TORONTO — Last night Insight Vacations launched its 2016-17 Europe and Britain collection with several new inclusions including nine new premium all-inclusive trips, four new itineraries, “Relaxed Starts”, hotel upgrades, and new VIP experiences.
With over 100 hand picked itineraries and 13 new escorted journeys, the company’s collection of Signature Experiences, Hotels and Dining has been extended with a host of itinerary enhancements.
Many of the Signature Hotels have been upgraded and are in the best locations. Insight has also introduced its ‘Relaxed Starts’ with leisurely starts at 9 a.m. or later. Its 2016 Signature Highlights include VIP and priority access to excursions including an open-top cable car to the summit of Mt. Stanserhorn and fast track entry to Trinity College’s Book of Kells.
Clients who book and pay early can save up to $2,690 per couple before Jan. 14, 2016.
We spoke with Carla Brake, Vice-President of Sale, Insight Vacations:
For clients who want convenience with their globetrotting, these nine new all-inclusive premium journeys include daily breakfast buffet, evening dining, excursions, all exclusive Signature Experiences and Premium Highlights in one single price:
European Spotlight – 11 days
Signature Experiences includes the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels and a Dine-Around evening from a selection of authentic local restaurants in Lucerne.
Splendors of Andalucia & Morocco – 13 days
Signature Dining features a Freestyle evening in Seville and a Dine-Around experience in Granada sampling the best of local Spanish cuisine.
Italian Elegance – 12 days
Signature Highlights includes cruising by boat to the elegant village of Portofino and a romantic gondola serenade to the tune of accompanying musicians while gliding across the canals in Venice.
The Bohemian – nine days
Signature Hotel property in Budapest at the five star Sofitel Budapest with spectacular views of the famous Chain Bridge. Guests join a Local Expert in Vienna for a private tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and its formal gardens followed by an evening performance of Viennese classical music.
Glories of Greece – seven days
Premium highlights include joining a local chef in Olympia for an interactive cooking demonstration and a lively Signature Dining Celebration Dinner in Athens.
Grecian Legends, Grecian Dreams & Grecian Fables –11, 12 or 15 days
Premium Cruising with relaxing voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek islands and stay at an Athens Signature Hotel, the Divani Caravel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Treasures of Greece & The Islands – 14 days
Explore the historic wonder of mainland Greece before travelling to the stunning islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Clients will enjoy a Freestyle evening in Delphi with a superb choice of dining options and joining a Local Expert to explore the legendary temple of Apollo.
The other 4 new premium escorted journeys include:
Classic Cities of Northern Europe
On this new 11-day Easy Pace journey guests will discover the iconic cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and the charm of Bremen. They will begin their journey with a leisurely three-night stay in the City of Lights with priority access to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower. While in Amsterdam, they will enjoy Signature Experiences including a special canal cruiser and join a Dutch Art Historian for an exclusive tour of the renowned Rijksmuseum. Clients will explore the fairy tale city of Bremen including a Dining Around Evening to enjoy authentic regional cuisine. They will journey to Berlin and relax at their Signature Hotel, the Swissotel – the city’s best luxury property in the midst of world-class shopping. Guests will have a deeply moving visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial and enjoy a farewell Celebration Dinner with authentic German cuisine and wine at a family run restaurant with lively music.
Scenic France and Northern Spain
This new 17-day Regional journey enables travellers to explore some of the most magnificent places of France and Spain to immerse themselves in the local cultures and traditions including Lyon, Lourdes, San Sebastián and the Bordeaux region. Guests will begin their trip with a Welcome Reception in Paris and sample French cuisine and wine. They will then head to the picturesque Loire Valley and later join a Local Expert to explore the cobbled streets of La Rochelle’s Old Quarter. Guests will travel to the Dordogne Valley and enjoy a 3-night stay at the luxurious Signature Hotel, Chateau Des Vigiers set amidst the famous vineyards. In this scenic town of Monestier, they will enjoy Signature Dining with a Highlight Dinner at a rustic family-run countryside restaurant.
Easy Pace Spain
This new leisurely 10-day Easy Pace itinerary showcases the best of vibrant Barcelona, the culinary capital and Michelin starred city of San Sebastián and historic Madrid and surrounding destinations with a 3 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 and with a Local Expert, guests visit the Church of Santo Tome and view an El Greco Masterpiece. Other Signature Experiences include a visit to Bilbao’s magnificent Guggenheim Museum and a Highlight Dinner in San Sebastián famous for its pinxtos cuisine.
Romantic Northern Italy
This new 10-day Country Roads escorted journey enables clients to do discover the unique charming places and experiences that are off the beaten path. This itinerary highlights the fashion capital of Milan, Shakespeare’s Verona, the stunning Dolomite region, iconic Venice and the scenic Italian Lake District. Clients will stay in Italy’s most exclusive ski resort area, Cortina d’Ampezzo and stay at a Signature Hotel, Hotel Ancora which is built in the characteristic Ampezzano style with wooden balconies and intricately carved interiors. They will travel to Conegliano and see how Italy’s most famous sparkling wine, Proseco is produced. While in Bavano, guests will enjoy a Signature Dining experience with a Dine-Around evening and they can choose from a selection of handpicked restaurants.
For more information, please contact your local Sales Manager, visit insightvacations.com, or contact an Insight Specialist at the National Sales Centre at 1-800-387-8490.