Escorted tours

Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

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Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world.  On this amazing tour, we take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal, one through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake.


The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America.  See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on this tour.  We will explore rain forests and sandy beaches, and meet the friendly Embera natives living in the jungle.


Here’s our itinerary:



  • 3 nights Panama City
  • 2 nights Gamboa Rainforest
  • 2 nights Playa Bonita Beach Resort
  • 2 Panama Canal Transits
  • All Meals
  • All excursions included
  • Round trip airfare/round trip transfers
  • Caravan escorted tour
  • Insurance



Hope you can join us on the 8 day, 7 night tour of Panama .  I enjoyed the Panama Canal when I visited a few years ago.  You will get to experience the new Panama Canal extension.



Date and rates:

Tentative date: March 18, 2018  Approximately $2500.00 per person based on current airfare.

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Contact me at 919.708.8217 or for more details.


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Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island


Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life.  Our adventure this week visits all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces-Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as we follow the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Visit Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Fortress of Louisbourg, the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service to the enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables where we visit her house in Cavendish.


We visit the idyllic finshing villge and artists’ retreat of Peggy’s Cove.  This village is a picture perfect depiction of the Canadian Maritimes.

Here’s our itinerary:

Day 1 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Visit all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2 – New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy
Cross rivers, streams, and marshlands on your morning journey to the Province of New Brunswick. Visit the Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape. Observe the gradual rise or fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of 6 to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on Earth and rise and fall an astounding 50 feet. Twice each day, one hundred billion tons of water flow into the Bay of Fundy, overpowering the Bay’s rivers and reversing their direction. Next, travel over the 8 mile Confederation Bridge to the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island. Pass over gently rolling farmlands en route to Prince Edward Island National Seashore. Enjoy vistas of red sand beaches and bluffs. Watch for red fox and great blue heron. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your country inn. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 3 – Prince Edward Island
This morning enter the magical and enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish. Stroll through Lover’s Lane and other settings from the literary classic. Mark Twain called the novel “the sweetest creation of childlife yet written.” This afternoon, join Caravan for a brief sightseeing tour of Charlottetown, followed by leisure time in the downtown. B 

Day 4 – Cape Breton Island
Enjoy a morning ferry ride from Prince Edward Island back to Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world. See inspiring mountain and coastal scenery en route to Cheticamp. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at this French-speaking Acadian fishing village, in the heart of the Cabot Trail. The fun-loving Cape Bretoners are renowned for celebrating with traditional Celtic and Acadian music and dance. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 5 – Whale Watching
This morning, enjoy a thriling whale watching cruise (weather permitting). Cape Breton Island’s rich waters are the seasonal home to many species of whales. Look for fin, minke, and pilot whales. You may also see dolphins and porpoises. Your afternoon is at leisure in Cheticamp. B

Day 6 – Cabot Trail, Baddeck
A grand adventure awaits you today on the Cabot Trail. Drive through forests, mountains and valleys in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as you follow the trail from Pleasant Bay to Cape Smokey. See rugged cliffs and wonderful ocean views. Then to Baddeck where you’ll visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the inventor of the telephone. Bell once said, “I have traveled around the globe… and for simple beauty, Cape Breton Island outrivals them all.” Bell made his home here. Stay a relaxing two nights in the resort town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. B

Day 7 – Fortress of Louisbourg
Morning visit to the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Enjoy a fun stroll through this 18th century fortress. During July and August, actors bring to life colorful characters and events from Louisbourg’s glorious past (limited services in October). Return to the charming town of Baddeck. Your afternoon is at leisure. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 8 – Peggy’s Cove, Halifax
You drive south this morning across the Canso Causeway and return to mainland Nova Scotia. Visit with the First Nation people of Nova Scotia at the Mi’kmaq heritage center. Learn about their history, legends, and present day life. Continue to the idyllic fishing village and artists’ retreat of Peggy’s Cove. Photo stop at the classic red and white lighthouse. Next, to the lively oceanfront town of Halifax. Sightseeing drive of Halifax before arriving at your ideally located waterfront hotel for a relaxing two night stay.  B

Day 9 – Halifax
Join your tour director this morning for a guided stroll along the historic waterfront and enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Halifax to explore the many fun attractions within walking distance of your waterfront hotel. Farewell dinner. BD

Day 10 – Halifax
Your tour ends after breakfast. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Halifax airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B

Now for the rates and dates:

October 8-17, 2017 (a perfect time to view the stunning fall foliage)

$2800.00 per person includes 10 days/9 nights, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, accommodations, round trip airfare, round trip transfers, sightseeing each day.  This is a Caravan escorted tour, so we are sure to have a wonderful trip experience.


Call me for more details at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at


Thank you for being loyal readers.  I appreciate each of you.  Malynda

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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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Costa Rica Natural Paradise

“Pura Vida-pure life,” describes the feeling of the people of Costa Rica.  This is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited.  I am so excited to share this tour with my friends.  I am planning on a return visit in November and would love to introduce you to this beautiful country.


Imagine if you will, hiking in jungle rainforests, viewing volcanoes up close, soaking in volcanic hot springs, cruising through biological reserves ,seeing beautiful flowers, exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, friendly people and delicious Latin American food, then join me in Costa Rica.  You will experience your own  “Pura Vida” on this tour.



Ok, now for the details. November 11-18, 2017 – $1800.00 per person (est based on current airfare rates), 7 nights resorts/lodges, all meals, all excursions, all taxes, insurance, round trip airfare, round trip transfers.  A great price for all that is included.



Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at for more details.

#costarica, #puravida

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