Monthly Archives: February 2017


Welcome to Cabo San Lucas, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.  Cabo is known for its beaches, water-based activities (especially Marlin fishing) and vibrant nightlife.  We will be staying at the beautiful RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas overlooking El Arco and Land’s End.  What a spectacular view!


Some of the exciting activities waiting for us is golf, jet skiing, kayaks, flyboarding, parasailing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, ATV dune buggy and horseback riding in the surf.  And of course, swimming and sunning while sipping a cool umbrella drink.

Cabo is famous for it’s exciting nightlife with several not to be missed cantina’s and clubs.

Two of my favorites are Cabo Wabo and The Giggling Marlin.  You may even get to see Sammy Hagar at his cantina. You can ask me later about The Giggling Marlin.

The downtown area of Cabo is around the marina where you can shop, visit a cantina and watch the people go by.  Cabo is a popular hangout for Hollywood celebrities-you may just see a few.


Here’s a few pictures of our beautiful resort.

Ok, if these pictures interest you, then give me a call to reserve your space at 919.708.8217 or

Details:  October 29-November 3, 2017  – $1440.87 per person (double occupancy)

Includes 5 nights all inclusive Jr. Suite ocean view room, round trip airfare, round trip transfers, all meals, all beverages, all taxes and tips, nightly entertainment and non-motorized watersports.  For the golfers and fishermen(women), I will be glad to set up tee times and fishing excursions.




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Land Of The Rising Sun – Japan


Hi folks, we are going to Japan this week, Land of the Rising Sun.  I never thought about going to Japan till some of my Facebook friends asked about getting a trip together.  Once I started researching Japan I discovered it is a mix of culture, both ancient and modern.

I found a perfect tour that gives us a true immersion into Japanese culture on this 14 day excursion that visits Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa and Kyoto.  One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

  • Explore the famous Ginza district where skyscrapers and neon lights meet high fashion.
  • Explore the hot springs and spas of Hakone, on the shores of Lake Ashi.
  • Take in magnificent views of Mt. Fuji from the Kachi Kachi Ropeway.
  • Taste the local culture during a variety of included local meals.
  • Travel by express train and the famous Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Meet the locals during various included experiences.

Join me as we discover Japan’s timeless temples, unimaginable natural beauty, and technological marvels. The architecture alone is worth a visit.

Call for more details on this Collette Vacations Cultural Treasures of Japan tour at 919.708.8217 or e-mail



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Romance Is In The Air In Paris


Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones.  What better way to celebrate than in the City of Light, Paris.  This week we see the dramatic highlights of Paris on this Spotlight tour.  Check out this amazing itinerary.  It features the must see places and gives you plenty of time to explore this magnificent city on your own.

Overnight Flight

Set out for captivating Paris. Come to know this city famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion. Its rich history will astound you while its style dazzles.

Paris, France – Tour Begins

Arrive in the “City of Light.” Tonight, your adventure begins with breathtaking views of the city while you enjoy dinner featuring delicious French cuisine and wine at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, get a different perspective of the city during a Seine River cruise. Admire Paris’ glittering skyline as you glide along.

  • Dinner
  • Le Meridien Etoile

Come to know the dramatic highlights of Paris your way — by coach or by Metro! You may choose to take a splendid panoramic coach tour that includes a stop to explore the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, for a truly local experience, you may prefer to join a local guide who will take you to some of Paris’ most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome with a local guide. The afternoon is at leisure. You may choose an optional tour that takes you to the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre; join a local guide on a walking tour and get to know the culture, food and history of this eclectic neighborhood, and see its crown jewel – the iconic Sacre’-Coeur basilica.

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Paris – Louvre Museum

Join a local expert exploring the priceless treasures of the world famous Louvre Museum, with a collection of more than one million works of art. Originally a palace and now a landmark of Paris, the Louvre displays an array of works of art ranging from ancient times up to the mid-19th century. Behold some of the museum’s most famous pieces by the some of the greatest artist the world has seen including Raphael, Botticelli and Titian, and see the renowned statue of Venus de Milo and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Paris’ many hidden treasures on your own, or join us for an optional tour that showcases “Paris behind the scenes.”

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Paris – Day at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and explore on your own. You may take an optional excursion to Champagne country which includes a visit to ancient Reims for a walking tour; then, stop in Epernay and visit a champagne cellar for a tour and tasting.

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Paris – Versailles

Explore the history, architecture and gardens of Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces and finest, most complete example of 17th-century architecture. Your local guide will recount the history of the palace and lead you through the various rooms of the State Apartments. Discover its immeasurable opulence and see its treasures including the Queen’s bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You then have time to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete. Tonight, celebrate the end of a fabulous trip with a sumptuous dinner accompanied by French wine at one of Paris’ oldest brasseries.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Paris – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today. Head home with many wonderful memories of Paris, the “City of Light.”

  • Breakfast


We can add pre and post days if you would like to explore more of the surrounding area.

Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail for more details, with dates and rates for this Collette Vacations Spotlight on Paris tour.

Castles Memory Romance Romantic Love Paris Bridge

Castles Memory Romance Romantic Love Paris Bridge

Je vous remercie!


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Best of Austria and Switzerland Tour


This is one of my favorite tours.  I fell in love with Switzerland when I was there about 10 years ago and am excited to return.  This itinerary takes us to Austria and Switzerland.  We will get to see both the Austrian Alps and the Swiss Alps-which by the way are breathtaking.


Here’s just a few highlights of our tour.

Danube River cruise

Salzburg-Visit church from The Sound of Music, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square.  Dinner with wine at the St. Peter Stiftskeller

Innsbruck – Visit the Old Town and see the Golden Roof.

St. Moritz – Scenic drive in the Swiss Engadine to ritzy St. Moritz.

Chur-Zermatt-Take Glacier Express train to Zermatt, from Zermatt to Tasch by mountain train.glacier-express-tour-overview-3

Lake Geneva – Guided tour of Chillon Castle.

Berne – Guided walking tour, Rose Garden and Bear Park.  See the famous Clock Tower.

Interlaken – Jungfrau massif.

Lucerne – Walking tour including Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

Wow, all this packed in an 11 day tour.  We will see lots, make lots of memories, and I have a few suggestions for some optional tours you will want to take.


Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail for more details and rates.  Prices are only $3875.00 per person including round trip airfare and tour.  Great price for all we get.


As always, thank you for reading my news.  Hope this is one you will think about.  I would go back at any time.  I can almost smell the fresh clean air.



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