By Ensemble Travel Group · August 2022
When it comes to “finding your escape,” you probably don’t envision having to handle the logistics of a vacation. While being on vacation may sound like a dream, planning it all out and making sure everything runs smoothly doesn’t. The answer? Leave it to the professionals.
We caught up with Christian Leibl-Cote, Collette’s Executive Vice President of Global Business, to learn how North America’s longest-running tour operator can handle the logistics for you while guiding you on a unforgettable journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Q: Tell us a little bit about Collette.
As the longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette is the company travelers can trust. Leading with integrity, Collette’s comprehensive travel protection plan, flexible tour pacing, and strong relationships within the travel space set it apart. The happiness of its guests has been its roadmap since 1918, and today, Collette offers over 160 tours to all seven continents and five distinct travel styles, including small group touring and river cruises. Additionally, this third-generation, family-owned business is dedicated to giving back in both local and global communities through its social responsibility platform.
Q: What type of tours do you offer?
We recognize that everyone is different, and at Collette, we like to make sure our travelers can choose the travel style that’s right for them.
For guests who want to hit all the iconic must-sees on a whirlwind tour, classic touring is an opportunity to see all the epic sights.
Explorations are small group tours designed for travelers looking to travel in smaller groups (14–24 guests) while enjoying off-the-beaten-path adventures, authentic culinary experiences, specialty tastings, and chef-led demonstrations as well as more contact with the locals.
Spotlights are for travelers who enjoy single hotel stays and quick getaways. If they prefer to pack and unpack once, this is the way to go. In addition to that, these tours offer travelers plenty of freedom to get out on their own combined with the benefits of guided travel.
Those who enjoy cruising but also want a more in-depth experience, we have the perfect combination. These adventures, on small 4-star vessels, are a scenic and relaxing way to travel through the world’s beautiful waterways. Plus, many other tours now have on-ship stays, whether it’s exploring Nordic fjords or taking a privately chartered yacht to the Galápagos.
Q: How can Collette help travelers find their escape?
Collette offers more than 160 tours across all seven continents with expertly planned itineraries so that guests don’t have to think about any of the details. There truly is something for every client with a combination of sightseeing, relaxation, and personal free time.
Q: Tell us more about your Private Touring options.
Choose any tour and build your guest list of 10 or more travelers – we’ll handle the rest. Led by expert Tour Managers – who are highly trained on wellness protocols – private touring with Collette is ideal for your own personal group to experience must-see sights, enriching experiences, and delicious local flavor.
Q: Are there ways to customize a Collette tour?
Collette offers both pre-night and post-night extensions for guests to customize their tour to fit their needs.
Q: BONUS: For travelers wanting to find their escape, why should they choose Collette?
We consider everyone who travels with us to be our personal guest. Every moment matters to us because we know it matters to you. This may be because, at heart, we are a family-owned company that has been in business for many years, or it may be because our team is passionate about sharing their own love of travel with our guests.
Choosing Collette comes with benefits that take your guided travel experience to another level. Our inclusive tours provide you more value for your money and more of what makes travel special.
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