{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade.

Page 1

JOURNEY BEYOND THE ORDINARY

AMERIC AS

WORLDWIDE

Personally curated by The Travel Corporation (TTC) Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, Luxury Gold is a collection of travel experiences unlike any other. We explore distinctive destinations in exquisite luxury, taking you on a journey beyond the ordinary. As a member of TTC’s award-winning portfolio, including esteemed luxury brands such as The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Luxury Gold shares a passion for excellence, a commitment to service, and a philosophy that “No request is too large, no detail too small.” Travellers seeking to indulge in the exceptional should look no further than our worldwide collection of immersive luxury journeys. WORLDWIDE

FOR SPECIALIST ASSISTANCE Call (65) 6922 5950 / 6299 3382 or contact your Travel Agent

Hours of operation: Monday–Friday:

9:00am–6:00pm GMT +8

/LuxuryGoldVacations

@LuxuryGoldVacations

CONNECT WITH US /LuxuryGoldVacations

A U T U M N , W I N T E R , S P R I N G C O L L E CT I O N O F P R E M I U M E S C O RT E D J O U R N E YS TO E U RO P E , B R I TA I N & T H E E A ST E R N M E D I T E R R A N E A N

2019-2020

2020

P R E M I U M E S C O RT E D J O U R N E YS W E ST E R N U S A , N AT I O N A L PA R K S , E A ST C O A ST, FA L L FO L I A G E , ALASKA & CANADIAN ROCKIES Travel Corporation NZ Limited. Level 2, 131 New North Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021 Postal Address: PO Box 68-640, Auckland 1145, DX CX 10204 Reservations: (09) 300 1580 Administration: (09) 300 1581 For Travel Agents outside Auckland free phone: 0800 656 111. First Edition April 2019 - NZ - Please consider the environment; pass this brochure to a friend when finished with it.

INSIGHTVACATIONS.COM

Insight Vacations Pty Ltd 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 ACN: 002 640 057 ABN: 36 002 640 057 Licence No: 2TA001564 Travel Agent Reservations: Sydney Metro: (02) 9512 0767 All other areas: 1300 727 767 First Edition April 2019 - AUS - Please consider the environment; pass this brochure to a friend when finished with it.

INSIGHTVACATIONS.COM

@LGVacations

2020

2020

t, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 ACN: 002 640 057 ABN: 36 002 640 057 ervations: Sydney Metro: (02) 9512 0767 All other areas: 1300 727 767 der the environment; pass this brochure to a friend when finished with it.

JOURNEY BEYOND THE ORDINARY

USA & CANADA

LUXURY GOLD

YOU THE INSIGHTS, UST THE SIGHTS.

INSIGHT VACATIONS

ALL THE SIGHTS AND THE INSIGHTS, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, IN COMFORT AND IN STYLE.

L U X U RY E S C O RT E D J O U R N E Y S U S A , C A N A D A , P E R U , C H I L E , B R A Z I L , A RG E N T I N A , COLOMBIA & ECUADOR Contact your Travel Agent for bookings and advice. Insight Vacations (Singapore & Asia Regional Office). 600 North Bridge Road #06-06 Parkview Square Singapore 188778 IMPORTANT: Deposit must be paid within 7 days of booking. Some trips are excluded and terms and conditions apply. For full details, see your Travel Agent or go to pages 20-21. First Edition September LUXURYGOLD.COM 2019 - FE - Please consider the environment; pass this brochure to a friend when finished with it.

2020 L U X U RY E S C O RT E D J O U R N E Y S B R I TA I N , E U RO P E , U S A , C A N A D A , P E R U , C H I L E , B R A Z I L , A RG E N T I N A ,

L AO S , V I E T N A M , J A PA N , I N D I A , B H U TA N , N E PA L , E G Y P T, S O U T H A F R I C A

LUXURYGOLD.COM

Insight Vacations is a proud member of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) collection of award-winning niche brands, together with Luxury Gold, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Contiki and Trafalgar. As a fourth-generation, family-owned business, TTC has been creating enriching travel experiences for over 100 years, delivering exceptional hospitality, quality and value. No matter which TTC brand you choose, you can look forward to the same level of meticulous care and expertise. We are confident we can provide a holiday that is right for you. To learn more about our loyalty opportunities and TTC, please visit our website at ttc.com/loyalty

FOR SPECIALIST ASSISTANCE

Hours of operation: Monday–Friday: Saturday:

Call 1800 98 98 98 or contact your Travel Agent

EUROPE & BRITAIN

We are proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures. It is just part of The Travel Corporation way.

EUROPE & BRITAIN

ECUADOR, COLOMBIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CAMBODIA,

8:00am–11:00pm 9:00am–10:00pm

CONNECT WITH US /InsightVacations

@insightvacation

/insightvacations

@insightvacations

2020-2021

2020-2021

P R E M I U M E S C O RT E D J O U R N E YS B R I TA I N & I R E L A N D, F R A N C E , B E LG I U M & T H E N E T H E R L A N D S , S PA I N , P O RT U G A L & M O R O C C O, I TA LY, S I C I LY & M A LTA , A L P S , C E N T R A L & E A ST E R N E U R O P E , N O RT H E R N E U R O P E & R U S S I A , A N C I E N T C I V I L I S AT I O N S

Contact your Travel Agent for bookings and advice.

Insight Vacations. Travel House, 27 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Call reservations on free phone 1800 98 98 98 Email: reservations@insightvacations.com First Edition September 2019 - EU - Please consider the environment; pass this brochure to a friend when finished with it.

INSIGHTVACATIONS.COM


WELCOME to the art of travelling in style At Insight Vacations, we believe in showing you all the sights and the insights, up close and personal, in comfort and in style. Our magical Insight Experiences get you up close and personal with the people and places you encounter along your journey. In Ireland, learn all about the national sport of hurling from a professional hurling player and get the chance to play along with your new friends. No matter where you go, you’ll travel in comfort and in style as we share our passion for travel with you.

Ulla Hefel BĂśhler CEO INSIGHT VACATIONS

Kilkenny, Ireland: join in on a fun game of hurling after learning all about this classic Irish sport from a Local Expert. Related trip: Country Roads of Ireland. 02

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

03


All the sights and the

Insights

Our knowledgeable Travel Directors and Local Experts show you the must-see sights and also reveal the insights within each destination. Dive deeper with unique Insight Experiences that are unavailable to the independent traveller.

Up Close and

Personal

Meet amazing people who open up their homes and hearts, inviting you to experience the destination as a local. Taste the flavours of the destination with a variety of exciting and delicious ways to dine.

In Comfort and in

Style

Your expert Travel Director makes everything seamless and stress free. Travel in smaller groups of an average of 33 guests, and never more than 40, on customised coaches with twice the legroom and twice the view. Stay in style at hotels hand-picked for the best locations. INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

04


100 PREMIUM JOURNEYS, CHOOSE THE ONE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU DISCOVERY JOURNEY VISIT MULTIPLE COUNTRIES ON ONE COMPREHENSIVE JOURNEY.

COUNTRY ROADS STEP OFF THE BEATEN PATH TO GO BEYOND THE MAIN CITIES AND SIGHTS.

REGIONAL JOURNEY EXPLORE ONE COUNTRY OR REGION IN GREATER DEPTH.

EASY PACE TRAVEL WITH MORE FREE TIME TO EXPLORE IN EACH DESTINATION.

CONTENTS EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES

28

FLAVOURS OF EUROPE EUROPEAN RHAPSODY EUROPEAN FLAIR EUROPEAN DREAM ROAD TO ROME SPLENDID EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY MEDITERRANEAN JOURNEY ROMANTIC EUROPEAN EUROPEAN GRANDEUR

9 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS 11 DAYS 12 DAYS 14 DAYS 14 DAYS 16 DAYS 16 DAYS 18 DAYS 26 DAYS

ITALIAN INTERMEZZO SICILY IN DEPTH WITH MALTA OPTION COUNTRY ROADS OF PUGLIA & THE NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY COUNTRY ROADS OF NORTHERN ITALY BEST OF ITALY EASY PACE ITALY TREASURES OF ITALY ITALIAN ELEGANCE ITALIAN ESCAPADE COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY COUNTRY ROADS OF ITALY GRAND ITALY & SICILY EASY PACE MALTA

ITALY, SICILY & MALTA

COUNTRY ROADS OF SCANDINAVIA SPECTACULAR SCANDINAVIA & ITS FJORDS GRAND SCANDINAVIA SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE NATURAL WONDERS OF ICELAND EASY PACE RUSSIA WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES RUSSIA, WARSAW & BALTIC STATES THE GOLDEN RING NORTHERN CAPITALS & RUSSIA

12 DAYS 15 DAYS 20 DAYS 28 DAYS 9 DAYS 8 DAYS 8 DAYS 15 DAYS 5 DAYS 18 DAYS

ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

52

8 DAYS 8/13 DAYS 9 DAYS 9 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS 12 DAYS 13 DAYS 14 DAYS 16 DAYS 17 DAYS 6 DAYS

NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA

30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 81

82

84 86 88 91 92 94 96 98 101 102

10 DAYS 106 8 DAYS 108 14 DAYS 110 11 DAYS 112 9 DAYS 114 10 DAYS 116 10 DAYS 118 14 DAYS 120 9 DAYS 122 14 DAYS 124 14 DAYS 126 14/17 DAYS 128 18 DAYS 130

9 DAYS 10 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS 18 DAYS 10/11 DAYS

SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN EASY PACE SPAIN BEST OF MOROCCO NORTHERN SPAIN SPANISH HERITAGE COUNTRY ROADS OF PORTUGAL

132

134 136 138 140 142 144

AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL TREASURES OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO GRAND SPAIN & PORTUGAL

FRANCE, BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS COUNTRY ROADS OF BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG & THE NETHERLANDS NORMANDY, BRITTANY & THE LOIRE VALLEY COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE FRENCH HERITAGE WWI BATTLEFIELDS GLORIES OF GREECE TREASURES OF GREECE & THE ISLANDS GRECIAN LEGENDS GRECIAN DREAMS GRECIAN FABLES GREEK ISLAND HOPPER MEDITERRANEAN DREAMS MEDITERRANEAN FABLES WONDERS OF TURKEY TREASURES OF TURKEY NEW JORDAN EXPERIENCE WITH DEAD SEA OPTION ISRAEL DISCOVERY WONDERS OF EGYPT SPLENDOURS OF EGYPT CLASSICAL INDIA WITH NEPAL NEW CLASSICAL SRI LANKA NEW

WELCOME TO LONDON GEMS OF BRITAIN BEST OF BRITAIN COUNTRY ROADS OF WALES, DEVON & CORNWALL NEW COUNTRY ROADS OF SCOTLAND ELEGANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN FOCUS ON IRELAND IRISH ELEGANCE COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND BEST OF IRELAND & SCOTLAND BRITAIN & IRELAND EXPLORER ROMANTIC BRITAIN & IRELAND BRITAIN & IRELAND DISCOVERY

NORTHERN LIGHTS OF SCANDINAVIA SCENIC ICELAND & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF GERMANY CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF POLAND, PRAGUE & GERMANY CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF AUSTRIA & BAVARIA MAGICAL SWITZERLAND ALPINE CHRISTMAS MARKETS WINTER WONDERLAND

196

AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING & CHRISTMAS MARKETS

198 5 DAYS 200 9 DAYS 201 11 DAYS 202 9 DAYS 204 11/12 DAYS 206 7 DAYS 208 8 DAYS 210 12 DAYS 212 14 DAYS 214 13 DAYS 216 18 DAYS 218 22 DAYS 220

222 10 DAYS 7 DAYS 8 DAYS 8 DAYS 8 DAYS 7 DAYS 9 DAYS 9 DAYS

224 226 228 229 230 231 232 233

TAILOR-MADE GROUP TRIPS SPECIAL INTEREST JOURNEYS BOOKING CONDITIONS GREAT SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS

234 235 237 239

FURTHER INFORMATION

KEY TRIP STYLES Discovery Journey Regional Journey Country Roads Easy Pace

05

DINING B

Breakfast

L

Lunch

MT

Morning Tea

LW

Lunch with Wine

AT D

Afternoon Tea Dinner

DW Dinner with Wine

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

TRANSPORTATION

HOTELS

SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

✈ ℮

 ∂

Hotel

👁👁 Insight Experiences

WiFi Included

Visit: You will enter a specific site and applicable fees are included.

TripAdvisor Rating

See/View: You will walk or drive to (or nearby) the site during your guided trip, often with a brief stop and photo opportunity.

Ω

Flight Cruise Train

158

7 DAYS 170 14 DAYS 172 12 DAYS 174 12 DAYS 175 15 DAYS 176 10 DAYS 177 8 DAYS 178 11 DAYS 179 11 DAYS 180 15 DAYS 182 7/9 DAYS 184 8 DAYS 186 9 DAYS 188 12 DAYS 190 12 DAYS 192 10 DAYS 194

BRITAIN & IRELAND

156

168

146 148 151 154

8 DAYS 160 16 DAYS 162 22 DAYS 164 4 DAYS 167

9 DAYS 15 DAYS 17 DAYS 18 DAYS 11 DAYS

ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

104

BEST OF GERMANY GLORIOUS SWITZERLAND COUNTRY ROADS OF SWITZERLAND COUNTRY ROADS OF BAVARIA, SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA THE BOHEMIAN EASY PACE BUDAPEST, VIENNA & PRAGUE HIGHLIGHTS OF POLAND HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE DALMATIAN ELEGANCE COUNTRY ROADS OF CROATIA EASTERN CAPITALS AND DALMATIAN RIVIERA THE EASTERN DISCOVERY WITH CRUISE OPTION TREASURES OF THE BALKANS

★★ Top Rated Highlights


INSPIRING, MAGICAL #InsightMoments

Need some inspiration on where to go next? Get a flavour of the experiences of amazing Insight guests below and follow their stories in greater depth on our regional divider pages. ICELAND

SWEDEN NORWAY

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

AS CAPTURED BY: @alansportscamman

See more images from their trip on page 28.

DENMARK NORTHERN IRELAND

IRELAND THE NETHERLANDS

BRITAIN

COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND

POLAND GERMANY

BELGIUM

CZECH REPUBLIC

LUXEMBOURG

SLOVA

AS CAPTURED BY: @chancfstanley

AUSTRIA

See more images from their trip on page 196.

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

HUNG

SLOVENIA CROATIA BOSNIA ITALY

S

MONTENE

VATICAN CITY SPAIN

AL

PORTUGAL

AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL

AS CAPTURED BY: @ianillen

See more images from their trip on page 132.

MOROCCO

COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE AND NORMANDY, BRITTANY & LOIRE VALLEY

AS CAPTURED BY: @browneyes09897

See more images from their trip on page 156.

06

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


EASY PACE RUSSIA as captured by: @ilsezietsman

See more images from their trip on page 82.

FINLAND

ESTONIA

LATVIA

RUSSIA

LITHUANIA

BELARUS POLAND

ALPINE CHRISTMAS MARKETS

IC SLOVAKIA

as captured by: @emi.fym

HUNGARY

A CROATIA BOSNIA

See more images from their trip on page 222.

ROMANIA SERBIA

MONTENEGRO

CHINA BULGARIA

MACEDONIA

NEPAL

ALBANIA GREECE TURKEY INDIA

COUNTRY ROADS OF CROATIA as captured by: @skinnylynny EGYPT

ISRAEL JORDAN

SRI LANKA

See more images from their trip on page 104.

ITALIAN ELEGANCE

WONDERS OF TURKEY

See more images from their trip on page 52.

See more images from their trip on page 168.

as captured by: @vindiezel

as captured by: @yp_estrella

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

07


ALL THE SIGHTS, AND THE INSIGHTS Get up close and personal with unique Insight Experiences With Insight, you’ll have access to rare and authentic experiences that are unavailable to other travellers. Get to know your destination intimately with exciting activities, meaningful interactions and expert local insights. With our unique collection of more than 70 Insight Experiences included in our premium journeys, we offer a richer holiday for better value. BEYOND THE BOOK OF KELLS

A TASTE OF ASTURIAS

Discover the treasures of Trinity College with a University Insider and gain priority access to the Book of Kells.

Join Flor in her home to dive into the flavours of Northern Spain, starting with her delicious cider.

Related trip: Country Roads of Ireland, page 212

Related trip: Spanish Heritage, page 142

DOGSLED CHAMP Experience Arctic Norway with dog-sled champion Trine Lyrek over a tasty Nordic barbecue. A PASSION FOR PINTXOS Join your expert foodie guide for an exploration of San Sebastian’s famous culinary scene.

Related trip: Grand Scandinavia, page 88

Related trip: Northern Spain, page 140

ON TOP OF THE WORLD Ride to the top of the stunning Stanserhorn to meet with a bona fide Swiss Ranger and learn all about unique alpine ecology. Related trip: Glorious Switzerland, page 108

THE ART OF STRUDEL-MAKING Meet the chef at Budapest’s famous Strudel House and learn the art of making these delicious pastries. Related trip: Highlights of Eastern Europe, page 120

HURLING IN KILKENNY Meet a local hurling player for an insight into one of the oldest games in the world, and get a chance to play. 08 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Related trip: Country Roads of Ireland, page 212


CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WITH INSIGHT CHOICE On most trips, your Travel Director will offer you the choice of two included experiences, so you can personalise your journey to your interests. Look out for the Insight Choice icon within the itinerary details of the trip page. insightvacations.com/experiences

A FAMILY AFFAIR Nonna and her family open their home up to Insight guests for a dinner of traditional Southern Italian specialties. Related trip: Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily, page 74

TEA IN A SCOTTISH CASTLE

VIP VISIT TO THE VATICAN

SICILY’S ESSENTIAL OILS

Enjoy VIP fast-track entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum, including rare access to the original 16th-century Bramante Staircase (off-limits to the public).

Walk through the olive groves of a local farm, meet the owner and sample the delicious olive oil his family produces.

Related trip: Best of Italy, page 64

Related trip: Sicily in Depth with Malta, page 56

Enjoy afternoon tea at Ardgowan Estate with Scottish Baronet Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart. Related trip: Best of Ireland & Scotland, page 214

VIENNA DANCE CLASS Learn the basics behind the dance known as the Figaro-Anglaise, set to the music Mozart composed for “The Marriage of the Figaro.” Related trip: Romantic European, page 48

FRESH OYSTERS FROM THE SEA

VIENNESE COFFEE SHOP

Go sailing with oyster farmer Tomislav for a taste of the freshest seafood in Croatia.

Sit down in Sigmund Freud’s beloved Café Central for an enlightening culture talk. Enjoy local coffee and Viennese Sachertorte.

Related trip: Country Roads of Croatia, page 124

Related trip: Highlights of Eastern Europe, page 120

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 09


10 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Experience the classic French pastime of pétanque


THE TREASURED TRADITION OF PÉTANQUE A Wonderful Day in Provence Long before the Eiffel Tower triumphed as Paris’ iconic monument, and before its modern flag came into purpose, France took delight in its unique pastime, pétanque. A traditional ball game that fosters a sense of community, Insight guests get to try the activity out for themselves with a Local Expert in a Provençal village near the Pont du Gard. CAMILLE S. LOCAL EXPERT

A

summertime hobby, I first became acquainted with the sport of pétanque as a young girl while spending weekends away with my family. The game has a great way of bringing everyone together and as it can be played on any firm surface – be it a yard, park, a cinder running track or field – it’s easily accessible for just about anyone. The aim of the sport is to score points by placing your boules closer to the goal boule than your opponent. You’ll usually be split into two teams, with each throwing its boules until it places one closer to the goal than the opposing team. Much like croquet, this social activity works perfectly in a picnic environment or with afternoon nibbles and drinks, as you’ll experience in our little village – it has a great way of bringing groups of people together in a relaxed atmosphere. As one of France’s most popular games, it’s also a nice way for you to get to know the local way of life. A couple of tips I give to guests during the experience? Play against different players as you practice, perhaps better players than yourself, it will help you to improve your game. And one more – remember to bend your knees!

Relax with a refreshing local drink

ALL THE SIGHTS AND THE INSIGHTS Insight Vacations provides much more than great dining and sightseeing inclusions, but also activities like pétanque, which showcase the local life. Activities like these inspire guests to live local experiences, and of course have fun doing so! A perfect afternoon in Provence

Related trip: Country Roads of France, page 162

insightvacations.com/experiences

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 11


12 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Explore Sand House with Caroline, the Lady of the Manor


A STATELY TEA AT SAND A Devonshire gem fit for royalty The quintessentially British ritual of taking afternoon tea dates back to the early 1840s. Consisting of finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones with cream and jam, you’ll get to enjoy this experience with Lady of the Manor, Caroline Huyshe at her ancestral home in Devonshire. Learn about some of her family stories over a delicious afternoon tea. CAROLINE HUYSHE LADY OF THE MANOR

W

e are a new generation taking over the running of Sand House, which has been in the family since 1561. Our grandfather loved sharing the beauty and history of Sand with local visitors, and we are excited to follow in his footsteps and welcome international visitors for the first time. Sand is a historic country house in a beautiful rural setting and is principally Elizabethan, having been greatly extended during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, though parts of it originally formed a medieval hall house that dates back to the late 1100s. One of my favourite stories about the property has to do with the Tudor royal family. Legend has it that Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII’s first wife (whom he later left for Ann Boleyn), may have stayed here when she was on her way from Spain to England to meet the royal family. Her ship was blown off course and she had to land in nearby Plymouth, and travel on country paths on her way to London. A golden pomegranate, which is the badge of Catherine of Aragon, is depicted on a stained glass window at Sand to commemorate her journey. I’ve picked up plenty of these stories growing up in a family with such strong heritage, and I’ll tell you more about my family history over a delicious afternoon tea, served with local and homemade products, before taking a leisurely walk around the grounds, with their magnolia and wisteria shrubs.

Tea and scones

Related trip: Country Roads of Wales, Devon & Cornwall, page 202

Sip and savour a traditional English afternoon tea

ALL THE SIGHTS AND THE INSIGHTS There are few things more British than afternoon tea at a stately home, with the Lady of the Manor herself. With Insight Vacations, travellers get to do just that. Wherever we go, we go beyond mere sightseeing and seek a deeper level of engagement and understanding for our guests. insightvacations.com/experiences

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 13


DINING THE INSIGHT WAY So many deliciously authentic ways to dine

We love great food and know where to find it! Wherever we travel, our resident foodies seek out the most authentic culinary experiences, granting Insight guests a true taste of all the regions we visit. No matter the country or culture, Insight seeks out fresh ingredients, seasonal menus, and excellent local wines to engage all your senses and highlight the full ambience of the land, people and history.

14 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Learning to make pasta with nonna, Italy


WELCOME DINNER A warm overture to your Insight adventure, our Welcome Dinners give you a chance to mingle, make friends, meet your Travel Director, and learn more about the journey ahead.

Learn how to make strudel, Budapest

Dining al fresco, Croatia

DINE-AT-HOME Home-cooked meals are very special, which is why we offer our guests a chance to dine in the home of a local foodie. Enjoy a traditional dinner made with passion and make new friends as you learn about their everyday lives. FARM-TO-TABLE Get a fresh taste of your destination with restaurants praised for their use of locally sourced ingredients. Our Farm-to-Table meals feature top-notch produce and wine thoughtfully selected from the region’s farmers and growers.

Celebration Dinner, Sicily

HIGHLIGHT DINNER A night out focusing on excellent gastronomy at acclaimed local restaurants—usually paired with music or entertainment, and of course, great wine! DINE-AROUND Life is full of tough choices, like knowing where to dine in a new city! Choose from our selection of excellent and personable restaurants all recommended by your Travel Director, where you and a smaller group of companions can enjoy authentic local cuisine in an intimate setting.

Highlight Dinner, Ashford Castle, Ireland

Paella cooking demonstration, Spain

COOKING DEMONSTRATION Roll up your sleeves and get busy with our expert local chefs! Learn about traditional cuisine and regional specialties during a fun and often interactive cooking lesson right inside the kitchen, followed by a taste of the final dish. CELEBRATION DINNER Celebrate the last night of your journey with a meal to remember. Hand-picked by our resident foodie experts, these memorable dinners are at some of the best and highest-rated restaurants on your trip and offer you the chance to bid a stylish farewell to new friends. INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 15


A MEAL FOR ALL SEASONS Dinner with a personal touch Dine like a local at Heskyn Mill, an acclaimed, farm-to-table restaurant in coastal Cornwall, England. Husband-and-wife duo John and Ann passionately run the establishment, with John working the front of house and culinary genius Ann as the mastermind behind the food.

JOHN AND ANN /ENGLAND LOCAL RESTAURANTEURS

A

llow the ingredients to speak for themselves, that’s our mantra. Don’t smother food in too many strong flavours – keep it simple. We serve food that we love to eat ourselves and take great pleasure in finding local ingredients and creating new dishes. All the food we serve is freshly prepared – quite simply, if it is not in season and local, it is not on our menu. A warmer climate, which allows livestock to graze all year round on fresh pastures, means Cornwall has some of the best foods available in England and we’re lucky to have it all on our doorstep. Fresh produce will always have the best taste, which is why we work to a menu that changes daily and with the seasons, flavoured with herbs grown right in our own garden.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

When visiting us at Heskyn Mill, I suggest you experiment with something you haven’t tried before – be adventurous. Why not opt for a traditional dish such as Cornish sole fillet, or a delicious salad with hardboiled eggs from our hens and delicious vegetables foraged from our garden? As a family owned business, we are passionate about ensuring we deliver everything to the highest standard and with a personal touch. If the restaurant is open, we’re working. We love to welcome Insight guests into what we consider to be our home, and can’t wait to see you during you trip.

We know from experience, that small and sustainable kitchens serve the best tasting food. At Insight Vacations, we seek out visionary chefs like Ann who value tradition and authenticity, linking farm to table. Dining at restaurants with seasonal menus and locally sourced ingredients gives you a true flavour of the destination and lets you eat like a local. insightvacations.com/dining

Related trip: Best of Britain, page 201

Delicious seasonal specialties

A fabulous Farm-to-Table lunch 16 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Fresh eggs from their farm


The best local ingredients

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 17


TRAVEL IN COMFORT & IN STYLE Twice the legroom, twice the view We want you to feel entirely at ease and relaxed throughout your Insight holiday. So let us take care of the driving while you sit back and enjoy the journey, worry-free.

S

it high above the traffic in your uniquely customised Insight Vacations coach with the best possible views, personal air conditioning and twice the legroom of a standard coach. With our complimentary Wi-Fi, you can catch up online, stay in touch with home, and share photos and highlights in real time. With smaller groups that average 33 travellers (maximum 40), Insight travellers have more time to enjoy the destination and to get to know each other. Reduced wait times and smaller, sociable groups allow for easier travel and more quality time in your destination.

OTHER MODES OF TRAVEL, ALWAYS SEAMLESS Our “leave everything to us” principle always applies, even when your Insight Vacations journey involves other modes of travel, like a ferry cruise or train. By water, rail, or road, every leg of your journey will be smoothly and seamlessly coordinated by our team, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

THE INSIGHT DIFFERENCE STANDARD COACH - 53 SEATER

INSIGHT CUSTOMISED COACH - 40 SEATER

• Smaller groups mean easier travel and more time to enjoy your destination, with less waiting around. • Extra leg room and personal air conditioning allow you to stretch out and relax in real comfort, with free onboard Wi-Fi. • Experienced coach drivers know the best routes for scenery and travel time, so you’re free to relax and enjoy the journey.

insightvacations.com/travel

Twice the legroom, twice the view 18 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


HAND-PICKED HOTELS For days and nights to remember At Insight, we believe that where you stay makes the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable one. That’s why we take the greatest possible care in choosing hotels that are truly excellent in terms of style, location and service, and are among Trip Advisor’s most highly rated hotels.

SPLENDID HOTEL

A

|

Traditional

|

luxurious, boutique hotel in the heart of Venice island, the Splendid Hotel is as elegant as the city itself. Located just steps away from Piazza San Marco, you’re in

BOVEY CASTLE the perfect location to explore the streets of Venice long after the day-trippers leave. Stay here on our Italian Elegance trip. See page 70 for details.

O

|

Historic

|

ne of the most outstanding hotels in Britain, Bovey Castle sits elegantly upon 275 acres of pristine countryside within Devon’s Dartmoor National Park. Individually designed rooms, a rejuvenating spa and

an executive chef lauded for his commitment to locally sourced ingredients all make Bovey Castle an alluring resort hotel. Stay here on our new Country Roads of Wales, Devon & Cornwall trip. See page 202 for details.

STAY IN STYLE Relax at comfortable hotels with welcoming lobbies and bars, air-conditioned rooms and quality breakfasts to start each day.

DESIRABLE ADDRESSES Maximize your experience by overnighting in city-centres or in scenic locations, depending on what’s best for your itinerary.

EXCELLENT SERVICE

HOTEL D’ANGLETERRE

T

|

Boutique

|

he five-star Hotel d’Angleterre overlooks Lake Geneva in the centre of town, with easy access to the beautiful promenade as well as nearby shops and cafés. No two rooms are the same at this boutique hotel, which blends British

charm with Swiss hospitality. After a day of exploring, why not relax with a well-crafted cocktail or a glass of wine at the hotel’s famed Leopard Lounge?

Enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience with your Travel Director managing your hotel check-ins and luggage delivery.

Stay here on our Glorious Switzerland trip. See page 108 for details. INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 19


AN ABSOLUTE TREAT Exploring Beautiful Eastern Europe If you’re wondering what it’s really like travelling with Insight Vacations, how better to find out than from recent guests?

JOSEPH AND HELEN D. /DUBLIN, IRELAND INSIGHT GUESTS

T

he overarching memory of our trips with Insight Vacations has been the wonderful people we’ve met along the way. Travel is an eye-opener and has been particularly good in challenging any pre-conceptions you might have about your fellow travellers. We’ve met extremely friendly people from all across the world with whom we had so much in common. The Bohemian trip was an absolute treat. We’re at an age where we don’t want hassle or to find our own way around. We chose Insight Vacations because everything is taken care of and that’s what I call a care-free holiday – at premium level. Our Travel Director on our first Insight trip was the most amazing – with facts and figures that were incredibly interesting and based on his own personal experiences and events that he had lived through. We referred to him as the ‘human encyclopaedia’ because that was exactly

what he was. He was beyond wonderful and we’d never met another Travel Director like him. This was one of the main reasons, apart from the comfort, that we decided to travel with Insight again.

It felt like every one of us on the trip was of one mind and thinking “what did we do to deserve this experience?” We had never been to Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary and they just blew us away with the architecture. We ended up in Český Krumlov during a festival, and the residents were all dressed in 16th century costumes. Our Travel Director was just as excited as we were about the festival.

The places that were recommended to us to explore at our leisure were all fantastic and we thought the pace of the trip was great. Budapest was stunning. The hotel we stayed in was Old World Charm with a capital ‘O’ ‘W’ ‘C’. And one night, we had dinner while enjoying an orchestral performance; it was just magnificent. Our favourite memory from the trip was when we had the most sumptuous meal on a river cruise along the Danube. We sat up on the top deck and at one point I noticed that the conversation went to a hum – and then, silence. It felt like every one of us on the trip was of one mind and thinking “what did we do to deserve this experience?” It was just glorious. We were blown away by the meals, the trip and the architecture; it was all beautiful. Thank you, Joseph and Helen, for sharing your travel story and photo.

READ LIVE, UNEDITED GUEST REVIEWS ONLINE The independent guest review site Feefo has recognised Insight Vacations with its Gold Trusted Service Award. Our guests have rated us 4.5 out of 5 stars based on thousands of independent reviews received during the past year. You can read the authentic, unedited reviews on our website on each trip page.

Budapest Parliament, Hungary 20 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


SHARE YOUR #INSIGHTMOMENTS And win your next unforgettable Insight journey Share your special moments with us, inspire your friends and other travellers, plus enter into the chance to win a European trip for two!

We love seeing our guests share the special travel moments from their Insight trips. When you’re off on your travels with us, don’t be shy about posting stories and photos of your journey on social media.

2018 WINNER @theculinarypassport

You can even win a fabulous prize! The post that best captures a magical Insight moment will win an eight-day European trip for two. You are automatically entered into the competition by using #insightmoments when sharing your holiday photos on Instagram or within our Insight Vacations Travellers group on Facebook. To find out more about the competition, including the full terms and conditions, visit insightvacations.com/insightmoments.

@daveneil9

CONNECT WITH US Don’t be shy! Say hello and follow us on our social media channels for inspiration on where to go next. /InsightVacations @insightvacation @insightvacations

Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy @denis_fitzgerald_photography

Edinburgh Tattoo, Scotland @Katelynkeenehan

Lucerne, Switzerland @Sharon_marion

Venice, Italy

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

@Teaganawallace

Mykonos, Greece INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 21


MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FRANCE Inspiring local experiences Our passion for meaningful unscripted travel touches every aspect of Insight Vacations. We especially value our talented Travel Directors, who bring their own personality, knowledge, and enthusiasm to every one of our trips. Just like Insight guests, our Travel Directors are curious travellers themselves and yearn to share their local expertise and passion with you.

YOUR INSIGHT TRAVEL DIRECTOR IS… • A friend overseas who is with you all the way to make sure your holiday is completely hassle-free. • Passionate and knowledgeable about the destinations, making local introductions and recommendations. • Expertly trained to our high standards to provide excellent service. • Master of logistical details – arranging priority access, ensuring seamless hotel check-ins and taking care of all the details. • Fluent in the local language and helps you navigate local customs. insightvacations.com/seamless

W

LAURENT M/FRANCE INSIGHT VACATIONS TRAVEL DIRECTOR

orking in an office was never an option for me. I like to constantly be on the move, exploring new places with new people from all over the world. That’s what brought me to Insight. With a degree in tourism, I decided to focus my work in my home country, France. I like to share the beauty of France with guests and to teach them more about the place I call home. It’s a learning experience for both us. Even after 20 years in my role, I continue to learn more every day.

22 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Before taking my role, I underwent an on-the-road training programme to learn the business, and to acquire expert knowledge and background for each destination. I now continue to receive training through Insight Vacations’ Professional Development Programme to master new skills and hone best practices with fellow Travel Directors. My favourite place to take my guests is to the Côte d’Azur. The iconic French Riviera offers a beautiful mix of scenery, climate, architecture and wonderful experiences – it’s the perfect introduction to France. I also like to have my guests discover the French countryside and to experience the famed

wine and food. And for the natural highlights, Chamonix and the medieval city of Carcassonne are unparalleled. An unexpected favourite experience for our guests is visiting the Musée ToulouseLautrec in Albi, for its world-famous paintings by the esteemed artist. While many travellers would overlook this museum while travelling on their own, we make sure to include a visit on our journeys, which go beyond the welltrodden tourist track. I look forward to meeting you on your travels across France and sharing the treasures and heritage of my country and culture. Bon voyage!


ABUNDANT CHOICES Make your journey just right for you You’ve found the perfect itinerary, now let us make it perfect for you, as our Travel Directors personalise your trip with additional, optional experiences and recommendations for your free time, based on your interests. Hear what Insight Travel Directors Dan, Mel and Sharon have to say about which experiences their guests loved best.

Sharon suggests... Danube dinner cruise

Guests always look forward to the Budapest dinner voyage because during the evening, the view of the city from the river is truly magical. The Majestic Parliament is mesmerising, guests are always amazed by the sights. Cruising down the Danube past many beautiful sights whilst eating a traditional meal and enjoying the fresh, night air – what could be better?

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES When you travel with Insight Vacations, you will benefit from plenty of included experiences and the opportunity to further personalise your trip with additional Optional Experiences. Available to enjoy during your free time, you can sign up for these additional experiences through your Travel Director, who will arrange all the logistics, so your trip remains hassle-free.

MEL LENNON/ SWITZERLAND INSIGHT VACATIONS TRAVEL DIRECTOR

Basque Country, Spain

Mel suggests...

Related trips: Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna & Prague, page 116 and The Bohemian, page 114

Magnificent Matterhorn

The journey up to the Klein Matterhorn (or small Matterhorn in German), gives guests a magnificent, panoramic view of the Alps, including the larger Matterhorn mountain, that is truly awe-inspiring. It is always a treasured experience to witness this postcard-perfect, striking alpine landscape.

Danube dinner cruise, Budapest

DanMInsightTD

Related trips: Glorious Switzerland, page 108

SHARON TOOMAN/ HUNGARY INSIGHT VACATIONS TRAVEL DIRECTOR

Matterhorn, Switzerland

DAN MAILHIOT/SPAIN INSIGHT VACATIONS TRAVEL DIRECTOR

Dan suggests...

Jewels of the Basque Country

FOLLOW ALONG ON THEIR TRAVELS sharon_insta

DanMInsightTD Mel Lennon

sharon_insta

Our guests adore this experience as it showcases two wildly different but equally stunning towns that are connected by a beautiful drive in the French Basque country. We depart Spain and venture just over the border to France to visit the charming Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz for a fun-filled day. Related trips: Northern Spain, page 140 and Easy Pace Spain, page 136

Mel Lennon

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 23


PERSONALISE YOUR JOURNEY With help from your Travel Director No two days on an Insight journey are the same, as we bring the magic of each destination you visit to life. With plenty of opportunities to personalise your trip, you can create your own adventure alongside your knowledgeable Travel Director, who is there to ensure your holiday is completely seamless and stress-free.

INSIGHT CHOICE With Insight Choice, you can follow your interests and choose the experience that speaks to you. Your Travel Director will offer you the choice of two included Insight Experiences. For example, choose between exploring an art museum or going on a foodie walking tour. Or between a more active experience and a more leisurely one. Look for the Insight Choice symbol on select trips.

Choose the restaurant and cuisine that suits you.

DINE AROUND EVENINGS On many Insight trips, you’ll have a Dine Around Evening with the Travel Director recommending a few local restaurants where you can choose to dine, each serving unique dishes and flavours. Choose the restaurant that suits you best and dine in a more intimate setting with a smaller group.

Join an active experience or a leisurely one.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES & LOCAL RECOMMENDATIONS During your free time, your Travel Director can make local recommendations for how you can explore on your own. You can also choose to join an Optional Experience, organised by your Travel Director, that suits your interests. These can be visits to local museums, foodie experiences, concerts, sightseeing and other activities you enjoy. 24 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN

Your Travel Director is on hand for local recommendations.


REGISTER WITH MYINSIGHT Manage and personalise your trip, the easy way With MyInsight, access all of your holiday details in one central place, and communicate your travel preferences to your Travel Director ahead of time, so they can work to make your trip perfect for you before you even depart from home.

T

hink of MyInsight as your Insight Vacations online holiday hub. It’s an innovative feature of our website that makes it easy for you to provide all the information we need to make every moment of your journey with us special and seamlessly hassle-free.

HOW MYINSIGHT BENEFITS YOU Personalisation By communicating your preferences ahead of your trip, your Travel Director can tailor your holiday to you and your interests.

YOUR REGISTRATION ON MYINSIGHT We require all guests to register with MyInsight before departing for their holiday. It only takes a few minutes and we’ll ask you to enter: • Your Y contact details while travelling, such as your mobile number • Your Y travel preferences, including dietary requirements • Details of someone at home who we can contact in case of an emergency myinsight.insightvacations.com

Seamless travel From hotel check-ins to passport and security checks, we make your travel experience easy and handle all the logistics.

Document access View your documents on your computer or mobile device 21 days prior to departure via the e-documents portal.

Duty of care In the unlikely event of an incident, we will use your details to contact you.

YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ARE NOW ON MYINSIGHT After registration, your electronic documents will be available to download onto your computer or mobile device approximately 21 days prior to your departure. By choosing this paperless option, you’re helping us reforest devastated lands. For every guest who receives their travel documentation electronically, Insight Vacations will plant a tree on their behalf in Northern California with our partners, One Tree Planted. Printed documents will be available on request should this be more convenient for you.

Choose e-documents and we’ll plant a tree in your name INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 25


“ “ “

FAMILY VALUES Words to live (and travel) by We are proud to be part of the world’s leading travel company, The Travel Corporation (TTC), a family-owned and operated business crafting holidays for a variety of travel styles and preferences. From our family to you and yours, delivering your travel dreams is our reality.

In pursuit of excellence

A FAMILY OF UNIQUE TRAVEL BRANDS

With 100 years of expertise, as a familyowned and passionately run travel company, we’re dedicated to innovating our trips and experiences to fulfil your travel dreams and provide the best service.

“ “

We make travel personal

We put our guests at the heart of everything we do, delivering the very best holidays for our travellers. No matter where you travel, we unlock the magic of your chosen destination.

Committed to #MakeTravelMatter

As a founding member of TreadRight, we believe in supporting sustainable projects that safeguard the people, planet and wildlife, to ensure they remain vibrant for generations to come.

TRAVEL FOR 18 - 35 YEAR OLDS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY If you are a past guest of Insight or another TTC company, you can unlock special benefits, including up to 5% savings on certain trips and departures with Insight or our sister companies. Visit TTC.com/loyalty or see page 237 for more details.

Journey Beyond I THE ORDINARY

ndulge your passions on a luxurious small group journey, offering the perfect blend of guided and independent exploration. Choose from over 50 immersive worldwide journeys, each with VIP experiences, exceptional dining, elegant hotels and a Travelling Concierge who’s there to tailor everything to your desires. To learn more, please visit luxurygold.com

26 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Safeguarding the people, planet and wildlife for generations to come Travel is an incredible gift. It has the ability to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to the unique cultures and wonders of the world. We are committed to supporting initiatives which protect the people, planet and wildlife so they remain vibrant for generations to come.

PLANET

PEOPLE

WILDLIFE

Reducing the environmental impact of our business is at the core of what we do. Together with our sister brands at The Travel Corporation (TTC), we’ve committed to a five-year plan to eliminate all avoidable single-use plastics in both our offices and on the road by 2022.

At Insight Vacations, we are committed to encouraging the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities we visit to thrive. We help communities unlock the benefits of tourism through economic empowerment, by supporting microenterprises and community-based initiatives that build positive futures for local people and their families.

Partnering with leading wildlife organisations, we work to help protect and rehabilitate some of the elephant, rhino and big cat populations around the world, while also educating our guests on ethical wildlife experiences.

We’re encouraging guests to make sustainable choices on their trips with us. Instead of selling plastic water bottles on our coaches, guests can purchase tinned or boxed water. And we will also identify where you can refill a reusable water bottle if you bring one with you - look for trips with the following badge on the map, indicating that you can top up your reusable water bottle with potable drinking water:

We’re proud to announce a new grant recipient, the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville, Spain. Insight Vacations and TreadRight are supporting this private, local flamenco school to ensure this tradition lives on in the community and continues to create jobs and opportunities for generations to come. Protecting elephants in India

In 2017, we introduced our e-documents programme, which gives our guests the opportunity to receive their travel documents digitally, replacing the need for paper while also having a tree planted in their name in Northern California as part of our partnership with One Tree Planted. In 2018 alone, our family of brands at TTC will plant over 350 acres of trees, helping reforest devastated lands. By choosing the sustainable option, our guests have saved 770 mature trees from being destroyed.

Helping reforest devastated lands

Supporting heritage initiatives

THE TREADRIGHT FOUNDATION Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by The Travel Corporation family of brands. As a not-for-profit organisation, our goal is to support projects that safeguard the planet, people and wildlife to ensure they remain vibrant for generations to come. Learn more about how we make travel matter at treadright.org

INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 27


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest

  @alansportscamman on our EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

Learn more about this trip on page 44 and create your own special moments.


EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES Experience Europe’s most desired destinations in one unforgettable trip. Marvel at must-see sights in culture capitals like London, Paris, Rome and Madrid. Be enchanted by imperial cities like Vienna and Prague, and roam in trendy locales like San Sebastián and Cinque Terre.

BRITAIN THE NETHERLANDS

GERMANY

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

SLOVENIA

ITALY

CROATIA

VATICAN CITY

SPAIN

ITINERARIES FLAVOURS OF EUROPE EUROPEAN RHAPSODY EUROPEAN FLAIR EUROPEAN DREAM ROAD TO ROME SPLENDID EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY MEDITERRANEAN JOURNEY ROMANTIC EUROPEAN EUROPEAN GRANDEUR

30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES RHINE CASTLE: Delight in a private estate viewing of one of these Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Middle Rhine. MOUNT STANSERHORN: Ascend by cable car and meet a Swiss ranger to learn about alpine natural wonders. 11 ITINERARIES | 13 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 29


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź268 pp

FLAVOURS OF EUROPE

STARTS

“ I love to see how guests react to Paris, because despite its fame, it still surprises. It’s a majestic city, which shines in the daytime and sparkles at night.� - Andrew, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

ENDS

TRIP CODE: N812 TWIN

Sat 25 Apr

Sun 03 May â‚Ź2650

Sat 09 May Sat 23 May

Sun 17 May â‚Ź2650 Sun 31 May â‚Ź2650

Sat 06 Jun Sat 20 Jun

Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź2650 Sun 28 Jun â‚Ź2675

Sat 04 Jul Sat 18 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 26 Jul

STARTS

ENDS

Sat 12 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź2675 Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź2650

Sat 10 Oct

Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2650

Sat 01 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 29 Aug

TWIN

Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź2475 Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź2475 Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź2550

â‚Ź2525 â‚Ź2495

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Florence. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź250 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź67 | Past Guest â‚Ź134 EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź640 p.p. to â‚Ź800 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH EUROPEAN FLAIR TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY ON PAGE 44.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Paris: Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour of the Right Bank with a Local Expert or join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local delicacies. Choose between two experiences on Mount Stanserhorn.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vatican City: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase before visiting St Peter's Basilica.

@wendy_giles sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Paris, France ENGLAND

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by funicular railway and cable car on Mount Stanserhorn. City tours of Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre, all with Local Experts. See Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona in Rome • Duomo, Plaza della Signoria in Florence • Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge in Lucerne • Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, ChampsÉlysĂŠes and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Dine at a local Italian restaurant in Cinque Terre • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner in Paris.

FROM â‚Ź275 PER DAY 30

LONDON (Day 9)

PARIS

2

(Days 7, 8 & 9)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Trip Options

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

FRANCE Burgundy

Jura Mts

LUCERNE (Days 5 & 6)

2

Mt Stanserhorn

SWITZERLAND Italian Lake District

Dolomites

ITALY CINQUE TERRE 1 (Day 4)

FLORENCE 1

(Day 3)

Apennine Mountains

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1 & 2) 2

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES | 8 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 3 DINNERS | 9 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“  ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Rome is one of the world's most historic cities, filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Then this extraordinary city is yours to discover. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and enjoy the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers. (DW) Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START ROME WITH THE LOCALS. Your morning walking tour with a Local Expert will show you what Rome is all about. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and see the Pantheon. (B)

DAY 3 VIP VATICAN AND FLORENCE. đ&#x;‘ With your Local Expert, visit the Vatican Museums. Insight provides special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, normally off-limits to the public. Inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling before visiting St. Peter's Basilica. ★ In Florence, a Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo, before continuing to Piazza della Signoria. (B)  Hotel Londra, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂

Ί

★

ℓ 

DAY 4 THE CINQUE TERRE AND ITALIAN RIVIERA. With a Local Expert, visit the famous Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Approach one of the fishing villages by boat (weather permitting) and explore the medieval quarter or beach. Savour authentic Italian cuisine as you dine for a Sea-to-Table Lunch at Ristorante Da Ely in Cinque Terre. Continue by train to Levanto, then on to your resort in Rapallo. (B) (LW) Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo, Italian Riviera. | Historic | ∂



Ί

★

ď”ˆ ★

ℓ ★



DAY 5 ACROSS THE ALPS TO LUCERNE. Pass Milan as you head north for the Italian Lake District via Lake Lugano. Continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing through the Saint Gotthard Tunnel, one of the longest road tunnels in the world. Travel alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne, where you are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon. (B) Renaissance, Lucerne. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 6 LUCERNE’S LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND LION. In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. Back in Lucerne, your Travel Director takes you on a walking tour of Lucerne, and shows you the emotive Lion Monument. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop for fine watches and delectable chocolates. In the evening, enjoy a fine selection of restaurants to choose from for your DineAround Evening. (B) (DW)

ď”ˆ â„“

â…ž



DAY 8 THE FOOD AND FLAVOURS OF PARIS.

Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Indulge in refined French cuisine during your Celebration Dinner at the iconic restaurant La Coupole. (B) (DW) DAY 9 AU REVOIR PARIS. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00. Alternatively, you may depart for London via Gare du Nord with the Return Eurostar option. (B)

DAY 7 SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS OF PARIS. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, facades of the Louvre and banks of the Seine, with its many romantic bridges. See the Place de la Concorde, Champs ÉlysĂŠes and Arc de Triomphe. (B) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź486 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

31


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź333 pp

EUROPEAN RHAPSODY

STARTS

TRIP CODE: T912

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Sun 26 Apr Tue 05 May â‚Ź2725

“One fun fact that people don’t usually know before they come to Budapest is that the Danube River separates the city into the two ancient towns of Buda and Pest.� - Andrew, Travel Director

Sun 10 May Tue 19 May â‚Ź2750 Sun 24 May Tue 02 Jun â‚Ź2750

ďƒˆ

ENDS

Sun 13 Sep Tue 22 Sep â‚Ź2750 Sun 27 Sep Tue 06 Oct â‚Ź2725

Sun 07 Jun Tue 16 Jun â‚Ź2750 Sun 21 Jun Tue 30 Jun â‚Ź2750

âš‘ďƒ? Wed 23 Dec

Sun 05 Jul Tue 14 Jul Sun 19 Jul Tue 28 Jul

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Tue 11 Aug â‚Ź2650 Sun 16 Aug Tue 25 Aug â‚Ź2650 Sun 30 Aug Tue 08 Sep â‚Ź2750

Fri 01 Jan

â‚Ź3325

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Prague & New Years' Eve in Venice. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ďƒ? This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Wurzburg, and Vienna. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź270 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź70 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź83 | Past Guest â‚Ź166

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Amsterdam hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p.

Vienna: Choose between a visit to a traditional coffehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and sachertorte or listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź540 p.p. to â‚Ź700 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH EUROPEAN DREAM TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE ROMANTIC EUROPEAN ON PAGE 48.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Rhine Valley: Delight in a private estate viewing of one of these Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Middle Rhine. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit WĂźrzburg Residence with a Local Expert. City tours of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, all with Local Experts. See Amsterdam • Residenz Palace, Alte Mainbruckem and Marienburg Fortress in WĂźrzburg • Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber • Old Town Square, St Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle • VĂĄci Utca and GellĂŠrt Hill in Budapest • Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche in Vienna • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at at Humphrey's Restaurant Spuistraat in Amsterdam • Scenic Dinner Cruise in Budapest • Dinner and a Bellini cocktail in Venice. Taste Trdelník in Prague.

FROM â‚Ź265 PER DAY 32

@dani_travels_the_world sharing one of many Caption here #InsightMoments from Budapest, Hungary

THE NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM

1

(Day 1)

LONDON

Brussels

PRAGUE

GERMANY

(Days 3 & 4)

2

BELGIUM 1

CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

Rothenburg

WĂœRZBURG

AUSTRIA

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Danube River

(Days 6 & 7)

WĂśrthersee

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

HUNGARY

VIENNA 2

(Day 2)

1 Semmering Pass BUDAPEST (Day 5)

Dolomites

ITALY

2 VENICE

(Days 8, 9 & 10)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 7 COUNTRIES | 9 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ď”?

â„“

 ★

 ★

 ★

DAY 1 DEPART LONDON BY EUROSTAR TO AMSTERDAM. At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel and meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception. Embark on a canal cruise, before enjoying dinner and wine at Humphrey’s Restaurant Spuistraat. (DW) Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 WĂœRZBURG. Continue on to WĂźrzburg. On arrival, visit the imposing WĂźrzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences. (B) (DW) Maritim Hotel WĂźrzburg. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 ROTHENBURG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress before venturing to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue east to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, to reach the Golden City of Prague. (B) Hotel Royal Prague. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, to admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town.

đ&#x;‘ An artisan baker shows you how the TrdelnĂ­k or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel that delights onlookers each hour. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal? (B) (MT)

DAY 5

ℎ THROUGH BOHEMIA TO BUDAPEST. ★

â„“  ★ ★



★

★

ď”ˆ

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey through Slovakia and travel on to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. Stand atop GellĂŠrt Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. In the evening, join a Local Expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city's nighttime beauty as you float along the Danube. (B) (DW) Hilton Garden Inn, Budapest. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE FLAVOURS OF BUDAPEST. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square. Then, enjoy free time to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Continue your travels, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna. (B) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa's SchÜnbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese CafÊ to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. (B)

DAY 8



â„Ž ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE

â„“



WĂ–RTHERSEE TO VENICE. Travel into the Carinthian Lake District, passing the WĂśrthersee, to cross into Italy. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams on your way to the unique city of Venice. This evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Sip Bellini cocktails at CafĂŠ Florian at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the peace of St. Mark's Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel along the Grand Canal. (B) (DW) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. ★

Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. (B)

â…•

DAY 10 ARRIVEDERCI VENICE. Bid farewell to this enchanting city with departure transfers by water taxi, arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź532 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

33


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź298 pp

EUROPEAN FLAIR

STARTS

“There is simply nowhere else in the world with this cornucopia of exciting and varied experiences to enjoy from one day to the next as there are in European cities and cultures.� - Richard, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: T812

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 18 Apr

Tue 28 Apr â‚Ź2975

Sat 25 Jul

Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź2725

Sat 02 May Sat 16 May Sat 30 May

Tue 12 May â‚Ź2975 Tue 26 May â‚Ź2975 Tue 09 Jun â‚Ź2975

Sat 08 Aug Sat 22 Aug

Tue 18 Aug â‚Ź2725 Tue 01 Sep â‚Ź2775

Sat 05 Sep Sat 13 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Tue 23 Jun â‚Ź2975 Tue 07 Jul â‚Ź2750

ďƒˆ Sat 19 Sep

Tue 15 Sep â‚Ź2975 Tue 29 Sep â‚Ź2975

Sat 03 Oct

Tue 13 Oct â‚Ź2975

Sat 11 Jul

Tue 21 Jul â‚Ź2750

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Venice. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź280 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź70 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź74 | Past Guest â‚Ź149 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Amsterdam hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź760 p.p. to â‚Ź1020 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH FLAVOURS OF EUROPE TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY ON PAGE 44.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Prague: An artisan baker shows you the secrets behind TrdelnĂ­k or traditional Czech chimney cakes. Enjoy a demonstration and delicious tasting. Visit a Rhineland castle with an historian • glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit WĂźrzburg Residence with a Local Expert. City tours of Prague, Salzburg and Rome, all with Local Experts. See Amsterdam • Alte Mainbruckem and Marienburg fortress in WĂźrzburg • Rothenburg ob der Tauber • Old Town Square, St Vitus Cathedral, and Prague Castle • formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square in Salzburg • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam • Farm-toTable dining in Salzburg.

FROM â‚Ź248 PER DAY 34

Amsterdam, The Netherlands THE NETHERLANDS ENGLAND LONDON

AMSTERDAM

1

GERMANY

(Day 1)

(Days 3 & 4)

2

BELGIUM

FRANCE

PRAGUE

Rhineland

WĂœRZBURG (Day 2)

1 SALZBURG

AUSTRIA Dolomites Italian Lake District

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Day 5)

Lake WĂśrthersee

2

ITALY

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

CZECH REPUBLIC

1 Rothenburg

VENICE

(Days 6 & 7)

Apennine Mountains

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY 3 (Days 8, 9, 10 & 11)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 7 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ď”?

â„“





â„“



★

 ★



DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON BY EUROSTAR AND ONTO AMSTERDAM. At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel and meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow travellers as you take a canal cruise to explore, before enjoying a dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hilton Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 1 WELCOME TO AMSTERDAM. Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception.

Get to know your fellow travellers as you take a canal cruise to explore, before enjoying a dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hilton Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ONTO WĂœRZBURG. Cross into Germany and continue onto WĂźrzburg. With a Local Expert, visit the imposing WĂźrzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences. (B) (DW) Maritim Hotel WĂźrzburg. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START ROTHENBURG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. In the morning, see the mighty Marienburg Fortress, before venturing to Rothenburg ob-der-Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue East to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, to reach the Golden City of Prague. (B) Hotel NH Prague City. | Traditional

DAY 4 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. ★ In the morning, join a Local Expert for a guided exploration, starting with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town. đ&#x;‘ An artisan baker shows you how the TrdelnĂ­k or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. (B) (MT)

★

ℓ 

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START SALZBURG, CITY OF MOZART. Journey through South Bohemia and continue to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music.' A Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, Residence Square, the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart's birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.

In the evening, relish the authentic experience of Farm-to-Table dining as you dine at a local organic farm and enjoy the flavours of homemade dishes. (B) (DW) ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ THE TAUERN MOUNTAINS TO VENICE. 

Continue to Venice, where your hotel is perfectly located in a quiet area. (B) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂



DAY 10 VIP VATICAN. đ&#x;‘ With your Local Expert, visit the Vatican Museums. Insight provides special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and gives you behindthe-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, normally off-limits to the public. Inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling, before visiting St. Peter's Basilica. The rest of the day is at your leisure; perhaps shop in the trendy boutiques or relax at a sidewalk cafe? (B)

✈

DAY 11 ARRIVEDERCI ROME. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA

SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. ★ Take a private water taxi to St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine? (B) DAY 8

â„Ž ON TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME.  ★

Head into the Apennine Mountains and the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Your journey continues as you follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome. (B) (DW) Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START ROME WITH THE LOCALS. Your morning walking tour with a Local Expert will show you what Rome is all about. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and see the Pantheon. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź501

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

35


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź343 pp

EUROPEAN DREAM

TRIP CODE: N912

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 14 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Wed 24 Jun â‚Ź3350 Wed 08 Jul â‚Ź3250

Sun 12 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Wed 22 Jul â‚Ź3195 Wed 05 Aug â‚Ź3125

STARTS

Sun 03 May Wed 13 May â‚Ź3350 Sun 17 May Wed 27 May â‚Ź3350 Sun 31 May Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź3350

“One fun fact people don’t usually know before they come to Switzerland is that specialty dishes, languages, laws and habits, are different in each Canton.� - Daniele, Travel Director

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 09 Aug Wed 19 Aug â‚Ź3125 Sun 23 Aug Wed 02 Sep â‚Ź3175 Sun 06 Sep Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź3350 Sun 20 Sep Wed 30 Sep â‚Ź3350 Sun 04 Oct Wed 14 Oct â‚Ź3350

âš‘

Wed 30 Dec Sat 09 Jan

â‚Ź3425

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinner: New Years' Eve in Venice. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź320 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź86 | Past Guest â‚Ź171 EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź820 p.p. to â‚Ź1130 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH EUROPEAN RHAPSODY TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE ROMANTIC EUROPEAN ON PAGE 48.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Stanserhorn: Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger to learn about local fauna and flora in the area. Choose between two experiences in Paris.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Orvieto: Explore the art of Italian cooking with chef Lorenzo and observe how he makes fresh pasta by hand. Visit glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • Machiavelli’s house with a Local Expert • Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert.

@denis_fitzgerald sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from Lucerne, Switzerland ENGLAND

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS City tours of Florence and Rome, both with Local Experts. See St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Duomo and Piazza della Signoria in Florence • Colosseum • Orvieto • Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne • Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs-ÉlysĂŠes and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Savour dinner and a Bellini cocktail in Venice • Wine tasting and light lunch at Machiavelli's house in Tuscany • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner at La Coupole in Paris.

FROM â‚Ź285 PER DAY 36

LONDON (Day 11)

PARIS

2

(Days 9, 10 & 11)

FRANCE Burgundy

Jura Mts

LUCERNE (Days 7 & 8)

2 SWITZERLAND Dolomites

Stanserhorn

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited Trip Options

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Italian Lake District

2

ITALY

VENICE

(Days 1 & 2)

FLORENCE

2 Pisa Tuscan Hills

(Days 5 & 6)

Orvieto

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 3 & 4) 2

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 3 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ďż˝ â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO VENICE. Welcome to the Queen of the Adriatic. Transfers by water taxi depart Venice Marco Polo Airport for the hotel at 11:00 and 13:00.

What better way to start your dream holiday than in true Venetian style? Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at the magical La Fenice restaurant. Sip Bellini cocktails at twilight whilst being serenaded, and admire the tranquility of St. Mark's Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel by the Grand Canal. (DW) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

★

â„“  ★

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. ★

Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. (B) DAY 3 TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Journey through the lush Tuscan countryside. đ&#x;‘ Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli.

â„Ž â„“



Savour a light lunch and a tasting of wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home. Your journey continues as you follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome. (B) (LW) Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME. đ&#x;‘ Receive red-carpet treatment with a VIP visit and fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to the public. Join a Local Expert for a guided walk to Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and continue on to St. Peter's Basilica. (B)

★ 

Ί

★

ď”ˆ

â„“

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START ORVIETO AND ON TO FLORENCE. Stop in Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard-covered plain.

Savour the flavours of the region and learn about the Italian food culture as you join chef Lorenzo for a fascinating live pasta-making demonstration. Continue on to Florence. (B) (LW) Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. With your Local Expert, view the multicoloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Piazza della Signoria and see the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the Renaissance capital. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the Tuscan town of Pisa? (B)

DAY 7 ACROSS THE ALPS TO LUCERNE. Head north towards the Italian Lake District and continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps, before travelling alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne. Upon arrival to Lucerne, see the town's proud Lion Monument, the covered Chapel Bridge and the baroque Jesuit Church. (B) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 LUCERNE AND MT. STANSERHORN. Embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn.

★



ď”ˆ â„“

✈



DAY 9 SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS OF PARIS. Travel through France to the City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, facades of the Louvre and the banks of River Seine, with its many romantic bridges. See the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs-ÉlysĂŠes to the Arc de Triomphe. With the evening free, enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city. Why not visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows? (B) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10 THE FOOD AND FLAVOURS OF PARIS.

Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Embrace the charms of the City of Light as you enjoy a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at iconic restaurant La Coupole, frequently visited by French entertainer Josephine Baker. (B) (DW) DAY 11 AU REVOIR PARIS. Bid farewell to your travelling companions as your journey comes to an end. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00. Alternatively, you may depart for London via Gare du Nord with the return Eurostar option. (B)

Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. At night, you are off ered a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź559 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

37


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź370 pp

ROAD TO ROME

STARTS

“One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is the Vatican Museums and Bramante staircase. Entering before the crowds is such a wonderful memory for our guests.� - Beatrice, Travel Director

Stanserhorn: Choose to meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park. Choose between two experiences in Paris.

Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train. City tours of Pisa and Florence, both with Local Experts. See Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs-ÉlysÊes and Arc de Triomphe in Paris • Lucerne • Vaduz Castle • Innsbruck • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Orvieto • Duomo and Piazza della Signoria in Florence • Colosseum in Rome.

Welcome Dinner in the heart of Paris • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Dinner at a local restaurant in Venice • Cooking Demonstration and lunch in Orvieto • Celebration Dinner with musicians in Rome.

FROM â‚Ź288 PER DAY 38

Tue 05 May Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May

Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695

Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695

Tue 07 Jul Tue 14 Jul

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3625

STARTS

â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3625

âš‘

Tue 21 Jul Tue 28 Jul

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 04 Aug Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3575

Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep Tue 15 Sep Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct

â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695

Tue 06 Oct Sat 17 Oct

â‚Ź3695

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450

Sun 27 Dec Thu 07 Jan â‚Ź3550

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from the best seats in the house with Insight Vacations in 2020. This is a highly sought-after event with limited capacity – book today to secure your place. Go to insightvacations.com or speak to your travel agent.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City ENGLAND LONDON

GERMANY PARIS

(Days 1 & 2)

2 INNSBRUCK

Champagne

(Day 5)

1

Burgundy SWITZERLAND

FRANCE

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sat 02 May Sat 09 May

2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: BOOK NOW!

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

TWIN

Tue 07 Apr Tue 14 Apr Tue 21 Apr Tue 28 Apr

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year's Eve dinner in Innsbruck. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź360 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź92 | Past Guest â‚Ź185 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź830 p.p. to â‚Ź1030 p.p. JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Paris hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź119 p.p

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Tuscany: Visit il Poggio to learn about organic olive and grape farming as you enjoy a tasting, complimented by stunning views. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert.

TRIP CODE: E924

ENDS

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2

Mt Stanserhorn

AUSTRIA

High Tauern

Tyrol Dolomites

Carnic Alps

ITALY

2 VENICE

Pisa

2 FLORENCE

(Day 6 & 7)

Tuscany Orvieto

(Day 8 & 9)

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY 2 (Days 10, 11 & 12)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 7 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS | 18 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ď”? ★

â„“



ď”ˆ

ℓ 

Ί

★

ď”ˆ

★

DAY 1 LONDON TO PARIS BY EUROSTAR. Meet your Travel Director at 07:30 and after a warm welcome, transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join in Paris and meet your Travel Director at 17:00. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the facades of the Louvre, the banks of the River Seine with its many romantic bridges. See the obelisk in Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs ElysĂŠes to the Arc de Triomphe. Later, join your Travel Director at the local restaurant in the heart of Paris for a fabulous Welcome Dinner. (DW) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 PARIS, THE 'CITY OF LIGHT'. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. (B)

DAY 3 BURGUNDY AND LUCERNE. Travel through the rural French countryside of Burgundy famous for its vineyards & wine. Later arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne. There is a variety of restaurant options for your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants. (B) (DW) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 LUCERNE. Journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn.

Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. Upon return to Lucerne, see the Lion Monument, before strolling across the Chapel Bridge to see the ornate Jesuit Church. (B)

★ ★ 

ℎ ℓ 

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START LUCERNE TO INNSBRUCK. Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps to visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz. Continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your Travel Director will show you the impressive Imperial Palace and the Golden Roof. (B) AC Hotel Innsbruck. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 THE DOLOMITES TO VENICE. Leave Innsbruck to travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites into Italy to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

Long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the islands with dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) BW Premier Collection Venice. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START THE MAGIC OF 'LA SERENISSIMA'. ★ See the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace, connected to the ancient prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. (B)

â„Ž

â„“



đ&#x;‘ Visit il Poggio organic farm for a guided walk and learn about the production of olive oil and wine. â„“ On the veranda, take in beautiful views of the rolling Tuscan hills as you taste the farm’s freshly produced wines and olive oil followed by an authentic Italian meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. ★ Explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the Leaning Tower. (B) (LW)  Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence. | Traditional | ∂

★

DAY 10 HILLTOP ORVIETO AND ROME. In the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto, immerse yourself in the flavours of the region. Learn about the secrets of Italian food culture when you join chef Lorenzo for a fascinating live pasta-making demonstration.Your magical culinary experience ends with a delicious Highlight Lunch accompanied by Orvieto Classico wine. Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a passeggiata - a traditional evening stroll. (B) (LW) Kolbe Hotel Rome. | Historic | ∂

DAY 11 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME. đ&#x;‘ To avoid the crowds and maximise your time, Insight has arranged special VIP access to the Vatican Museums. Your Local Expert will guide you through the halls of artwork and take you behind the scenes to view the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally not open to the public. Visit the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling and continue to St. Peter's Basilica. ★ Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum and overlook the Forum.

â„“

DAY 8

â„Ž TUSCANY, PISA AND FLORENCE.



✈

Enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration Dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant, while you are serenaded with a private performance of some of Italy's bestloved operas. (B) (DW) DAY 12 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

DAY 9 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING. Walk with your Local Expert to the marbleclad cathedral and baptistery to see the Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the area around Santa Croce Basilica. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź735 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

39


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



SPLENDID EUROPE

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź385 pp

NOW STAYING IN

STARTS

LJUBLJANA

“ It’s always amazing to see the master glass-making artisan from the island of Murano create sculptures from a ball of melted silica, sand and minerals in a matter of minutes.� - Chris, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: N915 TWIN

Thu 07 May Wed 20 May â‚Ź3850 Thu 21 May Wed 03 Jun â‚Ź3850

STARTS

ENDS

ďƒ?

Thu 04 Jun Wed 17 Jun â‚Ź3725 Thu 18 Jun Wed 01 Jul â‚Ź3850

ďƒˆ Thu 10 Sep

ďƒˆ

Thu 02 Jul Thu 16 Jul Thu 30 Jul

ďƒŚ Thu 15 Oct

Wed 15 Jul â‚Ź3795 Wed 29 Jul â‚Ź3750 Wed 12 Aug â‚Ź3725

TWIN

Thu 13 Aug Wed 26 Aug â‚Ź3725 Thu 27 Aug Wed 09 Sep â‚Ź3750

Wed 23 Sep â‚Ź3850 Thu 24 Sep Wed 07 Oct â‚Ź3850 Wed 28 Oct â‚Ź3850

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Ljubljana. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ďƒŚ This departure will stay at Maritim hotel Bonn instead of KĂśnigswinter. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź370 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź150 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź96 | Past Guest â‚Ź193 EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź920 p.p. to â‚Ź1090 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Vienna: Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese CafĂŠ to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte or listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. Choose between two experiences on Mount Stanserhorn.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH MEDITERRANEAN JOURNEY TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE EUROPEAN GRANDEUR ON PAGE 50.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vatican City: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase before visiting St Peter's Basilica. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • a Rhineland castle with an historian.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel the canals of Amsterdam by cruise. City tours of Ljubljana, Vienna and Salzburg, all with Local Experts. See the Colosseum • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Maribor • Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna • Mirabell Palace and Residence Square in Salzburg • Old Town, Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in Innsbruck • Vaduz Castle • Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne • Amsterdam.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Sip a Bellini cocktail before dinner in Venice • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner in Amsterdam.

