Collette Vacations

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  • Collette will get you there, but not in luxury

    Aug 7, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly tour guide, comfortable bus
    Cons: Poor food and hotels. Stops are 3 hours at a souvenir stand

    Summary: Reflections of Italy tour The Hotel Diana Roma had extremely slow elevators, none of which ever went to the correct floor;  you always had to use the stairs.  The hotel was not capable of handling the air-conditioning needs of 90 degree ... read more

  • Ireland tour, November 2013

    Dec 2, 2013 by
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    Pros: Driving done for you
    Hotel rooms ready on arrival
    Luggage taken care of for you
    Cons: I cannot think of anything negative.  I think Collette Tour did a great job!!!

    Summary: This was first group tour my husband and I have ever taken, and it was wonderful.  Collette Tours does a great job of allocating structured tour time along with free time to explore on your own.  Our tour guide, Jennifer, was very helpful in ... read more

  • Fantastic

    Oct 30, 2013 by
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    Pros: A very committed group of people to make sure our group travel goes great.
    Cons: No cons to report.  everything went off as planned

    Summary: We have worked with Collette Vacations for group tours and have had excellent results.  Very Professional from Kent all the way to the tour guides on the ground when we got to Hawaii and Alaska.  Looking forward to our Costa Rica tour where ... read more

  • Collette has been a gem for me!

    Oct 5, 2013 by
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    Pros: After travelling with other tour companies, the value of Collette tours is unsurpassed.
    Cons: I wish Collette would offer more small regional wine and food tours.

    Summary: I have been travelling with Colletter for over 5 years and have been to 4 destinations with 2 more coming up! What I like about the company is how the tour guides care about the comfort of their customers. We travel as a Chamber of Commerce group and ... read more

  • Exploration Tours with Collette

    Oct 4, 2013 by
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    Pros: Great in-town hotels. Helpful guides and drivers.  Wonderful service from start to finish
    Cons: Can't think of any negatives

    Summary: I would like to take this opportunity to express how much the people from my church group, myself included, have enjoyed our experience with Collette Vacations.   Our first trip, in 2011, was the Explorations Tour of the Country Roads of ... read more

  • Collette's Country Roads of Tuscany & Umbria

    Sep 2, 2013 by
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    Pros:
    The towns of Trevi and Siena were gems.  
    The food & gelato were fantastic!
    Cons: The hotel is Rome did not have "local"charm.

    Summary: The trip to Italy far exceeded my expectations.  The escorted tour was with a group of 24 which made it easy to get to know each other and spend time asking loads of questions of the tour manager.The tour manager, Lee Green, had a great love and ... read more

  • Scottish and Irish History - Alive!!

    Jul 24, 2013 by
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    Pros: Diverse Itineraries, Love Local Tour Guides, Easily Understood Tour Directors, 
    Cons: Not able to stop as much to take photos

    Summary: As owner of a travel agency, I look for companies who offer destinations I believe my groups would enjoy, companies that support agents, and companies that offer the benefits of a high end tour at a reasonable price, with centrally located properties and ... read more

  • Seeing the World with Collette

    Jun 6, 2013 by
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    Pros: Great tour managers; great itineraries; wonderful hotels with great atmosphere and culture.
    Cons: Some travelers complain some of the hotels aren't "modern" enough for American standards.

    Summary: My husband and I have been on five Collette tours and we've loved every one of them.  We've been on trips and cruises with other companies, but the Collette trips are our top five.  On our first tour with Collette to the British Isles there was ... read more

  • Collette Imperial Cities 2013

    Jun 1, 2013 by
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    Pros: Tour manager, food, local tour guides (esp. Prague), excursions, unique hotels (2 of 3)
    Cons: Chain hotel in Budapest (Radisson)

    Summary: After reading several reviews online about Collette (and watching a disgruntled customer's Youtube video), I was actually a little weary about traveling with them--however their tour dates were the only that worked out well with my planned vacation days. ... read more

  • Costa Rica Tour

    Jan 29, 2013 by
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    Pros: Great locations.  All hotels, etc. were top notch.
    Cons: Nothing in particular I can think of.

