Collette vs Lost World Adventures - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 4
Value — 4.2
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.2
Lodging — 4.4
Transportation — 4.3
Meals — 4.4
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
4.0 January 2017
We just completed the Islands of New England tour. It was our first bus tour. We've done many cruises. This was extremely organized and educational. Jim was the best tour director and Mark an excellent driver. The stops were great. The cranberry bog was the only big disappointment for many of us. The lodging and included meals were good to great. Don't book after Oct 5th. Everything closes on the islands on Columbus Day. We stayed in Boston for 3 days after the tour and loved it! We also liked the rotational bus seating.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
I just wanted to say that I had an amazing time at the Spotlight on London Tour this past week!!! John Cunningham is one of the best tour guides I have had ever!!! Thank you Collette for taking care of all 41 of us!!! Keep these tours going because it is a great experience!!!!!Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Just completed an eight day tour with Collette in Costa Rica, and my wife and I are still smiling. Everything about the tour was wonderful, except the early morning starts. LOL. Our tour director, Christian and driver, Manenrique(sp), were professional, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Our fellow travelers were some of the nicest people we have ever met, and a few have become special friends of ours. The best part of the tour is our new knowledge of this incredible Country and its people. Save the rain forests and go Collette.Read more
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5.0 July 2017
"This Peru travel agency planned and booked a custom trip for me and my wife to Peru in October 2015. The trip included a short stay in Lima, and almost a week in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Their service was outstanding. The planning for the trip was perfect, and we relied entirely on them as we had not been to Peru before. They also went beyond the call of duty by getting a reservation at a good hotel in Lima even though there was a huge convention of the world bank in town at the time. They persisted until they found a cancellation. they even booked two good restaurants for us in Lima. The guides they provided were also excellent, including one who was truly outstanding.Read more
I never would have located this company except through Zicasso. Two years ago we made a trip to Brazil and we looked and looked for a travel agency of this kind and never did find one. I would highly recommend using Zicasso to find the appropriate agency if you are traveling somewhere that you have not previously been to, or if you do not have an agency you are satisfied with."
Tour Inca Trail Trek
5.0 July 2017
Our trip to Peru was planned perfectly, thanks to our travel agent! He was quick to respond to all of my needs & was very flexible. The hotels and the guides he arranged were great! We couldn't have asked for or imagined a better experience in this magical country!Read more
5.0 December 2016
Hiking the Inca Trail (and learning that it is "an" Inca Trail, not "the" Inca Trail)
|Tours||378 Trips||55 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 292||$ 444|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States||Decatur, Georgia|
With a history that goes back to 1918, their experience speaks for itself. They provide comprehensive, well-managed guided tours for travelers seeking an exploratory, comfortable travel experience.
What Makes Collette Tours Stand Out?
A long history in guided tourism means they know every inch of the guided travel, and take care of all details like it’s second nature. Their goal is to ease the hardship of planning and organizing for the traveler so they can fully enjoy their experience without worry or stress. At Collette, they know guided travel and have been successfully leading tours to a growing, devoted customer base for nearly 100 years.
Collette tours are about letting you, the traveler experience unbelievable, classic, and unique moments around the world.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Collette Tours?
Do you love the ease of mind that comes with having every detail taken care of when you travel? Details that allow you to relax and enjoy the special little moments of discovering the world; learning about new cultures, awe inspiring wildlife encounters, and leisurely meals highlighting local cuisine.
The Collette traveler is typically older, in the 50+ range. Travelers who enjoy the finer things, value a premium to luxury style of accommodation and transportation, yet have an adventurous spirit. Recent retirees and active seniors who are game for anything - check out this group in Costa Rica - taking part in Costa Rica famous ziplines!
Collette is ideal for active travelers who enjoy a comprehensive guided tour, with a lot of activity, and local experiences. These tours usually involve extensive walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces, so a certain basic level of physical fitness is required. Tours are classified by 5 basic physical levels, to help you find one best suited to you.
Free days are included in most tours, giving travelers time to relax, take walks on the beach, or maybe do some shopping.
