Whether you’re marking off Europe’s essential sights for the first time or showing off a city you love to new explorers, Insight Vacations creates the difference between simply seeing the sights and truly experiencing them.
Packed with Action, Completely Carefree
Bring a good pair of walking shoes to the British Isles, where carefully crafted itineraries include all the highlights while local guides add thoughtful perspectives: perhaps you’ll ruminate over Lincoln Castle’s original copy of the Magna Carta, teach young ones your favorite Shakespearean sonnet in Stratford-upon-Avon or contemplate the mysteries of Stonehenge alongside your closest friends. Despite the busy pace, the mood is decidedly relaxed. That’s because all the details are handled by highly trained Travel Directors who are more akin to traveling concierges. They’re ready to help with any request — even taking that iconic shot of you inside one of London’s red telephone boxes.
Camaraderie Comes Easily
A laid-back tone does more than just make you comfortable; it creates an atmosphere that fosters friendship. Fellow travelers become true companions as you build bonds over Bellinis in Venice and while watching the colorful Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It also helps that groups are smaller than traditional escorted vacations — no more than 40 guests — and appeal to an international crowd. Whether you’re traveling solo or as a couple, it’s easy to share special moments with others as you gaze in awe at the Swiss Alps from atop Mount Stanserhorn or dine in Paris’ elegant La Bouteille d’Or overlooking Notre-Dame.
Instead of simply ordering a glass of wine, learn from a Local Expert about the nuances of vino rosso and how to pair it with Florentine cuisine. Such engaging travel experiences resonate on a deeper level. Passionate guides attuned to the nuances of the culture are able to lead you through the narrow alleyways of Capri to those hidden vistas and trendy cafés that only residents know about. Thanks to longstanding insider connections, you can even gain special entrance to the Vatican Museums, skipping the queues to go behind the scenes at the Bramante Staircase — normally off-limits to the public.
Little Extras, Big Differences
Beyond special access in essential sights, you’ll find thoughtful details throughout your journey. Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi in your luxury motor coach, where business-class seats boast up to twice the legroom as a standard touring coach. Look up and you may discover your Travel Director is giving out handcrafted Swiss chocolates that she picked up on a local stop. Centrally positioned hotels put you in the heart of the action, while specially curated Dine-Around evenings showcase the most laudable local restaurants. Little touches make a big difference when you’re traveling abroad, and you’ll have them all when we create your trip with Insight Vacations.
By Ann Fearey
I recently spent almost a week in Cuba and I feel I barely scratched the surface of this Caribbean nation. Now I know why so many of our clients want to return to Cuba after their first trip. Once is not enough for anyone looking for soft adventure in a safe, culturally diverse paradise.
For us Florida residents we have no excuse not to visit this new Caribbean destination for Americans. This small country, about the size of Florida, is a short 40 minute plane ride from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. Not to mention major cruise lines like NCL and Royal Caribbean offer a multitude of itinerary options from our Florida ports.
I recently flew on Southwest Airlines from Ft. Lauderdale to Havana for a week with my Spanish speaking son, his wife and toddler. Instead of modern western style hotels or an organized tour we chose to travel independently and stay in three Casa Particulars which are privately run guest houses. Our hostesses were hospitable and charming. By the end of the three days at our first casa in Vedado, Havana we felt like we were family, sitting on the porch in comfortable rocking chairs sharing stories with other guests from all over the world.
Each day we were greeted by our personal tour guide, Mickel, a young, energetic Cuban who spoke perfect English, fortunately for me. The first day he took is on a walking tour of the old city which was mobbed with tourists, all following their guide as they strolled from one beautiful plaza to the next. The next morning we were treated to a Classic Car tour in a 1948 bright red Chevrolet convertible. This is the “only” way to see the historical boulevards and squares throughout the city.