Tours and Trips

Piedmont Technical College has partnered with Collette Vacations to offer a variety of group travel opportunities including extended trip options. These tours and trips are affordable and almost all inclusive.

Extended Travel Opportunities

Piedmont Technical College is once again offering travel opportunities to the community. There will be only 50% occupancy on motor coaches for all tours.

Countryside of the Emerald Isle              September 15-24, 2024

From remote islands and historic Dublin, to less-traveled roads and charming villages, this adventure brings together the best of the Emerald Isle. Come to know the culture and welcoming hospitality of the Irish in Dublin, Ireland’s rollicking capital city. Step off the beaten path in the seaside village of Kinsale, known as Ireland’s “gourmet capital.” Overnight amongst a labyrinth of stone walls on the remote and enchanting Aran Islands. Discover the windswept terrain of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s most scenic coastal routes, before arriving in colorful Dingle. Travel amongst the tranquil countryside and windswept valleys of the Dingle Peninsula. Raise a glass and celebrate a journey unlike any other through the many sides of Ireland.  This small group exploration adventure is 10 days & 13 meals. Included is land, air, taxes, transfers, and cancellation waver and insurance.  Learn more


Maritimes Coastal Wonders      August 25-September 4, 2024

This 11-day, 16 meal adventure will take you from the nautical beauty of Peggy’s Cove to the rugged splendor of the Cabot Trail. The Maritimes will enchant you. Choose how you explore Lunenburg – at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic or on a locally guided walking tour. Undertake a competition to cook the best mussels. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum and learn about potato farming. See the 4-story high Hopewell Rocks. Savor a traditional Maritimes lobster feast and learn how to eat lobster like a local. Visit the Bay of Fundy where some of the world’s highest tides are recorded. Don’t miss the rugged beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and rich seafaring history of Canada’s amazing Maritime Provinces. Pricing includes land, air, taxes and fees, transfers, and cancellation waver and insurance.  Learn more



Spain's Costa del Sol & Madrid              November 30-December 8, 2024

Let yourself be charmed by the sunny Andalusian lifestyle and discover the culture, cuisine, and history of southern Spain. Explore Costa del Sol’s beaches, boutiques, and cafes during a 5-night stay in the seaside town of Torremolinos. Immerse yourself in Andalusian culture during visits to the picturesque, whitewashed villages of Sentenil del las Bodegas and Ronda. Tour a medieval castle and see an iconic Roman aqueduct in the historic cirty of Segovia, and experience the vibrant energy of the capital city during a 2-night stay in Madrid.   Learn more



Chicago Cubs Spring Training in Arizona              March 9-15, 2025

What could be better than cheering on your favorite ball team, The Cubs, under the warm desert sunshine for three exciting spring training games? Get a head start on the baseball season with your Chicago Cubs at the Cactus League in Arizona. Airfare is FREE when booked before January 31, 2025! 



Japan: Past & Present              April 12-25, 2025

From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shrines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Explore the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, traveling between them on the famous shinkansen bullet train. Meet the incredible ama pearl divers and dine with them while hearing tales of their lives and traditions. Meet the bowing deer of Nara Park. Explore the historic geisha district of Kyoto, Gion. See the beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. Dive deep into the culture of Japan with the Women’s Association of Kyoto. Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya and wander the moss-covered paths of Okunoin Cemetery. Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum of Hiroshima and hear first-hand accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation. See the famous O-torii Gate of Miyajima Island. Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori district. Discover the thousand facets of Japanese culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan.  Learn more

Spectacular Scandinavia              May 17-30, 2025

Watch a Nordic postcard unfold before your very eyes and discover the lands where Vikings reigned. Uncover why Copenhagen is dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Join a local expert for an intimate tour of Stockholm, Sweden’s idyllic capital city. Experience Norway’s breathtaking fjord region, taking a cruise on Geirangerfjord. An incredible journey to a land of unparalleled beauty awaits you in Scandinavia, where history and culture intersect with stunning natural wonders.   Learn more


The Best of Eastern Canada              August 29-September 6, 2025

From the old-world style of Quebec City to the power of Niagara Falls, say bienvenue to Eastern Canada. Board a boat and experience Niagara Falls up close. Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake’s quaint local shops and charming atmosphere. Have a breakfast of regional specialties at a local sugar shack and learn about maple syrup-making. You choose how you explore Old Quebec – on foot with a local guide or on a panoramic coach tour. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. An unforgettable experience awaits as you venture along picturesque countryside and glistening skyscrapers. Learn more


California Dreamin'              October 13-21, 2025

This is the essence of Northern California, from fine wine and freshly caught seafood to vibrant cities and nature on an epic scale. Discover Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Old Sacramento, and Pier 39 in San Francisco. Witness the stunning views along 17-Mile Drive. Meet a local farmer and taste his farm’s produce. Marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Yosemite National Park. Glide on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe on a classic yacht. Sip local wines in Napa Valley and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch. Embrace the laid-back life of the Golden State.

Traveled with us before?

Ask about Collette Vacations' loyalty discount program!

Individuals who have traveled with Piedmont Technical College on a Collette Vacations trip in the past may be eligible to receive a $150 discount when registering for another trip. Call to inquire.


Contact Information FOR TRAVEL PROGRAMS:

Julia Evans
Phone: 864-941-8421 or


Jeanne Hughston, Jeanne's Travel Adventures
Travel Coordinator, Extended Travel
Phone: 864-993-1955