Collette saw its best year ever in 2023 after a large bounce back in travel throughout 2022. Travellers continue to be eager to get back out and explore the globe now that it’s once again safe to do so. As we ring in the new year, Collette is excited to share which destinations are trending for 2024. North America’s longest-running tour operator has seen travellers flock to France, Southeast Asia, and Italy. Plus, travellers are showing an increased interest in travelling with smaller groups.
Exploration tours are Collette’s most popular product, with travellers rating them to be excellent, which is the highest rating 78% of the time. Each year, more and more travellers have been electing to tour with a smaller group. This year is no different.
Collette’s new “Best of Italy” small group Explorations tour lets travellers immerse themselves into the country’s culture their way. Travellers will have multiple opportunities to decide how they’d like to experience what the country has to offer. While visiting the Romagna Countryside, they’ll have the choice between relaxing at their hotel with a wine-infused mud treatment or spending the day in Ravenna for a guided tour of its mosaics. When in Rome later in the tour they’ll once again be able to choose how to spend their day. Travellers can elect to take a walking tour of the city and its Renaissance masterpieces or instead enjoy a tour of the Catacombs and search for the vestiges of the Empire. Travellers can book their spot on the “Best of Italy” for as early as 26 May 2024.
“Our ‘Best of Italy’ Small Groups Explorations Tour is a fantastic way for travellers to enjoy Italian culture. On this new tour, they’ll be able to make their own decisions on what they’d like to experience during their trip,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, CEO at Collette.
Over the course of 19 days travellers will journey across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam on Collette’s “Kingdoms of Southeast Asia” tour. They’ll enjoy key experiences, stopping at Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter for an exciting walking tour, navigating the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong, and pay a visit to a Vietnam War veteran to learn about the war from his unique perspective. Travellers can book seats on the “Kingdoms of Southeast Asia” tour on 21 February 2024.
“Travellers are flocking to explore Southeast Asia with Collette’s Explorations tours,” said Jeff Roy, Executive Vice President of Revenue Management and Pricing at Collette. “Collette’s. ‘Kingdoms of Southeast Asia’ tour gives travellers a taste of all the region has to offer. From history to natural beauties, we make sure to hit every attraction.”
Travellers who embark on the 7-day tour of Paris with Collette’s “Spotlight on Paris” tour truly get to live like a local. Throughout their visit, they’ll ride the Metro, Paris’ local public transit, all week to get to each of their destinations. They’ll also take part in a walking food tour, enjoying some of the city’s finest French cuisine. Lastly, travellers will spend a day exploring the neighborhood of Montmarte, which blends artistic roots and quirky modernity. Travellers can book their spot on the “Spotlight on Paris” tour with a departure date as early as 12 March 2024.
“Our many Spotlight tours like ‘Spotlight on Paris,’ are great for travellers who want to focus on and explore some of the globe’s most wonderful cities,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., executive chairman of the board at Collette. “Paris is such a fantastic place to visit, so we want our travellers to enjoy it to the fullest. This tour will allow them to do so, not leaving any stone unturned during their week-long visit.”