Insight Vacations Announces Over 100 Definite Departures to Europe and Eastern Mediterranean
Guests can book with confidence on international tours guaranteed to run in 2021
New York, N.Y.– June 23, 2021: Insight Vacations, the leader in premium guided journeys, is providing increased booking confidence for their guests by announcing more than 100 definite departures on trips across Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
As more and more countries begin to open their borders, many Insight Vacations guided tours can take your clients there. Insight’s definite departures are scheduled now through the end of October, so it’s important for guests to book ahead before the most desirable departure dates are sold out.
“With the announcement of the European Union and other countries re-open to U.S. travelers, we are very excited to travel again with our guests on these definite departures, offering the utmost service, wellbeing, and unforgettable immersive experiences,” said Guy Young, president of Insight Vacations. “We want to make sure our guests feel confident in booking their next journey with us, and our wide range of definite departures provides plenty of options for when, how and where they want to travel.”
If more destinations reopen, Insight Vacations will add more departures to its list, which already include popular destinations such as Italy, Spain, Croatia, France, Ireland, Iceland and Germany.
Insight’s definite departures include classic group sizes, Small Groups with a maximum of 24 guests and an industry-first Well-being Director on trips with 22 or more guests, who will provide assistance during guests’ travels; new well-being protocols and hygiene standards developed with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Several Insight journeys on these definite departures include new MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences with our not-for-profit partner, TreadRight, that are designed to uplift local communities and ensure Insight’s travels are used as a force for good while supporting the United Nations’ Global Goals.
Below are several of many definite departures for European and Eastern Mediterranean tours that Americans can book in 2021:
Best of Italy – 11 Days
Guests will live ‘La Dolce Vita’ on this extravagant tour showcasing Italy’s best treasures. Starting in Rome, they’ll gain special VIP access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. They’ll also witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. For an authentic dining experience in Tuscany, guests will indulge in a private picnic of seasonal produce on the grounds of the estate Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli. A special MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience in Venice, guests will witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practiced by precious few masters, and watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices dating back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft. Along the way, they’ll also see Italy’s iconic landmarks with local experts, such as Doge’s Palace, Rome’s famous Colosseum, the leaning tower of Pisa, the cobbled streets on Pompeii, and the gorgeous Isle of Capri. *Definite Departures on Sep. 04, Sep. 11, Sep. 18, Oct. 09, and Oct. 21
Best of Spain and Portugal – 15 Days
On this journey guests will follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms. In Madrid, guests will witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as they tour the Prado Museum with an art historian. In Grenada, they’ll visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardensm but while others wait in line, your clients will be exploring alongside a fascinating Local Expert keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark. A MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Seville, they’ll visit The Cristina Heeren Foundation, which aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. They will meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as the students perform an emotional show. There’s of course incredible authentic dining of Spanish cuisine, and in Torremolinos, guests will hear the stories of local life as they are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine. Food lovers will enjoy a special dining experience in Valencia, where they will learn the authentic recipe of paella by joining a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. *Definite Departures on Sep. 03 , Sep. 12 , Sep. 17 , Sep. 24 , Sep. 26 , Oct. 01 , Oct. 02 , Oct. 09 , and Oct. 15
Natural Wonders of Iceland – 9 Days
Clients will experience a world of natural phenomena, with gushing waterfalls, volcanoes and stunning landscapes at every turn. In Hellisheidi, guests will visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station, Hellisheidavirkjun, the second largest of its kind in the world. A new MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, they’ll learn why Hellisheidavirkjun is a world leader in the utilization of geothermal energy. Guests can explore Reykjavik with Insight Choice, choosing between visiting the mineral-rich waters of the Blue lagoon, or discovering Reykjavik’s top sights on a walking tour with a Local Expert. At Lake Jokulsarlon, clients will see its luminous blue icebergs and the setting for the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, and in Skaftafell, they’ll visit the amazing alpine setting of the National Park and experience the might of Vatnajökull – Europe’s largest glacier. Clients will explore many other natural wonders such as Gullfoss’s two-tiered waterfall, the hot springs at Geysir, Snæfellsjökull National Park’s most famous volcano, and the scenic mountain passes of Almannaskard and the Mödrudal Desert. * Definite Departures on July 11, Aug. 01, Aug. 08 , Aug. 22 , and Aug. 29
Country Roads of France – 16 Days
This scenic journey will take your guests to leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France’. A special Insight Experience in Vers Pont Du Guard, guests will join a pétanque player to learn the secrets behind this traditional French discipline ending the lesson with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. Among the beautiful landscape of Sarlat-la-Caneda, they’ll enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region, later exploring the historic golden limestone buildings. In Avignon with a local expert, they’ll view the Pont d’Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes. The scenic drives are like a dream, passing through iconic French Countryside regions, traveling through Burgundy, the High Alps, along the Route Napoleon and French Riviera, past Cote d’Azur, the Languedoc Region and through the Dordogne Valley. * Definite Departures for Aug. 28 , Sep. 11 , Sep. 18 , and Oct. 02
For reservations, contact your District Sales Manager, call Insight Vacations at 1-800-582-8380 or visit www.insightvacations.com
About Insight Vacations:
As a global leader in premium guided vacations, Insight Vacations has been crafting magical journeys that embody the “Art of Traveling in Style” for over 40 years. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcase the most outstanding destinations and curated experiences in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, please visit insightvacations.com.
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The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful family-owned and passionately run international group of 42 award-winning brands, celebrating our first 100th Anniversary in 2020. Our exceptional portfolio of brands spans across 70 countries and offers an extensive selection of international travel and tourism companies, encompassing a variety of guided travel experiences, independent holiday packages, boutique river cruising, luxury hotels and safaris. We are committed to consistently delivering outstanding service, experiences and value to each and every one of our guests and we do so through continuous innovation. For more information, please visit TTC.com or follow us on Twitter andInstagram while using our hashtags #TravelWithTTC and #MakeTravelMatter
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