aboard a hanging gondola. • See León’s magnificent 13th-century cathedral. • Discover the art of handmade Portuguese porcelain at Vista Alegre.

Must-See Inclusions cross the border into Portugal and travel to the charismatic city of Porto (UNESCO). This ancient port is known for its striking contemporary monuments and Baroque carvings. (B, D)

Day 9: Porto Join a local expert to

discover Porto’s riverfront district. Make stops at Church of Sao Francisco to gaze at its spectacular golden adornments that line its walls and ceiling, and the Stock Exchange Palace to marvel at its exuberant interior. Along the way, see the 18th-century fortress-like Clerigos Tower; the Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter with traditional boats floating by the riverbanks. Then, get a taste of the region at a local winery. Learn about the wine making process on a tour; then, sample its famous port wine. (B)

Day 10: Porto - Guimarães Cooking Class - Porto Travel to

medieval Guimarães (UNESCO), the first capital of Portugal. Your local guide will lead you on a tour featuring the imposing 10thcentury Guimarães Castle; the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, with 39 unusual brick chimneys; and the town’s superbly restored buildings. Learn the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during an interactive cooking class followed by dinner featuring local food and wines in a 12th-century former monastery. (B, D)

Day 11: Porto - Vista Alegre Porcelain - Coimbra - Cascais

Coimbra, home to one of the world’s first universities. See the Baroque Library, lined with 300,000 books; the 12th-century Old Cathedral and the 16th-century aqueduct. Continue to charming Cascais, Portugal’s premier beach resort. (B, D)

Day 12: Cascais - Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour This

morning you choose! You may join a panoramic Lisbon city tour or perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic Alfama District. The Lisbon city tour (via coach) features Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and you’ll cap it off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. The Alfama District is Lisbon’s most symbolic quarter. Step back in time exploring this residential neighborhood – considered a village within a city. Stroll through its medieval alleys, narrow streets, and tiny squares; and pass by beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers. Then, climb the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city. (B)

Day 13: Cascais Enjoy a day at leisure in the Portuguese Riviera. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. (B, D) Day 14: Cascais - Tour Ends (B)

Discover the traditional art of handmade Portuguese porcelain during a visit to Vista Alegre, in operation since 1824. Journey to Dates & Prices May 2016 - April 2017 May 17 June 14 July 12 August 16 September 6, 20 October 4, 25

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• Explore Toledo, the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. • Choose from a panoramic Lisbon city tour or a walking tour of the Alfama District. • Spend three nights on the “Portuguese Riviera” at a 16thcentury fortress. • Overnight in the Parador Hostal San Marcos, one of Spain’s most impressive hotels. • Discover Burgos’ beautiful, historic town center.

Culinary Inclusions • • • •

21 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 8 dinners Make a stop in Ribera del Duero to discover its famed red wine. Discover the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during a cooking class. Enjoy the local favorite - a “txikiteo” (bar crawl) in Bilbao’s Old Quarter. • Savor a lunch of various “pintxos” (tapas) and drink the local cider. • Learn about Porto’s wine making on a tour and sample its famous port wine.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Day 6 Day 7 Days 8 - 10 Days 11 - 13

Overnight Flight Parador de Toledo, Toledo Hotel Palacio de los Blasones, Burgos Parador Hostal de San Marcos, Leon Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Santiago de Compostela Pousada do Porto (Freixo Palace Hotel), Porto Pousada de Cascais (Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District), Cascais On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Post-Night Stay: Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Cascais. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will depart from the Lisbon, Portugal airport. All transfers will depart from Cascais to the Lisbon airport (approximately a 40 minute drive). Air passengers will arrive into the Madrid airport.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

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Barcelona

Single-Hotel Stay

Spotlight on Barcelona Day 1: Overnight Flight Venture to Barcelona for an extended stay exploring the art, culture and history of this unique city.

House. The afternoon is at leisure to explore further or you may take an optional excursion to Montserrat, a spectacular mountaintop monastery. (B)

Day 2: Barcelona, Spain - Tour Begins

Day 4: Barcelona - Gothic Quarter - La Boqueria Open-Air Market Take

Welcome to Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and capital of the Catalunya region. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Barcelona - Parc Guell - La Sagrada Familia Get acquainted with one

of the liveliest cities in all of Europe on your locally guided tour. Discover Parc Guell, one of the most impressive public parks in the world and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces where he let loose his imagination with amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work. Next, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after more than 100 years. Also see Las Ramblas Boulevard, the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites linked to Antonio Gaudi including the unconventional Casa Mila building and Batllo

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a moment this morning to visit the 14th-century basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea), the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style. Continue on a leisurely paced walking tour of Barcelona’s historic Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a beautifully preserved neighborhood of Gothic buildings and medieval squares set inside a labyrinthine street plan leading to the 13th-century La Seu Cathedral. Your tour concludes with a visit to La Boqueria Market, Barcelona’s largest, oldest and best open-air market. The present building dates to 1840, but the open-air markets on this site date to the Middle Ages. The afternoon is free to explore intriguing Barcelona on your own. (B)

Day 5: Barcelona - Cooking Class Penedes Wine Region - Sitges Your jouney

brings you to the Penedes, the land of wine and cava — Spain’s celebrated sparkling wine. Arrive in the small town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the birthplace of cava. Take in the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, textures and sensations during a fun-filled interactive cooking class followed by a delightful lunch of Catalan specialties. Later, tour the beautiful Codorniu cellars, the world’s largest producer of cava. Be immersed in the Art Nouveau-style architecture, along with the history, traditions and innovations of winemaking. Sample a variety of wines before proceeding to the whitewashed coastal town of Sitges, known for its beaches, compact old town, classic Art Deco buildings, and the seafront promenade. Enjoy free time exploring this delightful town before returning to Barcelona. (B, L)

Day 6: Barcelona - Salvador Dali Museum - Girona Enjoy a morning at leisure

before traveling to Figueres for a visit to the Salvador Dali Museum which features a collection of more than 4,000 of his works of art. Salvador Dali was known for his technical skill as a painter and the shocking nature of his imagination. Later, travel to Girona and join a

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Map Spotlight on Barcelona 8 Days from $1599 Collette Experiences • Admire the classic art deco buildings of colorful Sitges. • Explore the surreal Salvador Dali Museum. • Stroll through La Boqueria Market, Barcelona’s oldest open-air market.

Must-See Inclusions • Relax with a six-night stay in culturally rich Barcelona.

• Stroll by medieval buildings in the charming Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter).

Parc Guell

La Sagrada Familia

• Discover Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces including magical Parc Guell.

• Step back in time at Girona’s historic quarter.

Culinary Inclusions • 9 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 2 dinners • Learn the secrets of Catalan cuisine during a private cooking class. • Taste the area’s famous sparkling wine known as cava.

Accommodations Sitges

Day 1 Days 2 - 7

Overnight Flight Avenida Palace Hotel, Barcelona On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey

Day 7: Barcelona Enjoy a day at

Picasso Museum, home to more than 3,800 of his works. Or perhaps take a stroll along one of Barcelona’s grand boulevards. This evening, celebrate the end of a memorable trip with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Barcelona - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

leisure to create your own adventure in this fascinating city. You may opt to visit the Dates & Prices February - April 2016 February 20 March 5 April 9

Double $1899 $1999 $1999

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 14 June 11 July 9 August 13

Double $1799 $1799 $1799 $1799

September 3 October 22 November 5 February 4* March 4, 25 April 22 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport.

Penedes Wine Region

local expert exploring the historic quarter, discovering Roman walls and one of the best preserved medieval Jewish ghettos (El Call) in Europe. The ancient stone streets culminate in the cathedral which boasts the widest Gothic nave in Christendom and an extravagantly sculpted cloister. (B)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

$1799 $1799 $1799 $1599 $1799 $1849 (+) $ 700 - $800 (-) $30

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Madrid

Single-Hotel Stay

Spotlight on Madrid Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the many wonders of Madrid, Spain’s lively capital city. Your journey features excursions to nearby historic towns including Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Segovia, Aranjuez and Chinchón.

comprehensive art galleries in the world. The afternoon is yours to explore as you choose. Perhaps you will visit the Royal Palace or the Modern Arts Reina Sofia Museum, home to Picasso’s most famous work, the painting Guernica. (B)

Day 2: Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins

Day 4: Madrid - Toledo - Alcalá de Henares Discover the ancient capital of Toledo

Today you arrive in the enchanting city of Madrid. This fascinating metropolis is rich in tradition and history and boasts some of the world’s finest museums and monuments. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner featuring local delicacies and wines. (D)

Day 3: Madrid - Prado Museum Become

acquainted with the treasures of Madrid on a tour showcasing Plaza de Oriente, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Paseo de la Castellana, Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles, Gran Via and Plaza Espana. Next, visit the renowned Prado Museum, one of the most celebrated and

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(UNESCO World Heritage site), a land with influences of Roman, Visigoth, Moorish, Jewish and Christian cultures. A walking tour highlights the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, 13th-century Synagogue, and El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Later, travel to the city of Alcalá de Henares (UNESCO), birthplace of the renowned author Miguel de Cervantes who wrote the novel Don Quixote. The city features a rich heritage shaped by its 16th- and 17th-century architecture and monuments providing a window into the Spanish Golden Age. (B, D)

Day 5: Madrid - Torrecaballeros Segovia In Torrecaballeros we learn the secrets

of Castillian cuisine during a fun-filled interactive cooking class. This is followed by a sumptuous lunch of local dishes complete with fine Spanish wine. Later, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Segovia’s old town (UNESCO) featuring the Alcazar, Segovia’s knights-in-armor fortress; Plaza Mayor; Plaza de San Martin; and the famous monumental Roman Aqueduct, considered one of the finest in existence. (B, L)

Day 6: Madrid - Aranjuez Palace & Gardens - Winery Tour - Chinchón

Travel to the magnificent Aranjuez Palace and Gardens (UNESCO). Embark on a delightful tour that brings you through the life of the royals. Next, make a stop at a historic winery built for the king in 1782. Learn about Spanish winemaking on a tour and have the opportunity to sample the local wines. Continue to

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Map Spotlight on Madrid 8 Days from $1449 Collette Experiences • Travel to the magnificent Aranjuez Palace and Gardens. • View El Greco’s masterpiece painting, “The Burial of Count Orgaz.” • See Toledo’s magnificent 13th-century synagogue. • Visit the remarkable 15th-century town of Chinchón.

Must-See Inclusions • Enjoy a 6-night stay in captivating Madrid. • Discover the ancient capital of Toledo.

Prado Museum

Madrid Wines

• Explore the famed Prado Museum. • Travel to Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of the “Don Quixote” novelist. • It’s Madrid your way with a day at leisure!

Culinary Inclusions • 10 meals included: 6 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 3 dinners • Savor a welcome dinner featuring local delicacies and wines. • Learn the secrets of Castillian cuisine during an interactive cooking class. • Visit a wine cave to taste the traditional sweet anisette liquor. • Learn about Spanish winemaking and sample the local varieties.

Accommodations

Day 7: Madrid - Optional El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Excursion Enjoy a day at leisure to

explore the many facets of Madrid. You may choose to wander through the charming streets of old Madrid, known as the Madrid of the Hapsburgs. Spend time in Plaza Mayor

discovering its quaint restaurants, tapas bars and traditional shops. An optional excursion is available to El Escorial (UNESCO), a vast building complex considered to be the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. The option continues to the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), an astounding feat of architecture honoring those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 8: Madrid - Tour Ends Your

tour comes to a close today. (B)

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 7 Melia Galgos Hotel, Madrid On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 21 June 4 July 16 August 6 September 17

Double $1649 $1599 $1599 $1599 $1649

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

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experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport.

October 8 November 5 February 11* March 11 April 1 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1649 $1599 $1449 $1599 $1649 (+) $400 - $450 (-) $30

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Aranjuz Palace

the medieval town of Chinchón, one of the best-known towns within the autonomous community of Madrid. Discover its remarkable 15th-century medieval Plaza Mayor de Chinchón. Explore its winding streets before visiting a wine cave for a taste of the town’s famed, sweet anisette liqueur that has been produced here since the 17th century. (B)

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The Algarve

Extend your tour to Madeira

Sunny Portugal Day 1: Overnight Flight Portugal - a historic land of great explorers - is waiting for your own exploration. Discover ancient castles, Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and kind, gentle people.

streets, walk the wide oceanside promenade or shop for ceramics, lace, filigree, hand woven works and tapestries. This evening, savor excellent Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO). (B, D)

Day 2: Cascais, Portugal - Tour Begins

Day 4: Cascais - Sintra - Obidos Fatima - Cascais Begin your day exploring the

Your tour opens in Cascais, a scenic coastal resort on the “Portuguese Riviera” and your home for three nights. The mansions scattered about Cascais and nearby Monte Estoril hint at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Cascais - Lisbon - Cascais This

morning, tour Lisbon, Portugal’s capital set on seven hills overlooking the Tagus River. Your tour highlights the Moorish Alfama Quarter. See the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Monument to the Discoveries, which honors intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons. The impressive Belem Tower, also a UNESCO site, features carved rope and balconies that stand watch where great navigators once set forth. Later today, enjoy leisure time in Cascais. Stroll its narrow cobblestone

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picturesque town of Sintra, a UNESCO site and the favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Travel to Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast,” a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Proceed to pictureperfect Obidos where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. (B)

Day 5: Cascais - Evora - Monsaraz Alentejo Travel through beautiful Portuguese

countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO), known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana. Then, journey to the hilltop, walled village of Monsaraz, a “jewel in the crown” of the Alentejo. This small medieval town has carefully preserved its original

charm. From the 13th-century castle you’ll enjoy amazing panoramic views of the countryside. Next, indulge in a winery tour and a tasting of the full-bodied character of the region’s wines. Enjoy your stay in the heart of Alentejo’s countryside during an overnight at a country resort set among 3,000 acres of farm land, vineyards and cork trees. (B, D)

Day 6: Alentejo - Sagres - Lagos Algarve Travel to the famous Algarve and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” You will also garner magnificent views of beautiful Cape of St. Vincente where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and from the harbor, Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. Stroll through the fortress and historic buildings while taking in the surrounding ocean views during some leisure time. (B, D)

Day 7: Algarve The entire day is yours to independently experience the beautiful Algarve.

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Map Sunny Portugal 10 Days from $1449 Collette Experiences • Overnight among vineyards and farmland in the heart of the Alentejo region. • Stop in historic Evora, known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” • Venture to Lagos where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations. • Discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres. • Visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site.

Alentejo Region

Cascais

Must-See Inclusions • Spend three nights on the sunny coast of the Algarve. • Stay for three nights in “Portuguese Riviera’s” coastal resort of Cascais. • Tour Lisbon, Portugal’s capital that overlooks the Tagus River. • Enjoy time exploring on Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast.” • Explore Sintra, the summer residence of Portuguese kings for centuries.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 6 dinners

Geraniums, camellias and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange and almond trees while brightly colored fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract vacationers from all over the world. (B)

Day 8: Algarve - Faro - São Brás de Alportel - Algarve Journey to

Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic center with 9th-century Roman walls, dramatic golden coastline, along with its archaeological and architectural gems. Portugal is the world’s number one producer of cork. In historic São Brás de Alportel, visit a local cork factory and museum to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. Later, a presentation by a local liqueur maker is followed by a tasting of some of the many varieties produced in

the region. Your day comes to an end with a cooking demonstration of Portuguese cuisine followed by a sumptuous dinner featuring local delicacies and wine. (B, D)

Day 9: Algarve - Azeitao Lisbon En route to Lisbon, visit Azeitao,

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 13, 20 September 2, 9 September 23 September 30

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• Indulge in a winery tour and a tasting of the Alentejo region’s wines. • At the Azeitao Wine Museum, enjoy a tour and tasting of local wines. • Partake in a Portuguese cooking demonstration followed by dinner. • Savor regional wine with every included dinner.

a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Visit a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Next, visit the Azeitao Wine Museum at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery for a tour and tasting of local wines, including moscatel. Later, bid “adeus” to Portugal during a dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful tour. (B, D)

Accommodations

Day 10: Lisbon - Tour Ends Your

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tour comes to a close today. (B)

Dates & Prices February - April 2016 February 12, 19 March 4, 11, 13 April 1, 8, 15

• Experience local cuisine and wine while immersed in the moving sounds of Fado.

October 7, 14, 21 November 4, 11 February 10, 17* March 3, 10, 13, 17, 24 March 31 April 21, 28 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1899 $1799 $1449 $1799 $1899 $1899 (+) $300 - $500 (-) $30

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Day 5 Days 6 – 8 Day 9

Overnight Flight Hotel Vila Gale, Cascais Hotel Clube de Campo & Country Resort, Beja, Alentejo Hotel Vila Gale Lagos, Algarve Marriott Lisboa Hotel or Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

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experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into the Lisbon, Portugal airport. All transfers will depart from the Lisbon airport for Cascais (approximately a 40 minute drive).

Extend your tour in Madeira 5 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Extension from: $649 per person

Duration: 5 days See pg. 325 for details.

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Madeira Island

Portugal & Its Islands Day 1: Overnight Flight The jewels of Portugal come to life on this journey that takes you along some of Portugal’s most beautiful mainland and island coastlines. Relax and get to know Lisbon, the Azorean island of St. Michael, and the island of Madeira. Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Lisbon where Old World traditions continue to thrive. Your journey will introduce you to medieval towns, coastal villages, natural landscapes, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon Your tour of Lisbon features the Moorish

Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO). Later, explore the town of Sintra (UNESCO), summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Continue to Cascais and Estoril, coastal resorts dotted with specialty shops. (B)

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Day 4: Lisbon Your day is at leisure to relax, shop or explore Lisbon’s many charms. (B) Day 5: Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores Ponta Delgada Fly to St. Michael, the largest

of the nine volcanic islands that form the Azores archipelago. A brief walking tour of Ponta Delgada’s town center features the “Portas da Cidade” (The City Gates), Saint Christ’s Church, St. Sebastian Church with 17th-century painted tiles, and the seashore promenade. Later, gaze at the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), one of the region’s most beautiful natural settings. Composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater, it is the island’s most popular national park. From the edge of the crater, one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other looks green (reflecting the ground). Your day concludes with a magnificent view of the coastal village of Mosteiros. (B, D)

Day 6: Ponta Delgada - Plantation Visits - Furnas Valley - Terra Nostra Park Discover the crops of the region at pineapple

and tea plantations and learn about timeless methods of production. In Furnas Valley, experience a “cozido

das furnas” lunch, in which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth. Afterwards, stroll through the botanical garden of Terra Nostra Park, home to the world’s largest collection of camellias. Next, explore Caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. (B, L)

Day 7: Optional Whale and Dolphin Watching - Cooking Demonstration

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Ponta Delgada or perhaps take an optional whale and dolphin watching excursion. Late afternoon, discover the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration at one of the island’s most popular restaurants. Learn how the Azoreans use traditional old recipes when making tasty soups, fish and meat dishes, and tasty desserts. Your evening concludes with a sumptuous dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Povoaçao Witness the art of hand-painted ceramics during a studio visit. Next, take in the beautiful vistas of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), a mystical lake surrounded by mountains. Journey to Ribeira Grande, known for its

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Map Portugal & Its Islands 13 Days from $2249 Collette Experiences • Discover the bountiful crops of the region at pineapple and tea plantations. • Stroll through the tranquil botanical garden of Terra Nostra Park. • Gaze upon the pristine twin lakes of Sete Cidades. • Spend time at a family-owned embroidery shop. • Visit the vast collection of exotic birds at the Botanical Garden of Madeira. • Take in the beautiful vistas of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake).

