Travel Presentation Planned for Upcoming Trips

A special travel presentation from Collette will teach attendees about several trips scheduled for 2020 and 2021, such as the following:

The Colorado Rockies: June 5–13, 2020

Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, four National Parks and two historic trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West. Marvel at the diversity and majesty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Journey on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad through the Colorado Rockies. Climb aboard an 1881 steam train for a journey through the San Juan Mountains. The choice is yours to drive through the ancient culture of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO) or join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings. Enjoy an authentic farm-to-table dinner on a 450-acre, family-owned ranch. From towering peaks to deep canyons and Old West towns to dynamic cities, a region of contrasting beauty and charm awaits.

Southern Italy and Sicily: Oct. 13-24, 2020

This journey will take travelers through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. In Sicily, uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples, the historic hilltop town of Taormina and on to fascinating Southern Italy. Stop at a local winery for wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights: November 15-21, 2020

The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. This tour will take you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world’s most incredible cascades. At the Lava Exhibition Center, learn about Iceland’s volcanic history and its impact on daily life. Explore Skógar Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.

Greece and its Islands: April 28-May 12, 2021

Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. This comprehensive journey explores Greece’s most important ancient monuments, like the famed Temple of Zeus, archeological site of Olympia and ancient artifacts of Delphi. Explore Athens your way – choose a tour of the incredible Acropolis, or embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems. Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced. Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Wander the winding streets, vineyards, marketplaces and beaches of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the excavations of the ancient city at Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Athens, enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and entertainment at a family-owned taverna in the lively Plaka district. Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Olympia.

At the travel presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about these trips and free brochures will be available. They will also learn about how to plan trips with Collette to other destinations. The travel presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. Call 814-274-4877 or stop by 5 Water Street to register.