FROM â‚Ź267 PER DAY 40

@linettespics sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Venice, Italy THE NETHERLANDS

ENGLAND LONDON (Day 14)

AMSTERDAM 1

GERMANY

(Days 13 & 14)

Brussels

Rhine Castle

BELGIUM

KĂ–NIGSWINTER (Day 12) 1

Rhineland

FRANCE

LUCERNE

(Days 10 & 11)

Mt Stanserhorn

AUSTRIA

INNSBRUCK (Day 9)

2

Vaduz

Tyrol

1

Salzburg

SLOVENIA 1

SWITZERLAND

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited Trip Options

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

ITALY

2

2 VIENNA

(Days 7 & 8)

Maribor

CROATIA

LJUBLJANA (Day 6)

VENICE

(Days 4 & 5)

3 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1, 2 & 3)

Pompeii

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 10 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 17 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE CITY OF ROME. Rome is one of the world's most historic cities, filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner - a relaxed evening of authentic local specialties and wine. (DW) Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING PAPAL ROME. ★ A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city. đ&#x;‘ Enjoy Insight's special VIP, fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums with behindthe-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Once inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. (B) DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START ROME AT LEISURE. The day is yours to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Perhaps venture to the ill-fated town of Pompeii? (B) DAY 4

ℎ AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE TO VENICE. ℓ 

Journey through peaceful Tuscan landscapes, to descend past Bologna into the fertile Valley of the River Po. Arrive at the glorious city of Venice by water taxi and sip a Bellini cocktail at sunset, long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 5 VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. ★ Take a private water taxi to St. Mark's Square where St. Mark's Basilica exudes the city's former wealth and power. Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. (B)

â„Ž

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ VENICE TO ELEGANT LJUBLJANA. ★



 ★

★

ď”ˆ

★  ★ ★

Continue your journey to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, where a Local Expert will show you the highlights of the city, including PreĹĄeren square with the Triple bridge, baroque Franciscan Church. (B) Hotel Lev, Ljubljana. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 LJUBLJANA TO VIENNA. Follow the Drava River and cross over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Continue past Graz through Styria's forested mountains and on to Vienna. (B) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. In the morning, ready your camera for a drive around the famous Ring Road, a grand boulevard built along the lines of the old city walls, showcasing many of the capital's architectural masterpieces. Join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the historic core of Vienna.

Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese CafĂŠ to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. (B) DAY 9 SALZBURG AND ON TO INNSBRUCK. In Salzburg, join a Local Expert for a visit to the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square. (B) AC By Marriott Hotel Innsbruck. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START LIECHTENSTEIN TO LUCERNE. Journey to the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, then cross into Switzerland to Lucerne. On arrival, visit Lucerne's proud Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff.

â„“



Ί

★

ď”ˆ





For your Dine-Around Evening, choose your own style of cuisine from our selection of local restaurants. (B) (DW) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 11 LAKESIDE LUCERNE AND MT. STANSERHORN. In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. Once you return to Lucerne, take some time to stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge and see the baroque Jesuit church. (B) DAY 12 LEGENDS ALONG THE RHINE. Relax with a scenic drive in the Rhine Valley. (B) (DW) Maritim Hotel KĂśnigswinter. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 13

â„Ž CANALS OF AMSTERDAM.

đ&#x;‘ Delight in a private estate viewing of one of the famous Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Middle Rhine over a glass of wine. ★ Embark on a cruise to explore Amsterdam.

â„“



â…ž

Toast to your newfound friends with a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 14 DEPART AMSTERDAM OR RETURN LONDON OPTION. After breakfast, transfers arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport at 08:00 and 10:00. Alternatively you can return to London with the Eurostar option, arriving in the afternoon. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź633 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

41


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź408 pp

HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE

STARTS

Sun 26 Apr

ďƒˆ

“ Paris is truly a delight to all the senses – seeing the iconic architecture, hearing about the history, smelling the wonderful bakeries and tasting the local specialties during our foodie walk.� - Brad, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E933 TWIN

STARTS

Sat 09 May â‚Ź4075

Sun 12 Jul

ENDS

Sat 25 Jul

TWIN

â‚Ź3895

Sun 03 May Sat 16 May â‚Ź4075 Sun 17 May Sat 30 May â‚Ź4075 Sun 31 May Sat 13 Jun â‚Ź4075

Sun 02 Aug Sat 15 Aug â‚Ź3850 Sun 16 Aug Sat 29 Aug â‚Ź3850 Sun 30 Aug Sat 12 Sep â‚Ź3995

Sun 14 Jun

Sat 27 Jun

â‚Ź4075

Sun 13 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 28 Jun

Sat 11 Jul

â‚Ź3975

â‚Ź4075

Sun 04 Oct Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź4075 AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W933

Sun 11 Oct Sat 24 Oct â‚Ź3450

âš‘

∑

â…—

Sun 01 Nov Sat 14 Nov â‚Ź3150 Sun 22 Nov Sat 05 Dec â‚Ź3150

Wed 16 Dec Tue 29 Dec â‚Ź3275 Wed 30 Dec Tue 12 Jan â‚Ź3695

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Christmas Markets: These departures will explore in select cities. See website for details. Festive Highlight Dinners: ∑ Christmas Day in Lucerne. â…— New Year's Eve in Heidelberg. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel in a similar standard in Venice. Winter Departures W933: These departures stay 2 nights in Florence instead of Lake Maggiore, and have an alternative Swiss mountain experience. Some hotels may vary - see our website for full details. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź380 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź60 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź102 | Past Guest â‚Ź204 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at the Amsterdam hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p.

Paris: Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour of the Right Bank with a Local Expert or join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local delicacies. Choose between two experiences on Mount Stanserhorn.

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź780 p.p. to â‚Ź1140 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Rome: Food and family go hand-in-hand in Italy and are pillars of the Italian way of life. Experience it for yourself with an invitation from your local host to join them for a truly Italian, home-cooked meal. Visit A glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Eiffel Tower, Paris THE NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

1 AMSTERDAM Brussels

LONDON (Day 14)

(Day 1)

BELGIUM

GERMANY

Rhine Valley 1 HEIDELBERG

Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit Heidelberg Castle with a Local Expert.

PARIS

(Day 2)

2

City tour of Florence with a Local Expert.

FRANCE

(Day 3)

2 Mt Stanserhorn

AUSTRIA

Neuschwanstein 1 INNSBRUCK

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

Veneto Italian Lake District 2 1 VENICE MAGGIORE (Day 4 & 5)

SWITZERLAND

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam • Choice of Dine-Around options in Baveno • Home-made family-style meal in Tuscany • Celebration Dinner in the heart of Paris. Taste Prosecco and a Bellini in Veneto.

FROM â‚Ź225 PER DAY 42

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Trip Options

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Day 9)

Tuscany 1 FLORENCE (Day 8) Chianti

ITALY 2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 6 & 7)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 8 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 6 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

� ℓ 

★ 

★ 

DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON. Meet your Travel Director at 07:00 and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception. Cruise the canals to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a charming old restaurant in the heart of town with delicious modern international cuisine. (DW) Hilton, Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 THE RHINE VALLEY AND HEIDELBERG. Take a scenic drive through the Rhine Valley to see quaint villages, hilltop castles and hear the legend of the Loreley Rock. Follow the Neckar River to Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg Castle with a Local Expert. (B) Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 MOUNTAIN-RINGED INNSBRUCK. Stop beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein, rumoured to have inspired Walt Disney's iconic castle. In Innsbruck, tour the architectural jewels of the Old Town, seeing the Imperial Palace and the Golden Roof. (B) AC Hotel Innsbruck. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START ACROSS THE DOLOMITES TO VENICE. đ&#x;‘ Cross into Italy and stop at a local family winery in Veneto where manual harvesting produces distinguishable prosecco. Savour a tasting of these luxurious sparkling wines and discover how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the romantic city of Venice. (B) (DW)

â„Ž



Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant’Elena, Venice. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 5 THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller. ★ Cruise to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace, the bell tower and St. Mark's Basilica. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. (B)

â„Ž

DAY 6

â„Ž THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. â„“



Pass through Tuscany and Umbria, to reach the Eternal City of Rome. You're invited into the home of a Roman local to experience Italian hospitality at its best, as you enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your host. (B) (DW) Hotel Bettoja Massimo D’Azeglio, Rome. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 7 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME. đ&#x;‘ Join a Local Expert for a private tour of the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Then explore St. Peter's Basilica. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

★

ℓ 

â„“



★

ď”ˆ 

DAY 8 THE CHIANTI HILLS TO FLORENCE. On arrival in Florence, a Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo. Continue to Piazza della Signoria. In your free time, perhaps visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian and see David? Savour an authentic family-style dinner of home-made cuisine at a local trattoria, perfectly set among the beautiful Tuscan countryside. (B) (DW) Hotel Londra, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START LAKE MAGGIORE. Journey to the beautiful Italian Lake District. For your Dine-Around Evening, enjoy your preferred dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants. (B) (DW) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

★

★



ď”ˆ â„“

â…ž



DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START LAKESIDE LUCERNE. View the emotive Lion Monument, before strolling across the Chapel Bridge. (B)

DAY 12 SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS OF PARIS. Travel through the Burgundy region to the vibrant City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, facades of the Louvre and banks of the Seine. See the Place de la Concorde, Champs ÉlysĂŠes and Arc de Triomphe. (B) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 13 THE FOOD AND FLAVOURS OF PARIS. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Embrace the charm of the Latin Quarter, during your Celebration Dinner accompanied by delicious French wines. (B) (DW) DAY 14 AU REVOIR PARIS. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00. Alternatively, choose to continue to London via Gare du Nord, with the Return Eurostar option. (B)

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START THE ALPS AND ON TO LUCERNE. Cross the Swiss border before embarking on a scenic journey to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora. (B) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź733 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

43


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 16 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź470 pp

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E812A TWIN

STARTS

Sat 18 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź4675

“ It’s magical to see how a group of guests comes together over the course of our trips. Strangers turn into friends, laughing together and enjoying the experience like a family.� - Filippo, Travel Director

ďƒˆ ďƒ?

Sat 25 Jul

Sat 02 May Sun 17 May â‚Ź4675 Sat 16 May Sun 31 May â‚Ź4675 Sat 30 May Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź4675 Sat 13 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4425

Sat 11 Jul

â‚Ź4395

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź4395

Sat 08 Aug Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź4395 Sat 22 Aug Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź4525

ďƒˆ

Sat 05 Sep Sat 19 Sep

Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź4695 Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź4675

Sat 03 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź4675 Sun 26 Jul

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Venice. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Florence. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź450 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź80 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź117 | Past Guest â‚Ź235 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Amsterdam hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1220 p.p. to â‚Ź1490 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź158 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Paris: Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour of the Right Bank with a Local Expert or join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local delicacies. Choose between two experiences on Mount Stanserhorn.

THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF EUROPEAN FLAIR AND FLAVOURS OF EUROPE .

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art, and learn how a Venetian gondola is made. Visit Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with a Local Expert.

3 NIGHT WWI BATTLEFIELDS MINI-TRIP FROM ONLY â‚Ź1225 P.P. - SEE PAGE 167 FOR DETAILS.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit WĂźrzburg Residence with a Local Expert. City tours of Prague, Salzburg, Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre, all with Local Experts. See Amsterdam• WĂźrzburg • Rothenburg ob der Tauber • Prague's Old Town Square • Salzburg • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome • Duomo and Plaza della Signoria in Florence • Lucerne • Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, ChampsÉlysĂŠes and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam • Farmto-Table dining in Salzburg • Dine at a local Italian restaurant in Cinque Terre • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner in Paris. Taste Tdrelník in Prague.

FROM â‚Ź275 PER DAY 44

@linettespics sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Cinque Terre, Italy THE NETHERLANDS 1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

(Day 1)

LONDON (Day 16)

PRAGUE (Days 3 & 4)

2

WĂœRZBURG RZBURG 1

PARIS

Rhineland

2

(Days 14, 15 & 16)

(Day 2)

Rothenburg

(Day 5)

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND 2 LUCERNE

(Days 12 & 13)

Dolomites

Italian Lake District

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1 SALZBURG

FRANCE Burgundy

CZECH REPUBLIC

2

VENICE

ITALY

CINQUE TERRE 1 (Day 11)

1

Lake WĂśrthersee

(Days 6 & 7)

FLORENCE (Day 10)

ROME & 2 THE VATICAN CITY (Days 8 & 9)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

16 DAYS | 9 COUNTRIES | 15 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 1 LUNCH | 6 DINNERS | 19 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ď”?

â„“



★

 ★ 

DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON BY EUROSTAR AND ONTO AMSTERDAM. At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel and meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow travellers as you take a canal cruise to explore, before enjoying a dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hilton Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ONTO WĂœRZBURG. Cross into Germany and continue on to WĂźrzburg. With a Local Expert, visit the imposing WĂźrzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences. (B) (DW) Maritim Hotel WĂźrzburg. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START ROTHENBURG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress, before venturing to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Continue onto Prague. (B) Hotel NH Prague City. | Traditional

DAY 4 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. ★ In the morning, join a Local Expert for a guided exploration, starting with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town. đ&#x;‘ An artisan baker shows you how the TrdelnĂ­k or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. (B) (MT)

★

â„“



DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START SALZBURG, CITY OF MOZART. Continue to Salzburg. A Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, Residence Square and Mozart's birthplace.

In the evening, relish the authentic experience of Farm-to-Table dining as you dine at a local organic farm. (B) (DW) ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ THE TAUERN MOUNTAINS TO VENICE. 

Continue to Venice, where your hotel is perfectly located in a quiet area. (B) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. ★ Take a private water taxi to St. Mark's Square and admire the riches of the Basilica. (B)

â„Ž



Ί

★

ď”ˆ

DAY 8

â„Ž ON TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME.  ★

Your journey continues to the Eternal City of Rome. (B) (DW) Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START ROME WITH THE LOCALS. Your morning walking tour with a Local Expert will show you what Rome is all about. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and see the Pantheon. (B)

DAY 10 VIP VATICAN AND FLORENCE. đ&#x;‘ With your Local Expert, visit the Vatican Museums. Insight provides special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, normally off-limits to the public. Inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling before visiting St. Peter's Basilica. ★ In Florence, a Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo, before continuing to Piazza della Signoria. (B)  Hotel Londra, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂

Ί

★

â„“



DAY 11 THE CINQUE TERRE. With a Local Expert, visit the famous Cinque Terre. Approach one of the fishing villages by boat (weather permitting).

Savour authentic Italian cuisine as you dine for a Sea-to-Table Lunch at Ristorante Da Ely. (B) (LW) Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo, Italian Riviera. | Historic | ∂

ℓ ★



ď”ˆ â„“

â…ž

DAY 12 ACROSS THE ALPS TO LUCERNE. Pass the Italian Lake District en route to scenic Lake Lucerne. (B) Renaissance Lucerne Hotel. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 13 LUCERNE’S LAKES AND MOUNTAINS. Embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora. In the evening, enjoy a fine selection of restaurants to choose from for your DineAround Evening. (B) (DW)

DAY 14 SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS OF PARIS. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, facades of the Louvre and banks of the Seine, with its many romantic bridges. See the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. (B) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 THE FOOD AND FLAVOURS OF PARIS.

Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Indulge in refined French cuisine during your Celebration Dinner at the iconic restaurant La Coupole. (B) (DW) DAY 16 AU REVOIR PARIS. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00. Alternatively, you may depart for London via Gare du Nord with the Return Eurostar option. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź877 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

45


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 16 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź413 pp

MEDITERRANEAN JOURNEY ďƒ?

“The pintxos experience in San SebastiĂĄn is fantastic fun as you discover the delights of this lovely Spanish city and its unique gastronomy with a local at home in their own city.â€? - Richard, Travel Director

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: T915 TWIN

Sat 25 Apr Sun 10 May â‚Ź4025 Sat 09 May Sun 24 May â‚Ź4025 Sat 23 May Sun 07 Jun â‚Ź4050

ďƒˆ

STARTS

ďƒˆ Sat 18 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź3950

Sat 01 Aug Sun 16 Aug â‚Ź3950 Sat 15 Aug Sun 30 Aug â‚Ź3950 Sat 29 Aug Sun 13 Sep â‚Ź4075

Sat 06 Jun Sun 21 Jun â‚Ź4075 Sat 20 Jun Sun 05 Jul â‚Ź4075

Sat 12 Sep

Sun 27 Sep â‚Ź4125

Sat 04 Jul

Sat 03 Oct

Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź4050

Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź3995

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Tuscany. ďƒ? This departure will stay at Hotel San Sebastian in lieu of Barcelo Costa Vasca in San Sebastian. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź400 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź103 | Past Guest â‚Ź206 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Paris hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1270 p.p. to â‚Ź1420 p.p. | Triple Room Supplement â‚Ź100 PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź158 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Paris: Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by the Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH SPLENDID EUROPE TO FULLY EXPERIENCE EUROPE? SEE EUROPEAN GRANDEUR ON PAGE 50.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Madrid: Visit the Reina Sofia Museum with an Art Historian and see Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, one of the world’s greatest anti-war paintings. Visit Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Pinxtos, San Sebastian, Spain

Travel on the Eurostar train. Visit Burgos Cathedral City tours of Bordeaux, Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Pisa and Florence, all with Local Experts. See Paris • Amboise Château • San Sebastian • Burgos • Plaza de Cibeles, Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol in Madrid • Las Ramblas and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona • Avignon • Nice • Monaco • Pisa • Duomo and Plaza della Signoria in Florence • Colosseum in Rome.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in the heart of Paris • Dine with locals in San Sebastian • Farm-to-Table dining Avignon • Celebration Dinner in Rome. Taste olive oil in Avignon.

FROM â‚Ź247 PER DAY 46

ENGLAND LONDON

PARIS 2

(Days 1 & 2)

Amboise BORDEAUX 1

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

(Day 4)

FRANCE AVIGNON

(Day 3)

SAN SEBASTIAN

Burgundy

1

1 NICE

1

(Day 10)

Burgos

MADRID

(Days 5 & 6)

2

2

SPAIN

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

ITALY

(Day 9)

BARCELONA (Days 7 & 8)

TUSCANY

(Days 11 & 12)

Monaco

2 Florence Pisa Tuscan Hills 3 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 13, 14, 15 & 16)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Pompeii


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 16 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES | 15 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ď”? â„“

★



ď”ˆ

★



DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON. Meet your Travel Director at 07:30 and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join in Paris at the Paris hotel.

Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Dinner at an elegant local restaurant. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine, Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs ElysĂŠes to the Arc de Triomphe. (DW) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT.

Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. (B)

DAY 3 AMBOISE AND ON TO BORDEAUX. Take a scenic drive along the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Amboise to see the impressive Royal Château. Continue to bustling Bordeaux, with its unique 18th century character. (B) Pullman Bordeaux Lac. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 BORDEAUX AND SAN SEBASTIĂ N. ★ Join a Local Expert for a guided tour of France's best 18th century architecture which contributed to Bordeaux becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. đ&#x;‘ Journey onto San SebastiĂĄn where you will dine with the locals. Wander through the Old Town, as you enjoy the Basque gastronomic tradition of pintxos. (B) (DW)  Barcelo Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂

★ 

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START BURGOS AND MADRID. Drive south through the Pyrenees foothills, stopping in Burgos, the land of 'El Cid,' to see his burial place in the cathedral. (B) Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START MADRID. ★ Join your Local Expert for a sightseeing tour including the Old Town, Paseo de la Castellana, Plaza de Cibeles. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Reina Sofia Museum with an art historian to see Picasso's Guernica, one of the world's greatest anti-war paintings. (B)

 ★ ★

★

ℓ 

 ★

★ 

DAY 7 MADRID AND BEAUTIFUL BARCELONA. Continue to the vibrant port of Barcelona. (B) Hilton Barcelona. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA, CITY OF GAUDI. Join your Local Expert to walk through the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Travel by the Ramblas and along the Passeig de Grà cia. Continue through the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerising Sagrada Família. (B) DAY 9 AVIGNON, THE CITY OF POPES. Journey to Avignon to see the famous Pont d'Avignon. Walk within the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the old Palais des Papes.

Learn about olive oil and enjoy a tasting of the freshest produce. After, indulge in a Farm-to-Table dinner, a delicious insight into traditional French home-style cuisine. (B) (DW) CloĂŽtre Saint-Louis, Avignon. | Historic | ∂

DAY 10 ON THE SHORES OF NICE. Journey along the French Riviera to the elegant resort town of Nice, where the rest of the day is at your leisure to stroll along the fabled Promenade des Anglais or relax on the beach. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“





DAY 12 RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. Journey to Florence for sightseeing with your Local Expert. See the marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the open-air gallery in Piazza della Signoria and see the area around Santa Croce Basilica. (B) DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Arrive at the Eternal City, filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. What better way to toast the culmination of your Mediterranean journey, than with delicious Italian cuisine and wine. (B) (DW) Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 EXPLORING PAPAL ROME. A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city. đ&#x;‘ Enjoy Insight's special VIP, fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums with behindthe-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Once inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. (B) DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START ROME AT LEISURE. The day is yours to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Perhaps venture to the ill-fated town of Pompeii? (B)

✈

DAY 16 ARRIVEDERCI ROME. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

DAY 11 MONACO, PISA AND TUSCAN HILLS. In Monaco, be driven along part of the Grand Prix circuit, see the Royal Palace and visit the cathedral. Follow the arc of the Italian Riviera before arriving in Pisa. Join your Local Expert to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa. (B) Grand Hotel Vittoria, Montecatini, Tuscany. | Heritage | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź627 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

47


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź528 pp

ROMANTIC EUROPEAN

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E912B

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Sun 26 Apr Wed 13 May â‚Ź5025

“ Venice is so unique that anyone seeing it for the first time is never fully prepared for the magic, from seeing their first gondola to the facade of St Mark’s cathedral.� - Liz, Travel Director

Sun 10 May Wed 27 May â‚Ź5050 Sun 24 May Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź5050

ďƒˆ

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Wed 19 Aug â‚Ź4750 Sun 16 Aug Wed 02 Sep â‚Ź4825 Sun 30 Aug Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź5050 Sun 13 Sep Wed 30 Sep â‚Ź5050 Sun 27 Sep Wed 14 Oct â‚Ź5025

Sun 07 Jun Wed 24 Jun â‚Ź5050 Sun 21 Jun Wed 08 Jul â‚Ź4925

âš‘ďƒ? Wed 23 Dec

Sat 09 Jan

â‚Ź5275

Sun 05 Jul Wed 22 Jul â‚Ź4850 Sun 19 Jul Wed 05 Aug â‚Ź4750

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Prague & New Years' Eve in Venice. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ďƒ? This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Vienna, & Wurzburg. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź490 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź80 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź132 | Past Guest â‚Ź264 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Amsterdam hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1230 p.p. to â‚Ź1520 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź178 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Vienna: Choose between a visit to a famous Viennese cafĂŠ to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and sachertorte or listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. Choose between two experiences on Mount Stanserhorn and in Paris.

3 NIGHT WWI BATTLEFIELDS MINI-TRIP FROM ONLY â‚Ź1225 P.P. SEE PAGE 167 FOR DETAILS. THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF EUROPEAN RHAPSODY AND EUROPEAN DREAM .

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Orvieto: Explore the art of Italian cooking with chef Lorenzo and observe how he makes fresh pasta by hand. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit WĂźrzburg Residence with a Local Expert. City tours of Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Florence, all with Local Experts.

@skinnylynny sharing one of many #InsightMoments from San Sebastian, Spain Venice, Italy THE NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM

Taste TrdelnĂ­k in Prague.

FROM â‚Ź264 PER DAY 48

GERMANY

(Day 1)

LONDON (Day 18)

PRAGUE

PARIS

2

Rhineland

2

(Days 16, 17 & 18)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional place Visited

SLOVAKIA

1 Rothenburg VIENNA

WĂœRZBURG WĂœ

(Days 6 & 7)

(Day 2)

FRANCE Burgundy

CZECH REPUBLIC

(Days 3 & 4)

BELGIUM

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at at Humphrey's Restaurant Spuistraat • Dinner Cruise in Budapest • Dinner and a Bellini cocktail in Venice • Light lunch and wine tasting at Machiavelli's villa • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner at La Coupole in Paris.

1

Jura Mts

Mt Stanserhorn

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2 LUCERNE (Day 14 & 15)

Semmering Pass

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

2

VENICE

2

FLORENCE

Orvieto

(Day 8 & 9)

(Days 12 & 13)

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY 2

(Day 5)

HUNGARY

ITALY

Pisa

1 BUDAPEST

Lake WĂśrthersee

Dolomites

Italian Lake District

2

(Days 10 & 11)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

18 DAYS | 10 COUNTRIES | 17 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 2 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS | 34 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

ďż˝ â„“



DAY 1 LONDON TO AMSTERDAM. At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, Join your Travel Director in the evening for your Welcome Reception. Embark on a canal cruise, to explore the heart of the city, before enjoying dinner and wine at Humphrey’s Restaurant Spuistraat. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 WĂœRZBURG. đ&#x;‘ Visit the imposing WĂźrzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. (B) (DW)  Maritim Hotel WĂźrzburg. | Traditional | ∂

★ 

DAY 3 ROTHENBURG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress before venturing to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (B) Hotel Royal Prague. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. ★ Join a Local Expert for guided sightseeing, starting with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle followed by the Old Town Square. đ&#x;‘ An Artisan baker shows you how the Trdelnik or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. (B) (MT)

ℎ ★

â„“

 ★  ★

DAY 5 THROUGH BOHEMIA TO BUDAPEST. Travel on to Budapest, Hungary. Stand atop GellĂŠrt Hill where the Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella. In the evening, join a Local Expert and enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city’s nighttime beauty. (B) (DW) Hilton Garden Inn, Budapest. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE FLAVOURS OF BUDAPEST. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert. Continue to the imperial capital of Vienna. (B) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Join your Local Expert for a walk Innere Stadt.

ď”ˆ

Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Enjoy Viennese coffee and sachertorte, or take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. (B) DAY 8

â„Ž LAKE WĂ–RTHERSEE TO VENICE. â„“



Head via private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Enjoy dinner at the magical local restaurant, La Fenice, followed by sipping a Bellini cocktail at CafĂŠ Florian at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians and admiring the tranquility of St. Mark’s Square. (B) (DW) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

★ 

Ί

★

ď”ˆ

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.

đ&#x;‘ Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made. đ&#x;‘ Admire the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs. (B) DAY 10

â„Ž TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. đ&#x;‘ Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the house of Niccolo Machiavelli. Savour a tasting of wines made from the surrounding vineyards. (B) (MT)  Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME. đ&#x;‘ With VIP fast-track entry, visit the Vatican Museums and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to the public. Join a Local Expert for a guided walk to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (B)

★

â„“

 ★

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START ORVIETO AND ON TO FLORENCE. Stop in Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal. Savour the flavours of the region and learn about the Italian food culture as you join chef Lorenzo for a fascinating live pasta-making demonstration. (B) (LW) Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence. | Traditional | ∂

ℓ ★



ď”ˆ â„“

✈

DAY 14 ACROSS THE ALPS TO LUCERNE. Upon arrival to Lucerne, see the town’s proud Lion Monument, the covered Chapel Bridge and the baroque Jesuit Church. (B) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 LUCERNE AND MT. STANSERHORN. Embark on a scenic journey to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. At night, you are off ered a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) DAY 16 SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS OF PARIS. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, facades of the Louvre and the banks of River Seine and drive along the Champs ÉlysĂŠes to the Arc de Triomphe. With the evening free, enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city. (B) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 17 THE FOOD AND FLAVOURS OF PARIS. Explore Paris with an Insight Choice. Choose between a shopping tour of Galeries Lafayette or a foodie walk to savour delicacies, both with Local Experts. Embrace the charms of the City of Light as you enjoy a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at iconic restaurant La Coupole, frequently visited by French entertainer Josephine Baker. (B) (DW) DAY 18 AU REVOIR PARIS. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00. Alternatively, you may depart for London via Gare du Nord with the return Eurostar option. (B)

DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. With your Local Expert, view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery. You also visit Piazza della Signoria and see the area around Santa Croce Basilica. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź1008 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

49


EUROPE DISCOVERY JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 26 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź670 pp

EUROPEAN GRANDEUR “ From capital cities to small provincial towns, the Alps & Pyrenees to seaside destinations, ancient archaeological sites to world class museums, this trip offers an unbeatable range of fascinating experiences.� - Gary, Travel Director

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E915C

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS ENDS

Sat 25 Apr Wed 20 May â‚Ź6595

ďƒ? Sat 18 Jul

NOW STAYING IN

ďƒŚ

Sat 09 May Wed 03 Jun â‚Ź6595 Sat 23 May Wed 17 Jun â‚Ź6625

Sat 01 Aug Wed 26 Aug Sat 15 Aug Wed 09 Sep ďƒˆ Sat 29 Aug Wed 23 Sep

â‚Ź6450 â‚Ź6495 â‚Ź6650

LJUBLJANA

ďƒˆ

Sat 12 Sep Wed 07 Oct

â‚Ź6695

Sat 06 Jun Wed 01 Jul â‚Ź6625 Sat 20 Jun Wed 15 Jul â‚Ź6595

ďƒ?

Sat 04 Jul Wed 29 Jul â‚Ź6525

ď ˛ Sat 03 Oct

Wed 12 Aug

TWIN

ďƒ¨

Wed 28 Oct

â‚Ź6450

â‚Ź6625

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŠ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Ljubljana. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Tuscany. ďƒŚ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ď ˛ This departure will stay at Maritim Hotel in Bonn instead of KĂśnigswinter. ďƒ¨ This departure will stay at San Sebastian Hotel in San Sebastian in lieu of Barcelo Costa Vasca. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź650 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź167 | Past Guest â‚Ź335 JOINING OPTIONS: Join at Paris hotel and SAVE â‚Ź165 p.p. EUROSTAR RETURN TO LONDON: â‚Ź165 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1980 p.p. to â‚Ź2230 p.p.

Vienna: Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese CafĂŠ to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte or listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. Choose between two experiences in Paris and Mount Stanserhorn.

PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź257 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Madrid: Visit the Reina Sofia Museum with an Art Historian and see Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, one of the world’s greatest anti-war paintings. Visit Bramante Staircase, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with a Local Expert • a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice • a Rhineland castle with an historian.

Pont D’Avignon, France ENGLAND

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

LONDON

Welcome Dinner in the heart of Paris • Dine with locals in San Sebastian • Farm-to-Table dining Avignon • Sip a Bellini cocktail before dinner in Venice • Choice of Dine-Around options in Lucerne • Celebration Dinner in Amsterdam. Taste olive oil in Provence.

FROM â‚Ź249 PER DAY 50

PARIS

BORDEAUX (Day 3)

SAN SEBASTIAN (Day 4)

Burgos

Rhine Castle

BELGIUM

KĂ–NIGSWINTER (Day 24) 1

2

(Days 1 & 2)

Loire Valley

GERMANY

(Days 25 & 26)

(Day 26)

Travel on the high-speed Eurostar train • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Visit Burgos Cathedral • Monaco Cathedral City tours of Bordeaux, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Ljubljana, Vienna and Salzburg, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

THE NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM 1

FRANCE Amboise

INNSBRUCK LUCERNE

(Days 22 & 23)

(Day 21)

Camargue

(Day 9)

1

1

1 NICE

Monaco

(Day 10)

SPAIN

2 MADRID

(Days 19 & 20)

Maribor (Day 19)

2 AVIGNON

2 VIENNA

SLOVENIA 1 LJUBLJANA

Cognac

1

Salzburg

1

2

AUSTRIA

2 BARCELONA (Days 7 & 8)

(Days 5 & 6)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Pisa

2

TUSCANY

(Days 11 & 12)

VENICE

(Days 16 & 17)

3

CROATIA

Florence

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 13, 14 & 15)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 26 DAYS | 13 COUNTRIES | 25 BREAKFASTS | 8 DINNERS | 34 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

� ℓ 

ď”ˆ  ★

â„“

 ★  ★

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO PARIS. Meet your Travel Director at 07:30 and board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join in Paris at the Paris Hotel.Meet your Travel Director at 07:30 and board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join in Paris at the Paris Hotel. Meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Dinner at an elegant restaurant. During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, Place de la Concorde Champs ElysĂŠes and Arc de Triomphe. (B) (DW) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between a shopping tour of Lafayette Galeries or a foodie walk, both with Local Experts. (B) DAY 3 AMBOISE AND ON TO BORDEAUX. In Amboise see the Royal Château. (B) Pullman Bordeaux Lac. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 BORDEAUX AND SAN SEBASTIAN. A Local Expert shows you Bordeaux. In San SebastiĂĄn, enjoy pintxos. (B) (DW) Barcelo Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START BURGOS AND MADRID. In Burgos, see the cathedral. (B) Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START MADRID. Join your Local Expert for a sightseeing tour including the Old Town. (B)

DAY 7 MADRID TO BARCELONA. Continue to the vibrant port of Barcelona. (B) Hilton Barcelona. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA, CITY OF GAUDI. See Sagrada Familia with a Local Expert. (B)

★

â„“



 ★  ★

â„“



DAY 9 AVIGNON, THE CITY OF POPES. See the famous Pont d’Avignon. Learn about olive oil and enjoy a tasting before a Farm-to-Table dinner. (D) CloĂŽtre Saint-Louis, Avignon. | Historic | ∂

DAY 10 ON THE SHORES OF NICE. Journey along the French Riviera. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 PISA AND THE TUSCAN HILLS. Visit Monaco’s Cathedral and in Pisa, your Local Expert shows you the Leaning Tower. (B) Grand Hotel Vittoria, Montecatini. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 12 RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. Explore Florence with your Local Expert. (B) DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Enjoy dinner and wine. (B) (DW) Veneto Palace, Rome | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 EXPLORING PAPAL ROME. đ&#x;‘ With a Local Expert enjoy Insight’s special VIP, fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Visit the Sistine Chapel. (B) DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START ROME AT LEISURE. The day is yours to enjoy Rome. (B)

â„Ž â„“



DAY 16 AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE TO VENICE. Sip a Bellini cocktail at sunset. (B) (DW) Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 17 THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ Visit a traditional arts centre. (B)

â„Ž

DAY 18

â„Ž VENICE TO ELEGANT LJUBLJANA. ★ 

Visit Ljubljana with a Local Expert. (B) Hotel Lev, Ljubljana. | Traditional | ∂



ď”ˆ ★  ★

â„“



Ί ď”ˆ





DAY 19 ZAGREB TO VIENNA. Cross over the Slovenian border to Vienna. (B) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 20 ¡ RELAXED START VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Enjoy Viennese coffee and sachertorte, or take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson. (MT) (B) DAY 21 SALZBURG AND ON TO INNSBRUCK. Explore Salzburg with a Local Expert. (B) AC By Marriott Hotel Innsbruck. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 22 ¡ RELAXED START LIECHTENSTEIN TO LUCERNE. See Lucerne’s Lion Monument. For your Dine-Around Evening, choose your own style of cuisine. (B) (DW) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 23 LUCERNE AND STANSERHORN. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk to see marmots or join a Swiss ranger and learn about local wildlife. (B) DAY 24 LEGENDS ALONG THE RHINE. Follow the Rhine Valley. (B) (DW) Maritim Hotel KĂśnigswinter. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 25

â„Ž THE CANALS OF AMSTERDAM.

đ&#x;‘ Visit a castle for a private estate viewing. ★ In Amsterdam, embark on a cruise. â„“ Toast to your adventure during a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW)  Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. | Contemporary | ∂

â…ž

DAY 26 DEPART AMSTERDAM. Transfers arrive at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 08:00 and 10:00 or you can return to London with the Eurostar option. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź1121 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

51


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest

  @vindiezel on ITALIAN ELEGANCE

Learn more about this trip on page 70 and create your own special moments.


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA As you soak up Italy’s striking scenery, succulent cuisine and wines, rich history and priceless art, you’ll soon see why it’s Europe’s most revisited country. With charming culture at every turn, Italy never ceases to surprise and delight.

ITALY VATICAN CITY

MALTA

ITINERARIES ITALIAN INTERMEZZO SICILY IN DEPTH WITH MALTA OPTION COUNTRY ROADS OF PUGLIA & THE NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY COUNTRY ROADS OF NORTHERN ITALY BEST OF ITALY EASY PACE ITALY TREASURES OF ITALY ITALIAN ELEGANCE ITALIAN ESCAPADE COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY COUNTRY ROADS OF ITALY GRAND ITALY & SICILY EASY PACE MALTA

54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 81

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES TUSCANY: A Local Expert guides you through the house of Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli. Taste wines made from the vineyards surrounding his home, accompanied by delicious samples of local Tuscan fare. VATICAN CITY: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano. Experience an exclusive Highlight Dinner at the Vatican’s Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, with views of the cupola of St. Peters. 14 ITINERARIES | 3 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 53


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź250 pp

ITALIAN INTERMEZZO

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E971 TWIN STARTS

Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2425 Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2450

“ From Rome and Florence to Lake Como and Assisi, experience la dolce vita while journeying through some of Italy’s most beloved cities. � - Jackie, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 02 Aug ď ˛ Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 10 May â‚Ź2450 Sun 23 Aug Sun 17 May â‚Ź2450 Sun 30 Aug Sun 24 May â‚Ź2450 Sun 31 May â‚Ź2450 Sun 06 Sep Sun 07 Jun â‚Ź2450 Sun 13 Sep ďƒˆ Sun 20 Sep Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź2450 Sun 27 Sep Sun 21 Jun â‚Ź2450 Sun 28 Jun â‚Ź2450 Sun 04 Oct Sun 05 Jul â‚Ź2450 Sun 11 Oct

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2425

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2475 â‚Ź2475

Sun 11 Oct â‚Ź2450 Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2450

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2375 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W971

Sun 18 Oct Sun 25 Oct â‚Ź2175 Sun 25 Oct Sun 01 Nov â‚Ź2175

â…— ďƒŤ

Sun 01 Nov Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź1875 Sun 15 Nov Sun 22 Nov â‚Ź1875

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź240 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź90 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź62 | Past Guest â‚Ź125

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź180 p.p. to â‚Ź600 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź79 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES The Vatican, The Vatican City Italian Lake District

LAKE COMO 1

(Day 1)

Lake Iseo

MILAN

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. Visit Pisa • Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. City tour of Assisi, Florence and Rome, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at L'antica Riva in Como. Taste wine in Florence.

FROM FROM â‚Ź235 RXX PER PER DAY DAY 54

Sun 04 Apr Sun 11 Apr â‚Ź2175 Sun 11 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź2250

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement on this departure, subject to availability. Autumn, Winter and Spring Departures: Will stay in Milan instead of Como, and enjoy a lively Celebration Dinner with Operetta instead of the Vatican Dinner. Hotels and inclusions may vary, see website for full details. ď ˛ This departure will enjoy a lively Celebration dinner with Operetta singers instead of dinner in the Vatican. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Florence. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year's Eve in Florence. â…— Christmas Markets: These departures explore in select cities. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Rome.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano. Experience an exclusive Celebration Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, with views of the cupola of St. Peters. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

Sun 14 Mar Sun 21 Mar â‚Ź1875 Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar â‚Ź1975 Sun 28 Mar Sun 04 Apr â‚Ź1975

Mon 21 Dec Mon 28 Dec â‚Ź1995 Mon 28 Dec Mon 04 Jan â‚Ź1950

⚑⅗ ∑⅗

Sun 03 Jan Sun 10 Jan â‚Ź2050 Fri 22 Jan Fri 29 Jan â‚Ź1925

Lake Garda

Pisa

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

VENICE

(Days 2 & 3)

ITALY

Tuscany

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

2 Veneto River Po

FLORENCE

2

(Days 4 & 5)

Chianti

Lake Assisi Umbria Trasimeno Apennine Mountains

2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY Frascati (Days 6, 7 & 8)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 7 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



â„Ž



DAY 1 ELEGANT COMO. Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for your Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening. Head to L'antica Riva, an elegant restaurant on the shores of Lake Como known for serving delicious fresh produce. (DW) Palace Hotel, Como. | Historic | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START VENICE, THE QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC. Journey through the beautiful Italian lake district past Lakes Iseo and Garda to the floating city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your hotel offers authentic Venetian charm as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area. (B) Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant’Elena, Venice. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 4

ℎ TRANQUIL TUSCANY, PISA AND ★

ď”ˆ

★

â„“



★

DAY 3

â„Ž VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA

SERENISSIMA. Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. đ&#x;‘ Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing with skilled artisans. ★ Appreciate the splendour of Venice as you cruise by private launch to see Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square to see St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. ★ On your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. (B)

★



FLORENCE. Journey to Pisa and see the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. With your Local Expert, admire the marbleclad Cathedral and Baptistery and wander Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. An expert sommelier introduces you to a selection of the finest wines of Tuscany. Enjoy a tasting, followed by dinner. (B) (DW) Hotel Londra, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 7 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND DINNER IN THE VATICAN. ★ Enjoy the best of the city's highlights with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and some free time to explore on your own. đ&#x;‘ In the afternoon, gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano before entering the Sistine Chapel.

â„“

✈

Dine in the Vatican's elegant Cortile del Giardino Quadrato and enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter's during your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 8 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA. Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)

DAY 6 CHIANTI COUNTRY TO ASSISI AND ON TO ROME. Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, and continue up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica. Journey along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome. (B) Veneto Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

ALL ALL INCLUDED INCLUDED EXPERIENCES EXPERIENCES && DINING DINING WORTH WORTH APPROXIMATELY APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź385 RXX Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

55


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 8 or 13 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź208 pp

SICILY IN DEPTH

STARTS

WITH MALTA OPTION

“One thing I really love to show guests is how art and beauty can be found around every corner of our country, which is a real open-air museum.� - Margherita, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E934

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

Fri 24 Apr â‚Ź1975 Fri 01 May â‚Ź1975

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May Fri 05 Jun

â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun Fri 03 Jul

â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź2025

Fri 03 Jul Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025

ďƒ?

ďƒˆ

ďƒˆ

Fri 31 Jul

STARTS

Fri 07 Aug â‚Ź2025

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug Fri 04 Sep

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep Fri 02 Oct

â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2050

Fri 02 Oct Fri 09 Oct Fri 16 Oct Fri 23 Oct Fri 30 Oct

Fri 09 Oct Fri 16 Oct Fri 23 Oct Fri 30 Oct Fri 06 Nov

â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1975

SICILY IN DEPTH WITH MALTA OPTION TRIP CODE E8346

Fri 17 Apr

Wed 29 Apr â‚Ź3675

ďƒ? Fri 07 Aug

Fri 01 May Fri 15 May Fri 29 May

Wed 13 May â‚Ź3795 Wed 27 May â‚Ź3795 Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź3825

Fri 21 Aug

Wed 19 Aug â‚Ź3775 Wed 02 Sep â‚Ź3795

Fri 04 Sep Fri 18 Sep

Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź3925 Wed 30 Sep â‚Ź3925

Fri 12 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Wed 24 Jun â‚Ź3825 Wed 08 Jul â‚Ź3775

Fri 10 Jul Fri 24 Jul

Wed 22 Jul â‚Ź3775 Wed 05 Aug â‚Ź3775

Fri 02 Oct Fri 16 Oct Fri 30 Oct

Wed 14 Oct â‚Ź3795 Wed 28 Oct â‚Ź3795 Wed 11 Nov â‚Ź3525

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Palermo. ďƒ? This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Taormina Riviera. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: E934: Young Traveller â‚Ź200 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź30 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź52 | Past Guest â‚Ź104. E8346: Young Traveller â‚Ź370 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź120 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź98 | Past Guest â‚Ź196. LEAVE DAY 11 SAVING (E8344): Choose to end your Malta trip on Day 11 and Save up to p.p. Twin â‚Ź600 | Single â‚Ź730 | Triple â‚Ź570. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement E934: â‚Ź400 p.p. E8346: from â‚Ź800 p.p. to â‚Ź1090 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver E934: â‚Ź79 p.p. E8346: â‚Ź110.

Cefalu, Sicily

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Trapani: At a local farm, meet the owner and sample the olive oil his family produces. Afterward, enjoy a light lunch paired with Sicilian wines.

Peloritani Mountains

PALERMO

(Days 3, 4 & 5)

Cefalu

3

Erice

Trapani

Monreale

Madonie Mountains

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Dine-Around options in Palermo • Farm-toTable dinner in Taormina Riviera.

FROM â‚Ź152 PER DAY 56

Agrigento

TAORMINA RIVIERA (Days 6, 7 & 8)

CATANIA

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Hyblaean Mountains

SLIEMA

Syracuse

RAGUSA (Day 2)

(Days 8-13)

5

Valletta Mdina

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1

Plain of Catania (Days 1 & 8)

1

MALTA

2

Mt Etna

SICILY

Visit Paradise Quarry and Old City of Ortygia in Syracuse • Valley of the Temples in Agrigento • Palermo Cathedral • Monreale Cathedral • Greek Ampitheatre in Taormina Riviera. City tours of Syracuse, Agrigento, Palermo and Taormina, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Alcantara River

WITH MALTA OPTION

Marsaxlokk

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE SICILY IN DEPTH: 8 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 7 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES WITH MALTA OPTION: 13 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 12 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 5 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“

 ★

★

 ★

★ 

★

â„“

DAY 1 WELCOME TO SICILY. On arrival at Catania airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 10:00, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before meeting your Travel Director at 17:30, for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Il Principe Hotel, Catania. | Historic | ∂

DAY 2 ANCIENT SYRACUSE. Your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse’s Paradise Quarry with its Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. Continue to the superb Greek theatre, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is time to explore the Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces. Continue around the southeastern corner of Sicily to Ragusa. (B) Mediterraneo Palace, Ragusa. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 3 EXPLORE THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES AND ON TO PALERMO. Journey along the southern coast of the island to explore the Valley of the Temples with a Local Expert. See the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. (B) (DW) Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel, Palermo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 PALERMO & THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NORMANS. Your Local Expert shows you the highlights of part of the old city and you will visit Palermo Cathedral with its unique blend of architectural styles, and explore Monreale Cathedral, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art. For your dining pleasure, you are off ered a selection of local restaurants on your DineAround Evening, each with their own ambience and cuisine. (B) (DW)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING ERICE. ★ Venture to the charming hilltop walled town of Erice to walk the labyrinth of quiet alleyways and enjoy sea views from the gardens next to the Castle of Venus. đ&#x;‘ At a farm near Trapani, sample some of the island’s freshest olive oil and savour a tasting of Sicilian wine, followed by a light lunch of delicious local produce. Back in Palermo the evening is at your leisure. (B) (LW)

★

 ★

★

â„“

✈

DAY 6 CEFALU AND THE TAORMINA RIVIERA. Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. See the imposing cathedral, stroll to the stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the harbour. (B) RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina Riviera. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START TAORMINA AND THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE. Early risers may experience why D.H. Lawrence christened this ‘The Dawn Coast of Europe.’ Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Mount Etna? Visit the old town, clinging to the side of Mount Tauro with sea and mountain views. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theatre and absorb the view. Stroll to Palazzo Corvaja and along the Corso Umberto to the Piazza IX Aprile. At a local restaurant, rejoice with your newfound friends over your Celebration Dinner of delicious, freshly prepared Farm-to-Table cuisine, accompanied with exquisite Italian wines. (B) (DW) DAY 8 DEPART CATANIA OR CONTINUE TO MALTA. Transfers arrive at Catania airport at 06:30 and 08:30. Guests continuing to Malta are transferred to the airport for their included flight. (B)

WITH MALTA OPTION



â„“

 ★ ★

â„“



DAY 8 WELCOME TO MALTA. Transfer to your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Highlight Dinner with wine. (DW) Waterfront Hotel, Silema. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 SOUTHERN DELIGHTS. Venture south to Valletta with a Local Expert to visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and see St. John’s Cathedral, designed in a baroque fashion. Continue on to visit the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk and wander along its waterfront. Look out at the Mediterannean Sea and feel completely relaxed as you watch colourful luzzu, traditional Maltese fishing boats, waft in the crystal blue water. For lunch, dine at Capo Mulini and feast on delicious seafood that has been freshly plucked from the ocean. (B) (LW) DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START FREE DAY IN SILEMA. Today is free to laze on the rooftop terrace or stroll along the promenade. (B)

✈ ★

â„“

✈

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START FREE DAY IN MALTA. Enjoy a full day at leisure on this beautiful, sunny Mediterranean island. (B)

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START MDINA, THE SILENT CITY. Head to Mdina with a Local Expert in the late afternoon to explore this golden city. Known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a wonderful local restaurant where you’ ll toast to your trip with your fellow travellers. (B) (DW) DAY 13 DEPART MALTA. Bid farewell to this exotic island as you travel to Malta airport for your onward journey. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź461 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

57


TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź243 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF PUGLIA & THE NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA

ďƒŤ

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E821 TWIN

Sat 28 Mar

Sun 05 Apr â‚Ź2295

Sat 11 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Sun 19 Apr â‚Ź2395 Sun 03 May â‚Ź2395

STARTS

Sat 04 Jul Sat 18 Jul

Sat 06 Jun Sat 20 Jun

TWIN

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2395

Sat 01 Aug Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź2350 Sat 15 Aug Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź2350 Sat 29 Aug Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź2395

Sat 09 May Sun 17 May â‚Ź2425 Sat 23 May Sun 31 May â‚Ź2425

“ I love to see how guests react to the Trulli houses of Alberobello because no matter how much I try to describe them in advance, they are always pleasantly surprised.� - Ernesta, Travel Director

ENDS

Sun 12 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź2425 Sun 28 Jun â‚Ź2425

Sat 12 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź2425 Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź2425

Sat 10 Oct

Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2425

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is no charge to the Single Supplement on this departure, subject to availability. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź80 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź61 | Past Guest â‚Ź121 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement up to â‚Ź480 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Tour Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS THIS TRIP FITS PERFECTLY WITH THE COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY. WHY NOT COMBINE THESE JOURNEYS FOR A FULL ITALIAN EXPERIENCE?

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family and learn more about their life.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi on Capri. Visit Augustus Gardens in Capri. City tours of Alberobello, Matera, Isle of Capri and Pompeii, all with Local Experts. See the Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches of Rome • Trulli of Alberobello • Sassi of Matera • Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento • Positano.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Celebration Dinner in Rome. Taste Apulian wine in Alberobello.

FROM â‚Ź255 PER DAY 58

@travelust_luxury_travel sharing one of many Caption here #InsightMoments from Alberobello, Italy

Apennine Mountains

1 1 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1, 8 & 9)

Puglia

ALBEROBELLO Mount Campania Vesuvius

Frascati

SORRENTO (Days 5, 6 & 7)

Capri

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Days 2, 3 & 4)

3

ITALY

Apulia

Pompeii

3

Positano

Amalfi

Basilicata

Matera

Purple Coast

Calabria Mountains

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Ostuni


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ROME. Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 to explore the Eternal City.

Get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino. (DW) Kolbe Hotel Rome. | Historic | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START ACROSS THE APENNINES TO THE TRULLI TOWN OF ALBEROBELLO. Head southeast, through the sun-baked landscapes to the region of Puglia and its most spectacular town, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the small, white-washed stone houses - known as Trulli - which are clustered together throughout the city and built entirely without mortar. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6

℮ CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS. ★ ★

DAY 3 · RELAXED START EXPLORING ALBEROBELLO. Puglia is a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of the region's most robust and structured reds. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are welcomed into a local family's home. See Nonna making orecchiette pasta and join her for a traditional freshly prepared southern Italian meal. (B) (DW)

DAY 4 · RELAXED START FREE TIME IN ALBEROBELLO. The day is free for you to enjoy this extraordinary town as you wish. Why not join an Optional Experience to the stunning city of Ostuni? With its dazzling white-washed houses and fascinating history, it is a true delight. (B)

DAY 5 THE SASSI DI MATERA AND SORRENTO. Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an indepth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sassi – a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. Take in the scenery of rolling green hills and wide mountain views, as you head towards the Tyrrhenian Sea and the lively clifftop town of Sorrento. Perched upon the cliffs, look out to see the mighty Mount Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples. (B) Hotel Isabella, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento. | Traditional | ∂

Cruise by hydrofoil through the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri. On arrival, ride an open-top taxi up to Capri town where your Local Expert escorts you to Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a refreshing lemon granita. After exploring the winding cobble streets, descend to the port by funicular before returning to Sorrento where you are at leisure for the rest of the day. (B)

ℓ 

DAY 8 ON TO ILL-FATED POMPEII AND ROME. At the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, your Local Expert walks you through cobbled streets. Witness the colourful frescoes that were hidden for centuries. Travel past the brooding hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino on your return to Rome. In the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to a quintessential Italian experience – fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta for your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) Kolbe Hotel Rome. DAY 9 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

DAY 7 · RELAXED START THE AMALFI COAST AND POSITANO. Travel along Italy's finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast, to visit the seaside town of Positano. Stop for a bird's-eye view of the terraced houses before venturing into the heart of the town. See the pastel rainbow of colourful houses precariously stacked upon one another as if cascading from the hilltop to the water. Return to Sorrento to enjoy stunning views down to the sparkling waters of the Bay of Naples. Maybe relax over coffee and contemplate your options. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €402 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

59


TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź235 pp

IMPROVED ITINERARY

STARTS

“ I love taking guests to Villa Machiavelli because it’s a fantastic place - the atmosphere, the food, the history and entertainment all come together. What more can you ask for?� - Beatrice, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E822 TWIN

Sun 05 Apr Mon 13 Apr â‚Ź2325 Sun 19 Apr Mon 27 Apr â‚Ź2350

ďƒŤ

Sun 03 May Mon 11 May â‚Ź2350 Sun 17 May Mon 25 May â‚Ź2350 Sun 31 May Mon 08 Jun â‚Ź2350

ďƒŤ

Sun 26 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Mon 03 Aug â‚Ź2275

Sun 09 Aug Mon 17 Aug â‚Ź2275 Sun 23 Aug Mon 31 Aug â‚Ź2275 Sun 06 Sep Mon 14 Sep â‚Ź2350 Sun 20 Sep Mon 28 Sep â‚Ź2350

Sun 14 Jun Mon 22 Jun â‚Ź2350 Sun 28 Jun Mon 06 Jul â‚Ź2350 ďƒŤ

Sun 12 Jul Mon 20 Jul

STARTS

Sun 04 Oct Mon 12 Oct â‚Ź2350 Sun 18 Oct Mon 26 Oct â‚Ź2350

â‚Ź2325

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź100 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź59 | Past Guest â‚Ź118 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź40 p.p. to â‚Ź430 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź85 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS THIS TRIP FITS PERFECTLY WITH THE COUNTRY ROADS OF PUGLIA & THE NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA . WHY NOT COMBINE THESE JOURNEYS FOR A FULL ITALIAN EXPERIENCE? đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Orvieto: Meet Etruscan Chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares his virtuoso cooking skills, followed by a memorable Highlight Lunch with wine. Visit Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City with a Local Expert • Marta at her loom-weaving artisan workshop in Perugia.

@vindizel sharing one of many #InsightMoments from San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi • Siena Cathedral. City tours of Perugia, Assisi, Siena and Florence all with Local Experts. See the Colosseum • Orvieto's Piazza del Duomo and cathedral • Cortona • Piazza del Campo, Town Hall and Mangia Tower in Siena • hilltop San Gimignano • Florence.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Rome • Dine-Around options in Perugia • Farm-to-Table dinner in Tuscany. Taste olive oil at Mount Subasio • Gelato in San Gimignano.

FROM â‚Ź253 PER DAY 60

SAN GIMIGNANO

Lucca

(Days 5, 6 & 7)

Pisa

3

Tuscany

Florence Chianti

Assisi

Cortona

Siena

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

3

PERUG IA

(Days 2, 3 & 4)

Spello

Umbria

Orvieto

1

ITALY

ROME & 1 THE VATICAN CITY (Day 1, 8 & 9)

Frascati

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 8 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ROME. Transfers to your centrally located hotel, depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before meeting your Travel Director at 17:30. Get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel’s restaurant, Unique al Palatino. (DW) Kolbe Hotel Rome/Hotel Romanico Palace. | Historic | ∂

DAY 2 SISTINE CHAPEL, COOKING IN ORVIETO AND ON TO PERUGIA. ★ Continue to Perugia and join a Local Expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Walk Corso Vannucci, passing the princely Priors’ Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square. đ&#x;‘ Your special VIP visit with a local historian includes fast-tracked entry to the Vatican Museums and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. View the imposing Basilica of St. Peter.

â„“



Journey to Orvieto where you are welcomed into the kitchens of zesty, Etruscan chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares his love of Italian food with you. Delicious pasta fresca, combined with olive oil, cheese, prosciutto and focaccia, make for a memorable Highlight Lunch, served with a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico wine. (B) (LW) Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START PERUGIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME. đ&#x;‘ Meet Marta, beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. See how the fascinating art of loom-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations and learn how this ancient craft is being preserved.

â„“

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START ASSISI, IN SEARCH OF ST. FRANCIS. Journey to Assisi, a hilltop town enclosed by fortress walls, set high up in the mountains. ★ See the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, then continue up Mount Subasio and step inside the massive, 13th century Basilica of St. Francis. Your Local Expert explains how Giotto masterfully painted frescoes that inspired a variety of Renaissance artists. đ&#x;‘ Continue to a family-run olive mill to meet a third generation specialist and follow the evolution of the olive from tree to table. Relish the intense flavours drizzled over crusty bread with a sprinkle of salt – delizioso! (B)

★

★ 

★

DAY 5 TUSCANY TO CORTONA, SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO. Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona where you are at leisure. Continue to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena to explore with your Local Expert. See the Campo and the superb 14th century Town Hall. Visit the black-and-white striped marble cathedral. Travel to your home for the next three nights, a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano. (B) (DW) Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano. | Historic | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START SAN GIMIGNANO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME. Venture with your Travel Director who will show you San Gimignano's medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares.

The town is also home to world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice cream parlour on Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky, frozen treats in a range of unique flavours. (B)

★

â„“



✈



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START FLORENCE AND TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE. A walking exploration of Florence with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi's dome. See the baptistery adorned by the Gates of Paradise and Giotto's bell tower. Wander Piazza della Signoria and enjoy free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather and gold. Journey through the Tuscan hills to Il Vecchio Maneggio, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of its vineyards, olive groves, saffron crop and orchards. Toast to your travels as you enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy tasting flavoursome dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients, sourced from the farm or nearby Tuscan region. Relax as the pairing of home-made pastas with the farm’s own traditional Chianti wine rounds off your great Italian adventure. (B) (DW) DAY 8 COUNTRY DRIVE TO ANCIENT ROME. Descend from the Apennine Mountains, leaving behind the tower topped town of San Gimignano. Enjoy rolling Tuscan hills as you journey through the Italian countryside, making your way to Ancient Rome. On arrival, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B) The K Boutique Hotel, Rome. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 9 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA. Your departure transfer arrives at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

Choose your ideal ambience and palatepleasing menu from a hand-picked selection of Perugian restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź456 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

61


TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź275 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF NORTHERN ITALY

STARTS

“ Experiencing the fantastic natural beauty of the Dolomite Mountains and the delicious, fresh seafood of Lake Maggiore are not to be missed.� - Lorena, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E823

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

ďƒˆďƒŚ Fri 24 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2595

Fri 31 Jul

Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź2625

ďƒ? Fri 08 May Sun 17 May â‚Ź2595 Fri 22 May Sun 31 May â‚Ź2595

ďƒ? Fri 14 Aug

Fri 28 Aug

Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź2650 Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź2750

Fri 05 Jun Fri 19 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 28 Jun

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575

Fri 11 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź2750 Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź2675

Fri 03 Jul Fri 17 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 26 Jul

â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595

Fri 09 Oct

Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2625

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒ? These departures will stay at the Four Points by Sheraton in Bolzano, in lieu of Cortina. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Milan. ďƒŚ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in the Dolomites. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź260 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź70 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź69 | Past Guest â‚Ź138 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź700 p.p. to â‚Ź850 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Veneto: Taste crisp and aromatic prosecco with the expert vignerons at a local winery and learn the secret to making the perfect Bellini. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

Cortina D’Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. City tours of Milan and Verona, both with Local Experts. See stone castles of Trento • alpine town of Bolzano • mountains surrounding Cortina • St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace in Venice • Sirmione's Saligers' Castle • lakeside Como • Baveno's cobbled streets and square.

Bolzano

Welcome Dinner in Milan • Dine-Around options in Como • Farm-to-Table dinner in Baveno. Taste Prosecco in Veneto.

FROM â‚Ź260 PER DAY 62

TRENTO 1 (Day 2)

LAKE COMO (Day 7)

1

LAKE MAGGIORE (Days 8, 9 & 10)

Lake Garda

2

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

MILAN (Day 1)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (Days 3 & 4)

Dolomites

1

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

2

Verona

Conegliano 2

Sirmione

VENICE

(Days 5 & 6)

River Po

ITALY

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 10 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

â„“

 ★

★  ★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO ITALY. After a warm welcome at Milan's Malpensa Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:30 and 12:30. Meet your Travel Director at 15:30 and join a Local Expert to see the impressive facade of the cathedral and the world famous La Scala Theatre. Mingle and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Crowne Plaza City, Milan. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 FAIR VERONA AND TRENTO. Journey to fair Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, with its maze of elegant squares and well-preserved Roman Arena. Join a Local Expert in the Piazza delle Erbe, where you can view the frescoed Casa Mazzanti and lofty Lamberti Tower. Continue to the Piazza dei Signori to view the statue of Dante and the Gothic tombs of the Scala family. Continue on to Trento, regarded as one of Italy's most appealing cities to live in. (B) NH Trento. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START CLIMB UP TO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO. Journey into the magnificent mountains and limestone peaks of the Dolomites to arrive at Bolzano where your Travel Director walks you through the quaint streets of this alpine town. Continue along the zig-zagging scenic route to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a beautiful alpine haven during summer. (B) (DW) Hotel Ancora, Cortina d’Ampezzo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START THE DOLOMITES AT LEISURE. A day to spend as you please in this fashionable playground of the rich and famous, surrounded by towering cathedrals of rock. Take in the fresh mountain air as you stroll the pedestrianised Corso Italia, lined with designer stores, backed by the impressive green and white bell tower of the parish church. Why not ascend to the summit of one of the nearby peaks by cable car for magnificent Dolomite panoramas? (B)

DAY 5

â„Ž THROUGH PROSECCO COUNTRY TO

VENICE. Protected by the Alps to the north, and caressed by the warm breezes from the Adriatic, the vineyards around Conegliano Veneto produce Italy's most prized sparkling wine. đ&#x;‘ Stop at Carmina where meticulous viticulture and manual harvesting produce distinguished proseccos. Savour a taste of the crisp and aromatic flavours and learn how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the remarkable island city of Venice and check into your hotel. (B)  Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. | Historic | ∂ DAY 6

â„Ž THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.

đ&#x;‘ Visit an arts centre to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing before you cruise along the scenic canals, lined with ornate palaces. ★ Alight by the Bridge of Sighs and turn the corner into St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificently decorated Byzantine basilica and overlooked by the great clock tower. ★ No visit to Venice would be complete without a ride on a gondola; delight in being serenaded as you journey through the romantic canals. The rest of the day is at your leisure and there is free time to shop or perhaps cruise out into the Lagoon? (B)

★

ℓ 

★



â„“

✈

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START COMO AT LEISURE AND LAKE MAGGIORE. Enjoy a relaxed morning in Como, before heading to Lake Maggiore's Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square which you can explore. (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START ITALIAN LAKES AT LEISURE. Relish a full day to relax and enjoy this popular resort and beautiful lake. Perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands?

Savour delicious Farm-to-Table cuisine during your Celebration Dinner, accompanied with Italian wine and toast to your travels with your newfound friends. (B) (DW) DAY 10 DEPART MILAN. Your journey draws to a close in the morning and transfers arrive at Milan's Malpensa Airport at 07:30 and 10:30. (B)

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START SIRMIONE AND COMO. Enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Continue to the peaceful shores of Lake Garda, the largest of Italy's lakes, to visit charming Sirmione and see the 13th century Scaligero's Castle. Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to reach the spectacular Italian Lake District and your hotel on the shores of Lake Como where you will enjoy views of the lake from your room. You have a choice of cuisine and ambience from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) Hotel Barchetta Excelsior, Como. | Traditional | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź359 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

63


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź328 pp

BEST OF ITALY “The trick to really connecting with Italy is to forget how things are done in your own country and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life, La Dolce Vita.� - Shona, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E922

STARTS Thu 16 Apr Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr

ENDS Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May Sun 10 May

TWIN STARTS â‚Ź3195 ďƒŤ Sat 18 Jul â‚Ź3195 Thu 23 Jul â‚Ź3225 Thu 30 Jul

ENDS Tue 28 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

TWIN â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075

Sat 02 May Thu 07 May Sat 09 May Thu 14 May Sat 16 May Thu 21 May Sat 23 May Thu 28 May Sat 30 May

Tue 12 May Sun 17 May Tue 19 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May Tue 02 Jun Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

ďƒŤ Sat 01 Aug

Thu 06 Aug Thu 13 Aug Sat 15 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Tue 11 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Tue 25 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3095 â‚Ź3175

Thu 04 Jun Sat 06 Jun Thu 11 Jun Sat 13 Jun Thu 18 Jun Sat 20 Jun Thu 25 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Tue 16 Jun Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Sun 28 Jun Tue 30 Jun Sun 05 Jul Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195

Thu 03 Sep Sat 05 Sep Thu 10 Sep Sat 12 Sep Thu 17 Sep Sat 19 Sep Thu 24 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Tue 22 Sep Sun 27 Sep Tue 29 Sep Sun 04 Oct Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275

Thu 02 Jul Sat 04 Jul Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Tue 14 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3075

Thu 01 Oct Sat 03 Oct Thu 08 Oct Sat 10 Oct Thu 15 Oct

Sun 11 Oct Tue 13 Oct Sun 18 Oct Tue 20 Oct Sun 25 Oct

â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W922

Thu 22 Oct Sun 01 Nov â‚Ź2750 Thu 29 Oct Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź2695 Thu 12 Nov Sun 22 Nov â‚Ź2595 Sun 06 Dec â‚Ź2595

âš‘ďƒŤ Thu 26 Nov

Thu 03 Dec Sun 13 Dec â‚Ź2595 Sat 19 Dec Tue 29 Dec â‚Ź2695 Mon 28 Dec Thu 07 Jan â‚Ź2825

⚑ ⚑∑ ⅗

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Thu 04 Mar Thu 11 Mar Thu 18 Mar Thu 25 Mar

Sun 14 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar Sun 04 Apr

Thu 01 Apr Sun 11 Apr â‚Ź2895 Thu 08 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź2950 Thu 15 Apr Sun 25 Apr â‚Ź2875

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 65% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. Winter Departures: Hotels and inclusions may vary, please visit our website for full details. Saturday departures visit Vatican Museum and St Peters on day 3 before departing for Florence. âš‘ Christmas Markets: These departures explore in select cities. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Assisi. â…— Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year’s Eve in Florence. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź310| Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź120 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź82 | Past Guest â‚Ź164 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź80 p.p. to â‚Ź860 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Rome: Sightsee the local way with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures. Visit Vatican Museums, Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert • Machiavelli's Villa in Tuscany • a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS Venice, Italy

VENICE

(Days 5 & 6)

2

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

ITALY

Travel by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi in Capri • Ride a gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. Visit Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. City tours of Florence, Assisi, Isle of Capri and Pompeii, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Rome • Light Lunch and wine tasting at Villa Machiavelli in Tuscany • Celebration Dinner in Rome.

FROM â‚Ź236 PER DAY 64

â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2750

FLORENCE (Days 3 & 4)

Pisa

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

2 Tuscany

San Gimignano

1

ASSISI (Day 7)

Umbria

2 1 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1, 2, 10 & 11)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Monte Cassino

Pompeii 2 SORRENTO (Days 8 & 9)

Capri

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 5 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



DAY 1 ROME THE ETERNAL CITY. Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL. The day is devoted to the Eternal City. đ&#x;‘ Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums. With Insight's special VIP entry, avoid the lines and gain behindthe-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, to wonder at another of his works and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. There's free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum? đ&#x;‘ During your guided walking exploration of Rome with a local, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona. (B) DAY 3 RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. đ&#x;‘ Travel through Tuscany and meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli, with a special opening of his private office where he wrote 'The Prince.' Visit the Italian garden for views of Florence's iconic domed cathedral and see the historic cellar connected to one of the oldest restaurants in Italy by a secret tunnel.

â„“



Taste wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home, accompanied by a light lunch of local Tuscan fare. Continue on to Renaissance Florence. (B) (LW) (DW) Hotel Athenaeum Florence/Hotel Londra. | Traditional | ∂

ď”ˆ

★

DAY 4 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING.

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. Continue to the multi-coloured marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria and explore the area around Santa Croce Basilica. After a demonstration of leatherwork, there's free time to shop or venture on your own. In the evening, why not sample the fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and typical Tuscan dishes accompanied by Chianti wine? (B) DAY 5

ℎ PISA TO VENICE, THE QUEEN OF THE ★

★

â„“



ADRIATIC. Journey to the coastal town of Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the baptistery and colonnaded bell tower behind the cathedral. Relax as you traverse the Apennine Mountains and cross the causeway into the floating city of Venice. This evening, enjoy indulging in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Bellini Venezia, Venice. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ In the morning, a visit to an arts centre on Giudecca Island will allow you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans. ★ In the afternoon, your private boat takes you past historic churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view. ★ Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals. (B)

â„Ž

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START



ℎ INTO THE HILLS OF UMBRIA TO ASSISI. ★





Journey to the peaceful mountain town of Assisi. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels and continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art. (B) (DW) Hotel Giotto Assisi. | Historic | ∂

DAY 8 SORRENTO ON THE COAST. Travel south passing Cassino and follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (B) Hotel Regina/Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto, Sorrento. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9

ℎ CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS. ★

★

★

â„“



✈

Cruise to the Isle of Capri and take one of the island's iconic open-top taxis up to Capri town where your Local Expert takes you around the narrow alleyways to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port on a funicular ride and return to Sorrento for some time to relax. (B)

DAY 10 POMPEII, FROZEN IN TIME AND ONTO ROME. Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town preserved after the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets to reveal the daily life of ancient Roman civilisation. Continue north to Rome. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine. (B) (DW) Kolbe Hotel/Hotel Ritz, Rome. | Historic | ∂

DAY 11 ARRIVEDERCI ROME. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź613 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

65


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS

ď”Œ

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź320 pp

EASY PACE ITALY

STARTS

“ Italians are very fashionable but their cooking is the opposite - simple, rustic and down to earth. A few good quality vegetables, fresh herbs and beans are turned into a warm and comforting soup.� - Annelies, Travel Director

ENDS

Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr

Tue 28 Apr Tue 05 May

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

TRIP CODE: E803 TWIN STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug ďƒŤSun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź2895 â‚Ź2895 â‚Ź2895 â‚Ź2895 â‚Ź3150

Sun 06 Sep

Tue 15 Sep

â‚Ź3195

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3175

Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

Tue 13 Oct Tue 20 Oct

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

â‚Ź3150 â‚Ź3150

ďƒŤSun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun Tue 16 Jun

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

Tue 14 Jul Tue 21 Jul

â‚Ź3150 â‚Ź3150

Tue 28 Jul Tue 04 Aug

â‚Ź2975 â‚Ź2895

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W803

Sun 01 Nov ďƒŤ Sun 15 Nov Sun 29 Nov

Tue 10 Nov Tue 24 Nov Tue 08 Dec

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325

⚑ Wed 23 Dec ∑ Sun 27 Dec

Fri 01 Jan Tue 05 Jan

â‚Ź2675 â‚Ź2695

ďƒŤ Sun 17 Jan

Tue 26 Jan

â‚Ź2325

Sun 07 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar

Tue 16 Mar Tue 30 Mar Tue 06 Apr

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325

Sun 04 Apr Sun 11 Apr

Tue 13 Apr Tue 20 Apr

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2525

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: there is a 60% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Winter departures: Hotels and inclusions may vary, see website for full details. Winter departures: Include the Bramante Staircase and dinner with an opera singer in lieu of the Vatican Dinner. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Rome. ∑ New year's Eve in Florence. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź310 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź100 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź80 | Past Guest â‚Ź160 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement to â‚Ź1100 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź88 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS 2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: BOOK NOW!

