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Join in the fun at special events and festivals around the globe

“Wow” moments are an integral part of any great travel adventure. These standout experiences become stitched in our memory, leaving us with a one-of-a-kind connection to a destination. To ensure you have your “wow” moment, why not embark on a tour that features a special event or festival? From the infectious party atmosphere of New Orleans during Carnival, to the regal pageantry of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, these special events add a whole new, exciting element to your getaway. 

Special Events

Floriade Horticultural Expo 2022

The massive Floriade Horticultural Expo is a six-month long celebration of everything that blooms, blossoms, and grows. Amsterdam has dedicated the 2022 event to thinking about sustainability and how we can make our urban environments more green. Exhibitors from all over the world will travel to this celebration of flora, which only happens once every decade.



Every ten years, the tiny Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau takes the world stage and hosts thousands of visitors to showcase the epic Passion Play, depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ. This is a once-every-decade event that takes place next in 2020, and is the fulfillment of a promise made to God by the residents of Oberammergau in 1634. Enjoy reserved seats to this incredible performance on several of our Collette tours.


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Heads up! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is one of the most spectacular displays of color and sound. Close to 600 balloons navigated by 1,000 pilots launch into the sky at early morning, creating a colorful spectacle of aviation and artistry. Enjoy this magical event during your time in the diverse and scenic state of New Mexico.


International Military Tattoos

Both the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Virginia International Tattoo bring men and women from around the world to showcase their impressive talents and military pomp and pageantry. From drum corps and piping bands to dancers and drill teams, the performances are a sight to behold. Learn more about this global military event.


Calgary Stampede

Mingle with cowboys and take in wonderful western culture. Since 1912, this "Greatest Outdoor Show in the World" has hosted the world’s most competitive tournament-style rodeo, featuring barrel racing, bull riding and chuckwagon races in addition to country fairs, agricultural exhibits, music festivals, spectacular variety shows and fireworks. All this takes place during 10 days in July, drawing spectators from all over the world.


New Orleans Festivals

New Orleans is often hailed as the party capital of the U.S. From spontaneous brass band performances to all out celebrations of NOLA’s unique culture, New Orleans and its laissez the bon temps rouler (“let the good times roll”) attitude is easy to embrace. Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ exuberance and attend one of these festivals.

Flower Festivals

Whether you have a green thumb or just appreciate Mother Nature’s beautiful floral gifts, flowers are captivating organic creations. Across the world, people dedicate elaborate festivals to showcase flowers and all their unique shapes, sizes and colors. Enjoy one of these flower-themed festivals while on tour.

Other Special Events Including Highclere Castle Visit, Nice Carnival, and Holi Festival


Kick off your holidays feeling merry and bright.

Southern Charm Holiday

Find your holiday spirit with a drive through enchanting James Island County Park, decorated with 500,000 holiday lights. Visit Santa’s Village to shop or perhaps even roast marshmallows by an open fire. Enjoy Christmas caroling and afternoon refreshments on Jekyll Island.

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Christmas in London

Nothing is quite as full of cheer as London during the holiday season. Whether you’re shopping through the Christmas markets for handmade gifts and colorful decorations or taking in the scent of mulled wine and cinnamon, this atmosphere will make you feel very festive indeed.

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Spotlight on New York City Holiday

Shopping, sightseeing, entertainment and lots and lots of holiday cheer. New York City positively bursts with excitement for the holidays. From the lights and decorations to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, New York City has all the merry you need.

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Magical Christmas Markets

Christmas markets transform already charming European villages and cities into magical holiday wonderlands. Stroll through a market in Austria or Germany and feel the holiday spirit in the air as you admire handcrafted ornaments and gifts, perhaps with a warm cup of mulled wine in hand. A festive, merry-filled experience awaits.

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America’s Music Cities Holiday

8 Days • 11 Meals

Christmas on the Danube

9 Days • 19 Meals

Spotlight on San Antonio Holiday

5 Days • 6 Meals

Classic Christmas Markets

9 Days • 11 Meals

Spotlight on New Orleans Holiday

5 Days • 7 Meals

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Nashville & the Smoky Mountains Holiday

8 Days • 11 Meals

Magical Christmas Markets

7 Days • 8 Meals

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