Local Expert, Canyon Tim, educates guests of The Grand Canyon’s history and geology
New York, N.Y. – July 6, 2020: The world may not be open just yet, but we can still experience the magic of travel while we have our own backyard to explore. Now is an opportune time for travelers to visit places in the USA that they’ve always wanted to discover as Insight Vacations introduces three new seven-day domestic itineraries in a new travel style called Escapes. These close to home, shorter trips, specially curated for Americans, allow travelers to get back adventuring without having to travel internationally while they enjoy meaningful interactions with local suppliers who need it most.
While our guests start making travel plans again, Insight’s top priority is their well-being. Fully appreciating guests’ understandable concerns in this new post COVID-19 world of traveling, we have implemented The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) new well-being protocols and hygiene standards. This includes smaller groups of no more than 22 guests, that allows for more personal space on the uniquely customized luxury motor coaches with extra legroom, so guests can travel with a sociable group and still maintain their physical distance.
“We are getting back out there to explore America and we look forward to you and your travelers reigniting their passion for traveling in style,” said Jon Grutzner, President of Insight Vacations. “Our guests are always our top priority and we want them to have peace of mind when traveling, which now includes enhanced hygiene protocols.”
Insight Vacations is also investing in a newly conceived, dedicated Wellbeing Director on every trip with more than 20 guests, working alongside our expertly trained Travel Directors.
The Wellbeing Director will monitor all hygiene protocol and physical distancing measures, monitor daily coach sanitization, perform supplier quality checks ensuring all partners meet expected hygiene standards and local regulations, ensure luggage handles are sanitized during loading and unloading of luggage, keep guests up-to-date on local regulations and ensure compliance and be available 24/7 for any questions or concerns around hygiene and well-being.
Insight is offering a $99 deposit per person for new bookings made between June 15, 2020 – September 15, 2020. This offer is a temporary reduction from the standard deposit of $200 and is applicable for travel from September 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021. The deposit holds a flexibility promise which means guests are free to change their travel plans up to 30 days before the departure of their journey. Guests who have traveled with Insight Vacations and TTC’s sister brands can benefit from a further 5% savings. Travel Advisors can recommend to their clients to book early, since space is limited on these smaller group journeys.
Like every Insight Vacation journey, our new itineraries feature the expertly crafted balance of Top Rated Highlights, Deliciously Authentic Dining and Insight Experiences, such as joining passionate Local Expert, Canyon Tim, in the Grand Canyon for an informative and special talk into the natural landmarks’ history and geology.
Take a glimpse into Insight’s new 7-day Escape Journeys that travelers can experience in the USA later this year, or next:
This adventurous escape delves into the magic of the natural wonders and culture of the Southwest. For a unique Insight Experience, guests will experience the flavors of the Southwest come to life during an interactive cooking class at the Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale. As an Insight Choice, guests can take an exciting, off-road Jeep ride through Sedona’s backcountry with amazing views of the red rock surroundings, or they can take a trolley tour visiting some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the iconic Chapel of the Holy Cross Country. Along they way, they’ll have the chance to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taliesin West for a private guided tour. While in Arizona, guests will board the historic Grand Canyon Railway and enjoy a leisurely journey to the South Rim of the Canyon, and later join a private sunset tour to experience some of the canyon’s most scenic sunset views. They’ll also get a chance to visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument to learn about the Sinagua culture.
On this tropical retreat, guests will visit a remote paradise where history, culture and beauty combine for the perfect holiday destination. In Maui, guests will embark on a special Insight Experiencewhere a Local Expert provides a fascinating presentation of the ecology of the islands and how different species have evolved into the unique, yet delicate life forms. They’ll also savor a Farm-and-Sea-to-Table Lunch at Pacific’o in Lahaina served on the beach and later discover the charming town of Makawao — previously listed as one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States. There’s also time to take in the beauty of the night by joining the evening program at “the World’s Best Hotel for Stargazing” where the skies are clearly mapped out for guests to view. In Oahu, they’ll join a Local Expert around the important landmarks of the Historic District in downtown Honolulu and go on a scenic drive to admire the rugged eastern coastline, with mesmerizing views of beaches such as Hanauma Bay.
New – Cajun Country Escape
A unique blend of culture, scenery and Southern hospitality awaits guests on this incredible journey to vibrant cities and countryside gems. Starting in lively New Orleans, an immersive eco excursionshows guests the rich tapestry of land, people and culture that thrives on the Mississippi, where they’ll meet a local oysterman and sample some fresh seafood at the fishing village. They’ll also discover the main landmarks, fascinating history and hidden treasures of this city — from the treelined streets and plantation-style mansions of the Garden District to the vibrant and musical Tremé neighborhood. For a delicious Insight Culinary Experience in Lafayette, guests will join a Local Expert for boating at a crawfish farm and enjoy a traditional Cajun boil for lunch. Later, they’ll take a visit to legendary Martin Accordions and enjoy a private performance of Cajun and zydeco music. Along the way, they’ll visit Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and Jefferson Island for a glimpse into the life of 19th century American actor, Joseph Jefferson.
We hope travelers will join us in exploring the vast culture, history and nature of America, and ignite the excitement of travel once again.
For reservations, contact your District Sales Manager, call Insight Vacations at 1-800-582-8380 or visit www.insightvacations.com
Terms and Conditions: $99 per person deposit valid for new bookings only made between June 15, 2020 – September 15, 2020. Deposit due at time of booking. Applicable for travel September 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021. $99 Deposit is combinable with Early Payment Discount, Early Booking Discount, Last Minute Deals, year-round savings and exclusive partner offers. An additional deposit is required at 120 days for select Europe, USA/Canada, Asia and Africa trips that include internal segments. Offer is not applicable to group deposit but can be applied for travelers booking within the group block. $99 per person deposit qualifies for 30-day refund guarantee – cancel for any reason within 30 days of deposit and receive a full refund. Offer based on availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. CST No. 20687545-20
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