This Christmas holiday season, Collette is offering a range of exciting tours which will tantalise taste buds and dazzle the senses. From Europe to South America and Asia to the USA, Collette is offering its guests the chance to sample exotic cuisines and culinary delights from the four corners of the globe. For travellers wanting to get in early and book a tasty trip for next year, Collette’s exciting new 2016 tours are ideal.
Whether its fine dining in some of the world’s most mouthwatering establishments, breaking bread with the locals at an Umbrian country farmhouse or taking a Tuscan cooking lesson with an expert chef, Collette’s suite of tours has something for everyone.
Plump turkeys, golden-glazed hams and brandy-basted puddings are often cast as the stars of Christmas celebrations. Travellers with a hankering for these festive favourites will be pleasantly surprised by the tradition and home cooking of the USA, while those with a more adventurous appetite will have their palates awakened by the colourful cuisines of more unusual destinations.
“Food is such a large part of the travel experience. At Collette we pride ourselves on being able to provide guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of their chosen destination. Our experienced guides are familiar with the local haunts and hotspots on our tours, which means our clients can enjoy authentic culinary experiences,” Alison Mead, Australian Business Manager, Collette.
Collette’s new 2016 Magical Christmas Markets tour is a single-hotel stay that provides travellers with an in-depth look at Austria and Germany and a chance to explore the region’s attractive Christmas markets or ‘Christkindlesmarkts’. At the markets, admire the traditional handcrafted nutcrackers or sample Nuremburg’s celebrated Lebkuchen (gingerbread). The stunning Hotel Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the breathtaking snow-capped mountains will become your home on this holiday. A train ride will take travellers through the frosted Alpine peaks to the enchanting village of Seefeld, where a glass of schnapps will warm up wintery wanderers.
A festive feast awaits on board either Leuftner’s MS Amadeus Brilliant or Elegant with Collette’s Christmas on the Danube river cruise. These stately ships boast a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar and excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with all meals. Not to be missed on this eight day tour is the opulent Captain’s Gala Dinner in beautiful Vienna. A veritable celebration for all the senses, this dining experience features a musical Christmas concert performed by the onboard orchestra, along with a sumptuous banquet, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Danube.
Those drawn to the Eastern corner of our globe will love Collette’s suite of Asian travel itineraries. Take your taste buds on a vibrant journey in Collette’s Discovering Myanmar tour. In this tour, guests will join a tribal family in their home for lunch, savour a traditional Burmese meal under the sun dappled canopy of the toddy palm trees and enjoy a dinner and a traditional puppet show while floating down the magnificent Irrawaddy River.
If hot and spicy are your flavours, don’t miss Collette’s Mysteries of India tour, with magnificent views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, a cooking demonstration and a visit to the holy River Ganges.
Indulge in southern hospitality as you boot scoot your way through Collette’s America’s South & Cajun Country. In Nashville, Tennessee, journey to Wildhorse Saloon and enjoy a hearty supper followed by some good old fashioned line dancing. Other highlights of this tour include a visit to Avery Island, Louisiana, the birthplace of the legendary McIlhenny’s Tabasco Pepper Sauce, a local barbecue dinner in Memphis (the home of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul), and a traditional southern meal at a privately-owned antebellum plantation home in Natchez, Mississippi.
After wandering the streets of New Orleans, admiring the villas and houses trimmed in iron lace, travellers will stop to enjoy an elegant dinner experience in the French Quarter’s renowned Court of Two Sisters restaurant. Hungry travellers need look no further than this tour for a slice of true southern comfort.
For a tropical adventure, aroma-rich Panama is the place to go. With its lush rainforests, brilliantly hued birds and spectacular coastlines, Collette’s Discover Panama tour is an idyllic setting for savouring local specialties. In Gamboa, take an excursion to an Embera indigenous village and enjoy a traditionally cooked meal and folklore dance show. Cruising through the stunning Panama Canal, stop to visit the Mercado de Mariscos, a seafood market, and try fresh Panamanian ceviche.