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Insight Vacations

4.4 | Great
  • 83% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1978
Headquarters
  • London, United Kingdom
Trips
  • 755

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Insight Vacations Reviews & Ratings 83% Recommend

4.4 out of 5
Excellent 9 Great 1 Average 1 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
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4.3

Tour Reviews

J

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Milan, Venice, Firenze and Rome were beyond anticipation,...Absolutely Wonderful!!!! You can leave off Pisa. April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Francis Touscheck was fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable on the history. Christine was also fantastic in Rome, Vatican.

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A

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Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went. April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.

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A

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Absolutely everything! I would book any tour with Howie - Howie Geib is the 'best of the best' Tour Director. April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It certainly pleases us to learn that your overall experience with Insight Vacations in Canada and the United States of America was a successful one. Furthermore, we are especially delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and services provided by our staff and we truly look forward to welcoming you back soon for more amazing destinations
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S

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Excellent April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Knowable guides and all of the best places!

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B

Recommends

Great tour with very good food and drink. June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
Insight always chooses the best available hotels in the area. Our tour director. Tom Hogan, was excellent. His knowledge of Ireland was comprehensive and interesting making our journey more enjoyable and fun. His diplomacy and sense of humour made the tour one of the best bus tours we have experienced. Thanks so very much Tom. We look forward to our next Insight holiday.
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Awesome January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
Fantastic trip. Ticked a lot of the boxes I wanted to do. My biggest gripe with the tour, like every other tour I done, is never enough time to enjoy all the amazing places. Having said that, I would highly recommend this tour.
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Located in London, and part of the sweeping family-owned Travel Corporation, Insight Vacations provides signature itineraries according to 7 specific trip styles.

What Makes Insight Vacations Stand Out?

Insight does not skimp -- hotels tend to be centrally located, even if more expensive, so that guests can experience a destination at night and have more free time at their disposal.

“Signature” experiences dot every itinerary: these may be interesting historic hotels, special activities (such as a private opera or orchestra performance),or authentic local restaurants. Most everything is included in the base rates.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Insight Vacations?

Insight’s typical customers are upscale English-speaking baby boomers in their 50s and 60s.

The kind of traveler who appreciates the finer things, loves the idea of a day out in the fresh air followed by a private dining experience with high caliber food and wine, will love the exceptional service that comes with an Insight Vacations tour.

If you enjoy meeting new people in a small group setting, the group travel experience with Insight is all about creating the intimacy and opportunity to meet new friends and make lasting connections. And they provide a few different ways to make this possible, from groups of around 32 people, to special interest trips.

However if you prefer the idea of traveling in a private setting, Insight will customize the travel experience to what you and your friend group or family group want to see.

Foodies will definitely enjoy traveling with Insight Vacations as well! They make food and dining a focal point of interest on their itineraries, in a way that really stands out.

Top Destinations

Insight Vacations offers premium motor coach tours throughout Europe, North America, and increasingly, India.

Insight Vacations Travel Style

Insight seeks to fill a “premium” niche that falls above first class and a notch below luxury. Customer comfort on the road is a priority. If visions of cramped bus tours come to mind, note that Insight coaches have been stripped down to 40 seats, compared to 49 to 53 for normal tour buses. This allows for double the leg room, and a truly upscale coach travel experience.

Meanwhile, tour directors and local guides keep passengers entertained by delivering “insights” (in English) into local culture, history and politics.

They also take your dining experience into account. Insight offers several different ways to make food a highlight during your trip. These include fine dining options at innovative local restaurants, unique farm to table meals, cooking demonstrations, and even learning to make local dishes yourself.

Similar attention is paid to selecting the hotels and accommodations you will enjoy throughout your Insight Vacations tour. Lodgings are chosen for their central locations as well as significance to and representation of the destination.

Why Choose a Tour with Insight Vacations?

The Insight Vacations tagline is “the art of traveling in style”. They take this idea seriously both pre trip and while you’re on the ground.

If you’re looking for luxury beyond the silk sheet stereotype, consider Insight Vacations. Everything is planned out to the letter, groups are small, and you experience personalized service and passionate travel guides every step of the way.

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From Insight Vacations

For over 35 years Insight Vacations has been designing the world’s finest escorted touring itineraries. We are experts in touring Europe where we visit 43 European countries, the most of any operator. We are the leading escorted tour operator in the Eastern Mediterranean and offer the same legendary high standards and perfectly planned touring itineraries to guests travelling to North America, India and Nepal.