If you’re the kind of traveler for whom a glass of champagne out in the Australian outback, gazing at Uluru, sounds idyllic, than Collette tours would be perfect for you.
Collette tours travel all around the world, to all 7 continents including Antarctica. They are well known for Central and South America, Australia, and Africa.
Travel styles include everything from river cruises to family tours to faith based tours.
Collette Travel Style
Collette promises the “trip of a lifetime” through exclusive outings, luxury touches, and appreciating the moments of anticipation before the world reveals itself. Their travel style is about discovering new cultures, embracing the explorer within -- in time for a cocktail at the end of the day.
They have 6 broad classifications for travel style: Classic, Explorations, Spotlights, River Cruise, Faith, and Impact Travel.
Classic Collette Tours - This is what they call their Flagship collection, group tours that make the postcard come to life. Visit all the must see sites, enjoy cultural experiences, all with a professional and knowledgeable guide, there to help make your travel as seamless as possible. Groups are on the larger side
Explorations - These tours are about going deeper, meeting locals, and getting off the beaten path. “Authenticity” is a big word for Collette Explorations. You’ll experience the destination in a smaller group, an average of 18 people, allowing for access to more local experiences not available to larger groups. Classic sites will also be included in your itinerary, but the focus is mostly on unique experiences.
Spotlights - Have a shorter amount of time and don’t want to miss anything? Collette Spotlight tours are designed to maximize your city stay or short getaway experience. These are primarily walking tours, packed with sightseeing, historical and cultural information, but with some downtime as well. Typically these tours are between 5-9 days.
River Cruise - A very popular mode of travel, particularly for 50+ travelers, river cruising is ideal for those seeking a leisurely vacation, unpacking only once, enjoying gliding by beautiful sites and participating in various guided shore excursions. Collette river cruises go around the world, including China, Egypt, and Europe.
Faith - For those travelers interested in visiting religious sites, Collette has a group of tours dedicated to faith based travel. Visit world famous icons and learn their ancient histories. Collette Faith tours visit everything from grand churches to the humble beginnings of the three major world religions in the Holy Land. Tours are history based with an emphasis on finding deeper spiritual significance and meaning.
Impact Travel - Being a responsible traveler is an important component on all Collette tours, however if you’re seeking to do more to give back, their Impact Tours are a great way to do so. Sightsee with a purpose as you assist with local initiatives, volunteering among the community, helping in classrooms, and protecting local wildlife.
Why Choose a Tour with Collette?
If you are looking for an entertaining, fully escorted, active tour to explore new cultures, and enjoy unique experiences, Collette could be for you. They provide a dedicated guide, and handle all the details throughout the tour.
Free time is available on some days, but for the most part expect fairly full itineraries and a good amount of walking. Some optional excursions are offered during the tour, so you can tailor your experience to a certain extent.
This is a great opportunity for meeting fellow travelers in a similar age range. Collette tours are open to everyone, but the majority of people on your tour will be older - in the 50+ range. Collette tours are ideal for travelers who want to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and are open to new experiences.
Founded in 1987, Lost World Adventures offers private and customized trips to South and Central America and Antarctica.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Your guide will get to know you before beginning to plan your customized experience. If you want to have a relaxing beach vacation, they can arrange that. Or if you’d rather hike up the adrenaline, they are able to offer that as well.
Who Travels With Them?
They accommodate anyone from honeymooners to large groups. Trips are generally in middle price range - you won’t find tremendously budget items here, but they do their best to craft a trip based on all factors, price included.
Where Do They Operate?
They are focused in South and Central America, with a variety of trips from beach vacations to Costa Rica, food tours in Argentina, or Machu Picchu adventures. They are also among the few small companies providing cruises to Antarctica.
Why Travel With Them?
For the variety of trip type and theme you can choose from. They have food and wine tours, adventure tours, beach getaways, and cruises - all of which are customizable to your likes and dislikes. If you’d prefer not to overly customize, they have pre-set itineraries as well.