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from the best seats in the house with Insight Vacations in 2020. This is a highly sought-after event with limited capacity – book today to secure your place. Go to insightvacations.com or speak to your travel advisor.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo’s David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour. Authentic Italian Cuisine

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s PietĂ , and the splendid dome. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel • an artisan workshop in Venice.

Lake Garda

Tuscany

Travel by gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. Visit Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.

Pisa

FROM â‚Ź233 PER DAY 66

3

FLORENCE

San Gimignano

(Days 4, 5 & 6)

Chianti

Umbria

City Tour of Florence with a Local Expert..

VIP Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato • Dinner with Wine at il Poggio • Celebration Dinner in Venice.

(Days 7, 8, 9 & 10)

River Po

ITALY

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

3 VENICE

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Assisi ROME & THE VATICAN CITY

3

(Days 1, 2 & 3)

Frascati

Pompeii

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 9 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner. Get to know your travelling companions over a relaxed evening of dinner and wine. (DW) Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING THE VATICAN CITY. đ&#x;‘ A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city, starting in the Vatican State, the richest community in the world. While others wait in line, you will be fast-tracked through the VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums. Admire the collection of priceless art gathered by Popes over the ages. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. In St. Peter’s Basilica, see one of Michelangelo’s early works, and the dome completed after his death. For the rest of the day, enjoy free time. â„“ Dine in the Vatican’s Cortile del Giardino Quadrato and enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter’s during a private VIP Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW)

★

ď”ˆ

★

â„“

DAY 3 ROME AT LEISURE. Spend another day enjoying Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps. As night falls, why not sip on a glass of prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in the Piazza Navona and enjoy life’s pageantry pass by? (B)

★



DAY 4 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN TO ASSISI. Journey through Umbria to delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica. Continue through the picture-perfect scenery of the Tuscan hills, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides to reach Renaissance Florence. (B) Hotel Athenaeum, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂



DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE. Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery to see Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. In Piazza Santa Croce, famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather, see the basilica before using your free time to shop or continue exploring on your own. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo’s monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. (B) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START PISA AND THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE. After a leisurely morning in Florence, explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral and the Leaning Tower. Visit the il Poggio organic farm for a guided walk and learn about the production of olive oil and wine. In the courtyard, take in beautiful views of the rolling Tuscan hills as you enjoy tasting the farm’s freshly produced wines and olive oil, in addition to an authentic Italian meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. (B) (DW)

★

ď”Œ

its dazzling domes, occupies the corner next to the clock tower. Beside it stands the pink and white marbled Doge’s Palace. There will be plenty of time to explore the museums, galleries and churches or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge. (B) DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž VENICE AT LEISURE.

★

â„“

✈

Who could refuse another day to take in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city? Lose yourself in the back lanes and campi, where tourists seldom tread and the Venetians go about their daily lives. Maybe visit some of the 90 churches housing masterpieces of Venetian art or explore the modern artworks in the Guggenheim. Perhaps relax at a canal-side cafe sipping local wine or sampling delicious lagoon-fresh fish. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. This evening, stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. (B) (DW) DAY 10 ARRIVEDERCI VENICE. Bid farewell to this enchanting city today and depart for Venice Marco Polo Airport to arrive at 08:00 or 09:30. (B)

DAY 7 VENICE, QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC. Passing the city of Bologna, take the autostrada east to Venice, ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Your luxurious hotel gazes out over the Giudecca Canal and a romantically unforgettable city skyline. (B) Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF ‘LA

SERENISSIMA’. Wake up ready to embrace the most sensuous of cities. đ&#x;‘ Admire the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts centre. ★ Board your private launch and enjoy your introduction to this unique city. Disembark and stroll to the Bridge of Sighs. Turn the corner to stand in awe at the marble arcades of Piazza San Marco. St. Mark’s Basilica, with

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź403 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

67


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź370 pp

TREASURES OF ITALY ďƒŤ

“Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto,� means “eat well, laugh often and love much.� I don’t think there is any other expression that more completely describes the Italian way of life.� - Annelies, Travel Director

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E980 TWIN

Mon 30 Mar Thu 09 Apr â‚Ź3550 Mon 13 Apr Thu 23 Apr â‚Ź3595 Mon 20 Apr Thu 30 Apr â‚Ź3595 Mon 27 Apr Thu 07 May â‚Ź3650

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Mon 04 May Mon 11 May Mon 18 May Mon 25 May

Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Thu 28 May Thu 04 Jun

â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650

Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun Mon 15 Jun Mon 22 Jun Mon 29 Jun

Thu 11 Jun Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun Thu 02 Jul Thu 09 Jul

â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3675

Mon 06 Jul

Thu 16 Jul

â‚Ź3675

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Mon 03 Aug Mon 10 Aug Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug

Thu 13 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug Thu 03 Sep Thu 10 Sep

â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3575 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3625

Mon 07 Sep Mon 14 Sep Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep

Thu 17 Sep Thu 24 Sep Thu 01 Oct Thu 08 Oct

â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3695

Mon 13 Jul Thu 23 Jul â‚Ź3595 Mon 20 Jul Thu 30 Jul â‚Ź3550 Mon 27 Jul Thu 06 Aug â‚Ź3525

Mon 05 Oct Thu 15 Oct â‚Ź3650 Mon 12 Oct Thu 22 Oct â‚Ź3650 Mon 19 Oct Thu 29 Oct â‚Ź3650

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement on this departure, subject to availability. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. Cinque Terre: Return cruise is dependent on favourable weather conditions.

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź360 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź170 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź92 | Past Guest â‚Ź185 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź530 p.p. to â‚Ź1060 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź101 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums to admire the famous Bramante Staircase, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and venture inside St. Peter's Basilica. Visit Rome with a Local Expert • a glassblowing workshop and gondola crafting in Venice.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi in Capri • travel through the Cinque Terre by boat and train • Cruise to Santa Margherita from Portofino • Ride a gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. Visit Caesar Augustus Gardens in Capri. City tours of Rome, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Florence and Cinque Terre, all with Local Experts. See the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome • Capri • Santa Croce Basilica Florence • Cinque Terre • St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace in Venice.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Dine-Around options in Lake Maggiore • Celebration Dinner on Burano in Venice. Taste wine with a master vintner near Lake Iseo.

FROM â‚Ź321 PER DAY 68

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

Faraglioni, Isle of Capri, Italy LAKE MAGGIORE (Day 8) 1

Lake Iseo

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE 1

Lake Garda

2

Portofino

Cinque Terre

VENICE

(Days 9, 10 & 11)

River Po

ITALY

(Day 7)

2

FLORENCE (Days 5 & 6)

Tuscany

Umbria Apennine Mountains

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY Frascati (Days 1 & 2)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Campania Pompeii

ISLE OF CAPRI 2 (Days 3 & 4)

Positano

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 17 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



ℓ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. Rome is the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport with transfers departing for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30, before getting to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL. đ&#x;‘ A Local Expert leads you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica before enjoying some free time. đ&#x;‘ Later, enjoy a leisurely walking exploration to see the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon with a local. Then there is time to relax and absorb the atmosphere of Piazza Navona. (B)

ℎ ★

★ ★  ★

DAY 3 ANCIENT POMPEII AND THE ISLE OF CAPRI. Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, walking with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century. Enjoy a refreshing lemon granita. Continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel. (B) La Palma Hotel, Capri. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START THE ISLE OF DREAMS. Visit Capri town with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks.

The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish or perhaps join an Optional Excursion to Positano? As twilight descends and the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, the island is yours to gather with locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine. (B) DAY 5

ℎ THE AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE TO ★



ď”ˆ

★

FLORENCE. Descend to the port by private open top taxis and take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole and continue through Umbria and idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence. (B) (DW) Hotel Londra, Florence. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE.

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. View the multi-coloured marble cathedral, Giotto's bell tower and the baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria and stroll onto Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its basilica and the quality of its luxury goods. (B) DAY 7

ℎ CINQUE TERRE AND PORTOFINO TO ★



SANTA MARGHERITA. The famous Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey. With a Local Expert, approach one of the fishing villages by boat and spend some time exploring the medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing to the village of Portofino, to admire the colourful houses. (B) (DW) Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita. | Traditional | ∂

ℓ 



DAY 8 LAKE MAGGIORE. Journey to the beautiful Italian Lake District, where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Enjoy time at leisure or perhaps cruise to the Borromean Islands? Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) Hotel Simplon/Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9

â„Ž TO VENICE WITH WINE ALONG THE

WAY. Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards by the shores of Lake Iseo.

đ&#x;‘ Here, winemaking traditions run deep. Taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to the unique city of Venice – a complete step back in time to the 16th century. (B)  Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. | Historic | ∂ DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA

SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ Cruise to a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island to delight in the skillful art of glassblowing. ★ Visit St. Mark's Square to admire St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the adjoining Bridge of Sighs. ★ Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.

â„“

✈

Cruise the Venetian lagoon to Burano and sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialities. (B) (DW) DAY 11 ARRIVEDERCI VENICE. Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź638 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

69


TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź370 pp

ITALIAN ELEGANCE “Michelangelo brought a piece of marble to life with David, and our Local Experts are so knowledgeable and passionate that they will bring the statue to life for you too.� - Karen, Travel Director

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E923

ENDS

TWIN

ďƒŚ ďƒŚ

Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

Tue 28 Apr â‚Ź3650 Tue 05 May â‚Ź3650

ďƒŚ ďƒŚ ďƒŚ

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun

â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3550

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3650

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ ďƒ?ďƒŚ

STARTS ENDS

Fri 03 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 31 Jul

ďƒ?ďƒŚď ˛ Fri 14 Aug ďƒˆ Fri 21 Aug ďƒ? Fri 28 Aug

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

TWIN

Tue 14 Jul â‚Ź3650 Tue 28 Jul â‚Ź3595 Tue 11 Aug â‚Ź3695 Tue 25 Aug â‚Ź3695 Tue 01 Sep â‚Ź3650 Tue 08 Sep â‚Ź3550

Tue 15 Sep Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź3575 â‚Ź3575 â‚Ź3575 â‚Ź3575

Fri 02 Oct Tue 13 Oct â‚Ź3550

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at San Lorenzo hotel in Monteriggioni. ďƒ? These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Tuscany. ďƒŚ These departures will stay at Villa Madruzzo in Trento in lieu of Cortina. ď ˛ This departure will not visit the Vatican and will enjoy a a lively dinner with Operetta in Rome instead of the Vatican dinner. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź350 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź120 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź92 | Past Guest â‚Ź185 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź920 p.p. to â‚Ź1000 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź111 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: BOOK NOW!

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from the best seats in the house with Insight Vacations in 2020. This is a highly sought-after event with limited capacity – book today to secure your place. Go to insightvacations.com or speak to your travel agent.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums to admire the famous Bramante Staircase, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and venture inside St. Peter's Basilica. Visit a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

@dani_travels_the_world sharing one of many Caption here #InsightMoments from Florence, Italy CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (Days 8 & 9)

2

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Dolomites

Travel by cruise from Santa Margherita to Portofino • travel from the Cinque Terre by train • Ride a gondola and boat, serenaded through the canals of Venice. City tours of Rome, Florence, Siena and Cinque Terre, all with Local Experts. Visit Siena Cathedral.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Highlight Dinner in the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino • Sea-to-Table dining in Cinque Terre • Celebration Dinner in Venice. Taste wines in Tuscany • anise bread in Luca • Gelato in San Gimignano.

FROM â‚Ź296 PER DAY 70

LAKE MAGGIORE

Lake Garda

1

(Day 7)

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE (Days 5 & 6)

2

Portofino

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Cinque Terre

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2

VENICE

(Days 10, 11 & 12)

ITALY

River Po

Lucca

Florence Pisa Chianti

TUSCANY

2

(Days 3 & 4)

San Siena Gimignano

Apennine Mountains

Umbria

2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY Frascati (Days 1 & 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 6 DINNERS | 19 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, your airport transfers leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.

★



★

At 17:30, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner, a fun evening of Italian cuisine and wine at a local restaurant. (DW) The K Boutique Hotel, Rome. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 2 ROME WITH VATICAN DINNER. ★ Enjoy the very best of the city's highlights including visiting St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican with your Local Expert. With some free time, why not head to the Colosseum? đ&#x;‘ In the afternoon, enjoy special fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection, observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano before entering the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on its ceiling. â„“ Dine in the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato and enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter's during a private VIP Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW)

ď”ˆ

★

DAY 3 RENAISSANCE FLORENCE.

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Perhaps head for a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour. See the cathedral, campanile and baptistery, adorned with the Gates of Paradise. Wander the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria before enjoying time at leisure. Continue to your elegant Tuscan villa near the walled town of Monteriggioni. Rest in the shade of the lush, verdant gardens, swim in the pool, or participate in a variety of leisure activities. (B) Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START GELATO IN SAN GIMIGNANO. In the morning, travel to medieval Siena with your Local Expert and visit the beautiful, striped cathedral. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers.

Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats.



★

★



ℎ ★

â„“



Continue on to Lucca and taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread. Cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino (should weather permit). Enjoy leisure time to explore. Relax as you journey along the coast to the resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. (B) (DW) Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 THE CINQUE TERRE. Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels, the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. For Lunch, enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table dining experience. There is time to explore the old medieval quarter beach before returning to your hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps make the most of the hotel's private beach? (B) (LW) DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START LAKE MAGGIORE. Travel north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, where Alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO. Continue through the Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. (B) (DW) Hotel Ancora, Cortina d’Ampezzo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START EXPERIENCE THE DOLOMITES. The whole day is free for you to explore the colourful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites. There are a number of walking tracks to explore, or perhaps take a thrilling Optional Experience cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360-degree views. (B)

Stop at a local winery to sample some of the robust red wines of Tuscany. (B) (DW)

DAY 5 THE CHIANTI HILLS TO PISA, LUCCA AND SANTA MARGHERITA. Drive through the Chianti hills and head for Pisa to see the incredible Leaning Tower and the splendid cathedral and bapistery.



DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ VENICE, QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC. ★



Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice. A private launch glides you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St Mark's Square. See the basilica, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before checking into your intimate and luxurious hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine? (B) Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž VENICE AT LEISURE.

đ&#x;‘ Visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then there is free time to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this incredible city at your own pace. ★ Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.

â„“

✈

This evening, stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. (B) (DW)

DAY 12 ARRIVEDERCI VENICE. Bid farewell to Bella Italia. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 or 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź558 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

71


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 13 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź398 pp

ITALIAN ESCAPADE

ENDS

Tue 05 May Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925

Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3725

Tue 07 Jul

Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź3675

Tue 07 Apr Tue 14 Apr Tue 21 Apr Tue 28 Apr

“ San Gimignano has something for everyone, from world-famous gelato, to medieval architecture, stunning views and great local shopping.� - Terri, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: E937

STARTS

Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May Sun 10 May

TWIN

STARTS

â‚Ź3795 â‚Ź3795 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3875

Tue 14 Jul Tue 21 Jul Tue 28 Jul

Sun 26 Jul â‚Ź3675 Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź3625 Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź3625

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 04 Aug Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3625 â‚Ź3675

Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep Tue 15 Sep Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź3975 â‚Ź3975 â‚Ź3975 â‚Ź3975 â‚Ź3925

Tue 06 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź3925 Tue 13 Oct Sun 25 Oct â‚Ź3875

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Florence.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź380 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź130 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź99 | Past Guest â‚Ź199 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź800 p.p. to â‚Ź1020 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź128 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Rome: Experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who explains modern life around treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the living Room of Rome. Visit Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert • a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice • Hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi on Capri. Visit Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. City tours of Florence, Assisi, Isle of Capri and Pompeii, all with Local Experts. See the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome • Fountain of Joy, cathedral and Piazza del Campo in Siena • Duomo and Piazza della Signoria in Florence • Pisa's cathedral and Leaning Tower • Italian Lakes District • St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace in Venice • Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Dine-at-Home dinner in Tuscany • DineAround options in Lake Maggiore • Celebration Dinner in Rome. Taste wine near Lake Iseo.

FROM â‚Ź277 PER DAY 72

@spgregg54 sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from San Gimignano, Italy LAKE MAGGIORE 2 (Days 5 & 6)

2

VENICE

(Days 7 & 8)

Lake Iseo

River Po

ITALY FLORENCE (Days 3 & 4)

2

Pisa

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Chianti

Siena 1 ASSISI (Day 9)

2

1

Apennine Mountains

Frascati ROME & Cassino THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1, 2, 12 & 13)

Pompeii Capri

Campania

Amalfi Coast 2 SORRENTO (Days 10 & 11)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 13 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 12 BREAKFASTS | 7 DINNERS | 19 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you're welcomed and taken to your hotel with transfers departing at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.

Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL. đ&#x;‘ A Local Expert leads you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Later, continue to St. Peter's Basilica. đ&#x;‘ Embark on a leisurely walking exploration with a local to see the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. Then there is time to relax and absorb the atmosphere of Piazza Navona. (B)

★

â„“



ď”ˆ

DAY 3 MEDIEVAL FLORENCE. In medieval Siena, stroll through the winding stone-paved streets to the vast Piazza del Campo. See the Fountain of Joy and walk up to the hilltop cathedral, striped with marble. For your Dine-at-Home experience, a local invites you to dine at their Medici-era villa. Visit the vineyard, taste the olive oil and hear tales of the local life while savouring a traditionally prepared Italian meal. Continue through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to Florence. (B) (DW) Michelangelo Florence. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE.

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between wandering through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. Alternatively, visit the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David.

★

★



â„“

Continue to the cathedral to see Giotto's bell tower and the Gates of Paradise adorning the baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria and pause in Piazza Santa Croce. By night, don't miss the chance to try the delicious local cuisine and sample rich Chianti wine. (B)

DAY 5 PISA AND THE ITALIAN LAKES. Stop at Pisa, to see the incredible Leaning Tower, as well as the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT. The day is set aside for you to relax and enjoy all the fantastic sights of this beautiful lakeland area.

For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure. (B) (DW) DAY 7

â„Ž WINE TASTING AND VENICE.

On the shores of Lake Iseo, you will see that winemaking traditions run deep here when you visit a family-owned estate that goes back generations.

đ&#x;‘ Listen to the passionate stories as you taste the delicious vintages together with a master vintner. Carry on to Venice. Arrive at your hotel by boat, in true Venetian style. (B) (DW)  Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.

đ&#x;‘ Visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island where you can see how their beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers. ★ A private boat ferries you to St. Mark's Square. See the basilica, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. ★ During a gondola serenade, relax and enjoy the local traditional songs, as you drift along in romantic awe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. (B)

DAY 9

ℎ HILLTOP ASSISI. ★

 ★





Journey to the stone-built, hill-top town of Assisi, home of St. Francis. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels before continuing up Mount Subasio with a Local Expert to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. (B) (DW) Hotel Giotto Assisi. | Historic | ∂

DAY 10 ALONG THE AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE. Journey along the clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking over to Mount Vesuvius. With the evening at leisure, why not try some of the local specialties during a regional dining experience? (B) Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 11

Ί CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS.

★

★

★

ℓ 

✈

Cruise to Capri and on arrival step into one of the island's iconic open-top taxis for a drive up the steep, winding roads while a symphony of cicadas sing away in the pines. Your Local Expert leads you through the narrow alleyways of Capri town before you descend to the port by funicular and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. (B) (DW) DAY 12 THE ANCIENT CITIES OF POMPEII AND ROME. With a Local Expert, explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. In the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to the quintessential Italian experience – fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta. (B) (DW) Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 13 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA! Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź673 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

73


TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź355 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY

STARTS

“Our Farm-to-Table Dinner is not to be missed because it’s such fun to explore the garden and watch Signora Giovanna produce the famous “orecchiette� pasta and then try for ourselves.� - Ernesta, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E725

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450

Sat 13 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Fri 26 Jun Fri 10 Jul

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3525

Sat 11 Jul

Fri 24 Jul

â‚Ź3450

STARTS

â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3425

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 25 Jul

Fri 07 Aug

â‚Ź3425

ďƒˆ Sat 08 Aug

Sat 22 Aug

Fri 21 Aug Fri 04 Sep

â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep Fri 02 Oct Fri 09 Oct

â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3450

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct

Fri 16 Oct Fri 23 Oct

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Taormina Riviera. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź340 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź140 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź92 | Past Guest â‚Ź178 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź750 p.p. to â‚Ź800 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alberobello: Meet your host Alessandro and see Nonna making pasta, before savouring your Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner. Visit Vatican Museums, Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City with a Local Expert • Rome with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi on Capri • Ride a ferry across the Strait of Messina. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento • Greek Ampitheatre of Taormina • Palermo Cathedral and Palatine Chapel in Palermo. City tours of Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Matera, Alberobello, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo, all with Local Experts. See Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento • the Sassi of Matera • the Trulli of Alberobello • Maratea • Palazzo Corvaja, Corso Umberto and Piazza IX Aprile in Taormina Riviera • Quattro Canti Square and Fountain of Shame in Palermo. Enjoy the scenery of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri corniche.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Rome • Dine-Around options in Taormina Riviera • Celebration Dinner in Palermo.

FROM â‚Ź243 PER DAY 74

Alberobello, Italy 2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1 & 2)

Apennine Mountains

Frascati Pompeii Capri

3 Matera

Amalfi Coast 2 SORRENTO (Days 3 & 4)

ALBEROBELLO (Days 5, 6 & 7)

Ostuni

Basilicata

ITALY

MARATEA 1 (Day 8)

Purple Coast

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Calabria Mountains

PALERMO

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

2

SICILY

Agrigento

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Mt Etna

3 TAORMINA RIVIERA

(Days 9, 10 & 11)

Syracuse

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 7 DINNERS | 17 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.

Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Bettoja Massimo D’Azeglio, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ROME WITH THE LOCALS. đ&#x;‘ Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizza, and our included walking exploration with a Local Expert has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time to do as the Romans do. Perhaps join a tour to discover an unknown quarter of Rome, Trastevere? (B)

★



★

â„“

Ί

★

★

DAY 4 EXPLORING CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS. Meet your Local Expert and cruise to the Isle of Dreams. Ride up to Capri town by opentop taxis and explore the narrow alleyways, browse the boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento for an afternoon to explore at your leisure. (B)

DAY 5 POMPEII, MATERA AND ALBEROBELLO. With your Local Expert, explore the streets of Pompeii, buried in A.D. 79 by the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Meet Alessandro, the founder of Trattoria Terra Madre, who shares his philosophy of using organic, seasonal produce, grown himself. See Nonna making orecchiette pasta, then savour a four-course Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START ALBEROBELLO AT LEISURE. The day is free for you to enjoy this fascinating town. Perhaps visit Ostuni with its whitewashed buildings and narrow cobbled streets? (B)

DAY 3 VIP VATICAN, ST. PETERS BASILICA AND ON TO SORRENTO. đ&#x;‘ Meet your Local Expert, for a guided visit through the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Continue your visit to St. Peter's Basilica and later, depart for Sorrento. (B)  Hotel Isabella, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento. | Traditional | ∂



DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START JOURNEY SOUTH TO MARATEA. The local roads take you south to the coastal town of Maratea, known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian for its beautiful and peaceful location. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure, before dinner and wine at your resort. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Pianeta Maratea Resort. | Resort | ∂

DAY 9

ℎ TO SICILY AND THE TAORMINA ★

â„“



DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME ON THE TAORMINA RIVIERA. The day is at leisure to relax at your resort's private beach. Don't miss the chance of an optional drive through the vineyards to Mount Etna. (B)

Journey along the country roads to the ancient town of Matera. Meet with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary Sassi, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. Venture on to Alberobello. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE TRULLI OF ALBEROBELLO. With a Local Expert, admire the Trulli of Alberobello, circular structures with conical roofs, built from limestone and stacked without mortar.

RIVIERA. Travel to the very toe of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily across the Strait of Messina. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek Theatre of Taormina, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Take your pick of specially selected restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina Riviera. | Traditional | ∂



ℓ ★

★ 

★

â„“

✈

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE. Early risers may experience what D.H. Lawrence christened the ‘dawn coast of Europe.' The day is free to explore Taormina at your leisure or to embark on an Optional Experience to Syracuse.

In the evening, venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal accompanied by wine. (B) (DW) DAY 12 AGRIGENTO, THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES AND ON TO PALERMO. Drive to Agrigento, and with a Local Expert, walk along the fortified ridge of the Valley of the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno, overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. (B) NH Palermo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 13 PALERMO AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NORMANS. Join a historian to see the highlights of the city. Pass the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the Fountain of Shame. Venture inside Palermo Cathedral and visit the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. In the evening, join your fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 14 DEPART PALERMO. Your journey draws to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź640 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

75


TRIP PLANNER - 16 DAYS



ITALY, SICILY & MALTA COUNTRY ROADS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź443 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF ITALY

STARTS

“One thing I really love about Italy is the varied landscapes the country has to offer, from the rugged coastline to the cities full of stupendous art & architecture.� - Jackie, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: E722

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

Sat 02 May â‚Ź4375 Sat 09 May â‚Ź4375

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun

â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

STARTS

Fri 31 Jul

Sat 15 Aug â‚Ź4225

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep

â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4295

Fri 04 Sep

Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct

â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425

ďƒˆ Fri 11 Sep

Fri 18 Sep ďƒ? Fri 25 Sep

Fri 12 Jun

Sat 27 Jun â‚Ź4350

Fri 03 Jul

Sat 18 Jul

â‚Ź4350

Fri 02 Oct Fri 09 Oct

Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź4375 Sat 24 Oct â‚Ź4375

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Isle of Capri: Opentop taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Rome. ďƒ? This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Chianti. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź190 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź111 | Past Guest â‚Ź221 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1080 p.p. to â‚Ź1180 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź151 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City with a Local Expert • Rome with a Local Expert • a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri • Ride in an open-top taxi on Capri • on a train and boat to explore Cinque Terre • in a gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice. Visit Papal Gardens and Castel Gandolfo • Positano • Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi • Siena Cathedral • San Gimignano. City tours of Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence and Cinque Terre, all with Local Experts.

Linda Jackson sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from Cinque Terre, Italy 2

Lake Garda

VENICE

1 Modena PARMA (Day 13)

LUCCA

(Days 11 & 12)

Cinque Terre

2

Florence

Chianti

FROM â‚Ź265 PER DAY 76

RADDA

(Days 9 & 10)

San Gimignano

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Rome • Pasta cooking demonstration and dinner in Orvieto • Celebration Dinner on Burano island in Venice. Taste Chianti wine Radda • Gelato in San Gimignano • Buccellato in Lucca • Balsamic vinegar in Modena • Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma.

River Po (Days 14, 15 & 16)

2

Cortona

Siena Umbria

PERUGIA

2

(Days 7 & 8)

Assisi Spello ORVIETO 1 (Day 6)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1 & 2) 2

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

ITALY Apennine Mountains

Castel Gandolfo

Frascati

Campania

Pompeii Isle of Capri

3

SORRENTO (Days 3, 4 & 5)

Positano

Amalfi

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 16 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 15 BREAKFASTS | 1 AFTERNOON TEA | 5 DINNERS | 28 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport with transfers to your hotel departing at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30.

At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Veneto Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL. đ&#x;‘ A Local Expert guides you through the Papal art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-thescenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Your venture continues inside St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's PietĂ . đ&#x;‘ Join a local for a walking exploration through the backstreets of this ancient city. (B)

★



ℎ ★

★

★

DAY 3 CASTEL GANDOLFO. Venture to Castel Gandolfo to explore the artistic treasure of the Villa Barberini Gardens. Ride an electric train along the pathways to marvel at the intricately designed mosaic flower beds and fountains. Continue on to Sorrento. (B) Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS. With your Local Expert, cruise to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri town by one of the island's iconic open-top taxis to explore the narrow alleyways. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento. (B) DAY 5 THE PICTURESQUE AMALFI COAST. Travel along the Amalfi Coast. Board minibuses and stop to admire the terraced houses of Positano. (B)

DAY 6 POMPEII AND ORVIETO. Journey to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and explore with your Local Expert.

★

ℓ 

Savour the distinctly medieval ambiance of Orvieto during your orientation. In the evening, join Chef Lorenzo for a fascinating cooking demonstration, followed by a Highlight Dinner and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine. (B) (DW) Aquila Bianca Hotel, Orvieto. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START ASSISI AND ON TO PERUGIA. ★ On arrival in Assisi, see the St. Mary of the Angels Church and visit the huge Basilica of St. Francis. A Local Expert walks with you down the Via San Francesco. ★ Continue to Perugia for a guided exploration through the Old Town. đ&#x;‘ Visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. (B)  Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START PERUGIA, THE JEWEL OF UMBRIA. The entire day is at leisure for you to explore this gem of a town on your own. (B)

★

 ★

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START SIENA AND RADDA IN CHIANTI. In Siena walk with your Local Expert through narrow cobbled streets and visit the hill-top cathedral. Enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, discovering their robust flavours and absorbing history. (B) (DW) CDH Hotel Radda, Tuscany. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START THE TOWERS OF SAN GIMIGNANO. Visit the hilltop town of San Gimignano.

Enjoy a tasting with award-winning, master ice-cream maker, Sergio Dondoli. (B)

★

DAY 11 FLORENCE AND ON TO LUCCA. Walk through Renaissance Florence with a Local Expert to see the marble-clad cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Enjoy free time to explore Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce. Continue to Lucca, a city perfectly preserved within encircling medieval ramparts.





Taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread. (B) (DW) Hotel Villa La Principessa, Lucca. | Historic | ∂

DAY 12

ℎ EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE. ★

Get ready to explore the Cinque Terre. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Join a Local Expert in one of the picturesque fishing villages, before cruising along the rugged coastline. There is plenty of time to explore before returning to your hotel in Lucca. (B)

DAY 13 MODENA AND ON TO PARMA. đ&#x;‘ Visit one of Modena's top producers of traditional, artisan balsamic vinegar for a tasting. đ&#x;‘ Continue to the beautiful town of Parma to meet Paolo and learn about the process of making Parmigiano-Reggiano. Taste samples of the organic cheese and other delicious local delicacies, accompanied with a glass of wine. (B) (AT)  Du Parc Parma. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ ONTO VENICE. ★



Continue to Venice where you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. (B) Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. | Historic | ∂

DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA. đ&#x;‘ Visit a traditional arts centre and witness the glassblowing skills of local craftsmen. ★ Venture by private boat to St. Mark's Square, and see its basilica, the Doge's Palace and adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

â„Ž

â„“

✈

In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to Burano. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialities. (B) (DW)

DAY 16 FAREWELL VENEZIA & BELLA ITALIA. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice airport at 08:00 or 09:30 (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź751 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

77


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA REGIONAL JOURNEY



GRAND ITALY & SICILY “ The trick to really connecting with Italians is to accept their love of the three ‘F’s - Food, Friends and Family.� - Andrew, Travel Director

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alberobello: You are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region for your Dine-at-Home experience. Visit Bramante Staircase, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Expert • Rome with a Local Expert • a glassblowing and gondola crafting workshop in Venice.

Taormina, Sicily LAKE MAGGIORE

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

(Day 5)

1

Travel by cruise from Portofino to Santa Margherita • Ride a gondola, serenaded through the canals of Venice • Ride in an open-top taxi on Capri Visit Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel in Palermo • Greek Amphitheatre in Taormina. City tours of Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Matera, Alberobello, Taormina and Palermo, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Rome • Bistecca alla Fiorentina Dinner with Wine in Florence • Celebration Dinner in Palermo. Taste wine in Alberobello.

FROM â‚Ź274 PER DAY 78

2 VENICE

(Days 6 & 7)

SANTA MARGHERITA 2

ITALY

(Days 3 & 4)

River Po

2

FLORENCE (Days 8 & 9)

Portofino Chianti Cinque San Terre Gimignano Pisa

2 ROME & THE VATICAN CITY (Days 1 & 2)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Apennine Mountains

ALBEROBELLO

Matera Pompeii SORRENTO (Days 10 & 11) 2 Amalfi Coast

(Days 12 & 13)

2

Ostuni

Capri

Calabria Mts.

PALERMO

(Days 16 & 17)

1

2

SICILY Mt Etna

TAORMINA RIVIERA (Days 14 & 15)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 17 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 16 BREAKFASTS | 8 DINNERS | 25 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



TRIP PLANNER - 17 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź480 pp

ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: E921

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4725 â‚Ź4725

Fri 03 Jul

Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź4795

Fri 10 Apr Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug ď ˛ Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź4750 â‚Ź4750 â‚Ź4725 â‚Ź4725

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź4795 â‚Ź4795 â‚Ź4750 â‚Ź4750

Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź4650 Sun 03 May â‚Ź4675 Sun 10 May â‚Ź4675

ďƒ? ďƒˆ

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug

â‚Ź4795 â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4750

Fri 02 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź4695

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions. ď ˛ This departure will not visit the Vatican due to closure. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Palermo. ďƒ? This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Taormina Riviera. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź470 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź160 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź120 | Past Guest â‚Ź240 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1100 p.p. to â‚Ź1170 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź168 p.p.

â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport you are met and at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel.



★

Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 and travel to your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL. đ&#x;‘ In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to guide you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to visitors. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. đ&#x;‘ Join a local for a leisurely passeggiata through this cultural city. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona. (B)

★

★

DAY 3 PISA AND SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE. Enjoy a delightful drive through rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, passing vineyards and olive groves to Pisa. With a Local Expert, view the incredible Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. (B) (DW) Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4

â„Ž THE CHARMS OF THE CINQUE TERRE. Head for the famous Cinque Terre, which translates to Five Lands, located on a gorgeously wild yet hospitable part of the coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.





With a Local Expert, approach one of the fishing villages by boat and spend some time exploring the medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing to the village of Portofino, to admire the colourful houses. Should weather permit, return with a cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to your hotel in the resort of Santa Margherita. (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START LAKE MAGGIORE. Head north to the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes District and the town of Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. On arrival, settle into your hotel and take in the magical scenery. In the afternoon, why not join an optional cruise to Isola Bella to explore the palace and admire the stunning and immaculate Italian style gardens. (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6

ℎ ONTO VENICE. 

Your travels continue through the Soave vineyards, passing Padua and on to the canals of Venice. (B) (DW) Bellini Venezia, Venice. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.

Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. đ&#x;‘ Admire the art of glassblowing by master craftsmen when you visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island. ★ Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces to arrive at St. Mark's Square where St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. ★ Board your gondola to be serenaded through the beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Relax amongst the romantic atmosphere as you drift along before having an afternoon to enjoy at leisure. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź813 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

79


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 17 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 16 BREAKFASTS | 8 DINNERS | 25 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES DAY 8

℮ A SCENIC JOURNEY TO FLORENCE. 

Bid farewell to Venice and begin your journey to Renaissance Florence. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between wandering through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. Alternatively, visit the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michaelangelo's monumental statue, David. Walk to the cathedral and see Giotto's bell tower and the Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria, gazing at statues such as Neptune, Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Your exploration will finish in front of the basilica where Michelangelo lies buried in Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its quality goods. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed. (B) (DW) Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 · RELAXED START FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE. Start the day with a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the hilltop town of San Gimignano? (B) DAY 10 ILL-FATED POMPEII AND ON TO SORRENTO. Journey south through the volcanic hills of Frascati to Pompeii. Walk with a Local Expert through the preserved cobbled streets for a glimpse into the daily life of civilisation during the Roman Empire. Follow the clifftop road to the resort of Sorrento. (B) Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11

℮ CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS. ★

★ 

DAY 12 SASSI DI MATERA AND ALBEROBELLO. After breakfast, discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, visit Matera for an in-depth guided exploration of the extraordinary Sassi, ancient troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. These are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean and were inhabited by about 20,000 people up until 1950. Matera was also used as the setting for the film 'The Passion of the Christ'. Continue to Alberobello, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next two nights. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 13 · RELAXED START ALBEROBELLO. Join your Local Expert to admire the traditional Trulli huts before venturing into the surrounding region, a paradise for winelovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured red wines. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are invited to join a local and their family. See Nonna making pasta and enjoy a freshly prepared meal together, traditional of Southern Italy. (B) (DW)

ℓ 

DAY 16 PALERMO, CAPITAL OF SICILY. Head to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On arrival, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the capital. Pass the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the composite architectural styles. Next, head to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. With the outside completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics, it provides an insight to what's within. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine. (B) (DW) Best Western Ai Cavaileri Hotel, Palermo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 17 DEPART PALERMO. Your journey draws to an end with departure transfers arriving at Palermo's Falcone– Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00. (B)

DAY 14

℮ SICILY AND THE TAORMINA RIVIERA. ★

80

Cruise to Capri and on arrival step into one of the island's iconic open-top taxis for a drive up the steep, winding roads while a symphony of cicadas chirp away in the pines. Your Local Expert leads you through the narrow alleyways of Capri town before you descend to the port by funicular and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. (B)

DAY 15 · RELAXED START TAORMINA AND THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps join an optional experience to Mt. Etna? (B)

Follow the shores of the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. Travel along the Purple Coast and board your ferry bound for Sicily, continue to the Taormina Riviera. (B) (DW) RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina Riviera. | Traditional | ∂

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


ITALY, SICILY & MALTA EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 6 DAYS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €190 pp

EASY PACE MALTA

STARTS

Fri 24 Apr

With its grand churches and buzzing ports, explore the ancient island of Malta and experience a unique blend of Mediterranean and British cultures.

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E954 TWIN

Wed 29 Apr €1725

Fri 08 May Wed 13 May €1825 Fri 22 May Wed 27 May €1825 Fri 05 Jun Fri 19 Jun

Wed 10 Jun €1895 Wed 24 Jun €1895

Fri 03 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Wed 08 Jul €1775 Wed 22 Jul €1775 Wed 05 Aug €1775

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 11 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Wed 16 Sep €1895 Wed 30 Sep €1895

Fri 14 Aug Wed 19 Aug €1775 Fri 28 Aug Wed 02 Sep €1795

Fri 09 Oct Wed 14 Oct €1825 Fri 23 Oct Wed 28 Oct €1825 Fri 06 Nov Wed 11 Nov €1550

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Please refer to our website for pricing details of E834 Sicily in Depth with Malta Option. Smaller vehicles without extra legroom, 40 seats or onboard washroom may be used in Malta. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €180 | Triple Room Reduction €80 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from €400 p.p. to €690 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €37 p.p.

Valletta, Malta

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit gardens and the cathedral in Valletta. See Sliema • Marsaxlokk's Luzzus along the waterfront and local market. City tours of Valletta and Mdina, both with Local Experts.

ℓ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Sliema • Seafood lunch in Marsaxlokk • Celebration Dinner in Mdina.

Key: Join/Leave Options 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

MALTA

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 6 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 5 BREAKFASTS 1 LUNCH | 2 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  ★ ★

SLIEMA (Days 1-6)

5

Valletta Mdina

DAY 1 WELCOME TO MALTA. Transfers to your hotel are available at any time to meet your flights. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner with wine. (DW) Waterfront Hotel, Sliema. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START SOUTHERN DELIGHTS. Venture south to Valletta with a Local Expert to visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and see St. John's Cathedral, designed in a baroque fashion. Continue on to visit the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk and wander along its waterfront. Look out at the Mediterannean Ocean and feel completely relaxed as you watch colourful luzzu, traditional Maltese fishing boats, waft in the crystal blue water. For lunch, dine at Capo Mulini and feast on delicious seafood that has been freshly plucked from the ocean. (B) (LW)

DAY 3 · RELAXED START FREE TIME IN SLIEMA. Today is free to laze on the rooftop terrace or stroll along the promenade. (B)

DAY 4 · RELAXED START FREE DAY IN MALTA. Your day is at leisure. (B)

DAY 5 · RELAXED START MDINA THE SILENT CITY. Head to Mdina with a Local Expert in the late afternoon to explore this golden city. Known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a wonderful local restaurant where you' ll toast to your trip with your fellow travellers. (B) (DW) DAY 6 DEPART MALTA. Bid farewell to this exotic island as you travel to Malta airport for your onward journey. (B)

Marsaxlokk

FROM €259 PER DAY

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €151

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

81


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest

  @ilsezietsman on EASY PACE RUSSIA

Learn more about this trip on page 94 and create your own special moments.


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA There’s nowhere else on Earth quite like this remarkable region. Be mesmerised by magnificent mountains, fjords and coasts. Journey through vibrant Baltic cities, and experience the majesty of Russia with its fascinating imperial history, art and cultural sites.

ICELAND

FINLAND NORWAY

SWEDEN

RUSSIA

ESTONIA LATVIA

DENMARK

LITHUANIA

BELARUS

POLAND GERMANY

ITINERARIES COUNTRY ROADS OF SCANDINAVIA SPECTACULAR SCANDINAVIA & ITS FJORDS GRAND SCANDINAVIA SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE NATURAL WONDERS OF ICELAND EASY PACE RUSSIA WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES RUSSIA, WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES THE GOLDEN RING NORTHERN CAPITALS & RUSSIA

84 86 88 91 92 94 96 98 101 102

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES ALTA: Meet Trine and her huskies, learn about the challenges they face during marathon Arctic dog sled races and have the chance to play with these gorgeous pups. RIGA: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market. 10 ITINERARIES | 12 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 83


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €353 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF SCANDINAVIA

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E340 TWIN

Wed 13 May Sun 24 May €3495 Wed 27 May Sun 07 Jun €3525

"One thing I really love about Norway is how people have lived and flourished for thousands of years in harsh, unforgiving yet stunningly beautiful landscapes." - Chadwick, Travel Director

STARTS

Wed 22 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug €3475

Wed 10 Jun Sun 21 Jun €3525 Wed 24 Jun Sun 05 Jul €3475

Wed 05 Aug Sun 16 Aug €3475 Wed 12 Aug Sun 23 Aug €3475 Wed 19 Aug Sun 30 Aug €3495

Wed 08 Jul Wed 15 Jul

Wed 02 Sep Sun 13 Sep €3495 Wed 09 Sep Sun 20 Sep €3495

Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

€3475 €3475

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €340 | Triple Room Reduction €150 | 2nd Trip €88 | Past Guest €176 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement €920 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €119 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH GRAND SCANDINAVIA TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THE REGION? SEE SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE ON PAGE 91.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel the Fjords from Bergen to Stavanger • Cruise Lysefjord • Cruise across the Skagerrak from Kristiansand to Hirsthals • Cruise by ferry to the island of Fyn. Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo • Den Gamle By in Aarhus • Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense. City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Aarhus and Copenhagen, all with Local Experts. See Akershus Castle, Frogner Park and Royal Palace in Oslo • Hardangervidda National Park • Haakon's Hall and the market stalls of Bergen • Pulpit Rock above Lysefjord • Kristiansand's Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain • City Hall and modern art museum, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, in Aarhus • Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Renaissance Stock Exchange and Round Tower in Copenhagen.

ℓ AUTHENTIC DINING

Dinner with Wine at Zupperia Matbørsen in Bergen • Farm-to-Table Dinner in Aarhus • Celebration Dinner in Copenhagen.

FROM €290 PER DAY 84

@insightchad sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from the Fjords, Norway NORWAY BERGEN 2 (Days 3 & 4)

Sandvikvag

Halhjem

Hardanger Plateau

STAVANGER 2 (Days 5 & 6)

2 OSLO

(Days 1 & 2)

Arsvagen

Lysefjord

1 KRISTIANSAND (Day 7)

Hirsthals Jutland

DENMARK

Key: Join/Leave Options 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2

AARHUS (Days 8 & 9)

2 Odense Fyn COPENHAGEN (Days 10, 11 & 12)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★ ★

ℓ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO OSLO. On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30.

℮ A COASTLINE LIKE NO OTHER.

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine. (DW) Scandic St Olavs Plass Hotel, Oslo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START COSMOPOLITAN OSLO. Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes views of Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Visit the Viking Ship Museum. Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture. Wander through Frogner Park, with its intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure to continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the most modern ski jump in the world? (B) DAY 3 OSLO CITY TO COASTAL BERGEN. Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, the largest national park in the Nordic countries, to arrive at the historic port of Bergen. Join your Travel Director in a city orientation and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town.

Savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant off ering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion. (B) (DW) Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 · RELAXED START ANCIENT HANSEATIC PORT OF BERGEN. A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. Visit UNESCO Bryggen and its wooden houses, see the 14th century Haakon's Hall and lively fish market with its many stalls. Enjoy free time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway? (B)

DAY 5 · RELAXED START

Travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords to reach Stavanger, founded almost 900 years ago. Now the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair. (B) Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 · RELAXED START

℮ THE WONDERS OF LYSEFJORD.

Cruise through Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords and be charmed by its stunning natural beauty. See Preikestolen, Pulpit Rock, a plunging cliff face and one of the most iconic places in Norway. You will also see the mysterious Vagabond's Cave and enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger. (B)

★ 

℮ ★

 ★

DAY 7 ONWARDS TO KRISTIANSAND. Your scenic drive round the southern cape of Norway brings you to Kristiansand. An orientation walk will show you the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain. (B) Hotel Norge, Kristiansand. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 KRISTIANSAND TO AARHUS. Sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Continue to Aarhus, one of Europe's cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert. Learn about the city's Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture. (B) Comwell Hotel Aarhus. | Contemporary | ∂

★ 

the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. Join your fellow travellers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner where you will enjoy delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. (B) (D)

DAY 10 ODENSE AND THE FAIRYTALES OF FYN. Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. Visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn about his career, travels and love life. (B) Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 11 · RELAXED START WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN. With your Local Expert, meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid and see Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Copenhagen Cathedral and the unusual Round Tower. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights. This evening, toast to the end of your Scandinavian adventure as you enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends. (B) (DW)

DAY 12 DEPART COPENHAGEN. Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen airport at 06:30, 09:00 and 12:00. (B)

DAY 9 · RELAXED START HISTORIC AARHUS. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €413 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

85


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY



TRIP PLANNER - 15 DAYS

)

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź443 pp

SPECTACULAR SCANDINAVIA & ITS FJORDS

STARTS

“ No matter how many pictures you have seen of Geiranger, your jaw will drop as we make our way down to the fjord. I can’t help but smile every time.â€? - Zsofi, Travel Director ďƒˆ

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E941 TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Fri 10 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425

Sun 02 Aug Fri 07 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Fri 21 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Fri 21 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Fri 04 Sep Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4295

Sun 19 Jul Fri 24 Jul

â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4350

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Fri 10 Jul

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4395

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Fri 24 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Fri 07 Aug Sun 09 Aug

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

Sun 06 Sep Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź4295

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Copenhagen. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź170 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź111 | Past Guest â‚Ź221 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1150 p.p. to â‚Ź1350 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź148 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Hardangerfjord: Hear all about the production processes and sample authentic apple cider at a traditional family-run fruit farm. Visit Nusnäs wooden horse workshop with the Olsson family.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the FlĂĽm Railway • Cruise through Geirangerfjord. Visit Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen • Roskilde cathedral • Stockholm’s City Hall • Lom Stave Church • Norwegian Glacier Museum in FjĂŚrland • the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. City tours of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen and Oslo, all with Local Experts. See Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Renaissance Stock Exchange and Round Tower in Copenhagen • Ă˜resund Bridge • Gamla Stan in Stockholm • Sigtuna’s City Hall • Lillehammer • Geiranger • Bøya Glacier in FjĂŚrland • Leikanger • Haakon’s Hall and the market stalls of Bergen • Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour, Frogner Park and the Royal Palace in Oslo.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Copenhagen • Farmto-Table Dinner in Bergen • Celebration Dinner in Oslo.

FROM â‚Ź287 PER DAY 86

@Robert.lintotttd sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from Geiranger Fjord, Norway GEIRANGER (Days 8 & 9)

Geirangerfjord Cruise FJORDLAND (Day 10)

2 BERGEN

1

Voss

(Days 11 & 12)

Lom

2

Peer Gynt Country

FjĂŚrland FlĂĽm Railway

Steinstø

1

Salen

LILLEHAMMER (Day 7)

Hardanger Plateau

NORWAY

Dalarna

FALUN (Day 6)

2 OSLO

Nusnas

(Days 13, 14 & 15)

1 Uppsala

Sigtuna

STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

2

(Days 4 & 5)

Swedish Lake District

Lake Vattern

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

DENMARK Jutland

Roskilde

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

3 COPENHAGEN (Days 1, 2 & 3)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS | 8 DINNERS | 24 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



★

★

★

★  ★ ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO COPENHAGEN. On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN. A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid and see Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral. View the unusual Round Tower. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. In the evening, visit the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. (B)

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START VIKING ROSKILDE. Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in Copenhagen, you are at leisure. (B) DAY 4 SCENIC FARMLANDS OF SWEDEN. Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing Ă˜resund Bridge. Journey along Vättern to Stockholm. (B) Grand Central by Scandic, Stockholm. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 5 STOCKHOLM, CITY OF ISLANDS. With your Local Expert see the charms of this fabulous city. On Gamla Stan, start with the cathedral and wander the Old Town. Stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace and visit the imposing City Hall to see its gilded Golden Hall and the Blue Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. There's free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. (B)

★ ★ 

DAY 6 SIGTUNA, UPPSALA AND FALUN. Travel to Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren, to see Sweden's smallest City Hall. Continue to the historic city of Uppsala and visit the lofty cathedral. Travel through rural Dalecarlia to Falun. (B) (D) First Grand Hotel Falun. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 LILLEHAMMER. ★ View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by the enormous mine collapse that occurred in 1687. đ&#x;‘ Travel along Lake Siljan to Nusnäs, home of the Dala horse. Meet the entertaining Olsson family and visit their workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. ★ Continue to Sälen, the starting point for Vasaloppet, a 90-kilometre cross-country ski race. ★ Cross into Norway, passing Hamar with its Olympic ice skating rink. Journey along Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer. (B)  Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer, Lillehammer. | Traditional | ∂

★



DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START GEIRANGER, JEWEL OF THE FJORDS. Travel through the countryside of 'Peer Gynt', to reach Lom where you visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. For the next two nights you will stay in the scenic village of Geiranger. (B) (D) Hotel Union, Geiranger. | Historic | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START GEIRANGER AT LEISURE. Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst breathtaking scenery. (B) (D)

ℎ ★

â„“



DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START FJÆRLAND AND FJORDLAND. Take a scenic cruise in the morning through the Geirangerfjord. Travel to the Bøya Glacier and visit the nearby FjĂŚrland Glacier Museum. Your journey continues with a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger. Delight in a dinner of fresh and locally sourced produce. (B) (D) Leikanger Fjord Hotel. | Historic | ∂



DAY 11 THE FLĂ…M RAILWAY TO BERGEN. Cross the magnificent Sognefjord and embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the FlĂĽm Railway. đ&#x;‘ Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. (B) (D)  Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen. | Contemporary | ∂

Ί

★

â„“

 ★ ★ ★

â„“

✈

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START THE HANSEATIC PORT OF BERGEN. A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. See the lively Fish Market with its many stalls that also include fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs, before continuing on to see the 13th century Haakon's Hall. With the afternoon free to explore on your own, perhaps visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg and ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia? In the evening, enjoy a Farm-to-Table meal at a local restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 13 MOUNTAINS AND FJORDS TO OSLO. Pass scenic mountains and travel through some of Norway's ski-resorts as you cross the Hardanger Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, to reach Oslo. (B) Scandic St Olavs Plass Hotel, Oslo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START COSMOPOLITAN OSLO. With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the Akershus Castle guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures. Continue on to visit the Viking Ship Museum to see 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife. Round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Over a glass of wine, toast to your travels with your newfound friends. (B) (DW) DAY 15 OUT OF OSLO. Departure transfers arrive at Oslo airport at 07:15 and 10:15. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź636 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

87


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY



GRAND SCANDINAVIA Enjoy authentic food and meet friendly locals, in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Wander alongside the canal and view the historical wooden ships and brightly coloured townhouses it is famous for.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alta: Meet Trine and her huskies, learn about the challenges they face during marathon Arctic dog sled races and have the chance to play with these gorgeous pups!

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel the Baltic Sea by cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki • Cruise Geirangerfjord. Visit Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen • City Hall Stockholm • Helsinki • Kuopio Viewing Tower Rovaniemi Cathedral and Santa’s village to meet Santa Claus • Sami National Museum in Karasjok • North Cape • Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. City tours of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Oslo, all with Local Experts. See Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Renaissance Stock Exchange and Round Tower in Copenhagen • Ă˜resund Bridge • Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace in Stockholm • Sibelius Monument in Helsinki • Kuopio city from Puijo Tower • Oulu • Alvar Aalto’s Town Hall in Rovaniemi • one of Lapland’s oldest churches in Sodankylä • Ivalo • the Sami Parliament in Karasjok • Narvik • Mosjøen • Trondheim • Geiranger • Lillehammer • Oslo’s Akershus Castle, Royal Palace.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Copenhagen • Traditional Dinner with Wine in Alta • Celebration Dinner in Oslo. Taste local treats at Helsinki's food market.Sparkling wine and caviar in North Cape.

FROM â‚Ź263 PER DAY 88

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark 1 NORTH CAPE

ALTA

(Days 11 & 12)

Coastal Drive

(Day 14)

TRONDHEIM (Day 15)

GEIRANGER 2 (Days 16 & 17)

Lom

NORWAY

(Day 9)

ROVANIEMI

2

1

(Days 7 & 8)

FINLAND

1

Lillehammer

1

STOCKHOLM (Day 3)

OSLO

1

(Days 18, 19 & 20)

ircle ic C Arct

Oulu

SWEDEN

Hell

1

2

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

1 IVALO

(Day 13)

Tysfjord

MOSJĂ˜EN

Karasjok

NARVIK

1

Arctic Circle

(Day 10)

2

1 OVERNIGHT CRUISE

KUOPIO (Day 6)

HELSINKI (Day 5)

(Day 4)

DENMARK 2

COPENHAGEN

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Days 1 & 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 20 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 19 BREAKFASTS | 11 DINNERS | 27 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

TRIP PLANNER - 20 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €550 pp

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E940 TWIN

Sun 19 Apr Fri 08 May €5250 Fri 24 Apr Wed 13 May €5250 Sun 26 Apr Fri 15 May €5275 Fri 01 May Sun 03 May Fri 08 May Sun 10 May Fri 15 May Sun 17 May Fri 22 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Sun 31 May

Wed 20 May €5275 Fri 22 May €5325 Wed 27 May €5325 Fri 29 May €5325 Wed 03 Jun €5325 Fri 05 Jun €5375 Wed 10 Jun €5375 Fri 12 Jun €5375 Wed 17 Jun €5375 Fri 19 Jun €5395

Fri 05 Jun Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sun 14 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sun 21 Jun

Wed 24 Jun Fri 26 Jun Wed 01 Jul Fri 03 Jul Wed 08 Jul Fri 10 Jul

€5395 €5395 €5395 €5395 €5395 €5395

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 26 Jun Wed 15 Jul €5450 Sun 28 Jun Fri 17 Jul €5450 Fri 03 Jul Sun 05 Jul Fri 10 Jul Sun 12 Jul Fri 17 Jul Sun 19 Jul Fri 24 Jul Sun 26 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Wed 22 Jul Fri 24 Jul Wed 29 Jul Fri 31 Jul Wed 05 Aug Fri 07 Aug Wed 12 Aug Fri 14 Aug Wed 19 Aug

€5450 €5450 €5450 €5450 €5450 €5450 €5495 €5495 €5495

Sun 02 Aug Fri 07 Aug Sun 09 Aug Fri 14 Aug Sun 16 Aug Fri 21 Aug Sun 23 Aug

Fri 21 Aug Wed 26 Aug Fri 28 Aug Wed 02 Sep Fri 04 Sep Wed 09 Sep Fri 11 Sep

€5450 €5395 €5375 €5375 €5375 €5375 €5375

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 15% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability.  This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Copenhagen. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €530 | Triple Room Reduction €260 | 2nd Trip €137 | Past Guest €275 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1130 p.p. to €1470 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €198 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH COUNTRY ROADS OF SCANDINAVIA TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THE REGION? SEE SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE ON PAGE 91.

★ ★ 

℮ ★ ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO COPENHAGEN. On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

Join your Travel Director at 17:30, for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner. Visit to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. (DW) Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN. With your Local Expert, meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. See Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace and the Renaissance Stock Exchange and visit the Christianborg Palace. The afternoon is at your leisure, why not see the unusual Round Tower or Copenhagen Cathedral? (B)

DAY 3 ON TO STOCKHOLM, CITY OF ISLANDS. Travel from Denmark to Sweden, crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to Stockholm. (B) Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 STOCKHOLM AND BALTIC SEA CRUISE. Join a Local Expert and visit City Hall. Continue to Gamla Stan to view the cathedral and the Royal Palace. Board your Baltic cruise to Finland and enjoy dinner onboard as well as the sight of thousands of islands in the Stockholm Archipelago from your A-class, sea-view cabin. (B) (DW) Serenade/Symphony, Tallink Silja Line. Cruise Overnight | ∂

 ★  ★

 ★ ★

★ ★

DAY 5 · RELAXED START FASHIONABLE HELSINKI. Disembark your Baltic cruise to meet your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer. (B) GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki. | Historic | ∂

DAY 6 LAKES AND FORESTS TO KUOPIO. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for stunning views that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. (B) (D) Scandic Atlas, Kuopio. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 7 THE ROAD TO ROVANIEMI. Visit Oulu, northern Finalnd's oldest city. Travel through Lapland, native to the nomadic Sami people. Arrive to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region. (B) (D) Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START ROVANIEMI AND LAPLAND. With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall and visit Rovaniemi Church. Visit the Santa Claus village which celebrates the Christmas spirit year-round. Meet Santa at his post office, where you can arrange to send a special letter from Santa to loved ones back home in time for the following Christmas. (B)

DAY 9 · RELAXED START ACROSS THE ARCTIC CIRCLE TO IVALO. Cross the arctic circle today, a highlight for many travellers Continue along the Four Winds' Road where you may see herds of reindeer as you head to one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe's last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold centre of Tankavaara. (B) (D) Hotel Ivalo Oy. | Traditional | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €821 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

89


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 20 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 19 BREAKFASTS | 11 DINNERS | 27 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

★





DAY 10 THE NORTH CAPE. Cross the rolling tundra into Norway and stop at Karasjok to visit a Sami National Museum and see the Sami Parliment. Continue through unique scenery en route to North Cape. With only the Svalbard Islands separating you from the North Pole, it feels like you are at the end of the world. Journey to the northernmost point of mainland Europe in search of the midnight sun and enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth. (B) (D) Scandic HonningsvĂĽg. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START THROUGH FINNMARK TO ALTA. Enjoy a morning at leisure. Continue your escorted journey to Alta. (B) Scandic Alta. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START A WORLD OF ADVENTURE IN ALTA. Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Alta as you wish. đ&#x;‘ Later, visit a working husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet some of Trine's husky puppies, that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country. If you wish, spend time playing with these adorable pups.

â„“



DAY 14

â„Ž ACROSS TYSFJORD TO MOSJĂ˜EN. ★



★



DAY 15 LAKSFOSS FALLS TO TRONDHEIM. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings. See the Market Square and the statue of Olav Tryggvason, along with the Nidaros Cathedral, Tyholt Tower and the Old Town Bridge. (B) Clarion Hotel, Trondheim. | Contemporary | ∂

★ ★

★

✈

DAY 19 COSMOPOLITAN OSLO. Your Local Expert will show you the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Visit the Viking Ship Museum. Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture. Wander through Frogner Park, with its intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. (B)

DAY 20 OUT OF OSLO. Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 07:15 or 10:15. (B)

DAY 16

â„Ž GEIRANGER, JEWEL OF THE FJORDS. ★ ★ 

Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom. See waterfalls and a stave church from 1158. Arrive at Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. (B) (D) Hotel Union, Geiranger. | Historic | ∂

DAY 17 ¡ RELAXED START GEIRANGER AT LEISURE. Enjoy a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains. (B) (D)

Afterwards, delight in a wonderful oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local seasonal specialities, such as salmon or reindeer. (B) (DW) DAY 13 NARVIK. Pass KĂĽfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was stationed during World War II. Then admire the stunning Lyngen Alps and beautiful fjords before arriving into scenic Narvik. (B) Scandic Narvik. | Contemporary | ∂

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park. Bid farewell to the Arctic. Reach Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord, and enjoy an orientation. (B) (D) Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjøen. | Historic | ∂

★

â„“



DAY 18 OSLO, THE CAPITAL. Travel through 'Peer Gynt' Country, inspiration for Edvard Grieg. Stop in Lillehammer for an orientation with your Travel Director and continue on to Oslo. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner, and raise your glass to toast your adventures. (B) (DW) Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo. | Contemporary | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź821 90



For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA

TRIP PLANNER - 28 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE “ Nothing can beat being at the top of Europe, where the open Arctic Ocean is all that stands between you and the North Pole, cherishing the moment with a glass of bubbles.� - Lene, Travel Director

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź795 pp STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E341 TWIN

Wed 13 May Tue 09 Jun â‚Ź7725 Wed 27 May Tue 23 Jun â‚Ź7875

IMPROVED ITINERARY

Wed 10 Jun Tue 07 Jul â‚Ź7875 Wed 24 Jun Tue 21 Jul â‚Ź7950

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 08 Jul Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź7950 Wed 15 Jul Tue 11 Aug â‚Ź7950 Wed 22 Jul Tue 18 Aug â‚Ź7950

Wed 05 Aug Tue 01 Sep Wed 12 Aug Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź7795 â‚Ź7775

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź780 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź500 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź199 | Past Guest â‚Ź398 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź2090 p.p. to â‚Ź2200 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź277 p.p.

THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF COUNTRY ROADS OF SCANDINAVIA AND GRAND SCANDINAVIA

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alta: Meet Trine and her huskies, learn about the challenges they face during marathon Arctic dog sled races and have the chance to play with these gorgeous pups!

@johnjennings sharing one Caption here of many #InsightMoments from Honningsvag, Norway

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Oslo • Traditional Dinner with Wine in Alta • Dinner with Wine at Zupperia Matbørsen in Bergen • Farm-to-Table in Aarhus • Celebration Dinner in Oslo. Taste sparkling wine and caviar in North Cape • local treats at Helsinki’s food market.

 2

GEIRANGER

2

(Days 25 & 26)

BERGEN (Days 3 & 4)

STAVANGER (Days 5 & 6)

Hell

2

1

FINLAND

1 OSLO

STOCKHOLM

(Days 1, 2, 27 & 28)

2

Lysefjord

1 KRISTIANSAND (Day 7)

AARHUS (Days 8 & 9)

DENMARK

Odense

(Days 16 & 17)

Gulf of Bothnia

Lillehammer

2

(Day 18)

(Day 12)

1

2 COPENHAGEN

(Day 15)

1

(Day 14)

(Day 13)

2

KUOPIO

1 HELSINKI

OVERNIGHT CRUISE

Hirsthals

ic Arct

Oulu

1

SWEDEN

IVALO

ROVANIEMI

2

NORWAY Lom

1

(Day 22)

Tysfjord

TRONDHEIM (Day 24) 1

(Day 19)

NARVIK

1

(Day 23)

1 NORTH CAPE Karasjok

Coastal Drive

MOSJĂ˜EN



â„“

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Arctic Ci rcle

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 28 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 27 BREAKFASTS | 14 DINNERS | 39 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Baltic Sea

DAY 1 WELCOME TO OSLO. On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30.

DAYS 12 - 27 JEWELS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. While in Copenhagen, you’ll meet Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid and see the city’s palaces and castle. Travel to Stockholm for two nights before boarding your overnight cruise across the Baltic Sea with a sea-view cabin. Move from fashionable Helsinki to North Cape, where unique scenery and stunning wildlife await - look for herds of reindeer in Lapland and head to a husky farm to meet a champion dog sledder in Alta. Take a scenic journey to Narvik, Mosjøen, Trondheim and Geiranger, taking in views of ethereal lakes and snow-capped peaks. Return to Oslo and toast to your travels with a tasty Celebration Dinner. For full itinerary details, please see Grand Scandinavia on pages 88 - 90.

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine. (DW) Scandic St Olavs Plass Hotel, Oslo. | Traditional | ∂

DAYS 2 - 11 STUNNING FJORDS AND HISTORIC CITIES. Begin your journey in Norway and spend a fascinating few days in the country’s cosmopolitan capital, Oslo. Journey to the coast to explore historic Bergen, Lysefjord’s breath-taking fjords, Kristiansand and Aarhus. Pass through the island of Fyn as you make your way to the colourful city of Copenhagen where you spend the next two days enchanting your senses with its contemporary culture and history. For full itinerary details, please see Country Roads of Scandinavia on pages 174 - 175.



✈

DAY 28 OUT OF OSLO. Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 07:15 or 10:15. (B)

(Days 10 & 11)

FROM â‚Ź276 PER DAY

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź974 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

91


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €435 pp

NATURAL WONDERS OF ICELAND

 

“One thing I really love about showing guests the unique and remote regions of Iceland is that it is truly the last real wilderness of Europe.” - Lene, Travel Director

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E964

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Mon 15 Jun Mon 22 Jun Mon 29 Jun Mon 06 Jul

Sun 05 Jul

Mon 13 Jul

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

€4350 €4350 €4350 €4350

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Mon 10 Aug Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug Mon 07 Sep

€4350 €4350 €4350 €4350 €4350

€4350

Sun 06 Sep Mon 14 Sep €4325

€3895 €3895 €3895 €3895

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Mon 20 Jul €4350 Mon 27 Jul €4350 Mon 03 Aug €4350

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 25% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Iceland Hotels: Insight Vacations stays at the best available properties. Hotels are typical of the region and much simpler in style with clean rooms and private facilities.

IMPROVED ITINERARY

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €420 | 2nd Trip €109 | Past Guest €218 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from €840 p.p. to €1330 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €89 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS LOOKING TO EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS? SEE SCENIC ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ON PAGE 226 FOR DETAILS.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Hellisheiði Power Station • Geysir • Vatnajökull National Park • Snæfellsjökull National Park • Blue Lagoon. City Tour of Reykjavik with a Local Expert. See Gullfoss waterfall • Skalholt’s historic church • Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell • Lake Jökulsárlón • lake-side Egilsstaðir • Dettifoss waterfall • craters, boiling mud pots and geothermal hot springs at Lake Mývatn • Akureyri • Snæfellsjökull National Park • black lava fields and yellow beach of Búðir • sea-cliff and rock formations of Arnarstapi • Parliamentary Plains in Thingvellir • Blue Lagoon • Old Harbour, National Museum and Höfði House Reykjavík. Enjoy the scenery like no where else in the world, as you travel through the mountain pass of Almannaskard and the Mödrudal Desert, past Hvammstangi, along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and into the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

@Robert.lintotttd sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Goðafoss waterfall, Iceland

Hvammstangi

Snæfellsjökull National Park

2

Welcome Reception in Reykjavík • Enjoy a celebratory cocktail in the Blue Lagoon • Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in Reykjavik.

FROM €433 PER DAY 92

BORGARNES (Days 6 & 7)

Thingvellir

1

1

REYKJAVÍK (Days 1, 8 & 9)

ℓ AUTHENTIC DINING

Goðafoss 1 AKUREYRI Lake (Day 5) Myvatn

1

ICELAND Geysir and Gullfoss Skalholt

Hellisheiđarvirkjun

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Möðrudalur

Skaftafell Lake Jökulsárlón

1 VÍK

(Day 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

1 HÖFN (Day 3)

EGILSSTAðIR (Day 4)


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 6 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

★ ★ ★ ★ 

★ ★ ★

DAY 1 THE SMOKY BAY OF REYKJAVÍK. Welcome to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:15 for a Welcome Drink served with light refreshments. Fosshotel Reykjavík. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 HOT SPRINGS AND WATERFALLS TO VÍK. First stop after leaving the city will be at Hellisheiði Power Plant. On to Hveragerði, known as the greenhouse village, to Kerið crater, and to Skálholt bishopric. Next stops will be at Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Along the fertile farmland in the south to your overnight hotel in Vík area. (B) (D) Hótel Kría, Vik. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 3 BY GLACIERS AND ICEBERGS TO HÖFN. Travel along the southern coast of Iceland, beside the black basalt sand beaches. The highlight of the day is the National Park at Skaftafell where you will see the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Travel on to the luminous blue icebergs of Lake Jökulsárlón, the dramatic setting of scenes in two James Bond films. Arrive in the small harbour town of Höfn, an active lobster fishing hub. Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation.

