‘The falling leaves, drift by the window, the autumn leaves, all red and gold…: – Edith Piaf’s Les Feuilles Mortes
Capture the essence of Edith Piaf’s jazz standard ‘Les Feuilles Mortes’ or ‘Autumn Leaves’, echoed over the years by American legends Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra with Collette’s Fall season tours. The suite of autumnal adventures features Colours of New England, Heritage of America, Spotlight on New York City and Spotlight on San Francisco.
‘Fall in the northern hemisphere brings with it a truly extraordinary contrast of autumn colours. Here in Australia we do not get to experience this seasonal transformation to the same extent. At Collette we are well-placed to take travellers to the very best Fall destinations as the United States is our home turf,” said Alison Mead, Australian Business Manager, Collette.
Travellers will be swept away on a magical carpet of colour with Collette’s Colours of New England tour. In North Conway awaits a veritable feast for the eyes with visits to picturesque New Hampshire, the White Mountains region and a relaxing cruise on the magnificent Lake Winnipesaukee. Whether it’s sampling some seasonal cider in Stowe at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, or admiring Boston Public Garden’s rich, leafy tapestry of burnt orange, maple, rust and bright green, there is arguably no better place in the world to experience Fall.
Featuring Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Collette’s 2016 Heritage of America tour is ideal for nature lovers. Autumn transforms Shenandoah into an enchanting forest, with wooded hollows, dark crimson creepers and foliage in a dramatic palette of auburn, chestnut and bronze. As if straight out of a storybook, characters in the park include the eastern chipmunk, red squirrel, meadow vole, river otter and striped skunk.
History buffs will also love this tour, with highlights including a walk through the hallowed battlefield of Gettysburg, a guided tour of Washington D.C. with a stop at the White House Visitor Centre and a visit to Philadelphia’s iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution.
For those travellers seeking to explore some of the world’s most iconic city destinations in-depth, Collette’s Fall Spotlights tours offer the ideal solution.
Guests on Collette’s Spotlight on New York City will visit classic Central Park at its most vibrant. Surrounded by trees with hues of burgundy, flame and mahogany and strolling with the sounds of leaves crunching underfoot, travellers on this tour will get to experience the Park as it undergoes the most beautiful transformation. Other highlights of this tour include a ferry voyage to see the Statue of Liberty up close, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other NYC favourites like Times Square.
On Collette’s ‘Spotlight on San Francisco’ tour, guests will discover the splendid sweeping streets of the “City by the Bay” in all its tree-lined Fall glory. With visits to the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks and Seal Rocks, the most impressive sight to see in Fall is the distinctive San Fran Ginkgo tree. With its golden-yellow fan-like leaves, it is famous for shaking off all its leaves at once – often all on a single day.
Travellers will enjoy the fruits of the Fall season as they sample some of the lush Napa region’s wines and delight in a delicious lunch experience in an elegantly restored Pullman car on the Napa Valley Wine Train.
This tour also offers an optional excursion to the famous Muir Woods National Monument, where explorers will wander through 500 acres of forest, gazing up from the understory to admire the needles and cones of 1,000-year-old redwood trees.
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Established in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.
On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry- leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!