There's nothing 'standard' about travelling with Insight. You'll travel in luxurious comfort and enjoy fantastic, remarkable experiences that aren't available on other vacations. It’s the introductions to amazing people, the authentic encounters, extra personal touches and carefully chosen little surprises that make Insight stand apart when it comes to guided vacations.

We are always evolving and innovating to offer unique guided vacations in the world's best destinations. You'll always discover more with Insight. We know that you want to experience more than just the conventional tourist sites, that’s why we include authentic insights into every destination - things you’ll only experience with us.

Enjoy unique escorted vacations, with signature business class travel, expert Tour Directors and hand picked hotels in the best locations.

Our Tour Directors know your destination, its culture and history inside out – and they create experiences you'll cherish forever.

Trips & Specials

EUROPE SPECIAL: Save up to $1,000 Per Couple

Popular destinations include: Croatia, Italy, and Spain & Portugal

Or see all Insight Vacations Europe Tours »

Eligible for trips 9 days or longer

Offer expires April 30, 2019

Highlights

  • Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market.
  • Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.
  • Galilee: View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to when Jesus was alive.
  • Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Mount Scopus: Marvel at the stunning views over the city of Jerusalem.
  • Scenic Drives: Mediterranean Coast, Sea of Galilee, Jordan Valley, Judean Hills.
  • Israel: 2018 marks 70 years of the State of Israel.
  • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary.
  • Capernaum: Visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • Dead Sea: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
  • Jerusalem: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. At the Israel Museum, wander to the Shrine of the Book wing housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion. You will also visit the Garden of Gethsemene, see the Temple Mount, Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.
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Highlights

  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar
  • Visit Raj Ghat
  • See Qutub Minar
  • Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House
  • Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun. Kathmandu: See the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple
  • Visit the temple of the Teleju, Statue of Yogendra Mall. Varanasi: Enjoy a brief city tour visiting some famous temples
  • Visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma
  • Partake in an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats (if possible.) Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal. Jaipur: See the Palace of Winds and visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Delhi: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
  • Jaipur: Join a jeep safari through the picturesque Aravalli hills. Stop and spend time with the Meena tribe, before continuing on to Dera Amer where your Highlight Dinner awaits.
  • Jaipur: The mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with drinks features the best of Indian cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW). 17 Dec includes an additional Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Khajuraho.
  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu new year.
  • Delhi: Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Fly to Kathmandu: Relax as you fly towards the Himalayas to reach Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu: With your Local Expert, take an intimate look the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor.
  • Kathmandu: Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.
  • Kathmandu: Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.
  • Kathmandu: Visit Patan's temple of Teleju, the Statue of Yogendra Malla and a Tibetan Handicraft Centre.
  • Kathmandu: See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Kathmandu: Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.
  • Kathmandu: Visit the colossal stupa, Bodhnath.
  • Fly to Varanasi: Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.
  • Varanasi: Join an expert in India’s religious rituals to learn more about the colourful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony in the Ganges, against a backdrop of ringing bells and chanting music.
  • Varanasi: Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.
  • Varanasi: During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.
  • Varanasi: Partake in an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats - your Travelling Concierge will confirm if this experience is possible on your departure.
  • Fly to Khajuraho: Board your short flight to Khajuraho.
  • Khajuraho: Tour the famous temples.
  • Orchha: Visit the palaces and temples of the fort.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen.
  • Agra: Inside the red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
  • Jaipur: Your Travelling Concierge will show you the Palace of Winds. You then visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Jaipur: Experience the perfect blend of traditional decor and modern amenities at the luxurious Fairmont Jaipur.
  • Agra: Located close to the Taj Mahal and boasting beautiful gardens and opulent decor, the Mughal hotel perfectly recreats the splendour and majesty of the Mughal Dynasty.
  • Kathmandu: Meet a local who has summitted Everest, to hear a personal account of the Sherpa people and their role in Everest expeditions.
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
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Highlights