Dining icon hotel's restaurant tonight and experience what the local produce has to off er. (B) (D) Hótel Höfn. | Traditional | ∂

★ 

★ ★

★ 

★ ★

★ ★

DAY 4 · RELAXED START EASTERN FJORDS TO EGILSSTAÐIR. Explore the eastern coastal region, where Irish missionary monks lived some 1,200 years ago. Travel up the fjords to the beautiful area around Egilsstaðir. (B) (D) Icelandair Hotel Herad, Egilsstaðir. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 BY DESERT, LAKES AND DIVINE WATERFALLS TO AKUREYRI. Travel through the sand desert of Möðrudalur to see Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Continue on to the beautiful Lake Mývatn. Explore the mysterious natural landscape of Iceland with lava mazes, pseudo-craters, sulphur fields and other phenomena unique to the country. The last stop is by the waterfall Goðafoss, waterfall of the gods. (B) Hotel Kea, Akureyri. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 6 · RELAXED START FROM THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH TO BORGARNES. Enjoy an orientation of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, first established as a trading centre in 1602. Travel past mountains, waterfalls and green coastal regions to Hvammstangi. Later, continue on to the southwest coast of Borgarnes. (B) (D) Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. | Traditional | ∂

ℓ 

DAY 8 THINGVELLIR, BLUE LAGOON AND ON TO REYKJAVÍK. Journey south to Thingvellir, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. On arrival at Reykjavík, join a Local Expert for sightseeing of the city. See the Old Harbour, the Hallgrim church, Höfði House and Althingishusid, Reykjavik's House of Parliament. Visit Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you join your newfound friends and toast to your Icelandic holiday with a cocktail. Relax in the mineral-rich geothermal waters, surrounded by lava fields and snowcapped mountains. The Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places. (B) (DW) Fosshotel Reykjavík. DAY 9 FAREWELL REYKJAVÍK. Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport. (B)

DAY 7 EXPLORING SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK. Travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country's most famous volcano. See the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. En route, admire the impressive landscapes of Búðir offering a mixture of sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. Next, take a stroll along the sea cliffs of Arnastapi with its unique columnar rock formations while taking in the beautiful scenery. (B) (D)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €357 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

93


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €233 pp

EASY PACE RUSSIA

STARTS

“One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is exploring Moscow by night. The medieval and Soviet architecture acquires a different look at night, with a unique atmosphere.” - Alex, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E707

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr

Sun 19 Apr €2175 Sun 26 Apr €2175 Sun 03 May €2175

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

€2175 €2325 €2325 €2325 €2325

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

€2325 €2325 €2325 €2325

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

€2175 €2175 €2175 €2175 €2175

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

€2195 €2195 €2195 €2195

∑ Thu 07 Jan

Thu 14 Jan

€1950

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

€2325 €2325 €2175 €2175

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W707

Sun 13 Dec Sun 20 Dec ⅗ Sun 20 Dec Sun 27 Dec ⚑ Sun 27 Dec Sun 03 Jan

€1925 €1995 €2150

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or Euro notes are the only accepted currency. Visas: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Winter Departures: These trips will have additional included sightseeing in Moscow instead of visiting Petrodvorets. All departures will visit Christmas Markets. Hotels may differ, please check our website for full details. ⅗ Festive Highlights: This departure will spend Christmas Day in Moscow. ⚑ Festive Highlights: This departure will spend New Year's Eve in Moscow. ∑ Festive Highlights: This departure will spend Orthodox Christmas Day in St. Petersburg. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €220 | Triple Room Reduction €190 | 2nd Trip €58 | Past Guest €116 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from €430 p.p. up to €790 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €79 p.p.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to Petrodvorets • Travel by Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Visit the formal gardens of Petrodvorets and Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg • Moscow Metro station and a cathedral inside the Kremlin. City tours of St. Petersburg and Moscow, both with Local Experts. See St Isaacs Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and Decembrist's Square in St. Petersburg • Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

4

ST. PETERSBURG (Days 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Petrodvorets

RUSSIA

ℓ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in St. Petersburg • Celebration Dinner in Moscow.

WHY NOT EXTEND YOUR TRIP BY ADDING THE GOLDEN RING? SEE THE NEXT PAGE FOR DETAILS. FROM €241 PER DAY 94

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

3 MOSCOW

(Days 5, 6, 7 & 8)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 7 BREAKFASTS | 2 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ST. PETERSBURG. Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine. (DW) Crowne Plaza St Petersburg, Ligovsky. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING. Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists’ Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities. (B)

 ★

DAY 3 · RELAXED START

℮ PETRODVORETS BY HYDROFOIL. ★

Ω ★

Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. (B)

DAY 4 · RELAXED START THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM. Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax. (B) DAY 5 · RELAXED START HIGH SPEED SAPSAN TRAIN TO MOSCOW. Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin’s murder? Board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-

night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions. (B) Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow. | Historic | ∂

DAY 6 · RELAXED START MOSCOW, A RUSSIAN REVELATION. Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Explore Red Square lined with Moscow’s landmark buildings. See the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.’ Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics and sculptures. (B) DAY 7 · RELAXED START MOSCOW AND THE KREMLIN. In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 8 FAREWELL MOSCOW. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €360 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

95


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź195 pp

WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES

STARTS

ďƒŤďƒ? Sun 05 Apr

“The trick to really connecting with Eastern European cities and people is to sit amongst the locals in one of the historic city squares.� - Tim, Travel Director

ďƒˆ ďƒ? ďƒˆ ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: E979

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 12 Apr Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May

â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1825

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź1875 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1950 â‚Ź1950

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź1950 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825

ďƒŤ Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep â‚Ź1895 Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź1895 ďƒŤ Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep â‚Ź1895

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings; There is a 30% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at the Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria in lieu of the Radisson Blu Sky Tallinn. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Tallinn. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź180 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź49 | Past Guest â‚Ź98 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź350 p.p. to â‚Ź590 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź79 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH EASY PACE RUSSIA TO FULLY EXPERIENCE NORTHERN EUROPE? SEE RUSSIA, WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES ON PAGE 98.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Riga: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market.

Trakai, Lithuania

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

TALLINN 2

(Days 6, 7 & 8)

Visit Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Vilnius • Votive Hill Crosses in Siaulai • Trakai Castle. City tours of Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, all with Local Experts. See Palace of Culture, Chopin Memorial and Ghetto Heroes Monument in Warsaw • Old Town and House of the Three Brothers in Riga • Old Town and market square in Tallinn. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through Masuria and along the Gulf of Riga.

ESTONIA Gulf of Riga

1 RIGA (Day 5)

LATVIA

Siauliai

LITHUANIA

Trakai

2

VILNIUS (Days 3 & 4)

Masuria

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Warsaw • Estonian Celebration Dinner in Tallinn.

FROM â‚Ź225 PER DAY 96

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

POLAND

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2 WARSAW (Days 1 & 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 7 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

★

★



★

DAY 1 ARRIVE WARSAW. On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 18:00.

★ ★

Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine. (DW) The Westin Warsaw. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING THE PROUD POLISH CAPITAL OF WARSAW. A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Ĺ azienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist? (B) DAY 3 VILNIUS, VENERABLE CAPITAL OF LITHUANIA. Pass AugustĂłw and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius. (B) (D) Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius. | Historic | ∂

DAY 4 VILNIUS AND THE ISLAND CASTLE OF TRAKAI. Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral.

★



Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake GalvÄ—. In the evening, unwind at your hotel or venture out and explore more of Vilnius. Budding artists should head to UĹžupis, the city's bohemian art district. Translating to ‘the other side of the river,’ this relaxed district is home to a number of art galleries, coffee shops and boutique stores. (B)

DAY 5 SIAULIAI AND THE ART NOUVEAU NIRVANA OF RIGA. Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Continue your escorted journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonicinspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world's most remarkable art nouveau architecture. (B) Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“

✈

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START SURRENDER TO THE MAGIC OF TALLINN. With a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, a scene straight out of a fairytale. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn's shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant on the old town square for your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your trip as you savour a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 8 DEPART TALLINN. Departure transfers arrive at Tallinn airport at 05:00 and 10:00. (B)

DAY 6 RIGA SIGHTSEEING AND ON TO TALLINN. đ&#x;‘ Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, including a visit to the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls. Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallin is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture, to its quirky art scenes, Tallin is made for the curious and creative. (B)  Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn. | Traditional | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź240 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

97


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY



RUSSIA, WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES “The trick to really connecting with an unknown place is to keep an open mind and open heart and dare to try new things. Just embrace the differences – isn’t that why we travel?� - Maja, Travel Director

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Riga: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by hydrofoil to Petrodvorets • Travel by Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Visit Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Vilnius • Votive Hill Crosses in Siauliai • formal gardens of Petrodvorets and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg • Metro stations and a cathedral inside the Kremlin in Moscow • Trakai Castle. City tours of Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Moscow, all with Local Experts. See Palace of Culture, Chopin Memorial and Ghetto Heroes Monument in Warsaw • Old Town and House of the Three Brothers in Riga • Old Town and market square Tallinn • St. Isaacs Cathedral, the fortress of St Peter and Paul and Decembrist's Square in St. Petersburg • Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Warsaw • Estonian Highlight Dinner in Tallinn • Celebration Dinner in Moscow.

FROM â‚Ź257 PER DAY 98

@ilsezietman sharing one of many #InsightMoments from St. Petersburg, Russia

4 Petrodvorets

ST. PETERSBURG (Days 8, 9, 10 & 11)

Pushkin

Narva

TALLINN 2 (Days 6 & 7)

ESTONIA RUSSIA

Gulf of Riga

1 RIGA (Day 5)

LATVIA

3

Siauliai

LITHUANIA

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Trakai

POLAND

Masuria

2

2 VILNIUS (Days 3 & 4)

WARSAW (Days 1 & 2)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

MOSCOW

(Days 12, 13, 14 & 15)


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



TRIP PLANNER - 15 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź413 pp STARTS

ďƒ?ďƒŤ Sun 05 Apr

ďƒˆ ďƒ? ďƒˆ ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E977 TWIN

Sun 19 Apr Sun 12 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 03 May Sun 26 Apr Sun 10 May

â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

â‚Ź4050 â‚Ź4050 â‚Ź4050 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4050 â‚Ź4050 â‚Ź4050

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850

â„“

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3870



ďƒŤ Sun 05 Jul

Sun 06 Sep Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź3925 Sun 13 Sep Sun 27 Sep â‚Ź3925 ďƒŤ Sun 20 Sep Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź3925

★

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or Euro notes are the only accepted currency. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 15% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at the Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria in lieu of the Radisson Blu Sky Tallinn. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Tallinn. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź390 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź120 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź103 | Past Guest â‚Ź206 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź970 p.p. to â‚Ź1380 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź148 p.p.

THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF WARSAW & THE BALTIC STATES AND EASY PACE RUSSIA . WHY NOT EXTEND YOUR TRIP BY ADDING THE GOLDEN RING? SEE PAGE 101. *SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

 ★ ★ ★

DAY 1 ARRIVE WARSAW. On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 18:00. Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm, serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine. (DW) The Westin Warsaw. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING THE PROUD POLISH CAPITAL OF WARSAW. A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Ĺ azienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. (B)

DAY 3 VILNIUS, VENERABLE CAPITAL OF LITHUANIA. Pass AugustĂłw and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius. (B) (DW) Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius. | Historic | ∂

DAY 4 VILNIUS AND TRAKAI. Visit the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. Visit the fortified island castle of Trakai, originally built in the 13th century. (B)

★





DAY 5 SIAULIAI AND THE ART NOUVEAU NIRVANA OF RIGA. Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Continue your escorted journey to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonicinspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world’s most remarkable art nouveau architecture. (B) Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 RIGA SIGHTSEEING AND ON TO TALLINN. đ&#x;‘ Explore Riga’s Old Town with your Local Expert, including a visit to the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies. Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn, hailed by travel aficionados as the New Prague. (B)  Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START THE MAGIC OF TALLINN. Led by a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 8 ST PETERSBURG: TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE Head east to the town of Narva, dominated by the mighty Hermannsburg Fortress. Cross the River Narva, which forms the Russian border, and continue to St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. (B) (DW) Crowne Plaza St Petersburg, Ligovsky. | Traditional | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź600 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

99


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

DAY 9 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING. Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists’ Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. (B)

DAY 10 · RELAXED START

℮ PETRODVORETS BY HYDROFOIL. ★

Ω

 ★

Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. (B)

DAY 14 · RELAXED START MOSCOW AND THE KREMLIN. Walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals.

Enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 15 FAREWELL MOSCOW. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00. (B)

DAY 11 · RELAXED START THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM. Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. (B) DAY 12 · RELAXED START HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO MOSCOW. Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin’s murder? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours. (B) Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow. | Historic | ∂

DAY 13 · RELAXED START MOSCOW, A RUSSIAN REVELATION. Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow’s landmark buildings. See the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.’ Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics and sculptures. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €600 100

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA

TRIP PLANNER - 5 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź170 pp

THE GOLDEN RING

STARTS

Visit the Cross Chamber inside the Kremlin in Suzdal • the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals in Sergiev Posad • Kremlin and Museum of Enamel in Rostovthe-Great • Church of Elijah the Prophet and Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Yarosavl • Cross Chamber inside the Kremlin in Suzdal • Assumption Cathedral and Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures in Vladimir.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Authentic regional lunch in Sudzal.

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Rostov-the-Great Sergiev Posad 1

Sun 07 Jun Thu 11 Jun Sun 21 Jun Thu 25 Jun

â‚Ź1695 â‚Ź1695

Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź1695

Thu 09 Jul

Sun 19 Jul

ENDS

Thu 23 Jul

TWIN

â‚Ź1695

Sun 02 Aug Thu 06 Aug â‚Ź1695 Sun 16 Aug Thu 20 Aug â‚Ź1695 Sun 30 Aug Thu 03 Sep â‚Ź1695 Sun 13 Sep Thu 17 Sep â‚Ź1695 Sun 27 Sep Thu 01 Oct â‚Ź1695

ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement â‚Ź290 p.p.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

(Day 1)

Sun 10 May Thu 14 May â‚Ź1695 Sun 24 May Thu 28 May â‚Ź1695

STARTS

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź160 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź130 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź42 | Past Guest â‚Ź85

Suzdal: Visit St. Nicolas Church and meet a local priest who will share his insights to the ancient techniques of painting icons. Visit: Matryoska Doll making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own.

Suszdal, Russia

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 5 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 4 BREAKFASTS 1 LUNCH | 3 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



★

â„“

 ★ ★

1

TWIN

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Smaller coaches without washroom, 40 seats or extra legroom may be used on occasion. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or Euro notes are the only accepted currency. Visas: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

YAROSLAVL

TRIP CODE: E976

Sun 26 Apr Thu 30 Apr â‚Ź1695

“There is so much more to Moscow than just the Red Square and St Basils Cathedral. Beautiful surprises are awaiting us behind every corner�. - Maja, Travel Director

RUSSIA

ENDS

Kostroma

2 SUZDAL (Days 2 & 3)

Vladimir

MOSCOW (Day 4 & 5)

FROM â‚Ź339 PER DAY

 ★

DAY 1 SERGIEV POSAD, AND YAROSLAVL. At 07:45 meet your Travel Director at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow and depart for Sergiev Posad and Rostov-the- Great. In Yaroslavl, a delicious dinner is served. (D) Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 KOSTROMA AND SUZDAL. During your sightseeing of Yaroslavl, see the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Travel to Kostroma to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal. (B) (D) Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel Suzdal. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 EXPLORING SUZDAL. Your exploration starts with venturing inside the mighty Kremlin and visiting the Cross Chamber. Witness the towers of the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius and visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

â„“



Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region. đ&#x;‘ Meet a local priest in the studio of St. Nicholas Church and learn the secrets of icon painting. This ancient technique uses only traditional and natural materials. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 4 ON TO VLADIMIR AND RETURN TO MOSCOW. ★ Journey to Vladimir to see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures. đ&#x;‘ Visit a Matryoska Doll making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day. (B)  Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow | Historic | ∂

✈

DAY 5 DEPART MOSCOW. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź240 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

101


NORTHERN EUROPE & RUSSIA REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €485 pp

NORTHERN CAPITALS & RUSSIA

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E947 TWIN

Wed 29 Apr Sat 16 May €4650

STARTS

 

See where past meets present in the capital cities of Northern Europe and Russia – experience their unique blend of modernity and rich history.

Wed 06 May Wed 13 May Wed 20 May Wed 27 May

Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun

€4725 €4725 €4725 €4775

Wed 03 Jun Wed 10 Jun Wed 17 Jun Wed 24 Jun

Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

€4825 €4825 €4775 €4850

Wed 01 Jul

Sat 18 Jul

€4795

Wed 08 Jul Wed 15 Jul Wed 22 Jul Wed 29 Jul

ENDS

Sat 25 Jul Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug

Wed 05 Aug Wed 12 Aug Wed 19 Aug Wed 26 Aug

TWIN

Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep

€4795 €4795 €4795 €4750 €4750 €4675 €4750 €4750

Wed 02 Sep Sat 19 Sep €4750 Wed 09 Sep Sat 26 Sep €4775 Wed 16 Sep Sat 03 Oct €4750

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 30% discount to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. In some parts of Russia, clean small denomination US$ bills or Euro notes are the only accepted currency. Visas: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €470 | Triple Room Reduction €240 | 2nd Trip €121 | Past Guest €243 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €960 p.p. to €1490 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €178 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel across the Baltic Sea from Germany to Denmark by ferry • Cruise the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki • Travel to Petrodvorets by hydrofoil • Travel by Sapsan train from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Visit Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen • Stockholm's City Hall • Hermitage Museum and Petrodvorets in St. Petersburg • the Metro stations of Moscow • Trakai Castle. City tours of Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius and Warsaw, all with Local Experts.

Stockholm, Sweden Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

FINLAND HELSINKI 1 (Day 7)

STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

(Day 5)

1

2

ST PETERSBURG (Days 8 & 9)

Petrodvorets

MOSCOW

(Days 10, 11 & 12)

Zagorsk

1

OVERNIGHT BALTIC CRUISE

RUSSIA

(Day 6)

Lake Vattern

DENMARK

ℓ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Berlin • Dinner at a local restaurant in St. Petersburg • Dine Around in Vilnius.• Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in Warsaw. Taste local specialities at Helsinki Market Hall.

FROM €259 PER DAY 102

Elsinore

LITHUANIA

2 COPENHAGEN (Days 3 & 4)

Trakkai

Gedser

Rostock

GERMANY Potsdam

2 BERLIN

(Days 1 & 2)

VILNIUS

(Days 14 & 15)

POLAND WARSAW

BELARUS

2

Smolensk

1 MINSK (Day 13)

2

(Days 16, 17 & 18)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

3


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 18 DAYS | 8 COUNTRIES | 17 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 7 DINNERS | 21 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BERLIN. On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 10:30 or 12:30.

At 18:00, meet for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START THE SPIRIT OF BERLIN. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the Unter den Linden past the Humboldt University and Opera House. Stop a while on Museum Island, then pass the Brandenberg Gate to see the Reichstag building and the Tiergarten. (B) DAY 3

℮ ACROSS THE SEA TO COPENHAGEN. ★  ★ ★

℮ 

Continue to Rostock for the sea crossing to Denmark. A journey through Danish countryside brings you to Copenhagen. In the evening, delight in the enchanting atmosphere of the Tivoli Gardens. (B) The Square, Copenhagen. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN. With a Local Expert, visit the Christiansborg Palace. Journey past Copenhagen Cathedral and the university to see Rosenborg Castle, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace, before admiring Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. (B) DAY 5 TO STOCKHOLM, CITY OF ISLANDS. Enjoy a view of Kronborg Castle, reputedly the Elsinore home of Hamlet, during the short ferry crossing to Sweden. Your journey then continues along Lake Vättern and on to Stockholm. (B) Grand Central by Scandic, Stockholm. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6

℮ STOCKHOLM AND BALTIC CRUISE. ★ ★

With a Local Expert, visit City Hall. Cross the harbour to see the cathedral and Royal Palace. Board your cruise ship for the overnight voyage to Finland.

 ★

℮ ★ ★

Ω ★

 ★

Enjoy dinner onboard and take in the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your A-Class, sea-view cabin. (B) (DW) Serenade/Symphony, Tallink Silja Line. Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START FASHIONABLE HELSINKI. Disembark your Baltic cruise and explore Helsinki alongside your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer. (B) Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ST. PETERSBURG. Follow the coast of the Gulf of Finland.

Tonight, dine in a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 THE GARDENS OF PETRODVORETS. Join a Local Expert to see the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the bustling Nevsky Prospect. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Petrodvorets where you can explore the grand gardens and see cascading fountains. (B)

DAY 10 · RELAXED START HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO MOSCOW. Visit the Winter Palace, now the Hermitage Museum, with your Local Expert. Board your high-speed Sapsan train and relax in luxury as you travel to Moscow. (B) Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 · RELAXED START MOSCOW, A RUSSIAN REVELATION. Join your Local Expert in Red Square. See the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum. Enter the Kremlin to visit one of its cathedrals. Explore the Metro stations, rich in marble, mosaics and sculptures, often referred to as underground art museums. (B) DAY 12 · RELAXED START MOSCOW AT LEISURE. Enjoy a full day set aside to explore Moscow. (B)

 ★

 ★

 ★

DAY 13 MINSK, THE SUPREME SOVIET CITY. Depart Moscow and follow the route taken by Napoleon's retreating army in 1812. Stop in Yartsevo, Smolensk Oblast for an included lunch, then enter Belarus and continue to the capital, Minsk. (B) (L) (DW) Rennaissance Minsk Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 14 · RELAXED START MINSK SIGHTSEEING AND VILNIUS. During sightseeing with your Local Expert, see the obelisk in Victory Square and the Church of St. Simon and Helena.

Continue to Vilnius, and choose from a variety of hand-selected local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 · RELAXED START THE ISLAND CASTLE OF TRAKAI. See the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert to walk through the Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. Visit the Trakai Castle, built at the beginning of the 15th century. (B) DAY 16 REJUVENATED WARSAW. Pass lakeside Augustow during a scenic journey through Masuria, a region blessed with a plethora of lakes and forests. (B) (DW) The Westin, Warsaw. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 17 · RELAXED START EXPLORING WARSAW. Join a Local Expert to see the Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, then walk to Market Square in the Old Town. Join your newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a fine selection of local dishes and wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 DEPART WARSAW. Your transfers will arrive at Warsaw airport at 07:30 and 10:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €754 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

103


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest

  @skinnylynny on COUNTRY ROADS OF CROATIA

Learn more about this trip on page 124 and create your own special moments.


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE Whether you’re a nature lover or history buff, prepare to be captivated by this picturesque part of the continent. There’s the spectacular Croatian and Adriatic coast, the breathtaking Alps, and of course Germany’s cosmopolitan cities and vibrant villages. Discover Poland’s WWII renaissance and the Habsburgs’ imperial heritage.

GERMANY

SWITZERLAND

POLAND CZECH REPUBLIC AUSTRIA

SLOVAKIA HUNGARY

SLOVENIA CROATIA

BOSNIA

ROMANIA

SERBIA

GREECE

BULGARIA MONTENEGRO MACEDONIA ALBANIA

ITINERARIES BEST OF GERMANY GLORIOUS SWITZERLAND COUNTRY ROADS OF SWITZERLAND COUNTRY ROADS OF BAVARIA, SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA THE BOHEMIAN EASY PACE BUDAPEST, VIENNA & PRAGUE HIGHLIGHTS OF POLAND HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE DALMATIAN ELEGANCE COUNTRY ROADS OF CROATIA EASTERN CAPITALS & THE DALMATIAN RIVIERA THE EASTERN DISCOVERY WITH CRUISE OPTION TREASURES OF THE BALKANS

106 108 110 112 114 116 118 120 122 124 126 128 130

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES SARAJEVO: You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles. MALI STON: Meet a local oyster farmer and learn about the cultivation of oysters, before enjoying a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of fresh shellfish and local wine. 13 ITINERARIES | 17 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 105


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź235 pp

BEST OF GERMANY ďƒ? ďƒ?

ďƒ¨ ďƒ¨

ENDS

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun Fri 03 Jul

TRIP CODE: E929

TWIN Fri 10 Apr Sun 19 Apr â‚Ź2195 Fri 17 Apr Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2195 Fri 24 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2250

“This trip begins in Berlin, a city steeped in history waiting to be discovered. Join a local expert to visit many of the iconic sights, including the Brandenburg Gate.� - Gregory, Travel Director

STARTS

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250

ďƒŚ Fri 04 Sep ďƒŚ Fri 11 Sep âš‘ Fri 18 Sep âš‘ďƒŚ Fri 25 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź2250

ďƒˆ

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250 â‚Ź2250

Fri 02 Oct Sun 11 Oct â‚Ź2350

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Oktoberfest: These departures stay in Munich during Oktoberfest and will visit the festival instead of the City Centre. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Munich. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Rothenburg. ďƒŚ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Berlin. ďƒ¨ These departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in lieu of the Holiday Inn Hotel Villingen Schwenningen. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź220 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź30 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź59 | Past Guest â‚Ź118 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement â‚Ź570 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: BOOK NOW!

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from the best seats in the house with Insight Vacations in 2020. This is a highly sought-after event with limited capacity – book today to secure your place. Go to insightvacations.com or speak to your travel agent.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Learn about the history of the tradtional Schneeballen pastry from an artisan baker, followed by a tasting. Visit an artisan cuckoo clock workshop in the Black Forest.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

@insighttim sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from Berlin, Germany

Travel by cruise along the Rhine. Visit Heidelberg Castle • Neuschwanstein Castle. City Tours of Berlin and Dresden, both with Local Experts. See the Reichstag Building, Berlin Wall, Berliner Dom and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin • Dresden • Marienplatz and Glockenspiel in Munich • Wieskirche • Passion Play Theatre in Oberammergau • Lindau • Nuremberg rally grounds • Rothenburg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Koblenz.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Lively Welcome Dinner in Berlin • FarmTo-Table Dinner in the Black Forest • Dine-Around options in Rothenburg • Celebration Dinner in Mainz.

FROM â‚Ź220 PER DAY 106

2

Potsdam

BERLIN

(Days 1 & 2)

Spreewald Rhine River

River Elbe

GERMANY Koblenz Boppard

Frankfurt

2 RĂźdesheim MAINZ

(Days 8, 9 & 10)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Day 7)

1

Heidelberg

Neckar River

BLACK FOREST (Day 6)

1

Erzgebirge Mts

Fichtelgebirge

ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

Nuremberg

Danube River

2 Neuschwanstein

Lake Constance

Lindau

MUNICH (Day 4)

Oberammergau Bavarian Alps

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Saxony

1 DRESDEN (Day 3)




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



★

★



★ ★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO BERLIN. On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport, transfers depart at 10:30 and 12:30.

At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Bristol Berlin/Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, Berlin. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START THE SPIRIT OF BERLIN. Join a Local Expert to see some of Berlin's many highlights. Travel along Ku'Damm to the Memorial Church, drive through the Tiergarten to see the Reichstag building, continue past Brandenburg Gate and along Unter den Linden, passing the Humboldt University and State Opera to stop on Museum Island. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)

DAY 3 DRESDEN, A BAROQUE PHOENIX ON THE ELBE. In Dresden, join your Local Expert to see the Frauenkirche, ‘The Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace. Although the town was heavily bombed in World War II, it still remains a treasure trove of early German history and medieval architecture. (B) Viena House QF Dresden. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 4 NUREMBERG AND THE BAVARIAN CAPITAL OF MUNICH. In the morning, depart Dresden and travel south to Nuremberg to stop at the rally grounds. Continue on to the vibrant city of Munich. Enjoy a city orientation that will show you the university, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz, where crowds gather at the Town Hall to watch the antics of the Glockenspiel. (B) Pullman Munich Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

★

★

★

ℓ 

DAY 5 THE JEWELS OF THE BAVARIAN ALPS. Travel to Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, home of the Passion Play since 1634. See the immense theatre and colourfully painted chalets, then continue amid beautiful scenery to the Wieskirche, a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo. Head to Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. A local historian will show you the exuberantly decorated apartments, the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Afterwards, return to Munich for a free evening. (B) DAY 6 LINDAU ON LAKE CONSTANCE AND INTO THE BLACK FOREST. Travel to Lindau, an island situated in the middle of Lake Constance, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stroll through the narrow streets past old inns and half-timbered houses, to admire the fantastic backdrop of the Swiss and Austrian Alps across the lake. Take a delightful drive into the Black Forest.

For dinner you are treated to a Farm-to-Table experience at a local restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, skillfully prepared and accompanied with wine. (B) (DW) Holiday Inn Hotel, VillingenSchwenningen. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 MEDIEVAL ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER. Take in the last glimpses of the Black Forest. đ&#x;‘ Stop to meet the locals who still make cuckoo clocks by hand, a tradition passed down over 300 years. Continue to Rothenburg ob-der-Tauber, the best-preserved town on the Romantic Road. ★ Join your Travel Director for a city orientation where you will see the medieval history come to life as you wander the narrow cobbled streets. đ&#x;‘ Enjoy a demonstration by an artisan baker and learn about the traditional pastry, Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure for further exploration on your own.

â„“



★



ℎ ★

â„“

✈

For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of restaurants within the walls of the Old Town. (B) (DW) Hotel Eisenhut Rothenburg/Hotel Altes Brauhaus, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. | Historic | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START THE UNIVERSITY CITY OF HEIDELBERG AND MAINZ. Continue your travels through to Heidelberg and venture inside Heidelberg Palace. See the Heidelberg Tun, a 130,000-litre wine vat, spend time in the Apothecary Museum and marvel at the panoramic vistas of the city and Neckar Valley from the castle fortress. Your hotel is in the nearby town of Mainz, a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans. Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director and see half-timbered houses and medieval market squares that the city is known for. (B) Hilton Mainz/Hilton Mainz City. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START CASTLES OF THE RHINE EXPERIENCE. Enjoy a relaxing cruise as you pass steep-sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns, hilltop castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Disembark at Boppard and continue to Koblenz to see the statue of Wilhelm I guarding the junction of the Rhine and Moselle. Enjoy scenic views from the Niederwald Monument.

In the evening, round off your German experience with a farewell Celebration Dinner overlooking the River Rhine, complete with local wine. Prost! (B) (DW) DAY 10 AUF WIEDERSEHEN FRANKFURT. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with departure transfers arriving at Frankfurt airport at 08:00 and 10:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź378 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

107


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź268 pp

GLORIOUS SWITZERLAND

STARTS

“Zermatt is at the foot of the Matterhorn and few people are able to stay overnight (we stay two!). It’s everyone’s dream of a Swiss mountain town.� - Ruth, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E965

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr

Sun 19 Apr â‚Ź2625 Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2625

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625

Sun 05 Jul

Sun 12 Jul â‚Ź2625

STARTS

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 19 Jul â‚Ź2625 Sun 26 Jul â‚Ź2625 Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź2625

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2675

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2675 â‚Ź2675 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas for Italy and Liechtenstein. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź260 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź90 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź67 | Past Guest â‚Ź134 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź420 p.p. to â‚Ź490 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź79 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Stanserhorn: Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park on a gentle hike.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Zermatt: Choose your own ambience, style of cuisine and drinks on your Zermatt DineAround Evening.

Zermatt, Switzerland ZĂźrich ZĂź

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway to Zermatt • Travel the route of the Glacier Express. Visit Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva. See Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock in Geneva • Lake Geneva and the Alps from Montreux • Matterhorn from Zermatt • Lake Maggiore • Baveno's cobbled streets • St. Moritz • Vaduz Castle • Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at Au Petit Chalet in Geneva • Fondue dinner in St Moritz • Celebration Dinner at Restaurant Seeblick in Lucerne.

FROM â‚Ź329 PER DAY 108

Lake Zurich

LUCERNE 2

Lake Lucerne

(Days 6, 7 & 8)

1

GENEVA

Vaduz

Mt Stanserhorn

Jura Mountains

Lake Geneva

LIECHTENSTEIN Walensee

Grisons Alps

Simplon Pass (2005 m)

RhĂ´ne Valley Valais Alps

Landwasser Viaduct

Albula Pass

SWITZERLAND

Montreux Vaud Alps Chillon Castle

(Day 1)

Chur

Täsch

Lake Maggiore

2 ZERMATT

Matterhorn

(Days 2 & 3)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

BAVENO (Day 4)

1

Glacier Express Engadine Route

Julier Pass (2284 m) Italian Lake District

1 ST. MORITZ (Day 5)

ITALY

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 7 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Ω

★ ★

DAY 1 GENEVA, CITY OF GARDENS. Prepare yourself for the majesty of Switzerland's snow-capped mountains, glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and rich, green valleys. Transfers from Geneva airport to your hotel depart at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00, followed by a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner hosted at Au Petit Chalet. The evening is full of Swiss delight as you enjoy the cosy, chalet-style decor while being served typical Swiss specialities including mouthwatering chocolate fondue for dessert! Return to your immaculate boutique hotel, rated as the number one hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards. Hotel d'Angleterre highlights British charm and the finest of Swiss hospitality with each room individually designed to reflect its elegant style. (DW) Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 2 MONTREUX, CHILLON AND THE MATTERHORN VILLAGE OF ZERMATT. Start your day with the highlights of Geneva and see the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock. Continue to scenic Montreux, home to the famous jazz festival since 1967, where your Travel Director shows you the peaceful lakeshore and the surrounding vineyard terraces. Enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Journey further around Lake Geneva to the medieval Chillon Castle where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Pass through the Rhone Valley, and travel by cogwheel train to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt for an orientation with your Travel Director. Enjoy a stroll in the clean, mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) Resort Hotel Alex, Zermatt. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 · RELAXED START FREE TIME IN ZERMATT. Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming or hiking or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe's highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France? (B)

Ω ★ ★ 

DAY 4 ELEGANT BAVENO. Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon's footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella? (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 · RELAXED START GRISON ALPS TO CHIC ST. MORITZ. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the sparkling glacial lake before there is time to explore further on your own or mingle with the jet set in the elegant boutiques.

Ω ★

DAY 7 · RELAXED START THE SUMMIT OF STANSERHORN. Commence the day at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the lake or shop for fine watches? Then, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open top cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park and along the Rock-Gipfelweg trail leading to the summit. At the highest point you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama. At the foot of Mount Stanserhorn, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience at Restaurant Seeblick. Celebrate new friends and a great trip during your Celebration Dinner, off ering magnificent views over Lake Lucerne. (B) (DW) DAY 8 LEAVE LUCERNE FOR ZÜRICH. In the morning, your departure transfer will arrive at Zürich airport at 08:00. (B)

In the evening, you are treated to a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Crystal Hotel/Steffani, St. Moritz. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 SCENIC TRAIN RIDE, LIECHTENSTEIN AND LUCERNE. Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the Glacier Express route, through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and travel to Vaduz, the tiny capital of Liechtenstein, where you explore the area around the castle. Continue to Lucerne and see the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, the Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge. (B) Renaissance Lucerne Hotel. | Heritage | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €435 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

109


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź440 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF SWITZERLAND

STARTS

“One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is a journey onboard the Glacier Express, one of the great train journeys of the world.� - Ruth, Travel Director

Sun 03 May Tue 05 May Sun 10 May Tue 12 May Sun 17 May Tue 19 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May

Sat 16 May â‚Ź4375 Mon 18 May â‚Ź4375 Sat 23 May â‚Ź4375 Mon 25 May â‚Ź4375 Sat 30 May â‚Ź4375 Mon 01 Jun â‚Ź4375 Sat 06 Jun â‚Ź4375 Mon 08 Jun â‚Ź4375 Sat 13 Jun â‚Ź4375

Tue 02 Jun Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun Sun 14 Jun Tue 16 Jun Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Sun 28 Jun Tue 30 Jun

Mon 15 Jun Sat 20 Jun Mon 22 Jun Sat 27 Jun Mon 29 Jun Sat 04 Jul Mon 06 Jul Sat 11 Jul Mon 13 Jul

Sun 05 Jul Tue 07 Jul

Sat 18 Jul â‚Ź4350 Mon 20 Jul â‚Ź4350

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E728 TWIN

Sun 12 Apr Sat 25 Apr â‚Ź4325 Sun 19 Apr Sat 02 May â‚Ź4350 Sun 26 Apr Sat 09 May â‚Ź4375

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Tue 04 Aug Sun 09 Aug Tue 11 Aug Sun 16 Aug Tue 18 Aug Sun 23 Aug Tue 25 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Mon 17 Aug Sat 22 Aug Mon 24 Aug Sat 29 Aug Mon 31 Aug Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

Tue 01 Sep Sun 06 Sep Tue 08 Sep Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Tue 22 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Mon 14 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep Mon 28 Sep Sat 03 Oct Mon 05 Oct Sat 10 Oct

â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4395 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4295

Sun 12 Jul Tue 14 Jul Sun 19 Jul Tue 21 Jul ďƒ? Sun 26 Jul Tue 28 Jul

Sat 25 Jul Mon 27 Jul Sat 01 Aug Mon 03 Aug Sat 08 Aug Mon 10 Aug

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas for Italy. Please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Montreux. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Zermatt. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź160 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź110 | Past Guest â‚Ź220 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź640 p.p. to â‚Ź760 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź135 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Stanserhorn: Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park on a gentle hike.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

@imstillakidatheart sharing one of many #InsightMoments from the Glacier Express, Switzerland

Bellinzona: Explore this stunning town with your Local Expert, Julia, who will passionately share with you her insights into the three marvellous castles.

SWITZERLAND

Travel by cruise on Lake Geneva • Ride the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway to Zermatt • Travel on the Glacier Express. Visit Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva • Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre in Brienz. City tour of Bern with a Local Expert.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Farm-To-Table light dinner at Domaine Bovy overlooking Lake Geneva • DineAround options in Zermatt • Celebration Dinner in Zßrich.

FROM â‚Ź307 PER DAY 110

ZĂœRICH ZĂœ

(Days 13 & 14)

Bern

LUCERNE 2 (Days 1 & 2)

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Lausanne

Gruyères

1

BrĂźnig Pass Brienz

Lake Zurich

Lake

Lucerne Mt. Stanserhorn

Walensee Lake

Oberalp Valley Glacier Express

GRINDELWALD 2 Landwasser Viaduct Andermatt (Days 11 & 12) Lauterbrunnen Lake 3 Albula Pass Chillon Castle Geneva Grisons Alps Conches Staubbach Valley Tiefencastel San Bernardino Falls MONTREUX Misox (Days 3, 4 & 5) Simplon Castle 2 Sion Geneva Julier Pass Pass ST. MORITZ Rhône Valley Bellinzona Martigny (Days 9 & 10) Täsch

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

2

Matterhorn

ZERMATT (Days 6 & 7)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

BAVENO (Day 8)

Lake

1 Maggiore

Italian Lake District

ITALY

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 22 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

Ί

★

ď”ˆ ★

★

★

ℓ 

★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO LUCERNE. Welcome to Switzerland. On arrival at ZĂźrich airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00 for drinks, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ASCEND THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT STANSERHORN. Board a funicular railway and open-top cable car for a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park and along the Rock-Gipfelweg trail leading to the summit. At the highest point you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama. Return to the 14th century city of Lucerne to see its storybook wooden bridges, Baroque church and sorrowful Lion Monument. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon. (B)

DAY 3 BERN, GRUYĂˆRES AND MONTREUX. In Bern, your Local Expert is a local English teacher, who shows you the Bear Pits, Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Gather at the clock tower to watch the mechanical procession of painted figures before viewing the Ogre Fountain. Continue to the fortified town of Gruyères where there is time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle. From Montreux, travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to visit Domaine Bovy and admire the stunning panorama overlooking the lake. Savour a tasting of these tantalising, local wines and delight in a delicious Farm-to-Table light dinner. (B) (DW) Grand HĂ´tel Suisse-Majestic, Montreux. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 4 LAKE GENEVA & THE SWISS COUNTRYSIDE. In the morning, a Local Expert shows you the medieval Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START LEISURE TIME IN ST. MORITZ. Enjoy a day at leisure to mingle with the jet setters in the elegant boutiques or take an exciting train journey over the Bernina pass. To help you make the most of your day, your Travel Director will provide you with a mountain railways pass, offering free travel on all cable cars (when available), funiculars and chairlifts in Engadine St. Moritz. (B)

ℎ GENEVA AND SCENIC LAKE CRUISE. ★ ★

Ί

★

ℓ 

Follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock. Next, relax in first-class comfort on the waters of Lake Geneva during a highlight cruise. This evening, enjoy time at leisure on the promenades of your lakeside resort. (B) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START MARTIGNY, SION AND ZERMATT. Journey to Martigny to view the Roman Amphitheatre and continue to the town of Sion to see the cathedral and Old Town Hall. Complete your journey via cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt.

This evening, take your pick from a selection a local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps you will delight in the typical Swiss dining experience of fondue? (B) (DW) Resort Hotel Alex, Zermatt. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START ZERMATT AT LEISURE. Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking or relaxing in your alpine surrounds. (B)



DAY 8 THE ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT TO BAVENO. Descend to Täsch for a scenic drive through Brig where you'll commence your ascent of the Simplon Pass. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps join an excursion to the stunning Isola Bella? (B) Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 THE GLAMOUR AND GLITZ OF ST. MORITZ. đ&#x;‘ Journey along the shores of Lake Maggiore, heading north to the three castles at Bellinzona. Meet your Local Expert for a fascinating insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue through the Grison Region, following the Rhine River to the glamorous resort of St. Moritz. (B)  Crystal Hotel/Steani, St. Moritz. | Traditional | ∂



Ί

★ 

DAY 11 THE GLACIER EXPRESS. Step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world's great railway journeys. Cross the Landwasser Viaduct and head down through the Oberalp Valley, rejoining the coach at Andermatt. Drive through the SchĂśllenen Gorge, along the Grindelwald Valley and follow the LĂźtschine River to Lauterbrunnen. See the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres from the plateau above. (B) (DW) Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START GRINDELWALD AT LEISURE. Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Grindelwald further. Perhaps take a cogwheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau mountain? (B)

★ ★

ℓ 

✈

DAY 13 RURAL SWITZERLAND TO ZĂœRICH. Journey to Brienz to visit the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre. On return to ZĂźrich, see the Bahnhofstrasse, GrossmĂźnster, River Limmat and FrauenmĂźnster. Join your travel companions at a local restaurant. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine - raise your glass to toast to your adventures. (B) (DW) MĂśvenpick Hotel ZĂźrich-Airport. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 14 DEPART ZĂœRICH. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport by hotel shuttle. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź693 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

111


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź323 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF BAVARIA, SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E727 TWIN

STARTS

Fri 10 Apr Mon 20 Apr â‚Ź3150 Fri 17 Apr Mon 27 Apr â‚Ź3150 Fri 24 Apr Mon 04 May â‚Ź3150

“ I love to see how guests react during our ascent to Mount Stanserhorn on the only cable car in the world with an open deck upstairs: the views are breathtaking!� - Ruth, Travel Director

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Mon 20 Jul Mon 27 Jul Mon 03 Aug Mon 10 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Mon 11 May Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun

â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug Mon 07 Sep

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Mon 15 Jun Mon 22 Jun Mon 29 Jun Mon 06 Jul

â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175 â‚Ź3175

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep âš‘ďƒˆ Fri 18 Sep âš‘ Fri 25 Sep

Mon 14 Sep Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 05 Oct

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3195

Fri 03 Jul

Mon 13 Jul

â‚Ź3175

ďƒˆ

âš‘

Fri 02 Oct Mon 12 Oct â‚Ź3175

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Oktoberfest: These departures stay in Munich during Oktoberfest and will visit the festival instead of the City Centre. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź310 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź50 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź81 | Past Guest â‚Ź161 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź630 p.p. to â‚Ź690 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY: BOOK NOW!

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from the best seats in the house with Insight Vacations in 2020. This is a highly sought-after event with limited capacity – book today to secure your place. Go to insightvacations.com or speak to your travel agent.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine and toast to newfound friends. @konyoqueen sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Stanserhorn, Switzerland

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel on the Glacier Express. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle • SchĂśnbrunn Palace. City tours of Salzburg and Vienna, both with Local Experts. See Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, English Garden, Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz in Munich • Home of the Passion Play, Oberammergau • the church featured in ‘The Sound of Music' in Mondsee • Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna • Kindberg's colourful maypole • Old Town, Imperial Palace and Golden Roof in Innsbruck •  St. Moritz • Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

GERMANY

Wachau

MUNICH (Days 1 & 2)

2

Salzkammergut

Salzburg Neuschwanstein ZĂźrich 2

LUCERNE

(Days 9, 10 & 11)

Mt. Stanserhorn

SWITZERLAND

Andermatt

Glacier Express

2 High Alps

INNSBRUCK (Day 6 & 7)

1 ST. MORITZ (Day 8)

Welcome Dinner in Munich • Dine-Around options in Vienna.

FROM â‚Ź287 PER DAY 112

VIENNA

(Days 3 & 4)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

High Tauern

2

Kindberg

Semmering Pass

AUSTRIA

Lower Tauern

ST. VEIT AN DER GLAN (Day 5) 1

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO FUN-LOVING MUNICH. Transfers to your hotel leave Munich airport at 10:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation tour of the city. See the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz. Join your fellow guests for a drink and enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner at Donisl restaurant. (DW) Pullman Munich Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 JEWELS OF THE BAVARIAN ALPS. Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle and see the exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. On return to Munich, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria's capital city. (B)

★ ★ 

DAY 6 THE DOLOMITES TO INNSBRUCK. Journey through the High Tauern mountains and see the Dolomites in the distance as you travel to the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. Your Travel Director provides an orientation of the city to see its 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. (B) (DW) AC by Marriot Hotel, Innsbruck. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START BEAUTIFUL INNSBRUCK. Awake to the beautiful alpine town of Innsbruck, set in a valley of snow-capped mountain peaks. The day is free for you to enjoy the cities many sights as you wish. Later, consider taking a 'fiaker', a horse-drawn carriage ride, in a nearby town. (B)

DAY 3 THE CITY OF MOZART AND ON TO VIENNA. Travel over the Austrian border to Salzburg, 'alive with the sound of music', to join your Local Expert. See the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, Residenzplatz, the city's imposing fortress, the immense cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart's birthplace. Continue to the Austrian capital of Vienna. (B) InterContinental Vienna. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. See the city's highlights including St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House.

DAY 5 SLEEPY AUSTRIAN BYWAYS TO ST. VEIT AN DER GLAN. Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colourful maypole. Continue south to the border to arrive in historic St. Veit an der Glan. (B) Hotel Die Zeit, St. Veit an der Glan. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START THE ENGADINE VALLEY AND CHIC ST. MORITZ. In the morning, enter Switzerland, driving along the beautiful Engadine Valley to the chic Alpine resort of St Moritz. Enjoy the marvellous scenery and fresh air or browse in the elegant boutiques. Another option is a ride on the Bernina Express. (B) (DW) Hotel Steffani/Crystal Hotel, St Moritz. | Traditional | ∂

Ω

★ 

Ω ★

DAY 9 ALL ABOARD THE GLACIER EXPRESS AND ON TO LUCERNE. Embark on an iconic train journey on the Glacier Express, as you take in vistas of icecapped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. Rejoin the coach at Andermatt and follow the staggering Schollenen Gorge through William Tell country to lovely, lakeside Lucerne. Your Travel Director will show you the beautiful and poignant Lion Monument which honours the Swiss Guards. (B) Hotel Astoria, Lucerne. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10 · RELAXED START DINNER AT THE ‘ROOF OF EUROPE’ IN STANSERHORN. Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city or use your free time to shop. Later, head to the town of Stans where you'll embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car, to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn.

Here amid true Alpine majesty, your journey literally peaks with an unforgettable Celebration Dinner, hosted in Drehrestaurant Rondorama, located atop the mountain. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the stunning 360-degree views as the restaurant slowly rotates throughout the evening, ensuring you don't miss a thing. (B) (DW) DAY 11 LEAVE LUCERNE FOR ZURICH. Take a transfer to Zürich airport, arriving at 08:00. (B)

For your Dine-Around Evening experience, choose from a fantastic selection of restaurants. (B) (DW)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €475 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

113


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



IMPROVED ITINERARY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź225 pp

THE BOHEMIAN

STARTS

“The trick to really connecting with the Viennese is to slow down. Every day is a Sunday in Vienna.� - Stephen, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E957 TWIN

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150

Fri 03 Jul Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź2095 â‚Ź2095 â‚Ź2095 â‚Ź2095

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep ďƒˆ Fri 25 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2250

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150

Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

ďƒˆ

Sat 01 Aug â‚Ź2075 Sat 08 Aug â‚Ź2095

Fri 02 Oct

Sat 10 Oct â‚Ź2250

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Vienna. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź210 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź30 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź56 | Past Guest â‚Ź113 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź540 p.p. to â‚Ź590 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Krakow: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavour.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Auschwitz • Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica in KrakĂłw • Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and the Central Market Hall in Budapest • SchĂśnbrunn Palace in Vienna. City tours of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, all with Local Experts. See ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov • Prague Castle, Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock in Prague • Jagiellonian University, Old Town and Sukiennice Cloth Hall in KrakĂłw • OravskĂ˝ Hrad Castle • Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes' Square, AndrĂĄssy Boulevard and VĂĄci street in Budapest • Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Vienna • Celebration Dinner at Gundel in Budapest.

FROM â‚Ź231 PER DAY 114

SchĂśnbrunn Palace, Vienna

POLAND

KRAKĂ“W (Days 5 & 6)

2

PRAGUE (Days 3 & 4)

Auschwitz

2

Bohemia

CZECH REPUBLIC

ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Moravia

Wieliczka salt mines

Tatra Mountains

OravskĂ˝ Hrad Castle

SLOVAKIA

Wachau Vienna Woods

AUSTRIA

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2 VIENNA

(Days 1 & 2)

2 BUDAPEST (Days 7, 8 & 9)

HUNGARY

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES | 8 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

★ ★

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO VIENNA. At Vienna airport, transfers to your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:30. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries, so why not stroll to a local cafe? At 17:30, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 STATELY VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Get your camera ready for a drive around the Ring Road, showcasing many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. (B)

DAY 3 CHARMING ČESKÝ KRUMLOV AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. Head for picturesque Český Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. With free time to explore, perhaps wander the traffic-free streets, passing colourful houses that lead up to the castle. Continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague. (B) Hotel Royal, Prague. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. Join a Local Expert for a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Start with the historic Prague Castle where you'll admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and appreciate amazing views of the Old Town. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. (B)

★ ★

DAY 5 REFLECT ON AUSCHWITZ THEN ON TO KRAKÓW. Enjoy a gentle drive through the stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. Join a guided tour of the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and stop at Birkenau, which bore witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust. (B) (DW) Vienna House Andel’s Cracow, Kraków. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 · RELAXED START THE DAMSELS AND DRAGONS OF KRAKÓW. In the morning, why not visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine to witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt? Join a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral. Walk through the Old Town, to see the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary's Basilica.

offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. For your Celebration Dinner you are treated to mouthwatering Hungarian specialities, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wines, as you dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 9 DEPART BUDAPEST. Your Bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Budapest airport at 07:00 and 11:00. The 07:00 transfer continues to Vienna arriving early afternoon. (B)

Tonight, choose from a selection of handpicked local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) DAY 7 THROUGH SLEEPY SLOVAKIA TO BUDAPEST. Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava and see the picturesque Oravský Hrad before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains to arrive in Budapest. (B) Corinthia Hotel Budapest. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START BUDAPEST, THE QUEEN OF THE DANUBE. Accompanied by your Local Expert in the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District, visit Matthias Church and take in the vista from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time in the foodie's paradise of the Central Market Hall. Wander across its three levels brimming with aromatic food stalls

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €324 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

115


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS

ď”Œ

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź243 pp

EASY PACE BUDAPEST, VIENNA & PRAGUE

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

TRIP CODE: E705 TWIN

STARTS

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395

Fri 07 Aug Sun 16 Aug â‚Ź2350 Fri 14 Aug Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź2325

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2375 â‚Ź2375 â‚Ź2350

Fri 03 Jul Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Fri 17 Apr Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2375 Fri 24 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2375

“It’s magical to see how a group of guests comes together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that’s happening because suddenly the enthusiasm is palpable.� - Christina, Travel Director

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

ďƒˆ

Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź2350 Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź2350

Fri 21 Aug Sun 30 Aug â‚Ź2350 Fri 28 Aug Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź2375 ďƒ? ďƒ?

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425

Fri 02 Oct Sun 11 Oct â‚Ź2395 Fri 09 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2395

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W705

â…— Fri 04 Dec Sun 13 Dec â‚Ź1875 âš‘â…—Wed 23 Dec Fri 01 Jan â‚Ź2095 Fri 06 Nov Sun 15 Nov â‚Ź1875 ∑ Mon 28 Dec Wed 06 Jan â‚Ź2095 Fri 13 Nov Sun 22 Nov â‚Ź1875 â…— Fri 27 Nov Sun 06 Dec â‚Ź1875 Fri 02 Apr Sun 11 Apr â‚Ź2295 Fri 09 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź2150 Fri 30 Oct Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź1875

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Budapest: Visit a traditional strudel house for a taste of sweet strudel and learn about the art of making this Hungarian delicacy.

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Prague. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. Winter departures: Hotels and inclusions may vary, please visit our website for full details. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Budapest and New Year's Eve in Prague. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year's Eve in Vienna. â…— Christmas Markets: These departures will explore in select cities, see website for details. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź70 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź61 | Past Guest â‚Ź121 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź480 p.p. to â‚Ź790 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

@travelling_insighttim sharing one of many Caption here #InsightMoments from Prague, Czech Republic

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest • SchĂśnbrunn Palace in Vienna. City tours of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, all with Local Experts. See Heroes' Square, VĂĄci street and the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest • Esztergom • GyĹ‘r • Hofburg Imperial Palace and Opera House in Vienna â€˘Â ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov Castle • Prague Castle, Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock in Prague. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through Lower Austria and Bohemia.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at Gundel in Budapest • Dine-at-Home with locals in Budapest • Dine-Around options experience in Vienna • Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in Prague.

FROM â‚Ź188 PER DAY 116

PRAGUE

(Days 7, 8, 9 & 10)

3

Bohemia

CZECH REPUBLIC Moravia

ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SLOVAKIA

Wachau

VIENNA

(Days 4, 5 & 6)

AUSTRIA

3

Bratislava Győr

Esztergom

HUNGARY

3 BUDAPEST (Days 1, 2 & 3)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 9 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 5 DINNERS | 10 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 â„“  ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BUDAPEST. On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00.

★ ★

â„“



★

Your Welcome Dinner will be at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance with Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially selected Hungarian wine. (DW) Corinthia Hotel Budapest. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START VIENNA AT LEISURE. Discover the regal grandeur of Vienna, as you explore at your own pace. You may wish to add another capital to your travels with a visit across the Slovakian border to Bratislava. Ask your Travel Director to recommend local attractions and restaurants, as you appreciate the long, summer evening in one of Europe's most elegant cities. (B)

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START BUDAPEST, QUEEN OF THE DANUBE. Drive along the elegant boulevards to Heroes' Square. Cross the river and with your Local Expert visit Matthias Church and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion.

đ&#x;‘ At a traditional strudel house, see pastry chefs at work preparing delicious strudel by stretching the dough and readying fillings. Enjoy a delectable taste of this famous delicacy paired with a rich aromatic coff ee. (B) (MT)

â„“

★

★

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN BUDAPEST AND DINNER WITH THE LOCALS. The day is at leisure to immerse yourself in Budapest's history, culture and gastronomy.

You are invited to a Dine-at-Home experience. Sit down to a hearty Hungarian meal and learn about life in this enchanting city. (B) (DW) DAY 4 ALONG THE DANUBE TO ESZTERGOM AND ON TO STATELY VIENNA. Travel along the Danube to the picturesque city of Esztergom home to the Catholic church in Hungary. Journey to GyĹ‘r, located on the confluence of the Danube, RĂĄba and RĂĄbca rivers. Cross the border and continue to stately Vienna, known for its elegant coffee houses and lavish architecture steeped in history. This evening, enjoy a Dine-Around experience from specially selected restaurants. (B) (DW) Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 5 VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Join a Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa's SchĂśnbrunn Palace and explore its formal gardens at your own pace. Then ready your camera for a dazzling drive around the famous Ring Road. Built along the old city walls, it showcases the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)

 ★

★

â„“

✈

ď”Œ

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START PRAGUE AT LEISURE. Wind along cobbled lanes and discover a treasure-trove of hidden gems, as you explore Prague at your own pace. This evening, tantalise your taste buds with a rousing Celebration Dinner of local specialties at a restaurant off ering magnificent views over the city. Dobrou chuż! (B) (DW)

DAY 10 DEPART PRAGUE. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Prague airport at 08:00 and 10:00. (B)

DAY 7 CHARMING ÄŒESKĂ? KRUMLOV AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. Once over the Czech border, continue to picturesque ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour. Wander through cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. Enjoy some free time to explore. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Prague. (B) (DW) K+K Hotel Central, Prague. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and spectacular views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is then yours to explore. Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local pilsners, alongside the Czech cuisine. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź342 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

117


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź213 pp

HIGHLIGHTS OF POLAND

STARTS

“The less famous destinations are the ones that blow people away! Wroclaw and Gdansk are amongst the most underrated cities in Europe." - Stephen, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E975 TWIN

ďƒˆ

Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2025 Sun 03 May â‚Ź2025

ďƒ?

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075

Fri 03 Jul

Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź2025

STARTS

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul

Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug ďƒ? Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2095

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in GdaĹ„sk. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in PoznĂĄn. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź200 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź53 | Past Guest â‚Ź106 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź570 p.p. to â‚Ź630 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES PoznaĹ„: Meet a resident of PoznĂĄn who will share insights into local life on a walk through the Old Town. Visit Ostrow Tumski and Cathedral Island, the birthplace of Polish Catholicism and a fascinating place often overlooked by visitors.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Wawel Cathedral in KrakĂłw • Auschwitz • Gniezno Cathedral • Malbork Castle • Historical Museum in Warsaw. City tours of KrakĂłw, ToruĹ„, Gdansk and Warsaw, all with Local Experts. See Rynek GĹ‚Ăłwny, Sukiennice Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica in KrakĂłw • Palace of Culture and Chopin Monument in Warsaw. Enjoy the scenery as you travel past the Tatras Mountain ranges, along Oder River, through Wielkopolska, along Vistula River and through Masuria Lake District.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Krakow • Dine with Goral Highlander entertainment in Zakopane • Celebration Dinner in Warsaw. Taste St. Martin's Croissants in Poznån.

FROM â‚Ź203 PER DAY 118

@travelling_insighttim sharing one of many Caption #InsightMoments fromhere Gdansk, Poland Sopot

Pomerania

GDAĹƒSK

2

(Days 6 & 7)

Malbork Castle

Toruń

POZNĂ N 1 (Day 5)

Gniezno

2

Masuria

WARSAW

(Days 8, 9 & 10)

Polish Plains River Oder

POLAND

WROCĹ AW 1

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

(Day 4)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Auschwitz

ZAKOPANE (Day 3)

2

1

KRAKĂ“W (Days 1 & 2)

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Tatra Mountains

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



★

â„“



★

â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO KRAKĂ“W. Transfers to your hotel depart KrakĂłw airport at 12:30 and 15:00. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a walk around the Rynek GĹ‚Ăłwny, Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches. Enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner. (DW) Mercure KrakĂłw Stare Miasto. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START THE DAMSELS AND DRAGONS OF KRAKÓW. In the morning, why not join an optional to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? Alternatively, relax until your ascent of Wawel Hill to see the Renaissance castle and visit the cathedral with a Local Expert. Head across the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to Podgórze to see Ghetto Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)

DAY 3 ACROSS THE HIGH TATRAS MOUNTAINS TO ZAKOPANE. Journey into the Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains. Arrive in at the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its wooden houses and winter sports, and explore on a city orientation. Enjoy a rousing Highlight Dinner accompanied by Goral Highlander folklore entertainment at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Radisson Blu hotel & Residences, Zakopane. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 REFLECT ON AUSCHWITZ THEN ON TO WROCŠAW, THE VENICE OF POLAND. Travelling past the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, your first stop will be the city of Oświęcim, better known by its German name, Auschwitz.

★ ★



With a local historian, experience a moving visit to the memorial and museum and stop at Birkenau. Travel along the Oder River to the city of WrocĹ‚aw and see the brightly coloured facades of noble mansions, the flower markets on the Plac Solny, the Baroque splendour of the Rynek and be introduced to WrocĹ‚aw's cheeky gnomes. (B) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel WrocĹ‚aw. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START POZNĂ N, CRADLE OF THE POLISH NATION. With a relaxed start to the day, perhaps join a Local Expert on an Optional Experience to ride a historic 1900s Breslauer tram? Visit OstrĂłw Tumski, known as Cathedral Island, a fascinating place of legend, often overlooked by other visitors. đ&#x;‘ Your travels continue to PoznĂĄn where you will meet a local resident who knows every nook and cranny of the Old Town.



★

★



Learn the secrets behind the St. Martin's croissant, a local delicacy of PoznĂĄn with a special history, and enjoy a tasting. (B) (DW) Sheraton PoznĂĄn Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 TORUĹƒ, THE GOTHIC GLORY ON THE VISTULA AND GDAĹƒSK. Stop at Gniezno to visit the cathedral and see the famous winged bronze doors. Continue to ToruĹ„, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1233. Join a Local Expert to discover this outstanding example of medieval architecture, now a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring at your own pace. Why not shop for traditional gingerbread? Follow the Vistula River to the Baltic Sea and GdaĹ„sk, a beautiful seaside town, with a lovingly restored historic district. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, GdaĹ„sk. | Traditional | ∂

★

★

★ 

★

â„“

✈



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START THE BALTIC BELLES OF GDAĹƒSK. Spend the morning with a Local Expert. See the Westerplatte, the scene of the first fighting between Polish and German troops in 1939, and the GdaĹ„sk Shipyards where Lech WaĹ‚Ä™sa formed the anti-Soviet Solidarność in 1980. Continue through the medieval city, where buildings date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Enjoy a free afternoon and perhaps choose to visit the elegant seaside town of Sopot? (B) DAY 8 MALBORK CASTLE AND WARSAW. With a Local Expert, visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights on the banks of the Nogat River. The castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortress and the largest brick Gothic castle in the world. Next travel south, passing IĹ‚awa on the way to the capital of Warsaw. (B) The Westin, Warsaw. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING THE PROUD POLISH CAPITAL OF WARSAW. See the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Monument in Šazienki Park with a Local Expert. Visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and the Historical Museum, followed by a walk through Warsaw's Old Town, entirely rebuilt since World War II. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. At your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fine selection of local dishes with wine at a cosy Warsaw restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 10 DEPART WARSAW. Your journey comes to an end with your departure transfer arriving at Warsaw airport at 07:30 or 10:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź325 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

119


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź325 pp

HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE

STARTS

ďƒŤ

“One thing I really love about showing guests Eastern Europe is the rich history and culture of places that have previously been impossible to visit due to political situations.� - Alexander, Travel Director

ďƒ? ďƒ?

Warsaw: Enjoy a demonstration of the traditional techniques of dumpling-making with an expert chef. Then enjoy a hearty Polish Highlight Dinner with a variety of local delicacies and drinks.

Welcome Dinner at Gundel in Budapest • Dine-Around options in ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov • Strauss and Mozart concert with dinner in Vienna. Taste beer in ÄŒeskĂŠ BudÄ›jovice.

FROM â‚Ź220 PER DAY 120

STARTS

â‚Ź3150 â‚Ź3150 â‚Ź3175

Sat 02 May Fri 15 May Sat 09 May Fri 22 May Sat 16 May Fri 29 May Mon 18 MaySun 31 May Sat 23 May Fri 05 Jun Mon 25 MaySun 07 Jun Sat 30 May Fri 12 Jun

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

Mon 01 Jun Sat 06 Jun Mon 08 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Fri 03 Jul Fri 10 Jul

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3075

ďƒˆ

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul

â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075

ďƒŤ

ďƒŤ

ďƒˆ

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

ENDS

Fri 31 Jul Fri 07 Aug

TWIN

â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075

Sat 01 Aug Fri 14 Aug Sat 08 Aug Fri 21 Aug Sat 15 Aug Fri 28 Aug Sat 22 Aug Fri 04 Sep Sat 29 Aug Fri 11 Sep Mon 31 Aug Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3095 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep Mon 14 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep

â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195

Fri 18 Sep Sun 20 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sun 27 Sep Fri 02 Oct Sun 04 Oct Fri 09 Oct

Sat 03 Oct Fri 16 Oct Sat 10 Oct Fri 23 Oct

â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3195

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź310 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź81 | Past Guest â‚Ź163 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź630 p.p. to â‚Ź1090 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź70 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

TWIN

Sat 11 Apr Fri 24 Apr Sat 18 Apr Fri 01 May Sat 25 Apr Fri 08 May

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 30% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ďƒ? These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Cesky Krumlov.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Visit Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest • Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica in KrakĂłw • Auschwitz â€˘Â ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov Castle • SchĂśnbrunn Palace. City tours of Budapest, KrakĂłw, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague and Vienna, all with Local Experts. See Matthias Church, Hungarian Parliament Building and the Liberty Statue in Budapest • Jagiellonian University, Old Town and Sukiennice Cloth Hall in KrakĂłw • CzÄ™stochowa • Royal Castle, Palace of Science and Culture and Chopin Memorial Warsaw • Tiergarten, Reichstag building, Berliner Dom and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin • 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic on Dresden Castle, Zwinger Palace and Opera House in Dresden • Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock in Prague â€˘Â ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov • Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna.

TRIP CODE: E958

ENDS

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

@emilyjamesx sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov, Czech Republic BERLIN

2

(Days 7 & 8)

2

GERMANY Saxony

Bohemia

Częstochowa

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

KRAKĂ“W (Days 3 & 4)

2

2 PRAGUE

(Days 9 & 10)

ÄŒ ESK ESKĂ? KRUMLOV 1 (Day 11)

(Days 5 & 6)

Polish Plains

Dresden

Ore Mountains

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

WARSAW

POLAND

CZECH REPUBLIC

ÄŒeskĂŠ BudÄ›jovice Ä›jovice Wachau

AUSTRIA

Auschwitz

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Tatra Mountains

OravskĂ˝ Hrad Castle

Donovaly

SLOVAKIA 2

2 VIENNA

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST (Days 1, 2 & 14)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 6 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ  ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BUDAPEST. On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 and travel to the famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant. Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wine. (DW) Corinthia Hotel Budapest. | Heritage | ∂

ℓ  ★

DAY 2 · RELAXED START DELVE INTO BUDAPEST. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the facade of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Atop Gellért Hill, appreciate astounding views presided over by the Liberty Statue and visit Heroes' Square in Pest. The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish. (B) DAY 3 THE MOUNTAINS TO KRAKÓW. Travel through Slovakia, passing the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Stop at scenic Donovaly. See Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing to historic Kraków. (B) (DW) Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto, Krakow. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 · RELAXED START THE DAMSELS AND DRAGONS OF KRAKÓW. Join a Local Expert to explore Kraków and ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral. Walk through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square and see the medieval Cloth Hall. Visit the 14th century St. Mary's Basilica. Then enjoy free time to explore. (B) DAY 5 AUSCHWITZ AND CZĘSTOCHOWA. Join a Local Expert for a visit to Auschwitz, infamous for its role during the Holocaust. Spend reflective moments amid the remains of the concentration camp and the memorials.

Journey north to Częstochowa, home of the Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous of the Black Madonna. Continue across the Polish plains to Warsaw.

Enjoy a dumpling demonstration and tasting at Halka restaurant in the Old Town. You will be treated to a delicious Highlight Dinner of local dishes. (B) (DW) The Westin Warsaw. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 · RELAXED START THE POLISH CAPITAL OF WARSAW. Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the Old Town, Royal Castle and Palace of Culture. Visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park. Pay your respects at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps attend a Chopin recital or delve into Warsaw's communist past? (B)

DAY 7 WIELKOPOLSKA TO BERLIN. Your route leads westward, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, past Poznań and over the Oder River to enter Germany. (B) Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START THE SPIRIT OF BERLIN. Join a Local Expert for a drive through the leafy Tiergarten to the refurbished Reichstag building and see the Brandenburg Gate. On the eastern side, take the Unter den Linden past the State Opera House to Museum Island. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join an optional experience to Potsdam. (B) DAY 9 DRESDEN AND GOLDEN PRAGUE. In Dresden see the reconstructed Frauenkirche and the ‘Procession of the Dukes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Explore around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered facades of the opera house and the Baroque Zwinger Palace. (B) (DW) Lindner Hotel Prague Castle, Prague. | Traditional | ∂

ℓ 

 ★ ★

DAY 10 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. A Local Expert will show you the amazing St. Vitus' Cathedral inside the 1,000-yearold Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava River to explore the vast cobblestoned expanse of the Old Town Square and see its famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

DAY 11 · RELAXED START BOHEMIAN ČESKÝ KRUMLOV. At České Budějovice, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery to sample the beer and discover the secrets of this golden vintage. Continue on to the medieval town of Český Krumlov to walk the narrow cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths and visit the fairy-tale, red-roofed castle, with your Local Expert. After the day trippers have left, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your Dine-Around Evening. You will be off ered a selection of restaurants amid the tangle of streets. (B) (DW) Hotel Old Inn, Český Krumlov. | Historic | ∂

DAY 12 · RELAXED START STATELY VIENNA. Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful journey to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital. (B) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 13 THE HABSBURGS OF VIENNA. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Take some great photos on a circuit of the Ring Road that showcases architectural masterpieces such as the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included. (B) (DW)

DAY 14 DEPART VIENNA OR BUDAPEST. A transfer arrives at Vienna airport at 08:00 and continues to Budapest airport, arriving early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €513 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

121


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS

ď”Œ

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź270 pp

DALMATIAN ELEGANCE

STARTS

“Guests love the beautiful scenery of the Dalmatian Coast, visiting the islands, and tasting the excellent cuisine washed down with local Croatian wines.� - Heinz, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E860 TWIN

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May ď ˛ Fri 15 May ď ˛ Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

Fri 05 Jun Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun ď ˛ Fri 26 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495

Fri 03 Jul Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sat 01 Aug

â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495

ď ˛

ď ˛

â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2475 â‚Ź2495

Fri 31 Jul

Sat 08 Aug

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug ď ˛ Fri 28 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2725

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2175

Fri 02 Oct Sat 10 Oct Fri 09 Oct Sat 17 Oct

â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175

ď ˛

ď ˛

STARTS ENDS

â‚Ź2375

NOTES: Twin prices are per person based on a Lower Deck cabin and include Port Taxes â‚Ź25. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź240 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź68 | Past Guest â‚Ź135 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź840 p.p. to â‚Ź1120 p.p. CABIN UPGRADE OPTION: Upper Deck Twin cabins from â‚Ź2575 p.p.

