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Highlight on Small Groups

Sam LaFrance
by Sam LaFrance

December 13, 2022

Pawtucket, RI (December 13, 2022) — Collette highlights small-group tours that incorporate train travel for efficient connections between destinations and local points of view. The tour operator knows travellers want to maximize their time in each destination, and by utilizing travel by rail where available, it is just one way Collette puts their travellers first. Collette shared that booking is currently open for its new small group Explorations tour Essence of France, which whisks travellers from romantic Paris to chromatic Provence and the sparkling French Riviera. And coming soon, Collette’s new tour, Mediterranean Coastal Journey, will offer travellers spectacular views through the Cinque Terre by local train.

“We look at incorporating train connections to enhance the traveller experience,” said Diana Ditto, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Collette. “Why spend extra hours on the coach when a train could cut that time in half? We value our travellers’ time and make that a priority, so when going by rail is the best way to the next destination on tour, we take it.”

On Essence of France, Collette travellers take the high-speed train from Paris to Provence. Within a few hours of saying au revoir to Paris, travellers arrive in the beautiful countryside to enjoy a wine tasting, and then find themselves enjoying their accommodations in Aix-en-Provence by the late afternoon. On the newly-released tour, Mediterranean Coastal Journey, travellers gain a unique perspective by taking the local train to explore the colourful cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre.

Small group tours like these make it a point to take travellers beyond the coach and implement unique modes of transportation to help travellers to the heart of a destination. Whether they’re zipping through the streets of Bangkok in a tuk-tuk, cruising in the back of a vintage taxicab in Dublin, floating down the canals of Venice in a gondola, exploring Lisbon in a private tram, or white water rafting down Montana’s Flathead River, these adventurers travel in style around the world.

Travellers can book all of Collette’s tours with confidence knowing that when they add Collette’s Travel Protection Plan, they will receive a full money-back refund if they need to cancel – up to 24 hours before departure.

About Collette:

As the longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette is the company travellers can trust. Leading with integrity, Collette’s comprehensive travel protection plan, flexible tour pacing, and strong relationships within the travel space set it apart. The happiness of its guests has been its roadmap since 1918 and today Collette offers over 160 tours to all seven continents and five distinct travel styles, including small group touring and river cruises. This third-generation family-owned business is dedicated to giving back in both local and global communities through its social responsibility platform.  For more information, visit

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Sam LaFrance, Collette
Phone: 401.426.4504

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