Must-See Inclusions historic 16th- and 17th-century buildings. See City Hall, Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge, a symbol of the town. Then, stop at a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the all-natural local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, scenic Nordeste, where you will explore the natural beauty of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Natural Park with its waterfalls, watermills and unique vegetation. Your day ends in Povoaçao, home of the island’s first settlement and oldest church. (B)

Day 9: St. Michael, Azores - Funchal, Madeira - Monte Botanical Garden Fly to Madeira

Island, the “Pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking scenic Funchal. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its vast collection of exotic and indigenous birds and more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Discover Madeira’s history during a panoramic tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, Colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and the local market. (B)

Day 10: Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - São Vicente - Porto Moniz - Calheta Begin your day with a

visit to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a picture-perfect bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards en route to Cabo Girão, the world’s second-highest cliff. Make a stop in

São Vicente, a charming agricultural town that boasts dramatic views of the coast and surrounding villages. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Then it’s on to Calheta, home to a working sugar mill. Nearby is the Paul da Serra plateau, sprinkled with scenic country landscapes. (B)

• Traverse the Lisbon coast’s medieval towns and charming villages.

Day 11: Funchal - Camacha - Ribeiro Frio - Santana Wind

• Explore Caldeiras das Furnas, famous for its hot springs.

through the mountains en route to Camacha, a village known for wicker crafts. Continue on to Poiso to visit the island’s third-highest point, Pico do Arieiro. Next, visit Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), famous for its natural beauty and fascinating trout farm. Continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Spend time at a family-owned embroidery shop for a first-hand look at this delicate craft before enjoying a tasting of world-famous Madeira wine. Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as “espetada.” Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a local dish of beef marinated in herbs and cooked over an open fire. (B, D)

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• Tour Lisbon and discover its treasures including the impressive Tower of Belem. • Discover stunning St. Michael, the largest of the Azorean Islands. • Spend time in the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz with natural volcanic pools.

Culinary Inclusions • 17 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 dinners • Experience a truly unique “cozido das furnas” lunch in Furnas Valley. • Learn secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration. • Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as “espetada.” • Savor a farewell dinner at St. George’s Castle overlooking Lisbon.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5 – 8 Days 9 – 11 Day 12

Overnight Flight Altis Grand Hotel or Altis Prime, Lisbon Royal Garden Hotel, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Funchal, Madeira Island Turim Avenida Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon

Day 12: Funchal - Lisbon Return to the lively city of Lisbon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid “adeus” to Portugal during a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

Tour Activity Level

Day 13: Lisbon - Tour Ends (B)

Personalize Your Journey

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 11 April 1, 8, 15, 22

• Explore the island of Madeira, known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic.”

September 9, 23 October 7, 21 November 4 March 10, 24 March 31 April 21, 28 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2399 $2299 $2249 $2249 $2299 $2299 (+) $650 - $750 (-) $30

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for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Post-Night Stay: Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Lisbon. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us.

Rates are land only, per person, and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

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Spirit of Chartwell on Douro River

A Small Group Tour

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Portugal’s Douro River Cruise & Pousadas Day 1: Overnight Flight Cruise along the picturesque Douro River and discover its ancient cities; explore its magnificent wine estates; savor its unique flavors; and feel the warmth of its welcoming people. You’ll also experience stays in three pousadas – elegant, unique, historic hotels of Portugal. Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Queluz - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the historic town of Queluz. Arrive at Pousada de Queluz, a splendid hotel that sits across the street from the impressive Queluz Palace. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during your welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Queluz - Lisbon - Cascais Queluz This morning’s tour of Lisbon includes the

city’s Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Monument to the Discoveries, which honors Portuguese explorers and their patrons. The impressive Belem Tower (UNESCO) stands watch where great navigators once set forth. Later today, set off for the coastal resort town of Cascais. Enjoy leisure time to stroll its cobblestone streets. (B)

Day 4: Queluz - Fatima - Porto - Ship Embarkation Journey to Porto. Pause along the way at the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site

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of Fatima. In Porto, birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator, join a local expert and get to know the city. Discover its historic center (UNESCO) including the golden interior of San Francisco Church and Stock Exchange Palace. See the imposing 18th-century Clerigos Tower; the Dona Maria Pia Bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter. Next, tour a local wine cellar and enjoy a tasting of its famous Port wine. Then, it’s time to board your ship for your relaxing 6-night deluxe Douro River (UNESCO) cruise. Meet the ship’s crew this evening during a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Porto - Alpendurada e Matos Regua Take advantage of the ship’s amenities as

you follow the contours of the “River of Gold” lined with the terraced vineyards of one of the world’s oldest wine regions. Stop in the lovely Alpendurada e Matos village for lunch in the former Benedictine Alpendurada Monastery with spectacular views of the Douro River. Then, learn more about the region’s culture and wine during a visit to the Douro Museum. A local expert will introduce you to the wine production process and the region’s vineyards, ecology and historical heritage. Continue sailing, soaking up the stunning panoramas. Travel through the massive lock at Carrapatello, the highest in Europe at 115 feet, before arriving in Regua

for the evening. After dinner, local performers entertain you with classic Portuguese Fado music and folkloric dances. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Regua - Vila Réal - Pinhão Journey

to Vila Réal, a charming town situated at the base of the mountainous Serra do Marão and surrounded by terraced vineyards that produce grapes for the famed Port wine. Spend time at the 18th-century Mateus Palace and Gardens. Stand in awe of its stunning façade, elaborate gardens and reflecting pond. Your cruise continues, passing vineyards with terraces rising up to 2,300 feet from the river. In the afternoon, learn the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during a fun-filled, interactive cooking class. This evening’s dinner is at the 100-year-old Quinta da Avessada, located in the small village of Favaios, known for its famous bread, Port and Moscatel wines. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Pinhão - Castelo Rodrigo - Barca d’Alva As you glide along the river this morning,

admire the views of dramatic rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards, graceful bridges and centuries old towns. Pass through two of the river’s locks at the Valeira and Pocinho dams. Make a stop in Castelo Rodrigo, for a tour of one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes. The town is set among almond orchards and its narrow streets are lined with 16th-

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Map Portugal’s Douro River Cruise & Pousadas 13 Days from $5749 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Explore the terraced vineyards, among the world’s oldest wine regions. • Behold the stunning 18th century Baroque Mateus Palace. • Learn the intriguing history of the Knights Templar. • Pause at the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site of Fatima.

Must-See Inclusions century houses with distinctively Portuguese Manueline-style windows. Later, get to know the history of Portugal during an on-board lecture. This evening, enjoy a delightful Captain’s Dinner featuring savory Portuguese cuisine and wines. Your day comes to a close in Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Barca d’Alva - Salamanca, Spain - Barca d’Alva, Portugal

Venture out by land to historic Salamanca, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities (UNESCO) and famous for the University of Salamanca, founded in 1218. Join a local expert to discover the city’s Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures and its vibrant Plaza Mayor. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture during lunch featuring a flamenco performance. This evening, savor a typical Portuguese-style barbeque. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Barca d’Alva - Entre-osRios As a local saying goes, “God created

the Earth, and man the Douro.” Sit back and take in the dramatic vistas as you glide by the terraced vineyards dotted with white villas that plunge to the river’s edge. Tonight, enjoy a sunset dinner followed by a vintage port wine ceremony. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Entre-os-Rios Disembark Ship - Coimbra - Viseu Say farewell to your ship and

continue your journey with a tour of the Vista Alegre Porcelain Museum on the site of a historic factory. Learn the art of handmade Portuguese porcelain. Continue on to Coimbra and join a local expert to explore this fascinating city that is home to one of the world’s first universities (UNESCO). See its Baroque library with 300,000 books,

the 12th-century Old Cathedral, and the 16th-century aqueduct. Later, you arrive at Pousada de Viseu, your luxurious hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Viseu - Tomar - Palmela

Explore the Convent of the Knights Templar of Tomar (UNESCO). Built in 1160 to defend against the Moors, this stronghold incorporates nearly five centuries of architectural styles. The ornate rotunda is modeled after Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock. The intricately sculpted Window of the Chapter House reveals a wealth of details. Continue to Palmela which lies just south of Lisbon. Arrive at your hilltop hotel, Pousada de Palmela, and behold the outstanding view of the valley below. This property was a once a medieval castle that was converted to a convent and has since been transformed into a delightful hotel. (B)

Day 12: Palmela - Evora Palmela Travel across the Alentejo

region’s plains and vineyards to historic Evora (UNESCO). Experience a true open-air museum inside Evora’s medieval walls. A 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana and well-preserved monuments set the scene for your walking tour. Then, have some free time to explore on your own or browse the shops to purchase one of the unique locallyproduced items made of cork. End your day with a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Portugal. (B, D)

Day 13: Palmela - Tour Ends (B)

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• Enjoy a relaxing 6-night deluxe Douro River Cruise on the “River of Gold.” • Join a local expert to tour Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. • Discover historic Salamanca, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. • Enjoy 5 nights in Portugal’s historic pousadas. • Tour the historic and picturesque capital city of Lisbon.

Culinary Inclusions • 25 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 9 dinners • Tour a wine cellar and taste the world-famous Port wine. • Learn about Portuguese cuisine in a fun-filled, interactive cooking class. • Dine in a former monastery with spectacular views of the Douro River.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 – 9 Day 10 Days 11, 12

Overnight Flight Pousada de Queluz, Queluz MS Spirit of Chartwell Pousada de Viseu, Viseu Pousada de Palmela, Palmela On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Queluz. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into and depart from Lisbon International Airport, Portugal. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of cabins available. Ports of call are subject to change based on pier availability and weather conditions. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. All included lunches and dinners include wine, beer or soft drinks, as well as coffee or tea. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. The cruise line reserves the right to impose a supplemental fuel charge. Should this occur, you will be notified of the additional charges.

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Queluz Palace & Gardens

A Horticultural Tour

Portugal’s Gardens Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a grand

horticultural journey.

Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins

Welcome to Lisbon, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Transfer to your hotel, home for the next three nights. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Lisbon - Estufa Fria Greenhouse - Queluz Palace and Gardens - Lisbon

A brief panoramic tour of Lisbon features the Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO). Next, visit Estufa Fria Greenhouse, one of the most important parks that exist in the city. As a living museum it has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon; here you can spend leisure time between lakes, waterfalls, brooks, statues and hundreds of different plant specimens from all over the world. This greenhouse is divided into three different areas: “The Cold House,” “The Hothouse” and “The Sweet House.” Lunch is included at Cozinha Velha Restaurant, known as one of Portugal’s finest restaurants. Afterwards, visit Queluz Palace & Gardens, often called the “Versailles of Portugal.” An expert

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horticulturist provides a private tour of these formal yet intimate gardens, highlighting the work of French architect Jean-Baptiste Robillon, the Italian marble statues, and the lead statues of John Cheere. In this elegant Baroque space the most famous section is the Malta garden, where guests would enjoy concerts, and the Hanging or Pensile garden which is laid over arches. The extensive grounds contain a profusion of statues, ponds, a beautiful grotto and the azulejo-tiled canal where the royal family would go boating. (B, L)

Day 4: Lisbon-Sintra-Quinta da Regaleira & Monserrate Palace & Gardens-Lisbon Travel to Sintra with its

mystical hills dotted with fairy-tale palaces and extravagant villas. The Romans and the Moors were taken by its lush landscape; it later became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family. Poet and traveler Lord Byron called it a “glorious Eden.” Today, Sintra is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Join landscape architect Gerald Luckhurst on a private tour of the gardens at Quinta de Regaleira, one of Sintra’s most elaborate private estates. Dating back to the turn of the twentieth century, and created for wealthy landowner Antonio

Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, the gardens are wonderfully laid out with terraces, lakes, grottoes and fountains, as well as an extraordinary “Initiation Well” reached by a secret spiral stairway. Enjoy a delightful light lunch before visiting the “Palace of the Millions.” Later, visit the Park of Monserrate, one of the most significant examples of romantic gardens in Portugal. Stroll the winding paths amidst ruins, ponds and cascades. See ancestral tree ferns and the araucarias from New Zealand and Australia; agaves and palm trees recreate a Mexican atmosphere, whilst the camellias (camellia japonica), azaleas, rhododendrons (rhododendron arborerum) and bamboos (Phyllostachys aurea) are reminiscent of a Japanese garden. See local flora such as the astonishing strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo), the now-rare hollies (Ilex aquifolium) and the imposing Cork Oaks (Quercus suber) that punctuate and complement the magnificent landscape. (B, L)

Day 5: Lisbon - Ponta Delgada - St. Michael, Azores - Sete Cidades Furnas Fly to the Azorean island of St. Michael,

the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the archipelago. Visit the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater.

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Map Portugal’s Gardens 10 Days from $2529 Collette Experiences • Enjoy a private tour of Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens. • Join a landscape architect on a private tour of the Quinta da Regaleira. • Wander through the gardens of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. • Visit Estufa Fria Greenhouse, one of the most important parks in Lisbon. • View Park of Monserrate, a significant romantic garden in Portugal.

Must-See Inclusions

Day 6: Furnas - Terra Nostra Botanical Garden - Porto Formoso Tea Plantation Begin

your day with a fascinating talk about the creation and layout of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, followed by a leisurely guided walk to discover the vast collection of plants from around the globe. Terra Nostra Botanical Garden is home of the world’s largest collection of camellias. This stunning spot features tropical plants and trees, charming grottoes and a canal that winds through the grounds. In Furnas Valley, sample the local cuisine with a “cozido das furnas” lunch in which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth. Next, explore Caldeiras das Furnas, a geothermal wonderland with 22 steaming hot springs, geysers and hot mud pools. Complete your day with a visit to the Porto Formoso Tea Plantation to learn about the history and horticulture of tea on the island. (B, L)

Day 7: Furnas - Lagoa do Fogo - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Povoaçao Today, look upon the

fascinating landscape of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation, this mystical lake rests inside the crater of an extinct volcano. Visit Ribeira

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• Explore the natural beauty of the island of St. Michael, Azores. • Discover the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities). • Gaze upon the fascinating landscape of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). • Explore Queluz Palace & Gardens, the “Versailles of Portugal,” with an expert.

Culinary Inclusions • 15 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 4 dinners • Sample the local cuisine with a flavorful “cozido das furnas” lunch. • Taste natural local liqueurs produced at a family-owned distillery.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5 – 8 Day 9

Day 8: Furnas - Ponta Delgada - Three Botanical Gardens Travel

to Ponta Delgada to explore its three largest botanical gardens. Established by an avid 19th-century amateur botanist, the Antonio Borges Botanical Garden is the largest and most verdant municipal garden on the island. Jose do Canto Garden was the dream of a 19th-century gentleman farmer and a lover of trees. Later, visit the Santana Palace Gardens, founded by Jose Jacome Correia, and part of the Santana Palace (now the Regional Presidency’s headquarters). (B, D)

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night stay in Lisbon. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Flights from Lisbon to St. Michael on Day 5 and St. Michael to Lisbon on Day 9 are not included in the land-only price of this tour. All air, including inter-air, can be purchased through us. RHS Garden Holidays are expertly crafted for their members. A one-year gift membership to the Royal Horticultural Society is included in the cost of your tour. Upon completion of your trip you will receive a Royal Horticultural Society gift pack by mail.

Day 10: Lisbon - Tour Ends (B)

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against a backdrop of traditional tile-covered façades and medieval streets, you may wish to indulge in exquisite shopping, exciting nightlife and interesting museums. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

May - June 2016 May 12 June 2

Overnight Flight Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, St. Michael, Azores Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Day 9: St. Michael, Azores Lisbon Today you fly back to Lisbon. Set

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• Enjoy a beautiful panoramic tour of Lisbon.

Grande, known for its historic 16th- and 17th-century buildings. See the city hall, Church of Our Lady, the town gardens, and the eight-arch bridge — symbol of the town. Then, stop at a family-owned distillery to taste some of the natural local liqueurs. All the liqueurs are made with 100% natural raw materials and produced following a household recipe. Continue to the highest part of St. Michael, scenic Nordeste, where you will explore the beauty of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Natural Park with its waterfalls, watermills and unique vegetation. Your day ends in Povoaçao, home of the island’s first settlement and oldest church. (B)

Jeronimos Monastery

From the edge of the crater one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other appears green (reflecting the ground). Marvel at the magnificent view of the coastal village of Mosteiros. Travel to Furnas for a delightful four-night stay at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, located at the entrance to Terra Nostra Park. Unlimited free access to the park is included during your stay. (B, D)

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Glacier Express

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Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains Day 1: Overnight Flight Breathtaking Alpine vistas paint the canvas of your trip of a lifetime through Switzerland and Italy. Explore dramatic railways and scenic lakes, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe. Your journey begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Lucerne, Switzerland - Tour Begins Arrive in Lucerne and take some free time

to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city. (D)

Day 3: Lucerne Today, explore the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. Over 800 years of history lives on with such treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison; the watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate the heroic soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI in 1792. (B) 120

Day 4: Lucerne - GoldenPass Train Montreux - Zermatt This morning, travel to

Gstaad where you climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, have free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then, continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt. (B, D)

Day 5: Zermatt Today you have all of Zermatt

at your fingertips. You choose the way you spend your day! You may decide to explore on foot during a guided walking tour of charming Zermatt. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to discover Zermatt independently and learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of the Matterhorn with included admission to the Matterhorn Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 6: Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St. Moritz Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through

the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Arrive in St. Moritz for your two night stay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 7: St. Moritz - Bernina Pass Train - St. Moritz Embark on a journey through the

Bernina Pass while traveling along one of the most scenic railway lines in the world en route to Tirano, Italy. Enjoy striking views of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your adventure, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Upon your return to St. Moritz you can relax at your hotel or perhaps make use of your included St. Moritz lift pass to take the cable car to the top of Mt. Diavolezza where you can enjoy stunning views of Piz Bernina. (B)

Day 8: St. Moritz - Lake Como, Italy - Lago Maggiore Today you make your way

back to Italy with a drive to Lake Como. A ferry ride across the waters of Lake Como introduces you to its stunning beauty. Drive along the picturesque shores to the town of Como. You will have free time to explore

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Map Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains 10 Days from $3249 Collette Experiences • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry. • In St. Moritz, take a cable car to the top of Mt. Diavolezza. • Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways.

Must-See Inclusions • Enjoy stunning Alpine views on the GoldenPass panoramic train. • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the Alpine village of Zermatt. Lucerne

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• Explore the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake,” Lucerne. • Walk along the streets of Montreux, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. • Board the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express.

Culinary Inclusions • 12 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Sample Italian artisan cheeses paired with the region’s local wines. • Cruise to breathtaking Isola dei Pescatori for a traditional Italian dinner.

Lake Como

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6, 7 Days 8, 9

Overnight Flight Ameron Flora, Lucerne Hotel Alex, Hotel Pollux or Hotel Ambassador, Zermatt Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 9: Lago Maggiore Today, visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains and stop at a local farm to sample their artisan cheeses paired with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Your evening begins with a

cocktail party in a local wine shop before boarding your lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands, for your traditional farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Lago Maggiore - Tour Ends Your thrilling Alpine journey ends

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This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into the Zurich, Switzerland airport and transfer to Lucerne, and depart from Lago Maggiore, Italy and transfer to the Milan airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Due to tour scheduling, flights on Day 2 should arrive into Zurich prior to 4:00 p.m.

today in Lago Maggiore. (B)

Bernina Pass

this famous resort before continuing to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters against the backdrop of the Alps. (B)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

Dates & Prices May - October 2016 May 9, 16, 23 June 13, 20 July 11, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Double $3249 $3249 $3249 $3249

September 5, 7, 12, 19, 26 October 10 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Bern

Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to discover spectacular Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria. Day 2: Bern, Switzerland - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled old town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue. (D)

Day 3: Bern Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens, and the gothic cathedral which dominates the old town skyline. Your visit to the Bear Pit will answer the question as to why bears are so revered in this enchanting city. Along the way, your Tour Manager will introduce you to both the language and culture of the region. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently or ride the fastest funicular in Switzerland to the top of “Bern’s mountain.” (B) Day 4: Bern - Chateau de Chillon Montreux - Train Ride Travel along the

shores of Lake Geneva to the legendary, medieval Chateau de Chillon. This princely residence faces the

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lake but puts forth the image of an imposing fortress from the mountains. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. (B)

Day 5: Bern - Lucerne - Bern Set out for

Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. This evening’s dinner is included at one of Bern’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 6: Bern - Innsbruck, Austria En

route to Innsbruck you will make your way through Liechtenstein, the smallest and richest Germanspeaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. Upon arrival in Innsbruck you have the choice of one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s

history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg, and the “Golden Roof;” or you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. (B)

Day 7: Innsbruck - Salzburg Innsbruck Travel across the picturesque Austrian

countryside to Salzburg. There, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in the “Sound of Music”); the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart); and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore and enjoy Salzburg’s fabulous sights. The day concludes with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the Monks. (B, D)

Day 8: Innsbruck Savor a free day in this

beautiful city. You may choose to stroll through the old town and shop at many of the city’s outstanding stores or you may just relax and breathe in the mountain air while enjoying a beverage in one of the many cafés that dot this charming city. (B)

Day 9: Innsbruck - Bavaria, Germany - Oberammergau - Innsbruck Today fairy

tales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria’s

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Map Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria 10 Days from $2199 Collette Experiences • Ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. • Walk the halls of the legendary, medieval Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva. • Witness the musical tradition of Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show. • Visit Wies Church, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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GoldenPass Panoramic Train

Must-See Inclusions • Spend a day exploring Salzburg’s historic past and charming old town. • Enjoy a walking tour of Lucerne’s Alstadt (Old Town). • Travel to Bavaria and see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. • Discover the quaint village of Oberammergau. • Explore delightful Bern on a sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus.