ď ˛ ON THESE DEPARTURES, ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN THE SECRETS BEHIND COOKING CROATIAN SPECIALTIES DURING A HANDS-ON COOKING CLASS WITH YOUR ONBOARD CHEF.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

@petra_insight_td sharing one of many Caption #InsightMoments fromhere Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kuna: Meet the locals and enjoy a typical Farm-to-Table village feast of Croatian delicacies.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Cruise to the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary • Ride the cable car to the summit of SrÄ‘ Mountain. Visit Diocletian's Palace in Split • Mljet National Park • a local farm in Kuna. City tours of Split, KorÄ?ula, Hvar and Dubrovnik, all with Local Experts. See Veliko Jezero • Church and monastery in Kuna • Main square, yacht-filled harbour and Renaissance cathedral in Hvar.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Dinner while cruising in Dubrovnik • Captain's Celebration Dinner onboard in BraÄ?. Taste wine in Bol.

FROM â‚Ź242 PER DAY 122

SPLIT (Day 1)

CROATIA

1

7 NIGHTS CRUISING (Days 2 to 9)

BraÄ? Hvar

Dalmatian Coast

Bol Šćedro

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Cruise + Nights Place Visited

KorÄ?ula

Kuna Veliko Jazero

PeljeĹĄac Peninsula

Mljet

Elaphiti Islands Dubrovnik

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 5 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS | 10 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE DALMATIAN COAST. Your private transfer will collect you from Split airport and take you to Cornaro Hotel, located in the heart of the city. Your Local Host will greet you and be on hand to help you decide how to spend your time. Perhaps wander through the Old Town, situated minutes away from your hotel? Maybe enjoy a wine tasting at your hotel, or take in the views from the rooftop bar? Cornaro Hotel, Split. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START

℮ YOUR ELEGANT CRUISE SHIP. ★

After a free morning, your Local Host will accompany you to Split Harbour where your deluxe cruiser awaits. After a warm welcome by your Cruise Manager, join your Local Expert for a stroll through the ancient walkways of Diocletian's Palace, which now forms the historic centre of Split. Walk through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate and continue underground, to explore the cellars. Return to your yacht to enjoy a cocktail and Welcome Dinner with wine at your meet-andgreet party. (B) (DW) Infinity/Futura I/Futura II Cruise Ship | Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 3 · RELAXED START

℮ CRUISE TO KORČULA.

Early this morning, your deluxe cruiser departs from Split and journeys along the picturesque coast. From the comfort of your cabin window or the breakfast table upstairs, enjoy views of sun-dappled islands during your leisurely start to the day. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays. Arrive in Korčula where the locals claim Marco Polo was born. Walk with a Local Expert through the herringbone maze of streets and flagstone plazas. Then you are at leisure to indulge your taste buds at one of Korčula's many appealing restaurants and bars. (B) (LW)

DAY 4 · RELAXED START

℮ MLJET AND DUBROVNIK. ★

ℓ ℓ

Voyage south to the Island of Mljet and join your Cruise Manager for a stroll to Veliko Jezero, the Big Lake of Mljet National Park. A gentle boat ride brings you to the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary, which rises out of the saline waters on its own small island. After time to explore, return to your cruise ship for lunch. Set sail for the mighty bastions of Dubrovnik.

DAY 7 · RELAXED START

℮ A VENETIAN DREAM ON HVAR. ℓ

★ ★

As the receding sun casts autumnal hues across the endless sky, drift alongside the monumental city walls and enjoy a delicious buff et dinner served on deck. (B) (LW) (DW) DAY 5 · RELAXED START

℮ DUBROVNIK, A ‘PARADISE ON EARTH’. ★ ★

℮ ★

Transfer to the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik for a guided walking exploration. Take the cable car to Srđ Mountain for scenic views over the famous fortifications and Elaphiti Islands. Enjoy a free afternoon in the Pearl of the Adriatic to explore at your own pace. (B) DAY 6 · RELAXED START THE PELJEŠAC PENINSULA. Start off your day cruising past the beautiful Elaphiti Islands, a summer playground for Dubrovnik's aristocracy during the 16th century. Continue to the Pelješac Peninsula, renowned for its excellent wines. After mooring at a small port on the peninsula, travel to Kuna to visit the local church, monastery and a nearby farm. Meet the locals and treat your taste buds to a typical village feast with a Farm-to-Table dinner of Croatian delicacies, freshly made with their own produce. (B) (LW) (DW)

℮ ★

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning on board your deluxe yacht. Drop anchor at the small island of Šćedro, with quiet coves and pristine beauty off ering the most irresistible backdrop for lunch. Cruise west for a chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Pakleni Islands. Disembark at Hvar and wander to the town's magnificent main square with your Local Expert to view the yacht-filled harbour with the Renaissance cathedral forming a stunning backdrop. Spend time exploring the secluded beaches and tiny seafood restaurants or visit the fortress for superb views over the town and island-studded bay. (B) (LW) DAY 8 · RELAXED START BOL’S FAMOUS BEACH ON THE ISLAND OF BRAČ. Set sail for Bol, the oldest town on the island of Brač. Walk along the promenade and swim at the picture-perfect Zlatni Rat, or Golden Cape, a shifting triangle of sandy beaches, protruding into the cobalt waters of the Adriatic.

At a local winery, relax with some appetisers and taste some of the revered wines of the island. The evening is reserved for the Captain's Celebration Dinner with live entertainment. (B) (LW) (D)

DAY 9 DEPART SPLIT. Early morning, cruise to Split port where your trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Split airport. Please do not schedule flights prior to 12:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €336 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

123


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź400 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF CROATIA

STARTS

“One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is the oyster tasting in Mali Ston. That’s because they are fresh out of the sea and served with a glass of wine.� - Danielle, Travel Director

ďƒ? ďƒ?

ďƒ? ďƒˆ

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E962 TWIN

Sat 18 Apr Mon 20 Apr Sat 25 Apr Mon 27 Apr

Fri 01 May Sun 03 May Fri 08 May Sun 10 May

â‚Ź3050 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3350

Sat 02 May Mon 04 May Sat 09 May Mon 11 May Sat 16 May Mon 18 May Sat 23 May Mon 25 May Sat 30 May

Fri 15 May Sun 17 May Fri 22 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Sun 31 May Fri 05 Jun Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun

â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3550

Mon 01 Jun Sat 06 Jun Mon 08 Jun Sat 13 Jun Mon 15 Jun Sat 20 Jun Mon 22 Jun Sat 27 Jun Mon 29 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sun 28 Jun Fri 03 Jul Sun 05 Jul Fri 10 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3550 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3775 â‚Ź3775 â‚Ź3775 â‚Ź3775 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3895

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul Fri 07 Aug

â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3950 â‚Ź3975 â‚Ź3975

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 16 Sep Fri 18 Sep Sun 20 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sun 27 Sep Wed 30 Sep Fri 02 Oct Sun 04 Oct Fri 09 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź3795 â‚Ź3795 â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425

Sat 03 Oct Fri 16 Oct Mon 05 Oct Sun 18 Oct Sat 10 Oct Fri 23 Oct Mon 12 Oct Sun 25 Oct Sat 17 Oct Fri 30 Oct Mon 19 Oct Sun 01 Nov Sat 24 Oct Fri 06 Nov ď ˛ Mon 26 Oct Sun 08 Nov ď ˛ Sat 31 Oct Fri 13 Nov

â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3150 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075 â‚Ź3075

Sat 01 Aug Fri 14 Aug Sat 08 Aug Fri 21 Aug Mon 10 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sat 15 Aug Fri 28 Aug ďƒ? Mon 17 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sat 22 Aug Fri 04 Sep Mon 24 Aug Sun 06 Sep Sat 29 Aug Fri 11 Sep Mon 31 Aug Sun 13 Sep ďƒ?

Thu 03 Sep Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep Mon 14 Sep Thu 17 Sep ďƒ? Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep Mon 28 Sep ďƒ?

â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3950 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3795 â‚Ź3795

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ď ˛ These departures will stay an additional night in Split and Korcula instead of Hvar. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Opatija. ďƒ? These departures will stay at Hotel Marko Polo in Korcula. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź350 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź40 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź100 | Past Guest â‚Ź200

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź750 p.p. to â‚Ź1430 p.p.

Mali Ston: Meet a local oyster farmer and learn about the cultivation of oysters, before enjoying a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of fresh shellfish and local wine.

PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by funicular in Zagreb • Cruise through the islands to Hvar and KorÄ?ula • Private cruise to Mali Ston • Cruise the bay of Dubrovnik. Visit Postojna Caves • Pula Arena • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Diocletian's Palace in Split. City tours of Zagreb, Opatija, Split, KorÄ?ula and Dubrovnik, all with Local Experts. See Rovinj • Trogir's St Lawrence Cathedral • Coves, hidden beaches and lofty peaks of Hvar. Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic Coast, the Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes National Park, PeljeĹĄac Peninsula, Dinaric Alps and Velebit Mountains.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Zagreb • Celebration Dinner with wine and grappa in Dubrovnik.

FROM â‚Ź218 PER DAY 124

The bay of Mali Ston, Croatia SLOVENIA Postojna

Kumrovec ZAGREB

2

(Days 1 & 2)

CROATIA

2 OPATIJA (Days 3 & 4)

Rovinj

1 PLITVICE LAKES (Day 5)

Pula

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

SPLIT

Dalmatian Coast

(Day 6)

Trogir

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1

MONTENEGRO HVAR

(Days 7 & 8)

2

Orebić Orebi

KORČ Č ULA 2 (Days 9 & 10)

DUBROVNIK

(Days 11, 12, 13 & 14)

Mali Ston

3

Cavtat

Kotor

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 6 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



Ί

★

★

 ★ ★ ★

★



★ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ZAGREB. Transfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb airport at 11:30 and 14:00. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START ZAGREB’S TWIN TOWNS. Join your Local Expert to explore the twotiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town, Donji Grad, designed to give a sense of grandeur. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

DAY 3 THE POSTOJNA CAVES AND ON TO BELLE-EPOQUE OPATIJA. Venture into Slovenia to visit the worldfamous Postojna Caves. Return to Croatia where your hotel is situated in the Belle Époque resort town of Opatija. (B) (DW) Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial, Opatija. | Historic | ∂

DAY 4 DISCOVER THE JEWELS OF ISTRIA. Explore the Jewels of Istria with your Local Expert. Visit the well-preserved first-century arena at Pula. Continue to the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. (B) DAY 5 PRISTINE PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK. Visit one of Europe’s great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges lead you through the blue-green beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. (B) (DW) Hotel Lyra, LiÄ?ko Petrovo Selo, Plitvice Lakes. | Resort | ∂

DAY 6 THE DALMATIAN COAST TO SPLIT. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to Trogir. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Čipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. (B) Hotel President Solin, Split. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ ISLAND HOPPING TO HVAR. ★



A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje’s - originally Diocletian’s Mausoleum - and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Continue your venture underground, to explore the cellars. Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Hvar. (B) (DW) Hotel Amfora, Hvar. | Resort | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING THE ISLAND OF HVAR. Enjoy a full day at leisure, as you explore the hidden coves, secluded beaches, old monasteries and villages of Hvar. (B) DAY 9

ℎ ON THE TRAIL OF MARCO POLO TO ★

â„“

 ★

KORÄŒULA. Cruise back to the mainland and continue your journey to the island of KorÄ?ula. This evening, delight in Croatian fare at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Hotel Liburna, KorÄ?ula. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START CAPTIVATING KORÄŒULA. Join a knowledgeable Local Expert for a walking tour of the Old Town. Stroll towards the main square of KorÄ?ula where the Cathedral of St. Marc dominates the ancient skyline. (B)

★





Join a walking exploration of the city, guided by a Local Expert. Walk past Onofrio’s Fountain, see the Old Jewish Quarter and the synagogue, and marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. (B) (MT) Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. | Resort | ∂

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START OPTIONAL MONTENEGRO EXPERIENCE. Spend the day at your leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro. (B) DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ DUBROVNIK AT LEISURE. ★

â„“

✈

Make the most of a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit Cavtat, one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia. This evening, should weather permit, you’re invited to embark on a dazzling cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Gaze out at views of the glistening Adriatic and the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs. Savour authentic flavours of local specialties washed down with locally produced wine. (B) (DW) DAY 14 DUBROVNIK AIRPORT. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:00 and 11:30. (B)

DAY 11

â„Ž DUBROVNIK, PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC. Journey to the beautiful southern slopes of the PeljeĹĄac Peninsula. ★ Should weather permit, cruise the tranquil waters of the bay of Mali Ston and admire the surrounding untouched natural beauty, as you enjoy a glass of traditional Croatian brandy. đ&#x;‘ Stop at a shellfish farm and meet Tomislav, a local oyster farmer, to learn about the cultivation and harvesting of oysters. Enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of the fresh shellfish, accompanied with a glass of wine. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik, ‘paradise on Earth’ according to George Bernard Shaw.

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź463 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

125


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź343 pp

EASTERN CAPITALS & THE DALMATIAN RIVIERA

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E961

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Sun 26 Apr Sat 09 May â‚Ź3175

Sun 26 Jul

Sun 10 May Sat 23 May â‚Ź3295 Sun 24 May Sat 06 Jun â‚Ź3295

“After an initial sense of trepidation, I love watching guests come back from the Dine-atHome in Sarajevo – it’s like seeing long-lost friends saying farewell with many warm hugs and smiles.� - Sharon, Travel Director

ďƒ?

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 08 Aug â‚Ź3395

Sun 09 Aug Sat 22 Aug â‚Ź3395 Sun 23 Aug Sat 05 Sep â‚Ź3395

Sun 07 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3375

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

Sun 06 Sep Sat 19 Sep â‚Ź3425 Sun 20 Sep Sat 03 Oct â‚Ź3425

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395

ďƒˆ

Sun 04 Oct Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź3325

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Ljubljana. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź330 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź110 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź86 | Past Guest â‚Ź171 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź800 p.p. to â‚Ź940 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź138 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Sarajevo: Gain a personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the Tunnel of Hope, and speak with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by the funicular in Zagreb • Cruise the bay of Dubrovnik. Visit SchĂśnbrunn Palace in Vienna • Plitvice National Park, Korana Canyon • Diocletian's Palace in Split. City tours of Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Mostar and Dubrovnik, all with Local Experts. See the Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna • Maribor's architecture • Trogir's Cipiko Palace and Cathedral of St. Lawrence • Stari Most in Mostar • Medjugorje.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Vienna • Dine-Around options in Ljubljana • Dine-at-Home in Sarajevo • Dalmatian Celebration Dinner in Dubrovnik. Taste Slovenian delicacies as you walk through Central Market in Ljubljana.

FROM â‚Ź227 PER DAY 126

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 VIENNA

(Days 1 & 2)

AUSTRIA

Carinthian Lakes

Lake Bled

Maribor

LJUBLJANA 2 (Days 3 & 4)

SLOVENIA

2 ZAGREB

CROATIA

(Days 5 & 6)

PLITVICE LAKES 1

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

(Day 7)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Dalmatian Coast

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SARAJEVO (Days 10 & 11)

SPLIT

(Days 8 & 9)

2

Trogir

BraÄ?

2

Mostar

Medjugorje MONTENEGRO

DUBROVNIK

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

2

Kotor

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 6 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

 ★ ★

★

 ★

â„“

Ί

★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO VIENNA. On arrival at Vienna airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant for a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (DW) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING STATELY VIENNA. Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's SchĂśnbrunn Palace and explore its formal gardens at your own pace. Then enjoy a drive around the famous Ring Road, built along the lines of the old city walls. It showcases many of the capital's architectural highlights, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, the Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. (B)

DAY 3 MARIBOR AND LJUBLJANA. In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city, Maribor. After spending time in this charming location, head to Ljubljana. (B) Hotel Lev, Ljubljana. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING LOVABLE LJUBLJANA. Your Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. See the medieval castle, City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Spend time in the Central Market, rich with the heady aromas. Your Local Expert shares insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display and regales you with a tasting. Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START ZAGREB’S TWIN TOWNS. Journey to Croatia's capital, Zagreb. Meet your Local Expert for an exploration through Donji Grad, the Lower Town, devoted to art and spacious parks. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. Ride the funicular



and continue to the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the LotrĹĄÄ?ak Tower. (B) Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START ZAGREB AT LEISURE. A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in Donji Grad or join an Optional Experience to the charming village of Kumrovec and meet a local to hear their perspective on the region's history? (B)

★



★ ★



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START ON TO PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK. Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Your Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National park, a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. See Veliki Slap, the highest waterfall in the park. (B) (DW) Hotel Lyra, LiÄ?ko Petrovo Selo, Plitvice Lakes. | Resort | ∂

DAY 8 ALONG THE DALMATIAN. Travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks 2300 years ago, and admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace. Continue to the historic port of Split where your Local Expert leads you through the labyrinthine streets to the Diocletian's palace. See St. Duje's and the Temple of Jupiter, as well as the Golden Gate. Your exploration then continues underground as you are guided through the cellars. (B) Hotel President Solin, Split. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING SPLIT. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. See Dalmatian life as it's really lived with a full day free to explore Split and its surroundings. Why not join an Optional Experience to the island of BraÄ?? (B) (DW)

★

ℓ 



DAY 10 MOSTAR TO SARAJEVO. Cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach Mostar and see the famous Stari Most, or Old Bridge, with your Local Expert. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past. You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories and experience the local culture. (B) (DW) Swissotel Sarajevo. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 11 SARAJEVO, THE CITY OF CULTURE. đ&#x;‘ Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in their life. ★ Continue to BaĹĄÄ?arĹĄija and see the cobbled old town market from where the city was founded in the 15th century. (B)

★ ★



DAY 12 MEDJUGORJE AND DUBROVNIK. Stop at the small town of Medjugorje for an orientation. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik to join your Local Expert. Explore inside the 16th century bastions of the old town and see Onofrio's Fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. (B) Hotel Croatia Cavtat (Superior Rooms), Dubrovnik. | Resort | ∂

DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ OPTIONAL MONTENEGRO ★

â„“

✈

EXPERIENCE. In the morning, why not visit Kotor in Montenegro? As the sun begins to set, and should the weather permit, join your fellow travel companions for a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of typical Dalmatian Coast cuisine, washed down with local drinks. (B) (DW) DAY 14 DEPART DUBROVNIK. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:00 and 11:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź540 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

127


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 14 or 17 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź378 pp

THE EASTERN DISCOVERY WITH CRUISE OPTION

THE EASTERN DISCOVERY TRIP CODE: E972B

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 14 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sat 27 Jun â‚Ź3595 Sat 11 Jul â‚Ź3725

Sun 12 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sat 25 Jul â‚Ź3725 Sat 08 Aug â‚Ź3725

Sun 03 May Sat 16 May â‚Ź3525 Sun 17 May Sat 30 May â‚Ź3525 Sun 31 May Sat 13 Jun â‚Ź3595

STARTS

TWIN

ďƒˆ

Sun 06 Sep Sat 19 Sep â‚Ź3775 Sun 20 Sep Sat 03 Oct â‚Ź3775

ďƒˆ

Sun 04 Oct Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź3625

ďƒˆ

“One thing I really love to show guests about the Balkans is the variety of beautful landscapes and the fascinating mosaic of cultures.� - Sharon, Travel Director

ENDS

Sun 09 Aug Sat 22 Aug â‚Ź3725 Sun 23 Aug Sat 05 Sep â‚Ź3750

NOTES: Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź360 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź160 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź94 | Past Guest â‚Ź189 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1000 p.p. to â‚Ź1070 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver $135 p.p. THE EASTERN DISCOVERY WITH CRUISE OPTION TRIP CODE: E972L

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 03 May Tue 19 May â‚Ź5015 Sun 17 May Tue 02 Jun â‚Ź5015 Sun 31 May Tue 16 Jun â‚Ź5085

STARTS

ďƒˆ Sun 06 Sep

Sun 14 Jun Tue 30 Jun Sun 28 Jun Tue 14 Jul

â‚Ź5085 â‚Ź5215

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 09 Aug Tue 25 Aug Sun 23 Aug Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź5215 â‚Ź5360

ďƒˆ Sun 20 Sep

Tue 22 Sep Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź5385 â‚Ź5265

ďƒˆ Sun 04 Oct

Tue 20 Oct

â‚Ź5115

Sun 12 Jul Tue 28 Jul â‚Ź5215 Sun 26 Jul Tue 11 Aug â‚Ź5215

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and cruise option pricing includes port taxes, tips & fuel surcharge. Cruise vessels and/or ports of call may be re-scheduled at short notice. Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Vienna. CABIN OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź1300 to â‚Ź1400 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź160 p.p. ENDING OPTIONS: End your journey on day 16 upon disembarking your cruise and save â‚Ź260 p.p. in a twin or â‚Ź370 in a single.

Dubrovnik: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by the funicular in Zagreb. Visit SchĂśnbrunn Palace • Plitvice National Park, Korana Canyon and and Tomicevo Pogledalo • Diocletian's Palace in Split • Sacred Way in Delphi • Parthenon in Athens. City tours of Vienna, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Delphi and Athens, all with Local Experts. See Hofburg Imperial Palace and Opera House in Vienna • Maribor's blend of architecture • Trogir's Renaissance Cipiko Palace • Kotor's old town • Corfu • Arch of Hadrian and ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens. Enjoy the scenery of Styria, Drava River, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Montenegro and Albania.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Vienna • Greek-style Celebration Dinner in Athens • Variety of international dishes served daily whilst cruising.

FROM â‚Ź252 PER DAY 128

@dani_travels_the_world sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Plitvice National Park, Croatia 2 VIENNA

(Days 1 & 2)

POST TRIP CRUISE OPTION

AUSTRIA

Maribor

SLOVENIA

TURKEY

1 ZAGREB (Day 3)

CROATIA

PLITVICE 1 LAKES 1 Trogir

1 2

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

(Day 4)

GREECE

SPLIT (Day 5)

2 DUBROVNIK (Days 6 & 7)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Ephesus

ATHENS

(Days 12, 16 & 17)

Santorini

3

MONTENEGRO

NIGHTS CRUISING (Days 13, 14 & 15)

Kotor Shkodra TIRANA 1 (Day 8)

(Days 9 & 10)

2

DELPHI

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

CRETE

Heraklion

GREECE

ALBANIA

CORFU

Kusadasi

Patmos Mykonos

(Day 11)

1

ATHENS

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

2

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE END ATHENS | 14 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 6 DINNERS | 18 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES WITH CRUISE | 17 DAYS | 7 COUNTRIES | 16 BREAKFASTS | 3 LUNCHES | 9 DINNERS | 20 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★ ★

Ω

★ ★

℮ ★

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO VIENNA. Leave Vienna airport for your hotel with transfers provided at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. (DW) Hilton Vienna. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 STATELY VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS. Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Enjoy sightseeing around the famous Ring Road, to see the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. (B)

DAY 3 ZAGREB’S TWIN TOWNS. Travel to the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Continue to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, to meet your Local Expert. Explore the Lower Town. Board the city’s funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. (B) Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 · RELAXED START THE CRYSTAL LAKES OF PLITVICE. Take this morning to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. In the afternoon depart for your next hotel, located inside the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B) (DW) Hotel Lyra, Ličko Petrovo Selo, Plitvice Lakes. | Resort | ∂

DAY 5 PLITVICE LAKES, ANCIENT TROGIR AND SPLIT. With a Local Expert, explore the Plitvice Lakes, a scenic wonderland of 16 lakes flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. See Veliki Slap, the highest waterfall in the park and Tomićevo Pogledalo. (B) Hotel President Solin, Split. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 6 DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE. With your Local Expert explore St. Duje’s, originally Diocletian’s Mausoleum. Discover the Temple of Jupiter and see the Golden Gate.

 ★

★ ★ 

Choose from a selection of hand-picked, local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik (Superior Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 7 · RELAXED START DUBROVNIK, PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC. Join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. The remainder of your stay is yours to explore as you wish. (B) DAY 8 SCENIC DRIVE TO KOTOR AND TIRANA. Visit the old town of Kotor to admire the bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass spectacular scenery to Tirana, for sightseeing with your Local Expert. (B) (DW) The Plaza Tirana. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 9

℮ ACROSS TO CORFU. ★

℮  ★

Journey across Albania to Greece where you set sail for the cobalt-blue waters of Corfu, renowned for its untamed beauty. (B) (D) Divani Corfu/Cavalieri Hotel, Corfu. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 · RELAXED START RELAX IN CORFU. Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Corfu. (B)

DAY 11 DELPHI, CENTRE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. Set off from your island paradise for Delphi hosting a spectacular mountainside ampitheatre. (B) Amalia Delphi/Aegili Arachova, Delphi. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 12 DELPHI SIGHTSEEING AND ON TO ATHENS. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in true Greek style. (B) (DW) Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 13

℮ THE GLORY OF ATHENS. ★

For guests joining the cruise, you will be transferred to the port to board your ship. Those staying in Athens will join a Local Expert for sightseeing. Enjoy the glory of ancient Greece from the Parthenon and Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and Hadrian’s Arch. (B) Divani Caravel Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 DEPART ATHENS Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport. (B) POST CRUISE OPTION

DAYS 13 - 15 · RELAXED START

℮ CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES. ★

ℓ 

Set sail for the dazzling islands of the Aegean. Explore Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, and enjoy time at leisure to relax. Along the way, stop in Kusadasi to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with your Local Expert, and in Crete, visit the site of the ruins of King Minos’ Palace of Knossos. Your all-inclusive drinks package includes a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks. Savour exquisite dishes served onboard daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar). Cruise Overnight DAY 16

℮ ANCIENT ATHENS. ★

Disembark from your cruise. Guests ending their journey today will be transfered to Athens airport to meet their flight. Alternatively join a Local Expert for a morning of city sightseeing. Enjoy the glory of ancient Greece from the Acropolis with the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike. You will also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. This afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace. (B) Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 17 DEPART ATHENS. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €543 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

129


ALPS, CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź413 pp

TREASURES OF THE BALKANS

STARTS

“ Pomalo, pomalo� captures the essence of the lifestyle on the Dalmatian coast in one word – easy, relaxed, no problem, there is always tomorrow, have another coffee.� - Sharon, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E966

Mon 27 Apr Thu 14 May â‚Ź3975

TWIN

Mon 20 Jul

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Mon 11 May Thu 28 May â‚Ź3975 Mon 18 May Thu 04 Jun â‚Ź3975 Mon 25 May Thu 11 Jun â‚Ź3995

Mon 03 Aug Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug

Thu 20 Aug Thu 03 Sep Thu 10 Sep Thu 17 Sep

â‚Ź4075 â‚Ź4075 â‚Ź4075 â‚Ź4125

Mon 08 Jun Thu 25 Jun â‚Ź3995 Mon 15 Jun Thu 02 Jul â‚Ź4075 Mon 22 Jun Thu 09 Jul â‚Ź4075

ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

Mon 06 Jul

Thu 06 Aug â‚Ź4075

Mon 07 Sep Thu 24 Sep â‚Ź4125 Mon 14 Sep Thu 01 Oct â‚Ź4125 Mon 21 Sep Thu 08 Oct â‚Ź4050

Thu 23 Jul â‚Ź4075

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in Europe. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Bucharest. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź400 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź120 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź103 | Past Guest â‚Ź206 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1100 p.p. to â‚Ź1200 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź178 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Sarajevo: You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles. Visit Sarajevo’s Tunnel of Hope with a local resident.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest • PeleČ™ Castle in Sinaia • Bran Castle • Matthias Church and Central Market Hall in Budapest • Tsarevets Fortress • Church of the Holy Nativity in Arbanasi. City tours of Bucharest, Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo, Skopje, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Sofia, Belgrade and Budapest, all with Local Experts. See a 17th century merchant's house in Arbanassi • Skopje • Skanderbeg Square in Tirana • Stari Grad in Kotor • Old Town and Stari Most in Mostar • views from the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. Enjoy the scenery through Prahova Valley, the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, Lake Ohrid, Bosnian Mountains. Travel through the Province of Vojvodina and Puszta Region.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Bucharest • Folklore show with dinner in Veliko Tarnovo • DineAround options in Dubrovnik • Hungarian Celebration Dinner at Gundel in Budapest. Taste Bosnian coffee in Sarajevo.

FROM â‚Ź221 PER DAY 130

@sharon_insta sharing one of many #InsightMoments Skopje from Dubrovnik, Croatia 2

BUDAPEST

(Days 16, 17 & 18)

HUNGARY

Palić

ROMANIA

CROATIA

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

(Days 12 & 13)

Mostar

DUBROVNIK (Days 9, 10 & 11)

(Day 1)

SERBIA SOFIA

MONTENEGRO 3 Cavtat

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Balkan Mountains

(Days 5 & 6)

ALBANIA

1

SKOPJE (Day 7)

Rila Monastery

BULGARIA

MACEDONIA TIRANA (Day 8)

1

Ohrid

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Arbanasi 1 VELIKO TARNOVO (Day 4)

2

Kotor

(Days 2 & 3)

PeleČ™ Castle

BUCHAREST

(Days 14 & 15)

2 SARAJEVO

2 BRASOV

1

2 BELGRADE

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Dinaric Alps

Bran Castle


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 18 DAYS | 9 COUNTRIES | 17 BREAKFASTS | 10 DINNERS | 21 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

 ★ ★

â„“



★ ★

â„“

 ★ ★ ★ 

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BUCHAREST. Transfers depart Henri Coandă International Airport at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine. (DW) AthĂŠnĂŠe Palace Hilton, Bucharest. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 2 FROM BUCHAREST TO BRAČ˜OV. Sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of University Square, the former communist headquarters and a visit to Parliament Palace. Travel to the mountain resort of Sinaia to visit PeleČ™ Castle with a local historian. Continue to the medieval city of BraČ™ov. This evening you are treated to a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Aro Palace, BraČ™ov. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 TRANSYLVANIA: CASTLES AND MYTHS. With your Local Expert, walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Visit Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel. (B) DAY 4 VELIKO TARNOVO. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show. (B) (DW) Yantra Grand Hotel, Veliko Tarnovo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 TO SOFIA. See the Monument of the Assens and meet your Local Expert to visit Tsarevets Fortress for stunning views. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanasi, visit a traditional 17th century merchant's house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Sofia and join a Local Expert to explore. (B) (DW) InterContinental Sofia. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START SOFIA AT YOUR PACE. Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery? (B)

★ 

★  ★



★

â„“

DAY 7 SKOPJE. Cross the border and continue to the Macedonian capital of Skopje for sightseeing with a Local Expert. (B) (DW) Bushi Resort and Spa, Skopje. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 OHRID AND TIRANA ON THE MOVE. Making your way to the border, stop by the scenic Lake Ohrid for lunch. Continue to cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, where you are joined by a resident expert. Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider's look at the Albanian capital. (B) (DW) The Plaza Tirana. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9 KOTOR AND DUBROVNIK. Journey to the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the fortified port of Dubrovnik. (B) Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik (Superior Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START DUBROVNIK SIGHTSEEING. Join a Local Expert to see Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. At night you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW) DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START DUBROVNIK, PARADISE ON EARTH. Spend a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Perhaps explore some of the filming locations from 'Game of Thrones'? (B)

★

DAY 12 MOSTAR AND SARAJEVO. Join your Local Expert in Mostar to see the famous Stari Most. Continue to Sarajevo for a unique insight into the local way of life.

â„“





You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the authentic cuisine and traditional Bosnian coff ee as you hear inspirational stories. (B) (DW) Swissotel Sarajevo. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 13 SARAJEVO, CITY OF CULTURE. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum and talk to one of the survivors. ★ With a Local Expert, see the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. (B)



★

★  ★ ★

â„“

✈

DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START THE SERBIAN CAPITAL OF BELGRADE. Trace your way along the Drina river, that lies on the border of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take in beautiful landscapes of lush, green mountains that create magical forest canyons, winding your way through deep valleys as you make your way to Belgrade. (B) (DW) Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade. | Historic | ∂

DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START THE BEST OF BELGRADE. Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade and enjoy a free afternoon to relax. (B) DAY 16 ¡ RELAXED START ACROSS TO BUDAPEST. Travel to Palić and see the picturesque lake. Continue on through to Budapest. (B) Corinthia Hotel Budapest. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 17 BUDAPEST, QUEEN OF THE DANUBE. Venture into Buda's Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the view from Fisherman's Bastion. In Pest, visit Heroes' Square and wander through the Central Market Hall, a foodie's paradise. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Celebration Dinner at Gundel. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 DEPART BUDAPEST. Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź747 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

131


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest

  @ianillen on AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Learn more about this trip on page 146 and create your own special moments.


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO Immerse yourself in a cultural kaleidoscope as you discover the fascinating history of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish kingdoms. Taste exquisite wines and unique gastronomic delights like paella, tapas and pintxos. Lap up Barcelona’s vibrant arts scene, visit historic Madrid, and saunter along Spain’s sunshine coast.

PORTUGAL SPAIN

MOROCCO

ITINERARIES HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN EASY PACE SPAIN BEST OF MOROCCO NORTHERN SPAIN SPANISH HERITAGE COUNTRY ROADS OF PORTUGAL AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL TREASURES OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO GRAND SPAIN & PORTUGAL

134 136 138 140 142 144 146 148 151 154

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES GIJÓN: Meet Flor, a resident of Gijón, who welcomes you into her home to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared from locally sourced ingredients. MADRID: An art historian introduces you Spain’s finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum with works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and others. 10 ITINERARIES | 3 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 133


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź223 pp

HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN

ENDS

Sat 02 May Thu 07 May Sat 09 May Thu 14 May Sat 16 May Thu 21 May Sat 23 May Thu 28 May Sat 30 May

Sun 10 May Fri 15 May Sun 17 May Fri 22 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Sun 31 May Fri 05 Jun Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175

Thu 04 Jun Sat 06 Jun Thu 11 Jun Sat 13 Jun Thu 18 Jun Sat 20 Jun Thu 25 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Fri 12 Jun Sun 14 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sun 28 Jun Fri 03 Jul Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175 â‚Ź2175

Sat 18 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sun 03 May Thu 30 Apr Fri 08 May

“ You must visit Cordoba and its beautiful Mezquita. Built by the Moors, the landmark spans centuries of history and was so impressive to the Catholic monarchs that they refused to destroy it.� - Betty, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E936 TWIN STARTS

STARTS

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Satâ‚Ź22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125

Thu 03 Sep Sat 05 Sep ďƒˆ Thu 10 Sep ďƒˆ Sat 12 Sep Thu 17 Sep Sat 19 Sep Thu 24 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Fri 11 Sep Sun 13 Sep Fri 18 Sep Sun 20 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sun 27 Sep Fri 02 Oct Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2150

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct ďƒˆ Sat 17 Oct

Sun 11 Oct Sun 18 Oct Sun 25 Oct

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2225

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2175

â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125 â‚Ź2125

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W936

Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct

Sun 01 Nov Sun 08 Nov

â‚Ź1995 â‚Ź1895

ďƒŤSat 06 Mar Sat 20 Mar

Sat 14 Nov ďƒŤ Sat 21 Nov

Sun 22 Nov Sun 29 Nov

â‚Ź1875 â‚Ź1875

⚑ Sun 20 Dec ∑ Sun 27 Dec

Mon 28 Dec â‚Ź1975 Mon 04 Jan â‚Ź1995

Sat 03 Apr Sat 10 Apr Sat 17 Apr

Sun 14 Mar â‚Ź1875 Sun 28 Mar â‚Ź1925 Sun 11 Apr Sun 18 Apr Sun 25 Apr

â‚Ź1975 â‚Ź1975 â‚Ź2175

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 25% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Seville. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinner: Christmas Day in Seville. ∑ Festive Hightlight Dinner: New Year's Eve in Seville. Winter Departures: Please see W936 Highlights of Spain online for itinerary variations and more details. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź210 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź56 | Past Guest â‚Ź111 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź430 p.p. to â‚Ź860 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Moorish architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens. Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation for a Flamenco dance class and show • Prado museum with a local art historian.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH NORTHERN SPAIN TO FULLY EXPERIENCE SPAIN? SEE SPANISH HERITAGE ON PAGE 142. Córdoba’s Mezquita, Spain Catalunya

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Sagrada FamĂ­lia • Seville Cathedral • Cordoba's Mezquita. City tours of Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba and Madrid, all with Local Experts. See Las Ramblas in Barcelona • Castle featured in 'El Cid' in Peùíscola • Centre of Arts and Sciences and the gates of the old town in Valencia • Roman bridge in Cordoba. Enjoy the scenery as you travel along Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, AndalucĂ­a, the Guadalquivir Valley and across the Plains of La Mancha.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Paella cooking demonstration and dinner in Valencia • Celebration Dinner in Madrid.

FROM â‚Ź209 PER DAY 134

BARCELONA (Days 1 & 2)

MADRID

(Days 7, 8 & 9)

2

Toledo

Ebro Delta

PeĂąiscola

La Mancha

VALENCIA

SPAIN DespeĂąaperros Pass

2

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

(Day 3)

1

Costa del Azahar

Valenciana

CĂłrdoba River Guadalquivir

SEVILLE (Days 5 & 6)

GRANADA (Day 4)

Andalucia

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1

Mountains of Baza

Lorca

Guadix

Sierra Nevada

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Costa Dorada

2




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



★ ★

★ ★

â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO BARCELONA. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00.

Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant. (DW) NH Collection Constanza/ Hilton Barcelona. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA, THE CITY OF GAUD�. With your Local Expert, explore the Gothic Quarter, see Las Ramblas and then head along the Passeig de Grà cia. Travel through the Eixample district to visit the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. (B) DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START ALONG THE ORANGE BLOSSOM COAST TO VALENCIA. Stop at Peùíscola to see the sea-lapped castle, used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass the Old City and see its ancient gates.

Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe for paella during a Cooking Demonstration. Savour the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW) BarcelĂł Valencia. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ALHAMBRA AND ON TO GRANADA. Travel south toward AndalucĂ­a, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings near Guadix to reach glorious Granada. This historical city was a Moorish Kingdom for almost 781 years and was the last stronghold to fall to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain in 1492.

đ&#x;‘ Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite 13th century palace and stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife. (B) (DW)  MeliĂĄ Granada. | Traditional | ∂



DAY 5 A SCENIC DRIVE TO SEVILLE. Your journey continues to Seville, capital of AndalucĂ­a and one of Spain's most charming highlights. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B) MeliĂĄ Sevilla, Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START SEVILLE, THE CITY OF CARMEN. ★ Led by your Local Expert, visit the Plaza de EspaĂąa and stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter to emerge by the well-preserved Alcazar. ★ Visit Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus. The energetic may wish to walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower, to enjoy panoramic views over the city. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B)

★ ★



DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. ★ Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historic areas in the capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter to discover the origins of the city. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, housing works by VelĂĄzquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to beautiful Toledo?

â„“

✈

Join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant to toast to your adventures during a delicious Celebration Dinner served with wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 9 FAREWELL MADRID. Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (B)

DAY 7 MOORISH CĂ“RDOBA AND ON TO MADRID. Set off early and journey to Cordoba to see the famous Roman bridge built in the 1st century BC. Meet a local historian and visit the magnificent Mezquita, a beautiful 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter before continuing to the capital – Madrid. (B) Barcelo Torre De Madrid/Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź398 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

135


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO EASY PACE

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS

ď”Œ

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź270 pp

EASY PACE SPAIN ďƒˆ

“There is nothing quite like sampling the many varieties of tapas. Every region has its own delicacies so you can be assured that you will taste different ones everywhere you go.� - Dawn, Travel Director

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES San SebastiĂĄn: Dine with the locals, in Basque tradition, with an evening of pintxos. Visit Prado Museum with a local art historian.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Sagrada FamĂ­lia • Guggenheim Museum • Santo TomĂŠ Church in Toledo. City tours of Barcelona, San SebastiĂĄn, Toledo and Madrid, all with Local Experts. See Barcelona • Zaragoza's El Pilar and RĂ­o Ebro • Pamplona. Enjoy the scenery of the RĂ­o Ebro River, Basque Country, Sierra de Guadarrama and the Plains of La Mancha.

STARTS

Sat 18 Apr

TRIP CODE: E303

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Mon 27 Apr â‚Ź2475

Sat 05 Sep Sat 19 Sep

Sat 02 May Mon 11 May â‚Ź2475 Sat 16 May Mon 25 May â‚Ź2475 Sat 30 May Mon 08 Jun â‚Ź2525 Sat 13 Jun

ENDS

Sat 03 Oct Mon 12 Oct â‚Ź2475 Sat 17 Oct Mon 26 Oct â‚Ź2475

Mon 22 Jun â‚Ź2525

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Barcelona and will stay at the San Sebastian Hotel in San SebastiĂĄn. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź250 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź67 | Past Guest â‚Ź135 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź930 p.p. to â‚Ź1070 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

Pinxtos, San Sebastian, Spain Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

FRANCE Bilbao

Basque Country

Burgos

SAN SEBASTIĂ N

Pamplona

La Rioja

Castilla Y LeĂłn

Segovia

3

St-Jean-de-Luz (Days 4, 5 & 6)

Rio Ebro River

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA

SPAIN Sierra de Guadarrama

Catalonia

Navarre

(Days 1, 2 & 3)

Zaragoza

3

3 MADRID Toledo

(Days 7- 10)

La Mancha

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Celebration Dinner in Madrid.

FROM â‚Ź248 PER DAY 136

TWIN

Mon 14 Sep â‚Ź2695 Mon 28 Sep â‚Ź2695

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


ď”Œ

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 10 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BARCELONA. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, as you get to know your fellow travellers over delicious food and wine. (DW) NH Collection Barcelona Constanza. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING CATALONIA’S CREATIVE CAPITAL. Sightseeing with your Local Expert begins in the medieval maze of the Gothic Quarter and continues with a drive down the Passeig de Grà cia to Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, the leviathan of the Eixample. Venture inside where a tree canopy carved from stone, holds up the roof as sun pours through stained glass. You are then free to explore this amazing city at your own pace. (B) DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA AT LEISURE. Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day at leisure to explore Spain’s most vibrant city. Consider a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas or explore Gaudí’s fascinating Gßell Park. Perhaps you would like to ascend Montserrat, Catalonia’s most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years? (B)

★ ★



Ί

★ ★

DAY 4 PAMPLONA AND SAN SEBASTIĂ N. Journey to Zaragoza to see the towers of El Pilar and the RĂ­o Ebro. Continue to Pamplona with free time to explore as you wish. Travel to the aristocratic seaside resort of San SebastiĂĄn to discover the city’s rich gastronomic tradition in the heart of Lo Viejo. (B) BarcelĂł Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START BILBAO AND GUGGENHEIM. Your fascinating venture to Bilbao includes visiting the sensuous, rippling, Guggenheim Museum, designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry. On return, join a Local Expert to admire San Sebastiån and the crescent-shaped La Concha Bay from the heights of Monte Igueldo. During your guided tour see the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square.

â„“

★

★ ★



Explore the Old Town during your progressive Highlight Dinner with the locals, as you enjoy the gastronomic Basque tradition of pintxos. Similar to tapas, enjoy a variety of snack-sized treats to make your meal and be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine. Buen provecho! (B) (DW)

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START SAN SEBASTIĂ N, PEARL OF THE CANTABRIAN COAST. Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San SebastiĂĄn’s boardwalk. The harbour is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps explore the nearby French village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, known as the Jewel of the Basque Country? (B) DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START BURGOS AND MADRID. Journey south through the Pyrenees foothills and the land of ‘El Cid’ to stop in Burgos where you can see the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the Guadarrama Mountains to the plateau of New Castile and Spain’s elegant capital of Madrid. In the evening, why not see the city lit up it all its glory, with a drive along the grand avenues and past the spectacular fountains? (B) MeliĂĄ Madrid Princesa. | Contemporary | ∂

★

â„“

✈

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START THE COBBLED STREETS OF TOLEDO. Venture south to visit the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. Your Local Expert leads you through the walled city to visit the Church of Santo TomÊ. You are at leisure on return to Madrid. Make the most of your final night as you join your fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a generous Celebration Dinner of delightful produce, typical of the region and of course accompanied with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 10 DEPART MADRID. After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (B)

DAY 8 THE ELEGANT SPANISH CAPITAL OF MADRID. ★ Your Local Expert will show you the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de EspaĂąa, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. đ&#x;‘ Delight in a highlight visit with an art historian, to the palatial Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries with works by El Greco, VelĂĄzquez, Goya, as well as Italian and Dutch masters. With the afternoon free for you to continue exploring as you wish, perhaps travel to Segovia to join a Local Expert and visit the 14th century Alcazar to see paintings, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era? (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź333 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

137


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź233 pp

BEST OF MOROCCO

ENDS

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Mon 11 May Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Mon 15 Jun â‚Ź2275 Mon 22 Jun â‚Ź2275 Mon 06 Jul â‚Ź2275

Sat 11 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Mon 20 Jul â‚Ź2275 Mon 03 Aug â‚Ź2275

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

“Morocco is a country with many contrasts, from the very modern world to the incredible ancient traditions that live side by side in a perfect harmony�. - Jorge, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: E938 TWIN STARTS

STARTS

Mon 13 Apr Mon 20 Apr Mon 27 Apr Mon 04 May

â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2275

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Mon 14 Sep Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 05 Oct

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct

Mon 12 Oct Mon 19 Oct Mon 26 Oct Mon 02 Nov Mon 09 Nov

â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2325 â‚Ź2275

Sat 08 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Mon 17 Aug â‚Ź2275 Mon 31 Aug â‚Ź2275 Mon 07 Sep â‚Ź2325

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W938

Sat 14 Nov

Mon 23 Nov â‚Ź2175

Sun 20 Dec âš‘ Sun 27 Dec

Tue 29 Dec â‚Ź2325 Tue 05 Jan â‚Ź2325

Sat 02 Jan Sat 23 Jan

Mon 11 Jan â‚Ź2425 Mon 01 Feb â‚Ź2175

Sat 06 Feb Sat 27 Feb

Mon 15 Feb â‚Ź2175 Mon 08 Mar â‚Ź2225

Sat 13 Mar Sat 27 Mar

Mon 22 Mar â‚Ź2225 Mon 05 Apr â‚Ź2225

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Coach does not have an onboard washroom. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year's Eve in Ouarzazate. Winter Departures: Please see W938 Best of Morocco online for itinerary variations and more details. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź30 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź58 | Past Guest â‚Ź116 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź570 p.p. to â‚Ź700 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź99 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Dades Valley: Stop at a traditional Nomad house and meet the locals as you try Berber tea.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat • Bahia Palace in Marrakesh. City tours of Rabat, Fes and Marrakesh, all with Local Experts. See Casablanca • Meknes • Erfoud • Ouarzazate • the Ksar in AĂŻt Benhaddou • Essaouira.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

@dani_travels_the_world sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Sahara Desert, Morocco Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

MOROCCO Rabat

CASABLANCA 1 (Days 1, 9 & 10)

1

(Days 6 & 7)

ESSAOUIRA

Todra Boumalne Gorge du Dades

1 OUARZAZATE AĂŻt Benhaddou (Day 5)

(Day 8)

2

Middle Atlas Mountains

MARRAKESH

2 1

Meknes

FES

(Days 2 & 3)

Ifrane

Midelt

Er Rachidia

1 ERFOUD (Day 4 )

Sahara 4-wheel drive

Moroccan performance with dinner in Fes • Celebration Dinner at Rick's CafÊ in Casablanca.

FROM â‚Ź218 PER DAY 138

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS 2 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

 ★

★

★

â„“

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO CASABLANCA. On arrival at Casablanca airport, your transfer leaves for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 or 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 RABAT, IMPERIAL MEKNES AND FES. An exploration of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. Venture to the très chic seaside strip known as the Corniche, which stretches to the west and is lined with trendy restaurants and cafes. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims, the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V which is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Travel to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century; its surroundings have remained unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim before continuing to Fes. You’ ll be delighted with a superb Moroccan Highlight Dinner in an ancient palace at the entrance to the Medina. A colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you while you are entertained with a traditional folklore show. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music — A truly unforgettable experience! (B) (DW) Marriott Jnan Palace (Deluxe Room with Pool View), Fes. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START FES SIGHTSEEING. Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world’s oldest universities and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Continue through the souks where an array of vendors sell food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, witness age-old techniques of pottery making and learn how khobz, the traditional local bread, is made. (B) (D)



DAY 4 THE ZIZ GORGES TO ERFOUD. Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After stopping for lunch at Midelt, continue through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings contrast against the patches of greenery and surrounding desert. In the evening, there is an Optional Experience to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a four-wheel drive vehicle. (B) (L) (D) Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud, Erfoud. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 SPECTACULAR OUARZAZATE. ★ Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir and explore the Todra Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. ★ At Boumalne-du-Dades you will encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley that is dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. đ&#x;‘ Meet the locals of the region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try authentic Berber tea. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs concludes at Ouarzazate. It is known as the Film Capital of Morocco, with blockbusters such as Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars having been filmed here. (B) (L) (D)  Le Berbère Palace, Ouarzazate. | Traditional | ∂

★

★



DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START TO MARRAKESH. See the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ksar of AĂŻt Benhaddou, one of the finest examples of South Moroccan architecture, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Your journey continues via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh. With the rest of the day at your leisure, why not relax and enjoy the immaculate facilities of your hotel? (B) MĂśvenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech. | Traditional | ∂

★

★



â„“



✈



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START MARRAKESH, PEARL OF THE SOUTH. Meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time, when it was built in the late 19th century. With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambience and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads. (B) DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START ELEGANT ESSAOUIRA. Reach the fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant. (B) Atlas Essaouira & Spa. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START RETURN TO CASABLANCA. Once you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to as it offers a unique insight into modern Morocco. In the evening ‘of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world’ there really is only one place to be. Join your Travel Director at Rick’s CafĂŠ, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner with drinks and no doubt a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. Here’s looking at you kid! (B) (DW) Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca. DAY 10 AU REVOIR CASABLANCA. Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź334 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

139


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź283 pp

NORTHERN SPAIN ďƒˆ

Unlock the history, discover the authentic cuisine and take in the scenic views of this special region in Spain.

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E931

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 28 Mar Tue 07 Apr â‚Ź2550

ďƒŤďƒˆ Sat 04 Apr ďƒˆ ďƒˆ

ďƒŤ

Tue 14 Apr Sat 11 Apr Tue 21 Apr Sat 18 Apr Tue 28 Apr Sat 25 Apr Tue 05 May

â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2575

Sat 02 May Thu 07 May Sat 09 May Thu 14 May Sat 16 May Thu 21 May Sat 23 May Thu 28 May Sat 30 May

Tue 12 May Sun 17 May Tue 19 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May Tue 02 Jun Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2695

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

Tue 14 Jul Tue 21 Jul

â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2825

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 01 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź2825 â‚Ź2825 â‚Ź2825 â‚Ź2825 â‚Ź2825

Thu 03 Sep Sat 05 Sep Thu 10 Sep Sat 12 Sep Thu 17 Sep Sat 19 Sep Thu 24 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Tue 22 Sep Sun 27 Sep Tue 29 Sep Sun 04 Oct Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź2775 â‚Ź2775 â‚Ź2775 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2675 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2595

Thu 01 Oct Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct ďƒŤ Sat 24 Oct

Sun 11 Oct Tue 13 Oct Tue 20 Oct Tue 27 Oct Tue 03 Nov

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2525

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

ďƒŤ Sat 08 Aug

Tue 28 Jul â‚Ź2825 Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź2825

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 20% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at Hotel San Sebastian in San Sebastian. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź260 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź71 | Past Guest â‚Ź141 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź570 p.p. to â‚Ź1130 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Santiago de Compostela: Choose between a city tour with a Local Expert to visit Praza do Obradoiro or a scenic walk on the Way of St James, through parks and gardens.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES GijĂłn: Meet Flor, a local of GijĂłn, to join her for a delicious meal of locally-sourced produce that she has prepared just for you. Visit Prado Museum with a local art historian.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

San Sebastian, Spain

GijĂłn

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Picos de Europa National Park • Holy Cave of Covadonga • Monte Igueldo • Sagrada FamĂ­lia. City tours of Madrid, Oviedo, San SebastiĂĄn, Barcelona, all with Local Experts. See village of Santillana del Mar • Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao • El RatĂłn at Getaria • Pamplona.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Celebration dinner in Barcelona. Taste wine in Rueda

FROM â‚Ź230 PER DAY 140

Costa Verde

2

Way of St. James

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santillana SANTANDER del Mar (Day 6)

1 Covadonga

OVIEDO

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Rueda

Costa Vasca

Bilbao

Picos de Europa

(Day 5)

(Days 3 & 4)

1

Castilla Y LeĂłn

Segovia

Getaria

St.-Jean-de-Luz

2

Pamplona

FRANCE

Biarritz

SAN SEBASTIĂ N (Days 7 & 8)

La Rioja

Pyrenees

Sierra de Guadarrama

2

SPAIN MADRID

2 BARCELONA (Days 9, 10 & 11)

(Days 1, 2 & 11)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Catalonia


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 3 DINNERS | 19 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID. On arrival at Madrid airport, your airport transfer leaves for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.

Meet your Travel Director at 17:30 for delicious food and wine during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Barcelo Torre de Madrid/Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. ★ Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. đ&#x;‘ Your visit to the Prado Museum will be a highlight of your escorted journey. Guided by a local art historian, discover countless works by VelĂĄzquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques. (B)

DAY 3 THROUGH THE GUADARRAMA MOUNTAINS TO SANTIAGO. Journey through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile and pass the impressive Castillo de la Mota.



ď”ˆ

Some of Spain's most fashionable white wines are produced in Rueda and this morning we have the opportunity to learn how they are made and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Continue past historic Tordesillas, and on to Santiago de Compostela. (B) (DW) NH Collection Santiago de Compostela. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START SAINTLY SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Explore Santiago de Compostela with Insight Choice. Join a city tour with a Local Expert and visit Praza do Obradoiro to admire the cathedral facade festooned with architectural frills. Alternatively, embark on a scenic walk on a part of the Way of St James, through parks and gardens that transform with the seasons. Relax during your free time or explore the narrow streets and old squares of this city. (B)

★

ℓ ★



★

★



★ ★



DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START ALONG THE COSTA VERDE TO OVIEDO. Pass through Galicia to the Green Coast of Asturias. Take in the coastal views en route to Oviedo. A short drive brings you to the Bay of Biscay. Meet Flor, a local who will invite you to join her for lunch. Hear about daily life in this seaside city as you enjoy a delicious meal that Flor has prepared from locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by delicious local cider. In Oviedo, a Local Expert shows you the 9th century churches and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in Plaza Alfonso II. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe. (B) (LW) BarcelĂł Oviedo Cervantes. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 PICTURESQUE SANTILLANA DEL MAR AND ON TO SANTANDER. See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de OnĂ­s then head into Picos de Europa, a national park encompassing spectacular scenery. Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Continue to the beach resort of Santander. (B) Eurostars Hotel Real, Santander. | Historic | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START BILBAO, COSTA VASCA AND SAN SEBASTIĂ N. In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy the views as you are driven along part of the Costa Vasca and pause in Getaria to see El RatĂłn, the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San SebastiĂĄn and admire its beauty as you walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter to see the Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn. Head to Monte Igueldo for breathtaking views of the town and La Concha Bay. (B) BarcelĂł Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂



DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START SAN SEBASTIà N, PEARL OF THE CANTABRIAN COAST. Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastiån's boardwalk or enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps you'll want to explore the nearby French villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz or maybe stroll the promenade of the famous La Concha bay or enjoy the boutiques of the Old Town? (B)

★

★

 ★ ★

â„“

✈

DAY 9 PAMPLONA AND ON TO BARCELONA. Journey to the famed town of Pamplona where you are free to explore. Perhaps stroll to Estafeta Street or visit CafĂŠ IruĂąa, immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises.' Continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions. (B) Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 BARCELONA, CITY OF GAUDĂ?. Join a Local Expert to explore the Gothic Quarter. Walk through the Roman gate to see the narrow lanes and old squares. Travel along Passeig de GrĂ cia to reach the Eixample district and behold GaudĂ­'s Sagrada FamĂ­lia. Venture inside to see its giant, treelike pillars, spectacular vaulting and incredible stained-glass windows. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast your travels during your delightful Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 11 DEPART BARCELONA OR MADRID. Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00. The 09:00 transfer continues on to Madrid airport and trip hotel in the early evening. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź385 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

141


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź465 pp

SPANISH HERITAGE

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E396

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Sat 25 Apr Tue 12 May â‚Ź4450 Thu 30 Apr Sun 17 May â‚Ź4450

“ I really love showing guests the architecture of Barcelona. Nowhere else in the world has such a magnificent collection of unique buildings.� - Dom, Travel Director

Thu 07 May Sat 09 May Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Sat 23 May

Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun

ďƒŤ Sat 01 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 18 Aug â‚Ź4625 Sat 15 Aug Tue 01 Sep â‚Ź4625 Sat 29 Aug Tue 15 Sep â‚Ź4575

â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4425

Thu 03 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep ďƒˆ Sat 12 Sep Tue 29 Sep Thu 17 Sep Sun 04 Oct Thu 24 Sep Sun 11 Oct Sat 26 Sep Tue 13 Oct Tue 23 Jun â‚Ź4425 Tue 07 Jul â‚Ź4550 Sat 10 Oct Tue 27 Oct Tue 21 Jul â‚Ź4625 Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź4625

Sat 06 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 18 Jul

â‚Ź4650 â‚Ź4650 â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4395

ďƒˆ Thu 10 Sep

â‚Ź4395

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 15% reduction to the Single Supplement on this departure, subject to availability. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Seville. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź450 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź116 | Past Guest â‚Ź233 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1450 p.p. to â‚Ź1730 p.p.

ď”ˆ

PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź178 p.p.

EURO PRICING

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN AND NORTHERN SPAIN.

Santiago de Compostela: Choose between a city tour with a Local Expert to visit Praza do Obradoiro or a scenic hike on the Way of St James, through parks and gardens.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian. Visit Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens with a Local Expert • Cristina Heeren Foundation for a Flamenco dance class and show.

Park GĂźell, Barcelona, Spain GijĂłn

1

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Sagrada FamĂ­lia • Seville Cathedral • CĂłrdoba's Mezquita • Picos de Europa National Park and the Holy Cave of Covadonga • Monte Iguelo. City tours of Barcelona, Seville, CĂłrdoba, Madrid, Oviedo and San SebastiĂĄn, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Paella cooking demonstration and dinner in Valencia • Highlight Dinner in Madrid • Dine with a local in Gijon • Celebration dinner in Barcelona. Taste wine in Rueda.

FROM â‚Ź245 PER DAY 142

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 2 (Days 10 & 11)

Santillana del Mar

(Day 13)

Rueda

PORTUGAL

Segovia

La Rioja

CĂłrdoba SEVILLE (Days 5 & 6)

2

SAN SEBASTIĂ N (Days 14 & 15)

Rio Ebro River

Pyrenees Mountains

(Days 1, 2, 16, 17 & 18)

2

PeĂąiscola

(Days 7, 8, 9 & 18)

La Mancha

VALENCIA (Day 3)

GRANADA

2

Costa Dorada

MADRID

1

Andalucia

Catalonia

BARCELONA

Sierra de Guadarrama

(Day 4)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

St-Jean-de-Luz

SPAIN 3

FRANCE

Biarritz

2

Pamplona

Castilla Y LeĂłn

Toledo

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Bilbao Getaria

1

Covadonga SANTANDER

OVIEDO (Day 12)

Bay of Biscay

1

Lorca

Guadix

Sierra Nevada

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 18 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 17 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCH | 3 DINNERS | 22 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



★ ★

★ ★

â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO BARCELONA. Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00.

Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant. (DW) NH Collection Constanza/ Hilton Barcelona. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA, THE CITY OF GAUD�. With your Local Expert, explore the Gothic Quarter, see Las Ramblas and head along the Passeig de Grà cia. Travel through the Eixample district to visit the Sagrada Família. (B) DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START ALONG THE COAST TO VALENCIA. Stop at Peùíscola to see the sea-lapped castle. Continue to Valencia.

Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant and learn the traditional recipe for paella during a Cooking Demonstration. (B) (DW) BarcelĂł Valencia. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 EXQUISITE GRANADA AND ALHAMBRA. Travel toward AndalucĂ­a, passing the castle at Lorca and troglodyte dwellings. đ&#x;‘ Overlooking Granada stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite 13th century palace and stroll through the elegant exotic gardens of the Generalife. (B) (DW)  MeliĂĄ Granada. | Traditional | ∂

 ★

DAY 5 A SCENIC DRIVE TO SEVILLE. Your journey continues to Seville. (B) MeliĂĄ Sevilla, Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START SEVILLE, THE CITY OF CARMEN. Led by your Local Expert, visit Plaza de Espaùa and stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter to emerge by the Alcazar.

★ Visit the cathedral, burial place of Columbus. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B) ★



DAY 7 MOORISH CORDOBA. In Cordoba, meet a local historian and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built within. (B)

Barcelo Torre de Madrid/Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. ★ Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, housing works by VelĂĄzquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. â„“ Join your newfound friends at a local restaurant for a Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW)

★

â„“

★

 ★ ★ 

★ 

 ď”ˆ

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Explore Santiago de Compotela with Insight Choice. Join a city tour with a Local Expert or a scenic walk on the Way of St James. (B)

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START THE COSTA VERDE TO OVIEDO. Travel along the Green Coast of Asturias. In GijĂłn, meet Flor, who will invite you to join her for lunch in her home. In Oviedo with a Local Expert, visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in Plaza Alfonso II. (B) (LW) BarcelĂł Oviedo Cervantes. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 13 SANTANDER. Head into Picos de Europa to visit the holy cave of Covadonga. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Eurostars Hotel Real, Santander. | Historic | ∂ DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START BILBAO AND SAN SEBASTIĂ N. Admire the architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Continue to San SebastiĂĄn and walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter and admire views atop Monte Igueldo. (B) BarcelĂł Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START THE CANTABRIAN COAST. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore. Perhaps you'll want to explore the nearby French villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz? (B)

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN MADRID. Your last day in Madrid is at leisure. (B)

DAY 10 THROUGH RUEDA TO SANTIAGO. Learn how wines are produced in Rueda and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Travel on to Santiago de Compostela. (B) (DW) NH Collection Santiago de Compostela. | Contemporary | ∂



★ 

â„“

✈

DAY 16 PAMPLONA AND ON TO BARCELONA. Journey to Pamplona and Barcelona. (B) Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 17 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA AT LEISURE. Enjoy a day completely at leisure.

In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant for your delightful Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 DEPART BARCELONA OR MADRID. Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00. The 09:00 transfer continues on to Madrid airport and trip hotel in the early evening. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź712 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

143


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 10 OR 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź278 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF PORTUGAL

ďƒŤ

“ I love taking guests to Monsaraz because it’s one of the many villages lost in time. It’s not easy for guests to find on their own and they feel like they’re visiting a secret paradise.� - Angela, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E928 TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 10 Jul Fri 24 Jul

Mon 20 Jul â‚Ź2750 Mon 03 Aug â‚Ź2750

Fri 20 Mar Mon 30 Mar â‚Ź2525 Fri 27 Mar Mon 06 Apr â‚Ź2550 Fri 03 Apr Fri 10 Apr Fri 17 Apr Fri 24 Apr

Mon 13 Apr Mon 20 Apr Mon 27 Apr Mon 04 May

â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2550 â‚Ź2575

Fri 01 May Fri 08 May Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Fri 29 May

Mon 11 May Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun

â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2595

ďƒŤďƒ? Fri 05 Jun

Mon 15 Jun â‚Ź2595 Fri 12 Jun Mon 22 Jun â‚Ź2595

Fri 19 Jun Fri 26 Jun

TWIN

Mon 29 Jun â‚Ź2595 Mon 06 Jul â‚Ź2625

ďƒŤ

Fri 07 Aug Mon 17 Aug â‚Ź2750 Fri 21 Aug Mon 31 Aug â‚Ź2750

ďƒˆ

Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

ďƒŤ

Fri 02 Oct Mon 12 Oct â‚Ź2625

Mon 14 Sep Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 05 Oct

â‚Ź2775 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2625 â‚Ź2625

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 25% reduction to the Single Supplement charge on these departures, subject to availability. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Lisbon. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Porto. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź260 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź69 | Past Guest â‚Ź139 PORTO DEPARTURE SAVING: Choose to end this trip on Day 10 and SAVE up to Twin â‚Ź114 | Single â‚Ź203 | Triple â‚Ź104 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź750 p.p. to â‚Ź1160 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Douro Valley: Enjoy a wonderful Farm-toTable Lunch, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da RoĂŞda, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douroâ€?. Cruise Lake Alqueva with a local boat captain.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Monsaraz, Portugal

Visit the Jerónimos Monastery • Capela dos Ossos in Evora • Chapel of the Apparitions in Fåtima • Templar Castle • Convent of Christ and Synagogue in Tomar. City tours of Lisbon, Tomar, Evora, Coimbra and Porto, all with Local Experts. See Lagos • Beja Castle • Algarve coast • Evora Cathedral and Roman Temple • castle ruins in Monsaraz • Main square of Obidos • Old Quarter of Guimarães • Porto's iconic bridges. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Alentejo region and along the Tagus and Douro valleys.

GuimarĂŁes

PORTO

(Days 8 & 9)

(Day 7)

Vila Nova de Gaia

Coimbra FĂĄtima

Obidos

Tagus River

1

River Douro

1 DOURO VALLEY

2

Sera da Estrela

PORTUGAL 1

TOMAR (Day 6)

ÉVORA

2

(Days 4 & 5)

2

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Alentejo Lunch in Monsaraz • Celebration Dinner in Porto. Taste PastÊis de BelÊm in Lisbon.

FROM â‚Ź230 PER DAY 144

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

LISBON

(Days 1, 2, 10 & 11)

Alentejo

Monsaraz

Beja

Lagos

1

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

ALGARVE (Day 3)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE END PORTO 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES END LISBON 11 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

★

★

★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO LISBON. On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers. (DW) Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE GREAT DISCOVERIES. Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço. Visit the BelĂŠm Quarter and enjoy a taste of PastĂŠis de BelĂŠm from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. Visit Jeronimos Monastery and see the ancient Belem Tower erected to protect it. Marvel at the Monument to the Discoveries. (B) DAY 3 THE ALGARVE. Cross the River Tagus to reach Lagos, a coastal fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. The nearby coast houses a variety of restaurants and your Travel Director knows the best! (B) Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Almancil, Algarve. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START EVERLASTING ÉVORA. Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal's rich past.

★



Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the cathedral as well as the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel made of bones. (B) M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto, Évora. | Contemporary | ∂

★

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž MONSARAZ AND ÉVORA. ★

Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz and take in the spectacular views from the castle ruins. đ&#x;‘ Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. â„“ Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill. Savour the local cuisine typical of the Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital. (B) (LW)

★ ★

 ★

â„“



DAY 6 SCENIC DRIVE TO Ă“BIDOS, FĂ TIMA AND TOMAR. Journey to the fortified town of Ă“bidos where there is free time to explore. Continue to FĂĄtima and see the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions. In Tomar, visit the Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert to explore the Templars' Rotunda and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk. See the Manueline Window, a national masterpiece and visit the Synagogue of Tomar and its small Jewish museum. (B) (DW) Hotel dos TemplĂĄrios, Tomar. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START COIMBRA, THE DOURO AND PINHĂƒO. In Coimbra, your Local Expert will guide you through the Old Town before visiting the baroque university library. Enjoy a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da RoĂŞda, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douroâ€?. Home to one of the most distinguished port houses, tantilise your taste buds with a tasting of port produced by the Croft family. (B) (DW) Vintage House Hotel, PinhĂŁo, Douro Valley. | Traditional | ∂



â„“

✈



✈



DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START GUIMARĂƒES AND PORTO. Journey to GuimarĂƒes to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cosy squares. Continue on to Porto, for sightseeing with a Local Expert. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto's historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork. (B) Infante Sagres, Porto. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START PORTO, GRANDE DAME ON THE DOURO. With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multicoloured houses and iconic bridges? Perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise? In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travellers with a mouthwatering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 10 DEPART PORTO OR RETURN TO LISBON. For guests wishing to depart this escorted journey, transfers will arrive at Porto airport 09:30 and 12:00. For those returning to Lisbon, enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before boarding the 12:00 transfer that will continue to Lisbon, arriving at approximately 17:00. (B) Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 DEPART LISBON. After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 07:00 or 09:30. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź415 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

145


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź208 pp

AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL

STARTS

ENDS

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

TRIP CODE: E300 TWIN

STARTS

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025

Sat 08 Aug Sun 16 Aug â‚Ź1925 Sat 22 Aug Sun 30 Aug â‚Ź1925 Sat 29 Aug Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź1975

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025 â‚Ź2025

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925

Sat 18 Apr Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2025 Sat 25 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2025

“Guests are surprised to find that Spanish is not the only language spoken in the country – there’s also Basque, Galician and Catalan, not to mention the little dialects in each province.� - Philippe, Travel Director

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 26 Jul â‚Ź1925 Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź1925

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075 â‚Ź2075

Sat 03 Oct Sun 11 Oct â‚Ź2025 Sat 10 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2025 Sat 17 Oct Sun 25 Oct â‚Ź2025

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W300

Sat 24 Oct Sun 01 Nov â‚Ź1875 Sat 31 Oct Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź1750

Sat 13 Feb Sun 21 Feb â‚Ź1725 Sat 27 Feb Sun 07 Mar â‚Ź1725

Sat 14 Nov Sun 22 Nov â‚Ź1725 Sat 21 Nov Sun 29 Nov â‚Ź1725 Sat 28 Nov Sun 06 Dec â‚Ź1725

Sat 06 Mar Sat 13 Mar Sat 20 Mar Sat 27 Mar

Sun 20 Dec Mon 28 Dec â‚Ź1895 Sun 27 Dec Mon 04 Jan â‚Ź1875

⚑ ∑

Sat 02 Jan Sat 23 Jan

Sun 10 Jan Sun 31 Jan

Sun 14 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar Sun 04 Apr

â‚Ź1725 â‚Ź1725 â‚Ź1725 â‚Ź1725

Sat 03 Apr Sun 11 Apr â‚Ź1875 Sat 10 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź1875

â‚Ź1725 â‚Ź1725

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Lisbon. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year's Eve in Lisbon. Winter Departures: Please see W300 Amazing Spain & Portugal online for itinerary variations and more details. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź200 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź50 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź52 | Past Guest â‚Ź104 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź480 p.p. to â‚Ź620 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Seville: Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson. Later, witness emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. Visit Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens with a Local Expert • A Damascene workshop.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH NORTHERN SPAIN TO FULLY EXPERIENCE SPAIN AND PORTUGAL? SEE GRAND SPAIN & PORTUGAL ON PAGE 154. @ianillen sharing one of many #InsightMoments Alhambra Palace from Ă vila, Spain

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Seville Cathedral • JerĂłnimos Monastery • FĂĄtima Basilica. City tours of Madrid, Toledo, Seville and Lisbon, all with Local Experts. See the Chapel of the Apparitions in FĂĄtima • Salamanca's Plaza Mayor • Ancient city of Ă vila. Enjoy the scenery as you travel along the River Tagus, through the regions of La Mancha and AndalucĂ­a, past the River Tormes and through the Castile region.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Celebration Dinner in Madrid. Taste Ham in Huelva • PastÊis de BelÊm in Lisbon.

