FEATURED VACATION | FLY & RIDE TOUR

ICELAND’s MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS

December 3 – 9, 2024

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Experience It! The Northern Lights
Each year, during the winter months, travelers journey to Iceland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights (aurora borealis). This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere; the results are spectacular. Streaks of colorful light appear across the sky. The colors can vary from white to pink or purple and, most commonly, green. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Iceland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.

HIGHLIGHTS

Reykjavík * Northern Lights Cruise * Search for the Northern Lights * Golden Circle * Thingvellir National Park * Gullfoss * Lava Exhibition Center * Vik * Seljalandsfoss * Skógar Museum * Skógafoss * Skaftafell National Park * Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon * Sólheimajökull Glacier * Blue Lagoon

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

Day 1 : Overnight Flight
Day 2 : Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik
Days 3 – 5 : Hotel Dyrholaey, Vik
Day 6 : Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik
(On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.)

PRICING * INCLUSIONS * FLIGHT UPGRADES

SINGLE OCCUPANCY:  $4,429 Per Person     DOUBLE OCCUPANCY:  $3,829 Per Person

DEPOSIT REQUIRED:  $698 Per Person    REMAINING BALANCE DUE:  October 4, 2024

*** For bookings made after September 18, 2024, please call for rates. ***

PRICING INCLUDES
Transportation Between Tyler & DFW International Airport * Round Trip Airfare (In/Out DFW International) * 11 Meals (6 Breakfasts & 5 Dinners) * Professional “Collette Vacations” Tour Director * Luxurious Motor-Coach Transportation * Hotel Transfers * Admissions Per Itinerary * Sightseeing Per Itinerary * 5 Nights Hotel Accommodations * Baggage Handling @ Hotels * Complimentary Secured Parking @ American Tours

A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of September 18, 2024 are based upon availability. Final payment due by October 04, 2024. Deposits are refundable up until September 25, 2024.

Upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare
Additional rate of: Business Class: $3,290 Per Person
† Refer to the reservation form to choose your upgrade option

IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)  * All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from DFW

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tuesday, December 3, 2024 – Overnight Flight – You’re on your way to Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice.  Where steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.  In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to search for the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights.*

Day 2: Wednesday, December 4, 2024 – Reykjavík, Iceland – Tour Begins – Your tour opens in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city.  Make yourself comfortable at your hotel upon arrival, as your rooms are ready for an early check-in and breakfast awaits you.  This afternoon, get acquainted with old town Reykjavík with a local guide on a walking tour featuring the harbor, city hall, the Parliament building, and the nearby cathedral, dating back to 1796. Gather with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine.  This evening, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise** and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the aurora borealis.* (B, D)

Day 3: Thursday, December 5, 2024 – Reykjavík – Golden Circle – Lava Exhibition Center – Seljalandsfoss – Vik – This morning, travel the Golden Circle to experience natural wonders, including the explosive Geysir thermal area and the double-cascade Gullfoss waterfall.  You’ll also experience the famous Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll stand upon the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  In the afternoon, stop at the Lava Exhibition Center and delve into Iceland’s past and present volcanic eruptions.  Afterward, witness Seljalandsfoss, a rushing waterfall where you may walk behind the water for unique views from the inside out. Next, continue onto Vík. Drive or venture on foot into the stillness of rural Iceland in search of the northern lights.  You’ll enjoy three nights of searching to increase your likelihood of catching a glimpse of these elusive lights.* (B, D)

Day 4: Friday, December 6, 2024 – Reynisfjara – Skógar Museum – Vík – Begin your day with journey to Reynisfjara, a volcanic sandy beach surrounded by basalt formations and home to thousands of nesting sea birds.  Look out over the natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey, a small peninsula of volcanic origin towering over the ocean.  Next, visit the Skógar Museum and discover its turf-built homes and artifacts.  Afterward, stand in awe before the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls.  Cap off your day with a visit to Sólheimajökull Glacier, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier.  After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights.* (B, D)

Day 5: Saturday, December 7, 2024  – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Vík – Travel through Skaftefell National Park, gateway to Vatnajökull Glacier known for having Iceland’s highest mountains and Europe’s largest ice cap.  Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs.  Explore this extraordinary landscape and search for seals swimming in cold waters.  After dinner, continue searching for the northern lights dancing across the night sky.* (B, D)

Day 6: Sunday, December 8, 2024 – Vík – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavík – Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula.  Known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home to the Blue Lagoon.  Take a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the heart of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavík for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 7: Monday, December 9, 2024 – Reykjavík – Tour Ends – Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)

OPTIONAL INSURANCE

OPTIONAL “COLLETTE VACATIONS” CANCELATION WAIVER & INSURANCE AVAILABLE
This optional Travel Protection Plan is $449 per person, is not included in Tour Pricing, and is non-refundable.

“WORRY-FREE CANCELATION”: Collette Vacation’s industry-leading cancelation waiver offers travellers a full cash refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver.  Travel worry-free knowing if anything changes, you’re protected.

“PLUS, YOU’RE COVERD ON TOUR”: Collette Vacations “Travel Protection Plan” covers you on tour.  If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance of evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay, or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you’re covered.

REQUIREMENTS * ACTIVITY LEVEL

*** PASSPORT REQUIRED *** 
*** RECOMMEND PASSENGER AQUIRE “KNOWN TRAVELER NUMBER” ***

ACTIVITY LEVEL: The overall activity level of this tour is a LEVEL 3.This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. While you are searching for the northern lights, you will be walking and waiting outdoors. It is recommended that you wear sturdy non-slip snow footwear and warm clothing including thermals, hat, scarf and gloves. Most natural sites such as waterfalls, beaches, and lava fields require walking on unpaved, uneven surfaces rendered slippery by ice and rain. Sturdy footwear and ice crampons are required if you plan to walk in these areas or approach the waterfalls.

PLEASE NOTE

Book Now rates valid until Sep 25, 2024, valid on air inclusive packages only.

IDENTIFICATION:  Passports are required for this tour at your expense.  Certain countries require that your passport be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your travel.  You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details.  Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that travelers take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas.  It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa.  We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
Effective for travel in 2024, all visitors who do not need a visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver, for a fee, when visiting a Schengen Area Country. To identify Schengen Area Countries and to complete the ETIAS application, please visit https://www.etiasvisa.com/

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour.  If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers.  Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

*The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds.  As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Coaches which may not be lavatory equipped may be used on this program.  In this case, stops are made during travel periods.  Due to the remoteness of the sites we visit, the travel time between restrooms may be up to 2 hours.

**The northern lights cruise is weather dependent and may be postponed or cancelled in the event of adverse weather or sea conditions.

This tour takes place in the winter.  You can expect varying weather conditions with brisk days and limited daylight.  We seek to best utilize your time while on tour; to account for the potential for adverse weather, some activities or days may need to be altered, shifted, or cancelled.  In addition, museum visits and shopping may be affected by observance of religious or local holidays.

Hotel check-in will be immediately available on your arrival day.  If your flight arrives in the early morning, breakfast will be included once you arrive to your hotel.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport.  Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.

Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in some Icelandair gateway cities (at an additional cost).  Please inquire at time of reservation.

For air-inclusive reservations, the name provided at time of booking must match your government-issued ID that will be used during travel.  Name changes are subject to penalties.

Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of September 18, 2024 are based upon availability. Final payment due by October 04, 2024. Deposits are refundable up until September 25, 2024.

DISCLAIMER:  Any information or policy reflected in the promotional material provided by Collette Vacations have priortiy over any information or policy reflected in the promotional material provided by American Tours.