Culinary Inclusions • 12 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Savor a dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue.

Salzburg

• Enjoy traditional cuisine in one of Bern’s greatest restaurants. • Delight in dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, Austria’s oldest. • Dine in one of Innsbruck’s most famous traditional restaurants.

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Overnight Flight Hotel Bristol, Bern Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Next, visit Wies Church, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site, before proceeding to the picturesque village of Oberammergau. Enjoy a brief tour and learn more about this charming place, famous for its Passion Play. Performed only every ten years to fulfill a pledge made by the villagers to God for sparing their city from the ravages of bubonic plague in 1633, it has grown into an international event. Later, experience the

rich musical tradition of mountainous Austria during a Tyrolean folklore show. Afterwards you are treated to a farewell dinner in one of Innsbruck’s most famous traditional restaurants. (B, D)

Day 10: Innsbruck - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to an end in Innsbruck. (B)

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post Night-Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night in Innsbruck. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

Dates & Prices April 2016 April 6, 13, 20, 27

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Itinerary featured is for May 2015 - April 2016 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 4, 11, 25 June 1, 8, 15, 22, 25, 29 July 6, 13, 20

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This trip requires a passport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 PM. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 AM. Air passengers will arrive into the Zurich, Switzerland airport and depart from the Munich, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. On some dates this tour operates in reverse.

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The Matterhorn

Exploring the Alpine Countries Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out to explore three distinct Alpine cultures set amid incredible landscapes. Day 2: Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Vienna. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine in the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing. (D)

Day 3: Vienna Come to know Vienna

this morning during a locally guided tour that showcases its architectural marvels. You will visit the incredible Schoenbrunn Palace and see the impressive St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the avenues of Vienna or visit one of its many museums. (B)

Day 4: Vienna - Salzburg After a short journey through the countryside, enjoy a lovely cruise along the Danube, one of Europe’s most important waterways. Later, make a stop at the Benedictine Melk Abbey before continuing to the “City of Music,” Salzburg. Tonight, sit down for dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. (B, D)

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Day 5: Salzburg Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the amazing sights you will see along the way include the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. (B) Day 6: Salzburg - Munich, Germany Oberammergau Today you travel to Germany.

In Munich, feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Later in the day, arrive at your home for the next two nights — the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play. This evening, enjoy a magical dinner and a visit by local entertainers from this village. (B, D)

Day 7: Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau Enjoy the scenery

of the spectacular Bavarian Alps en route to enchanting Innsbruck, located in Tyrolean Austria. Walk through the charming pedestrian streets and see such landmarks as The Golden Roof on a locally guided tour. As you wind through the narrow cobblestone streets, it is easy to understand why this city was the center of European culture and politics during the 14th century. (B)

Day 8: Oberammergau - Black Forest

Today fairy tales become reality at a picture stop of Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Next you are off to the heart of the stunning Black Forest, a region famous for its artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings. (B)

Day 9: Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland Welcome to Switzerland! Your

first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Chateau de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn from Tasch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air. (B, D)

Day 10: Zermatt Today you have all of Zermatt

at your fingertips. You choose the way you spend your day! You may decide to explore on foot during a guided walking tour of charming Zermatt. Or, discover Zermatt independently and learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of the Matterhorn with included admission to the Matterhorn Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

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Map Exploring the Alpine Countries 13 Days from $2749 Collette Experiences • Take a lovely cruise along the Danube River. • Make a stop at the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey. • Travel through the spectacular Grimsel Pass. • Behold Chateau de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. • Pause at Bavaria’s most famous castle, King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein.

Must-See Inclusions Fondue Dinner

Neuschwanstein Castle

• Stay in the village of Zermatt at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn. • Come to know Vienna and its incredible Schoenbrunn Palace. • Discover the fascinating city of Munich and its worldfamous Glockenspiel. • Walk through Innsbruck’s charming pedestrian streets. • Embark on a scenic walking tour in picturesque Lucerne. • Relax surrounded by untouched wilderness in Germany’s Black Forest.

Culinary Inclusions • 16 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Savor a special dinner in the quaint winemaking village of Grinzing. • Delight in dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant in Salzburg. • Get a taste of Swiss culture during dinner featuring cheese fondue.

Accommodations Schoenbrunn Palace

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Day 11: Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne Views of glaciers, crystal

the romantic old town. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore the best Lucerne has to offer. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring cheese fondue, and toast the end of a wonderful trip. (B, D)

clear rivers and snowcapped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake,” the city of Lucerne. (B)

Day 13: Lucerne - Tour Ends

Day 12: Lucerne This morning, embark on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque place, including a stroll through

Your tour comes to an end in Lucerne. (B)

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 31 April 7, 14, 21

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23 July 7 July 14, 21

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August 11, 18, 25 September 1, 3, 6, 10, 13, 15 September 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 October 1 October 13 October 20 April 1, 18, 20 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2899 $2899 $2899 $2899 $2849 $2799 $2749

Overnight Flight Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier or Courtyard by Marriott, Vienna Castellani Parkhotel, Salzburg Hotel Alte Post or Hotel Wittelsbach, Oberammergau Region Maritim Hotel or Hotel Schloss Reinach, Black Forest Hotel Alex, Hotel Pollux or Hotel Ambassador, Zermatt

Days 11, 12 Ameron Hotel Flora, Lucerne On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Vienna. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Lucerne. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Danube River Cruise is available mid-April to mid-October. Air passengers will depart from the Zurich, Switzerland airport. All transfers will depart Lucerne for Zurich. Return flights should not depart before 10:00 a.m.

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Dubrovnik

Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us and explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic. This is a “must see” region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, unique cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery. Day 2: Opatija, Croatia - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in the seaside resort of Opatija. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a special welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Opatija Opatija, known as “Croatia’s Riviera,” was once the summer retreat for Roman Caesars and Hapsburg Monarchs. Spend the day exploring the town on your own. (B)

Day 4: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes After

breakfast, travel to Croatia’s most beautiful national park, Plitvice Lakes. This UNESCO World Heritage site promises inspiring scenery as you travel among its 16 terraced lakes and dense forests. A series of waterfalls and free flowing cascades connects each lake to the other. Complete the experience with a short cruise that takes you into the heart of this natural wonder. (B, D)

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Day 5: Plitvice Lakes - Dubrovnik This morning, continue south towards the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Along the way, enjoy magnificent views of the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. (B, D) Day 6: Dubrovnik Join an expert local guide on a tour of “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy lies; Rector’s Palace, the City Walls, and many more historical sites. During your stay in Dubrovnik you have the special opportunity to personalize your tour and partake in one of two inclusions: Elaphiti Islands cruise (today) or Montenegro excursion (tomorrow). This afternoon features either your first choice, or leisure time to relax or independently explore Dubrovnik on your own. Those who have chosen today’s option will set out on a cruise around the Elaphiti Islands, stopping along the way at a local fishing village to get a taste of island life. The name of these islands comes from the ancient Greek word for deer, which used to inhabit the islands in large numbers. Roman author Pliny the Elder was the first to mention the islands by name in his work, Naturalis Historia, published in the 1st century. Today,

they remain an oasis of traditional Croatian coastal living just off the bustling coast. (B)

Day 7: Dubrovnik For those who selected the Elaphiti Islands cruise yesterday, today is a day at leisure to relax or independently explore Dubrovnik. Those who have chosen the Montenegro excursion will leave in the morning to cross the border to Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Once known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, it is in fact a ria (a long, narrow inlet). Your guide will introduce you to the history of the region and will share stories of the many cultures and empires that have left their marks here. Enjoy some free time before returning to Dubrovnik. This evening, travel to the culturally-rich Konavle region to Cilipi for a family-style dinner in a locally-owned restaurant. While visiting with the local family you’ll learn about life in the Croatian heartland and sample regional wines. At dinner, servers introduce you to a culinary feast, prepared in the way of their ancestors. (B, D) Day 8: Dubrovnik - Split Today, savor

stunning sea views as you travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop into the aquamarine Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a stop in a quaint

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Map Discover Croatia 12 Days from $1799 Collette Experiences • Stroll through Split to see the famous Diocletian’s Palace. • Board a “pletna” boat to the picturesque island in the center of Lake Bled. • Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy lies. • Fall in love with coastal views of Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana, where old traditions meet modernity.

Must-See Inclusions Plitvice Lakes

• Spend three nights in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” • Travel to Croatia’s most beautiful national park, Plitvice Lakes. • Experience Opatija, “Croatia’s Riviera,” a retreat for Hapsburg monarchs. • Embark on a fascinating tour of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. • Enjoy an expertly led tour of “Old Dubrovnik.”

Lake Bled

Culinary Inclusions • 15 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Savor an authentic family-style dinner at a local restaurant in Cilipi. • Dine in one of Zagreb’s most famous restaurants.

Day 9: Split - Ljubljana, Slovenia Your adventure continues as you travel up the coast, into Slovenia, and on to today’s destination – the quaint capital of Ljubljana. During the drive, take in the spectacular scenery. Later, arrive in Ljubljana and enjoy your afternoon at leisure to relax or get acquainted with the city on your own. (B)

Day 10: Ljubljana - Lake Bled Ljubljana This morning you will be met by a local expert who will introduce you to this lovely town nestled along the banks of

the river. Your tour includes the impressive City Hall and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas. After free time for lunch, drive a short distance to tranquil Lake Bled. Experience the old-world charm that comes with taking a “pletna” boat to the picturesque island in the center of Lake Bled. Spend time exploring the 17thcentury cathedral, St. Mary’s Church, and the “wishing bell.” Enjoy some time to stroll the quiet paths of this lakeside community at your own pace. (B)

Double $2249 $2349

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May 2016 - April 2017 May 7, 21, 28 June 11 July 9, 16 August 13 September 3, 10 September 13, 17, 20 September 24

Double $2449 $2449 $2599 $2599 $2599 $2449 $2349

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Days 5 - 7 Day 8 Days 9, 10 Day 11

Overnight Flight Bristol Hotel or Milenij Hotel, Opatija Jezero Hotel, Plitvice Valamar Lacroma Resort or Valamar President Hotel, Dubrovnik Hotel Atrium, Split Hotel Lev, Ljubljana The Westin or Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 12: Zagreb - Tour Ends (B)

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Due to itinerary scheduling, arrival flights must arrive into Venice, Italy airport by 2:30 p.m. in order to transfer across the border to your overnight accommodations in Croatia.

October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15 December 3* January 28* February 25* March 11, 25 April 1, 22 April 29 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2349 $1799 $1799 $1799 $2149 $2249 $2349 (+) $450 - $750 (-) $30

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the capital of Croatia, and embark on a fascinating tour. Continue your exploration your way with free time this afternoon. Tonight, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with dinner in one of Zagreb’s most famous restaurants. (B, D)

Dates & Prices March – April 2016 March 26 April 9, 16, 23

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village in the Croatian countryside. You will have time to taste the local specialties and perhaps walk through the village square. Upon arrival in Split, set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, see the peristyle of the palace and the Temple of Jupiter. Then, continue to your hotel located in the center of Split. (B)

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Marienburg Castle

Discovering Poland Day 1: Overnight Flight Your journey through Poland, a land of amazing castles, poignant history and welcoming culture, begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Warsaw, Poland - Tour Begins

Welcome to Warsaw! The city has a blend of old-word charm and a modern energy. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Warsaw Embrace the moving history of

Warsaw, a city reborn after WWII, as you embark on a locally guided tour. Your journey through this capital city includes a stop at what remains of the Warsaw Ghetto. The afternoon is free to take in the alleyways and quaint cafés in the old town, explore a museum or simply relax. (B)

Day 4: Warsaw - Czestochowa - Krakow

Travel south to Krakow, an enchanting city famous for its well-preserved town center. En route, stop in Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland, where each year over 5 million pilgrims journey to pay their respects to the famous Black Madonna. Housed in the Jasna Góra monastery, you journey inside for an upclose look at this miraculous image. Arriving in Krakow, enjoy some free time to get acquainted with the city.

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This evening you are introduced to traditional Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner, complete with wine and beer. (B, D)

Day 5: Krakow This morning we explore the city on a tour with a local expert that includes visits to the Market Square, St. Mary’s Church and the university. You will also visit Wawel Castle and explore this former residence of Polish kings. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll stroll the quaint side streets of Krakow’s famous old town, have coffee in one of the largest squares in Europe or walk along the river for views of the new sections of the city. You may also visit the Schindler Museum or join your fellow travelers on an optional excursion. (B) Day 6: Krakow - Auschwitz - Wroclaw

Today you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn first-hand about the terrors as well as the resilience of the human spirit that occurred within those walls. Later this afternoon you arrive in the ancient city of Wroclaw. Tonight, join your traveling companions for some locally brewed beer and a traditional “home-style” dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 7: Wroclaw A morning tour of Wroclaw brings you up-close and personal to this large and ethnically diverse city. It could be the only location where you can find a Stare Miasto (Old Town) with a synagogue, a Lutheran church, a Roman Catholic church and an Eastern Orthodox church standing near each other. The remainder of the day is at leisure to savor its idyllic parks and captivating culture. (B) Day 8: Wroclaw - Torun Today you travel

to the town of Torun, a UNESCO World Heritage site and birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus, the famous astronomer. Torun remains one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe and is one of the “Seven Wonders of Poland.” This evening, join a local resident for a walking tour of this unspoiled town, including a stop at Copernicus’s house. Next, step back into history while baking and sampling your very own gingerbread according to a 500-year-old recipe. (B)

Day 9: Torun - Gdansk Travel to the port

city of Gdansk. Make a stop at the Gdansk Shipyards, site of the creation of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement in 1980 that helped liberate Poland from Soviet rule. Take a walk through the evolution of this democratic movement in Poland and throughout Europe at the newly opened Solidarity Centrum. (B, D)

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Map Discovering Poland 12 Days from $2149 Collette Experiences • Visit the Jasna Góra monastery and its world-famous Black Madonna. • Explore the poignant history of Auschwitz. • Learn about Europe’s democratic evolution at the European Solidarity Center.

Must-See Inclusions • Discover the docklands of Gdansk, site of the 1980 Solidarity uprising.

Folklore Show

Gdansk

• Overnight in medieval Torun, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

• Explore Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings. • A journey through Warsaw includes a stop at the remnants of its ghetto. • In Malbork, visit Marienburg Fortress, the largest castle in the world. • A tour of Wroclaw brings you up-close to this ethnically diverse city.

Culinary Inclusions Warsaw

• 15 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Immerse yourself in Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner. • Learn how to make gingerbread according to a 500-year-old recipe.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6, 7 Day 8 Days 9, 10 Day 11

Overnight Flight Mercure Warszawa Grand, Warsaw Holiday Inn Krakow City Center Hotel, Krakow Hotel Mercure Centrum, Wroclaw Hotel Bulwar, Torun Radisson Blu Hotel Old Town, Gdansk Mercure Warszawa Grand, Warsaw On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Day 10: Gdansk Join a local expert

for an introduction to this strategic and historic city. Get to know its deep history on your tour which highlights City Hall and St. Mary’s Church. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Perhaps you will choose to take a stroll through a beautiful square, shop for local handicrafts or soak in the seaside atmosphere. (B)

Day 11: Gdansk - Marienburg Fortress - Warsaw Your journey

through Poland comes full circle with your return to Warsaw. En route, stop in the town of Malbork, home to Marienburg Fortress, the largest castle in the world. A guided tour of this 700-year-old structure introduces you to the world of the Knights of the Teutonic Order. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating a fantastic journey. (B, D)

Day 12: Warsaw - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Dates & Prices April 2016 April 14, 28

Double $2199

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 5, 12, 26 June 9, 16 July 14, 21

Double $2149 $2149 $2149

August 4, 18, 25 September 1, 8, 22 October 6, 13, 20, 27 March 30 April 20, 27 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night stay in Warsaw. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

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Charles Bridge, Prague

Imperial Cities Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise along the Danube River. Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic - Tour Begins After arriving in Prague, find out why

it is called the “Golden City” or “The City of 100 Spires.” You will adore the city’s unique culture and architecture. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Prague Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Visit and tour the majestic Hradcany Castle, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Then stroll down the quaint, colorful Golden Lane. Afterwards, discover the lovely, statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon, it’s your time to explore. Perhaps shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present. This evening, it’sa cultural treat as you get a taste of traditional Czech food, beer, wine and dancing. (B, D) 130

Day 4: Prague Today enjoy the freedom to explore Prague on your own. Take a stroll to the old town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. You may also choose to join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. (B) Day 5: Prague - Cesky Krumlov Vienna, Austria A scenic ride through the

countryside takes you from Prague into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the AustroHungarian Empire. Enroute, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. Have free time to explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to Vienna. Tonight you will be immersed in the culture as you enjoy local entertainment and sample locally produced wine in the picturesque wine-making village of Grinzing. (B, D)

Day 6: Vienna This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than

200 years. Continue on to get acquainted with Vienna’s city center. Along the way, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. This evening you may choose to join an optional dinner followed by an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers – Mozart and Strauss. (B)

Day 7: Vienna - Danube River - Melk - Vienna Travel along the banks of the Danube to

the medieval town of Durnstein where you embark on a scenic Danube River cruise. “Waltz” across one of the most breathtaking bodies of water in the world, immortalized by Strauss, and travel through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. A leisurely ride back to Vienna concludes this marvelous day. You have a free evening to enjoy the city. (B)

Day 8: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia Budapest, Hungary This morning you journey

to Bratislava, former coronation city and Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get

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Map Imperial Cities 11 Days from $1599 Collette Experiences • Join a local resident for a visit to the magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace. • Get to know Bratislava’s history on a city tour with a local expert. • Tour Prague’s majestic Hradcany Castle. • Enjoy a stop in the fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov. • Travel to the medieval town of Durnstein.

Must-See Inclusions Durnstein

Schoenbrunn Palace

• Marvel at the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. • Board a cruise on the Danube River. • Explore Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” on a locally guided tour. • Embark on a magnificent tour of the “Golden City” of Prague. • Make a stop in Melk for a visit to the famous Abbey.

Culinary Inclusions • 14 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Discover Czech culture and cuisine at a folklore dinner and show.

to know the city’s multilayered history on a city tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Upon arrival, drive through this majestic city while making your way to your hotel. Have time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering tonight for dinner in the city. (B, D)

Day 9: Budapest Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, be enamored by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904, which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. (B)

Day 10: Budapest - Szentendre - Visegrad - Budapest Begin your

day with a visit to the beautiful Baroque town of Szentendre and the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colorful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Complete your fascinating cultural journey with an evening of wine and music. (B, D)

Day 11: Budapest - Tour Ends (B)

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• Savor a Renaissance-style dinner at a medieval castle restaurant near Budapest.

