This year Insight Vacations will offer a range of vacation packages designed around specific interests and hobbies. With trips focused on art, flowers, beer and photography, all journeys will include transfers aboard luxury coaches, stays in high-end hotels and small group sizes.
Insight Vacations will offer the 15-day An Art Lover’s Taste of Europe for the first time this October. Travelers will receive a VIP entry to the Vatican Museums, allowing them to beat the crowds, as well as see the usually-off-limits Bramante Staircase. In Paris, guests will visit the Louvre Museum, where they can see the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. At the Foundation Beyeler Museum in Basel, art enthusiasts will be able to see works by Cezanne, Picasso, Rosseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse and Newman. In Amsterdam, travelers will stop at the Van Gogh Museum. The trip departs once, on October 6.
Insight Vacations will offer a journey centered around flowers. The Gardens of England and Wales with the Chelsea Flower Show journey will include stops at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Wisley gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Hidcote Manor Garden, the David Austin Nursery, the Powis Castle gardens, Bodnant Gardens, the Topiary Gardens in the English Lake District, the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and gardens of Blenheim Palace. The 15-day journey will depart May 24.
Flower buffs will have two other options centered around the Chelsea Flower Show. The nine-day European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show package, leaving May 24, 2019, will venture further into western Europe, hitting the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands and the gardens of Versailles and Giverny in France. The trip will also include a dinner cruise on the Thames, time to explore the streets of Bruges and a journey to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Twice as long, the 18-day Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps trip will skip Bruges, but add stops in Dijon in France, the Italian Lakes, Bolzano, Munich, Rothenberg and Maastricht. For those looking to see flowers, the trip will offer the same options as the nine-day trip, as well as a visit to Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam, the Botanical Gardens on Isola Bella in Italy and the Sissinghurst Castle Garden in England. The trip departs a couple weeks earlier than the other two flower trips, on May 7.
The company’s Oktoberfest package will center around a visit to Germany’s famous beer festival. Guests will receive a VIP seat at the famous beer festival’s Ochsenbraterei Tent, where they will drink Bavarian Beer and eat a three-course meal. The 11-day trip will also add an assortment of other stops, including visits to Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Melk and Vienna. Along the way, guests will have a dinner and conversation with Patrick von Richtofen, a direct descendant of the Red Baron; take a river cruise of the Wachau Valley, attend a concert featuring the music of Johann Straus and Mozart; and much more. Insight Vacations will offer the trip once this year, with a departure date of September 22.
Available three times this next year, Picture Perfect Italy will travel the length of the Mediterranean country, stopping in Venice, the Alps, Milan, Florence, Pompei and Rome. Great for photographers, the 18-day trip will pass by the peaks of the Dolomites, the iconic Tuscan hills, the colorful villages of Cinque Terre and the ruins at Pompeii. Other highlights include a visit to the gardens at the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, a cooking class in Tuscany and a mountainside funicular ride with views of the Isle of Capri and the Mediterranean. Departure dates include August 13, September 17 and October 8.