Group Travel Mythbusters

We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Here’s the reality of Group Travel with Collette.

Are you already convinced that group travel is NOT for you?

You might be envisioning a bus filled with obnoxious tourists with a boring guide on the microphone drawling on while no one pays attention. Movies have certainly led us to believe that this is expected, but the group travel space has evolved past these painful stereotypes.

Want to know what to really expect on a Collette tour? One of our seasoned Tour Managers compiled a list of what to expect for your first Collette tour, and everyone after, regardless of destination or travel style.

1. Seeing the Highlights:

Long gone is the packed itinerary spending just a few minutes at each photo stop only to rush you to the next. Enjoy your time and feel confident that Collette has selected the best attractions in a curated tour with highlights in every destination.

2. Balanced Time:

Not sure if you want to spend all your time with a busload of new friends? Collette itineraries are designed to give a good balance of structured time and free time. This allows you to make plans to visit other museums and attractions not included on the tour, go try a restaurant or food market, or relax at the hotel on your own. Hate making those kinds of decisions? Your Tour Manager is your 24/7 concierge and will help with suggestions and might also coordinate things for the group to do together if you are feeling extroverted.

3. Local Culture:

What’s the best way to connect with a destination? Mingling with the locals! Collette strives to include visits with locals in destinations so that you are not only learning the history of the region, but also what living in it is like today. There are a variety of experiences worldwide that will enhance your tour. Everything on the itinerary is chosen with a purpose, so if you want to delve into local cuisine then choose the more adventurous options on the menu at dinner. Chat with the local guide during a coffee break about how the city has changed in their lifetime. Even tours in your own backyard will highlight the regional differences in a country you already know!

4. Expert Leadership:

Your Tour Manager is there to take care of all the details. That’s why they are more than just guides! From the moment they send a pre-tour email, you have a connection with a regional expert who will troubleshoot problems and help you make the most of your trip while also entertaining and educating you with lively commentary and local insights to only enhance your time in the destination even further.

5. New Friendships:

Sharing experiences with other people brings us closer together, sparks conversation, and creates lasting memories. Many travellers nervously arrive to the welcome briefing and shyly introduce themselves. Fast forward two days later, and everyone is laughing together over dinner and spending free time together. It makes it hard to say goodbye when the tour comes to an end! Travellers have even cultivated lifelong friendships from meeting on tour.

Hopefully this list has helped to quell any uncertainty you had, and maybe even convinced you that group travel is worth trying! Collette is with you from start to finish, providing unique and memorable experiences.

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