Collette Vacations

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  • Collette Vacations Tours

    Dec 16, 2013 by
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    Pros: Great value for the price.   The all-time best cancellation waiver/insurance.  Risk free travel!
    Cons: Not geared for individualized traveling experience.   Must book early for deals.

    Summary: I work for a group travel company in Southern Indiana.  I provide group tour opportunities for our clients.   I am continually satisfied with the tours provided by Collette Vacations, both ones I have been on and one's our clients take. ... read more

  • Collette in Ireland and Scotland

    Dec 15, 2013 by
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    Pros: Luxury 
    Excellent tour managers and local guides
    Great clean buses
    Variety 
    Cons: Agreed not enough time to take pictures, not sure that is their fault

    Summary: My husband and I also went on a Collette tour to Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland this past summer.  Shelley was our guide and she was fantastic.  Several unusual things happened and she JUST HANDLED THEM with grace and aplomb.  We ... read more

  • Exceeded our expectations!

    Nov 22, 2013 by
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    Pros: optional tours were reasonably priced and excellent. Just the right amount of free time.
    Cons: none

    Summary: We just returned from a tour of Italy. We had never toured before.  we were informed that because the price of the tour was so reasonable we would not be staying in 5 star hotels or in the central locations.  The hotels were fine, they were ... read more

  • Love Collette Vacations!

    Oct 9, 2013 by
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    Pros: Really knowledgeable Tour Managers, lovely well located hotels and good value for the money spent!
    Cons: I can't think of any unless you are a grumpy traveler and looking to complain.

    Summary: We have taken at least 10 trips with Collette Vacations and 4 other companies over the last 10 years and have definitely found Collette to be the best overall company to go with. Outstanding Tour Managers, well located hotels, ... read more

  • National Parks tour that had a happy ending

    Oct 7, 2013 by
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    Pros: Collette absorbed cost of air fare changes, accommodations & meals prior to the shutdown.
    Cons: Our government officials lack of wisdom in shutting down all of the national parks!

    Summary: My husband and I just returned from what was supposed to be a 12 day National Parks tour with Collette. Because our illustrious government leaders decided to shut down the government on Oct. 1st, our tour was cancelled after 3 days. Collette is going to ... read more

  • Best of Scandinavia with Collette Vacations

    Sep 25, 2013 by
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    Pros: Great trip.  Locations were wonderful.  Local guides great.  Hotels were well located.  Cruise was great.
    Cons: Tour was a bit disorganized.  Tour managers were not that helpful, especially on the cruise.

    Summary: This tour consisted of a pre-tour to Helsinki and Tallinn, a regular tour to Stockholm and Copenhagen and a 7-day Norwegian Fjord cruise with Royal Caribbean.The pre-tour was great.  The 22 of us were almost all experienced travellers and had no ... read more

  • Italian Vistas

    Sep 16, 2013 by
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    Pros: The organization ,both included and optional tours, accommodations, and most restaurants were excellent.
    Cons: One restaurant choice was very unsatisfactory.  An additional day in Rome would be an asset.

    Summary: In June my husband and I traveled to Italy with Collette Vacations.  We chose this specific tour because it included most of the places we wanted to see.  The tour was excellent!  We were very fortunate to have a wonderful group of ... read more

  • Costa Rica Family Vacation with Collegge

    Aug 23, 2013 by
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    Pros: An OUTSTANDING guide really made this trip memorable.
    Cons: Evergreen Lodge in Tortugero was not the best, but the location was tremendous.

    Summary: This was a very well run trip with folks ranging in age from 4 to about 72. Our guide was tremendous. He was knowlegeable about the flora, fauna, topography, you name it.  The activities were varied and interesting, the transportation was smooth and ... read more

  • Collette Costa Rica Family Vacation

    Jul 23, 2013 by
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    Pros: TM, Greivin Ramerez, was great.  4 boys about the same age as grandson  bonded.
    Cons: Meals were pretty much the same the entire week - good food, but montonous.

    Summary: My grandson, Nathan, age 14, and I  were part of the 26 tour members of the Costa Rica Family Vacation June 22-29, 2013.  As a former group travel leader for 20 years, I can say from experience that this was one of the best tours I have ... read more

  • Can't be in two places at the same time. . .

    Jul 13, 2013 by
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    Pros: Outstanding tour guide.  Tried to make it up to us.  He realized Collette messed up.
    Cons: Collette's ineptness for scheduling airlines caused us to miss the highlight activity of the tour!!!

    Summary: The advertized highlight of our tour was a dinner cruise on the Seine River on the first night in Paris.  But the Collette tour bus left the hotel for the river, with the tour group, at the same time five of us from Los Angeles were still waiting at ... read more

  • Tuscany & Umbria Countryside

    Jun 24, 2013 by
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    Pros: The pace was great. wine & food exceptional.
    Cons: There were no negatives.

