WHERE YOU GO BECOMES WHO YOU ARE

More exciting adventures await you in 2016 and 2017. You may be a seasoned traveler or have been putting off finding your place in the World until you retire. No matter where you're at in life, the following tours are guaranteed to establish "who you are!"

2016 Tours

"The Wonders of China ~ featuring the Yangtze River" 16-day tour, departing September 6, 2016, is offering an optional 5-night Shangri-La Pre-Tour extension. The highlights of this tour will take you to Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam, Chengdu, Terracotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and a Hutong Rickshaw tour. Cost: round trip out of Los Angeles $5,499 per person/dbl. occupancy. Refer to Booking #693317

"Tropical Costa Rica" 9-day tour, departing October 15, 2016, is offering an optional 3-night Jungle Adventure Post-Tour extension. The highlights of this tour feature San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero and National Theatre. Cost: round trip out of Los Angeles $2,549 per person/dbl. occupancy (includes $100 savings per person if booked now). Refer to Booking #693075

"Rediscover Cuba ~ A Cultural Exploration" is a 9-day tour, departing October 18, 2016. The highlights of this tour are visiting Cayo Santa Maria Island, Sugar Museum, Remedios, Cienfuegos, Botanical Gardens, Cuban Cigar Factory, Havana, Literacy Museum, Cuban Fine Arts Museum, Salsa Dancing and Casa Fuster. Cost: round trip out of Los Angeles $3,999 per person/dbl. occupancy (includes $200 savings per person if booked now). Refer to Booking #652421 (Please note: Travel to Cuba has required Collette to have an approved license for you to legally travel to Cuba for educational interaction between you and people in Cuba.)

What a wonderful way to end 2016, put you in the Holiday spirit plus take care of your Christmas shopping. "Classic Christmas Markets" featuring markets in Innsbruck, Munich, Würzburg, Strasbourg and Nuremberg. This 9-day tour departs December 2, 2016. Besides the cities already mentioned, you will be visiting Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Black Forest and Rothenburg. Cost: round trip out of Los Angeles $3,449 per person/dbl. occupancy (includes $200 savings per person if booked now). Refer to Booking #693354.

2017 Tours

No better way to start 2017 than by exploring "Iceland's Magical Northern Lights".  This 7-day tour, commencing February 12, 2017, provides you the opportunity of discovering Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice, at its best.  In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis - one of nature's most dazzling light displays, also known as the "Northern Lights."  The tour starts in Reykjavik and later in the day you will take an exhilarating northern lights cruise.  As the tour progresses, you will travel the Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders.  Your journey will also take you to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vik, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, Skogar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajökull Glacier, and Blue Lagoon.  If you book now, you will save $200 and the cost for double occupancy will be $3,249.  For bookings made after August 12, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates.  For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #739210 and/or visit this tour's website: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/739210.

A little closer to home, experience true southern hospitality and "Southern Charm".  This 7-day tour, from April 2 to 8, 2017, opens in beautiful antebellum Charleston, which has survived the Civil War, major fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and still exudes elegance, charm and grace.  While there you will be visiting Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired,  Boone Hall, one of America's oldest working plantations as well as other interesting sites.  Other highlights on this tour are visiting Savannah, Factors Walk, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and St. Augustine.  Book now and save $50 and the cost for double occupancy will be $2,849.  For bookings made after October 3, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates.  For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #739217 and/or visit this tour's website:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/739217.

Photo of Ireland If you're Irish or not, you'll feel lucky to spend 13 days enjoying the "Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland" from May 15 - 27, 2017. You'll start off in Dublin where, among other explorations, you will experience a fun-filled evening of Irish entertainment, then on to Kilkenny, a visit to Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher and Galway. Not too many tours offer the opportunity of visiting Northern Ireland. Book now and save $200 and the cost for double occupancy will be $4,149 per person. For bookings made after November 16, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates. For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #738512.

Photo of Machu Picchu This fascinating 10-day tour, Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries, which commences October 7, 2017, is one of the treasures of South America.  The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await.  Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world's most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas."  The tour rates include round trip air from Los Angeles International. Airport (additional gateways are available, air taxes, fees and surcharges, and hotel transfers.  If you book now, you will save $200 and pay only $4,649 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Collette at 1-800-581-8942 and refer to booking #738502. For bookings made after April 7, 2017 call for rates.

More Information

These tours are not just for UC Retirees; feel free to invite your family and friends to join you.  Tour cost includes round trip air from Los Angeles International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers. Additional gateways are available, please call Collette for details. Not included in price is cancellation waiver and insurance. For more information on extensions, options and reservations, contact Collette at 1-800-581- 8942 and provide tour reference number and/or check out the individually referenced tour link (https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/+tour number).

If not interested in any of the above tours, check out all of Collette tours at www.gocollette.com and through their World Connect program, mention promotions code U001.AX1.918 and University of California Retirees Association when calling their office at 1-800-437-0235.