|DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sept. 23, 2015 – Insight Vacations®, the leader in premium and luxury escorted journeys, launches its 2016-17 Europe and Britain collection with nine new premium all-inclusive trips and four new outstanding itineraries. With more than 100 handpicked itineraries and 13 new escorted journeys, Insight’s legendary collection of Signature Experiences, Hotels and Dininghave been expanded to include a host of itinerary enhancements.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 Highlightsinclude VIP and priority access to amazing 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% Early Payment Discount when your guests book and pay before December 17, 2015.
“I’ve just returned from our global conference in Venice, where I was immensely proud to unveil our stunning 2016 collection of truly amazing escorted journeys,” said John Boulding, Global CEO of Insight Vacations. “As the European Specialists, Insight Vacations is a trailblazer in style, quality and value – we have been the leader in experiential travel for almost 40 years.”
For guests looking for complete convenience, these nine new all-inclusive premium journeysinclude daily breakfast buffet, evening dining, daily adventures, exclusive Signature Experiences and Premium Highlights in one single price:
European Spotlight – 14 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 – 14 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 – 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: Repose at Budapest’s Signature hotel, the five-star Sofitel Budapest, boasting spectacular views of the famous Chain Bridge. Guests 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: 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 – 12, 13 or 16 days of Premium Cruising around Turkey and the Greek islands include multiple relaxing voyages of discovery. 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: Explore the historic wonder of mainland Greece before traveling to the stunning islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Guests will enjoy a Freestyle Evening in Delphi with a superb choice of dining options and join a local expert to explore the legendary temple of Apollo.
Four new premium escorted journeys include:
Classic Cities of Northern Europe – On this new 12-day Easy Pace® journey, guests discover the iconic cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and their charming neighbor Bremen. Guests begin their journey with a leisurely three-night stay in the City of Light, enjoying priority access to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower. While in Amsterdam, guests enjoy a multitude of Signature Experiencesincluding a special canal cruise and joining a Dutch art historian for an exclusive tour of the renowned Rijksmuseum. Guests explore the fairy tale city of Bremen, including a Dine-Around Evening to sample its authentic regional cuisine. Next, guests journey to Berlin and relax at the Swissôtel – the city’s best luxury property and a Signature hotel set in the midst of world-class shopping. Guests will experience 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 18-day Regional Journey enables travelers to explore some of the most magnificent places in France and Spain, immersing in the local cultures and traditions of 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 three-night stay at the luxurious Signature hotel, Château des Vigiers, in Monestier – set amidst the famous vineyards. In the gorgeous town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, guests will enjoy Signature Dining with a Highlight Dinner at a rustic countryside restaurant.
Easy Pace Spain – This new leisurely 11-day Easy Pace® itinerary showcases the best of vibrant Barcelona, the culinary capital and gastronomic city of San Sebastián, and historic 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 magnificent Guggenheim Museum and a Highlight Dinner in San Sebastián, famous for its pintxos cuisine.
Romantic Northern Italy – This 11-day Country Roads® escorted journey enables guests to discover the uniquely 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. Guests 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. Guests will travel to Conegliano and see how Italy’s most famous sparkling wine, Prosecco, is produced. While in Baveno, guests will enjoy a Signature Dining experience with a Dine-Around Evening where they can choose from a selection of handpicked restaurants.