Get the Max of Flexibility and Choices on a Small Group Tour

Flexibility and one-of-a-kind experiences just go together on Collette’s small group Explorations tours.

If you’ve ever perused Collette’s tours, you might have noticed that they are categorized by unique travel styles, including Classic and Explorations.

You may have looked at Collette’s tour offerings in the same country or region and wondered, what’s the difference? By the numbers, the difference between these two is in how many travellers the tour accommodates: a Classic tour group size averages 33 people and Explorations tours average 16 people – but the difference goes beyond that.

Understandably, a tour group’s size can affect the dynamics, flexibility, and certain options available throughout a tour. On Classic tours, you know you’re going to experience the must-sees and connect with the culture. And that camaraderie found among fellow travellers is a frequently praised perk of our tours in all our travel styles. But if you want to take it to the next level, the nimble group size of Explorations travel is what allows for these tours to be designed a little differently, for the travellers who prioritize a passion for going deeper into their dream destinations. And that’s exactly what they do.

Each day of an Explorations tour is filled with a mix of sightseeing, curated cultural experiences, travelling between destinations, meaningful meals, and exciting places to recharge and explore independently. When travelling on an Explorations tour, the big experiences are a given. And then there’s what you make it.

Extraordinary Places, Extraordinary Choices 

All Collette tours feature the signature Choice on Tour, where two included options are planned on certain days of the tour so you can craft your ideal experience. On Explorations tours reaching far-flung corners of the world, you’ll have a tough time choosing between some extraordinary options. For example…

On a Collette tour in Italy, after taking some time getting to know Matera, which would you choose? Working with your hands at a bread-making class and learning about how the community comes together over food -OR- exploring Matera’s prehistoric and medieval heritage on a hike through the surrounding countryside and rock churches?

During your time based at a rainforest retreat in New Zealand, which way would you go? Traversing an exclusive trail (not open to the public) to view the Franz Josef Glacier -OR- getting a glimpse of kiwis at the West Coast Wildlife Centre?

Flexibility That Makes It You

You’ll find Collette Explorations tours build in plenty of free time for exploring independently.  Think of it as the perfect blend of unique and boutique planned experiences, plus the time to revel in the destination your way.

Perhaps you’ll stumble upon a love for Irish music in a Galway pub during a free day on The Best of Ireland. (Our advice to you: If a band gets you tapping along, be sure to buy their album as a souvenir to enjoy back home!)

You can choose to tour the Portuguese Riviera or explore the capital your own way with plenty of free time in Lisbon on Collette’s Flavours of Portugal and Spain tour.

Whenever you’re ready to plan your next tour, consider the Explorations difference. If you’re craving one-of-a-kind encounters with the culture and an itinerary that emphasizes flexibility and choice, look no further than Collette Explorations tours for small groups and big experiences.

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