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Overnight Flight Hotel Century Old Town, Prague MGallery Hotel Am Konzerthaus or Renaissance Imperial Riding School Hotel, Vienna Days 8 - 10 NH Budapest or Artotel Budapest, Budapest On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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This trip requires a passport. Danube River Cruise is available mid-April to mid-October. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe Day 1: Overnight Flight Your journey through some of the most exciting and historic cities in Europe begins with an overnight flight to Germany. Day 2: Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins Arrive in Germany’s capital, Berlin. This city blends a deep history, a modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Berlin - Potsdam - Berlin Begin

the day with a trip to Potsdam to see the impressive Sans Souci Palace, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great. Return to Berlin for a comprehensive tour featuring Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfuerstendam and the Reichstag Building. Then reflect on history as you pass through the area which was once “Checkpoint Charlie,” and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. (B)

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culture as your tour manager shares a few key phrases of the local language. Then, depart Berlin for the “Golden City” of Prague. En route, make a stop in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, with time to explore this lovely town on the banks of the River Elbe. This evening you are introduced to traditional Czech culture during an included folklore show and dinner, complete with unlimited local drinks. (B, D)

Day 5: Prague Your introduction to this fairytale city opens with a visit to the remarkable Hradcany Castle and the haunting St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue with a leisurely walking tour through the old town, showcasing the Golden Lane, the unique astronomical clock and the statue-lined Charles Bridge. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this great city. (B) Day 6: Prague - Vienna, Austria Leaving the Czech Republic, arrive in colorful and vibrant Vienna, the “musical city.” After a short orientation drive through the city, your afternoon is at leisure to relax. Later, enjoy an evening in one of Vienna’s most

beloved restaurants where dinner mixes with local cultural flavor to create an unforgettable night. (B, D)

Day 7: Vienna This morning experience the

city on a tour showcasing some of its architectural marvels, including the lavish Schoenbrunn Palace and the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently. Perhaps you will visit one of the famous museums, sip a Viennese coffee at a local coffee house, or simply relax in this capital of Austria. Tonight you have the option to enjoy a Mozart concert and dinner in the city. (B)

Day 8: Vienna - Budapest, Hungary

Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque Hungarian countryside en route to historic Budapest. Upon arrival, a local expert provides an informative city tour featuring Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Old Buda, the New Parliament and Gellert Hill. A special stop is made at Heroes’ Square, a unique monument to the many diverse leaders of Hungary. (B, D)

Day 9: Budapest The city of Budapest is often referred to as “the Queen of the Danube.” Today is

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14 Days from $2649 Collette Experiences • In Potsdam, Germany, see the impressive Sans Souci Palace. • Take a poignant journey through history at the camps of Auschwitz.

Must-See Inclusions • Explore Berlin on a tour featuring Brandenburg Gate. • The fairy-tale city of Prague reveals the remarkable Hradcany Castle. • Come to know Vienna and its lavish Schoenbrunn Palace. • Explore one of the largest town squares in Europe on a tour of Krakow.

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• Join a local expert to discover Budapest’s treasures.

• Learn the moving history of Warsaw, both joyous and tragic.

Culinary Inclusions • 18 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 6 dinners • Enjoy a Czech folklore show and dinner, complete with unlimited local drinks. • Dine at one of Vienna’s most beloved restaurants.

Accommodations yours to discover this city divided by the Danube, with historic Buda on one side and cosmopolitan Pest on the opposite bank. Relax in the city or perhaps join an optional excursion to a traditional Hungarian horse farm where riders perform amazing feats, followed by a typical lunch in the “Puzsta.” (B)

Day 10: Budapest - Donovaly, Slovakia - Krakow, Poland Take

in the picturesque landscapes en route to Poland. Make a stop in the hidden village of Donovaly, nestled in the Low Tatras mountain range of Slovakia. Your home for the next two nights is the lively city of Krakow, which still offers an old-world charm. (B, D)

Day 11: Krakow Discover Krakow’s historic Old Town on a city tour featuring Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, the University, and Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own. (B)

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6, 7

Overnight Flight Intercontinental Hotel or Andels Hotel, Berlin Yasmin or Park Inn, Prague Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier or Renaissance Imperial Riding School, Vienna Days 8, 9 Art’Otel, Budapest Days 10, 11 Holiday Inn City Center, Krakow Days 12, 13 Westin, Warsaw

travel to witness the camps of Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camps where you will see first-hand the various prison cells and learn the history of the prison and many of the hardships that occurred within those walls. Afterwards, travel through the Polish countryside en route to Warsaw, the reconstructed and modern capital of this rejuvenated country. The evening is yours to relax or explore. Browse one of the city’s art galleries or fascinating museums, or simply relax at an outdoor café. (B)

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Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

of Warsaw, both joyous and tragic, is yours to embrace as you embark on a tour of this capital city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 14: Warsaw - Tour Ends (B)

Day 12: Krakow - Auschwitz - Warsaw Today you embark on a

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Berlin. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Warsaw. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

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poignant journey through history as you Dates & Prices April 2016 April 10, 17, 24

Double $2699

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 8, 22 June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 10, 24

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Legendary Waterways of Europe Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us on the legendary waterways that define the true soul of Europe. Begin with an overnight flight to Europe.

town, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate and the Archbishop’s palace. This evening, cruise to Austria’s beautiful capital city, Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary - Tour Begins - Board Ship Your tour opens in Budapest,

Day 5: Vienna Join a local expert exploring

Hungary’s capital city. Board your ship for a relaxing 14-night river cruise. Your vessel offers the newest technology; panoramic deck; panorama salon and bar; excellent cuisine including unlimited wine and beer with dinners; and outstanding service. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome cocktail reception. Later, enjoy an evening cruise to see Budapest’s stunning night skyline before enjoying a folklore show. (D)

Day 3: Budapest Embark on a tour of Budapest featuring its historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman’s Bastion and 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views as you sail between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. (B, L, D) Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria Arrive in Slovakia’s remarkable capital,

Bratislava. Discover the city’s celebrated sites on a city tour highlighting its 13th-century castle, the old

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Vienna’s Imperial architecture, including the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city as you choose. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Wachau Valley Cruise through the

Strudengau en route to the Wachau Valley. En route, cruise past Melk Abbey, a magnificent 900-yearold Benedictine Abbey and one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Linz - Passau, Germany Arrive in stunning Linz, a favorite city of Mozart, who dedicated his Linz Symphony to this town. Take a stroll through the city with a local expert and discover its many treasures. Later, cruise to Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Have time to explore this beautiful city. Discover the gems of the city including St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the world’s largest church organ. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Regensburg - Kelheim Today,

arrive in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. A city walk features the old Town Hall, 12th-century Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Porta Pretoria. Tonight, the ship enters the first stretch of the fascinating MainDanube Canal as you make your way towards medieval Kelheim. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Nuremberg Depart on a guided tour

of picturesque Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. You will be awed by 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace. Later, continue sailing and arrive at the impressive stair-step locks where you will ascend to the highest point of your cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Bamberg Cruise through the final

stretch of the Main-Danube Canal to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Disembark and enjoy a guided tour to discover the history of this medieval gem, founded in 902. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Würzburg Arrive in Würzburg, the

“Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Nearly destroyed during WW II, Würzburg has been rebuilt into a beautiful

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Map Legendary Waterways of Europe 16 Days from $4549 Collette Experiences • Explore the famous Franconian wine region. • Discover Wertheim and the famous Glass Museum. • A city walk of Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. • See the famous Rhine Gorge, dotted with hilltop castles.

Must-See Inclusions

Franconian town. Visit fascinating sights including the magnificent Prince-Bishops Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue cruising through the pastoral Franconian wine region. (B, L, D)

your own. Later, cruise to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Enjoy an early evening walk of this charming town surrounded by vine-covered hills. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Excursion to Wertheim and Miltenberg Today you disembark

Day 14: Koblenz - Cologne

Day 13: Rüdesheim - Koblenz

Cruise along a beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, dotted with hilltop castles. You will see the legendary Lorelei Rock before arriving in Rüdesheim, a charming Rhine Valley wine town. The “Winzerexpress” mini-train takes you to Siegfried´s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for a guided tour. Time is made for you to explore the pedestrian street, Drosselgasse, on

Cruise the scenic Rhine River to Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities. A guided tour through the old part of the city highlights the twin steepled, 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Tonight you are invited to attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner before departing for the Netherlands. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Amsterdam, Netherlands Welcome to Amsterdam.

A local expert leads you on a leisurely paced tour highlighting its 500 bridges, intricate canal system, charming churches, and 16thcentury homes. Tonight, gather onboard with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and Dutch folklore show. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Amsterdam Disembark Ship - Tour Ends (B)

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41 meals included: 14 breakfasts • 13 lunches • 14 dinners Savor dinner and a Dutch folklore show. Attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner. Feel like a local at a typical Bavarian evening onboard the ship.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 - 15 MS Amadeus Princess On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on Lower Deck (Haydn). Cabins are available on lower (Hadyn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for pricing for upgrade fees for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis and are not available to guests traveling as singles. On some dates this tour operates in reverse. Embarkation on day 2 is after 4:00 p.m.; on day 16 disembarkation is normally at 9:00 a.m. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts. Itinerary is also subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks, and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute another attraction if possible. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters onboard the ship are not included. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

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for a shore excursion. First, stop in Wertheim, where you will get to know the city on a walking tour through its cobblestone streets lined with gabled, half-timbered houses, followed by a visit to the famous Glass Museum. Next, continue to Miltenberg with time to explore the city including its enchanting market square before returning to the ship. (B, L, D)

Embark on a tour of Budapest featuring its historic Buda Castle. Marvel at Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava. Cruise to Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Discover Würzburg, “The Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Explore Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities on a guided tour. Admire Amsterdam, home to 500 bridges, countless canals and charming churches.

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Springtime Tulip River Cruise Day 1: Overnight Flight Savor springtime in Holland and Belgium with a cruise that is sure to leave truly memorable impressions. Admire the colorful glory of the blooming Dutch tulip fields and be astonished by the endless windmills. Winding waterways lead you to such well-known Belgian cities as Ghent and Antwerp. Your tulip-time cruise begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam, a city filled with classic architecture, cafés, restaurants and canals. Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands Board Ship - Tour Begins Your tour opens

in Amsterdam, the 800-year-old thriving capital of Holland. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, fitness center, delicious cuisine including regional wines with every dinner, and outstanding service. Tonight, a cocktail is served in the Panorama Bar offering you a chance to meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner. Enjoy an overnight stay on the ship in Amsterdam. (D)

Day 3: Amsterdam - Volendam After

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sites and diverse architecture while on a city tour. You will also get to see the city from the water during a delightful canal cruise. Mid-day, cruise to the little fishing town of Volendam where you can still find fishermen dressed in traditional caps and baggy-legged trousers. A visit to a local cheese farm illustrates the process of how cheese from the area is made and also allows you the opportunity to sample some of the delicious results! During dinner, the ship resumes its cruise to the IJssel Sea. (B, L, D)

Ages due to the wool trade with Scotland, and today, a favorite spot for visitors. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ghent, Belgium - Bruges This

Day 4: Arnhem Arrive in Arnhem, location of the favourite summer retreat of the Dutch royal family, late this morning. This afternoon, pass by lovely Dutch scenery as your journey continues. (B, L, D)

morning you arrive in the Imperial city of Ghent. Lined with typical patrician houses in its city center, Ghent conveys the splendor of by-gone days. Perhaps you will join an optional sightseeing tour that includes St. Bavo Cathedral with its world-famous painting of the altar of the citizens of Ghent and the “Belfried” with its bell tower. This afternoon, allow yourself to be transported back to medieval times with a leisurely paced walking tour of Bruges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Middelburg - Cruising Today your

Day 7: Antwerp Today the ship docks in

ship docks in Middelburg, the capital of the Dutch province Zeeland. It is known as the “monumental city” because over 1,100 monuments dot its landscape. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional excursion to the Deltaworks Project located at Neeltje Jans. This is an amazing example of how the Dutch have truly tamed the environment in which they live. Your excursion continues with a stop in the lovely town of Veere, a prosperous trading port in the Middle

Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, which boasts beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture and lively cafés. Antwerp is best known for its diamonds and also as the home of prolific painter Peter Paul Rubens, who spent much of his life here. Join a local expert exploring Antwerp’s historical sites including the “Liebfrauenkirche,” Belgium’s largest Gothic church; the legendary Brabo Fountain; and the Rubens House. The afternoon is at leisure for

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Map Springtime Tulip River Cruise 9 Days from $2349 Collette Experiences • Experience Kinderdijk, home to Holland’s largest concentration of windmills. • Explore “Liebfrauenkirche,” Belgium’s largest Gothic church. • Dock in Middelburg, known as “the monumental city.” • Travel to Arnhem, the favorite summer retreat of the Dutch royal family.

Must-See Inclusions • Discover the expansive tulip fields of Keukenhof Gardens.

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Amsterdam

• Enjoy a delightful canal cruise in the heart of Amsterdam. • Step back to medieval times during a Bruges sightseeing tour. • Explore Antwerp, filled with Gothic and Baroque architecture and lively cafés. • Visit the imperial city of Ghent to see the splendor of by-gone days.

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Culinary Inclusions • 20 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 7 dinners • Sample artisanal cheese at a Dutch farm. • Attend the elegant Captain’s Gala Dinner on board.

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• Savor an unforgettable dinner and a typical Dutch folklore show.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 8 MS Amadeus Princess

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shopping, independent exploration or an optional excursion to the Belgian capital of Brussels. Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala Dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kinderdijk - Utrecht - Amsterdam A morning stop in

Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, allows you to experience Holland’s largest concentration of windmills, many still operating, and to get a revealing glimpse into Holland’s age-old battle with the sea. After lunch, explore the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, spanning more

than 70 acres within a beautiful park of tranquil ponds and shaded paths. With more than seven million tulips and other flowers on exhibit, Keukenhof is a kaleidoscope of color in bloom. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner and a typical Dutch folklore show celebrating the end of an unforgettable river cruise through Holland and Belgium. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Amsterdam - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a

close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful journey. (B)

Dates & Prices March - April 2016 March 30 April 6, 13, 20

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experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on lower deck (Haydn). Cabins are available on lower (Haydn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for pricing for cost of any upgrade fees which will apply for different cabin categories. Suites (Amadeus Suites) and singles are available on a very limited basis. Embarkation on day 1 is after 3:00 PM; on day 8, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 AM. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waitstaff on board the ship are not included and are at your discretion. This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute another attraction if possible. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

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Classic Danube featuring a 7-Night Danube River Cruise

Day 1: Overnight Flight Sail past breathtaking scenery, pausing along the way in quaint villages and lively cities on a timeless trip down the Danube River. Your tour opens with an overnight flight to Europe. Day 2: Würzburg, Germany - Tour Begins Discover the town of Würzburg, known as

“the jewel of the Main River.” Here, at your riverfront hotel, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Würzburg - Rothenburg Würzburg Würzburg is an ancient Franconian

wine town rich in historic sites. This morning, join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of Würzburg. Visit the Prince-Bishops’ Residence, which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Europe. Enjoy free time to explore the town’s hidden treasures before returning to Würzburg. (B)

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Day 4: Würzburg - Munich - Vilshofen - Board Cruise Ship Journey to Munich. Feel

the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time to explore, continue on to Vilshofen to meet your cruise ship. Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This craft offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, fitness center, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. This evening, enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Regensburg A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. One of the architectural highlights is the old Town Hall. You will also see the Porta Praetoria — built in A.D.179, it is one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany. Next, view the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in

the 12th century. This afternoon, take a stroll through the old town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard. Your ship departs for Passau late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Passau - Linz Wake this morning surrounded by scenic valleys and charming riverside towns en route to Passau, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. You will have free time to explore the town on your own. This afternoon continue on to the charming riverside town of Linz where you will enjoy an included walking tour of the city with a local guide. (B, L, D) Day 7: Wachau Valley, Austria Emmersdorf - Vienna View the picturesque

landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent

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Classic Danube 11 Days from $3149 Collette Experiences • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city. • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava. • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline. • Partake in a fun-filled Hungarian folklore show.

Must-See Inclusions • Overnight in Würzburg, Germany, “the jewel of the Main River.” • Spend time in the lovely medieval town of Rothenburg. • Journey to Munich for a fascinating city tour featuring Marienplatz.

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• Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley. • Explore Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the Hofburg Palace. • Tour Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring Buda Castle.

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• 23 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 8 dinners • Attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner. • Savor a delightful Bavarian evening onboard.

Accommodations Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2, 3 Maritim Hotel, Würzburg Days 4 - 10 MS Amadeus Princess

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castles and small riverside towns. Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital city, in the early evening. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Vienna Join a local expert

exploring Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the aweinspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna’s Baroque elegance, stroll along the Karntner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia Tour Slovakia’s remarkable

capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, the old town, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate, and the

Archbishop’s palace. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner before departing for Hungary. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Budapest, Hungary

Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman’s Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. Tonight, gather onboard with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. After dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Budapest - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to an end. (B)

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on Lower Deck (Haydn). Cabins are available on lower (Hadyn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for cost of any upgrade fees for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis and are not available to guests traveling as singles. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters onboard the ship are not included. This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute another attraction if possible. Air passengers will arrive into the Frankfurt, Germany airport and depart from the Budapest, Hungary airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 PM. Embarkation on day 4 is after 4:00 PM; on day 11, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 AM. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 AM on the last day of your tour. An early morning departure from the cruise ship may be required due to air schedules. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

Dates & Prices August - September 2016 August 31 September 5

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Magical Rhine & Moselle Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us for an exciting cruise featuring Strasbourg and the romantic Rhine Valley. This journey brings you through one of the most historic and dramatic regions in all of Europe. Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands Board Ship - Tour Begins Your tour opens

in Amsterdam where you will board your cruise ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. Your ship offers an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner, and daily onboard musical performances. This evening, meet in the lounge for a cocktail reception followed by a “welcome aboard” dinner. (D)

Day 3: Amsterdam Today, join a local expert

for a city tour of Amsterdam including a cruise along the city’s centuries-old canal system. Board your canal

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boat and cruise by charming cafés and famous 16thcentury row houses stacked side-by-side. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cologne, Germany As you glide down the river this morning, pass through the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Your journey brings you to Cologne where you will join a guide for a walking tour of the city’s Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets. See the Cologne Cathedral, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic and the Romanesque church of St. Martin. (B, L, D) Day 5: Cochem - Moselle River Set sail on the Moselle River to Cochem, where you will enjoy a guided tour through this lovely town and Reichsburg Castle. The castle is set on a precipitous rock high above the town and offers breathtaking views of the Moselle Valley. End your tour of Cochem with a taste of regional Mosel wines. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Koblenz - Rüdesheim Continue on

to Koblenz and get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a walking tour. See such sights as the town’s old quarter, which was badly damaged during World War II and then rebuilt, as well as the Schaengel Fountain at the town hall. Your next stop is Rüdesheim. Set out on a tour of the city and its famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett (or Mechanical Music Museum) where you will be treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mannheim - Speyer The river takes you to Mannheim where you will have free time to explore the city on your own. Or, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the town of Heidelberg. Later, sail to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, and step back in time on a walking tour to explore such

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Map Magical Rhine & Moselle 9 Days from $2799 Collette Experiences • Cruise the famous canals of Amsterdam. • Discover the lovely town of Cochem on a guided tour. • Take in the sounds of barrel organs and medieval instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett. • Set out on a tour of picturesque Rüdesheim.

Must-See Inclusions • Soak up the spectacular scenery of the romantic Rhine Valley. • Spend seven nights relaxing onboard your cruise ship. • Take a walking tour of Cologne’s historic Old Town. • Uncover the history of Strasbourg on a guided tour of the old quarter.