  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar
  • Visit Raj Ghat
  • See Qutub Minar
  • Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House
  • Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun. Kathmandu: See the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple
  • Visit the temple of the Teleju, Statue of Yogendra Mall. Varanasi: Enjoy a brief city tour visiting some famous temples
  • Visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma
  • Partake in an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats (if possible.) Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal. Jaipur: See the Palace of Winds and visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Delhi: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
  • Jaipur: Join a jeep safari through the picturesque Aravalli hills. Stop and spend time with the Meena tribe, before continuing on to Dera Amer where your Highlight Dinner awaits.
  • Jaipur: The mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with drinks features the best of Indian cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW). 17 Dec includes an additional Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Khajuraho.
  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu new year.
  • Delhi: Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Fly to Kathmandu: Relax as you fly towards the Himalayas to reach Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu: With your Local Expert, take an intimate look the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor.
  • Kathmandu: Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.
  • Kathmandu: Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.
  • Kathmandu: Visit Patan's temple of Teleju, the Statue of Yogendra Malla and a Tibetan Handicraft Centre.
  • Kathmandu: See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Kathmandu: Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.
  • Kathmandu: Visit the colossal stupa, Bodhnath.
  • Fly to Varanasi: Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.
  • Varanasi: Join an expert in India’s religious rituals to learn more about the colourful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony in the Ganges, against a backdrop of ringing bells and chanting music.
  • Varanasi: Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.
  • Varanasi: During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.
  • Varanasi: Partake in an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats - your Travelling Concierge will confirm if this experience is possible on your departure.
  • Fly to Khajuraho: Board your short flight to Khajuraho.
  • Khajuraho: Tour the famous temples.
  • Orchha: Visit the palaces and temples of the fort.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen.
  • Agra: Inside the red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
  • Jaipur: Your Travelling Concierge will show you the Palace of Winds. You then visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Jaipur: Experience the perfect blend of traditional decor and modern amenities at the luxurious Fairmont Jaipur.
  • Agra: Located close to the Taj Mahal and boasting beautiful gardens and opulent decor, the Mughal hotel perfectly recreats the splendour and majesty of the Mughal Dynasty.
  • Kathmandu: Meet a local who has summitted Everest, to hear a personal account of the Sherpa people and their role in Everest expeditions.
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
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Highlights

  • Hanoi: Join a passionate foodie on a walking tour to some of the city’s most interesting areas and experience the vibrancy of Hanoi's street-food culture. Taste local treats, such as rice paper rolls, pho bo which is beef noodle soup and com cake.
  • Ho Chi Minh: Witness traditional dance performances at the Art Salon Saigon, followed by a Welcome Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Mekong Delta: Enjoy freshly-made Mekong delta specialties for lunch.
  • Hue: Inspired by the grandeur of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Ancient Hue restaurant is where you’ll enjoy a private dinner fit for royalty. Dress in traditional royal costume and savour dishes typically served to royalty.
  • Hue: Visit the 18th century Dong Thuyen pagoda and dine on an organic vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns. Chat to them and learn about their beliefs, practices and food philosophies.
  • Hoi An: Choose one of three hand-selected restaurants, each specializing in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion.
  • Hoi An: Meet a local chef who will lead a hands-on cooking class and learn how to create some of the local specialities that you will enjoy for your Highlight Lunch.
  • Hanoi: Join a passionate foodie on a walking tour to some of the city’s most interesting areas and experience the vibrancy of Hanoi's street-food culture. Taste local treats, such as rice paper rolls, pho bo which is beef noodle soup and com cake.
  • Luang Prabang: Participate in an age-old Buddhist tradition, by offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks.
  • Luang Prabang: Uncover the highlights and secret gems of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the fusion of traditional architecture with the colonial styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, as you wander through the alleyways to witness local life.
  • Luang Prabang: Join a sunset cruise on the Mekong, observing rural life along the tree-lined banks of the river. Enjoy a chilled drink and take brilliant photos of the sunset over the river.
  • Siem Reap: More than just a circus, the Phare Circus is transforming the lives of disadvantaged young Cambodian performers through theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts. See them in action, as they tell unique stories of Cambodia on a dazzling stage. After the show, meet one of the performers to hear how their lives have changed since joining the circus.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, as you visit its most iconic attractions and learn about street food-and-coffee culture.
  • Dao Thuc: Accompanied by a live orchestra, enjoy a water-puppet performance, set in a lotus pond. Meet the artisan who makes the puppets in his workshop and see how the Vietnamese have been bringing performances of this nature to life since the 10th century.
  • Hanoi: Meet a renowned scholar at the Temple of Literature and learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture, before touring the temple grounds.
  • Mekong Delta: Meet Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who survived 4 years fighting the deadly Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, at his home and see how he and his wife earn a living making rice paper.
  • Hue: Enjoy a private VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to other travellers. Learn about its traditional architecture and history from a renowned historian.
  • Hue: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and learn what it takes to become a practitioner of this standard. See a performance showcasing different martial arts techniques.
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