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Collette have partnered with Global Journeys to offer travellers in Australia access to over 120 tours worldwide that serve up an extraordinary holiday experience. Collette's worldwide team of experts that combine just the right ingredients: flights, transfers, accommodation, unrivalled sightseeing and professional Tour Managers. Their team carefully designs each itinerary to feature an inclusive blend of must-see sites, immersive experiences, strategically located hotels and culinary events. With Collette, you get more on tour, so you can say you did it all!
All of Collettes classic tours showcase a destination. Each classic tour maintains the highest standard of inclusions to offer you an inspiring yet comfortable way to travel.
Collette exploration tours are exactly how they sound! If you want to delve a little deeper into a destination and to focus on culinary experiences or cultural immersions, perhaps you prefer unique accommodation that simply captures the uniqueness of a destination, then these are the small group tours for you.
They operate in slightly more off the beaten track locations and have a comfortable group size on average of 18 guests with the maximum being 24. Explore more than just the normal tourist hotspots but still travel in comfort with of all the Collette inclusions.
Explore and relax in the world's most remarkable destinations during a single-hotel stay. A Collette Spotlight tour gives you the opportunity to really get to know a place and see everything it has to offer and means you only have to unpack once. These tours are slightly shorter itineraries so perfect to fit in that extra trip you wanted to do.
Collette is a third generation, family-owned travel company with their head office in the United States and local offices in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. From humble beginnings, Collette began running tours throughout New England and into Canada in 1918 and then, in 1927, the company transferred its base of operations to the New England Transportation Company Terminal in Providence, Rhode Island. When Dan Sullivan, Sr. purchased Collette it was a small company. Now, Collette employs hundreds of people around the world. So much has changed, but as the company thrives in its third generation of family ownership, the heart and soul of Collette remains the same.
A double room is designed to accommodate two people, but may not have two separate beds. A twin bedded room has two separate beds of any size, and is the type most commonly utilised.
A triple room is the same size as a twin bedded room and beds will accommodate three people, but we cannot guarantee three separate beds. If there are only two beds, a rollaway may be requested but cannot be guaranteed due to size of room and fire codes.
Children over the age of 5 may travel on a Collette tour accompanied by an adult. Child land rates are valid for ages 5-12, sharing a room with two full-paying adults. If you are travelling with a child, it is your sole responsibility to ensure the child follows all safety rules of the tour.
Triple and single rooms are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Be advised that single rooms are often smaller.
Normal check-in time is late afternoon. If you do have an early arrival, rooms may not always be available for immediate check-in.
Collette is happy to assist you in accommodating your flight needs. Due to tour scheduling and limited availability, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Collette's air packages. Collette are not responsible for air arrangements you have made on your own. On occasion, it is necessary to change tour dates. In this case, Collette only protect air reservations booked through Collette (by Global Journeys). For all air reservations, it is strongly recommended to reconfirm flights before departure, in the event that the airline has an unexpected schedule change. Collette do not assume responsibility for schedule changes, routings or flight cancellations involving the airlines.
Access to some attractions or sites may be affected by local holidays, weather conditions or other circumstances. As a result, the days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilise your time on tour. Boat rides are weather permitting. Some attractions may not be available during the "off-season" months. When attractions are unavailable, other similar attractions will be substituted. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Collette itineraries include many activities and some may consist of walking on uneven terrain or significant walking at times. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict coaches. Some hotels/lodges in remote locations may not have elevators. For your comfort, Collette recommend bringing walking shoes.
The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your tour manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.
Your Collette tour manager will make contact with you at your first hotel. The hotel's address and phone number will be included in your documents.
Yes, the majority of optional excursions and activities are available for advance purchase provided that you make your options purchase 15 days or more prior to the tour start date. There are benefits to prepurchasing options including a price guarantee once your tour is paid in full, so once payment is received in full, your preselected options are guaranteed by Collette. Although you can still purchase options while on tour, reserving them ahead of time ensures you a spot in the event that the activity sells out. Collette will provide a refund if you cancel a presold option prior to tour departure. Any presold options cancelled while on tour are nonrefundable.
While it is unlikely, Collette does reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. Should this happen, Collette will make every effort to put you on another departure date. If an alternate cannot be found, a full refund will be made. Air booked through Collette will be protected. Collette cannot be held responsible for penalties incurred if you secure your own flights.
Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it's sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.
Should you decide to change your reservation after initial booking, Collette charge a handling fee of $25 per transaction. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within the guidelines of the cancellation policy will be treated as a cancellation and regular cancellation fees may apply.
Collette's private chauffeur drive service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of a major Australian international airport. These include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney. A uniformed driver in an executive car will collect you from your home and take you to the international departure terminal. On your arrival back to Australia, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal to take you home. Whether your entire holiday overseas is with Collette, or just a part of it, the Collette Chauffeur is there for you. A truly luxurious way to begin and end your Collette experience.
When you book a holiday with Collette you'll be able to start in style with their private chauffeur drive airport transfers. Collette take the hassle out of getting to the airport to start your holiday, by taking you in comfort from your front door to your departure terminal. When you return, your chauffeur driven private transfer will collect you from the airport and take you home, in the comfort you have been accustomed to on your Collette tour. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee. Additional stops are not permitted on route.
Roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers are provided for all passengers who purchase airfare through Collette & Global Journeys. These transfers do not apply to pre and post-night stays. Passengers who do not purchase airfare through us can purchase transfers (for the first and last day of the tour) at an additional cost from $120 per person, roundtrip. Some restrictions may apply. All transfers leave at prescheduled times.
All travellers who purchase pre and post hotel nights through Collette & Global Journeys may also purchase transfers to/from the airport and the pre or post hotel. Please request at the time of enquiry with your Global Journeys Tour Consultant.