Culinary Inclusions • 20 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 7 dinners ©Lüftner Cruises

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• Join a local expert for a city tour of Amsterdam.

• Enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner aboard your cruise ship. • Savor a wine tasting in the Moselle River town of Cochem.

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Day 8: Strasbourg, France Your

journey takes you to Strasbourg, a provincial capital of France that blends centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences together, creating a unique character. Discover the history of the city on a guided tour of the old quarter, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of

Notre Dame. Highlights also include Place de la République and Place d’Austerlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Basel, Switzerland Disembark Ship - Tour Ends

After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to a close. (B)

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on Lower Deck (Hadyn). Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks, and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. Cabins are available on lower (Haydn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for pricing for cost of any upgrade fees which will apply for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters on board the ship are not included. Air passengers will arrive into Amsterdam, Netherlands airport and depart from Zurich, Switzerland airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Embarkation on day 2 is after 4:00 p.m.; on day 9, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 a.m. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance.

Strasbourg

places as the Old Gate and the Jewish baths. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

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Christmas on the Danube featuring a 6-night Danube River Cruise

Day 1: Overnight Flight Welcome the winter season with a trip down the Danube River. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe. Day 2: Würzburg, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour opens in the ancient town of

Würzburg, known as “the jewel of the Main River,” and reputed to be one of Germany’s loveliest towns. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Würzburg - Rothenburg Nuremberg - Board Cruise Ship

This morning, join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of Würzburg. Würzburg is an ancient Franconian wine town rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the Prince-Bishops which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. Enjoy free time to explore the town’s hidden treasures and

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its charming Christmas Market. Late afternoon you arrive in Nuremberg to meet your cruise ship. Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This beautiful craft offers the newest technology: a panoramic deck; terrace café; panorama salon and bar; fitness center; excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soda with all dinners; and outstanding service. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner on board. (B, D)

Day 4: Nuremberg A local expert provides

a city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring the Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg’s Christmas Market, Germany’s most famous and oldest, dating back to 1628. Nuremberg is a toy-making center and you will have the opportunity to shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers and sample its famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, your cruise continues across the continental divide and through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Regensburg A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights include the old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany and built in A.D. 179. Next, see the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century. This afternoon, take a stroll through the Old Town to Regensburg’s charming Christmas Market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts. Late evening, your ship departs for Passau. (B, L, D) Day 6: Passau Amid the early morning light,

cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city,

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Map Christmas on the Danube 9 Days from $1949 Collette Experiences • Tour Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. • Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey. • Browse in the famous Christmas markets along the Danube. • Experience the most picturesque region of the Wachau Valley.

Must-See Inclusions • Visit historic Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval walled town. • Join a local expert exploring beautiful and historic Vienna. • Visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market, Germany’s famous Christmas fair. • Cruise to the fairy-tale city of Passau, where the 3 rivers meet. • Explore Würzburg, the ancient wine town rich with marvelous historic sites. • Stand in awe of Nuremberg with its 900-year-old ramparts.

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exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St. Stephen’s Cathedral – home to Europe’s largest church organ – and the charming Christmas Market. Then, enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Wachau Valley, Austria - Emmersdorf - Durnstein Vienna View the picturesque landscapes

as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before joining an excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-yearold Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Next, enjoy a Glühwein Party before returning to the ship. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. You arrive in Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city, in the early evening. After dinner, if you wish, you may join an optional excursion in the imperial city and experience the magic of Vienna by night and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas

Christmas Market

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• 19 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 7 dinners • Attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner complete with an onboard Christmas concert.

Accommodations

Market, located in front of the “Rathaus” (City Hall). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Vienna Join a local expert

exploring Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the aweinspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna’s Baroque elegance, stroll along the Karntner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. After dinner, the onboard orchestra provides a musical Christmas concert for your enjoyment. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Vienna - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to an end. (B)

Dates & Prices November - December 2016 November 26, 27 December 2, 3, 8

Double $1949 $1949

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 - 8

Overnight Flight Maritim Hotel, Würzburg MS Amadeus Elegant, Brilliant or Royal On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Pricing based on Lower Deck (Haydn). Cabins are available on lower (Hadyn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please call for pricing for upgrade fees for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis and are not available to guests traveling as singles. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters onboard the ship are not included. This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. Air passengers will arrive into Frankfurt, Germany airport and depart from Vienna, Austria airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. on the last day. Embarkation on Day 3 is after 4:00 p.m.; on Day 9, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 a.m. An early morning departure from the cruise ship may be required due to air schedules to some U.S. and Canadian cities. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. On some dates, this tour may operate in reverse.

Extend your tour in Prague Meals: 2 breakfasts Extension from: $379 per person

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Classic Christmas Markets Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on a glorious holiday adventure that includes Europe’s finest Christmas markets. Day 2: Black Forest, Germany - Tour Begins Your tour begins in the Black Forest. Here

you will relish the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 3: Black Forest - Strasbourg, France - Black Forest Travel the picturesque

valleys of the Black Forest and the vineyard fields of the Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France, where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the old quarter, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Mingle with the locals as you explore the Christmas markets featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink before returning to Germany. (B)

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Day 4: Black Forest - Würzburg Depart

the Black Forest for the quaint Franconia region of Germany. Your destination is Würzburg. Stroll through the streets with your expert local guide to discover the city’s history. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. You will have time to browse for local specialties in the lively Christmas market. (B, D)

Day 5: Würzburg - Nuremberg Würzburg Start your day with a city tour of

historic Nuremberg. Learn about old town’s 900-yearold ramparts that surround the city; the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Your city tour concludes with a visit to the historic Nuremberg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany that dates back to 1628. Here you can spend time sipping Gluwhein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market

its name – “Little Town from Wood.” You can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys. (B)

Day 6: Würzburg - Rothenburg - Neuschwanstein Castle Oberammergau Begin your day with a stop

in lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After some free time to explore the town, continue on to Oberammergau. En route, make a picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Oberammergau is the perfect picture of a Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. It is the ideal place to shop for cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and Hummel figurines. (B, D)

Day 7: Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau Traverse the

Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains. Today you have the choice of one of two leisurely walking tours: join a

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Map Classic Christmas Markets 9 Days from $1899 Collette Experiences • Experience the 600-year-old holiday spirit of “Christkindlesmarkts” in Germany, Austria and France. • Stroll the Nuremberg Christmas Market – one of the oldest in Germany dating back to 1628. • View the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. • See historic sites such as the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops.

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Must-See Inclusions • Discover Strasbourg, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame. • Explore Würzburg, the ancient wine town rich with marvelous historic sites.

Strasbourg

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• Visit Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in all of Germany. • Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck. • Stroll the streets of the picture-perfect Bavarian Alpine village of Oberammergau. • Take in a panoramic tour of Munich featuring the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park.

Culinary Inclusions • 11 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 4 dinners • Savor a magical farewell dinner featuring a visit by local entertainers.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6-8

Overnight Flight Maritim Titisee or Schloss Reinach Hotel, Black Forest Maritim Hotel, Würzburg Alte Post Hotel or Hotel Wittelsbach, Oberammergau On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof” or you can embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market. (B)

Day 8: Oberammergau Munich - Oberammergau This

morning, travel to Munich and be introduced to this exciting city with a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel

and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Oberammergau where you will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. This evening, enjoy a magical farewell dinner featuring a visit by local entertainers from this village, famous for its Passion Play. (B, D)

Day 9: Oberammergau - Tour Ends (B)

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for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

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This trip requires a passport. Triple accommodations are not available. Air passengers will arrive into the Zurich, Switzerland airport and depart from the Munich, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. You may require an early morning departure from the hotel on the last day. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m.

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Magical Christmas Markets Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the unique charm of Austria and Germany, alive with holiday cheer and adorned with bustling Christkindlesmarkts. Day 2: Innsbruck, Austria - Tour Begins Arrive in the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains — your home for the next five nights. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Innsbruck - Seefeld - Innsbruck Today you have a choice of city tours. You may join a local guide to discover Innsbruck’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria TheresienStrasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof.” Or, embark on a tour focusing on the city’s unique

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architectural structures including its famous ski jump. This afternoon, venture into the mountains to the breathtaking Alpine village of Seefeld. Enjoy stunning views as you travel by train to 3,600 feet above sea level to this charming Tyrolean town. Known as one of the world’s great ski resorts, Seefeld is home to miles of walking trails, lakes, fine shopping, dining possibilities and pure fresh Alpine air. Warm yourself with a glass of schnapps and enjoy a traditional carriage ride before shopping in some of the quaint village stores. (B)

Day 4: Innsbruck - Munich, Germany Innsbruck This morning you cross the border into

Germany while en route to the exciting city of Munich.

First you’ll be introduced to its history on a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Then, enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Innsbruck where the remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

Day 5: Innsbruck - Salzburg Innsbruck Journey through the Austrian

countryside to Salzburg, a city filled with beautiful gardens and wondrous architecture. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring the Mirabell Gardens, a filming location for The Sound of Music, and Mozart’s birthplace – the quaint Getreidegasse. Enjoy a free afternoon to mingle with the locals as

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Map Magical Christmas Markets 7 Days from $1399 Collette Experiences • Experience the 600-year-old holiday tradition of “Christkindlesmarkt.” • Pause at Neuschwanstein Castle, a fairy-tale Bavarian castle. • Venture by train to Seefeld for a carriage ride and schnapps tasting.

Must-See Inclusions • In Innsbruck, embark on your choice of a cultural or architectural city tour. • Discover Munich’s Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Munich

• Journey to Oberammergau, a picture-perfect Bavarian Alpine village. • Salzburg reveals beautiful gardens and wondrous architecture.

Culinary Inclusions • 8 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 3 dinners • Delight in dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant in Salzburg.

Accommodations Salzburg

Day 1 Overnight Flight Days 2 – 6 Hotel Innsbruck or Hotel Grauer Bar, Innsbruck On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight

Day 6: Innsbruck - Neuschwanstein Oberammergau, Germany Innsbruck Begin your day with a picture

perfect Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. Have some time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. Conclude your tour with a festive farewell dinner this evening. (B, D)

On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Air passengers will arrive into and depart from the Munich, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to this airport. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. You may require an early morning departure from the hotel on the last day. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m.

Salzburg Christmas Markets

you explore Salzburg’s Christmas markets featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink. Your day concludes with a delightful dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, located in the historic city center. (B, D)

experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Day 7: Innsbruck - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy-tale retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. The next stop on your journey is Oberammergau, a picture

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Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Scandinavian Capitals Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for incredible Scandinavia and explore the fascinating capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. Experience a true milestone as your ship sails across the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe. Day 2: Stockholm, Sweden - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Stockholm, a perfect blend of old and new. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This restaurant is comprised of five connected timberframed houses from the 17th century. (D)

Day 3: Stockholm Embark on a tour of Stockholm’s city sights, showcasing the city’s greatest vistas and fascinating attractions. Visit City Hall, stroll through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and see the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Make a stop at the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum to learn about its shocking maiden voyage, when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Stockholm. (B) 148

Day 4: Stockholm - Copenhagen, Denmark Take a morning flight to delightful

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Later, join a local expert on an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. See the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. (B)

Day 5: Copenhagen Today you may choose to spend your day at leisure in Copenhagen or join an optional excursion to Frederiksborg Castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family. (B) Day 6: Copenhagen - Oslo, Norway Fly to Norway, a land of intense natural beauty and famous for its fjords, mountain roads, Viking legends and wellpreserved historical sites. Upon arrival, your tour of Oslo features the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, Karl Johan Street, view of the Royal Palace, City Hall and the new Opera building. Then it’s on to Vigeland Park where you will find the collection of sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland’s life’s work. (B)

Geirangerfjord

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Day 7: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm Railway Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen All aboard the

Bergen Railway to experience Europe’s most scenic rail journey. Have your camera ready as this legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking fjord and mountainous terrain on its way to Bergen. Switch trains in Myrdal and travel 12 miles on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering, taking you 2,800 breathtaking feet in 55 minutes to the village of Flåm on Sognefjord. Next, cruise Nærøyfjord (UNESCO), the narrowest fjord in Europe, with stunning views of waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. In Gudvangen, your journey continues by bus with the breathtaking Stalheimskleiven hairpin road (available May through September only), a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends. In Voss, board the train for Bergen, one of Norway’s oldest and most iconic cities. (B, D)

Day 8: Bergen - Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Board Ship Join your fellow travelers

on a leisurely paced walking tour of Bergen. Explore the picturesque, old Bryggen Wharf (UNESCO) with its tiny wooden houses and narrow streets. Mingle with

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Map Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Scandinavian Capitals 15 Days from $4449 Collette Experiences • Travel the breathtaking Bergen Railway through fjords and mountains. • Make a stop at the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum. • Take a stroll through the fairytale streets of Alesund. • Travel on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering.

Must-See Inclusions • Unpack once for a truly unforgettable 6-night Norwegian cruise. • Cross the Artic Circle and sail along Norway’s northernmost region.

the locals at the fish market, located in the “heart” of the city. Then prepare for your memorable 6-night cruise sailing along the stunning Norwegian coastline, the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage.” This evening board your Hurtigruten ship. Sit back and take in the scenery, sights and sounds. (B, D)

Day 9: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Your view

from your ship this morning will be of either the tranquil Stadthavet Sea or the majestic Geirangerfjord as we make our way to the charming village of Alesund. Take a stroll through the fairytale streets of Alesund, a vibrant town known for its colorful architecture and its stunning setting at the entrance of the Geirangerfjord. Then it’s on to Molde for a brief stop at this trading and cultural hub dating back to medieval times. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Today, enjoy

some time in the historic city of Trondheim. Founded by Viking King Olav in A.D. 997, it was the location of the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessings. Later, continue toward the land of the midnight sun, passing rugged coastlines en route to Rorvik which sits among 6,000 islands. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Today you

become one of a select few as our cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle on our way to Bodo. Gaze at the distant rugged peaks and to the infinite sky. Continue sailing, crossing the stunning Vestfjord and past

the breathtaking Lofoten Islands before pausing briefly at the villages of Stamsund and Svolvaer. Later, sail on past the majestic Trollfjord. (B, L, D)

• Explore Bryggen, Bergen’s old Hanseatic wharf, and a UNESCO site.

Day 12: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Sail to the

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small town of Harstad. Stop here for a moment before continuing on to Tromso, capital of the Arctic. Find yourself immersed in beautiful fjords and mountains. Located 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromso is home to the world’s northernmost university, botanical garden and cathedral. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound Your voyage

continues along Norway’s northernmost region, pausing briefly along the way at sleepy villages and busy ports surrounded by breathtaking panoramas. Have some time in the peaceful town of Honningsvag, situated closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Kirkenes - Disembark Ship - Oslo Arrive in Kirkenes, home

to the Sami people who have herded reindeer for centuries. Disembark your ship and fly back to Oslo. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip filled with the breathtaking scenery and cultural treasures of Scandinavia. (B, D)

Day 15: Oslo - Tour Ends (B)

• Cruise the stunning Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe.

• 27 meals included: 13 breakfasts • 5 lunches • 9 dinners • Savor Swedish cuisine at the 17th-century Fem Sma Hus.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Day 6 Day 7 Days 8 – 13 Day 14

Overnight Flight Scandic Grand Central Hotel, Stockholm Admiral or Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen Hotel Bristol, Oslo First Hotel Marin, Bergen Hurtigruten Ship Hotel Bristol, Oslo On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Stockholm. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase air through us. Cabin choices are inside or outside. Cabins are assigned by Hurtigruten Cruises and stateroom numbers will be supplied upon arrival at the ship in Bergen, Norway. Single accommodations are on request only. Pricing is based on inside cabins. Call for pricing for outside cabin upgrade.

Dates & Prices May 2016 - April 2017 May 9 June 11 July 9 August 6, 13 September 12 October 1 October 29

Double $5649 $6149 $5849 $5749 $5449 $5249 $4449

March 19 April 16 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$5749 $5849 (+) $1900-$2800 N/A

Rates are land only, per person, and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

Extend your tour in Iceland Meals: 3 breakfasts Extension from: $699-$899 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 325 for details.

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Spectacular Scandinavia Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out for Scandinavia, one of the world’s most incredible regions. Day 2: Oslo, Norway - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Oslo. Take some time to explore on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Oslo A tour of Oslo features the remarkable

Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and City Hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park where you will find the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland’s life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy time to relax or explore independently. (B)

Day 4: Oslo - Flam Depart Norway’s capital and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church. This intricate structure was built around 1180 and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint village of Flam, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. (B, D) 150

Day 5: Flam - Loen This morning, journey along the renowned Flam Railway, witnessing some of the world’s most scenic wilderness. Ascend to 3,000 feet – passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional ‘troll’ car before arriving in beautiful Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Tonight, join the hotel’s chef for an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine before dinner. (B, D) Day 6: Loen - Geiranger - Fjord Cruise - Loen Spend the day enchanted by

the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, a UNESCO World Heritage site, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway along the way. Known as one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you find the mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters; the Bridal Veil; and the Suitor. Homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where farms have been kept for centuries. (B, D)

Day 7: Loen - Bergen Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, one of Norway’s oldest and most iconic cities. Bergen was founded in 1070 and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape. (B) Day 8: Bergen Join your fellow travelers on a guided tour of Bergen. Walk along the harborfront, known as the Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon, enjoy Bergen at your leisure. (B) Day 9: Bergen - Copenhagen, Denmark Take a morning flight to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. See the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. Tonight, discover why Copenhagen is dubbed the gastro capital of Scandinavia and experience the ‘New Nordic Cuisine Movement’ at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 10: Copenhagen Today you may choose to spend your day at leisure in Copenhagen. Or, perhaps you’ll join your fellow travelers on an optional excursion

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Map Spectacular Scandinavia 14 Days from $4249 Collette Experiences • Witness the scenic wilderness along the Flam Railway. • Explore the Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. • Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise. • Stop at the Vasa Ship Museum to learn of its shocking maiden voyage.

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Geirangerfjord

• Visit Borgund Stave Church, an intricate structure built around 1180.

Must-See Inclusions • Enjoy a remarkable guided walk along Bergen’s harbor front. • Immerse yourself in Oslo’s rich history on a city tour. • Join a local expert for an engaging city tour of Copenhagen. • Tour Stockholm’s greatest attractions and gaze at its amazing vistas. • Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the magnificent Briksdal Glacier.

Culinary Inclusions • 19 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 7 dinners • Experience a Swedish ‘fika’ (coffee break) at a popular Malmo café. • Savor Swedish cuisine in Stockholm’s old town.

to Frederiksborg Castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family; enjoy a seasonally-inspired lunch at a local restaurant during your excursion before returning to the city for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Copenhagen Toftaholm, Sweden Cross the

famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Experience a Swedish ‘fika’ – or coffee break – at one of Malmo’s most popular cafés and learn about the unique role coffee plays in Scandinavian culture. We arrive early to enjoy some extra time amid the breathtaking surroundings of Toftaholm Herrgard, a family-run manor house. (B, D)

Day 12: Toftaholm - Stockholm

Leave the tranquility of the Swedish countryside behind as we venture north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. Tour Stockholm’s city sights, showcasing the city’s greatest vistas and attractions. Visit City Hall, stroll through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and see the Riddarholm Church,

the Royal Palace, and the Parliament. Visit the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage, when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. (B)

Day 13: Stockholm The day is yours to explore Stockholm. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion featuring a privately-guided tour of Stockholm’s stunning archipelago. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant is comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century that capture the flavor of a bygone era. (B, D) Day 14: Stockholm - Tour Ends (B)

Dates & Prices May - September 2016 May 13 May 27 June 10 July 8 August 12

Double $4249 $4349 $4449 $4449 $4449

September 9, 16 September 30 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$4449 $4349

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Days 5, 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9, 10 Day 11 Days 12, 13

Overnight Flight Hotel Bristol, Oslo Fretheim Hotel, Flam Hotel Alexandra, Loen First Hotel Marin, Bergen Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen Toftaholm Herrgard, Swedish Countryside Scandic Grand Central Hotel, Stockholm On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Oslo. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Stockholm. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us.