FROM â‚Ź192 PER DAY 146

Castilla Y LeĂłn

PORTUGAL

Tagus River

LISBON

1

Serra da Estrela

(Day 7)

FĂĄtima

(Days 5 & 6)

Sierra de Gredos

SPAIN

2

Sierra de Aracena Alentejo

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Ă vila

SALAMANCA

Huelva

(Days 3 & 4)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2

CĂłrdoba

1

Castilla La Mancha Sierra de Baza

GRANADA (Day 2)

Andalucia

1

Toledo

Sierra Morena

SEVILLE

MADRID

(Days 1, 8 & 9)

1

Sierra Nevada

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 8 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“

★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID. Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.

At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. During your time in Madrid you will travel along the main historical areas. Your drive will take you through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. (DW) Hotel Riu Plaza De EspaĂąa. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 THE OLD CAPITAL OF TOLEDO AND ON TO GRANADA. đ&#x;‘ Meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. ★ Explore the fascinating city of Toledo as you walk through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo TomĂŠ, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.' Your journey continues to Granada. (B) (DW)  Vincci AlbayzĂ­n, Granada. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 THE ALHAMBRA PALACE AND SEVILLE, CITY OF CARMEN. đ&#x;‘ Explore the incredible Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert, along with the exotic water gardens of the Generalife. ★ Relax during a scenic drive to Seville where a Local Expert will guide you through the Santa Cruz Quarter to emerge by the huge walls of the Alcazar. See La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, and enter the immense 15th century cathedral, to see the Tomb of Christopher Columbus. (B)  Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN SEVILLE. This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura and explore as you wish. You may like to join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it.

đ&#x;‘ Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, Put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B)



★

★

★ ★



DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START TO LISBON. Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Huelva for a ham cutting demonstration and tasting of the freshest jamĂłn ibĂŠrico. (B) Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE DISCOVERIES. A Local Expert leads you from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto, to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city.

★ ★

â„“



✈

DAY 8 OLD CASTILE, TO ST. TERESA OF Ă VILA AND ON TO MADRID. Travel to Ă vila to walk within the ancient city that is still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) Hotel Hesperia Madrid. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 FAREWELL MADRID. Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (B)

Visit the BelĂŠm Quarter and enjoy a taste of PastĂŠis de BelĂŠm from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the BelĂŠm Tower before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of JerĂłnimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. The afternoon is at your leisure, to relax or continue exploring. (B)

DAY 7 HOLY FĂ TIMA AND GOLDEN SALAMANCA. Travel to FĂĄtima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal and visit the famed basilica. Cross the border and continue to Salamanca to see its golden stone buildings, the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor and the Puente Romano. (B) Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca. | Traditional | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź428 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

147


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY



BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL “ In spite of the small size of its city centre, taking a stroll in Granada brings out its rich history as you pass the borders from one fantastic civilization to another.� - Enzo, Travel Director

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alfarnatejo: Hear the stories of local life as you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine. Visit Prado Museum with an art historian • Cristina Heeren Foundation for a Flamenco dance class and show • Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Chapel of the Apparitions in FĂĄtima • JerĂłnimos Monastery • Seville Cathedral • Sagrada FamĂ­lia in Barcelona. City tours of Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar and Barcelona, all with Local Experts.

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain

PORTO 1 (Day 4)

Douro River

Paella cooking demonstration and dinner in Valencia • Lunch in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia • Celebration Dinner in Barcelona. Taste wine in Porto • PastÊis de BelÊm in Lisbon • Olive oil in Alfarnatejo • Cava wine in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.

FROM â‚Ź197 PER DAY 148

SALAMANCA SAL

FĂĄtima

1

Alentejo

Obidos

2 LISBON

Sierra de Aracena

SEVILLE (Days 7 & 8)

2

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

2

Ă vila

SPAIN CĂłrdoba

Toledo

(Days 9 & 10)

Andalucia

Gibraltar

2

MADRID

2

Peùíscola

Costa Dorada

1 VALENCIA (Day 12)

(Day 11)

1

BARCELONA

(Days 13, 14 & 15 15)

Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

(Days 1, 2 & 15)

GRANADA

COSTA DEL SOL

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Sierra de Guadarrama

Segovia

(Day 3)

PORTUGAL PO

(Days 5 & 6)

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Castilla Y LeĂłn

Sierra Nevada

Costa Blanca

Alfarnatejo Malaga

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 5 DINNERS | 21 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



TRIP PLANNER - 15 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź348 pp

ďƒŤ

ďƒŤ

ďƒŤ

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E932 TWIN

Sat 18 Apr Fri 24 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sun 26 Apr

Sat 02 May Fri 08 May Sat 09 May Sun 10 May

â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425

Fri 01 May Sat 02 May Sun 03 May Fri 08 May Sat 09 May Sun 10 May Fri 15 May Sat 16 May Sun 17 May Fri 22 May Sat 23 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Sat 30 May Sun 31 May

Fri 15 May Sat 16 May Sun 17 May Fri 22 May Sat 23 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Sat 30 May Sun 31 May Fri 05 Jun Sat 06 Jun Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sun 14 Jun

â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425

Fri 05 Jun Sat 06 Jun Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sun 14 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Fri 19 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sun 28 Jun Fri 03 Jul Sat 04 Jul Sun 05 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sun 12 Jul

Fri 03 Jul Sat 04 Jul Sun 05 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sun 12 Jul

Fri 17 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sun 26 Jul

STARTS

Fri 17 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sun 26 Jul Fri 31 Jul

ENDS

Fri 31 Jul Sat 01 Aug Sun 02 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sun 09 Aug Fri 14 Aug

TWIN

â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325

Sat 01 Aug Sun 02 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sun 09 Aug Fri 14 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sun 23 Aug Fri 28 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sun 23 Aug Fri 28 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sat 05 Sep Sun 06 Sep Fri 11 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450

â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325

Fri 04 Sep Sat 05 Sep Sun 06 Sep Fri 11 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sun 13 Sep Fri 18 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sun 20 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Fri 18 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sun 20 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sun 27 Sep Fri 02 Oct Sat 03 Oct Sun 04 Oct Fri 09 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475

â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3325

Fri 02 Oct Sat 03 Oct Fri 09 Oct Sat 10 Oct Fri 16 Oct

Fri 16 Oct Sat 17 Oct Fri 23 Oct Sat 24 Oct Fri 30 Oct

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450

ďƒŤ

ďƒŤ

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W932

Sat 17 Oct Fri 23 Oct Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct

Sat 31 Oct Fri 06 Nov Sat 07 Nov Sat 14 Nov

â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3025 â‚Ź2975 â‚Ź2950

ďƒŤ

Sat 07 Nov Sat 21 Nov

â‚Ź2950

⚑ ∑

Sun 20 Dec Sun 03 Jan Sun 27 Dec Sun 10 Jan

â‚Ź3195 â‚Ź3095

ďƒŤ

Sat 02 Jan Sat 16 Jan

â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950

Sat 16 Jan Sat 30 Jan

Sat 23 Jan

ďƒŤ

Sat 06 Feb

â‚Ź2950

Sat 06 Feb Sat 20 Feb

â‚Ź2950

Sat 06 Mar Sat 13 Mar Sat 20 Mar Sat 27 Mar

Sat 20 Mar Sat 27 Mar Sat 03 Apr Sat 10 Apr

â‚Ź2975 â‚Ź2975 â‚Ź3025 â‚Ź3095

Sat 03 Apr Sat 17 Apr Sat 10 Apr Sat 24 Apr

â‚Ź3095 â‚Ź3095

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 25% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Guest requiring visas for the UK will also need a separate visa for Gibraltar, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking. Autumn, Winter, Spring departures: Hotels and inclusions may vary, please visit our website for details. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Day in Lisbon & New Year's Eve in Valencia. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year's Eve in Lisbon. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź330 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź87 | Past Guest â‚Ź174 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź690 p.p. to â‚Ź1290 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź148 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID. Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine. (DW) Barcelo Torre De Madrid/Barcelo Emperatriz, Madrid. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. ★ Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. đ&#x;‘ A highlight of your trip is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum with an art historian to admire the paintings of VelĂĄzquez, Goya and many others. (B)

★

★



DAY 3 SEGOVIA AND GOLDEN SALAMANCA. Travel to the fortified city of Segovia where you will walk through the medieval streets and see the magnificent Alcazar fortress, before continuing onto the ancient aqueduct. Journey west, overlooking the ancient walls of Ă vila, en route to Salamanca. During your guided sightseeing tour of Salamanca see some of the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings. (B) Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START PORTO, GRANDE DAME ON THE DOURO. Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting.

★



★

★



★

★



Continue your exploration of the city, admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or ‘Eiffel Towers on end' according to one Frenchman). (B) (DW) Hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 HOLY FĂ TIMA, ANCIENT OBIDOS AND LISBON. Head south for a visit to miraculous FĂĄtima. See the Basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Obidos and walk inside its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets with houses covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. (B) Dom Pedro Lisboa/Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE GREAT DISCOVERIES. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the BelÊm Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of the famous PastÊis de BelÊm from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient BelÊm Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, occasionally royalty, and even James Bond. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź710 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

149


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 5 DINNERS | 21 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

★



DAY 7 SEVILLE, THE CITY OF CARMEN. Cross the border to reach Seville and meet your Local Expert. Visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Christopher Columbus and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. (B) Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME AND FLAMENCO IN SEVILLE. Enjoy a relaxed start and a day to unwind, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of CĂłrdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita and see the old Jewish Quarter. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, Put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B)

★

★ 

DAY 9 HEAD FOR GIBRALTAR, THE COSTA DEL SOL AND MIJAS. Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael's Cave to see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday. (B) (DW) MeliĂĄ Costa del Sol, Torremolinos. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL. Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso. (B)

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START DINING WITH LOCALS AND THE ALHAMBRA. ★ Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of less than 500 people and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. đ&#x;‘ Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.

â„“

 ★

â„“

In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. đ&#x;‘ Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. (B) (LW)  Vincci AlbayzĂ­n, Granada. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“



150

★

DAY 12 ON TO VALENCIA. Journey to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass through the Old City and see its ancient gates. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Or sit back with a drink and watch the Valencian's go about their day. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella.

â„“

✈



DAY 13 ALONG THE COAST TO PEĂ‘Ă?SCOLA AND ON TO BARCELONA. Follow the coast to Peùíscola to view the sealapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. At Cava Bodegas in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, enjoy a delicious light lunch and savour a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona. (B) (LW) MeliĂĄ Barcelona SarriĂ . | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING. A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Grà cia adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. At a local restaurant, join your fellow travellers to toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey as you enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 15 DEPART BARCELONA OR MADRID. Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. The 09:00 transfer will continue to Madrid, scheduled to arrive early evening at Madrid airport, followed by the trip hotel in Madrid. (B)

Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the old town and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savouring the delicious flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW) BarcelĂł Valencia. | Contemporary | ∂

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY



TREASURES OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO “ Not everyone dances flamenco, drinks sangria, goes to the bullfights and enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. Far from it. Spain and Portugal are full of surprises!� - Denise, Travel Director

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Alfarnatejo: Hear the stories of local life as you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine. Visit Prado Museum with a local art historian • Cristina Heeren Foundation for a Flamenco dance class and show • Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS The Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Travel across the Straits of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa. Visit Chapel of the Apparitions in Fåtima • Jerónimos Monastery • Seville Cathedral • Bahia Palace • Fes Medina. City tours of Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Fes, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier and Gibraltar, all with Local Experts. See à vila • Salamanca's Plaza Mayor • Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla in Alfarnatejo. Enjoy the scenery of south-west Europe and northern Africa as you pass the Estrela Mountains, the Middle Atlas Mountains, and continue along Costa del Sol, through the province of Malaga and the La Mancha region.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Celebration Dinner with wine in Madrid. Taste PastÊis de BelÊm in Lisbon • Olive Oil in Alfarnatejo.

FROM â‚Ź186 PER DAY

PORTUGAL Tagus Estrela River Mts.

FĂĄtima Sintra LISBON

Ă vila

(Day 2)

Alentejo

SEVILLE (Days 5 & 6)

2

Gibraltar TANGIER

CASABLANCA (Day 11)

Rabat 1

1

MADRID

(Days 1, 16 & 17)

SPAIN

Consuegra

1

CĂłrdoba

Andalucia

1 GRANADA (Day 15)

Alfarnatejo 2 COSTA DEL SOL

(Days 13 & 14)

(Day 12)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

1

Sierra de Guadarrama

SALAMANCA Sierra Morena

2

(Days 3 & 4)

1

MOROCCO 2

FES

(Days 7 & 8)

Atlas Mountains

MARRAKESH 2 (Days 9 & 10)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

151


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 17 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 16 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 6 DINNERS | 23 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



TRIP PLANNER - 17 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź393 pp

ďƒŤ

ďƒŤ

STARTS ENDS

TRIP CODE: E942 TWIN

Sat 18 Apr Mon 04 May â‚Ź3895 Sat 25 Apr Mon 11 May â‚Ź3895

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug Mon 07 Sep Mon 14 Sep

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 05 Oct Mon 12 Oct

â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3925 â‚Ź3895

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct ďƒŤďƒˆ Sat 17 Oct Mon 20 Jul â‚Ź3725 ďƒˆ Sat 24 Oct Mon 27 Jul â‚Ź3725 Sat 31 Oct Mon 03 Aug â‚Ź3725 Mon 10 Aug â‚Ź3725 Sat 14 Nov

Mon 19 Oct Mon 26 Oct Mon 02 Nov Mon 09 Nov Mon 16 Nov

â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3175

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun Mon 15 Jun

â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3895 â‚Ź3850 â‚Ź3850

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Mon 22 Jun Mon 29 Jun Mon 06 Jul Mon 13 Jul

â‚Ź3750 â‚Ź3750 â‚Ź3750 â‚Ź3725

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

STARTS

ďƒŤ

â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3750 â‚Ź3825

Mon 30 Nov â‚Ź3150

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 30% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Guest requiring visas for the UK will also need a separate visa for Gibraltar, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at an alternative hotel of similar standard in Granada. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź380 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź140 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź98 | Past Guest â‚Ź196 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź740 p.p. to â‚Ź1180 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź168 p.p.

â„“



Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a delicious Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers. (DW) Hotel Riu Plaza De EspaĂąa. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 PRADO MUSEUM AND ON TO GOLDEN SALAMANCA. ★ With your Local Expert, travel along the main historical areas of the capital of Spain, knows as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, to discover the origins of the city. đ&#x;‘ Join an art historian to explore the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and other masters. Journey past the walls of Ă vila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings. (B)  Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca. | Traditional | ∂

★ *SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS



152

DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID. Transfers leave Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 16:00.

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START HOLY FĂ TIMA AND LISBON. Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to FĂĄtima. Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Your travels continue to Lisbon. (B) Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon. | Traditional | ∂

★

DAY 4 LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE GREAT DISCOVERIES. Your exploration with a Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town to the Terreiro do Paço with a visit to the BelÊm Quarter.

★

Enjoy a taste of the famous PastĂŠis de BelĂŠm from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient BelĂŠm Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank.

★

★

★





Visit the 500-year-old JerĂłnimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free for you to explore further as you wish. (B) DAY 5 TO SEVILLE, THE CITY OF CARMEN. Journey to Seville to join your Local Expert for a tour of the immense Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus. See the slender Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Continue your exploration through the labyrinthine narrow streets and shaded squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, emerging beside the great walls of the Alcazar. (B) Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME AND FLAMENCO IN SEVILLE. This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to CĂłrdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? đ&#x;‘ Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B) DAY 7

ℎ THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR TO FES. ★



Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to reach Morocco – a land of musky spices and colourful souks. Your travels continue to Fes, Morocco's most ancient imperial city. (B) (D) Marriott Jnan Palace, Fes (Deluxe Room with Pool View). | Contemporary | ∂

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 17 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 16 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 6 DINNERS | 23 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

★

★ 

★

★



★

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START THE ANCIENT IMPERIAL CITY OF FES. Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina. Explore this walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making and gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. Then you are at leisure to continue exploring as you wish, or perhaps cool off with a dip in the pool at your hotel. (B) (D) DAY 9 ON THE ROAD TO MARRAKESH. See the Middle Atlas Mountains and mudwalled villages as you journey to Marrakesh. (B) MĂśvenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START MARRAKESH, PEARL OF THE SOUTH. An exploration with your Local Expert will show you the Medina with its many souks and the Koutoubia Minaret dominating the skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time when it was built in the late 19th century. (B) DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START PLAY IT AGAIN SAM IN CASABLANCA. Journey to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca. Discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam', during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country, and the chic seaside strip, known as the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes. (B) (D) Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca. | Contemporary | ∂

★



Here you will enjoy beautiful views where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. After dinner, you are at leisure to relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel or take a stroll along the Bay of Tangier. (B) (D) Grand Hotel Villa de France by BlueBay, Tangier. | Historic | ∂

DAY 13

ℎ ON TO THE COSTA DEL SOL. ★



Cross the water to Spain and continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704. Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. (B) MeliĂĄ Costa del Sol, Torremolinos. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL. Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso. (B)

DAY 15 DINING WITH LOCALS AND THE ALHAMBRA PALACE. Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of just 500 people and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. ★ Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. đ&#x;‘ Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Alfarnatejo to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.

â„“



đ&#x;‘ Continue to Granada, where overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant, exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. (B) (LW)  Melia, Granada. | Traditional | ∂

ℓ 

✈

DAY 16 TO MADRID IN SEARCH OF DON QUIXOTE. Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote.

On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of delicious food and wine at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Hotel Riu Plaza De EspaĂąa. DAY 17 DEPART MADRID. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (B)

In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region.

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START RABAT AND TANGIER. Travel north to Rabat, to see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert. Your journey continues to Morocco's great port of Tangier, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar.

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź644 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

153


SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź450 pp

GRAND SPAIN & PORTUGAL

STARTS

TRIP CODE: E930

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 18 Apr Tue 05 May â‚Ź4325 Sat 25 Apr Tue 12 May â‚Ź4325

“ You can’t miss the evening horse and carriage ride through Seville - the bustling squares, illuminated buildings and aroma of orange blossoms is as traditional as a gondola ride in Venice.� - Dom, Travel Director

ďƒŤ

Sat 02 May Tue 19 May â‚Ź4325 Sat 16 May Tue 02 Jun â‚Ź4325 Sat 30 May Tue 16 Jun â‚Ź4350 Sat 13 Jun Tue 30 Jun Sat 27 Jun Tue 14 Jul

â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4495

STARTS

Sat 25 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 11 Aug â‚Ź4495

Sat 08 Aug Tue 25 Aug â‚Ź4495 Sat 22 Aug Tue 08 Sep â‚Ź4495 Sat 05 Sep Sat 19 Sep

Tue 22 Sep â‚Ź4495 Tue 06 Oct â‚Ź4375

Sat 03 Oct Tue 20 Oct â‚Ź4375 Tue 03 Nov â‚Ź4250

ďƒŤ Sat 17 Oct

Sat 11 Jul

Tue 28 Jul

â‚Ź4495

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is a 10% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź112 | Past Guest â‚Ź225 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1170 p.p. to â‚Ź1500 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź178 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL AND NORTHERN SPAIN.

Santiago de Compostela: Choose between a city tour with a Local Expert to visit Praza do Obradoiro or a scenic walk on the Way of St James, through parks and gardens.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Seville: Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation and feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson. Later, witness emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. Visit Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens with a Local Expert • A Damascene workshop • Prado Museum with a local art historian.

@ianillen sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Jamon Iberico Seville, Spain GijĂłn

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Seville Cathedral • JerĂłnimos Monastery • FĂĄtimaa basilica • Santo TomĂŠ church • Picos de Europa National Park • Holy Cave of Covadonga • Sagrada FamĂ­lia. City tours of Madrid, Oviedo, San SebastiĂĄn, Barcelona, Toledo and Seville, and Lisbon, all with Local Experts.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Days 10 & 11)

Highlight Dinner in Madrid • Dine with a local of Gijón • Celebration Dinner in Barcelona. Taste Ham in Huelva • PastÊis de BelÊm in Lisbon • Wine in Rueda.

FROM â‚Ź237 PER DAY 154

1

2

OVIEDO (Day 12)

PORTUGAL Estrela Mts

FĂĄtima 2

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Costa Verde

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

LISBON

Algarve

Picos de Europa

Rueda

SALAMANCA (Day 7)

Pamplona

1

MADRID

(Days 1, 8, 9 & 18)

2

Biarritz

FRANCE

St-Jean-de-Luz

SAN SEBASTIĂ N (Days 14 & 15)

La Rioja

Castilla Y LeĂłn

Ă vila

Pyrenees

Sierra de Guadarrama

1

Sierra de Gredos

Tagus River

(Days 5 & 6)

Santillana SANTANDER (Day 13) del Mar Costa Vasca 1 Covadonga Bilbao Zumaia 2

SPAIN Sierra de Aracena

SEVILLE

Toledo

Castilla La Mancha

Sierra Morena

2

(Days 3 & 4)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

CĂłrdoba Sierra de Baza Andalucia

1 Sierra Nevada

GRANADA (Day 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

Catalonia

2 BARCELONA

(Days 16, 17 & 18)


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 18 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 17 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 5 DINNERS | 29 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“

★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO MADRID. Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. During your time in Madrid you will travel along the main historical areas. Your drive will take you through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. (DW) Hotel Riu Plaza De EspaĂąa. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 TOLEDO AND ON TO GRANADA. đ&#x;‘ Meet a master Damascene craftsperson. ★ Explore Toledo led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo TomĂŠ, housing El Greco's ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.' (B) (DW)  Vincci AlbayzĂ­n, Granada. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 THE ALHAMBRA PALACE. đ&#x;‘ Explore the incredible Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens of the Generalife, with your Local Expert. ★ In Seville a Local Expert guides you through the Santa Cruz Quarter to emerge by the Alcazar. Enter the immense cathedral, to see the Tomb of Christopher Columbus. (B)  Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN SEVILLE. Enjoy a free day to explore as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of CĂłrdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. đ&#x;‘ Visit Cristina Heeren Foundation, a private flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, ut your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson, before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With free time for dinner, head to nearby Triana market where vendors are selling tapas and sangria made from fresh, local produce. (B) DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START LISBON. Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous hams.



★

★

 ★ ★

â„“



Stop in Huelva for a demonstration of ham cutting and a tasting of fresh jamĂłn ibĂŠrico. (B) Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START LISBON. Visit the BelÊm Quarter and enjoy a taste of PastÊis de BelÊm. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the BelÊm Tower. Visit Jerónimos Monastery with a Local Expert. (B)

DAY 7 HOLY FĂ TIMA AND SALAMANCA. In FĂĄtima visit the famed basilica. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans. (B) Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 Ă VILA AND MADRID. Travel to Ă vila to walk within the ancient city. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW) Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. đ&#x;‘ Visit the Prado Museum with an art historian, housing works by VelĂĄzquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others. (B)



ď”ˆ ★

DAY 10 THROUGH RUEDA TO SANTIAGO. Learn how wines are produced in Rueda and sample the delights of the Verdejo grape. Travel on to Santiago de Compostela. (B) (DW) NH Collection Santiago de Compostela. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Explore Santiago de Compostela with Insight Choice. Join a city tour with a Local Expert or a scenic walk on the Way of St James. (B) DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START THE COSTA VERDE TO OVIEDO. Travel along the Green Coast of Asturias.

â„“

★

 ★



★ 



In GijĂłn, meet Flor, who will invite you to join her for lunch in her home. In Oviedo with a Local Expert, visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in Plaza Alfonso II. (B) (LW) BarcelĂł Oviedo Cervantes. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 13 SANTANDER. Head into Picos de Europa to visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while travelling to Santillana del Mar, arguably the most beautiful village in Spain. Eurostars Hotel Real, Santander. | Historic | ∂ DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START BILBAO AND SAN SEBASTIĂ N. Admire the architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Continue to San SebastiĂĄn and walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter and admire views atop Monte Igueldo. (B) BarcelĂł Costa Vasca, San SebastiĂĄn. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 ¡ RELAXED START THE CANTABRIAN COAST. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore. Perhaps you'll want to explore the nearby French villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz? (B)

★  ★ ★

â„“

✈

DAY 16 PAMPLONA AND ON TO BARCELONA. Journey to Pamplona and Barcelona. (B) Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 17 BARCELONA, CITY OF GAUDĂ?. With your Local Expert, explore the Gothic Quarter, see Las Ramblas and head along the Passeig de GrĂ cia. Visit the Sagrada FamĂ­lia. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast to your travels during your delightful Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 DEPART BARCELONA OR MADRID. Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00. The 09:00 transfer continues on to Madrid airport and trip hotel in the early evening. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź746 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

155


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guests

  @icefunkle and @browneyes09897 on COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE AND NORMANDY, BRITTANY & LOIRE VALLEY

Learn more about these trips on pages 162 and 158 and create your own special moments.


FRANCE, BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS Enthralling experiences await in this vibrant slice of Europe. Be charmed by cosmopolitan Paris, sample delicious food and wine in the Loire Valley, and take in the glamour of the South of France. You can also visit poignant WWI and WWII sites, and meander along Amsterdam’s canals.

THE NETHERLANDS BELGIUM LUXEMBOURG

FRANCE

ITINERARIES COUNTRY ROADS OF BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG & THE NETHERLANDS 158 NORMANDY, BRITTANY & THE LOIRE VALLEY 160 COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE 162 FRENCH HERITAGE 164 167 WWI BATTLEFIELDS

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES VERS PONT DU GARD: Take part in a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. DORDOGNE: Learn about the aromatic ‘black diamonds’ and walk through the truffle valley led by a hunting dog. 5 ITINERARIES | 4 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 157


FRANCE BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź295 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG & THE NETHERLANDS

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘

A mesmerising journey with visits to famous battlefields and iconic art museums. Pass through picturesque villages and see the famous windmills that decorate the Dutch countryside.

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E918 TWIN

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Tue 14 Apr Tue 21 Apr Tue 28 Apr Tue 05 May

â‚Ź2925 â‚Ź2925 â‚Ź2925 â‚Ź2925

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 30 May

Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May Tue 09 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Tue 23 Jun â‚Ź2875 Tue 07 Jul â‚Ź2850

STARTS

Sat 11 Jul ďƒˆ Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2925 â‚Ź2925 â‚Ź2875

ENDS

Sat 08 Aug Tue 18 Aug â‚Ź2850 Sat 22 Aug Tue 01 Sep â‚Ź2850 Sat 05 Sep Sat 19 Sep

Tue 15 Sep â‚Ź2875 Tue 29 Sep â‚Ź2875

Sat 03 Oct Tue 13 Oct â‚Ź2875

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ These departures visit Keukenhof Gardens and will not have a Relaxed Start on Day 10. ďƒˆ This group will stay at NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon in Brussels. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź280 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź130 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź74 | Past Guest â‚Ź148 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź850 p.p. to â‚Ź870 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź109 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Amsterdam: Explore the Rijksmuseum with a local art historian. Visit a cheese and clog workshop in Monnickendam.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Visit the site of the Battle of Waterloo • Bastogne War Museum • Delft Pottery workshop. City tours of Ghent, Bruges and Luxembourg, all with Local Experts. See Mannekin Pis and Grand Place in Brussels • The market hall in Rotterdam • The Hague • Dam Square and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam • Monnikendam.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Brussels • Choice of Dine-Around options in Bruges • Farm-ToTable meal in Luxembourg • Celebration Dinner in Monnickendam. Taste Chimay Trappist beer and cheese.

FROM â‚Ź260 PER DAY 158

TWIN

Tue 21 Jul â‚Ź2850 Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź2850

Keukenhof, The Netherlands

3 Keukenhof The Hague

Delft

Holland

Monnikendam

AMSTERDAM

(Days 8, 9, 10 & 11)

THE NETHERLANDS

1 ROTTERDAM (Day 7)

BRUGES (Days 3 & 4)

2

Flanders

Ghent Ypres

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

BRUSSELS (Days 1 & 2)

2

Ardennes Plateau

Waterloo BELGIUM MolignĂŠe Durbuy Valley

FRANCE Bourlers

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Bastogne

River Meuse

2 CLERVAUX (Days 5 & 6)

Luxembourg City

LUXEMBOURG

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



★

â„“  ★

★

★

â„“

 ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BRUSSELS. Airport transfers depart Brussels airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 14:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:00 for a visit to the cheeky Manneken Pis statue and leisurely stroll around the Grand Place. Your delightful first evening also includes a Welcome Dinner with drinks at a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town, with an opportunity to mingle with your travelling companions. (DW) NH Collection Brussels Centre. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START THE BATTLEFIELD OF WATERLOO. Visit the Battlefield of Waterloo to learn about Napoleon's final defeat in 1815. Immerse yourself in the action at the Panorama, a huge 360-degree mural depicting a key moment in the raging battle. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb the 230 steps to the top of the Lion's Mound for views over the battlefield and countryside. Return to Brussels, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the lively city of Antwerp. (B) DAY 3 GHENT AND ON TO BRUGES. In the morning, admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium. Your journey then crosses the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to reach Ghent, the City of Flowers offering a fascinating cultural mix of medieval heritage and modern urban life. With a Local Expert, take a stroll through the historical streets and be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays, churches and squares.

belfry of the Market Hall. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall. The afternoon is free and in the evening, perhaps visit the town of Ypres? (B)

★

ℓ 

★

Continue to Bruges for a fabulous DineAround Evening, amid the old-world atmosphere of the town centre. (B) (DW) Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START SIGHTSEEING BRUGES. Meet your Local Expert from Bruges for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with highgabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80-metre

★

DAY 5 TO LUXEMBOURG. Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region where picturesque country roads lead you to the late 19th century Scourmont Abbey. The surrounding plateau on which it is built was once considered wild and barren land, but the Trappist monks have toiled for over 100 years to create a successful farm, brewery and cheese plant. Visit the Chimay Experience to learn about the production secrets of Chimay Trappist beers. Your visit concludes with a sample of freshly brewed beer and a taste of golden-crusted cheese. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to arrive at your 18th century chateau home for two nights. In the evening, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner accompanied with wine at restaurant L'Écurie du Parc. See the 12th century Clervaux Castle illuminated on your stroll after dinner. (B) (DW) Château d’Urspelt (Castle Rooms), Clervaux. | Castle | ∂

DAY 6 LUXEMBOURG CITY AND COUNTRYSIDE. Your travels continue to Luxembourg City for sightseeing with your Local Expert. Visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton and admire the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe and stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke. With the afternoon free for you to explore at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ancient Roman city of Trier. (B) (DW)

DAY 7 EXPLORE BASTOGNE THEN ON TO ROTTERDAM. Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to the U.S. troops who died during World War II's Battle of the Bulge, and visit the interactive memorial centre of Bastogne War Museum. Your journey continues to Rotterdam.

★

 ★ ★





During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at the radical modern design of the city that has become its distinguishing feature and see the impressive market hall. (B) Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START DELFT AND THE HAGUE. Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and see the potters at work. Continue on to the Hague to see the Binnenhof courtyards where the Parliament is situated and the impressive Peace Palace. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. (B) Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING. ★

Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port. Cruise through the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Skinny Bridge. Disembark your cruise to wander the city and see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. (B)

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START A TRUE DUTCH DELIGHT. âš‘ Select departures visit Keukenhof gardens. A unique and unforgettable experience not to be missed! đ&#x;‘ Later, in Amsterdam, visit the Rijksmuseum with a local art historian. đ&#x;‘ Journey to the fishing village of Monnikendam and learn the secrets of cheese makers’ craft and witness a traditional shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs.

â„“

✈

In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant in Monnikendam to enjoy your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 11 DEPART AMSTERDAM. Transfers to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 and 10:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź415 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

159


FRANCE BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź248 pp

NORMANDY, BRITTANY & THE LOIRE VALLEY

STARTS

“ I really love introducing guests to the KouignAmann pastry. This very traditional cake from Brittany is like a muffin-shaped, caramelised croissant that is deceptively plain-looking but devastatingly tasty.� -Caroline, Travel Director ⚑

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E926 TWIN

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sat 02 May

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395

STARTS

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sat 25 Jul â‚Ź2395 Sat 01 Aug â‚Ź2395

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2375

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

â‚Ź2475 â‚Ź2475 â‚Ź2475 â‚Ź2475

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct â‚Ź2425 Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź2425 Sat 17 Oct Sat 24 Oct â‚Ź2425

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ Bastille Day: This departure will travel over Bastille Day. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź240 2nd Trip â‚Ź62 | Past Guest â‚Ź124 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź700 p.p. to â‚Ź770 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź70 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź79 p.p.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE TO FULLY EXPERIENCE FRANCE? SEE FRENCH HERITAGE ON PAGE 164.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

ADD A 3 NIGHT WWI BATTLEFIELDS MINI-TRIP FROM ONLY â‚Ź1225 P.P. SEE PAGE 167 FOR DETAILS.

Loire Valley: At Château de Rochecotte you will enjoy a delicious Celebration Farm-toTable Dinner, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Arromanches Landing Museum • Mont-Saint-Michel • Château d'Azay Le Rideau • Château de Villandry and gardens • Chartres Cathedral. City tours of Mont-Saint Malo and Normandy Landing Beaches, both with Local Experts. See the Cathedral, Great Clock, Old Market Square and Place du Vieux-MarchĂŠ in Rouen • Honfleur • Angers Château • Chartres Cathedral • Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, ChampsÉlysĂŠes and Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Enjoy the scenery of the French countryside as you travel along the River Seine and through Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at Le Sud in Paris. Taste wine in the Loire Valley.

FROM â‚Ź294 PER DAY 160

Kouign-Amann pastry, France

Pointe du Hoc

Normandy Landing Beaches

St-Laurentsur-Mer

3 Rouen Arromanches Seine River Honfleur 2 Deauville (Days 2 & 3)

1

ST-MALO (Day 4)

1

Mont-St-Michel

Brittany

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Beauce Region

Angers

CHĂ‚TEAU DE ROCHECOTTE, LOIRE VALLEY (Days 5 & 6)

Saumur

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2

Azay le Rideau

PARIS

(Days 1,7 & 8)

FRANCE

1

Emerald Coast

World War 1 Battlefields Trip

Chartres

Loire Valley

Villandry

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 7 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ  ★

★ ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO PARIS. On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. After checking in, the capital's grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore.

At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner at Le Sud, a local brasserie with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. (DW) Le Méridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 ROUEN, HONFLEUR AND DEAUVILLE. Follow the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral. Wander through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the Old Market Square and see the church commemorating the burning of Joan of Arc in 1431. Continue to the charming fishing town of Honfleur and to your luxurious hotel located in the chic seaside resort of Deauville. (B) Hotel Barrière L’Hôtel du Golf, Deauville, Normandy. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 NORMANDY BEACHES AND D-DAY LANDINGS. Follow the route of the Rangers and visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. With a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent near Omaha Beach before a visit to the D-Day Museum to see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay of Arromanches. There are poignant reminders of World War II as you travel past Juno and Gold beaches, which both played a part in the Normandy landings. This evening you are treated to a delightful dinner, which promises creative cuisine, seasonal ingredients and delicious wines. (B) (DW)

 ★

DAY 4 MONT-SAINT-MICHEL AND SAINTMALO. Journey through Bocage country for an exploration of the hilltop abbey of MontSaint-Michel with your Local Expert. The abbey stands on an island and is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Continue along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. A Local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City of the Corsairs. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city, to the cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier and other celebrated voyagers. (B) Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint-Malo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 VILLANDRY EXPERIENCE. Head south to follow the valley of the Loire, passing the moated Angers Castle.

Cross the Loire to Saumur, where a local vintner will guide you through tastings of the region's delicious wines. With a Local Expert, head to Château de Villandry, the jewel of the Loire, to visit the glorious gardens. Ensure you don't miss the water, ornamental and kitchen gardens – a stunning sea of fragrant green herbs, silvery cabbages, and purple basil. Return to your own superb chateau for relaxation and free time. (B) Château de Rochecotte, Saint Patrice, Loire Valley. | Historic | ∂

DAY 6 SCENIC DRIVE ALONG THE LOIRE VALLEY. Journey to the fairy-tale Château d'Azayle-Rideau, considered one of the best representations of French Renaissance architecture. Continue to your chateau hotel, where you can relax like royalty in sumptuous surroundings. Your Celebration Dinner starts with a glass of local sparkling wine and continues with excellent service and delicious Farm-to-Table dishes in the most wholesome setting, ensuring the memory of your meal will linger long after you've returned home. (B) (DW)

DAY 7 LA BEAUCE AND CHARTRES TO PARIS, CITY OF LIGHT. Travel through La Beauce region to the Chartres Cathedral. Auguste Rodin called it the 'Acropolis of France,' and once inside you can marvel at the beautiful stained-glass rose window which floods the cathedral with colour and light. On return to the French capital, your Travel Director introduces you to all the sights including Notre-Dame Cathedral and the facades of the Louvre. See the Place de la Concorde and travel down the Champs Elysees to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. After dark, the City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to experience one of the world-famous cabaret shows. (B) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 AU REVOIR PARIS. Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €331 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

161


FRANCE BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS COUNTRY ROADS



TRIP PLANNER - 16 DAYS

COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź450 pp

IMPROVED ITINERARY

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr ďƒŤďƒˆ Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

ENDS

Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May Sun 10 May

TRIP CODE: E723 TWIN STARTS

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4450 â‚Ź4450

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

â‚Ź4475 â‚Ź4475 â‚Ź4325 â‚Ź4325

Sat 04 Jul

Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź4325

ďƒŤ

“ We travel through rich agricultural lands to the snow-capped Alps, then down through the historic Napoleonic Road to the breathtaking scenery of the French Riviera and into the west of France before returning to glittering Paris.� - Laura, Travel Director

âš‘

STARTS

â‚Ź4250 â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4425 â‚Ź4425

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug ďƒ? Sat 29 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4295 â‚Ź4475 â‚Ź4495

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź4495 â‚Ź4495 â‚Ź4495 â‚Ź4450

âš‘

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sun 26 Jul â‚Ź4325 Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź4295 Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź4295

ďƒŤ Sat 03 Oct

Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź4450

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 30% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. âš‘ Bastille Day: These departures will be travelling over Bastille Day. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at Golden Tulip in Aix Les Bains instead of Grenoble. ďƒ? This departure will stay in Mercure Albi Bastides in Albi. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź112 | Past Guest â‚Ź225 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź940 p.p. to â‚Ź1440 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź158 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH NORMANDY, BRITTANY AND THE LOIRE VALLEY TO FULLY EXPERIENCE FRANCE? SEE FRENCH HERITAGE ON PAGE 164.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Paris: Choose between indulging in shopping at the iconic Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour of the Right Bank with a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats.

ADD A 3 NIGHT WWI BATTLEFIELDS MINI-TRIP FROM ONLY â‚Ź1225 P.P. SEE PAGE 167 FOR DETAILS.

@vardis.k sharing one of many #InsightMoments Caption here from Annecy, France

3

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Vers Pont Du Gard: Take part in a lesson in the French sport of pĂŠtanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apĂŠritif.

2

162

Burgundy

2 DIJON

(Days 2 & 3)

Fixin Beaune

FRANCE

Visit a perfumery on the Côte D'Azur • Monaco Cathedral • Lascaux II Caves.

FROM â‚Ź266 PER DAY

Champagne

PARIS

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Fondue Dinner in Chamonix • Farm-toTable dining in Dordogne • Celebration Dinner in Paris. Taste wines in Burgundy • Market tasting in Cahors • Truffles in Dordogne.

1

(Days 1,14, 15 & 16)

Loire Valley

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

World War 1 Battlefields Trip

Beaujolais

Lascaux Caves

DORDOGNE 2 (Days 12 & 13)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1

ALBI 2

(Day 10 & 11)

Carcassonne

Châteauneufdu-Pape

Pont du Gard

CHAMONIX (Day 4)

GRENOBLE

Rocamadour

Cahors

1

Annecy (Day 5)

Route Napoleon

Avignon

NICE

(Days 6 & 7)

2

Monaco

2 St-Paul-deArles AIX-ENVence PROVENCE (Days 8 & 9)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 16 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 15 BREAKFASTS | 7 DINNERS | 22 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO PARIS. Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 CHAMPAGNE REGION AND ON TO DIJON. Journey through the Champagne region. Continue to Burgundy and stop for a taste and introduction to the famous wines of the region, with an expert vintner. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN DIJON. With your day at leisure, perhaps visit the wine capital of Beaune? (B)

★

â„“





 ★

DAY 4 CHAMONIX. Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais and ascend into the high Alps to the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Mercure Chamonix Centre. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START LAKESIDE ANNECY AND GRENOBLE. Embark on a beautiful journey to Annecy, dramatically situated between lake and mountains. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. (B) Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 THE FRENCH RIVIERA TO REACH NICE. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 7 MONACO AND THE CĂ”TE D’AZUR. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery.

★ ★

★ ★ 

Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral. (B) DAY 8 PICTURESQUE PROVENCE. Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence and walk through its winding streets. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau. (B) Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 AVIGNON AND PONT DU GARD. ★ Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d’Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace. ★ Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. đ&#x;‘ This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pĂŠtanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apĂŠritif. End your day with a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties. (B)

★ ★ ★

â„“



DAY 10 CARCASSONNE AND TO ALBI. Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town, home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travel on to Albi and marvel at iconic sites during your orientation, including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the cathedral. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi. | Historic | ∂ DAY 11 FREE TIME IN ALBI. Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi. (B)

★



Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town. đ&#x;‘ This afternoon, learn about the aromatic ‘black diamonds’ as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through true valley led by a hunting dog. After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of trues and true pastes, paired with a glass of wine. ★ Continue to beautiful Sarlat-la-CanĂŠda. (B) (DW)  La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-CanĂŠda, Dordogne. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“

 ★

ď”ˆ â„“

✈

DAY 13 EXPLORING THE DORDOGNE VALLEY. Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner at a local restaurant, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the region. (B) (DW) DAY 14 PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT. Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris. (B) (DW) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 ROMANTIC CAPITAL ON THE SEINE. During your time in Paris see the Eiffel Tower, the facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs ElysĂŠes to the Arc de Triomphe. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole. Delight in French cuisine and delicious wine. (B) (DW)

DAY 16 AU REVOIR PARIS. Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00. (B)

DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START CAHORS AND ROCAMADOUR. Sample some local Dordogne specialities when you visit the market at Cahors, famous for its black wine.

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź452 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

163


FRANCE BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS COUNTRY ROADS



FRENCH HERITAGE

IMPROVED ITINERARY

“Mont-St-Michel is the most beautiful town, tucked away on the coast of France and the perfect example of a smaller and historic town of great history with superb architecture and fascinating facts.� - Richard, Travel Director

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Paris: Choose between indulging in shopping at the iconic Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour of the Right Bank with a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Dordogne: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit a perfumery on the CĂ´te d'Azur • Monaco Cathedral • Lascaux II Caves • Arromanches Landing Museum • MontSaint-Michel • Château d'Azay Le Rideau • Château de Villandry and gardens • Chartres Cathedral. City tours of St. Malo and Normany Landing Beaches, both with a Local Experts.

Mont-Saint-Michel, France Normandy 3 Landing Honfleur Pointe Beaches World War I du Hoc Arromanches Rouen Battlefields Trip 1 2 St. Laurent DEAUVILLE Champagne 2 1 (Days 16 & 17) ST–MALO Chartres (Day 18) 1

Mont St–Michel Angers Saumur

LOIRE VALLEY

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Fondue Dinner in Chamonix • Farm-toTable dining in Dordogne • Highlight Dinner in Paris • Farm-to-Table dining at Chateau de Rochecotte. Taste wines in Burgundy, Châteauneuf-duPape and the Loire Valley • Local delicacies in Cahors market

FROM â‚Ź291 PER DAY 164

(Days 19 & 20)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

PARIS

(Days 1, 14, 15, 21 & 22)

2

FRANCE

UssĂŠ Villandry

Fixin Beaune

2 DIJON

(Days 2 & 3)

Beaujolais

DORDOGNE (Days 12 & 13)

Cahors

Lascaux Caves

2

Annecy 1

Rocamadour

ALBI 2

(Day 10 & 11)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Burgundy

1

Arles

(Day 4)

GRENOBLE (Day 5)

Châteauneufdu-Pape Pont du Avignon Gard

Carcassonne

CHAMONIX

NICE

(Days 6 & 7)

2 Monaco St-Paul de Vence 2 AIX-ENPROVENCE (Days 8 & 9)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 22 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 21 BREAKFASTS | 9 DINNERS | 31 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES TRIP PLANNER - 22 DAYS

★

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź658 pp STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: E326 TWIN

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Sat 25 Apr Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May

â‚Ź6425 â‚Ź6425 â‚Ź6525 â‚Ź6525

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun

â‚Ź6525 â‚Ź6525 â‚Ź6550 â‚Ź6550 â‚Ź6550

âš‘

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul

â‚Ź6550 â‚Ź6495 â‚Ź6450 â‚Ź6425

âš‘

Sat 04 Jul

Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź6425

ďƒŤ ďƒŤ

âš‘

ďƒŤ

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug

â‚Ź6425 â‚Ź6395 â‚Ź6395

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep

â‚Ź6395 â‚Ź6395 â‚Ź6395 â‚Ź6575 â‚Ź6575

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct

â‚Ź6575 â‚Ź6575 â‚Ź6550 â‚Ź6550

Sat 03 Oct Sat 24 Oct

â‚Ź6550

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is a 20% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. âš‘ Bastille Day: These departures will be travelling over Bastille Day. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at Golden Tulip in Aix Les Bains instead of Grenoble. ďƒ? This departure will stay in Mercure Albi Bastides in Albi. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź640 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź164 | Past Guest â‚Ź329 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1560 p.p. to â‚Ź2080 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź217 p.p.



DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME IN DIJON. With your day at leisure, perhaps visit the wine capital of Beaune? (B)

★

â„“



*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS THIS TRIP IS A COMBINATION OF NORMANDY, BRITTANY & THE LOIRE VALLEY AND COUNTRY ROADS OF FRANCE. ADD A 3 NIGHT WWI BATTLEFIELDS MINI-TRIP FROM ONLY â‚Ź1225 P.P. SEE PAGE 167 FOR DETAILS.

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO PARIS. Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 CHAMPAGNE REGION AND ON TO DIJON. Journey through the Champagne region. Continue to Burgundy and stop for a taste and introduction to the famous wines of the region, with an expert vintner. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery. | Traditional | ∂



 ★ ★

★

DAY 4 CHAMONIX. Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais and ascend into the high Alps to the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Mercure Chamonix Centre. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START LAKESIDE ANNECY AND GRENOBLE. Embark on a beautiful journey to Annecy, dramatically situated between the lake and mountains. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. (B) Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 6 THE FRENCH RIVIERA TO REACH NICE. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 7 MONACO AND THE CĂ”TE D’AZUR. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery. Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral. (B)

★ ★ 



DAY 8 PICTURESQUE PROVENCE. Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence and walk through its winding streets. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau. (B) Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 AVIGNON AND PONT DU GARD. ★ Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d’Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace. ★ Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. đ&#x;‘ This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pĂŠtanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apĂŠritif. End your day with a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties. (B)

★

★



DAY 10 CARCASSONNE AND TO ALBI. Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travel on to Albi and marvel at iconic sites during your orientation, including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the cathedral. (B) (DW) Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi. | Historic | ∂

DAY 11 FREE TIME IN ALBI. Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi. (B) DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START CAHORS AND ROCAMADOUR.

★

Sample some local Dordogne specialities when you visit the market at Cahors, famous for its black wine. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town.

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź718 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

165


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 22 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 21 BREAKFASTS | 9 DINNERS | 34 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

đ&#x;‘ This afternoon, learn about the aromatic ‘black diamonds’ as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through true valley led by a hunting dog. After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of trues and true pastes, paired with a glass of wine. Enjoy a delicious Farm-toTable Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region. Continue to beautiful Sarlat-la-CanĂŠda. (B) (DW)  La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-CanĂŠda, Dordogne. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“

 ★

ď”ˆ â„“

DAY 13 EXPLORING THE DORDOGNE VALLEY. Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner at a local restaurant, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the region. (B) (DW) DAY 14 PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT. Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. (B) Le MĂŠridien Etoile, Paris. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 15 ROMANTIC CAPITAL ON THE SEINE. During your time in Paris your Travel Director introduces you to all the sights including Notre-Dame Cathedral and the facades of the Louvre. See the Place de la Concorde and travel down the Champs Elysees to Napolean's Arc de Triomphe. After dark, the City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by the Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. Enjoy a Highight Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole. Delight in French cuisine and delicious wine. (B) (DW)

166

★



★ ★

â„“

★

★ ★



DAY 16 ROUEN, HONFLEUR AND DEAUVILLE. Follow the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral. Wander through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the Old Market Square and see the church commemorating the burning of Joan of Arc in 1431. Continue to the charming fishing town of Honfleur and to your luxurious hotel located in the chic seaside resort of Deauville. (B) Hotel Barrière L’HĂ´tel du Golf, Deauville, Normandy. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 17 NORMANDY BEACHES AND D-DAY LANDINGS. Follow the route of the Rangers and visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. With a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent near Omaha Beach before a visit to the D-Day Museum to see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay of Arromanches. There are poignant reminders of World War II as you travel past Juno and Gold beaches, which both played a part in the Normandy landings. This evening you are treated to a delightful dinner, which promises creative cuisine, seasonal ingredients and delicious wines. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 MONT-SAINT-MICHEL AND SAINTMALO. Journey through Bocage country for an exploration of the hilltop abbey of MontSaint-Michel with your Local Expert. The abbey stands on an island and is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Continue along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. A Local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City of the Corsairs. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city, to the cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier and other celebrated voyagers. (B) HĂ´tel Le Nouveau Monde, Saint-Malo. | Traditional | ∂

★

★



★

â„“

★



✈



DAY 19 VILLANDRY EXPERIENCE. Head south to follow the valley of the Loire, passing the moated Angers Castle. Cross the Loire to Saumur, where a local vintner will guide you through tastings of the region's delicious wines. With a Local Expert, head to Château de Villandry, the jewel of the Loire, to visit the glorious gardens. Ensure you don't miss the water, ornamental and kitchen gardens – a stunning sea of fragrant green herbs, silvery cabbages, and purple basil. Return to your own superb chateau for relaxation and free time. (B) Château de Rochecotte, Saint Patrice, Loire Valley. | Historic | ∂

DAY 20 SCENIC DRIVE ALONG THE LOIRE VALLEY. Journey to the fairy-tale Château d'Azayle-Rideau, considered one of the best representations of French Renaissance architecture. Having recently undergone extensive restorations, take your time to admire the subtle blend of French tradition and innovative Italian decor within this 16th century icon of the Loire Valley. Continue to your chateau hotel, where you can relax like royalty in sumptuous surroundings. Your Celebration Dinner starts with a glass of local sparkling wine and continues with excellent service and delicious Farm-to-Table dishes in the most wholesome setting, ensuring the memory of your meal will linger long after you've returned home. (B) (DW)

DAY 21 LA BEAUCE AND CHARTRES TO PARIS, CITY OF LIGHT. Travel through Beauce region to the Chartres Cathedral. Auguste Rodin called it the 'Acropolis of France,' and once inside you can marvel at the beautiful stained-glass rose window which floods the cathedral with colour and light. On return to the French capital, glamour don't miss the chance to experience one of the world-famous cabaret shows. (B) Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 22 AU REVOIR PARIS. Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00. (B)

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


FRANCE BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS

TRIP PLANNER - 4 DAYS

REGIONAL JOURNEY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €128 pp

WORLD WAR I BATTLEFIELDS

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: EWW1 TWIN

Sun 26 Apr Wed 29 Apr €1250 Sun 10 May Wed 13 May €1250 Sun 24 May Wed 27 May €1250

This emotive journey takes you to iconic battlefields, war cemeteries and memorials honouring those who fought around the world.

Sun 07 Jun Wed 10 Jun €1275 Sun 21 Jun Wed 24 Jun €1275

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Wed 05 Aug €1225 Sun 16 Aug Wed 19 Aug €1225 Sun 30 Aug Wed 02 Sep €1225

Sun 13 Sep Wed 16 Sep €1275 Sun 27 Sep Wed 30 Sep €1275 Sun 11 Oct Wed 14 Oct €1275

Sun 05 Jul Sun 19 Jul

Wed 08 Jul €1275 Wed 22 Jul €1225

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. This trip departs from and concludes at Le Méridien Etoile in Paris. Transfers to this hotel on Day 1 are not included. This trip may be operated by mini-bus without washroom or extra legroom. ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from €200 p.p. to €230 p.p. Triple Room Reduction €50 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €40 p.p.

Vimy Ridge, France

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Franco-Australian Museum in VillersBretonneux. City tours of Vimy Ridge and the Somme Battlefields both with Local Experts. See Lille • Australian cemetery at Fromelles • Leaning Virgin and church of Albert • Ypres Battlefields • Beaumont-Hamel •Péronne. Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited Ypres 1 Fromelles

Vimy Ridge Longueval

AMIENS

2 VillersBretonneux

(Days 2 & 3)

Polygon Wood

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 4 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 3 BREAKFASTS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 BELGIUM

LILLE

(Day 1)

Thiepval Albert Péronne

★ FRANCE

PARIS

FROM €307 PER DAY

DAY 1 YPRES BATTLEFIELDS AND LILLE. Depart Le Méridien Etoile Paris at 09:00 bound for Flanders Fields. Visit the Ypres Salient battlefields, including Hill 60, Polygon Wood, the Passchendaele Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery. In the town of Ypres, hear the Last Post sounded at the Menin Gate. Continue to your hotel and join your Travel Director for a Welcome Drink. Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 FROMELLES AND VIMY RIDGE. See the Australian cemetery of Fromelles, before continuing to the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge. Take in a visit to the trenches preserved just as they were during the Great War with a Local Expert, who tells stories of battles that raged the now silent pastures. Continue to Amiens and perhaps visit the impressive cathedral? (B) Mercure Amiens Cathédrale Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

★ ★

★ ★

DAY 3 · RELAXED START THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE SOMME. Meet your Local Expert to explore the key battlefields of the Somme. Visit the Lochnagar Crater, the South African and New Zealand Memorials at Longueval, Newfoundland Memorial and Museum and the FrancoBritish Memorial at Thiepval. Enjoy a stop in Albert to see the church. Afterwards, explore Beaumont-Hamel on the way back to Amiens where you will have the afternoon at leisure. (B)

DAY 4 RETURN TO PARIS. Visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Franco-Australian Museum in the local Victoria School. Stop to explore Le Hamel and then continue to Péronne. On return to Paris, a stop is made at Charles De Gaulle Airport. For those departing in the evening, please do not schedule flights before 20:00. Alternatively the coach will drop you at Le Méridien Etoile hotel. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €115

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

167


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guest:

  @yp_estrella on WONDERS OF TURKEY and our Travel Directors: Virendra, Devendra and Luck on

CLASSICAL INDIA WITH NEPAL

Learn more about these trips on pages 180 and 192 and create your own special moments.


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS Miles of sparkling coastline. Ancient sun-bleached relics and ruins. Exquisite islands, and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Just add warm-hearted hospitality, and you’ll find it hard to leave.

TURKEY

GREECE

NEPAL

MOROCCO

INDIA

EGYPT

SRI LANKA

ITINERARIES GLORIES OF GREECE TREASURES OF GREECE & THE ISLANDS GRECIAN LEGENDS GRECIAN DREAMS GRECIAN FABLES GREEK ISLAND HOPPER MEDITERRANEAN DREAMS MEDITERRANEAN FABLES WONDERS OF TURKEY TREASURES OF TURKEY NEW JORDAN EXPERIENCE WITH DEAD SEA OPTION ISRAEL DISCOVERY WONDERS OF EGYPT SPLENDOURS OF EGYPT CLASSICAL INDIA WITH NEPAL NEW CLASSICAL SRI LANKA NEW

170 172 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 182 184 186 188 190 192 194

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES MYKONOS: Join a Greek captain for a fun-filled cruise off the south coast of Mykonos. OLYMPIA: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialities in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking. 18 ITINERARIES | 7 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 169


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 7 DAYS



GLORIES OF GREECE

STARTS

TRIP CODE: I951B

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 29 Mar Sat 04 Apr â‚Ź1795 Tue 31 Mar Mon 06 Apr â‚Ź1795

“ I love how guests react to hearing the Zorba Greek song, because it’s amazing that one old song can still unite and spread so much enthusiasm.� - Lisa, Travel Director

ď ˛

ď ˛

Sun 05 Apr Tue 07 Apr Sun 12 Apr Tue 14 Apr Sun 19 Apr Tue 21 Apr Sun 26 Apr Tue 28 Apr

Sat 11 Apr Mon 13 Apr Sat 18 Apr Mon 20 Apr Sat 25 Apr Mon 27 Apr Sat 02 May Mon 04 May

â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

Sun 03 May Tue 05 May Sun 10 May Tue 12 May Sun 17 May Tue 19 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May

Sat 09 May Mon 11 May Sat 16 May Mon 18 May Sat 23 May Mon 25 May Sat 30 May Mon 01 Jun Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

Tue 02 Jun Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun Sun 14 Jun Tue 16 Jun Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Sun 28 Jun Tue 30 Jun

Mon 08 Jun Sat 13 Jun Mon 15 Jun Sat 20 Jun Mon 22 Jun Sat 27 Jun Mon 29 Jun Sat 04 Jul Mon 06 Jul

â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

Sun 05 Jul Tue 07 Jul

Sat 11 Jul â‚Ź1895 Mon 13 Jul â‚Ź1895

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Tue 04 Aug Sun 09 Aug Tue 11 Aug Sun 16 Aug Tue 18 Aug Sun 23 Aug Tue 25 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sat 08 Aug Mon 10 Aug Sat 15 Aug Mon 17 Aug Sat 22 Aug Mon 24 Aug Sat 29 Aug Mon 31 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

Tue 01 Sep Sun 06 Sep Tue 08 Sep Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Tue 22 Sep Sun 27 Sep Tue 29 Sep

Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep Mon 14 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep Mon 28 Sep Sat 03 Oct Mon 05 Oct

â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1925 â‚Ź1895

Sun 04 Oct Tue 06 Oct Sun 11 Oct Tue 13 Oct Sun 18 Oct Tue 20 Oct Tue 27 Oct

Sat 10 Oct â‚Ź1895 Mon 12 Oct â‚Ź1895 Sat 17 Oct â‚Ź1895 Mon 19 Oct â‚Ź1895 Sat 24 Oct â‚Ź1895 Mon 26 Oct â‚Ź1895 Mon 02 Nov â‚Ź1895

Sun 12 Jul Tue 14 Jul Sun 19 Jul Tue 21 Jul Sun 26 Jul Tue 28 Jul

Sat 18 Jul Mon 20 Jul Sat 25 Jul Mon 27 Jul Sat 01 Aug Mon 03 Aug

â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895 â‚Ź1895

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W951A

Tue 10 Nov Mon 16 Nov â‚Ź1695 Sun 22 Nov Sat 28 Nov â‚Ź1695 Tue 24 Nov Mon 30 Nov â‚Ź1695

âš‘

Sun 06 Dec Sat 12 Dec Tue 08 Dec Mon 14 Dec Sun 20 Dec Sat 26 Dec Wed 23 Dec Tue 29 Dec Wed 30 Dec Tue 05 Jan

â‚Ź1695 â‚Ź1695 â‚Ź1750 â‚Ź1750 â‚Ź1750

Sun 24 Jan Sat 30 Jan â‚Ź1675 Tue 26 Jan Mon 01 Feb â‚Ź1675

Sun 07 Mar Tue 09 Mar Sun 21 Mar Tue 23 Mar

Sat 13 Mar â‚Ź1750 Mon 15 Marâ‚Ź1750 Sat 27 Mar â‚Ź1750 Mon 29 Marâ‚Ź1750

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order of this itinerary may change at short notice. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: New Year’s Eve in Kalambaka. ď ˛ These departures will run in reverse. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź180 Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź90 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź54 | Past Guest â‚Ź108 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź450 p.p. to â‚Ź790 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

@insighttracy sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Meteora, Greece

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Acropolis • Meteora monastery • The Sacred Way and Temple of Apollo in Delphi. City tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Mycenae, all with Local Experts. See Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens • Leonidas Monument in Thermopylae • Meteora rocks from Kalambaka • Athenian Treasury and Polygonal Wall in Delphi • Temple of Zeus and athlete's gymnasium in Olympia • Lion Gate and royal beehive-tombs of Mycenae • Nafplio.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Cooking demonstration in Olympia • Greek Celebration Dinner in Athens.

FROM â‚Ź240 PER DAY 170

GREECE

Pindus Mountains

Meteora 2 KALAMBAKA (Days 2 & 3)

Thermopylae

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

ATHENS

Delphi

Rio-Antirio Bridge

(Days 1, 6 & 7)

1

Patras Mycenae

2

Arkadia Mountains

OLYMPIA

1

Corinth Canal

Nafplio

Saronic Gulf

(Days 4 & 5)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 7 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 6 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

★

★

â„“



★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ATHENS. An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.

★

At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine. (DW) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ATHENS, CITY OF GODS. Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner. (B) (D) Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START THE PINNACLES OF METEORA. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum. (B)



★

â„“

DAY 4 THE SACRED WAY AND ONTO OLYMPIA. Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel. (B) (D) Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 ANCIENT OLYMPIA. It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to the god Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honour the chief of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with the characteristic arch. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line.

â„“



✈

Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, before arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer. (B) (DW) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START DEPART ATHENS. This morning after breakfast, your Grecian odyssey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey. (B)

FOR THE FULL GRECIAN EXPERIENCE, WHY NOT COMBINE THIS JOURNEY WITH A THREE, FOUR OR SEVEN NIGHT CRUISE, OR RELAX WITH TIME ON MYKONOS AND SANTORINI WITH THE TREASURES OF GREECE & THE ISLANDS TRIP?

In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience the authentic Greek flavours as you savour dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner. (B) (D)

DAY 6 MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO. Today you leave the ancient city of Olympia and begin your journey back to the capital. ★ Stop for a visit at the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. đ&#x;‘ Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. ★ Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio known for its beautiful architecture, colourful shops and cafes.

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź373 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

171


GREECE & TURKEY REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



TREASURES OF GREECE & THE ISLANDS

ď ˛

“ You can’t miss Athens, with the Acropolis and Ancient Olympic Stadium, where you can run on the track from the original games in ancient times.� -Lisa, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: I953M

STARTS

Sun 26 Apr

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun

â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź4325 â‚Ź4325 â‚Ź4325

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

â‚Ź4325 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675

Sat 09 May â‚Ź3995

STARTS

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

ENDS

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug

TWIN

Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep

â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4675 â‚Ź4325 â‚Ź4325

Sun 06 Sep Sat 19 Sep â‚Ź4325 Sun 13 Sep Sat 26 Sep â‚Ź4325 Sun 20 Sep Sat 03 Oct â‚Ź4325

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ď ˛ The first 6 days of this departure will run in reverse. Twin-bedded rooms in Santorini are limited and usually consist of a double bed and a sofa bed. Due to the smaller capacities available on the islands, groups maybe split between hotels. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order of the land itinerary may change at short notice. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź440 | Triple Room Reductions â‚Ź170 to â‚Ź320 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź117 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź1500 p.p. to â‚Ź2200 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

Meteora 2 KALAMBAKA (Days 2 & 3)

GREECE

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by high-speed ferry from Athens to Mykonos and Santorini Visit the Acropolis • Meteora monastery • The Sacred Way and temple of Apollo in Delphi. City tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Mycenae, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Cooking demonstration in Olympia • Greek Celebration Dinner in Athens.

FROM â‚Ź286 PER DAY 172

Thermopylae Rio-Antirio Bridge

Patras 2

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Delphi

Mycenae Arkadia

OLYMPIA Mountains (Days 4 & 5)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

ATHENS

(Days 1, 6, 13 & 14)

1

Corinth Canal

Nafplio

1

MYKONOS

(Days 10, 11 &12)

3

Saronic Gulf

SANTORINI

3

(Days 7, 8 & 9)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 13 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



★



★

★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO ATHENS. An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine. (DW) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ATHENS, CITY OF GODS. Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. See the Temple of Athena Nike and the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner. (B) (D) Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START THE PINNACLES OF METEORA. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Visit one of the monasteries and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B) DAY 4 THE SACRED WAY AND ONTO OLYMPIA. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel. (B) (D) Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“

DAY 5 ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god, Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. There is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours. (B) (D)

DAY 6 MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO. ★ Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. đ&#x;‘ Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. ★ Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colourful shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. â„“ In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer. (B) (DW)  Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 7

ℎ ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN TO 

SANTORINI. An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the truly beautiful island of Santorini. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. B) Costa Grand Resort & Spa/De Sol Hotel & Spa, Santorini. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START THE SUNSETS OF SANTORINI. With two more sun-drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you won’t ever want to leave. Relax in clifftop restaurants, laze on the sun-soaked beaches or observe history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri. In the evening, you’ll witness the first of the golden sunsets for which the island is famous. (B)

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START SANTORINI AS YOU WISH. Another day to relax and unwind on the black, red and white beaches, or why not take a caique (traditional Greek fishing boat) over to the volcanic islands for a swim in the hot springs? The island’s delicious cuisine, whitewashed houses that gleam in the bright Aegean sun, narrow cobblestone streets and world-renowned sunsets all combine to make Santorini a truly unique holiday experience. (B) DAY 10

ℎ SET SAIL FOR MYKONOS. 

Board the high-speed ferry bound for the island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel. (B) Rhenia Mykonos Hotel/Porto Mykonos Hotel, Mykonos. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START MYKONOS MYSTIQUE. This day is the first of two glorious days at leisure. Explore the town with its winding maze of walkways, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. Perhaps watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine Beach or take a short boat ride to Delos? (B) DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž MYKONOS AT LEISURE.

Another day to explore or relax as you wish. Perhaps swim the endless array of dazzling beaches that surround the island? Or maybe enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront at Little Venice? (B) DAY 13

ℎ RETURN TO ATHENS. 

✈

In the morning, grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean. You are transferred to the port for your return ferry to Athens. (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START DEPART ATHENS. Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź461 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

173


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

GRECIAN LEGENDS

STARTS

Thu 26 Mar

“ I love taking guests off the beaten track to Nafplio, a beautiful seaside town with traditional neoclassic buildings. I think it’s the most charming town on the mainland.� - Moraig, Travel Director

Ephesus: With your Local Expert, explore this Greco-Roman treasure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a pottery studio in Mycenae.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Cooking demonstration in Olympia • Celebration Dinner in Athens • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with drinks, served daily whilst cruising.

Delphi

2

OLYMPIA 2

(Days 9 & 10)

Patras

Mycenae

Nafplio

1

Corinth Canal

ATHENS 1

(Days 1, 5, 6, 11 & 12)

TURKEY Ephesus

Mykonos

Santorini

Kusadasi Patmos 3

Key: NIGHTS Heraklion CRUISING Join/Leave Options (Days 2, 3 & 4) UNESCO Heritage Site CRETE 1 Central Hotels + Nights Knossos 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

FROM â‚Ź265 PER DAY

TWIN

Mon 06 Apr â‚Ź3175

Thu 02 Apr ď ˛ Thu 09 Apr Thu 16 Apr Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr

Mon 13 Apr Mon 20 Apr Mon 27 Apr Mon 04 May Mon 11 May

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3375

Thu 07 May Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Thu 28 May

Mon 18 May Mon 25 May Mon 01 Jun Mon 08 Jun

â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375

Thu 04 Jun Thu 11 Jun Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun

Mon 15 Jun Mon 22 Jun Mon 29 Jun Mon 06 Jul

â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375

Thu 02 Jul Thu 09 Jul

Mon 13 Jul Mon 20 Jul

â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Thu 06 Aug Thu 13 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug

Mon 17 Aug Mon 24 Aug Mon 31 Aug Mon 07 Sep

â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375

Thu 03 Sep Thu 10 Sep Thu 17 Sep Thu 24 Sep

Mon 14 Sep Mon 21 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 05 Oct

â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475

Thu 01 Oct Thu 08 Oct Thu 15 Oct Thu 22 Oct

Mon 12 Oct Mon 19 Oct Mon 26 Oct Mon 02 Nov

â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375 â‚Ź3375

Thu 16 Jul Thu 23 Jul Thu 30 Jul

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 11 BREAKFASTS | 3 LUNCHES | 8 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 

DAY 1 ATHENS, CITY OF GODS. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink. Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

â„“



â„Ž CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES.

Set sail for the dazzling islands of the Aegean. Explore Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, and enjoy time at leisure to relax. đ&#x;‘ Along the way, stop in Kusadasi to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with your Local Expert. ★ Sail to the island of Patmos where St. John the Devine was exiled by the Emperor Domitian. ★ In Crete, visit the site of the ruins of King Minos' Palace of Knossos. ★ Cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets.

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM





Savour an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world, served on-board daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar). Cruise Overnight | ∂

DAYS 5 - 6 ATHENS AT LEISURE. Disembark and transfer to your hotel for two days at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an Optional Experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion? (B) (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAYS 7 - 12 EXPLORING GREECE. This fabulous itinerary blends Insight’s ‘Glories of Greece’ escorted journey exploring the Ancient ruins of Greece. Please see pages 170 - 171 for a full description of the last six days.

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź609

174

Mon 27 Jul â‚Ź3375 Mon 03 Aug â‚Ź3375 Mon 10 Aug â‚Ź3375

Nafplio, Greece

DAYS 2 - 4 ¡ RELAXED START

GREECE Meteora KALAMBAKA Thermopylae 2 (Days 7 & 8)

TRIP CODE: I987

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Roommate matching is not available on this trip. The prices shown above include port taxes & tips of â‚Ź155. Due of unforeseen circumstances, vessels, port of calls, cruise and land itinerary may change. ď ˛ Days 7 to 12 of this departure will run in reverse. CABIN OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. Standard (XA) - Code I987B: Twin (see above) | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1000 to â‚Ź1230 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź220 p.p. Premium (XB) - Code I987A: Twin Share From â‚Ź3195 p.p. to â‚Ź3550 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1000 to â‚Ź1240 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź220 p.p. Premier (XC) - Code I987AA: Twin Share From â‚Ź3250 p.p. to â‚Ź3625 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1030 to â‚Ź1250 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź240 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Cruise the Mediterranean for 3 nights. Visit the Acropolis • Meteora monastery • The Sacred Way and temple of Apollo in Delphi • Greek islands of Mykonos, Crete and Santorini. City tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Mycenae all with Local Experts.

