by Careen Sullivan
(Exclusive travel consultant for OC Active Seniors!)
We have chosen a highly regarded, well-established tour company to bring you most of our “OC Active Seniors On-the-Go” tour packages.
Collette Vacations is a family- owned tour company in business for over 91 years. It was founded by Alice and Dan Sullivan (no relation to me!) because of their desire to share their passion for travel.
Now the third generation of Sullivans are working in the business with offices in three countries, offering tours to 7 continents. The Sullivans’ son, Dan, Jr., still leads a tour at least once a year and each generation of the family continues to add some new perspective to their ever-increasing vision for the company.
The Sullivans allude to a recent interview with one of the world’s wealthiest men, Warren Buffett. One of Buffett’s credos for making money is investing in companies that have gone to the third generation. If they can achieve that, they have done well and will probably continue to do so.
Why Travel on an Escorted Tour?
Escorted tours include sightseeing, entertainment, admissions to museums and parks, great hotels and meals, all of which help to make the vacation a hassle-free experience for you from start to finish. The hotels are centrally located, luxurious with detail-oriented staffs, who take care of most everything, including toting your baggage. Collette can provide a vacation to Europe at 15% less than any traveler would pay doing it on their own.
A personal Tour Manager will be with you every step of the way handling the tedious details of travel while you relax and enjoy your trip. They are seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge about the destination. They are employed by Collette year-round, not just for a specific tour.
Collette’s Tour Developers personally scout out the best in accomodations, restaurants, attractions and entertainment and create an entire experience that captures the spirit of your destination.
Collette offers several different types of tours:
Created for travelers who want to travel around the world with just 16-24 passengers, enjoying a more personalized travel experience. Explorations Tours include stays at charming villas and unique hotels, with ample time to delve into the culture and cuisine of the region.
SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS TRAVEL ADVENTURES
These tours offer the best in educational travel worldwide, uniquely created for adventurous travelers seeking the thrill of discovery and learning.
LEISURE STAY TOURS
These itineraries are designed to allow for multiple night stays at hotels, providing a more leisurely pace and more time to explore on your own.
CRUISE AND LAND TOURS
These land/sea journeys combine the best of both worlds. The convenience of having your “traveling hotel” while still permitting time and opportunity to explore destinations.
A personal favorite, these feature small intimate vessels which allow travel through a variety of beautiful waterways inaccessible to larger cruise ships.
At bargain prices, these tours are designed for those who prefer to sight see on their own, and have fewer inclusions and meals. Accommodations will more likely be at 3 and 4 star hotels off the beaten path.
“No Worries Protection Plan”
Another very important aspect of traveling, especially for OC Active Seniors, is Collette’s “NO WORRIES PROTECTION PLAN”.
Collette has the best cancellation waiver in the industry-period. Your trip can be canceled up until the day prior to departure for any reason: sickness, change-of-heart … any reason whatsoever! and you will receive a full refund, minus the small cost of the insurance. That’s a cash refund, not a voucher or certificate. There’s no risk when you book with Collette.
But isn’t it expensive?
Not at all! For example, suppose you are planning to take our Italian Vistas tour for 13 days. The land-only waiver is just $170 per person. That breaks down to about $13.07 a day-just a little over eight euros! The land and air waiver is only $30 more. That’s airplane “peanuts” compared to the peace of mind you’ll enjoy!
Plus, you’re covered on tour.
The cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you while you are traveling. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay…even if you are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you’re covered.
The only exception is if you originally purchased non-refundable airline tickets, the waiver does not provide a refund for the airline tickets, taxes or fees in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. The air waiver does not cover medical evacuation or additional expenses associated with a medical emergency. The waiver fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. In this case, the single supplement will be deducted from the refund of the person who cancels. Division of this charge between the two passengers involved is solely their responsibility. If insufficient funds are deducted from the canceling client, the traveling client will be charged the remaining portion of the single supplement.
Payment of the waiver fee (if chosen) must be received by Collette Vacations with your deposit. The Waiver is non-transferable and valid for each applicant only.
Collette Vacations can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions of any travel agent or travel agency other than that of Collette Travel Service, Inc. itself, and its own employees.
ANOTHER ADDED BENEFIT!
When you purchase an air inclusive vacation, you may enjoy door-to-door sedan service! If you purchase the air travel portion of your itinerary through Collette and live within 50 miles of your airport, round trip rides to and from your home and the airport and your destination airport and hotel are included at no charge!