See the USA with Collette

7 June 2017
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As a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour group, Collette knows a thing or two about what makes a wonderful travel experience. Even before leaving home, travellers are introduced to the company’s exceptional attention to detail, by way of a luxurious private chauffeur service. And so, the adventure begins.

 Authentic Experiences All the Way

View of Nantucket, USA, on a foggy morning Explore the cobblestone streets of Nantucket as part of the Islands of New England tour. Image: Getty

Collette takes curious travellers all over the world, with over 150 tours encompassing hundreds of destinations. From the stunning, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the spectacular cascade of Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Collette prides itself on connecting customers with cultural experiences that go far beyond traditional touring.

For example, while many tours stop at the Eiffel Tower, Collette gives guests the opportunity to dine there – on exquisite French cuisine, no less. At every point of the journey, Collette showcases the world in an authentic and enriching way.

Your Choice On Tour

Ancient oak trees of Boone Hall Plantation Boone Hall, one of America's oldest working plantations, is one of the optional side-tours. Image: Getty

Having day-trip options is a key drawcard of Collette tours. You’re given the option to tailor your time on tour, making for a far more personalised journey. With an extensive number of USA tours, you have the chance to create your very own American adventure. While in New Orleans on America’s Music Cities tour, for instance, you can enjoy a walking tour of the French Quarter or choose to set out on a panoramic drive through the city with a local guide instead. In the Canadian Rockies, choose between a drive through Mesa Verde National Park or join a ranger on a hike to see ancient cliff dwellings.

Ornate houses in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Ornate houses in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Image: Getty

With the help of Collette’s professional Tour Managers, you’ll have the chance to learn more about a destination and go to places that are impossible to discover without that all-important local knowledge. While driving through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and great Sioux Nations in the National Parks of America, Collette will also make it possible for you to meet Native Americans and discuss their unique and colourful culture. Tour the Pacific Northwest and your Collette Tour Manager will take you to into Humbolt Redwoods State Park to see the majestic Avenue of the Giants, right up close. On a Collette Tour, everything is taken care of.

View from the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming at sunset Experience the pristine wilderness of the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming. Image: Getty

A Taste for Adventure

Of course, the spirit of adventure is not just about seeking new horizons – just ask any dedicated foodie. New culinary experiences are a big part of the Collette difference, and every tour includes the opportunity to try flavours you’ve never tried before. After a day spent exploring New England’s charms, enjoy an introduction to the flavours of Cape Cod, with a traditional New England seafood and lobster dinner. In New York City, try Challah French Toast with tater tots and berry sauce for breakfast, as you’re entertained by the singing wait staff at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

Fresh lobster dish on a blue plate A visit to New England isn’t complete without a delicious lobster dinner. Image: Getty

Collette offers classic tours, small groups, river cruises and ‘spotlight’ city stays, all with trademark Collette benefits such as award-winning Tour Managers, guaranteed departure dates and gratuities included on all land-based tours. There’s only one way to experience the Collette difference first hand – and that’s to go.

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Erin Bennion

Based in Brisbane, Erin is a writer and content creator with a penchant for using fancy old French words wherever possible and an insatiable hankering for trawling through vintage markets in small Scandinavian towns (no really). One of her dreams is to take her family to see General Sherman in Sequoia National Park and give that old guy a group-hug. Don’t follow her, she could end up anywhere. Twitter @erinbennion