ENDS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

GRECIAN DREAMS

STARTS

“ In Greece, we still break plates when we are excited, happy, dancing, celebrating our namedays or birthdays, get married or divorced!� - Nikos, Travel Director

Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods. Visit Ephesus.

Cooking demonstration in Olympia • Celebration Dinner in Athens • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with drinks, served daily whilst cruising.

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Delphi OLYMPIA 2 (Days 4 & 5)

1 Patras Nafplio

Mycenae

1

TURKEY

ATHENS

(Days 1, 6, 11 & 12)

1

Mykonos

Corinth Canal Heraklion

Ephesus Kusadasi Patmos Rhodes

Santorini

CRETE

4

Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sat 02 May Sat 09 May

â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3525

Tue 05 May Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May

Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525

Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525

Tue 07 Jul Tue 14 Jul

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 04 Aug Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug

Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525

Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep Tue 15 Sep Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct

â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3525

Tue 06 Oct Tue 13 Oct Tue 20 Oct Tue 27 Oct

Sat 17 Oct Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct Sat 07 Nov

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3395

Tue 21 Jul Tue 28 Jul

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 11 BREAKFASTS | 4 LUNCHES | 9 DINNERS | 17 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 

DAYS 1 - 6 EXPLORING GREECE. This fabulous itinerary blends Insight's 'Glories of Greece' escorted journey with a cruising voyage of the Aegean. Please see pages 170-171 for a full description of the first six days. Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAYS 7 - 10 ¡ RELAXED START CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES. Your Grecian adventure continues with a 4-night cruise. Explore Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini with a stop in Turkey. Soak-in the stunning views and relax on sun-drenched beaches. ★ Explore the lovely island of Mykonos with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. đ&#x;‘ Stop in Kusadasi to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with your Local Expert. ★ In Rhodes, join in a medieval tour of the old town and visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

â„Ž

Meteora GREECE KALAMBAKA Thermopylae 2 (Days 2 & 3)

Tue 07 Apr ď ˛ Tue 14 Apr Tue 21 Apr Tue 28 Apr

â‚Ź3295

â‚Ź3525 â‚Ź3525

Crete

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

TWIN

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Roommate matching is note available on this trip. The prices shown above include port taxes & tips of â‚Ź200. Due of unforeseen circumstances, vessels, port of calls, cruise and land itinerary may change. ď ˛ Days 1 to 6 of this departure will operate in reverse. CABIN OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip.Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. Standard (XA) - Code I988B: Twin (see above) | Single Supplement from â‚Ź960 to â‚Ź1180 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź230 p.p. Premium (XB) - Code I988A: Twin Share From â‚Ź3350 to â‚Ź3725 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź970 to â‚Ź1200 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź250 p.p. Premier (XC) - Code I988AA: Twin Share From â‚Ź3395 to â‚Ź3795 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź990 to â‚Ź1220 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź270 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Cruise the Mediterranean for 4 nights. Visit the Acropolis • Meteora monastery • The Sacred Way and temple of Apollo in Delphi • Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini.

TRIP CODE: I988

Sat 11 Apr

Tue 31 Mar

ENDS

★

â„“





✈



Dock at Heraklion in Crete, the site of the ruins of King Minos’ Palace of Knossos. Savour an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes, served on board daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar). Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 11 ATHENS. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion? (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 12 DEPART ATHENS. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

NIGHTS CRUISING

(Days 7, 8, 9 & 10)

FROM â‚Ź275 PER DAY

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź753

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

175


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 15 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

GRECIAN FABLES

“ I love to teach my guests “siga siga,� a Greek expression that means “don’t rush, but live each and every moment with all your senses!� - Nikos, Travel Director

ATHENS

Patras

OLYMPIA 2 (Days 4 & 5)

Mycenae

Nafplio 7

1

1

NIGHTS CRUISING (Days 7 - 13)

TURKEY Ephesus

Mykonos

Milos Corinth Canal

Santorini

Heraklion

Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350

Kusadasi Rhodes

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep

â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4525 â‚Ź4350

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4125

ď ˛ Sun 04 Oct ď ˛ Sun 11 Oct ď ˛ Sun 18 Oct

Sun 18 Oct Sun 25 Oct Sun 01 Nov

â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125

Sun 06 Dec Sun 20 Dec â‚Ź4125 Sun 20 Dec Sun 03 Jan â‚Ź4195

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 14 BREAKFASTS | 6 LUNCHES | 12 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES DAYS 1 - 6

 EXPLORING GREECE. 

This fabulous itinerary blends Insight's 'Glories of Greece' escorted journey with a cruising voyage of the Aegean. Please see pages 170 - 171 for a full description of the first six days. Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“



On your 7-night cruise, anchor on the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos and Mykonos, with a stop in Turkey. Enjoy a full day at leisure in Mykonos with its dazzling white-washed windmills and two full free days in Santorini to relax and wander the famous white houses. đ&#x;‘ Also stop in Kusadasi and explore the the ancient ruins of Ephesus. ★ While in Crete, visit the site of the Palace of King Minos in Knossos.



✈

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Savour an exquisite variety of dishes with drinks, served onboard daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Crystal (or similar). Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 14 ¡ RELAXED START ATHENS. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion? (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 15 DEPART ATHENS. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź949 176



In Rhodes, join in a medieval tour of the old town and visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

CRETE

FROM â‚Ź269 PER DAY

â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4350 â‚Ź4525

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

DAYS 7 - 13 ¡ RELAXED START

Thermopylae Meteora KALAMBAKA 2 (Days 2 & 3) (Days 1, 6, 14 & 15)

â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4350

Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Roommate matching is not available on this trip. The prices shown above include port taxes & tips of â‚Ź345. Vessels, port of calls, cruise and land itinerary may change. ď ˛ These departures will operate with an alternative cruise itinerary, exploring Greece and Turkey. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order of the land itinerary may change at short notice. ď ˇ Days 1 to 6 of this departure will operate in reverse. Winter departures W989: Alternative cruise itinerary, visit our website for full details. CABIN OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. Standard (XA) - Code I989B: Twin (see above) | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1070 to â‚Ź1340 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź290 p.p. Superior (XB) – Code I989BB: Twin Share From â‚Ź4075 to â‚Ź4625 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1090 to â‚Ź1360 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź310 p.p. Premium (XC) - Code I989A: Twin Share From â‚Ź4175 to â‚Ź4750 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź1120 to â‚Ź1390 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź340 p.p.

â„Ž CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES.

GREECE

1

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W989

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Delphi

ď ˛ Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

â‚Ź4025 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4375 â‚Ź4125 â‚Ź4125

Sun 22 Nov Sun 06 Dec â‚Ź4125

Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialties in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking. Visit a pottery studio in Mycenae • Ephesus.

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May Sun 10 May

TRIP CODE: I989 TWIN STARTS

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Travel cruise the Mediterranean for 7 nights. Visit the Acropolis • Meteora monastery • The Sacred Way and temple of Apollo in Delphi • Greek islands of Mykonos, Milos, Santorini and Crete. City tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Mycenae all with Local Experts.

ď ˛ Sun 29 Mar ď ˛ Sun 05 Apr ď ˛ Sun 12 Apr ď ˛ Sun 19 Apr ď ˛ď ˇSun 26 Apr

ENDS

STARTS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER “Guests love meeting Francesca, a local lady on Mykonos who happens to hold the keys to one of the most iconic churches in town and unlocks this treasure only for us!� - Nikos, Travel Director

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: I956 TWIN

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Tue 12 May Tue 19 May Tue 26 May Tue 02 Jun Tue 09 Jun

â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3450 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Tue 16 Jun Tue 23 Jun Tue 30 Jun Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul

Tue 14 Jul Tue 21 Jul

â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995

STARTS

Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 28 Jul â‚Ź3995 Tue 04 Aug â‚Ź3995

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Tue 11 Aug Tue 18 Aug Tue 25 Aug Tue 01 Sep Tue 08 Sep

â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995 â‚Ź3995

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Tue 15 Sep Tue 22 Sep Tue 29 Sep Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź370 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź330 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź100 | Past Guest â‚Ź200 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź1680 p.p. to â‚Ź2100 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Santorini: Hear about the volcanic history of the island through the knowledge of a geology expert. Taste local delicacies in Mykonos • Cruise the south coast of Mykonos with a local captain.

@chancfstanley sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Mykonos, Greece

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by ferry from Athens, to Santorini and Mykonos. Visit the Acropolis. City tour of Athens with Local Experts. See the Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Sip a cocktail as you watch a beautiful sunset in Santorini.

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS 2 DINNERS | 7 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

â„“

 GREECE

ATHENS 1

Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delightful Welcome Dinner. (DW) (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAYS 6 - 8

â„Ž MYKONOS.

Sail across to the idyllic island of Mykonos where you will spend three days making your way through the maze of picturesque alleyways. đ&#x;‘ Taste a selection of local delicacies and learn about Mykonian cuisine. đ&#x;‘ Meet a local captain who will take you on a stunning cruise on the south coast of the island (weather dependent). (B)



DAYS 3 - 5

(Days 1, 2, 9, 10)

2

DAYS 1 - 2 WELCOME TO ATHENS. On arrival be transferred to your hotel to begin your Greek adventure. Spend the following day with your Local Expert exploring the incredible sights of ancient Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

MYKONOS (Days 6 - 8)

3

3 SANTORINI

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights

(Days 3 - 5)

FROM â‚Ź345 PER DAY

â„Ž SANTORINI.

Catch the ferry across to Santorini where you will spend the next three days basking in the sun and exploring the cobbled streets of one of the most romantic islands on earth.

Enjoy sipping on a cocktail as you watch one of the world's most infamous sunsets over the Caldera. đ&#x;‘ Join a local geology expert and learn the secrets about this volcanic island. (B)



Costa Grand Resort & Spa/De Sol Hotel & Spa, Santorini. | Contemporary | ∂



Rhenia Mykonos Hotel/Porto Mykonos Hotel, Mykonos. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9

â„Ž DEPART MYKONOS. â„“



✈

Transfer to the port of Mykonos to board the ship to Athens. Enjoy a Celebration dinner to toast your experiences. (B) (DW) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.

DAY 10 FAREWELL ATHENS. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź301

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

177


ECE

ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

MEDITERRANEAN DREAMS “One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is our sunset cruise in Santorini. What could be better than watching the famous sunset away from the crowds?� - Moraig, Travel Director

@chancfstanley sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Santorini, Greece Caption here

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Ephesus: With your Local Expert, explore this Greco-Roman treasure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Cruise the Mediterranean for 4 nights. Visit the Acropolis • the Greek of islands including Patmos, Crete and Santorini.

 

Ephesus

ATHENS

(Days 1, 2, 7 & 8)

2

1

Kusadasi

TURKEY

Mykonos

Patmos Rhodes

Santorini

4

Heraklion

CRETE

DAY 1 ATHENS, CITY OF GODS. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink. Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 THE GLORIES OF ATHENS. Explore the treasures of Athens including the incredible Acropolis, on your city tour. (B) DAYS 3 - 6 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES.

Your Grecian adventure continues with a 4-night cruise. Explore Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Soak-in the stunning views and relax on sun-drenched beaches.

NIGHTS CRUISING

FROM â‚Ź278 PER DAY

ENDS

TRIP CODE: A943 TWIN STARTS

Sat 14 Mar Sat 21 Mar Sat 28 Mar

Sat 21 Mar Sat 28 Mar Sat 04 Apr

â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225

Sat 04 Apr Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr

Sat 11 Apr Sat 18 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sat 02 May

â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sat 25 Jul

Sat 01 Aug

ENDS

â‚Ź2350

Sat 01 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495 â‚Ź2495

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct

Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct Sat 24 Oct Sat 31 Oct Sat 07 Nov

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2225

Sat 07 Nov Sat 14 Nov Sat 21 Nov

Sat 14 Nov Sat 21 Nov Sat 28 Nov

â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225 â‚Ź2225

â„“





✈

Savour an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes, served on board daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 7 ATHENS. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion? (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź396

178



đ&#x;‘ Stop in Kusadasi to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with your Local Expert. ★ In Rhodes, join in a medieval tour of the old town and visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

(Days 3 - 6)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

TWIN

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. The prices shown above include port taxes & tips of â‚Ź200. Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. Due of unforeseen circumstances, vessels, port of calls, cruise and land itinerary may change. CABIN OPTIONS: Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside.Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Standard (XA) - Code A943B: Twin (see above). Single Supplement from â‚Ź600 to â‚Ź680 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź150 p.p. Premium (XB) - Code A943A: Twin Share from â‚Ź2295 to â‚Ź2575 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź620 to â‚Ź700 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź160 p.p. Premier (XC) - Code A943AA: Twin Share from â‚Ź2350 to â‚Ź2650 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź630 to â‚Ź720 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź190 p.p.

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 7 BREAKFASTS | 4 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

City tour of Athens with a Local Expert. Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

STARTS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



REGIONAL JOURNEY

MEDITERRANEAN FABLES Discover the exotic flavours, ancient heritage and unrivalled beauty of one of the world’s most desirable destinations, as you cruise to hidden coves, sandy beaches and white-washed villages.

Visit the Acropolis • the Greek of islands including Mykonos, Milos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini • Ephesus. City tour of Athens with a Local Expert.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with drinks, served daily whilst cruising.

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

NIGHTS CRUISING 7 (Days 3 - 9)

2

Milos

Thu 04 Jun Thu 11 Jun Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun Thu 02 Jul Thu 09 Jul



DAY 1 ATHENS, CITY OF GODS. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

TURKEY Mykonos

Kusadasi

Santorini

đ&#x;‘ At 19:00, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink.  Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens. | Traditional | ∂

Rhodes

â„Ž CRUISING TO THE GREEK ISLES.

On your 7-night cruise, anchor on the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos and Mykonos, with a stop in Turkey. Enjoy a full day at leisure in Mykonos and two full free days in Santorini to relax and wander the famous white houses.

Heraklion

CRETE

FROM â‚Ź275 PER DAY

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425 â‚Ź3425

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250

Sun 11 Oct Sun 18 Oct Sun 25 Oct Sun 01 Nov

â‚Ź3025 â‚Ź3025 â‚Ź3025 â‚Ź3025

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM



đ&#x;‘ Also stop in Kusadasi and explore the the ancient ruins of Ephesus. ★ While in Crete, visit the site of the Palace of King Minos in Knossos. ★ In Rhodes, join in a medieval tour of the old town and visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

â„“



DAYS 3 - 9 ¡ RELAXED START

Ephesus

TWIN â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3250 â‚Ź3425

ADDITIONAL WINTER DEPARTURES AVAILABLE: Visit our website for full details. see code W9437. NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Roommate matching is not available on this trip. The prices shown above include port taxes & tips of â‚Ź345. Due of unforeseen circumstances, vessels, port of calls, cruise and land itinerary may change. ď ˛ These departures will operate with an alternative cruise itinerary, exploring Greece and Turkey. CABIN OPTIONS: Insight Vacations does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside. Standard (XA) - Code C943B: Twin (see above) | Single Supplement from â‚Ź740 to â‚Ź860 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź210 p.p. Superior (XB) – Code C943BB: Twin Share From â‚Ź3125 to â‚Ź3550 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź760 to â‚Ź880 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź220 p.p. Premium (XC) - Code C943A: Twin Share From â‚Ź3225 to â‚Ź3650 p.p. | Single Supplement from â‚Ź790 to â‚Ź920 p.p. | Triple Reduction â‚Ź260 p.p.

DAY 2 THE GLORIES OF ATHENS. Explore the treasures of Athens including the incredible Acropolis, on your city tour. (B)

GREECE

1

Thu 07 May Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Thu 28 May

ENDS Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES 10 BREAKFASTS | 6 LUNCHES | 7 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Cruise the Mediterranean for 7 nights.

ATHENS

ď ˛

TRIP CODE: C943 ENDS TWIN STARTS Sun 12 Apr â‚Ź3025 Thu 16 Jul Sun 19 Apr â‚Ź3025 Thu 23 Jul Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź3025 Thu 30 Jul Sun 03 May â‚Ź3025 Sun 10 May â‚Ź3025 Thu 06 Aug Thu 13 Aug Sun 17 May â‚Ź3025 Thu 20 Aug Sun 24 May â‚Ź3025 Thu 27 Aug Sun 31 May â‚Ź3025 Sun 07 Jun â‚Ź3025 Thu 03 Sep Thu 10 Sep Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź3250 Thu 17 Sep Sun 21 Jun â‚Ź3250 Thu 24 Sep Sun 28 Jun â‚Ź3250 Sun 05 Jul â‚Ź3250 Thu 01 Oct ď ˛ Thu 08 Oct Sun 12 Jul â‚Ź3250 ď ˛ Thu 15 Oct Sun 19 Jul â‚Ź3250 ď ˛ Thu 22 Oct

@chancfstanley sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Santorini, Greece Caption here

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

(Days 1, 2, 10 & 11)

ď ˛ ď ˛ ď ˛ ď ˛ ď ˛

STARTS Thu 02 Apr Thu 09 Apr Thu 16 Apr Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr



✈

Savour an exquisite variety of dishes with drinks, served on board daily. (B) (LW) (DW) MV Celestyal Crystal (or similar). Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 10 ATHENS. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion? (B) Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens. DAY 11 DEPART ATHENS. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź592

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

179


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



WONDERS OF TURKEY

STARTS

Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr

âš‘

“ Not only does it have a land in two continents, but Istanbul is the only city in the world which was the capital of three empires: the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.� - Orhan, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: I983A

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 03 May â‚Ź1925 Sun 10 May â‚Ź1850

STARTS

ďƒŤ

TWIN

Thu 14 May Sun 24 May â‚Ź1850 Tue 26 May Fri 05 Jun â‚Ź1850

Thu 03 Sep Sun 13 Sep â‚Ź1850 Thu 17 Sep Sun 27 Sep â‚Ź1850

Thu 11 Jun Thu 25 Jun

Sun 21 Jun â‚Ź1850 Sun 05 Jul â‚Ź1850

Thu 01 Oct Sun 11 Oct â‚Ź1850

Thu 09 Jul Thu 23 Jul

Sun 19 Jul â‚Ź1850 Sun 02 Aug â‚Ź1850

ďƒŤ ďƒŤ

ENDS

Thu 06 Aug Sun 16 Aug â‚Ź1850 Thu 20 Aug Sun 30 Aug â‚Ź1850

Thu 15 Oct Sun 25 Oct â‚Ź1850

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W983

ďƒŤ

∑

Thu 29 Oct

Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź1750

ďƒŤ

Thu 04 Feb Sun 14 Feb â‚Ź1750

Thu 05 Nov Thu 12 Nov Thu 19 Nov

Sun 15 Nov â‚Ź1750 Sun 22 Nov â‚Ź1750 Sun 29 Nov â‚Ź1750

ďƒŤ

Thu 17 Dec Thu 24 Dec

Sun 27 Dec â‚Ź1750 Sun 03 Jan â‚Ź1850

Thu 04 Mar Thu 11 Mar Thu 18 Mar Thu 25 Mar

Sun 14 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar Sun 04 Apr

â‚Ź1750 â‚Ź1750 â‚Ź1750 â‚Ź1750

Thu 08 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź1850

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is no Single Supplement charge to these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Alternate Vehicles: Vehicles in Turkey may not have business class legroom on occasion. âš‘ Special ANZAC departure code Z983: stays 2 nights Cannakale instead of Izmir and will attend Anzac Day Dawn Service. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will have New Year's Eve dinner in Ankara. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź180 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź48 | Past Guest â‚Ź96

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź0 to â‚Ź700 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS âš‘ ON THIS SPECIAL ANZAC DEPARTURE SPEND TWO NIGHTS IN THE GALLIPOLI PENINSULA AND ATTEND THE ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Pamukkale: Head to a local organic farm where you will be treated to a Farm-to-Table lunch made with the fresh local produce. Visit Ephesus with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by ferry across the Dardanelles. Visit Gallipoli Peninsula • Troy • Asklepion in Pergamon • Seljuk Caravanserai in Anatolia • Mausoleum of AtatĂźrk in Ankara • Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. City tours of Pergamon, Konya, GĂśreme and Istanbul all with Local Experts. See Anzac Cove at Gallipoli • The reconstructed Trojan Horse • Mevlana Tekke Museum in Konya • the city of Izmir • Cotton Castle and ruins of Hierapolis in Pamukkale • Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret in Konya • Potters at work in Avanos.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Sema performance in a stone house followed by dinner in Cappadocia • Celebration Dinner in Istanbul.

FROM â‚Ź160 PER DAY 180

Whirling Dervishes, Cappadocia, Turkey

ISTANBUL

(Days 1, 9, 10 & 11)

1

Gallipoli

1 ÇANAKKALE (Day 2)

Pergamon

Troy IZMIR 1 (Day 3)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

KUSADASI (Day 4)

1

TURKEY

2

ANKARA

1

(Day 8)

Ephesus

Konya

1

PAMUKKALE (Day 5)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

GĂśreme 2

Pasabag Valley

Uçhisar

CAPPADOCIA (Days 6 & 7)


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 11 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 8 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



â„Ž

★  ★

★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO ISTANBUL. Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival at Istanbul airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel, the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. Join your Travel Director at 18.30 for a Welcome Dinner, where you'll meet your fellow travellers. (DW) Grand Hyatt Istanbul. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 GALLIPOLI AND ANZAC COVE. Make your way along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to historic Gallipoli. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during World War I, ANZAC troops fought to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. (B) (D) Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 TROY, PERGAMON AND IZMIR. Begin your day with a trip to Homer's city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C., can be seen beside the city's walls. Continue your journey to Pergamon. Once a powerful ancient Greek city, you'll find the Asklepion temple here, built in honour of Asklepios, the god of medicine. End your day in the coastal city of Izmir. (B) (D) Swissotel BĂźyĂźk Efes, Izmir. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START ANCIENT EPHESUS AND KUSADASI. đ&#x;‘ Start your morning with a trip to the nearby town of Selçuk. Home to the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis, you'll begin with an educational visit to the Archaeological Museum. Delve into the area's history as you explore the museum's exhibits. ★ Later, explore the famous site itself. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, a famous Catholic and Muslim shrine. (B) (D)  Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 THE POOLS OF PAMUKKALE. đ&#x;‘ This morning, head to a local organic farm and meet the farm director, who will take you on a walking tour of his lush lands. You'll have the satisfying task of picking fruits and vegetables from his fields for your Farm-to-Table lunch. ★ Next, make your way to Pamukkale. Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis, founded in 190 B.C. You'll see the city's well-preserved theatre and its turquoise travertine pools. (B) (L) (D)  DoÄ&#x;a Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale. | Contemporary | ∂

★



DAY 6 KONYA, THE WHIRLING DERVISHES AND CAPPADOCIA. Today you'll explore Konya. The home of the Whirling Dervish, this city offers tradition in abundance. See the Mevlana Tekke museum, with its recognisable turquoise dome. See the Karatay Madrasa, built in 1251, before moving on to the Ince Minaret, a 13th century madrasa. Continue your journey to Urgup, an historic town in the heart of Cappadocia. On your way stop off at one of the bestpreserved Seljuk Caravanserais in Anatolia. Your abode for the night is the unique Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia, built in old cave dwellings. (B) (D) Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia. | Historic | ∂

DAY 7 THE UNDERGROUND CITIES OF CAPPADOCIA EXPERIENCE. Journey to GĂśreme, a striking town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. You will recognise this famous area from the bright balloons that decorate its sky and the striking golden, volcanic landscapes that surround it. ★ Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings. Next, continue on to the Pasabag Valley. Located on the road to Zelve, you'll find otherworldly earth pillars here, ‘fairy chimneys' and troglodyte dwellings. Move on to the underground city of Ă–zkonak where you'll have time to explore its tunnels and holes. đ&#x;‘ You will be welcomed into the home of a local Cappadocian living in an authentic cave house,



where you will explore their unique ways of living and learn about local traditions and family life. đ&#x;‘ Complementing the day's events, dinner tonight will be accompanied by a performance of Whirling Dervishes. (B) (DW)

★ ★





DAY 8 ANKARA. This morning, learn about the art of earthenware pottery making in Avanos. Continue your journey to Ankara, where you'll visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of AtatĂźrk, Turkey's greatest modern leader. (B) Hilton SA, Ankara. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 TO ISTANBUL. It's time to head to Istanbul. A glorious fusion of East and West, this popular city offers something for everyone, history, culture, modernity, delicious cuisine and of course the friendliest of faces. As you make your way from EminĂśnĂź to the Black Sea, witness the area's beautiful Ottoman waterfront palaces and fortresses. Board a cruise along the Bosphorus. (B) Grand Hyatt Istanbul. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 10

ℎ ISTANBUL & THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. ★ ★

★ ★

â„“

✈

Take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning visit the historic Blue Mosque. See the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in A.D. 537, it is now a museum, famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for your Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 11 FAREWELL ISTANBUL. It's time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onwards flights. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź590 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

181


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 15 DAYS



TREASURES OF TURKEY

âš‘

EXCITING NEW ITINERARY ďƒŤ

Explore the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy, behold the grandueur of the Hagia Sophia and dive into the history of this fascinating country.

STARTS

Tue 14 Apr

TRIP CODE: I949

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 28 Apr â‚Ź2425

ďƒŤ

Sun 26 Jul

Sun 03 May Sun 17 May â‚Ź2325 Sun 17 May Sun 31 May â‚Ź2325 Sun 31 May Sun 14 Jun â‚Ź2325

ďƒŤ

Sun 09 Aug Sun 23 Aug â‚Ź2325 Sun 23 Aug Sun 06 Sep â‚Ź2325

Sun 14 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 28 Jun â‚Ź2325 Sun 12 Jul â‚Ź2325

Sun 12 Jul

Sun 26 Jul

â‚Ź2325

Sun 09 Aug â‚Ź2325

Sun 06 Sep Sun 20 Sep â‚Ź2325 Sun 20 Sep Sun 04 Oct â‚Ź2325 Sun 04 Oct Sun 18 Oct â‚Ź2325 Sun 18 Oct Sun 01 Nov â‚Ź2325

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W949

ďƒŤ

Sun 01 Nov Sun 08 Nov Sun 15 Nov Sun 22 Nov

∑ ď ˇ Sun 20 Dec â…— Sun 27 Dec

Sun 15 Nov Sun 22 Nov Sun 29 Nov Sun 06 Dec

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150

Sun 03 Jan â‚Ź2325 Sun 10 Jan â‚Ź2295

ďƒŤ Sun 07 Feb

Sun 21 Feb â‚Ź2150

ďƒŤ Sun 07 Mar

â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150 â‚Ź2150

Sun 21 Mar Sun 14 Mar Sun 28 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 04 Apr Sun 28 Mar Sun 11 Apr

Sun 11 Apr Sun 25 Apr â‚Ź2325

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ There is no charge to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. ď ˇ This departure will operate with two nights in Istanbul at the start of the trip and one night at the end. Alternate Vehicles: Vehicles in Turkey may not have business class legroom on occasion. âš‘ Special ANZAC departure code Z989: stays 2 nights Canakkale and will attend ANZAC Day Dawn Service. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinner: This departure will experience New Year's in Izmir. â…— Festive Highlight Dinner: This departure will experience New Year's in Cappadocia. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź61 | Past Guest â‚Ź121

ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź0 to â‚Ź950 p.p.

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

âš‘ ON THIS SPECIAL ANZAC DEPARTURE SPEND TWO NIGHTS IN THE GALLIPOLI PENINSULA AND ATTEND THE ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE.

Uchisar: Enjoy the unique flavours of Anatolia at Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant, an establishment that provides employment for the women of the village. Visit a Cappadocian home with a local • Ephesus with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by cruise along Bosphorus • Ride a ferry across the Dardanelles. Visit Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace in Istanbul • Grand Mosque, Green Mosque and Mausoleum in Bursa • Mausoleum of AtatĂźrk in Ankara • Pasabag Valley in Groeme • Mevlana Tekke Museum in Konya • Seljuk Caravanserai in Anatolia • Roman Theatre in Aspendos • Archaeological Museum in Ephesus • Troy • Asklepion in Pergamon • Gallipoli Peninsula • Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. City tours of GĂśreme, Konya, Pergamon and Istanbul all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant in Istanbul • Highlight Dinner with Sema performance in a stone house followed by dinner in Cappadocia • Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in Istanbul.

FROM â‚Ź144 PER DAY 182

@susz7 sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Ephesus, Turkey

ISTANBUL

TURKEY

(Days 1, 13, 14 & 15)

2

Gallipoli

1

BURSA ANKARA (Day 2)

1 1 ÇANAKKALE

(Day 3)

1

(Day 12)

Kaymakli

Pergamon

Troy IZMIR 2 Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

(Days 10 & 11)

PAMUKKALE

Ephesus

(Day 9)

Aphrodisias

GĂśreme

1

2 ANTALYA

1 KONYA

2

Ozkonak Pasabag Valley

Uçhisar

CAPPADOCIA

(Day 6)

(Days 7 & 8)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

(Days 4 & 5)


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 15 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 14 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 11 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ

 ★

 ★

 ★

â„“



★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ISTANBUL. Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival, a representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 18.30 for a Welcome Reception and Dinner, where you'll get to know your fellow travellers. (DW) Grand Hyatt, Istanbul. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 BOSPHORUS CRUISE AND BURSA. Embark on a cruise along Bosphorus. Travel towards the old city and see the beautiful Ottoman waterfront palaces and fortresses. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. Later, leave Istanbul for Bursa. (B) (D) Crowne Plaza, Bursa. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 CUMALIKIZIK AND GORDION. Begin your day of culture with a visit to the glorious Green Mosque, Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa. Continue to the charming Cumalikizik village. Later move on to Gordion, before making your way to Ankara. (B) Hilton SA, Ankara. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 SOPHISTICATED ANKARA. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of AtatĂźrk. Later, head to Avanos in Cappadocia. Famed for its unique geological formation, Cappadocia is an agreeable mix of golden hills and towering panoramic views. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant, where you'll witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes. (B) (DW) DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos, Cappadocia. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 5 THE UNDERGROUND CITIES OF CAPPADOCIA EXPERIENCE. Today you'll travel to the striking town of GĂśreme. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings.



đ&#x;‘ You are treated to the unique flavours of Anatolia at Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant, an establishment that provides employment for the women of the village and supports their financial freedom. ★ Next, continue on to the Pasabag Valley. Visit the underground city of Ă–zkonak. đ&#x;‘ You will be welcomed by a local Cappadocian living in an authentic cave house, where you will explore their unique ways of living and learn about local traditions and family life. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 11 ANCIENT EPHESUS. ★ Spend the day exploring the fascinating archeological sites of Izmir. đ&#x;‘ Later, explore one of the world’s finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the house of the Virgin Mary. (B)

★

★

★  ★  ★

★ 



DAY 6 KONYA. Learn more about traditional pottery making in Avanos. It's then time to take a journey along the famous Silk Road, as you visit a 13th century caravanserai. Later, travel to Turkey's most religious city, Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret. (B) (D) Ramada Plaza by Wyndham, Konya. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 7 THROUGH THE TAURUS MOUNTAINS. Take a scenic drive down the Taurus Mountains to Aspendos an ancient city in Antalya province. (B) (D) Akra Barut Hotel, Antalya. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 ANTALYA'S OLD TOWN. Visit Antalya's pretty Old Town. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities at your hotel. (B) (D)

DAY 9 THE POOLS OF PAMUKKALE. Cross the Taurus Mountains to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. (B) (D) DoÄ&#x;a Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 10 IZMIR. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite in Geyre. End your day in the quaint Aegan port of Izmir. (B) (D) SwissĂ´tel Grand Efes, Izmir. | Traditional | ∂

★

 ★

 ★

â„“

✈

DAY 12 PERGAMON, TROY AND ÇANAKKALE. Start your day in Pergamon, where you find the Asklepion. Next, head to Homer's city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war and the backdrop to one of history's most famous love stories. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, can be found beside the city's walls. After some time exploring, continue your journey to Çanakkale. (B) (D) Kolin, Çanakkale. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 13 GALLIPOLI AND ANZAC COVE. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during World War I, ANZAC troops fought, in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit ANZAC Cove and pay your respects at the Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, return to Istanbul. (B) Grand Hyatt, Istanbul. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 14 ISTANBUL AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. Visit the historic Blue Mosque. See the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Visit the Topkapi palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 15 FAREWELL ISTANBUL. It's time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onwards flights. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź643 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

183


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 7 OR 9 DAYS



JORDAN EXPERIENCE WITH DEAD SEA

STARTS

Explore the rich culture, natural wonders and ancient sites of Jordan with a highlight visit to the Dead Sea.

ENDS

TRIP CODE: I888

TWIN Thu 30 Apr Wed 06 May â‚Ź1995

STARTS

Thu 14 May Wed 20 May â‚Ź1995 Thu 28 May Wed 03 Jun â‚Ź1995

Thu 13 Aug Wed 19 Aug â‚Ź1925 Thu 27 Aug Wed 02 Sep â‚Ź1995

Thu 11 Jun Wed 17 Jun â‚Ź1925 Thu 25 Jun Wed 01 Jul â‚Ź1925

Thu 10 Sep Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź1995 Thu 24 Sep Wed 30 Sep â‚Ź1995

Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul

Thu 08 Oct Wed 14 Oct â‚Ź1995

Wed 15 Jul â‚Ź1925 Wed 22 Jul â‚Ź1925

Thu 30 Jul

ENDS

TWIN Wed 05 Aug â‚Ź1925

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W888

âš‘

Thu 22 Oct Wed 28 Oct â‚Ź1995

Thu 21 Jan Wed 27 Jan â‚Ź1925

Thu 05 Nov Wed 11 Nov â‚Ź1995 Thu 12 Nov Wed 18 Nov â‚Ź1995 Thu 26 Nov Wed 02 Dec â‚Ź1995

Thu 04 Feb Wed 10 Feb â‚Ź1925 Thu 18 Feb Wed 24 Feb â‚Ź1925

Thu 10 Dec Wed 16 Dec â‚Ź1925 Thu 24 Dec Wed 30 Dec â‚Ź1995 Thu 31 Dec Wed 06 Jan â‚Ź1995 Thu 07 Jan

Wed 13 Jan â‚Ź1925

Thu 04 Mar Wed 10 Mar â‚Ź1995 Thu 18 Mar Wed 24 Mar â‚Ź1995 Thu 01 Apr Wed 07 Apr â‚Ź1995 Thu 15 Apr Wed 21 Apr â‚Ź1995

NOTES: Twin prices are per person for Jordan Experience only. Smaller coaches without extra legroom and toilet facilities may be used. The order of sightseeing, inclusions and itinerary may change at short notice. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year's Eve in Amman. ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź460 p.p. to â‚Ź490 p.p. DEAD SEA OPTION: Extend your stay with the Dead Sea option from â‚Ź495 p.p. to â‚Ź550 p.p. Single Supplement from â‚Ź250 p.p. to â‚Ź290 p.p.

THIS TRIP COMBINES WITH ISRAEL DISCOVERY TO FORM ISRAEL AND JORDAN WITH THE DEAD SEA. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS.

Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Amman: Visit the the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-op supported by the TreadRight Foundation and engage in one of the many handicraft activities.

Jerash

Jordan Valley

West Bank

2

2

City Tour of Amman, with a Local Expert.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Traditional Jordanian lunch in Jerash • Dine with local Bedouins at the Ammarin Camp in Petra • Traditional Jordanian Barbecue dinner in Wadi Rum.

FROM â‚Ź275 PER DAY 184

AMMAN

(Days 1, 2, 6 & 7)

Mount Nebo Madaba

DEAD SEA EXTENSION

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by jeep safari in Wadi Rum. Visit Jerash Ruins • Crusader Fortress of Shobak.

1

(Days 7 & 8)

Arabah Valley

Gaza Strip

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Arabian Desert

Ma’an Governate

JORDAN

Shobak

2

PETRA

(Days 3 & 4)

1 WADI RUM (Day 5)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE JORDAN EXPERIENCE: 7 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 6 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 5 DINNERS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES DEAD SEA OPTION: 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 7 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 ARRIVE AMMAN. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a landscape that has changed little in 2,000 years. On arrival at Amman airport, you are transferred to your hotel to relax and settle in. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for drinks and a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Amman Marriott Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EXPLORING JERASH. đ&#x;‘ Depart for a visit to Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-op, to see the fantastic work the cooperative is doing to provide training and working opportunities for women in the region, and help preserve the local heritage. The Association is supported by Insight Vacations through The Treadright Foundation. ★ Then, the journey to Jerash reveals the most beautifully preserved example of a GrecoRoman city still in existence. Enter through Hadrian’s Arch, to explore the grand ruins of the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, where you can listen to the Whispering Column. Overlook the vast Oval Plaza and Cardo Maximus, the key Roman road. â„“ Enjoy lunch at Bait Khairat Souf, a women’s community association, and indulge in a mouth-watering lunch. On your menu today, a traditional Jordanian lunch made of seasonal ingredients. (B) (L)

★

★

★



DAY 3 MADABA, MOUNT NEBO AND ON TO PETRA. Depart for Petra following the King’s Highway. Stop at Madaba to visit the famous Greek Orthodox Church of St. George with its amazing 6th century mosaic map depicting the entire Holy Land, stretching from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. Continue to Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, where Moses stood and saw before him the Promised Land. Next, visit Shobak, an authentic 12th century crusader fortress, perched on the side of a rocky mountain, standing guard over a barren and desolate land. Admire the towers and Arabic calligraphy on the external walls before discovering the original Crusader chapel, palace complex, and even a set of secret passages! Then, head south for one of the highlights of your journey: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. (B) (DW) Petra Marriott Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

★

ℓ ★

â„“  ★

â„“



✈

DAY 4 EXPLORING THE LOST CITY OF PETRA. This day is devoted to the beautiful ‘rose-red city, half as old as time’. You enter this lost city through a narrow gorge, the Siq, with walls that rise up to 200 metres. Emerge from the path to see the magnificent Treasury, carved out of solid rock and standing over 40 metres high. Wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs. Tonight, dine with locals in a stunning backdrop at the Ammarin desert camp. (B) (D) DAY 5 WADI RUM WITH THE BEDOUIN. Head to Wadi Rum. Enjoy beautiful vistas as you make your way on a jeep safari deep into the heart of Wadi Rum’s majestic desert. Enjoy the spectacular Bedouin hospitality tonight as you dine with locals under the stars, and stay in elegant simplicity in a desert camp for the night. (B) (D) Sun City Camp, Wadi Rum. | Contemporary



OPTIONAL DEAD SEA EXTENSION



✈

DAYS 7 - 8 ¡ RELAXED START OPTIONAL DEAD SEA EXTENSION. Transfer to the Dead Sea for its warm, soothing mineral-rich waters. Pamper yourself at your resort which offers a wide range of treatments to soothe the body and mind. (B) (DW) (B) (D) Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa. | Resort | ∂

DAY 9 DEPART AMMAN. Transfer to Amman airport for your onward flight. (B)

DAY 6 AMMAN. If you wish, start the day with sunrise yoga at the Bedouin camp. Enjoy a city tour of Amman, visiting the Citadel & Amphitheatre and Archaeological Museum. Later, check in at your hotel where the rest of your day is at leisure. Join in a lively dinner to celebrate the end of your Jordanian adventures. (B) (D) Amman Marriott Hotel. DAY 7 DEPART AMMAN. Your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport. Alternatively, why not extend your stay with a short drive to the lowest spot on earth? The Jordan Valley Dead Sea Resort & Spa is 400 metres below sea level. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź358 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

185


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



ISRAEL DISCOVERY

STARTS

Explore ancient and the modern Israel, visit holy sites and participate in a traditional Shabbat dinner.

TRIP CODE: I944

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr â‚Ź3050

Thu 23 Jul

Thu 07 May Thu 14 May â‚Ź3050 Thu 21 May Thu 28 May â‚Ź3050

Thu 06 Aug Thu 13 Aug â‚Ź3225 Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug â‚Ź3225

Thu 30 Jul â‚Ź3050

Thu 04 Jun Thu 11 Jun â‚Ź3050 Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun â‚Ź3050 Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul â‚Ź3050

Thu 03 Sep Thu 10 Sep â‚Ź3050 Thu 10 Sep Thu 17 Sep â‚Ź3050

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W944

âš‘

Thu 15 Oct Thu 22 Oct â‚Ź3050 Thu 22 Oct Thu 29 Oct â‚Ź3050

Thu 14 Jan Thu 21 Jan â‚Ź3050 Thu 28 Jan Thu 04 Feb â‚Ź3050

Thu 05 Nov Thu 12 Nov â‚Ź3050 Thu 19 Nov Thu 26 Nov â‚Ź3050

Thu 11 Feb Thu 18 Feb â‚Ź3050 Thu 25 Feb Thu 04 Mar â‚Ź3050

Thu 03 Dec Thu 17 Dec Thu 24 Dec Thu 31 Dec

Thu 11 Mar Thu 18 Mar â‚Ź3050 Thu 18 Mar Thu 25 Mar â‚Ź3050

Thu 10 Dec â‚Ź3050 Thu 24 Dec â‚Ź3050 Thu 31 Dec â‚Ź3225 Thu 07 Jan â‚Ź3225

Thu 08 Apr Thu 15 Apr â‚Ź3050

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Smaller coaches without washroom and 40 seats may be used. Due to religious festivals some departures will operate in reverse and/or a modified itinerary. The order of sightseeing may change at short notice. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. ⚑ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year’s Eve in Tel Aviv. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Triple Room Reduction ₏50 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement ₏1240 p.p.

THIS TRIP COMBINES WITH JORDAN EXPERIENCE TO FORM ISRAEL AND JORDAN WITH THE DEAD SEA.

Falafel Lunch

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Isfiya: Feast on local specialities in a private Druze home and hear about life in the village from one of its residents.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Mount of Beatitudes 1 TIBERIAS (Day 3)

Jordan Valley

Nazareth

West Bank

TEL AVIV (Days 1 & 2)

Jaffa

Gaza Strip

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

2

Ben Gurion Airport 3

JERUSALEM (Days 5, 6, 7 & 8)

Qumran

Bethlehem

Masada 1 DEAD SEA

Friday Shabbat Highlight Dinner in Tel Aviv.

186

Acre Haifa Caesarea

Travel by cable car to the fortress of Masada • Swim in the Dead Sea • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea • Church of Annunciation in Nazareth • Capernaum Synagogue • Garden of Gethsemene in Jerusalem • Yad Vashem Museum • Israel Museum.

FROM â‚Ź382 PER DAY

Capernaum

Golan Heights

ISRAEL

(Day 4)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 7 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS | 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  ★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO TEL AVIV. You will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and driven to your hotel in Tel Aviv. At 19:30 meet your travel companions for a Welcome Reception and a short introduction to your Israeli adventures. Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 · RELAXED START EXPLORING VIBRANT TEL AVIV. Morning sightseeing showcases the highlights of this vibrant city including the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. This bustling outdoor market is popular with locals, offering everything they need to don their house and table and fill the plates for Shabbat. Savour a falafel lunch at the local market. Venture along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa to see the famous clock tower and the old harbour. Visit the artists quarter and step back in time while making your way through the maze of narrow streets filled with boutiques, a flea market and many eateries. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner. (B) (L) (DW)

ℓ ★

GALILEE. Travel from Tel Aviv, along the coastal road to Caesarea, to visit the archeological park. The ancient city built by king Herod was once a major port and hub of activity in the Judea province. Explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt. Visit a Druze village and learn about this small community over a traditional Dine-at-Home lunch. Spend time with the local residents who tell you about their way of life and traditions. In Nazareth, visit one of Christianity’s most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary. Soon, ochre villages and seaside towns are replaced by green hills, rich crops and colourful groves, as you approach Tiberias, your home for the night.

The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz. (B) (L) (D) Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4

℮ TO THE DEAD SEA. ★

DAY 3

℮ CAESAREA, ACRE, NAZARETH AND ★

Stop on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yigal Allon Museum. It hosts the remains of a 1st century fishing boat that was found embedded at the bottom of Lake Kinneret. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue to teach, before heading to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho, to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea. (B) (D) Hod Hamidbar Resort and Spa Hotel, Dead Sea. | Resort | ∂

Bethlehem. The Optional Experience includes visiting the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. In the afternoon, visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam’s holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, and the Pool of Bethesda, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, toast your adventures over a hearty Celebration Dinner with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 8 DEPART JERUSALEM. Your journey comes to an end with transfers to the airport. (B)

DAY 5 MASADA AND THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM. Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod’s armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran. Travel through the Judean Hills to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Visit King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City and follow the winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall, the most sacred monument in Judaism. (B) Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 EXPLORING JERUSALEM. Today is dedicated to exploring the multiple facets of Jerusalem. Visit Yad Vashem, a memorial for those who perished in the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum and retrace the history of the city. Visit the Shrine of the Book, home to ancient Dead Sea Scrolls, and look out for the most ancient one, the Isaiah scroll, dating from the third century B.C. (B)

DAY 7 · RELAXED START OPTIONAL BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE. Enjoy a relaxed morning or alternatively choose to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €273 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

187


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



WONDERS OF EGYPT Step back in time, gazing up at the illustrious pyramids and journeying along the legendary Nile towards royal tombs and ancient temples.

TRIP CODE: A945 TWIN STARTS

STARTS

ENDS

Wed 22 Apr Thu 30 Apr â‚Ź2650 Wed 29 Apr Thu 07 May â‚Ź2650

Wed 22 Jul Thu 30 Jul â‚Ź2650 Wed 29 Jul Thu 06 Aug â‚Ź2650

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 06 May Wed 13 May Wed 20 May Wed 27 May

Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Thu 28 May Thu 04 Jun

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

Wed 05 Aug Wed 12 Aug Wed 19 Aug Wed 26 Aug

Thu 13 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug Thu 03 Sep

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2675

Wed 03 Jun Wed 10 Jun Wed 17 Jun Wed 24 Jun

Thu 11 Jun Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun Thu 02 Jul

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

Wed 02 Sep Wed 09 Sep Wed 16 Sep Wed 23 Sep Wed 30 Sep

Thu 10 Sep Thu 17 Sep Thu 24 Sep Thu 01 Oct Thu 08 Oct

â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2725

Wed 01 Jul Wed 08 Jul Wed 15 Jul

Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul Thu 23 Jul

â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

Wed 07 Oct Thu 15 Oct â‚Ź2725 Wed 14 Oct Thu 22 Oct â‚Ź2725

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: WA945

âš‘

Wed 21 Oct Thu 29 Oct â‚Ź2725 Wed 28 Oct Thu 05 Nov â‚Ź2725

Wed 20 Jan Thu 28 Jan â‚Ź2695 Wed 27 Jan Thu 04 Feb â‚Ź2695

Wed 04 Nov Wed 11 Nov Wed 18 Nov Wed 25 Nov

Thu 12 Nov Thu 19 Nov Thu 26 Nov Thu 03 Dec

â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695

Wed 03 Feb Wed 10 Feb Wed 17 Feb Wed 24 Feb

Thu 11 Feb Thu 18 Feb Thu 25 Feb Thu 04 Mar

â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695

Wed 02 Dec Wed 09 Dec Wed 16 Dec Wed 23 Dec Wed 30 Dec

Thu 10 Dec Thu 17 Dec Thu 24 Dec Thu 31 Dec Thu 07 Jan

â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2725 â‚Ź2825 â‚Ź2950

Wed 03 Mar Wed 10 Mar Wed 17 Mar Wed 24 Mar Wed 31 Mar

Thu 11 Mar Thu 18 Mar Thu 25 Mar Thu 01 Apr Thu 08 Apr

â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2695 â‚Ź2775 â‚Ź2825

Wed 06 Jan Thu 14 Jan â‚Ź2695 Wed 13 Jan Thu 21 Jan â‚Ź2695

Wed 07 Apr Thu 15 Apr â‚Ź2725 Wed 14 Apr Thu 22 Apr â‚Ź2695

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include all internal economy airfares. Gratuities for Nile Cruise are not included. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Alternate Vehicles: Coaches in Egypt do not have double the standard legroom and may not have onboard washroom or 40 seats on occasion. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year's Eve in on the Nile cruise. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź540 p.p. to â‚Ź680 p.p. Triple rooms are not available on the cruise.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Luxor: Enjoy listening to stories of village life from local bakers when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Ride a Nile felucca.

Felucca Cruise, the Nile, Egypt

3

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel with return flights from Cairo. Visit the Karnak Temple Complex • Luxor Museum • Valley of the Kings and Temple Hatshepsut on the West Bank • Luxor Temple • Temple of Kom Ombo • High Dam and Granite Quarries of Aswan • Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae • Egyptian Museum • Pyramids of Giza.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Egyptian dinner and galabeya party on the Nile cruise • Colonial-style high tea in Aswan.

FROM â‚Ź295 PER DAY 188

Giza

1

Memphis

CAIRO

(Days 1, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

EGYPT

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site Included Flight 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Valley of the Kings Kom-Ombo Abu Simbel

4

Luxor

NILE CRUISE (Days 2- 5)

Aswan

Philae Island

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 5 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS | 8 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES





⅕ ★



DAY 1 WELCOME TO CAIRO. Welcome to Egypt. A country rich in wonders and mystery, you'll start in vibrant Cairo. A representative will meet you at the airport, before you are transferred to your hotel. Later, meet your Travel Director who is a qualified Egyptologist, as well as fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink. Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 FLY TO LUXOR, CRUISE THE NILE. In the morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Later, transfer to your cruise ship. One of the most luxurious vessels on the Nile, it will be your home for the next four nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor museum and witness ancient artefacts and two royal mummies. The evening is yours at leisure, enjoy dinner on the ship before relaxing in its lounge or in the comfort of your room. (B) (L) (D) MS Medea (or similar). | Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 3

â„Ž VALLEY OF THE KINGS TO EDFU.

This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. ★ See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many Pharaohs, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun were buried. đ&#x;‘ Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. ★ Visit the massive Luxor Temple complex, which archeologists began excavating in the 1860s and didn't complete until the 1960s. Return to your cruise ship and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu for your overnight stay. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START

ℎ KOM OMBO TO ASWAN. ★

â„“

In the early morning sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

★

In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party on board your ship. (B) (L) (D) DAY 5

ℎ ASWAN’S HIGH DAM AND NILE

FELUCCA. In the morning, visit the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. ★ Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis. Rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae, it was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. đ&#x;‘ Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft.

★

â„“

✈

★ 

As the sun starts to fade, enjoy a Colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. The likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie have stayed at this pretty venue, and Christie supposedly wrote “Death on the Nileâ€? from the hotel itself. (B) (L) (AT) (D) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START ASWAN AND BACK TO CAIRO. This morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor. Located in a village in Nubia, they are found in Upper Egypt. Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There are many points of interest to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum, or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night. (B) Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

★



DAY 7 THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM AND CITADEL Begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Cairo Citadel, a medieval fortress conceived by Kurdish ruler Salal El-Din in the 12th century to protect the region from the Crusaders. You'll see the Great Alabaster Mosque perched upon the fortress, which is named for Muhammad Ali, who is regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (B)

DAY 8 THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA đ&#x;‘ Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of ChephrenĂ­s Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent Pyramids. ★ Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where you can see the colossal statue of Ramesses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. ★ Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which dates back 2686 B.C., making it the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. (B)

✈

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START DEPART CAIRO. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Cairo International airport for your onward flights. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź350 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

189


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



SPLENDOURS OF EGYPT

Wed 22 Apr Wed 29 Apr

ENDS

TRIP CODE: B945 TWIN STARTS

Sun 03 May â‚Ź3225 Sun 10 May â‚Ź3225

Wed 22 Jul Wed 29 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 06 May Wed 13 May Wed 20 May Wed 27 May

Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

Wed 05 Aug Wed 12 Aug Wed 19 Aug Wed 26 Aug

Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3295

Wed 03 Jun Wed 10 Jun Wed 17 Jun Wed 24 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

Wed 01 Jul Wed 08 Jul Wed 15 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

Wed 02 Sep Wed 09 Sep Wed 16 Sep Wed 23 Sep Wed 30 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3350

Wed 07 Oct

Sun 18 Oct

â‚Ź3350

STARTS

Get face-to-face with Egypt’s most iconic antiquities, including Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun’s treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug

â‚Ź3225 â‚Ź3225

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: WB945

Wed 14 Oct Wed 21 Oct Wed 28 Oct

Sun 25 Oct â‚Ź3350 Sun 01 Nov â‚Ź3350 Sun 08 Nov â‚Ź3350

Wed 04 Nov Wed 11 Nov Wed 18 Nov Wed 25 Nov

Sun 15 Nov Sun 22 Nov Sun 29 Nov Sun 06 Dec

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295

Wed 02 Dec Wed 09 Dec Wed 16 Dec ⚑ Wed 23 Dec ∑ Wed 30 Dec

Sun 13 Dec Sun 20 Dec Sun 27 Dec Sun 03 Jan Sun 10 Jan

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3695 â‚Ź3495

Sun 17 Jan Sun 24 Jan

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295

Wed 06 Jan Wed 13 Jan

Wed 20 Jan Wed 27 Jan

Sun 31 Jan Sun 07 Feb

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295

Wed 03 Feb Wed 10 Feb Wed 17 Feb Wed 24 Feb

Sun 14 Feb Sun 21 Feb Sun 28 Feb Sun 07 Mar

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295

Wed 03 Mar Wed 10 Mar Wed 17 Mar Wed 24 Mar Wed 31 Mar

Sun 14 Mar Sun 21 Mar Sun 28 Mar Sun 04 Apr Sun 11 Apr

â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3295 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3425

Wed 07 Apr Sun 18 Apr â‚Ź3325 Wed 14 Apr Sun 25 Apr â‚Ź3295 Wed 21 Apr Sun 02 May â‚Ź3295

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include all internal economy airfares. Gratuities for Nile Cruise are not included. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Alternate Vehicles: Coaches in Egypt do not have double the standard legroom and may not have onboard washroom or 40 seats on occasion. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year's Eve in Cairo. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend New Year's Eve onboard the Nile cruise. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź700 p.p. to â‚Ź840 p.p. Triple rooms are not available on the cruise.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH ISRAEL DISCOVERY AND JORDAN EXPERIENCE TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THE REGION? SEE LAND OF THE PROPHETS ON OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Luxor: Enjoy listening to stories of village life from its local residents when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Ride a traditional Nile felucca. Karnak, Egypt

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel with return flights to Luxor. Visit Karnak Temple Complex • Luxor Museum • Temple of Hathor in Dendra • Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum • High Dam and Granite Quarries of Aswan • Philae Island • Temple of Isis • Kom Ombo Temple • Valley of the Kings and Temple Hatshepsut on the West Bank • Pyramids of Giza • Egyptian Museum. See the Hypostyle Hall • Colossi of Memnon • Statue of Ramesses II and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis • Sakkara’s Step Pyramid of Zoser I • The Sphinx • Giza’s Sound & Light Show • Cairo Citadel and Great Alabaster Mosque

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Egyptian dinner and galabeya party on the Nile cruise • Colonial-style high tea in Aswan.

FROM â‚Ź269 PER DAY 190

CAIRO

(Days 1, 10, 11 & 12)

3

Giza

1

Memphis

EGYPT Dendara

Valley of the Kings

Kom-Ombo Abu Simbel

Luxor

7 NILE CRUISE (Days 2 - 9)

Aswan

Philae Island

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site Included Flight 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 11 BREAKFASTS | 8 LUNCHES | 7 DINNERS | 18 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES





DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CAIRO Welcome to Cairo, a timeless land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest up before your journey begins tomorrow. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2

ℎ FLY TO LUXOR, CRUISE THE NILE. ★



ℎ ★

â„Ž

â„“

Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall before transferring to your cruise ship, one of the most luxurious vessels on the Nile. After lunch on board, visit the Luxor Museum to see many ancient artefacts from Luxor Temple and two royal mummies. The evening is yours at leisure. (B) (L) (D) MS Medea (or similar). | Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 3 EXPLORING DENDERA AND EDFU. In the morning visit the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, it contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian. Later, visit Luxor Temple. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it was built by the New Kingdom Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II. In the evening return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START EDFU TO ASWAN. Start the day with breakfast as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo and continue on to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites such as the Philae temple complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party. (B) (L) (D)

ℎ ★ ★

DAY 5 ASWAN’S HIGH DAM & TEMPLE OF ISIS. Today's sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt's fascinating history. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START FELUCCAS AND HIGH TEA. đ&#x;‘ Throughout your journey you'll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it's your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you'll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the art of sailing this ancient craft.

â„Ž

â„“

â„Ž

★

As the sun starts to fade, enjoy a Colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.� (B) (L) (AT) (D)

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START FREE TIME AND ON TO KOM OMBO. With the morning free, perhaps join the optional experience of travelling to the temples of Abu Simbel by air? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falconheaded Horus the Elder. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 9 EXPLORE LUXOR AND FLY TO CAIRO. Disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. ★ See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many Pharaohs, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun were buried. đ&#x;‘ Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. ★ Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. (B)  Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.

✈

★

★

★

★

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž CRUISING THE NILE TO LUXOR.

Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy your facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sites as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, on arrival in Luxor there will be free time. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to explore. (B) (L) (D)



★

✈

DAY 10 CAIRO AND THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA. Head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramesses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza to explore the magnificent Pyramids, where you'll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. Venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their gods in the afterlife. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound and Light Show. (B)

DAY 11 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING. Ascend to the Citadel and visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square. Visit the Egyptian Museum with your Egyptologist. (B) DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START DEPART CAIRO. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Cairo International Airport for your onward flights. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź512 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

191


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



CLASSICAL INDIA WITH NEPAL

STARTS

EXCITING NEW ITINERARY

â…— âš‘

ENDS

TRIP CODE: A505 TWIN STARTS

Mon 05 Oct Fri 16 Oct â‚Ź4475 Mon 19 Oct Fri 30 Oct â‚Ź4475 Mon 09 Nov Fri 20 Nov â‚Ź4595 Mon 23 Nov Fri 04 Dec â‚Ź4595

Mon 14 Dec Fri 25 Dec â‚Ź4925

Dive into a wonderland of the exotic and enigmatic, from the remarkable temples of Khajuraho and the splendid Taj Mahal, to the world’s only official living goddess.

â…—

Mon 04 Jan Fri 15 Jan

â‚Ź4475

ENDS

TWIN

â…—

Fri 22 Jan

â…—

Mon 08 Feb Fri 19 Feb Mon 15 Feb Fri 26 Feb

â…—

Mon 01 Mar Fri 12 Mar â‚Ź4625 Tue 23 Mar Sat 03 Apr â‚Ź4625

â…—

Fri 09 Apr

∑

Tue 02 Feb â‚Ź4475

â‚Ź4475 â‚Ź4475

Tue 20 Apr â‚Ź4475

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares from Kathmandu to Delhi, Agra to Varanasi and Varanasi to Delhi. Visas: Visas are required for this trip, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Apply for your Nepal Visa prior to starting this trip. Nepal Visa Fee is not included in price and obtaining at the airport is a time consuming process. âš‘ This departure experiences Diwali dinner and celebrations with a local family in Jaipur. ∑ This departure experiences Holi dinner and celebrations with a local family in Jaipur. â…— Please see our website for more details on which festivals these departures experience. Nepal Visa Fee (currently @ US$ 25 per person payable directly by cash at the airport) FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: 2nd Trip â‚Ź107 | Past Guest â‚Ź214. ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź1300 p.p. to â‚Ź1600 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź89 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Kathmandu: Head to an inspirational talk by women who summited the Earth's highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest. Visit a pottery workshop in Kathmandu • Aarti chanting ceremony on the Ganges River.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Sacred Swayambhunath and Dubar Square in Kathmandu • Tomb of the Emperor Humayun • Flower Market, Spice market and Amber Fort in Jaipur • Taj Mahal in Agra • Sarnath in Varanasi. City tours of Kathmandu, Dehli, Jaipur and Varanasi. See the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu • Red Fort in Delhi.

Himachal Pradesh Uttranchal

Haryana

Rajasthan

2

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu • Dinner at a Dera Amer in Jaipur • Lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur • Celebration Dinner in Varanasi.

FROM â‚Ź373 PER DAY 192

Key: Join/Leave Options Included Flights UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

JAIPUR

(Days 6 & 7)

DELHI

(Days 4, 5 & 12)

2

Bharatpur

2

Uttar Pradesh

AGRA

(Days 8 & 9)

Madhya Pradesh

3

2 VARANASI (Days 10 & 11)

INDIA

Mount Everest

NEPAL

KATHMANDU

Bihar

(Days 1, 2 & 3)

Jharkhand

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 3 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS | 21 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 â„“  ★ ★

â„“

DAY 1 WELCOME TO KATHMANDU Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your hotel. At 17:00 meet your Travel Director, before moving on to Thamel for a rickshaw ride and head to a local restaurant for a welcome reception, drinks and dinner. (DW) Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 KATHMANDU THE CITY OF BEAUTY. Start with a morning visit to Kathmandu City. See the tranquil Swayambhunath temple. Later, stop in Patan, the third largest city in Nepal, where you will enjoy an included lunch. Explore this pretty city with a Local Expert in the afternoon. Highlights include the Golden Temple, Durbar Square and Mul Chowk. Indulge on local flavours in the evening as you enjoy dinner. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 3 KATHMANDU'S SPIRITUAL HISTORY ★ Delve into Kathmandu's spiritual history in the morning. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, before taking in the impressive Boudhanath stupa. đ&#x;‘ Next you'll head to the city of Bhadgaon, before visiting a local pottery workshop where a local craftsman will provide a demonstration. đ&#x;‘ In the evening head to an inspirational talk by a woman who summited the Earth's highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest. (B)

✈ ★



DAY 4 ON TO VIBRANT DELHI. Head to the airport for your flight to Delhi, India. On arrival, you'll be taken to your modern contemporary hotel. Later join your group and Travel Director for a trip to Akshardham Temple. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, this Hindu temple is also a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. The rest of the day is yours at leisure, ask your Travel Director for recommendations on where to explore, or perhaps relax at your hotel's spa. (B) Le Meridien, New Delhi. | Contemporary | ∂

★ ★

★ ★

â„“

 ★ ★ ★

â„“



DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING NEW AND OLD DELHI. This morning, head on an exciting sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. In the afternoon visit a Sikh temple and its community kitchen, a place preparing and serving free vegetarian meals to those in need. Later, drive past the President Palace, India gate and Parliament House, before ending the day with a tour of Humayun's Tomb. (B) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE PINK CITY. Move on to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the Pink City. Enjoy a visit to the Heritage Transport Museum in Haryana, a fascinating showcase of the evolution of transport in India, with an included lunch. Later, join your Travel Director for an evening visit at a flower and spice market. For dinner you' ll dine at the esteemed Dera Amer. Situated in the wilderness close to Jaipur, this outdoor dining experience truly connects you to nature. With elephants roaming free on its land, the venue's primary purpose is to maintain an area of natural beauty. (B) (L) (D) Hotel ITC Rajputana. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 DELVE INTO JAIPUR. Ascend by jeep to Amber Fort. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, its royal halls mesmerise with their ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Experience India's spiritual majesty, with a special blessing ceremony. In the afternoon, take a city tour of Jaipur and see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. (B) (D)

DAY 8 JAIPUR TO AGRA. In the morning depart for Agra, home to the illustrious Taj Mahal. Along the way stop for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur. When you arrive in Agra, the evening is yours at leisure. Why not make the most of the amenities at your hotel, Jaypee Palace? Home to a spa, salon and fitness centre, unwind before tomorrow's adventure. (B) (L) Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra. | Traditional | ∂

★

★

â„“



DAY 9 THE TAJ MAHAL. Wake early for a visit to the Taj Mahal to see the monument in its best light. A symbol of love and flawless architectural creation, it was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Next, visit Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. The historic fort is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace� and the The Muthamman Burj. Catch up with your fellow travellers over dinner at your hotel this evening. (B) (D)

DAY 10 ON TO VARANASI. ★ Take a flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in Hinduism. đ&#x;‘ In the evening participate in an Aarti on the ghats, where you'll offer prayers to the Ganges river. This spiritual ceremony is performed daily to honour the River Goddess Ganga. (B)  Taj Ganges, Varanasi. | Contemporary | ∂

★

â„“

✈

★

DAY 11 THE HOLY CITY OF VARANASI. Wake early for a sunrise boat cruise on Ganges River, followed by a visit to an Akhara. Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading on a tour of Varanasi. See the Sarnath, a sacred deer park where Guatama Buddha first taught the Dharma and the Buddhist Sangha first came into existence through Kondanna's enlightenment. Later, enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner at your hotel. (B) (DW) DAY 12 LEAVE VARANASI FOR DELHI. End your trip with a relaxing early morning yoga session at your hotel before breakfast. Transfer to the airport and head back to Delhi before your onward flights. Please do not schedule flights before 9pm. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź319 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

193


ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 10 DAYS



CLASSICAL SRI LANKA Welcome to Sri Lanka, a verdant utopia of golden beaches, historic sites and delicious regional specialties.

STARTS

ENDS

TRIP CODE: A526 TWIN

Sat 15 Aug Mon 24 Aug â‚Ź3575 Sat 29 Aug Mon 07 Sep â‚Ź3295 Sat 12 Sep Mon 21 Sep â‚Ź3150 Sat 26 Sep Mon 05 Oct â‚Ź3150

EXCITING NEW ITINERARY

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 16 Jan Sat 30 Jan

Mon 25 Jan â‚Ź3725 Mon 08 Feb â‚Ź3775

Sat 19 Dec Mon 28 Dec â‚Ź4150

Sat 24 Oct Mon 02 Nov â‚Ź3195

Sat 13 Feb Mon 22 Feb â‚Ź3775 Sat 27 Feb Mon 08 Mar â‚Ź3725

Sat 21 Nov Mon 30 Nov â‚Ź3575

Sat 27 Mar Mon 05 Apr â‚Ź3725

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Visas: Visas are required for this trip, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: 2nd Trip â‚Ź104 | Past Guest â‚Ź208 ROOMING OPTIONS: Roommate Matching not available on this trip. Single Supplement from â‚Ź1120 p.p. to â‚Ź1500 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź74 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Sigiriya: Choose between climbing Sigiriya Rock or a visit to Sigiriya Gardens.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Kandy: Visit Rahju's Contemporary Art Gallery and enjoy a private viewing of his magnificent paintings and discuss his unique perspectives on life over a cup of tea. Visit Colombo with a photographer and wildlife enthusiast • Ritigala Jungle with a Buddhist.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS SRI LANKA

Travel through Colombo streets in a tuk tuk • hike in World’s End. Visit Wilpattu National Park • Anuradhapura • Dambulla Cave Temple • Polonnaruwa Archaeological Park • Sacred Tooth Relic Temple • tea plantations and factory.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK (Days 3 & 4) 2

Welcome Dinner in Colombo • Cooking Demonstration and Highlight Dinner in Nuwara Eliya • Celebration Dinner in Nuwara Eliya. Taste tea in Nuwara Eliya.

FROM â‚Ź315 PER DAY 194

Ritigala Jungle

Cultural Triangle

2

SIGIRIYA (Days 5 & 6)

See Raja Maha Viharau.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Anuradhapura

Polonnaruwa

KANDY (Day 7)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

2 COLOMBO (Days 1, 2 & 10)

Dambulla Caves

1

2

NUWARA ELIYA (Days 8 & 9)

Horton Plains

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 9 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO SRI LANKA. Welcome to Sri Lanka. On arrival, you'll be picked up and transferred to your luxury hotel, the Taj Samudra, Colombo. A contemporary building situated on the seafront, it provides an idyllic ambience at sunset.

Unwind and rejuvenate before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director at 19:00 for a Welcome Dinner with drinks. (DW) Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. | Contemporary

DAY 2 EXPLORE COLOMBO. đ&#x;‘ In the morning, head on a leisurely walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes, a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, and discover the hidden treasures this city has to offer. Journey through a myriad of buildings that date back from 17th century and were erected mainly during the Dutch & British rule. Visit Pettah Market, where locals head to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, garments and jewellery. This market place is older than the buildings around it and an area best explored with a local. ★ Later, head out to explore old Colombo town by Tuk-Tuk. Cruise the city streets while watching the sun lower over the Indian Ocean and the city lights come alive for an evening of buzzing activity. (B)

★ 

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. After breakfast, begin your journey to Wilpattu National Park. On arrival, check into your luxury safari camp located on the border of the park, a quintessential glamping experience and satisfying blend of comfort and nature. Enjoy relaxing in your spacious living room, with views of the lush, green jungle just steps away. In the evening, explore the park by jeep safari in search for Sri Lanka's big four — leopards, elephants, sloth bear and deer. (B) (L) (D) Mahoora Safari Camp, Wilpattu National Park. | Contemporary

DAY 4 JUNGLE SAFARI. Today you will enjoy a full day of journeying through the jungle. (B) (L) (D)

DAY 5 WILPATTU TO SIGIRIYA. In the morning head south making your way to Sigiriya. ★ Stop at Anuradhapura complex temple, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. Sprawling with a rich collection of archaeological wonders, you'll have the opportunity to explore its ruins with your Travel Director. đ&#x;‘ After, meet a practising Buddhist and embark on a guided walking tour through Ritigala's jungle-enveloped paths. Hear tales and secrets of the forest dwelling monks, a monastic community, who once inhabited the monastic reserve, devoting their lives to living simply in the forest. (B) (D)  Hotel Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya. | Contemporary

ď”ˆ

★

★

★

DAY 6 EXPLORING SIGIRIYA’S ANCIENT KINGDOM.

Explore Sigiriya with Insight Choice. Choose between climbing Sigiriya Rock or a visit to Sigiriya Gardens. Later, visit the historic city of Polonnaruwa by tuk-tuk, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, where you will explore remains of ancient temples and tombs. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site before heading back to your hotel. (B)

DAY 7 COLOURFUL CAVES AND RAINFORESTS. Today you'll visit the colourful Dambulla Caves. Also known as the Golden Temple caves, this World Heritage Site is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Stop at Matale Spice Garden, home to exotic plant species and spice trees, and find out how those spices are used in the preparation of local dishes.