(+) $1100 (-) $100

Rates are land only, per person, and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

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A Small Group Tour

Inspiring Iceland Day 1: Overnight Flight Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Day 2: Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins Begin in Reykjavik, where you will choose

one of two cultural experiences. You may opt to set out on a bicycle trip that explores the old town, the heart of the city and the old cemetery, one of the most beautiful places in all of Reykjavik. Or, you may choose a personal walking tour of the city’s old section that features Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall, the harbor and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers while dining on gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant. (D)

Day 3: Reykjavik - Golden Circle Reykjavik Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland’s most

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renowned natural wonders. Marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Here, Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered to be one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Return to Reykjavik and have time to explore the city on your own. Later, you may choose to learn more about Iceland’s volcanoes and how important they are to the country during an optional tour to Volcano House. (B)

Day 4: Reykjavik - Grundarfjordur

Journey to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Catch a glimpse of Hallmundarhraun, the largest lava field in this region, where lava emanated from the northwestern slopes of the Langjokull (long glacier). See the first toehold of

vegetation growing close to where the eruption began. Visit the Settlement Museum to discover the Saga of Settlement of Iceland and delve into the life and works of the famous Viking and poet Egill Skallagrimsson. Embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. See the fishing boat that was used by their grandfather; the tiny farmer’s church; and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, taste “hakare,” cured shark meat. Travel to the fishing village of Grundarfjordur and board a traditional oak fishing vessel. Head out to Melrakkaey Island, a puffin sanctuary. Relax as you watch these delightful birds and immerse yourself in Icelandic fishing practices during a demonstration by your captain. Experience the life of the locals as you overnight in this quaint fishing village. (B, D)

Day 5: Grundarfjordur - Akureyri

Continue the adventure as we travel to the north of the

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Map Inspiring Iceland 9 Days from $2819 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Head out to Melrakkaey Island, a puffin sanctuary. • Visit the home of Erik the Red, now a museum. • Choose from a horseback riding excursion or relaxing in a geothermal bath. • Meet a family with a rich history in “shark farming.” • Catch a glimpse of Hallmundarhraun, the largest lava field in this region.

Blue Lagoon

Puffin Sanctuary

Must-See Inclusions • Gain a local’s perspective of Reykjavik by bicycle or on a walking tour. • Journey to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. • Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. • Travel to the Golden Circle, one of many of Iceland’s natural wonders. • It’s your choice – deep-sea expedition, volcanic cave hike, or whale watching cruise.

Culinary Inclusions • 10 meals included: 7 breakfasts • 3 dinners

country. En route, stop at the home of Erik the Red, now a museum. Imagine yourself a part of his grand explorations before he was exiled to Greenland. Upon arrival in Akureyri, enjoy some time to independently explore the city center of this “unofficial” capital of northern Iceland. (B)

Day 6: Akureyri Today it’s your

choice. Enjoy immersing yourself in the nature of Iceland on your horseback riding excursion; or, spend the day reflecting and relaxing in the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths. Have the evening at leisure in Akureyri to explore independently. (B)

Day 7: Akureyri - Reykjavik

Leave Akureyri behind as you take a short flight back to Reykjavik. Travel out to the Reykjanes Peninsula, home of the famed Blue Lagoon. Slip into a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water. Take the remainder of the day to explore on your own. (B)

Day 8: Reykjavik Today you get to choose from three amazing activities: try an adventure on the water during a deep-sea angling expedition; set out on a volcanic cave hike; or relax on a scenic whale watching cruise. Tonight, enjoy a short ferry ride to Videy Island to dine at Videyjarstofa (Videy House), the original residence of Skuli Magnusson. Skuli, known as “The Father of Reykjavik,” founded Iceland’s first industrial enterprise, woolen workshops, which led to the development of the country. You will be surrounded by Icelandic history while savoring works of culinary art with each course. (B, D) Day 9: Reykjavik - Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)

Dates & Prices May - October 2016 May 8, 15, 22 May 29 June 5, 9 June 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 24, 31 August 7, 11, 14, 21 August 28 September 4, 8

Double $2969 $3269 $3369 $3469 $3469 $3469 $3319 $3319

September 11 September 18, 25 October 2 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$3069 $2969 $2819 (+) $500 - $800 (-) $50

• Ferry to Videy Island to dine at the original residence of “The Father of Reykjavik.” • Try an Icelandic delicacy – cured “hakare.” • Savor gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Days 5, 6 Days 7, 8

Overnight Flight Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik Hotel Framnes, Grundarfjordur Hotel Kea, Akureyri Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night in Reykjavik. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. The flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik on Day 7 is not included in the land-only price of this tour. Puffin can be viewed between mid-May through late August. During the other seasons, a cruise featuring a talk on fishing in the region will be included. Due to international flight schedules, a post night may be required (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us.

Rates are land only, per person and do not include flights between tour destinations. Call about additional dates.

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Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights. Day 2: Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Reykjavik. Get

acquainted with old town Reykjavik on a walking tour featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall, the harbor and Reykjavik’s oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. Leave behind the bright city lights and sail out into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the aurora borealis – or northern lights – one of nature’s wonders. When revealed, you will be

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dazzled by the flickering display of light bursting with color that unfolds before your eyes. (D)

Day 3: Reykjavik - Golden Circle -Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Vik Travel the

incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Icelanders gathered here in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the energy of Icelandic culture with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur that erupt every few minutes. Then, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, see the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it.

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Continue southeast to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. After dinner, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland, search for the aurora borealis – the elusive northern lights. (B, D)

Day 4: Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre - Skogar Museum - Vik Drive along

the scenic south shore to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family’s struggle to live with the lava during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skogar Folk Museum, which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Later, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. See the unique natural

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Map Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights 7 Days from $1899 Collette Experiences • Explore Skogar Folk Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life. • Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. • Learn about the local’s struggles during the 2010 volcanic explosion. • Stop at Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach with basalt columns.

Must-See Inclusions Northern Lights Cruise

Geysir

• Search for nature’s dazzling display on a northern lights cruise. • See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. • Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. • Travel to the Golden Circle, one of Iceland’s natural wonders. • See the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. • Witness Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier.

Culinary Inclusions • 10 meals included: 5 breakfasts • 5 dinners • Savor gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant. Reynisfjara

Accommodations Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 – 5 Day 6

Overnight Flight Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik Hotel Katla, Hofdabrekka, Vik Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Day 5: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial

lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see some seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park. The largest national park in Europe, Vatnajökull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains; an Alpine environment; and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. After dinner, continue searching for

the shimmering northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B, D)

Day 6: Vik - Blue Lagoon Reykjavik Drive to the Reykjanes

Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavik for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)

Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre/Post Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with an extra night in Reykjavik. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation. The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.

Day 7: Reykjavik - Tour Ends

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

rock formations at Dyrhólaey. After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. (B, D)

Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)

Dates & Prices October 2016 - March 2017 October 4, 16 October 15, 29 November 1, 12, 15 November 8 December 3, 6 January 14, 17

Double $2149 $1899 $1899 $2149 $1899 $1899

February 12, 18, 25 March 4, 18 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$1899 $1899 (+) $250 (-) $30

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Santorini

Italian Lakes, Greek Islands & Venice featuring a 7-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Day 1: Overnight Flight Join us as we explore the magnificent historical sights and cultures of northern Italy and the stunning Greek Islands. Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Italian lakes region followed by a splendid 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Jade. Day 2: Lago Maggiore, Italy - Tour Begins Your tour opens on the picturesque Lago

Maggiore. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Lago Maggiore - Como - Stresa - Lago Maggiore Ease your way into the local

culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Then, enjoy time in the beautiful resort town of Como, charming with its beautiful villas, colorful gardens and spectacular views. Return to Lake Maggiore to soak up the lakeside atmosphere of

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this delightful town. Visit one of Stresa’s specialty wine shops to enjoy a wine tasting while learning about Italy’s renowned products such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fine wines. (B)

Day 4: Lago Maggiore - Venice - Board Cruise Ship Depart for Venice this morning. Your

exciting 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise begins today on the Norwegian Jade. This lovely ship offers award-winning restaurants, a relaxing spa, grand casino and an energetic nightlife. While on board, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included daily. Early this evening you will set sail for Corfu, Greece. (B, D)

Day 5: At Sea Enjoy a full day at sea. Savor the magic of the Mediterranean as you sit back, relax by the pool and explore all of the amenities available on board your cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Corfu, Greece Today, visit the seaswept island of Corfu. Surrounded by turquoise waters and mountainous terrain, Corfu is considered the most lush of the Ionian Islands. Visit one of its many golden sand beaches or explore the elegant town, rich in history and the arts. Sail this evening to breathtaking Santorini. (B, L, D) Day 7: Santorini Welcome to the stunning island of Santorini. In 1500 B.C., a powerful volcano erupted and caused the central part of the island to sink into the sea. Could this be the lost city of Atlantis? Enjoy an entire day at leisure to soak in the breathtaking views and delve into the mysteries of ancient Santorini. Depart this evening and sail overnight to Mykonos. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Mykonos Dock this morning on the famed island of Mykonos. Enjoy a relaxing day to

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Map Italian Lakes, Greek Islands & Venice 13 Days from $2769 Collette Experiences • Enjoy a Murano glass making demonstration and marvel at the masterpieces. • Spend time in the elegant and colorful resort town of Como. • Join a local expert for a walking tour of Venice featuring St. Mark’s Square.

Must-See Inclusions

Norwegian Jade

Mykonos

• Unpack once for a 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Jade. • Visit the most popular of the Greek islands: Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos. • Stay two nights along the shores of the picturesque Lago Maggiore. • Spend two nights in Venice – “The Jewel of the Adriatic.”

Culinary Inclusions • 26 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 6 lunches • 9 dinners • Savor a wine tasting and learn about the region’s olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fine wines.

Accommodations independently explore the charms of the most popular island in the Cyclades. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Olympia (Katakolon) This

morning, dock in Olympia. You may wish to visit the legendary sanctuary of Zeus and the Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. (B, L, D)

Day 10: At Sea Relax during another

day at sea. Cast your eyes toward the horizon and reflect on your amazing journey. Take some time to once again enjoy all of the amenities available aboard your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Venice, Italy Disembark Cruise Ship Murano Island, Venice Disembark your cruise ship this morning in enchanting Venice. Visit St. Mark’s Square, a bustling hub of quintessentially Italian activity and events. A local expert provides a walking tour featuring the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal and the

famous Bridge of Sighs. Time is available to experience Venice on your own. Of course, you may choose an optional gondola ride... there is simply no better way to revel in the magic of Venice than to be serenaded as you glide through its famous canals. Later, we travel to Murano Island, your home for two nights. (B)

Day 12: Murano Island Murano Island is famous around the world for its beautiful blown glass. This morning you will enjoy an up-close glass making demonstration. Discover the secrets of this ancient art and marvel at the intricate designs of each one-of-a-kind piece. Afterwards, you may wish to explore the island of Murano independently. One of the most impressive sights here is the Church of San Pietro, where travelers can look upon the restored frescoes created by del Veronese, Tintoretto. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a fun-filled and memorable trip. (B, D) Day 13: Murano Island, Venice - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Dates & Prices May – September 2016 May 4 May 18 June 15 July 20 August 17 August 31

Double $2819 $2869 $2969 $3019 $3019 $2969

September 14 September 28 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2969 $2769

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4 - 10 Days 11, 12

Overnight Flight Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Cruise Lines LaGare Hotel, Murano Island, Venice On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Post-Night Stay: Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Venice. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Our air passengers will arrive into Milan, Italy airport. All of our transfers will depart from Venice, Italy airport. Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts. Port taxes and fees of $270 USD per person, quoted at time of printing, are included in the land only tour cost. Single cabins, if confirmed, are higher. Prior to full payment for the program, the cruise line reserves the right to impose a supplemental fuel charge. Should this occur, you will be notified of the additional charges. Pricing is based on Inside Cabin category. Call for upgrades to Outside and Balcony cabins. The following cabin categories are available for most departures: Inside Category IB, IE, ID or IF (INSIDE); Outside Category OB, OC, OF or OG (OCEANVIEW) or Balcony Category BD (BALCONY). Specific cabin assignments are supplied in your final documentation. Balcony, Single and Triple cabins are limited and will be confirmed upon request and availability from the cruise line. Onboard gratuities are not included in the price of your tour. For your convenience, NCL automatically applies a 12.95 US dollars (subject to change) per guest, per day service charge to your shipboard account. All of the service personnel on board receive gratuities from this service charge and there is no need for additional tipping. Separately, a gratuity is automatically added to beverage purchases.

(+) $1100 - $1350 (-) $30

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Exploring Greece & Its Islands Day 1: Overnight Flight Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight. Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional taverna, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment. (D)

Day 3: Athens Enjoy a comprehensive tour of

Athens showcasing the city’s ancient and glorious monuments. Tour the incredible Acropolis; see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. (B)

Day 4: Athens - Thermopylae Kalambaka Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Travel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas, who died defending the city against the Persians. Later, visit a local studio to see

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painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. End your day in Kalambaka, a typical Greek town at the foot of the Pindos Mountains. (B, D)

Day 5: Kalambaka - Metéora Arachova Visit two remote Metéora

monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. (B, D)

Day 6: Arachova - Delphi - Olympia

The ancient city of Delphi was one of Greece’s most important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, theatre and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of Man. Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. (B, D)

Day 7: Olympia Your guided visit to ancient Olympia includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium – where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. – and the Museum. Later, partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. Next, visit the countryside for a tour and tasting of local wines, olive oil, homemade jams and marmalades. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances with a delightful Greek dance class. (B, L, D) Day 8: Olympia - Mycenae - Tolo

Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Tolo. (B)

Day 9: Tolo - Athens - Mykonos This

morning, transfer to the port of Athens for the highspeed ferry ride to Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy magnificent views as you sail across the brilliant Aegean Sea to this island paradise. (B, D)

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Map Exploring Greece and Its Islands 15 Days from $2649 Collette Experiences • Experience the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. • Explore the excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, known as the “Minoan Pompeii.” • Come to know two breathtaking Byzantine monasteries in Metéora built over 600 years ago. • Broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek music with a delightful Greek dance class.

• Join a local expert to explore Athens and its famed sites including the Acropolis.

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Must-See Inclusions • Explore the grandeur of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. • Have a day to explore Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. • Travel to the spectacular town of Oia that boasts the best views in beautiful Santorini.

Culinary Inclusions • 22 meals included: 13 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 8 dinners • Sample the finest wines in Greece during a winery tour in Santorini. • Feast on local food and wine at a traditional ”taverna.”

Day 10: Mykonos Enjoy a relaxing

day to independently explore the charms of Mykonos. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity. (B)

Day 11: Mykonos - Santorini Sail

to the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean, the fabled island of Santorini. (B, D)

Day 12: Santorini Begin your day

with a visit to the excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. Known as the “Minoan Pompeii,” the flourishing town was at once destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. Next, travel through a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the spectacular town of

Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. End your day with a visit to a local winery that produces the unique and famous wines of Santorini. (B)

Day 13: Santorini The day is at

leisure for you to relax or independently explore Santorini, considered one of the most spectacular and stunning landscapes in the world. Shop in Thira’s charming town center, take in the breathtaking scenery, visit a local museum or simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel. (B)

Day 14: Santorini - Athens Bid

Double $2849

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 8, 11, 22 June 2 July 10, 17 September 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19

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Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Day 4 Day 5 Days 6, 7 Day 8 Days 9, 10 Days 11 – 13 Day 14

Overnight Flight Crowne Plaza City Center, Athens Meteora Hotel, Kastraki, Kalambaka Hotel Anemolia, Arachova Europa Hotel, Olympia Hotel King Minos or Apollon, Tolo Myconian K Hotel, Mykonos El Greco Resort, Aegean Plaza Hotel or Santorini Palace Hotel, Santorini Crowne Plaza City Center, Athens On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)

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Day 15: Athens - Tour Ends (B)

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• Partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch.

September 30 October 3, 6 March 26 April 23, 26 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

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This trip requires a passport. Due to the nature of this itinerary, both 3- and 4-star hotels will be utilized that may be located in the vicinity of historic centers. Due to the ferry schedule on day 8 of some departures, you may be required to depart the hotel in Tolo as early as 4:00 a.m. Should this be the case, a boxed breakfast will be provided in place of the regular hotel breakfast. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price. All air, including internal flights, can be purchased through us.

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Classical Turkey

Blue Mosque

NEW TOUR

Day 1: Overnight Flight Depart for Turkey, a vibrant country that boasts an amazing mix of ancient and new, Asian and European. This thriving modern society welcomes visitors with genuine warmth and hospitality.

of learning and the arts. Visit the Acropolis with a library that once held 200,000 books, temples of Athena and Trajan, the gymnasium and the lower Agora. Finish your day’s journey in the sparkling seaside resort town of Kusadasi. (B, D)

which dates back to 1,500 B.C.E. Visit the nearby ruins of Aspendos, including its Roman amphitheater. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 2: Istanbul, Turkey - Tour Begins

Day 5: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Kusadasi

Day 8: Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

Welcome to Istanbul, one of civilization’s great cities. Minarets and domes fill the skyline of this city that straddles many worlds. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. (D)

Day 3: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale

Travel across the Dardanelles, a narrow strait that brings you to Asia. Visit the World War I battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsula, where one of Turkey’s greatest modern military victories took place. (B, D)

Day 4: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi Delve into the past as you discover

two of the most important ancient sites in Turkey. Visit legendary Troy, the UNESCO World Heritage site, destroyed by “the face which launched a thousand ships” during the Trojan War. Travel to Pergamon, once the ancient world’s major power and the center

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An awe-inspiring day awaits. Explore the ruins at Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia, where both St. John and St. Paul came to preach. Walk the marble avenue and see the Library of Celsus, the great theatre and the Temple of Hadrian. Continue to St. John’s Basilica, a magnificent church built on what is believed to be the burial site of St. John. (B, D)

Day 6: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Antalya

Today, wind along the mountain roads to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). Tour the ancient city of Hierapolis before stopping at the striking natural formations of cliffs of pure white calcium stone. Heated by volcanic lava, calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a steep cliff before cooling to form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium. Then, depart for some relaxing fun in the sun in Antalya, on the Turkish Riviera. (B, D)

Day 7: Antalya - Perge - Aspendos Antalya Explore the ruins of Perge, a Hittite city

Continue to Konya and its intriguing mix of old and new. Visit the Mevlana Museum with its impressive collection of ancient books and historical artifacts belonging to Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, the 13th century founder of the Whirling Dervishes. Arrive in Cappadocia, known for its fantastic clusters of multicolored spires and pinnacles. (B, D)

Day 9: Cappadocia Explore the landscapes of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys,” hillside villages and rock hewn churches. In the Goreme Valley you visit the Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the famed rock chapels are decorated with beautiful frescoes dating back to the 6th century. Later, watch local artisans demonstrate the art of silk and wool carpet weaving at a family-owned carpet making facility. A unique Turkish Night in a cave features a reenactment of a Turkish wedding complete with folklore

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Map Classical Turkey 13 Days from $2249 Collette Experiences • Explore the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in the world. • Visit the fascinating Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. • Behold Pamukkale, a natural cliff formation of pure white calcium stone.

Must-See Inclusions • See the ruins of Ephesus, once one of the grandest Roman cities. • Experience Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Church of Hagia Sophia.

Ephesus

Cappadoccia

• Spend two relaxing nights in Antalya on the Turkish Riviera. • Travel to legendary Troy, destroyed during the Trojan War. • Explore Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys,” and hillside villages.

Culinary Inclusions • 21 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 10 dinners • Savor dinner at a popular restaurant overlooking the Bosphorous.