    Summary: This trip far surpassed our expectations. The Tour Manager, Jeremy Elsasser, was extraordinary and I cannot say enough about the sites, tour guides, daily trips to beautiful sites. We especially liked the fact that we were in one place for multiple days ... read more

  • Australian/New Zealand

    Mar 11, 2013 by
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    Pros: Lots of pre trip information.
    Cons: None at this time.

    Summary: I am planning on taking my trip of a lifetime with Collette Tours that will be about 22 days(with the Los Angeles layover).  I am taking my 15 year old grandaughter with me.  The trip was not cheap and exhausted my savings.  I have read ... read more

  • British Landscapes

    Jan 6, 2013 by
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    Pros:  We left on time to our sites.  The Landscape is beautiful.
    Cons: No negatives.  I look forward to signing up for another Collette tour.

    Summary: My husband and I took the tour 5/2012 and had a great time.  We are Marriott timeshare owners and took advantage of the flexibility with the Vacation Cub Points.  Our guide was Molly (from the US).  We loved her, she gave us all the unique ... read more

  • SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA

    Nov 27, 2012 by
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    Pros:
    EXCELLENT CHOICES OF HOTELS, GAME DRIVES, AND MEAL PLANS.JUST AN EXCELLENT TOUR. 
    Cons: SPEND ANOTHER NIGHTS IN SPIER-WHAT A GORGEOUS AND PEACEFUL RESORT.

    Summary: IT WAS TRULY SPECTACULAR...COLLETTE DID NOT MISS A THING IN OFFERING SUCH A FABULOUS VACATION...MY DAUGHTER AND I REALLY RESEARCHED THIS TRIP AND CHECKED OTHER  COMPETITORS BUT BEING SUCH A COLLETTE FAN AND HAVING  TRAVELLED WITH COLLETTE MANY ... read more

  • Collette Vacation Experiences

    Nov 15, 2012 by
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    Pros: Guides well versed in history of their areas, skilled in problem solving, and fun.
    Cons: none that we have experienced to date.

    Summary: My husband and I travel often, sometimes on our own, and on occasion in the past with friends through other companies.  We always come back to Collette, and use them exclusively now -- as do most of our friends and family.  The choice of ... read more

  • Colette policy complaints-upcoming Ireland Tour

    Nov 13, 2012 by
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    Pros: None at this point, they promise return of deposit.
    Cons: Extra charges-approx $1,000 extra when you upgrade to business class.

    Summary: Right after booking and getting the $250/each early booking fee, I was told this goes away if I switch to business class on the flight. What?They already had our $970 for early booking.Then they said there's an extra $100/each for ground ... read more

  • Why I travel with Collette Vacations

    Oct 8, 2012 by
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    Pros: Good hotels and restaurants, excellent side trips, intelligent tour guides.
    Cons: The prices of some places I want to go are out of my range. 

    Summary: I retired 9 years ago and have been traveling for the past 8.  I started out with Collette and chose a 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand.  The trip was offered from a bank that is in my county.  I traveled with that group and I knew ... read more

  • Colette Plains of Africa - Highly Recommended

    Oct 6, 2012 by
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    Pros: Collette Vacations' Plains of Africa as booked through Marriott Vacations is highly recommended.
    Cons: We have no negative comments regarding Collette Vacations' Plains of Africa.

    Summary: Just got home from a Collette Plains of Africa Safari booked through Marriott.  Coellette uses Vintage Africa vans and guides in Kenya.  The trip was fantastic.  Our Drivers/Tour Guides were wonderful.  They were informative and ... read more

  • Satisfied - Customer Support

    Sep 24, 2012 by
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    Pros: Traveled 18 years with CV, each time completely satisfied, anxious to go on another tour.
    Cons: Favorite was Egypt and can't go anymore because of world issues happening today in world.

    Summary: Collette Vacations is my travel preference of choice! The tours are well planned along with some free time, quality hotels, locations, knowledgeable tour guides and attractions! With a home town pick up to the airport, it gives you the ... read more

  • LOVE COLLETTE TOURS!

    Aug 29, 2012 by
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    Pros: Great hotels, Wonderful meals , informed guides and travel arrangements have never been a problem.
    Cons:   we wish the tours were longer and we had more funds to do more

    Summary: We have been on 3 Collette Tours,,,,Mackinac Island, The Islands Of Cape Cod and The Rose Parade...we loved all 3 and we treated wonderfully. We enjoy their Guides and leisure pace. We have just signed up for the  Danube Christmas market ... read more

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