    Summary: We recently took a guided tour of Costa Rica using Collette Vacations.  It was my first experience with Collette, but I can tell you they did a fantastic job!First off, the agent we worked with was fantastic.  She handled all ... read more

  • 1st Time... Great Time

    Nov 25, 2012 by
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    Pros: Well-planned and organized.  Tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Accommodations were excellent.  Not rushed.
    Cons: None I can think of.

    Summary: My wife and I had never tried vacationing on a bus tour concerned that there would be a lot of time on the bus and not enough time to see and do things.  Wrong.  We signed up for the Cowboy Country trip through WY and S.D., that included stops ... read more

  • Turkey Tour, October 2012

    Nov 13, 2012 by
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    Pros: The country of Turkey is truly worth experiencing.
    Cons: Just don't experience it with Collette (for reasons stated above).

    Summary: We have traveled with Collette several times before (Alaska, Spain, and Italy) and have always been pleased, so it was a major shock to us to find that many practices and policies have changed recently, with a very negative effect.  The sites we ... read more

  • Collette Vacations:Exploring Greece & Its Islands

    Nov 11, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good quality
    Good food
    Consistently good hotels
    Well organized
    Comfortable bus
    Short bus rides
    Cons: Athens city tour could be better.
    Beds in many of the hotels were hard

    Summary: I am so happy I chose Collette in spite of all the bad reviews on this site.  They really made me pause and explore other options for close to a year.  In the end, I went with the itinerary i liked best and were we ever happy.  This was ... read more

  • Italian Vistas

    Nov 9, 2012 by
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    Pros: Excellent tour guide, 4 star hotels, many meals included.
    Cons: I honestly can't think of one!

    Summary: Our Italian Vistas vacation included a 12 day trip throughout the major regions of this unbelievable country. We started out in Rome with its major attractions for 3 days. Then on to the ruins of Pompei (which were more spectatular than we anticipated) ... read more

  • No Complaints!

    Oct 29, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Tour Guide/Mgr, towncar service to/from home/airport
    Cons: group lobster dinner night where you have to disect your food...

    Summary: I took the Islands of New England tour at the end of September 2012.  I did some price comparisons of other area bus tours.  This trip seemed to have the best rate, and I also liked that there were day trips out of just 2 hotels, so we didn't ... read more

  • Collette Family Vacation - Itlay - special birthday trip for my granddaughter

    Sep 19, 2012 by
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    Pros: Only 2 "extra" side tours available.  Other companies push many more.
    Cons: Changing start time from 8 am to 11 AM once or twice would be nice.

    Summary: In August I took my 13 year old granddaughter on a special birthday vacation.  She picked Italy and I picked the Collette Family Vacation over another tour company I had previously travelled with since there would be other kids for her to ... read more

  • Collette Tour of the Pacific Northwest and California

    Aug 25, 2012 by
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    Pros: Excellent tour manager, beautiful scenery, great hotels in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco; optional excursions
    Cons: So-so hotels in Eureka and Coos Bay.

    Summary: I had the great privilege of participating in the Collette Excursion to the Pacific Northwest and California. There are not enough superlatives in the English language for me to adequately express the extent to which I enjoyed this amazing vacation. I ... read more

  • Collette Tour Policies

    May 10, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: I see no pro to this ridiculous policy.
    Cons: Outrageous policy!  Very inflexible tour company.

    Summary: I am in the process of planning a trip through Collette Vacations.  Unfortunately along the way, it has become unbearable with all the policies that they have in place.  As a result, the level of customer service and satisfaction is ... read more

  • Collette Vacations BEWARE

    Dec 18, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: LOTS OF BATHROOM STOPS
    Cons: This is very expensive for what you get.   Buyer beware and stay away. RUN AWAY

    Summary: Dear Readers,The main purpose of my posting to Fodors is to advise travelors NOT to choose Collette Travel. We would sugges for readers to do something that we learned. INVESTIGATE. Collette does not have a very good reputation on many sites. ... read more

  • Imperial Cities---Disappointing

    Nov 28, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good itinerary
    Excellent tour manager 
    Cons: "Bait & switch" hotels

    Summary: My wife and I are frequent travelers and we usually make our own travel arrangements. For this trip however, we decided to go on a tour for the first time because we wanted to get the most out of a swing through several cities/countries we had never ... read more

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