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spectacular mosaics depicting saints, emperors and empresses. (B)

Day 10: Cappadocia - Ankara

Day 12: Istanbul Return to

Travel to the Turkish capital of Ankara. Visit the fascinating Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, housed in a 15th-century caravansary and covered bazaar. The museum owns the finest archaeological collection in all of Turkey and contains a remarkable record of every civilization that passed through Anatolia. See priceless items from as far back as 7,500 years, including the most extensive collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Next, see the magnificent Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic. (B, D)

Day 11: Ankara - Istanbul

Throughout its rich history, Istanbul has stood as a symbol of power. Become a part of its confluence of peoples, languages and religions. Upon arrival, visit one of the world’s most spectacular landmarks, Hagia Sophia. Lose yourself in the Byzantine architecture of what was once the largest church in Christendom. See

Istanbul’s Old City for a guided visit of Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Next, visit the Blue Mosque, renowned for its splendid architecture and six minarets. Later, explore the bustling Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, known for its jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Haggle and find just the right bargain. Spend the remainder of the day discovering Istanbul. Wander the spice markets, cruise the Bosphorus (waterway), or simply stroll the vibrant bustling streets. This evening, join your fellow travelers to celebrate the end of an unforgettable journey with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant overlooking the Bosphorous. (B, D)

Overnight Flight Barcelo Eresin Topkapi, Istanbul Kolin Hotel, Canakkale Korumar Hotel De Luxe, Kusadasi Akra Barut Hotel, Antalya Kapadokya Lodge, Cappadocia Moevenpick Hotel, Ankara Barcelo Eresin Topkapi, Istanbul On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Post-Night Stay: Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Istanbul. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. A Visa is required for travel to Turkey and needs to be obtained in advance in E-Visa form at https://www.evisa.gove.tr/en/.

Pamukkale

music, a whirling dervishes ceremony and exhilarating belly dancers. (B, D)

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Day 13: Istanbul - Tour Ends (B)

Dates & Prices May 2016 - April 2017 May 19 June 9 July 7 September 15, 22 October 13, 20 November 3

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March 23 April 20, 27 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2249 $2399 (+) $600-$700 (-) $30

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Extend your tour to Jordan

Israel: A Journey to the Holy Land Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on an inspirational journey to the Holy Land and visit some of the most ancient sites in the world. Day 2: Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins Jaffa - Tel Aviv Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a

bustling city brimming with culture and history. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant in the ancient port city of Jaffa. (D)

Day 3: Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Haifa Acre - Tiberias Travel along the Mediterranean

coast to the ruins of the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great around 22 B.C. Pause to visit the Roman theatre, aqueduct and fortress. Travel the Valley of Armageddon to the fascinating excavation site of Tel Megiddo. Next, take in the breathtaking panorama of Haifa and the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens on Mount Carmel (UNESCO World Heritage site). Then, feel like you have stepped back

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in time with a visit to the ancient Crusader city of Acre (UNESCO). Your day comes to a close in Tiberias. (B, D)

Day 4: Tiberias - Cana - Nazareth Tabgha - Capernaum - Sea of Galilee

This morning, get to know some important biblical locations. Begin with a visit to Cana, considered to be the site of the First Miracle, where Jesus turned water into wine. Next, travel to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Afterwards, visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, and Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Your visit to Capernaum is followed by a stop at the Galilee Boat Museum to see the display of the boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee approximately 2,000 years ago during the time of Jesus. Later, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Get a taste of the local flavor during lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz. Later, cross the River Jordan to visit the Golan Heights and the Hashalom Observatory. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tiberias - Beit Shean - Jericho Qumran - Dead Sea Begin the day by stepping

into Roman times with a visit to Beit Shean to see the well-preserved ancient theatre. Continue along the Jordan River Valley to Jericho. Over 2,000 years old, it is considered to be the oldest city on Earth. Journey to Qumran, the location of one of the most important archeological finds of all time – the discovery of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Next, stop at AHAVA Visitors Center to learn about Dead Sea minerals and their benefits to beauty and health. Afterwards, proceed to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, D)

Day 6: Dead Sea - Masada - Bethlehem - Jerusalem Today’s route leads you to the former

palatial fortress of Masada (UNESCO). Ascending the ancient walls of Masada by cable car, a visit to Herod’s Palaces, the Roman Camp and the Synagogue await. A stop in the biblical city of Bethlehem, spread along the

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Map Israel: A Journey to the Holy Land 10 Days from $2349 Collette Experiences • Venture to the ancient capital of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great around 22 B.C. • See a boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee around 2,000 years ago. • Ascend the ancient walls of Masada by cable car. • Journey to Cana, considered to be the site of the First Miracle.

Must-See Inclusions • Discover the ancient cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem. Masada

Mt. of Beatitudes

• Explore the oldest city in the world — the ancient ruins of Jericho. • Enjoy the wonder of the Dead Sea. • At the Israel Museum, view the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. • Relax for 4 nights in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Culinary Inclusions • 15 meals included: 8 breakfasts • 1 lunch • 6 dinners

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Judean Hills, allows for a visit to the Church of the Nativity — the birthplace of Jesus and the first church ever built. Tonight you arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 7: Jerusalem Drive to Mount of

Olives to take in the vast panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Proceed to the Church of Ascension and the Garden of Gethsemane. Discover the Kidron Valley and the tombs of Mary, Absalom, Zachariah and James. Continue on to St. Peter in Galicantu and Mt. Zion where you will see the room of The Last Supper and the tomb of King David. See the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum to view the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, visit the Garden Tomb. (B)

Day 8: Old City, Jerusalem - Mahane Yehuda Market A

Jerusalem begins with a drive to the old walled city. While walking through the four quarters that make up the Old City (UNESCO), you will visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Temple area, the Dome of the Rock (outside view only), the Pool of Bethesda, and the Church of St. Anne. Next, walk the path of the Stations of the Cross as you traverse the Via Dolorosa, beginning at Pilate’s Judgment Hall and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon, explore the sights, sounds and aromas of the worldrenowned Mahane Yehuda Market, known to everyone as the shuk (open-air market). (B)

Day 9: Jerusalem Your day is at

leisure to explore independently or simply relax. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at one of Jerusalem’s most popular restaurants. (B, D)

Day 10: Jerusalem - Tour Ends (B)

magnificent tour of the Holy City of

Dates & Prices February - April 2016 February 3, 10, 17, 24 March 1, 2, 8, 9 April 6, 13 April 20, 27

Double $2349 $2649 $2649 $2749

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 11 June 8, 15 July 6 September 14

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October 5, 23, 26 November 2, 6 November 9 February 1, 8, 15, 22* March 1, 8, 15, 29 April 2 April 23, 26 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2699 $2699 $2549 $2349 $2649 $2649 $2749 (+) $750 - $1000 (-) $30

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Overnight Flight Isrotel Tower Hotel, Tel Aviv Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias Isrotel Ganim, Dead Sea Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Tel Aviv. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport. Proper dress is required when visiting religious sites, sanctuaries, basilicas, etc. Due to tour scheduling, arrival flights into Tel Aviv should arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Due to flight schedules, you may require a very early morning departure from the hotel on the last day (Day 10). Travel distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is recommended that you arrive at Ben Gurion airport approximately 3 hours prior to departure. Air passengers will depart from the Tel Aviv airport and all transfers will depart from Jerusalem for the Tel Aviv airport.

Extend your tour in Jordan Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinner Extension from: $1399 per person

Duration: 5 days See pg. 326 for details.

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates. *Value Season Departures: These select off-season dates allow you to experience more for less. Plus, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds. It’s a wonderful time to travel.

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africa

In the distance, an elephant emerges from a stand of trees, backlit by the setting sun. There’s no time for a photograph, but this is a moment you will carry with you forever. From encounters with the “Big 5” amid an unspoiled wilderness to the dynamic blend of cultures, Africa never fails to amaze.

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Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

A Small Group Tour

NEW TOUR

Highlights of Morocco Day 1: Overnight Flight Embark on an alluring Moroccan adventure overflowing with centuries-old customs and colorful culture. Day 2: Casablanca, Morocco - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Casablanca. Take a

short drive to the city center for a brief stop at the impressive Hassan II Mosque, a stunning, high-tech, architectural masterpiece. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy time to relax. Gather tonight with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film Casablanca. (D)

Day 3: Casablanca - Meknes - Fes Your

first stop on today’s journey is the ancient Imperial city of Meknes. Lush rolling hills studded with ancient olive groves await you in this Ismalian capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch we will explore the port of Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis before continuing on to the ancient ruins of Volubilis. Uncover the well-preserved remains of Roman palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics. Tonight’s dinner features traditional Moroccan delights, prepared and served by the family who owns the riad where you are staying. (B, D)

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Day 4: Fes Discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the Islamic world. This enchanting city takes you back in time. Learn of its historical importance as a center of government, philosophy, medicine and religion while on your fascinating panoramic tour, including the Medersa Bou Inania, built in 1325. See the Jewish Quarter, the city ramparts and the gates of the palace. Take to the streets for a walking tour in the Medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Amid the cobbled alleyways of this ancient market you’ll see donkeys and mules laden with goods walking alongside buyers. Spend time at the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats exploding in an array of brilliant color. (B) Day 5: Fes - Midelt - Erfoud Today you will learn about MonkeyWatch, a program dedicated to protecting the Barbary macaques that thrive in the forests of Ifrane National Park. You will have the opportunity to feed these unique creatures. Continue on towards Erfoud, making a stop in Midelt. Your overnight is in a kasbah. (B, D) Day 6: Erfoud - Sahara Desert Expedition - Merzouga Your day begins

at Erfoud’s fossil factory and museum where they turn fossil rocks into decorative items. Then, travel to the Saharaoui town of Rissani. Get a true taste of the region when creating homemade stuffed bread with potato, meat, onion and Moroccan spices. Jump into a 4x4 vehicle and make your way to various nomadic villages of the Sahara before arriving at the edge of the dunes. Pause to enjoy a cup of tea by the pool before boarding your camel for your ride to a nomad camp. Traverse the stunning fine sands of Merzouga as the red sun falls toward the horizon. Later, learn how to bake bread under the sand— nomad style. As night falls, listen to intoxicating Berber drum music and song during the traditional pouring of mint tea followed by a delightful Moroccan feast. Sleep in a luxury tent and experience an unrivaled sense of tranquility in the serene desert. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Merzouga - Todra Gorge Boumalne du Dades Return to the edge of the

dunes via camel. Then, set out for Erissani to begin the journey to Todra Gorge. Spend time in the Jewish Quarter where you may choose to sample some local favorites at a bakery. Next, follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.” These fortress-like kasbahs

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Map Highlights of Morocco 11 Days from $2449 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Stroll though the cobbled alleyways of the ancient market of Medina. • Learn about MonkeyWatch, dedicated to protecting the Barbary macaques. • Experience a Moroccan tradition at a henna workshop. • Behold Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, an impressive feat of Moroccan architecture.

Stuffed Bread

Sahara Desert

Must-See Inclusions • Explore Fes, one of the holiest cities in the Islamic world. • Board a camel to your nomad camp and overnight in the Sahara Desert. • Jump into a 4x4 and make your way to various nomadic villages. • Follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.” • Discover the ancient Imperial city of Meknes, studded with olive groves.

Culinary Inclusions • 18 meals included: 9 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 6 dinners

rise up like turreted sandcastles along the ancient trading route. This region is one of the most vibrant destinations. Along the river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes light up in the desert sun. (B, D)

Day 8: Boumalne du Dades - High Atlas Mountains Marrakech Drive through the Valley of

Roses, stopping en route at a local cooperative for coffee. Then, it’s on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, an impressive feat of Moroccan architecture. Continue along the High Atlas Mountains following the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass. This scenic route brings you through lush oasis valleys and past imposing mountains. Pause along the way at a Berber village before entering the exotic city of Marrakech. (B)

Day 9: Marrakech Explore

Marrakech and its ancient El Bahia Palace where today, a sentry of nesting storks stand guard. Enter the royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish Mellah, and see the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Tour the ancient city wall, passing by the Royal Palace and

Marrakesh palm grove. Savor lunch in the home of a local expert and his family and get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality. Then, enter the 9th-century walled Medina and enjoy time to mingle with the locals as you shop at the ancient market. (B, L)

Day 10: Marrakech This morning,

select the ingredients for your culinary workshop that takes place on the rooftop of the charming Kasbah Omar, located in the middle of the old Jewish Berber village. Join a Berber family in their home for a traditional cup of tea and a taste of the real Berber life. After lunch, experience another Moroccan tradition at a henna workshop. Afterwards, meet an artist and discover some of her work before heading to the souk for last minute shopping. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Marrakech - Casablanca - Tour Ends A morning transfer brings you back to Casablanca to connect to your flight home. (B)

Dates & Prices October 2016 - April 2017 October 7 November 4 December 2 January 13 February 3

Double $2449 $2449 $2449 $2449 $2449

March 10, 17 April 21 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2449 $2449 (+) $700 N/A

• Make your own stuffed bread with potato, meat, onion and Moroccan spices. • Experience Moroccan hospitality during lunch with a local family. • Select your own ingredients before a culinary workshop at the Kasbah Omar. • Join a Berber family in their home for a traditional cup of tea. • Take in Berber entertainment during a pouring of mint tea followed by a Moroccan feast.

Accommodations Day 1 Day 2 Days 3, 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Days 8 - 10

Overnight Flight Val D’Anfa Hotel, Casablanca Riad Yacout, Fes Kasbah Xaluca, Erfoud Auberge du sud Hotel, Merzouga Hotel Xaluca Dades, Boumalne du Dades Opera Plaza, Marrakech On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Casablanca. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport. Return flights from Casablanca should not be booked prior to 11:30 a.m. Due to flight schedules, a post-night may be required in Casablanca (at an additional cost).

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

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Zebras

A Small Group Tour

Begin your tour in Dubai or extend your tour to Tanzania

The Plains of Africa Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore Kenya’s wildlife and stunning natural vistas. Numerous game drives bring you in search of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos) on your safari adventure.

wildlife including Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. Enjoy a game drive en route to your riverside lodge. After lunch, begin your search for the “Big 5.” Tonight, learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu – an ethnic group related to the Masai. (B, L, D)

viewing decks that provide an unmatched opportunity for game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. Sit back and let the animals come to you! (B, L, D)

Day 2: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins

Day 5: Shaba Reserve - Samburu Reserve - Shaba Reserve Bring your

the spectacular Nyahururu waterfalls. Arrive at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Continue your search for the “Big 5” on your afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)

Arrive in Nairobi, the safari capital of Africa, for your overnight stay. The Sarova Stanley launched into Kenya history in 1902 as Nairobi’s first luxury hotel and was home to the beginning of Nairobi’s first and only stock exchange.

Day 3: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park Today we set off for the mountainous region of

Aberdare National Park. This ecologically diverse area boasts lush valleys, and peaks reaching 14,000 feet. Arrive at your hotel situated on the slope of Mweiga Hill overlooking the park. Keep an eye out for the giraffes that welcome you to the lodge. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the lodge; perhaps you’ll take a nature walk or enjoy a round of golf! (B, L, D)

Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Shaba Reserve Your morning drive brings you to Shaba

National Reserve, home to some of Africa’s most exotic

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camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5” on a journey through this rugged region. The striking contrast of sand, sky and bush will leave you breathless. Look for the spectacular local birdlife; over 350 species of birds are known to inhabit Shaba. Watch for the desert rose plant, splashing color against its natural surroundings. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Shaba - Aberdare National Park

Return to Aberdare for an unforgettable experience in a treetop lodge. The national park received its name from Lord Aberdare, one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. Before arriving, tour Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, a women’s self-help project, and learn how their crafts have changed their lives. Tonight’s lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife all night long. Get an up-close look at the wildlife from the four

Day 7: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru This morning, drive past the mountains via

Day 8: Lake Nakuru After your morning game drive, savor a traditional breakfast in the bush. Then have some time to relax and enjoy the amenities at the lodge. Your exciting afternoon game drive returns to the lodge before sunset. (B, L, D) Day 9: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve This morning, travel to the

Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara – an extension of the great Serengeti Plain – is considered the most stunning game viewing spot in all of Kenya: lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and other wildlife reside here. Your tent provides all the deluxe amenities of a lodge, complete with the adventure of the wild. Visit a Masai village prior to your game drive. This evening, enjoy a traditional bush dinner featuring a Masai dance performance. (B, L, D)

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Map The Plains of Africa 14 Days from $4314 Collette Experiences • • • •

Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. Make a stop at a Masai village to get to know the people. Learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu people. Tour Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, a women’s self-help project.

Hanging Bridges

Must-See Inclusions

Masai Village

Collette Cares - Kenya Tenderfeet Education Center is a place that offers vulnerable children safety, nutrition and an education.

for its open plains where lions and elephants roam and the breathtaking snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Day 13: Amboseli Further explore Amboseli with two game drives – your final chance to see the “Big 5.” (B, L, D)

After breakfast, return to Nairobi and travel to Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi, and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Experience the local wildlife firsthand as you have the opportunity to feed the endangered Rothschild giraffes from a raised platform at the Giraffe Sanctuary. (B, L)

Day 12: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park This morning, depart

Day 14: Amboseli - Nairobi Tour Ends Return to Nairobi and visit

the students at Tenderfeet Education Center, supported by the Collette Foundation. This school helps orphans and high-risk children in Riruta, a suburb of Nairobi. A day room has been reserved for you to freshen up. Your tour ends this evening in Nairobi. (B)

Nairobi for Amboseli National Park, famous Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 14, 28 February 4, 18, 25 March 3, 5, 10 April 7, 14, 21, 28

Double $5189 $5189 $5189 $4389

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 12 June 2, 9, 16, 23 July 14, 21

Double $4314 $4314 $5664

August 4, 11, 18 September 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 30 November 3, 6, 17 January 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9 April 2, 6, 20, 23, 27 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$5664 $5664 $5664 $4864 $5264 $5264 $5264 $4464 (+) $550 - $1800 N/A

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

This trip requires a passport and visa. Should you choose to purchase the Tanzania extension, based on timing and routing, the visit to Tenderfeet on Day 14 will not be included. Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be scheduled prior to 9:00 PM. Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details. Park fees ($665 USD) are included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change. Soft duffel bag luggage is required for this tour with maximum weight of 15 kgs. (approximately 33 pounds). The overnight accommodations at The Ark Hotel require that you bring an overnight bag only. The remainder of your luggage will be stored in a secure location overnight. A Kenya visa is required and must be obtained in advance by visiting www.ecitizen.go.ke. This may take up to a week or more to process. The cost of the single entry visa through this website is $50 USD, subject to change. Guests partaking in the post-tour Tanzania extension will need to apply for a double-entry visa. Additional processing fees may apply if you choose to use an alternate visa service.

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Thirteen included game drives. See Rothschild giraffes up close as you feed them from a platform. Explore the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. View wildlife up-close from your treetop lodge, The Ark.

Culinary Inclusions • 33 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 11 lunches • 10 dinners • Savor a traditional dinner in the bush with Masai entertainment. • Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by nature.

Accommodations

Day 10: Masai Mara Your day holds a full-day game drive. Pause along the way to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to your hotel for sunset. (B, L, D)

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Days 4, 5 Day 6 Days 7, 8 Days 9, 10 Day 11 Days 12, 13

Overnight Flight Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi Aberdare Country Club, Nyeri Sarova Shaba Lodge, Shaba The Ark Hotel, Nyeri Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Amboseli On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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See page 335 for details.

Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start or end your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Nairobi. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

Begin your tour in Dubai 4 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Extension from: $449-$599 per person

Duration: 5 days See pg. 326 for details.

Extend your tour in Tanzania 12 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Extension from: $1649-$2449 per person

Duration: 5 days See pg. 327 for details.

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Cape Town

Begin your tour in Dubai or extend your tour in Victoria Falls

Spectacular South Africa Day 1: Overnight Flight Day 2: Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins Your journey begins in Sandton, a city

established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.

