Insight Vacations has announced the release of its 2016-2017 Europe and Britain collection with nine new all-inclusive trips and four new itineraries.
Many of Insight’s Signature hotels have been upgraded this year, and Insight is also introducing new “Relaxed Starts” with start times of 9:00 a.m. or later on various itineraries. 2016 Signature Highlights include VIP and priority access to experiences like an open-top cable car to the summit of Mt. Stanserhorn and fast track entry to Trinity College’s Book of Kells. In celebration of this new European collection, Insight is offering a 10 percent Early Payment Discount when clients book and pay before December 17, 2015.
Insight's nine new all-inclusive journeys include daily breakfast buffet, evening dining, daily adventures, exclusive Signature Experiences and Premium Highlights:
European Spotlight – 14 days: Signature Experiences include the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels and a Dine-Around Evening from a selection of local restaurants in Lucerne.
Splendors of Andalucia & Morocco – 14 days: Signature Dining features a Freestyle Evening in Seville and a Dine-Around experience in Granada, sampling local Spanish cuisine.
Italian Elegance – 13 days: Signature Highlights include cruising by boat to the elegant village of Portofino and a romantic gondola serenade to the tune of accompanying musicians while gliding across the Venetian canals.
The Bohemian – 10 days: Guests stay at Budapest’s Signature hotel, the Sofitel Budapest, with views of the famous Chain Bridge, and join a local expert in Vienna for a private tour of the Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens, followed by an evening performance of Viennese classical music.
Glories of Greece – Eight days: Highlights include joining a local chef in Olympia for an interactive cooking demonstration and a Signature Dining Celebration Dinner in Athens.
Grecian Legends, Grecian Dreams & Grecian Fables – 12, 13 or 16 days of cruising around Turkey and the Greek islands: Highlights include staying at an Athens Signature hotel, the Divani Caravel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Treasures of Greece and the Islands – 15 days: Guests explore mainland Greece before traveling to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Clients will enjoy a Freestyle Evening in Delphi with a choice of dining options and join a local expert to explore the temple of Apollo.
Four new premium escorted journeys include:
Classic Cities of Northern Europe – On this new 12-day Easy Pace journey, clients discover the cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Bremen. Clients begin their journey with a three-night stay in the City of Light, enjoying priority access to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower. While in Amsterdam, clients enjoy Signature Experiences including a special canal cruise and joining a Dutch art historian for an exclusive tour of the Rijksmuseum. Clients explore Bremen, including a Dine-Around Evening to sample its regional cuisine. Next, clients journey to Berlin and relax at the Swissôtel, where they will experience a visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial and enjoy a farewell Celebration Dinner with German cuisine and wine at a family-run restaurant with lively music.
Scenic France and Northern Spain – This new 18-day Regional Journey enables travelers to explore France and Spain, including Lyon, Lourdes, San Sebastián and the Bordeaux region. Clients will begin their trip with a Welcome Reception in Paris and sample French cuisine and wine. They will then head to the Loire Valley and later join a local expert to explore the cobbled streets of La Rochelle’s Old Quarter. Clients will travel to the Dordogne Valley and enjoy a three-night stay at the Signature hotel, Château des Vigiers, in Monestier – set amidst the famous vineyards. In the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, clients will enjoy Signature Dining with a Highlight Dinner at a rustic countryside restaurant.
Easy Pace Spain – This new 11-day Easy Pace itinerary showcases the best of Barcelona, San Sebastián, and Madrid (as well as their surrounding destinations) with a three-night stay in each city. Signature Highlights in Toledo include a visit to a local Damascene workshop where expert craftsmen inlay steel with silver gold and copper thread, a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé, and viewing an El Greco masterpiece. Other Signature Experiences include a trip to Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum and a Highlight Dinner in San Sebastián, famous for its pintxos cuisine.
Romantic Northern Italy – This 11-day Country Roads escorted journey highlights the fashion capital of Milan, Shakespeare’s Verona, the Dolomite region, Venice and the Italian Lake District. Clients will stay in Italy’s most exclusive ski resort area, Cortina d’Ampezzo, and stay at Hotel Ancora – a Signature hotel that is built in the characteristic Ampezzano style with wooden balconies and intricately carved interiors. Clients will travel to Conegliano and see how Prosecco is produced. While in Baveno, clients will enjoy a Signature Dining experience with a Dine-Around Evening where they can choose from a selection of restaurants.