Day 3: Sandton - Soweto - Sandton

A guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum which commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the former center and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to

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Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, the canyon is the third largest in the world. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars, where you may sample some local game meat! (B, D)

Day 5: Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive Have your cameras ready for an

unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full-day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the “Big 5” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully – you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kruger National Park Johannesburg - Knysna Travel back to

Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, to enjoy a 3-night stay. (B)

Day 7: Knysna Today you visit Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees – so called because of their white latex sap – before your return cruise. This afternoon, visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as “Bahia Formosa” (or “Beautiful Bay”). Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. Later you return to Knysna. (B, L, D) Day 8: Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

This morning, your tour will highlight the diversity of this community followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, then enjoy a tractor safari through the farm viewing ostriches in various stages of development in the Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to independently explore the charming waterfront area. (B, L)

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Map Spectacular South Africa 14 Days from $2699 Collette Experiences • Enjoy a tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms! • Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet. • Learn the local beat with a lesson on the Djembe Drums.

Must-See Inclusions • Search for the “Big 5” on an open-air safari game drive! • Marvel at the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains. • Behold the luxurious mansions of Soweto – South West Township.

Day 9: Knysna - Stellenbosch

Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Ferox region where you will enjoy an aloe-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Next, journey to the heart of the winelands region. This evening, enjoy a wine pairing dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Stellenbosch Set out on a

walking tour of Stellenbosch – one the oldest European settlements in the region – with a local expert. The afternoon is at leisure. Later, enjoy a wine tasting complemented by some local savories. (B)

Day 11: Stellenbosch - Cape Town This morning, travel to Cape Town

to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful harborside city. Cape Town celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named – and flattopped – Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse. (B)

Day 12: Cape Town Explore the

coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out

Culinary Inclusions • 22 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 6 dinners • Join locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern.

Collette Cares - South Africa The Knysna Education Trust provides children with learning material, running water and a safe environment.

Double $2999 $2999 $2999 $2999

Accommodations

to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa. (B)

Day 13: Cape Town The day is yours to explore Cape Town. Your Tour Manager is available to offer suggestions. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the Djembe Drums to learn the local beat. Then, experience a soothing hand washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience! (B, D)

Day 14: Cape Town - Tour Ends Your tour ends today in Cape Town. (B)

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 19 June 2, 9 July 7, 21 August 4, 11, 18

Double $2699 $2699 $2699 $2699

September 15, 22 September 29 October 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 November 3, 7, 14 January 12, 19, 26 January 14 February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 23 April 6, 13, 20, 27 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$2749 $2849 $2849 $2849 $2899 $3049 $2899 $2899 $2899 (+) $700 - $950 N/A

Rates are land only, per person and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

This trip requires a passport and visa. Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or doctor for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. For passengers transiting via Europe, an additional overnight flight will be required. Day rooms or overnight stays can be arranged for a cost upon request. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Kruger National Park. Consult your physician 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Our air passengers will arrive on Day 2 at Johannesburg airport. All of our transfers on Day 2 will be from Johannesburg airport to Sandton. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through us.

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• Experience an unforgettable African “BOMA” dinner. • Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees in Knysna.

Dates & Prices January – April 2016 January 7, 14 February 4, 11, 18, 25 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28

• Relax with a picnic lunch in Kruger National Park.

Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6 – 8 Days 9, 10 Days 11 – 13

Overnight Flight Southern Sun Katherine Street, Sandton Protea Kruger Gate or Protea The Winkler, Kruger National Park Log Inn, Knysna Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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3

4

5

See page 335 for details.

Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare for even more benefits! See page 336 for details.

Pre/Post-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Sandton. Relax after your adventure with an extra night in Cape Town. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

Begin your tour in Dubai Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Extension from: $449-$599 per person

Duration: 5 days See pg. 326 for details.

Extend your tour in Victoria Falls Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Extension from: $1249 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 327 for details.

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Safari

A Small Group Tour

Begin your tour in Dubai

Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana Day 1: Overnight Flight Epic scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife come together in an incredible experience. Day 2: Cape Town, South Africa - Tour Begins Welcome to the beautiful harborside city

of Cape Town. Its architecture fuses French, German and Dutch traditions which sets the stage for a thrilling cultural journey.

Day 3: Cape Town Step aboard a cable car

that whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet atop Table Mountain. Gaze at the astounding view of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Moorish Malay Quarter on your panoramic tour, pausing along the way at Milnerton Lighthouse. Spend the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. You may choose to explore charming Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, known for its shopping and entertainment venues. Be sure to stop

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by the local craft market for some hidden gems. This evening, savor a true African dining experience as you become familiar with a traditional African handwashing ceremony before sampling local delicacies. (B, D)

Day 4: Cape Town Travel out to Cape Point on the southwestern tip of Africa. Along the way, marvel at the coastal scenery and pleasant towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Listen to the tales behind the numerous ship wrecks which attest to the treacherous nature of these waters. Come to know the Cape of Good Hope and take a tram to the top of the mountain. Enjoy a leisurely hike down before continuing on to Boulders Beach to see the penguins who call it home. Later this evening, make some new South African friends during a home-hosted dinner. Sit down with a local family and learn about their daily life. Perhaps you’ll share stories from your own experiences. (B, D)

Day 5: Cape Town - Stellenbosch After a leisurely morning, a short drive brings you to the beautiful winelands of the Western Cape. Visit a winery for a tasting before enjoying a farm lunch paired with wine. Your hotel for the next two nights is located in the heart of bustling Stellenbosch. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore this charming town, the second oldest in South Africa. (B, L) Day 6: Stellenbosch - Hermanus Stellenbosch Enjoy a leisurely drive over the Sir

Lowry Pass to the quaint seaside village of Hermanus. A walking tour will acquaint you with the village. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the shops and art galleries before returning to Stellenbosch. (B)

Day 7: Stellenbosch - Johannesburg - Entabeni Conservancy Fly to the city of

Johannesburg. Upon arrival, head to the Entabeni Conservancy. Gather for an afternoon game drive.

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Map Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

14 Days from $4691 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Head out for an African sundowner by 4x4 and enjoy the sunset. • Spend some time at a local village in Zimbabwe learning about the culture.

Must-See Inclusions • • • •

stunning Victoria Falls. Later, you may enjoy a sundowner poolside and the spectacular African sunset while the animals gather at the watering hole. (B, D)

Have your cameras ready as you search for the “Big Five” (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino). As the sun sets, enjoy a traditional African sundowner. Get out of your 4x4 and gaze over the land as the sun drops behind the mountains. Keep your eyes peeled for the big cats preparing to hunt. Return to the lodge for dinner under the stars. (B, D)

Day 11: Victoria Falls This morning explore a local craft market. Later you will meet African elephants and have the opportunity to interact with them before you enjoy some free time at the lodge. Reflect on your surroundings as you relax overlooking the wildlife watering hole. (B)

Day 8: Entabeni Conservancy

Rise before the sun and set out on a game drive. Enjoy coffee and tea in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Later, learn to follow the clues left by wildlife during a track identification walk with a ranger. After you have worked up an appetite, take time for a leisurely lunch in the gardens. Late afternoon, continue your search for the “Big Five” during another exciting game drive. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Victoria Falls - Chobe, Botswana Watch for bushbuck as well

as bird life during a nature walk with a local guide. Cross the border as you travel to Chobe, Botswana. An exciting safari cruise awaits. Spot wildlife along the water’s edge, find hippos swimming along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Chobe Today features

Day 9: Entabeni Conservancy Johannesburg Carry on your quest for

morning and afternoon game drives in the one-of-a-kind Chobe National Park. View the animals as they drink from the river. This evening, enjoy dinner by the river hosted by a chef who will teach you the art of cooking a traditional Braai (barbecue) complete with some local favorites such as game meat. (B, L, D)

the “Big Five” before breakfast. Later, journey to the vibrant city of Johannesburg. En route, your Tour Manager helps you discover the history of the local languages. Enjoy some leisure time in Sandton this afternoon. (B)

Day 10: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Fly to Victoria Falls,

Day 14: Chobe - Johannesburg Tour Ends Fly to Johannesburg where

Zimbabwe. Spend some time at a local village learning more about the regional culture. Embark on a walking tour of

your tour comes to a close. (B)

Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 6, 13, 20 February 3, 6, 17, 24 March 2, 5, 9, 23 April 2, 6, 13, 16, 20, 27

Double $4867 $4867 $4867 $4767

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 4 June 8 July 13 August 10

Double $4691 $4691 $4691 $4691

August 31 September 7, 14, 17, 28 October 12, 15, 19, 26 November 2, 5, 16 January 11, 18 February 1, 11, 22 March 1, 8, 22, 29 April 5, 8, 12, 19, 26 Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

$4791 $4791 $4841 $4841 $4841 $4841 $4841 $4741 (+) $1050 - $1400 N/A

Rates are land only, per person, and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

Enjoy seven wildlife safaris in search of the “Big Five.” Embark on a walking tour of stunning Victoria Falls. Step aboard a cable car and be whisked atop Table Mountain. Take a walking tour in the quaint seaside village of Hermanus.

Culinary Inclusions • 23 meals included: 12 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 7 dinners • Visit a South African winery for a farm lunch paired with wine. • Savor a true African dining experience including a hand-washing ceremony. • Dine under the stars during your stay in a nature conservancy.

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2 – 4 Days 5, 6 Days 7, 8 Day 9 Days 10, 11 Days 12, 13

Overnight Flight Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town Oude Werf, Stellenbosch Hanglip Mountain Lodge or Lakeside Lodge, Entabeni Southern Sun Katherine Street, Sandton Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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3

4

5

See page 335 for details.

Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. Pre-Night Stay: Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay in Cape Town. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more.

This trip requires a passport and visa. Park fees of $92 USD (subject to change) are included in the land price. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the intended period of stay, plus you must have at least 4 blank pages (with visa hologram) remaining in your passport to allow for the entry stamp issued for South Africa as well as the visas for Zimbabwe and Botswana. The two pages for South Africa MUST be facing each other. Failure to comply with this law will result in denied boarding of your international flight. If you have questions please see your travel professional or call us. Due to tour scheduling, return flights from Johannesburg should not be scheduled prior to 6:30 p.m. Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. For passengers transiting via Europe, an additional overnight flight will be required. Day rooms or overnight stays can be arranged for a cost upon request. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Zimbabwe and Botswana. Consult your physician 2-3 weeks prior to departure. The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your vacation. These flights must be arranged and purchased separately. All flights, including internal flights, can be purchased directly through us. A valid multiple entry visa is required for Zimbabwe. Multiple entry Visa cost is approx. 45 USD for US citizens. Canadian citizens are required to purchase two single entry visas at a cost of 75 USD for each visa (total of 150 USD). The visa may be purchased upon arrival, in cash only. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority.

Begin your tour in Dubai 4 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Extension from: $449-$599 per person

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Duration: 5 days See pg. 326 for details.

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Cheetah

A Small Group Tour

Extend your tour to Zanzibar

Classic Tanzania Day 1: Overnight Flight Explore Tanzania, a land of untouched landscapes, diverse wildlife and welcoming people. Stand in awe of the vast panoramas, get up-close to the wildlife and get to know the unique cultures of the region on your safari adventure. Day 2: Arusha, Tanzania - Tour Begins Arrive in Kilimanjaro and take a short drive to Arusha, located at the base of breathtaking Mount Meru, for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater

Your journey begins at Gibb’s Farm, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Crater. Arrive in time for a farm-fresh lunch before joining an expert on a walk through the coffee fields and vegetable farm; learn about the farm from its inception to its cultivation methods of today. Continue to Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The crater is a large volcanic caldera and known as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. (B, L, D)

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buffalo, leopards and rhinos) as you travel into the crater for a full day in the African bush. Pause during your adventure for a relaxing picnic lunch. On your drive back, make a stop in a Maasai village. Here you’ll meet the residents and see what tribal life is like before returning to your lodge, set high on the rim of the crater. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti

Depart this morning for the Serengeti, renowned for its large lion population and one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment. Have time for a short game drive before arriving at your lodge for lunch. Later in the day, venture out to explore the open plains of Serengeti National Park. Tonight, settle into the lodge, your home for the next three nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Serengeti National Park Wake

early this morning for your game drive. This is the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wildlife returning from a night of hunting. Journey back to the lodge in time for breakfast before enjoying some time at leisure – it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the amenities at the lodge. This

afternoon, embark on an exciting game drive to see the wildlife that roams the plains during the day. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Serengeti National Park Rise before the sun for your adventure into the plains in your continued search for the “Big 5.” Be watching for lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and other wildlife that reside here. Return for breakfast and more leisure time to enjoy the offerings of your lodge. Your afternoon game drive allows you to witness the sunset over the vast park. (B, L, D) Day 8: Serengeti - Lake Eyasi Venture to Lake Eyasi, located just south of the Serengeti. Lake Eyasi is a wild, scenically stunning area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of some of Tanzania’s fascinating tribes. This beautiful oasis in the bush boasts a tropical eco-system that provides the perfect atmosphere for its eclectic collection of birds that reside here. (B, L, D) Day 9: Lake Eyasi Your day includes two experiences of a lifetime as you get to know the tribal people of the lake region. Begin by meeting the Datoga tribe – skilled farmers, craftsmen and blacksmiths. See

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Map Classic Tanzania 12 Days from $4049 Collette Experiences • Travel with no more than 24 travelers on this small group tour. • Get to know the people, the crops, and the history of famous Gibb’s Farm. • Spend time getting to know the Datoga and Hadzabe tribes. • Make a stop in a Maasai village to meet the residents.

Must-See Inclusions

Maasai

Lion

• Enjoy nine exciting game drives. • Spend three nights in the Serengeti, renowned for its lion population. • Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder of Africa. • Venture to Lake Eyasi, a beautiful oasis with a tropical ecosystem. • Discover Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephant migration.

Culinary Inclusions • 29 meals included: 10 breakfasts • 10 lunches • 9 dinners • Pause for a relaxing picnic lunch during your adventure in Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodations where they live and experience their culture firsthand. Continue on to the Hadzabe tribe and learn how they hunt and live off the land. Listen to their interesting tales of coexisting with the nearby Datoga tribe. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Lake Eyasi - Tarangire

Travel to Karatu town, located in the African Rift Valley. Following lunch, continue to Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephant migration and quiet atmosphere. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the park which is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Tarangire National Park Enjoy a final day in search of unique

wildlife with morning and afternoon game drives. Continue to check more interesting sights off your list as the park’s arid climate reveals crowds of wildlife, including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle competing for a drink from receding lagoons. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Tarangire - Arusha Tour Ends This morning you return to

Arusha. Enjoy leisure time and lunch before returning to the Kilimanjaro airport for your overnight flight home. (B, L)

Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 11 February 8 February 29 March 14 April 4, 18

Double $5049 $5049 $4649 $4649 $3849

Itinerary featured is for May 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

May 2016 - April 2017 May 23 June 13 July 18, 25

Double $5199 $5199 $5199

August 8, 15 September 5, 12 October 3, 17 October 31 January 9 February 6 March 6, 13, 27 April 24

$5199 $5199 $5199 $4649 $5349 $5349 $4899 $4049

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

(+) $250 - $700 N/A

Rates are land only, per person. Call about additional dates.

Day 1 Day 2 Days 3, 4 Days 5 – 7 Days 8, 9 Days 10, 11

Overnight Flight Mt. Meru Hotel, Arusha Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Lake Eyasi Lodge, Lake Eyasi Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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4

5

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Personalize Your Journey Purchase air as part of your transportation package and take advantage of our private home to airport sedan service and airport transfers. Plus, upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare

for even more benefits! See page 336 for details. On Tour Options: Visit gocollette.com to learn more

This trip requires a passport and visa. Clients traveling to Tanzania (including Zanzibar) will need a Yellow Fever certificate to enter Tanzania. Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details. Park fees ($450 USD) are included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change. Soft duffel bag luggage is required for this tour with maximum weight of 15 kgs. (approximately 33 pounds). The Tanzania government is currently reviewing their taxation on goods and services. Should they put a Value-Added Tax (VAT) into effect, it will be reflected on your invoice. A Tanzania visa is required at your expense. This can be purchased upon arrival in Arusha for approximately $100 USD per person, payable in cash only (rate subject to change). One blank page is required in your passport to allow for visa.

Extend your tour in Zanzibar Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Extension from: $1199-$1399 per person

Duration: 4 days See pg. 326 for details.

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Pyramids of Giza

Treasures of Egypt Day 1: Overnight Flight Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view the timeless wonders of Egypt. Discover the world of ancient Egyptians as you visit the incomparable sites. Day 2: Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins Begin your journey in the ancient city of Cairo. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the amenities at your hotel. Day 3: Cairo - Giza - Memphis Sakkara - Cairo This morning, travel to nearby

Giza. Fulfill a lifelong dream as you visit one of the seven ancient wonders of the world – the Pyramids of Giza. This afternoon, travel south to visit Sakkara and explore the site of ancient Memphis, with its nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II. You will also stand before the oldest of all pyramids, the Step Pyramid. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. (B, D)

Day 4: Cairo - Luxor Spend the morning

discovering the remarkable collections of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, including the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi and the treasures of the tomb of

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Tutankhamen. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. (B)

Day 5: Luxor Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore its awe-inspiring sights – the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Mennon. This afternoon, return to the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of Kings Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. (B) Day 6: Luxor - Board Cruise Ship

Return to the West Bank this morning to spend time discovering the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the well-preserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. This afternoon, board on your cruise ship and begin your adventure on the Nile River. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at the Karrnak Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Luxor - Esna - Edfu This morning,

spend time exploring the expansive Karnak Temple which dates back to 2000 B.C. Then, begin your sail down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. This evening, dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Edfu - Kom Ombo Step into another

world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carvings of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo – your stop for the evening. Following dinner, enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Kom Ombo - Aswan Set sail this

morning to Aswan, the Nubian city. Your day begins by discovering its important sites including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Later, take a walk through Nubian history during your visit to a museum known for its collection of artifacts that range from prehistoric times to present day. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Aswan - Disembark Cruise Ship - Abu Simbel Optional Tour

Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. You may choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated here during the construction of the High Dam. Later, board a felucca (wooden sail boat) and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island for a short stroll through the botanical garden. (B, D)

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Map Treasures of Egypt 13 Days from $2199 Collette Experiences • Explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2,000 B.C. • Set sail aboard a felucca (wooden sail boat) to Kitchener Island. • Enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance. • Dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party.

Must-See Inclusions • Spend time at the world famous Pyramids of Giza. • Explore the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings and Queens. Nile River

Luxor

• Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to explore ancient Thebes. • Discover ancient Memphis, with its nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II.

Culinary Inclusions • 22 meals included: 11 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 7 dinners • Enjoy daily afternoon tea while cruising the Nile.

Sphinx

Accommodations Day 1 Days 2, 3 Days 4, 5 Days 6 – 9 Day 10 Days 11, 12

Overnight Flight Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor M/Y Mirage 1 Nile Cruise Basma Hotel, Aswan Intercontinental Citystars Hotel, Cairo On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Tour Activity Level

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2

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5

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Personalize Your Journey

Cairo and have the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)

or perhaps just enjoy a traditional cup of tea. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: Cairo Venture to the Citadel,

Day 13: Cairo - Tour Ends Your

a medieval fortification located on a hill overlooking the city – the perfect place to take in grand views of the city. Learn about the city’s rich history on a walking tour of Old Cairo before having free time to shop in the world-famous souk of Khan el Khalil…

tour comes to a close in Cairo. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land. (B)

Dates & Prices January - April 2016 January 7 February 4 March 3, 10 March 31 April 14

Double $2149 $2149 $2149 $2049 $2049

November 2, 9, 30 December 7 January 11 February 8 March 1, 8 April 19, 26

$2249 $2249 $2249 $2249 $2249 $2199

Itinerary featured is for October 2016 - April 2017 tour departures. Departures prior to this date will vary. Please confirm at time of reservation.

Single Room Supplement Triple Room Reduction

October 2016 - April 2017 October 5, 19

Rates are land only, per person, and do not include the internal flights on tour. Call about additional dates.

Double $2199