★



Later, arrive in Kandy. Once here you'll enjoy a cultural evening of drums and dance performance. (B) Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy. | Traditional

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START TEA COUNTRY HILLS. ★ Visit the Sacred Tooth Relic. Located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy it is home to Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of Buddha. đ&#x;‘ Later visit Rahju, a local artist, at this contemporary art gallery. Enjoy a private viewing of his magnificent paintings and discuss his unique perspectives on life over a cup of tea. Continue to Nuawara Eliya, a green haven of tea plantations and tea gardens.

â„“

 ★

â„“

✈

In the evening, participate in a cooking demonstration, where you' ll learn to cook Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine with a local chef before indulging on your hard work. (B) (D) Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya. | Historic

DAY 9 EXPLORING NUWARA ELIYA. Join an excursion to Horton Plains for a hike to World's End, where a stunning escarpment plunges 880 metres down to the jungle floor. Stand in awe and capture incredible views of the expansive plateau before mist and cloud obscure the scene. In the afternoon, you will be treated to a special experience when you visit a tea plantation and tea gardens. Walk in the plantation during plucking time and spend time with a tea plucker to learn about their life, before enjoying a tasting session with a tea expert. In the evening, toast to your travels with your new friends over a Celebration Dinner at your hotel. (B) (DW) DAY 10 GOODBYE COLOMBO. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. You'll be driven back to Colombo airport for your onward flight. A stop will be made in Colombo for those extending their stay. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź377 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

195


Inspiring, magical #INSIGHTMOMENTS captured by recent guests

  @trudyleanne and @chancfstanley on COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND Learn more about this trip on page 212 and create your own special moments.


BRITAIN & IRELAND Discover thousands of years of history and explore iconic landmarks seen in TV, films and books. Spend the night in magnificent castles, and marvel at the charm and elegance of Britain and Ireland – from cosmopolitan London to quaint Adare.

SCOTLAND

NORTHERN IRELAND IRELAND

ENGLAND WALES

ITINERARIES WELCOME TO LONDON GEMS OF BRITAIN BEST OF BRITAIN COUNTRY ROADS OF DEVON & CORNWALL NEW COUNTRY ROADS OF SCOTLAND ELEGANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN FOCUS ON IRELAND IRISH ELEGANCE COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND BEST OF IRELAND & SCOTLAND BRITAIN & IRELAND EXPLORER ROMANTIC BRITAIN & IRELAND BRITAIN & IRELAND DISCOVERY

198 200 201 202 204 206 208 210 212 214 216 218 220

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES BALLINDALLOCH CASTLE: The owner of one of Scotland’s few remaining inhabited castles invites you for an afternoon of delicious local tea and scones. KILLARNEY: Meet a hurling player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience and have a go for yourself on the pitch. 12 ITINERARIES | 5 COUNTRIES INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 197


WELCOME TO LONDON Now what would you like to see?

BLENHEIM PALACE, DOWNTON ABBEY VILLAGE & THE COTSWOLDS Escape the hustle and bustle of London and journey into the serene expanse of the Cotswolds, England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore the Venice of the Cotswolds and the iconic village of Bampton, the setting for the world-renowned, period drama series, “Downton Abbey”. Walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill as you head to his place of birth, the awe-inspiring stately home of Blenheim Palace, the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough.

WARTIME LONDON SMALL GROUP TOUR Step back in time to one of the darkest periods of British history as you see lasting signs of damage from the First and Second World Wars. See the wartime headquarters from where the Allied leaders planned Operation Overlord and D-Day. Listen to the original news broadcasts of the day and compare wartime photos of key landmarks with their modern-day appearance in this intimate, half-day tour.

Perfect for: Nature lovers and fans of stage and screen

Perfect for: History enthusiasts and those interested in the First and Second World Wars

LONDON IN ONE DAY

OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES

You could live years in London and still not touch the surface of this diverse capital, but you can get to the historic heart of it in a day. An experience for tradition-hungry travellers, you’ll witness the Changing of the Guard, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, head to the Tower of London and sit back on a relaxing Thames River Cruise.

With alumni including scientists, writers, politicians, and poets such as Albert Einsten, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Thatcher and Salman Rushdie, head to Oxford and Cambridge Universities for an enlightening academic experience. Immerse yourself in their history and capture the exquisite architecture of the two oldest and most famous universities in the U.K.

Perfect for: First-time visitors

Perfect for: Academics and intellectuals

198 INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN


Rich in culture, architecture and tradition, it’s little surprise that the U.K. holds a top spot as one of our most popular destinations. We’ve teamed up with our sister brand Evan Evans to provide you with some more travel treats, so you get the most out of your extended stay in this iconic country. From exploring London in one day to a trip to the picturesque Cotswolds countryside, here are our guests’ favourite British trips:

LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, DOVER & GREENWICH

WARWICK CASTLE, SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND, OXFORD & THE COTSWOLDS

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, and today you’ll see why. Starting at the beautiful Leeds Castle, described as “the loveliest castle in the world,” you’ll explore its sweeping grounds and impressive architecture. Move on to the historic Canterbury Cathedral, infamous for the murder of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170. End your experience at the White Cliffs of Dover, where rugged coastal views, a magnificent beach and a crisp sea air await you.

“The earth has music for those who listen,” or so says literary legend, William Shakespeare. Discover your own musical landscapes as you take in Warwick Castle’s medieval melody, before journeying on to the enchanting Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. End the day in pretty Oxford, otherwise known as “the city of dreaming spires.” Once here you’ll walk its cobbled streets and take in the beautiful golden hues of its storybook houses.

Perfect for: Lovers of history and architecture

Perfect for: Bookworms and history lovers

EVAN EVANS Established for nearly 90 years, Evan Evans is our sister company, providing guests with carefully crafted and unique sightseeing experiences. Together we’ve selected a number of fascinating trips to entertain you should you extend your stay in the U.K. BUCKINGHAM PALACE & WINDSOR CASTLE WITH LUNCH You might have missed the recent royal wedding but there is still time to get in on the excitement with a royal day out. Start your experience with a visit to the grand home of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace. Next, you’ll head on to the recent wedding venue of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Windsor Castle, where a delightful two-course lunch awaits you – have your curtsies and bows at the ready!

You can book your Evan Evans sightseeing trips and experiences in advance, through Insight reservations or your travel agent. Alternatively, book through Insight Vacations’ London Reception Centre or your Local Hosts once in London. Opening hours Daily 7am–7pm

Contact details Tel: +44 (0) 207 620 8900 Email: London.24x7@ttc.com Address: 79 York Road, London SE1 7NJ

Perfect for: Fans of castles and royalty INSIGHT VACATIONS | EUROPE & BRITAIN 199


TRIP PLANNER - 5 DAYS

BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €138 pp

GEMS OF BRITAIN

STARTS

“One experience that is not to be missed on this trip is a visit to the Roman Baths, because it’s an incredible relic of Roman times from 2000 years ago.”-Cameron, Travel Director

ENDS

TRIP CODE: B995 TWIN

Sun 03 May Thu 07 May €1095 Sun 17 May Thu 21 May €1125 Sun 31 May Thu 04 Jun €1150 Sun 14 Jun Thu 18 Jun Sun 28 Jun Thu 02 Jul

€1150 €1150

Sun 12 Jul Thu 16 Jul Sun 26 Jul Thu 30 Jul

€1150 €1150

⚑ ⚑ ⚑

STARTS

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

ENDS

Thu 13 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug Thu 03 Sep

TWIN

€1375 €1350 €1350 €1150

Sun 13 Sep Thu 17 Sep €1150 Sun 27 Sep Thu 01 Oct €1125

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ⚑ These departure attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €110 | Past Guest €69 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €230 p.p. to €250 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver €46 p.p.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Shakespeare's birthplace • Roman Baths and Pump Room • Stonehenge. City tour of Edinburgh with a Local Expert. See Stratford-upon-Avon • York Minster and the Shambles • Jedburgh Abbey ruins • Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh • Gretna Green • Bowness • Liverpool • Chester's Jubilee Clock and black and white Rows • Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium • Bath Abbey. Enjoy the scenery of the English Lake District and Welsh Marshes. Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited SCOTLAND

Bowness LIVERPOOL (Day 3)

Chester

WALES CARDIFF 1 (Day 4)

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 5 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES 4 BREAKFASTS | 1 DINNER | 10 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 1

EDINBURGH (Day 2)

Jedburgh

Gretna Green

Lake District

Roman Baths, Bath, England

Northumberland Moors The Pennines

1

1 YORK (Day 1)

Sherwood Forest

Welsh Marches

Severn Bridge

Cotswolds

The Wash

Stratford-upon-Avon

ENGLAND

Bath

Stonehenge

FROM €219 PER DAY

LONDON (Day 5)

DAY 1 LONDON & MEDIEVAL YORK. At 07:15, meet your Travel Director at the trip hotel in London and depart for Stratfordupon-Avon to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Continue to York and see the Shambles and the glorious York Minster. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Hilton York. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 OVER THE BORDER TO EDINBURGH. In Edinburgh a Local Expert shows you Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. Cross over to Princes Street and pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument. In the evening, select departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh. | Heritage | ∂

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

★  ★ ★ 

★ ★

DAY 3 THE LAKE DISTRICT AND LIVERPOOL. Journey via Gretna Green to the beautiful English Lake District. Continue to lively Liverpool. (B) Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 4 ROMAN CHESTER AND CARDIFF. Visit Chester. Cross into southern Wales and head for the capital Cardiff for an orientation. (B) Clayton Hotel Cardiff. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 BATH, STONEHENGE AND LONDON. Travel to the City of Bath, see Bath Abbey and visit the Roman Baths. Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge. Your journey concludes upon arrival at the trip hotel in London. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY €200

200

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź260 pp

BEST OF BRITAIN “People don’t usually know this before they come to Scotland, but the Scottish people are some of the friendliest on the planet.� - Cameron, Travel Director

OPERATES YEAR ROUND

TRIP CODE: B903

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 06 May Wed 13 May Wed 20 May Wed 27 May

Thu 14 May Thu 21 May Thu 28 May Thu 04 Jun

â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295

Wed 03 Jun Wed 10 Jun Wed 17 Jun Wed 24 Jun

Thu 11 Jun Thu 18 Jun Thu 25 Jun Thu 02 Jul

â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295

Wed 01 Jul Wed 08 Jul Wed 15 Jul Wed 22 Jul Wed 29 Jul

Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul Thu 23 Jul Thu 30 Jul Thu 06 Aug

â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295

Wed 29 Apr Thu 07 May â‚Ź2295

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘

Wed 05 Aug Wed 12 Aug Wed 19 Aug Wed 26 Aug

STARTS

Thu 13 Aug Thu 20 Aug Thu 27 Aug Thu 03 Sep

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 02 Sep Wed 09 Sep Wed 16 Sep Wed 23 Sep Wed 30 Sep

Thu 10 Sep Thu 17 Sep Thu 24 Sep Thu 01 Oct Thu 08 Oct

â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295 â‚Ź2295

â‚Ź2595 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2550

Wed 04 Nov Thu 12 Nov â‚Ź1975 ∑ â…—

Wed 02 Dec Thu 10 Dec â‚Ź1975 Wed 23 Dec Thu 31 Dec â‚Ź2195 Sun 27 Dec Mon 04 Jan â‚Ź2095

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ These departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. ∑ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will have Christmas Day in Edinburgh. â…— Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will have New Year’s Eve in Windermere. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź230 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź20 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź65 | Past Guest â‚Ź130 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź500 p.p. to â‚Ź690 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź93 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Devon: Choose between a walk in Dartmoor National Park or a scenic cruise in Plymouth harbour.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES 8 BREAKFASTS | 3 DINNERS | 17 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Cornwall: Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner at Heskyn Mill.



★

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace • Edinburgh Castle • the Roman Baths • Stonehenge. City tour of Edinburgh with a Local Expert. Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Loch SCOTLAND Stirling Lomond Place Visited GLASGOW 1 2 EDINBURGH (Days 2 & 3)

(Day 4)

Gretna

Jedburgh Hadrian’s Wall

Grasmere 1 The LAKE WINDERMERE Pennines (Day 5)

WALES Ludlow

Cotswolds

CARDIFF

Severn Bridge 1 Glastonbury Bath

(Day 6)

CORNISH COUNTRYSIDE (Days 7 & 8)

2

1

YORK (Day 1)

The Wash

Stratfordupon-Avon

Stonehenge LONDON (Day 9)

FROM â‚Ź220 PER DAY

★ ⚑

 ★ 

ENGLAND

Dartmoor

Plymouth



★

DAY 1 LONDON AND MEDIEVAL YORK. Depart from the trip hotel in London at 07:30, for Shakespeare's birthplace and York for a cheerful Welcome Dinner. (DW) Hilton York. | Traditional | ∂

DAYS 2 - 3 HADRIAN'S WALL AND EDINBURGH See Hadrian's Wall and Jedburgh Abbey. In Edinburgh, visit Edinburgh Castle with a Local Expert. Select departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) (B)

MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 LOCH LOMOND TO GLASGOW. Enjoy an orientation of Glasgow. (B) Radisson Blu Glasgow. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 5 THE GLORIOUS LAKE DISTRICT. Visit Grasmere and William Wordsworth's grave. (B) (D)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM



★  ★

ď”ˆ â„“



✈ ★



Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Windermere. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 THE WELSH MARCHES AND CARDIFF. Visit Ludlow and Wales' capital Cardiff. (B) Clayton Hotel Cardi. | Traditional | ∂

DAYS 7 - 8 ¡ RELAXED START GEORGIAN BATH AND CORNWALL Visit the Roman Baths, Glastonbury and the Cornish countryside. Explore Devon with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk through magnificent scenery in Dartmoor National Park or a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour. Enjoy a Farm-to-Table experience of west country produce. (B) (B) (DW)

St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornish Coast. | Resort | ∂

DAY 9 STONEHENGE AND LONDON. Visit Stonehenge and conclude at the trip hotel in London. (B)

SMALLER GROUPS

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź279

Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

201


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 11 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź298 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF WALES, DEVON & CORNWALL

EXCITING NEW ITINERARY

TRIP CODE: B996

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun

Wed 17 Jun â‚Ź2975 Wed 24 Jun â‚Ź2975

Sun 05 Jul

Wed 15 Jul â‚Ź2925

Sun 10 May Wed 20 May â‚Ź2975 Sun 17 May Wed 27 May â‚Ź2975

“ I really love showing guests Dartmoor National Park as it’s close to my home roots and my heart.� -Darren, Travel Director

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Wed 12 Aug â‚Ź2925

Sun 06 Sep Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź2975 Sun 13 Sep Wed 23 Sep â‚Ź2975 Sun 04 Oct Wed 14 Oct â‚Ź2975 Sun 11 Oct Wed 21 Oct â‚Ź2975

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź290 Past Guest â‚Ź149 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź990 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź102 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Brecon Beacons: Explore the beautiful flora and fauna of the Brecon Beacons on a leisurely hike with a ranger, or during a lecture with a naturalist.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Dorchester: Experience Devonshire tea with Lady of the Manor, Caroline Huyshe, at her stately home, Sand House. You’ll enjoy a morning of tea, scones and sandwiches. Visit Selborne Pottery • play croquet with a professional instructor in Dorchester.

Bovey Castle, Dartmoor, England WALES

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit the Roman Baths • Exmoor National Park • Stonehenge. See Cardiff Castle • Oxford • Cotswolds • Glastonbury Abbey • Bideford • Plymouth Hoe, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps in Plymouth • Looe • Tintagel Castle • Port Isaac • Padstow • Penzance.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Bath • Hearty Farm-to-Table Lunch in Brecon Beacons • Celebration Dinner in Dorchester.

FROM â‚Ź266 PER DAY 202

ENGLAND

Brecon Beacons National Park Cotswolds

CARDIFF 2 (Day 3 & 4)

Bideford

St Ives

Tintagel Port Isaac Padstow 2

Exmoor National Park

2

Glastonbury Sidbury

DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK

Looe Penzance Plymouth CORNWALL

(Day 5 & 6)

(Day 7 & 8)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

2 BATH

(Days 1 & 2)

2

Stonehenge

Dorset

Oxford LONDON (Day 11)

Selborne

DORCHESTER (Day 9 & 10)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

11 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS | 12 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ★

â„“



★

ď”ˆ â„“ ★



★

DAY 1 OXFORD, THE COTSWOLDS AND BATH. Welcome to England. You'll be picked up from the trip hotel in London before making your way along the scenic Great West Way road to Oxford. Join your Travel Director, for an orientation of the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world's most famous universities. Continue your journey on to the Cotswolds. See Bourton-on-the-Water and the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath. Head on an orientation of the city before ending your day with a Sunday roast at your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Apex Hotel, Bath. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START BATH THROUGH THE YEARS. Start your day by exploring Bath's fascinating Roman history. Visit the Roman Baths and see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still owing with the natural hot water from the springs. Later, you have the option to learn more about the life of esteemed author Jane Austen. (B) DAY 3 BRECON'S BEACON NATIONAL PARK. Visit the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in South Wales.

★ ★ ★

â„“

 ★

★

Explore Brecon Beacons with Insight Choice. Enjoy a gentle hike with a ranger or learn more about the area's flora and fauna with a naturalist guide over a lecture. After a morning in the great outdoors, rectify your lethargic bliss with a hearty Farm-toTable pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. In the afternoon, you'll arrive in Cardiff, Wales' cultural hub. Enjoy an orientation of this cultural hub, and enjoy the comfort of your centrally located accommodation. (B) (LW) Clayton Hotel, Cardi. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START CARDIFF. Enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Join your Travel Director for an orientation of this vibrant city, see Principality Stadium, house of Welsh Rugby, and Cardiff Castle. The rest of your day is at leisure. (B)



DAY 5 EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK TO DARTMOOR. Begin your day at Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, it is now registered as a Grade I listed building. Move on to Exmoor National Park, a beautiful area of moorland in Somerset. Continue your scenic drive to the historic port town of Bideford. Your day ends at Bovey Castle, where you'll stay for the next two nights. Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star accommodation stands within 275 acres of beautiful countryside. Catch up with your fellow travellers tonight over a nourishing dinner at the hotel. (B) (DW) Bovey Castle, Dartmoor. | Castle | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START EXPLORING THE SOUTHWEST. Head to the port city of Plymouth in Devon. See the steps where the Pilgrim Fathers first set sail in 1620. 2020 is particularly important, as it marks the Mayflower's 400th anniversary. You have the option of taking a cruise around the harbour here. Next, you'll journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe, a quintessential Cornish village boasting with old time charm. In the evening you have the option of heading out for a gastro pub dinner with your Travel Director and a local storyteller. (B)

DAY 7 LEGENDS AND GLITZ IN CORNWALL. Begin your day in Tintagel, mentioned in the legendary tale of King Arthur. See the ruins of its 13th century castle. Move on to Port Isaac, a pretty fishing village on the Atlantic coast. Continue to Padstow and perhaps try a traditional service of fish and chips for lunch? Though it has become more gentrified in the last few years, it has not lost its nautical ambience. (B) St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash/Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 8 PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Begin your full day exploring Cornwall with a trip to the historic port of Penzance offering sea-blown charm with its Victorian promenade. Continue on to the centre of Cornwall's art scene, St Ives, where galleries and studios line the streets. A world-famous landmark, you'll explore Britain's most southwestern point. From its wild cliffs you can see the Isles of Scilly. Beyond that is the Atlantic Ocean and North America. (B)

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START COUNTRY HOUSES IN DORCHESTER. đ&#x;‘ Visit Sand House in Sidbury. A historic stately home, it has been in the family of Ladies of the Manor, Caroline and Diana Huyshe, for over 500 years.

â„“



Join Caroline for a quintessential Devonshire high tea, with freshly baked scones garnished with seasonal fruits from the kitchen garden, and a tour of the property. Spend the next two nights at the beautiful five-star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa, nestled in the picturesque Wessex countryside. (B) (MT) (DW) Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Dorchester. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START GALLERIES AND GARDENS OF DORCHESTER. đ&#x;‘ Meet with a professional instructor to learn the quintessential English sport of croquet and try out your new skills in a game with your fellow travellers. The afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps visit nearby stately homes Montacute House or Mapperton House.

â„“

In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

DAY 11 DEPART DORCHESTER. ★ Make your way to Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument found in Wiltshire, dating back to around 3000 BC. đ&#x;‘ Visit Selborne Pottery, a local studio and meet Robert Goldsmith the owner, for a demonstration. End your day back in London, where you'll be transferred to the trip hotel. (B)

✈

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź429 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

203


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 9 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź265 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF SCOTLAND

TRIP CODE: B905

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 02 May Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2395 â‚Ź2425

Mon 01 Jun Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Mon 15 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Mon 29 Jun

Tue 09 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul Tue 07 Jul

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Mon 13 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Tue 21 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

â‚Ź2450 â‚Ź2450 â‚Ź2450 â‚Ź2450 â‚Ź2450

Sat 18 Apr Sun 26 Apr Sat 25 Apr Sun 03 May

“ We have lots of local expressions about the rainy weather here in Scotland. My favourite is, “Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky�.� -Melissa, Travel Director

STARTS

â‚Ź2350 â‚Ź2350

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘

ďƒˆ

ENDS

Mon 27 Jul Tue 04 Aug

âš‘ âš‘

TWIN

â‚Ź2450

Sat 01 Aug Sun 09 Aug Mon 03 Aug Tue 11 Aug Sat 08 Aug Sun 16 Aug Mon 10 Aug Tue 18 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sun 23 Aug Mon 17 Aug Tue 25 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sun 30 Aug Mon 24 Aug Tue 01 Sep Sat 29 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2525 â‚Ź2525 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650 â‚Ź2650

Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep Mon 28 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Tue 29 Sep Sun 04 Oct Tue 06 Oct

â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2425 â‚Ź2375 â‚Ź2375 â‚Ź2325

Sat 03 Oct Sun 11 Oct

â‚Ź2325

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Highland Hotels: Insight Vacations stays at the best available properties. Hotels are typical of the region, mainly traditional and much simpler in style. âš‘ These departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. ďƒˆ This departure will stay at the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William in lieu of the Ballachulish Hotel. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź240 2nd Trip â‚Ź66 | Past Guest â‚Ź133 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź560 p.p. to â‚Ź680 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź90 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź83 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Orkney Isles: Across the windswept Orkney Islands lie relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy. Join a Local Expert for a fascinating journey into its history.

@annewilson1076 sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here Eilean Donan, Scotland Skara Brae

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

THURSO

Visit Edinburgh Castle • Culloden Visitor Centre. City tour of Edinburgh with a Local Expert. See Scott Memorial and Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh • Old Course St. Andrews • Pitlochry • Inverness Castle • Loch Ness • Wick • John O'Groats • Isle of Skye • Eilean Donan Castle • Ben Nevis • World War II Commando Memorial • Glencoe • Loch Lomond • St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Farm-to-Table dining in Ballindalloch • Celebration Dinner in Glencoe. Taste whisky in Wick.

FROM â‚Ź259 PER DAY 204

(Days 4 & 5)

(Day 6)

1

Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donan

John O’Groats Wick

(Day 3)

1

Culloden

Ballindaloch

Spey Valley

Inner Hebrides

GLENCOE 1

Grampian Mountains

Blair Atholl

(Day 7)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

INVERNESS

Loch Ness

Commando Memorial

Pitlochry River Tay

SCOTLAND

Loch Lomond 1 GLASGOW (Days 8 & 9)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Orkney Islands

2

North West Highlands

ISLE OF SKYE

Kirkwall

St. Andrews 2

Forth Rail Bridge

EDINBURGH (Days 1 & 2)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 9 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 8 BREAKFASTS | 1 AFTERNOON TEA | 6 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ ⚑



★

★

DAY 1 WELCOME TO EDINBURGH. On arrival at Edinburgh airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00.

Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. On select departures, you will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. (DW) Malmaison Edinburgh. | Historic | ∂

DAY 2 EDINBURGH, THE CAPITAL OF CULTURE. Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then wander the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Georgian facades. In the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? (B)

DAY 3 TO ST. ANDREWS AND THE HIGHLAND CAPITAL OF INVERNESS. ★ Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and journey to St. Andrews for an orientation. ★ Travel across the Tay and continue to charming Pitlochry for a visit. Pass Blair Atholl and the Grampian Mountains on the way to the Spey Valley. đ&#x;‘ Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. You will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds. (B) (AT) (D)  Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. | Historic | ∂

★ ★



DAY 4 CULLODEN, LOCH NESS AND ON TO THURSO. See Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Centre. Continue along the shores of Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for the legendary monster! Follow the rugged coast north to Wick and pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of this national drink. (B) (D) The Pentland Hotel, Thurso. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 A DAY IN THE ORKNEY ISLANDS. ★ Start the day by driving to the most northern point of the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquility supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.' đ&#x;‘ Your Local Expert accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II. (B) (D)

â„Ž

★



DAY 6 OVER THE SEA TO SKYE. Travel through stunning landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it's ‘Over the Sea to Skye,' the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie and see the dramatic Cuillin Hills. (B) (D) The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye. | Traditional | ∂

★ ★

â„“



★



✈



DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START THROUGH THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO GLENCOE. Cross to the Kyle of Lochalsh and stop for a photo at Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Continue to the WWII Commando Memorial with views of Ben Nevis. You'll enjoy spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Delight in market-fresh Scottish ingredients and wine as you join your newfound friends for a sumptuous Celebration Dinner. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne.' (B) (DW) Ballachulish Hotel. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START ALONG THE BONNIE BANKS OF LOCH LOMOND TO GLASGOW. Spend time around peaceful Loch Lomond or the ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs' according to Sir Walter Scott. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquillity of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow? An orientation drive through the city will show you the grand public buildings, George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore as you wish. (B) Holiday Inn Glasgow - City Centre Theatreland. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 DEPART GLASGOW. Your travels come to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Glasgow airport at 06:30 and 09:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź354 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

205


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 11 or 12 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź308 pp

ELEGANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN

TRIP CODE: B917

STARTS ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Sun 03 May Wed 13 May â‚Ź2725 Sun 17 May Wed 27 May â‚Ź2725 Sun 31 May Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź2725

“My guests love to meet Sir Ludovic ShawStewart, because he speaks from the heart about his family’s roots (he is a descendant of King Robert the Bruce) and his hopes for the future.� - Michael, Travel Director

Sun 14 Jun Wed 24 Jun â‚Ź2725 Sun 28 Jun Wed 08 Jul â‚Ź2775

TWIN

Wed 05 Aug â‚Ź2775

Sun 09 Aug Wed 19 Aug â‚Ź3075 Sun 16 Aug Wed 26 Aug â‚Ź3075 Sun 23 Aug Wed 02 Sep â‚Ź3075

âš‘ âš‘

Sun 12 Jul Wed 22 Jul

ENDS

Sun 26 Jul

âš‘

Sun 06 Sep Wed 16 Sep â‚Ź2775 Sun 20 Sep Wed 30 Sep â‚Ź2775

â‚Ź2775

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Alternative stately homes or gardens may be substituted if those mentioned are closed. âš‘ These departures attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź280 2nd Trip â‚Ź77 | Past Guest â‚Ź154 START LONDON OPTION: Twin â‚Ź435 p.p. | Single â‚Ź630 p.p. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement â‚Ź760 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź102 p.p.

WHY NOT DEPART FROM LONDON? ADD AN EXTRA NIGHT IN LONDON AND INCLUDED TRAIN TO EDINBURGH. SEE THE DATE CHART FOR PRICES.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES York: During a private tour of Birdsall House, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes as you learn about the estate, before taking your seat in the stately dining room to join a member of the Willoughby Family for dinner.

Ardgowan Estate, Scotland Ardgowan Estate

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome Dinner in Edinburgh • Traditional Sunday roast in Stratford • Fresh tea and scones at Ardgowan Estate • Celebration Dinner at Brasserie Blanc in Bath.

FROM â‚Ź248 PER DAY 206

(Days 1 & 2)

SCOTLAND

Travel by cruise in Windermere • Ride a steam train along River Leven. Visit Edinburgh Castle • BrontÍ Parsonage Museum • Lincoln Castle • Shakespeare's birthplace • Blenheim Palace • Roman Baths and Pump Room • Stonehenge. City tours of Edinburgh and York with Local Experts. See Gretna Green • Wordsworth's grave • Bath Abbey • Salisbury Cathedral.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

2 EDINBURGH

Gretna Green

Borders

Lake District

LAKE WINDERMERE 2 (Days 3 & 4)

BrontĂŤ Country

The Pennines Yorkshire Dales

ENGLAND

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Trip Options

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Worcestershire

Birdsall House

2

YORK

(Days 5 & 6)

Lincoln

Sherwood Forest

STRATFORDUPON-AVON 2 (Days 7 & 8)

Start London Option

Cotswolds

BATH 2

(Days 9 & 10)

Blenheim

LONDON (Day 11)

Stonehenge

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

START EDINBURGH | 11 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 10 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 5 DINNERS | 15 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES START LONDON | 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 1 MORNING TEA | 5 DINNERS | 16 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ 

★ ★

âš‘

DAY 1 WELCOME TO EDINBURGH. Welcome to the land of legends and romance. On arrival at Edinburgh airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner of modern European cuisine and wine at a chic bistro tucked away in the New Town. (DW) Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 EDINBURGH, THE CAPITAL OF CULTURE. With your Local Expert, enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland. See the official Scottish residence of the Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The afternoon is at leisure. Select departures, will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. (B)

DAY 3 ARDGOWAN AND GRETNA GREEN. Journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. đ&#x;‘ Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the histories of the area, the family, the domain and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Delight in freshly made, traditional Scottish tea, scones cakes and a selection of sandwiches. Travel to Gretna Green and the picturesque English Lake District to arrive at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. (B) (AT) (D)  Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Windermere. | Traditional | ∂

⅖ ★

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START ENGLISH POETS AND THE LAKE DISTRICT EXPERIENCE. Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere.

★

★

★

â„“

 ★

★



Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven. (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START WINDERMERE TO YORK. Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the BrontĂŤ Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the BrontĂŤ family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England for an orientation. During a private tour of Birdsall House, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes as you learn about the estate that has been home to the Willoughby Family for almost 300 years. You then take your seats in the stately dining room as you join one of the family members for your home-hosted dinner. (B) (DW) Hilton York. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE VIKING CITY OF YORK. Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain's most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th centuries and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert and see the huge York Minster and the Shambles amongst a tangle of narrow, cobbled streets. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own. (B) DAY 7 LINCOLN’S MAGNA CARTA. Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings. (B) DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-uponAvon. | Boutique | ∂

★

â„“

★

★  ★

â„“

✈

★

★

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START SHAKESPEARE'S STRATFORD-UPONAVON. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace. Join your Travel Director for a traditional Sunday roast dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. (B) (D)

DAY 9 THE COTSWOLDS, BLENHEIM PALACE AND BATH. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills en route to Blenheim Palace to visit the magnificent stately home and gardens. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath. See the Pulteney Bridge, built in mellow local stone and the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey. (B) Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath. | Historic | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START BATH. The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the key highlight is of course a visit to the Roman Baths. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a centre for bathing and socialising. The afternoon is free for you to explore, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Brasserie Blanc. Raise a glass over your Celebration Dinner to commend your wonderful journey, while enjoying a delicious French-inspired meal accompanied with wine at a local restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 11 ANCIENT STONEHENGE TO LONDON. Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Continue to Salisbury where you have time at leisure to enjoy lunch and explore the city. See the medieval cathedral and walk the streets to observe the city's walls, Tudor town houses, Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Your journey concludes upon arrival at the London trip hotel. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź454 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

207


BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 7 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź183 pp

FOCUS ON IRELAND

ENDS

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sat 09 May Sat 16 May Sat 23 May Sat 30 May Sat 06 Jun

â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795

Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr

“ I really love showing guests Killarney, where tourism in Ireland began over 200 years ago. Its lakes, national parks and mountains are beautiful, as is the unique accent of its people.� - Erica, Travel Director

TRIP CODE: B906

STARTS

TWIN

Sat 18 Apr â‚Ź1675 Sat 25 Apr â‚Ź1675 Sat 02 May â‚Ź1695

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep

â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1825

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1825 â‚Ź1795

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sat 01 Aug

â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795 â‚Ź1795

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź170 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź46 | Past Guest â‚Ź91 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź440 p.p. to â‚Ź460 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź70 PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź69 p.p.

County Mayo

Jaunting Car, Killarney, Ireland

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Killarney: Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car or admire incredible scenery on a gentle hike.

Key: Join/Leave Options 1 Central Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Dublin: Join a university insider for a guided walk through Trinity College before skipping the queue to see the iconic Book of Kells.

Visit Cliffs of Moher • Blarney Castle • Queenstown Story Cobh. See Dublin • Galway • Adare's thatched cottages • Killarney • Cork.

FROM â‚Ź240 PER DAY 208

GALWAY (Day 2)

Galway Bay

Cliffs of Moher

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Corrib River

Waterville

2 KILLARNEY

Sneem

(Days 3 & 4)

Blarney

Derrynasaggart Mountains

Athlone Shannon River

IRELAND Adare

Killorglin

Ring of Kerry

The Burren

Shannon Estuary

Dingle

Cahersiveen

1

CORK

1

Curragh Horse Country

Blackstairs Mountains

1

DUBLIN

(Days 1, 6 & 7)

Kilkenny

(Day 5)

1

Cobh

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 7 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 6 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

DAY 1 IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY. At Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. ★ Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for an orientation of Dublin. Pass the Custom House and continue along O’Connell Street and the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. đ&#x;‘ Enjoy priority entry to see the 9th century Book of Kells and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a university insider as they share insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. â„“ Enjoy a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over the evening. (DW)  Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. | Traditional | ∂



★



★ ★



DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START TO GALWAY, CITY OF THE TRIBES. Leave Dublin and set off through the delightful landscape of the Emerald Isle. Pass by the former fortress town of Athlone on the River Shannon, to reach historic Galway, the City of the Tribes, at the mouth of the Corrib River. Join your Travel Director to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy. (B) Harbour Hotel Galway. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START THE CLIFFS OF MOHER, ADARE AND KILLARNEY. Take the scenic route through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren, with its underground caverns, streams and rare flora. Stop at the Exhibition Centre, situated next to the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking views of the Clare Coast. Continue past the city of Limerick, stop in quaint Adare and take a relaxed village walk to see its thatched-roof cottages. In the evening, stay in the center of the action in lively Killarney. (B) (D) Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. | Traditional | ∂

ď”ˆ ★

★

â„“

★ ★

★

â„“



DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE. Explore Killarney with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or admire incredible scenery on a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore. Take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry with stunning views of mountains and sea. Pass through the small towns of Killorglin, where the famous Puck Fair takes place, and Cahersiveen, birthplace of the great patriot, Daniel O’Connell. Follow the narrow road as it winds along the cliffs to the fishing town of Waterville. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park? For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and his wife, Freda for drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. (B) (DW)



✈

DAY 6 KILKENNY AND DUBLIN. Drive through prime farmland to the medieval city of Kilkenny, with its majestic castle and River walk. Browse the medieval mile before returning to Dublin and your hotel, located in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side just minutes from the city centre. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to further explore if you wish. (B) Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

DAY 7 DEPART DUBLIN. Your memorable trip comes to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 10:30. (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START BLARNEY CASTLE AND COBH ON THE WAY TO CORK. Journey along the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains to visit the 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Then drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh, which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Walk through the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Heritage Centre, which recounts the era of Irish emigration and the life of this once great passenger port. Continue on to Cork along the spacious Grand Parade and South Mall and see the City Hall, Opera House and fine Georgian houses en route to your hotel. In the evening, raise your glass and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork. | Contemporary | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź335 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

209


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 8 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź258 pp

IRISH ELEGANCE

TRIP CODE: B907

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May

Sun 10 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Sun 31 May Sun 07 Jun

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575

Sun 07 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Sun 28 Jun Sun 05 Jul

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575

Sun 12 Apr Sun 19 Apr â‚Ź2350 Sun 19 Apr Sun 26 Apr â‚Ź2350 Sun 26 Apr Sun 03 May â‚Ź2495

“The trick to really connecting with Ireland is not taking the Irish weather too seriously - If you don’t like it, give it a few minutes and it’s bound to change!.� - Clodagh, Travel Director

STARTS

Sun 05 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Sun 26 Jul Sun 02 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug Sun 06 Sep

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575

Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep Sun 04 Oct

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2425

â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575 â‚Ź2575

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Killarney gentle hike: While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit. Ashford Castle Dinner: Gentlemen, a jacket is required. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź250 2nd Trip â‚Ź64 | Past Guest â‚Ź129 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź820 p.p. to â‚Ź960 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź79 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Connemara: Enjoy your Insight Choice between a visit to the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey or a visit to an oyster farm to savour a tasting with spectacular views.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Ashford Castle: One of the finest culinary experiences in the world, a delicious Farmto-Table menu awaits you. Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells in Dublin • Killarney National Park for a hike with a Local Expert.

Ashford Castle, Ireland Key: Join/Leave Options 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

FROM â‚Ź294 PER DAY 210

(Day 6)

Kylemore Abbey

1

GALWAY BAY (Days 4 & 5)

2

Galway Bay

Cliffs of Moher Shannon Estuary

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by Ferry across Shannon Estuary • Be escorted by a lone piper across the drawbridge at Ashford Castle. Visit Blarney Castle • Cliffs of Moher • Galway Cathedral.

CONG (Ashford Castle)

Cahersiveen

County Clare

Killorglin

Ring of Kerry

Waterville

Sneem

2 KILLARNEY (Days 2 & 3)

Galway

The Burren

IRELAND

Shannon River Curragh Horse Country Slieveardagh Hills

Cashel

1

1

DUBLIN

(Days 1, 7 & 8)

Blarney

Derrynasaggart Mountains

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.




YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 8 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 7 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS | 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

DAY 1 IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY. Welcome to Dublin. On arrival at Dublin airport, your airport transfer shuttle service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. ★ Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for an orientation that brings to life Dublin’s architectural treasures and history, stretching back more than 1,000 years. Travel along O’Connell Street and the River Liffey to see the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. đ&#x;‘ Walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College while accompanied by a university insider who will share insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. Then, enjoy VIP priority entry to the 9th century Book of Kells. â„“ Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to get to know each other during a pleasant evening. (DW)  Clayton Hotel Cardi Lane, Dublin. | Traditional | ∂



★



DAY 2 CASHEL AND BLARNEY, HEADING FOR KILLARNEY. Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Continue to Blarney Castle where you climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Head to Killarney, where you may fancy a ‘pint of porter.’ This town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs so in the evening why not join in the ‘craic’? (B) (D) Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE. ★ Marvel at spectacular mountain and sea views as you travel the winding road around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. đ&#x;‘ There is a chance to join a hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the incredible scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and see Muckross House. While there aren’t any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. For those who choose not to join the hike, the coach will return to Killarney, where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

DAY 4

ℎ THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND ON TO ★ ★ ★



ď”ˆ ★

★

ℓ 

GALWAY. Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape to Galway, the City of the Tribes, and visit the lovely cathedral. Take in the scenery from your hotel, which is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay. (B) (D) Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway. | Historic | ∂



✈

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START ACROSS THE EMERALD ISLE TO DUBLIN. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate? Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the rest of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping. (B) Clayton Hotel Cardi Lane, Dublin.

DAY 8 DEPART DUBLIN. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (B)

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START CAPTIVATING CONNEMARA. Embark on a superb excursion through the Connemara National Park and see a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Explore Connemara with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey or a visit to an oyster farm for a tasting. (B) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START MAJESTIC ASHFORD CASTLE. Sitting on the edge of Lough Corrib is the delightful Cong. You may recognise the town from the 1952 film, ‘The Quiet Man.’ With free time to explore this quintessential Irish village, see the statue of the lead characters played by John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and the ruins of the Medieval Cong Abbey. Then a short drive leads you to the highlight of your travels. Make a stylish entrance as a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your exquisite hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort.There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel’s falconry school. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, locally sourced ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Celebration Dinner. Gentlemen, a jacket is required. (B) (DW) Ashford Castle, Cong. | Castle | ∂

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź324 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

211


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 12 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź300 pp

COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND

HOTEL UPGRADE

ďƒŤ

DINGLE

“The Glens of Antrim near the Giants Causeway are one of the islands hidden gems, with wild peat bogland, picturesque villages and little-known Gaeltacht communities nestled among the coastal coves.� - Sean, Travel Director

ďƒŤ

NOW RUNNING ALL YEAR ROUND

STARTS

TRIP CODE: B909

ENDS

Mon 06 Apr Mon 13 Apr Mon 20 Apr Sat 25 Apr Mon 27 Apr

Fri 17 Apr â‚Ź2775 Fri 24 Apr â‚Ź2775 Fri 01 May â‚Ź2775 Wed 06 May â‚Ź2825 Fri 08 May â‚Ź2950

TWIN

Sat 04 Jul Mon 06 Jul Mon 13 Jul Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

Wed 15 Jul Fri 17 Jul Fri 24 Jul Wed 29 Jul Wed 05 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 02 May Mon 04 May Sat 09 May Mon 11 May Sat 16 May Mon 18 May Sat 23 May Mon 25 May Sat 30 May

Wed 13 May â‚Ź2950 Fri 15 May â‚Ź2950 Wed 20 May â‚Ź2950 Fri 22 May â‚Ź2950 Wed 27 May â‚Ź2950 Fri 29 May â‚Ź2950 Wed 03 Jun â‚Ź2950 Fri 05 Jun â‚Ź2950 Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź2950

Mon 03 Aug Mon 10 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Mon 24 Aug Sat 29 Aug Mon 31 Aug

Fri 14 Aug Fri 21 Aug Wed 26 Aug Wed 02 Sep Fri 04 Sep Wed 09 Sep Fri 11 Sep

â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2895 â‚Ź2995

Mon 01 Jun Sat 06 Jun Mon 08 Jun Sat 13 Jun Mon 15 Jun Sat 20 Jun Mon 22 Jun Sat 27 Jun

Fri 12 Jun Wed 17 Jun Fri 19 Jun Wed 24 Jun Fri 26 Jun Wed 01 Jul Fri 03 Jul Wed 08 Jul

Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Sat 12 Sep Mon 14 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Sat 26 Sep Mon 28 Sep

Wed 16 Sep Fri 18 Sep Wed 23 Sep Fri 25 Sep Wed 30 Sep Fri 02 Oct Wed 07 Oct Fri 09 Oct

â‚Ź2995 â‚Ź2995 â‚Ź2995 â‚Ź2995 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2850 â‚Ź2850

â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950

STARTS

â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950 â‚Ź2950

AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING DEPARTURES: W909

Mon 02 Nov Fri 13 Nov â‚Ź2550 Mon 30 Nov Fri 11 Dec â‚Ź2550 âš‘

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Visit Blarney Castle • Cliffs of Moher • Giant's Causeway. City tour of Belfast with a Local Expert. See Dublin Castle and O'Connell Street in Dublin • Cahir Castle • City Hall and Opera House in Cork • Killarney • Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas and Eyre Square in Galway • Grave of William Butler Yeats in Drumcliffe • Ballygally • Carrickfergus Castle.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Farm-to-Table dining in Killarney • Celebration Dinner in Ballygally.

FROM â‚Ź211 PER DAY 212

â‚Ź2525

Mon 15 Feb Fri 26 Feb

â‚Ź2525

Thu 11 Mar Mon 22 Mar â‚Ź2725

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. ďƒŤ Solo Traveller Savings: There is 40% reduction to the Single Supplement on these departures, subject to availability. âš‘ Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will have New Year’s Eve in Dublin. Winter Departures: All winter departures will stay in Adare instead of Dingle. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź280 | Triple Room Reduction â‚Ź10 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź75 | Past Guest â‚Ź150 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź460 p.p. to â‚Ź1030 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź119 p.p.

Killarney: Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car or join a gentle hike along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the incredible scenery.

Kilkenny: Meet a hurling player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience and have a go for yourself on the pitch. Visit Book of Kells and Trinity College in Dublin • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare • Londonderry with a Local Expert.

Mon 30 Dec Sun 10 Jan â‚Ź2550

Mon 18 Jan Fri 29 Jan

*SOLO TRAVELLER SAVINGS Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland Key: Join/Leave Options 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited Optional Place Visited

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY (Day 9)

1

NORTHERN IRELAND Drumcliffe

1

Connemara

Aran islands Cliffs of Moher Slea Head

1 Killorglin Cahersiveen Ring of Waterville

Antrim Coast

Kerry

Sneem

(Days 7 & 8)

The Burden

Clare Coast

2

KILLARNEY (Days 4 & 5)

CORK

Blarney

(Day 3)

1

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

Boyne River

Shannon River

Kildare

2 DUBLIN

Wicklow Mountains

(Days 1,2 & 12)

Kilkenny Cahir

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.

(Day 10)

Carrickfergus

(Days 11 & 12)

IRELAND

2 GALWAY BAY

(Day 6)

BALLYGALLY

BELFAST

Lough Corrib

DINGLE

1


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES | 11 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS | 20 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



â„“



DAY 1 WELCOME TO DUBLIN. On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00.

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine. (DW) Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY. ★ Become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover famous O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle. đ&#x;‘ Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a university insider, who will share their insights into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. (B)

DAY 3 A JOURNEY FROM DUBLIN TO CORK. đ&#x;‘ Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and meet an equine professional. ★ Visit the 100-year-old Japanese Gardens. đ&#x;‘ Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game and Ireland's national sport, hurling. Meet a player who shares his passion as you test your skill during a lesson. ★ Continue through Cahir and see its 13th century castle. ★ In Cork, your Travel Director shows you around the university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades. (B)  Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork. | Contemporary | ∂

★

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS TO KILLARNEY. Travel to Blarney Castle and kiss the stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney.

â„“



ď”ˆ ★

★

 ★

★ 

Savour the delicious flavours of freshly prepared local cuisine. Join John and Freda for a Farm-to-Table dining experience and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. (B) (DW) Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE.

Explore Killarney with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore. Take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs as you appreciate sweeping sea views. (B) DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START AROUND THE DINGLE PENINSULA. Continue driving with views of wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula - the setting for the film Ryan's Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula's far end, before reaching your hotel on the shores of Dingle harbour. With the evening at leisure, why not treat yourself to a relaxing experience at the hotel's spa? (B) Skellig Hotel, Dingle. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND GALWAY. Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking views. Enjoy a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. See the Lynch Memorial, Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and Church of St. Nicholas. (B) (D) Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway. | Historic | ∂

DAY 8 ¡ RELAXED START FREE DAY GALWAY OR ARAN ISLANDS. Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Aran Islands – a genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. (B)



DAY 9 LONDONDERRY. ★ Stop at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of 'Derry.' đ&#x;‘ On arrival, one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, will fascinate you as he takes you inside the city walls. (B) (D)  Maldron Hotel Derry, Londonderry. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“

 ★ ★



✈

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START WALK IN THE GIANT’S STEPS. Journey to the legendary Giant's Causeway, a breathtaking geological masterpiece. Continue to your hotel overlooking Ballygally Bay. Join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality blends with good food and wine. (B) (DW) Ballygally Castle. | Castle | ∂

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START THE ANTRIM COAST TO BELFAST. Follow the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. (B) Europa Hotel, Belfast. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 12 DEPART BELFAST OR DUBLIN. Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 08:00 and Belfast International Airport at 08:45. An additional transfer will arrive at Dublin airport at 08:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź342 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

213


BRITAIN & IRELAND COUNTRY ROADS

TRIP PLANNER - 14 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź388 pp

BEST OF IRELAND & SCOTLAND

STARTS

“ You can’t miss the Cliffs of Moher, which stretch for over five miles along the Clare coast and rise to over 700 feet, offering spectacular views out over the Atlantic.� - Clodagh, Travel Director

ďƒˆ

TRIP CODE: B935

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Tue 04 Aug Thu 06 Aug Tue 11 Aug Thu 13 Aug Tue 18 Aug Thu 20 Aug Sun 23 Aug Tue 25 Aug Thu 27 Aug

Mon 17 Aug Wed 19 Aug Mon 24 Aug Wed 26 Aug Mon 31 Aug Wed 02 Sep Sat 05 Sep Mon 07 Sep Wed 09 Sep

â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3675 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595

Tue 01 Sep Thu 03 Sep ďƒˆ Sun 06 Sep Tue 08 Sep Thu 10 Sep Tue 15 Sep Thu 17 Sep ďƒˆďƒ? Sun 20 Sep Thu 02 Jul Wed 15 Jul â‚Ź3650 Thu 24 Sep

Mon 14 Sep Wed 16 Sep Sat 19 Sep Mon 21 Sep Wed 23 Sep Mon 28 Sep Wed 30 Sep Sat 03 Oct Wed 07 Oct

â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3575

Thu 09 Apr Thu 16 Apr Thu 23 Apr Thu 30 Apr

Wed 22 Apr Wed 29 Apr Wed 06 May Wed 13 May

â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3495 â‚Ź3550

ďƒˆ

Thu 07 May Sun 10 May Tue 12 May Thu 14 May Tue 19 May Thu 21 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Thu 28 May

Wed 20 May â‚Ź3550 Sat 23 May â‚Ź3575 Mon 25 May â‚Ź3575 Wed 27 May â‚Ź3575 Mon 01 Jun â‚Ź3575 Wed 03 Jun â‚Ź3575 Sat 06 Jun â‚Ź3595 Mon 08 Jun â‚Ź3595 Wed 10 Jun â‚Ź3595

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ ďƒˆ

Tue 02 Jun Thu 04 Jun ďƒˆ Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun Thu 11 Jun Tue 16 Jun Thu 18 Jun ďƒˆ Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Thu 25 Jun

Mon 15 Jun Wed 17 Jun Sat 20 Jun Mon 22 Jun Wed 24 Jun Mon 29 Jun Wed 01 Jul Sat 04 Jul Mon 06 Jul Wed 08 Jul

â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3595 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650

Sun 05 Jul Thu 09 Jul Thu 16 Jul Tue 21 Jul Thu 23 Jul Tue 28 Jul Thu 30 Jul

Sat 18 Jul Wed 22 Jul Wed 29 Jul Mon 03 Aug Wed 05 Aug Mon 10 Aug Wed 12 Aug

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ These departures attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. ďƒˆ These departures will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Inverness. ďƒ? This departure will stay at a hotel of similar standard in Limerick in lieu of Dromoland Estate.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Killarney: Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car or join a gentle hike along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the incredible scenery.

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź360 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź97 | Past Guest â‚Ź194 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź870 p.p. to â‚Ź900 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź70 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź130 p.p.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Ardgowan: Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart welcomes you with a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish high tea. Visit Trinity College and Book of Kells in Dublin • Waterford Crystal workshop • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare • Londonderry with a Local Expert.

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by ferry across the Irish Sea • Cruise on Loch Ness. Visit Blarney Castle • Cliffs of Moher • Giant's Causeway • Culloden Moor • Clava Cairns • Edinburgh Castle. City tour of Edinburgh with a Local Expert.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Dublin • Celebration Dinner at Grazing by Mark Greenway in Edinburgh. Taste whisky at the Glen Ord Distillery.

FROM â‚Ź250 PER DAY 214

â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3725 â‚Ź3875 â‚Ź3875

@aineinsighttd sharing one of many #InsightMoments from Caption here The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Glen Ord Distillery INVERNESS 2 (Days 10 & 11) Culloden Loch Ness Commando Memorial

Fort Glencoe William

Trossachs

GLASGOW (Day 9)

SLIGO BAY (Day 7)

Lough Corrib

Cliffs of Moher Shannon Estuary

The Burren

1

Giant’s Causeway

Londonderry

(Day 8)

1

DROMOLAND Killorglin ESTATE Cahersiveen KILLARNEY (Day 6) 2 (Days 4 & 5) Waterville Sneem Copper Blarney 1 Coast CORK

St. Andrews

1

2 EDINBURGH

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

Burns Country

Cairnryan

Borders

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRELAND Shannon River

Larne

Pitlochry

SCOTLAND

BALLYGALLY 1

Drumcliffe

Galway

Ardgowan

Clava Cairns

DUBLIN

(Days 1 & 2)

2

Kildare

(Day 3)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 14 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 7 DINNERS | 27 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

 ℓ



DAY 1 WELCOME TO DUBLIN. On arrival at Dublin airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00.

Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner. (DW) Clayton Cardi Lane/Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY. ★ Your Travel Director takes you past the Custom House to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. đ&#x;‘ Walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College and experience an insight into its history from a university insider. ★ Enjoy fast-track VIP entry into its famed library and the 9th century Book of Kells exhibition. (B)

DAY 3 WATERFORD AND CORK. ★ Go behind the scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres in Kildare. ★ Visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life.' đ&#x;‘ Visit the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. (B)  Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork. | Contemporary | ∂

★ ★

ď”ˆ  ★

DAY 4 ¡ RELAXED START BLARNEY CASTLE AND KILLARNEY. Travel along Grand Parade to see Cork's City Hall and Opera House. Continue on to visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Explore Killarney with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore. (B) (D) Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE. Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through

delightful villages like Sneem, to admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure. (B) DAY 6

ℎ THE CLIFFS OF MOHER. ★

 ★ ★



Begin the day with a short ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast as you journey to the Visitors' Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Continue to your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. (B) The Inn at Dromoland. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START GLORIOUS GALWAY TO SLIGO BAY. Join your Travel Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay. (B) (D) Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa/Clayton Hotel, Sligo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 8 WALK IN THE GIANT’S STEPS. ★ The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. đ&#x;‘ Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Londonderry, and experience sightseeing with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan. ★ Journey around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway and continue along the Antrim coast road to your hotel. (B) (D)  Ballygally Castle. | Castle | ∂ DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START

â„Ž HIGH TEA AT ARDGOWAN ESTATE.

Journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. đ&#x;‘ Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart for a tour of his house and learn the history of the area, his family and the estate. Delight in freshly made, traditional Scottish tea, scones, cakes and a selection of sandwiches. ★ Continue to Glasgow to see the city's grand public buildings. (B) (AT)  Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10



ℎ GLENCOE AND LOCH NESS. ★

 ★

A scenic drive takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond and the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, before reaching Fort William. Experience a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, and intriguing tales of Nessie. (B) (D) Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. | Historic | ∂

DAY 11 ¡ RELAXED START A HIGHLANDS EXPERIENCE. Enjoy an orientation of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated.

Savour a 'wee dram' during a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery as you delve into the fascinating world of the single malt. (B) (D)

★

âš‘



★

â„“

✈

DAY 12 ST. ANDREWS AND EDINBURGH. A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains passing Blair Castle. Cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews and see the Old Course, the home of golf since the 15th century before enjoying free time to explore. Continue to Edinburgh. In the evening, select departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel/ MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 13 SCOTLAND’S CAPITAL OF CULTURE. Join your Local Expert and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Honours of Scotland, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile, and travel along Princes Street to see the monument to Sir Walter Scott.

Join your friends at the stylish Grazing by Mark Greenaway for a grand finale Celebration Dinner of modern Scottish cuisine, served with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 14 FAREWELL EDINBURGH. Transfers arrive at Edinburgh airport at 06:15 and 09:00. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź535 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

215


BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 13 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź365 pp

BRITAIN & IRELAND EXPLORER

TRIP CODE: B904

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 03 May Sun 10 May Tue 12 May Sun 17 May Sun 24 May Tue 26 May Sun 31 May

Fri 15 May Fri 22 May Sun 24 May Fri 29 May Fri 05 Jun Sun 07 Jun Fri 12 Jun

â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3275 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350

Sun 07 Jun Tue 09 Jun Sun 14 Jun Sun 21 Jun Tue 23 Jun Sun 28 Jun

Fri 19 Jun Sun 21 Jun Fri 26 Jun Fri 03 Jul Sun 05 Jul Fri 10 Jul

â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350 â‚Ź3350

Sun 05 Jul

Fri 17 Jul

â‚Ź3350

STARTS

Sun 12 Apr Fri 24 Apr â‚Ź3150 Sun 19 Apr Fri 01 May â‚Ź3150 Sun 26 Apr Fri 08 May â‚Ź3195

“One Insight Experience not to be missed on this trip is the Loch Lomond cruise - it’s timelessly beautiful.� -Nigel, Travel Director

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘ âš‘

Tue 07 Jul Sun 12 Jul Sun 19 Jul Tue 21 Jul Sun 26 Jul

Sun 19 Jul Fri 24 Jul Fri 31 Jul Sun 02 Aug Fri 07 Aug

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 02 Aug Tue 04 Aug Sun 09 Aug Sun 16 Aug Tue 18 Aug Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug

Fri 14 Aug Sun 16 Aug Fri 21 Aug Fri 28 Aug Sun 30 Aug Fri 04 Sep Fri 11 Sep

â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3475 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3650 â‚Ź3425

Tue 01 Sep Sun 06 Sep Sun 13 Sep Tue 15 Sep Sun 20 Sep Sun 27 Sep

Sun 13 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep Sun 27 Sep Fri 02 Oct Fri 09 Oct

â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3325 â‚Ź3250

â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395 â‚Ź3395

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ These departures attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź330 | 2nd Trip â‚Ź91 | Past Guest â‚Ź183 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź930 p.p. to â‚Ź1150 | Triple Supplement â‚Ź80 PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź121 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Killarney: Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or admire incredible scenery on a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud. Then visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe and wander the beautiful floral displays. Visit House of Waterford Crystal.

Loch Lomond, Scotland 1 INVERNESS

Loch Ness

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS Travel by ferry across the Irish Sea. Visit Shakespeare's birthplace • Edinburgh Castle • Blarney Castle • Roman Baths and Pump Room • Stonehenge. City tours of Edinburgh and Dublin, with Local Experts. See the Rock of Cashel

Glencoe

Welcome Dinner in York • Light lunch while cruising Loch Lomond • Choice of Dine-Around restaurants in Killarney • Celebration Dinner in Waterford. Taste Guinness and enjoy a masterclass at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

FROM â‚Ź243 PER DAY 216

Trossachs

Loch Lomond

Pitlochry

St. Andrews

2 EDINBURGH (Days 2 & 3)

SCOTLAND

IRELAND KILLARNEY (Days 9 & 10)

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

(Day 4)

Grampian Mountains

Blair Atholl

2

Ring of Kerry

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Blarney

Tipperary

Kildare

2

Wicklow Mts

Cashel

Dungarvan

DUBLIN

(Days 7 & 8)

1

(Day 11)

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

(Day 5)

Llanfair PG

Snowdonia

WALES Pembroke CARDIFF 1 (Day 12)

Yorkshire Dales

Holyhead

Conwy

Hadrian’s Wall Durham

Lake District

LAKE WINDERMERE 1

Rosslare

WATERFORD

Borders

1 YORK (Day 1)

1 CHESTER (Day 6)

Welsh Marches

Sherwood Forest The Wash

Stratford

Severn Cotswolds Bridge Bath

ENGLAND

LONDON (Day 13)

Stonehenge

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 13 DAYS | 4 COUNTRIES | 12 BREAKFASTS | 1 LUNCH | 6 DINNERS | 28 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



★ ★

â„“



★ ★ 

★ ★ ⚑

★ ★



DAY 1 STRATFORD AND MEDIEVAL YORK. At 07:15, meet your Travel Director at the trip hotel in London and journey to Stratford to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Continue on to York where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster.

â„“

★



Join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening. (DW) Hilton York. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 ¡ RELAXED START DURHAM, HADRIAN'S WALL AND EDINBURGH. Stop in Durham to see the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Then view part of Hadrian's Wall, Britain's most impressive Roman monument. (B) Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 SCOTLAND’S CAPITAL OF CULTURE. Journey down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. In the evening, select departures will enjoy the spectacle of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) DAY 4 ST. ANDREWS AND INVERNESS. Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife to arrive at St. Andrews, where you enjoy free time. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay river passing the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry. Continue via Blair Atholl and past the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley and on to Inverness. (B) (D) Columba Hotel, Inverness. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 5

â„Ž LOCH NESS AND GLENCOE.

In the morning, travel along Loch Ness and hear tales of the famous Nessie. Continue past Glencoe to reach Loch Lomond.

â„“



ℎ ★

★



Admire the incredible scenery as you cruise what is arguably one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, while enjoying a light lunch. Cross the English border before arriving at your lakeside hotel. (B) (L) (D) Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 6 ¡ RELAXED START THE ENGLISH LAKES TO CHESTER. In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District. Continue to your hotel in Chester. In the afternoon why not join The Beatles City Tour Optional Experience?

This evening, enjoy a delightful Farm-to-Table dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Hallmark Hotel the Queen, Chester. | Historic | ∂

DAY 7 ¡ RELAXED START NORTH WALES AND OVER TO DUBLIN. In the morning, step back into Roman times in Chester where you see the city's ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th century black and white Rows. Continue through Wales, passing the massive Conwy Castle before crossing over to the Isle of Anglesey. From the port of Holyhead, set sail for Dublin in Ireland. (B) Trinity City Hotel/Radisson Blu Royal Dublin. | Historic | ∂ DAY 8 IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY.

★

Head to the Guinness Storehouse, before it opens to the public, where you will experience a private masterclass with a Guinness expert and learn to pour the perfect pint. Then become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during sightseeing with a Local Expert. See famous O'Connell Street, the Custom House and Dublin Castle. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

DAY 9 FROM DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY. đ&#x;‘ Travel to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes visit of the National Stud with an equine professional.



đ&#x;‘ You then visit the acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens. ★ See the Rock of Cashel, before reaching Killarney.

â„“



★

ď”ˆ

Your Dine-Around Evening off ers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants. (B) (DW) Killarney Plaza/The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 10 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE. Join a delightful trip around the Ring of Kerry. Explore Killarney with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or admire incredible scenery on a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore. (B)

DAY 11 BLARNEY CASTLE AND WATERFORD. ★ Start the day visiting Blarney Castle, home of the famous stone of eloquence. đ&#x;‘ Travel to the historic walled city of Waterford, for a guided visit of the world-famous Waterford Crystal and see the craftspeople at work.

â„“



ℎ ★



✈

★ ★

After miles of fun and fascinating sights, spirits will be high during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your newfound friends – SlĂĄinte! (B) (DW) Dooleys Hotel Waterford. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 12 ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO CARDIFF. From the port of Rosslare, board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. A pleasant drive takes you to the Welsh capital, Cardiff. (B) Clayton Hotel Cardi. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 13 ROMAN BATHS AND STONEHENGE. Cross the Severn Bridge to reach Bath where you visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continue across Salisbury Plain to visit the ancient site of Stonehenge. Your exploration draws to a close upon your return to the trip hotel in London. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź487 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

217


BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY



TRIP PLANNER - 18 DAYS

)

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź435 pp

ROMANTIC BRITAIN & IRELAND

STARTS

TRIP CODE: B908

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 22 Apr Sat 09 May â‚Ź4225

âš‘ âš‘ âš‘

Wed 03 Jun Sat 20 Jun â‚Ź4350 Wed 17 Jun Sat 04 Jul â‚Ź4350 Wed 01 Jul Wed 15 Jul

ENDS

TWIN

Wed 05 Aug Wed 12 Aug Wed 19 Aug Wed 26 Aug

Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug Sat 05 Sep Sat 12 Sep

â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4695 â‚Ź4625

Wed 29 Jul Sat 15 Aug â‚Ź4495

Wed 06 May Sat 23 May â‚Ź4325 Wed 20 May Sat 06 Jun â‚Ź4325

“Towering mountains, glittering lochs, beautiful forests, crumbling ancient castles, grand vistas, clear air... there’s nowhere else like the Highlands, not only in how it looks but also how it feels: strong, bright, impressive and light.� - Caroline, Travel Director

STARTS

âš‘

Wed 09 Sep Sat 26 Sep â‚Ź4350 Wed 23 Sep Sat 10 Oct â‚Ź4295

Sat 18 Jul â‚Ź4350 Sat 01 Aug â‚Ź4350

NOTES: Twin prices are per person. âš‘ These departures attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller â‚Ź430 2nd Trip â‚Ź109 | Past Guest â‚Ź218 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from â‚Ź1180 p.p. to â‚Ź1290 p.p. | Triple Supplement â‚Ź150 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travel Director and Driver â‚Ź167 p.p.

ď”ˆ INSIGHT CHOICE

Dartmoor: Choose between a walk in Dartmoor National Park or a scenic cruise in Plymouth harbour.

đ&#x;‘ INSIGHT EXPERIENCES Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castles of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones. Visit House of Waterford Crystal

Dartmoor, England Eilean Donan

★ TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

(Day 6)

Travel by Private cruise on Loch Ness • Cross the Irish Sea by ferry. Visit Shakespeare's birthplace • Edinburgh Castle • Cliffs of Moher • Blarney Castle • Roman Baths and Pump Room • Stonehenge. City tours of Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast, all with Local Experts.

â„“ AUTHENTIC DINING

Welcome Dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon • Sunday Roast dinner in Killarney • Choice of Dine-Around options in Killarney • Celebration Dinner in Torquay. Taste Guinness and enjoy a masterclass at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

FROM â‚Ź235 PER DAY 218

INVERNESS Loch (Day 5) Ness 1 Culloden

ISLE OF SKYE 1

Fort William Glencoe

NORTHERN IRELAND

Cliffs of Moher Dingle

Ring of Kerry

Tralee 2

KILLARNEY (Days 12 & 13)

Key: Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site 1 Central Hotels + Nights 1 Scenic Hotels + Nights Place Visited

Galway IRELAND 1

LIMERICK

Blarney

(Day 11)

Wicklow Mts

Dungarvan

COACH WITH EXTRA LEGROOM

1

2

(Day 7)

Cairnryan

1 BELFAST (Day 8)

2 DUBLIN

Gretna

Lake District

EDINBURGH (Days 3 & 4)

The Pennines

Grasmere

Yorkshire Dales

Fishguard CARDIFF 1

STRATFORDUPON-AVON 1

(Day 15)

YORK

1

(Day 2)

Lincoln

WALES

Rosslare

St. Andrews

Borders

(Days 9 & 10)

WATERFORD (Day 14)

Pitlochry

SCOTLAND

Loch Lomond GLASGOW 1

(Day 1)

Bath

Sherwood Forest The

Wash

ENGLAND Oxford

Glastonbury Dartmoor Looe 2 Plymouth TORQUAY Stonehenge

LONDON (Day 18)

(Days 16 & 17)

SMALLER GROUPS

For information on this trip, or to book, go to insightvacations.com, call 1800 98 98 98 or speak to your travel agent.


YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE 18 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES | 17 BREAKFASTS | 1 AFTERNOON TEA | 8 DINNERS | 31 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES



★ ★

â„“

 ★ ★  ★  ★

★



DAY 1 OXFORD AND STRATFORD. At 07:45, depart for Oxford. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at a local pub. (B) (DW) DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 2 LINCOLN AND YORK. Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ on your way to visit Lincoln. In York see the York Minster. (B) (D) Hilton York. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 3 THE ENGLISH LAKES TO EDINBURGH. Stop in Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere to see the poet’s grave. (B) Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace. | Traditional | ∂

DAY4 SCOTLAND’S CAPITAL OF CULTURE. Join your Local Expert and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Honours of Scotland. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott. In the evening, select departures will attend to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) DAY 5 ST. ANDREWS AND INVERNESS. See the Old Course as you arrive in St. Andrews, and perhaps wander to St. Andrews University, where Prince William met his princess when they were students there. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens. Enjoy an authentic Farm-to-Table experience in the tradition of Scottish tea and scones. (B) (AT) (D) Columba Hotel, Inverness. | Traditional | ∂



DAY 8

ℎ ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO BELFAST. ★

 ★ 

★

 ★

Enjoy a journey of discovery on a private Loch Ness cruise. (B) (D) The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 7 LOCH LOMOND AND GLASGOW. Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial, shadowed by Ben Nevis.

A short ferry ride across the Irish Sea to reach the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. (B) Europa Hotel, Belfast. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 9 ¡ RELAXED START DUBLIN CITY SIGHTSEEING. Journey to Dublin to meet your Local Expert and see O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. (B) Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 10 A PINT OF THE ‘BLACK STUFF’. Head to the Guinness Storehouse, before it opens to the public, where you will experience a private masterclass with a Guinness expert and learn to pour the perfect pint. (B)

★ ★  ★

DAY 6

â„Ž ACROSS THE SEA TO SKYE.

Continue through Fort William and along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow. (B) Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. | Contemporary | ∂

â„“



DAY 11 GALWAY, THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND LIMERICK. Travel west to Galway, for free time. Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher. (B) The George Hotel Limerick. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 12 ¡ RELAXED START THE DINGLE PENINSULA TO KILLARNEY. See the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare. For dinner you are treated to a traditional Sunday roast, with all the trimmings. (B) (D) Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. | Traditional | ∂

★

â„“



DAY 13 ¡ RELAXED START RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE. An excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry. In the evening, choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B) (DW)

DAY 14 BLARNEY CASTLE AND WATERFORD. ★ Visit Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence. đ&#x;‘ Join a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. (B) (D)  Dooleys Hotel Waterford. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 15

ℎ ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO CARDIFF. ★

 ★ ★ 

ď”ˆ â„“ ★

See Cardiff Castle and the impressive Principality Stadium. (B) Clayton Hotel Cardi. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 16 THE ROMAN BATH AND GLASTONBURY. Visit the Roman Baths. Continue to Glastonbury and see the abbey. (B) The Imperial Torquay. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 17 ¡ RELAXED START THE CORNISH COAST. Explore Devon with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk and foraging experience in Dartmoor or a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finale to your travels. (B) (DW)

DAY 18 SALISBURY PLAIN AND STONEHENGE. Visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge. Your escorted journey draws to a close upon your return to the Victoria Park Plaza hotel in London. (B)

ALL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES & DINING WORTH APPROXIMATELY â‚Ź617 Please see inside front cover for information key on dining, travel styles and itinerary icons.

219


BRITAIN & IRELAND REGIONAL JOURNEY

TRIP PLANNER - 22 DAYS



EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO â‚Ź530 pp

BRITAIN & IRELAND DISCOVERY “ I love seeing our guests’ eyes light up when we visit the Ring of Brodgar because it’s one of the most beautiful drives in the world.� - Cameron, Travel Director

STARTS

Wed 15 Apr Wed 22 Apr Sun 26 Apr Wed 29 Apr

NOW STAYING IN CORK ďƒˆ

ďƒˆ

ENDS

Wed 06 May Wed 13 May Sun 17 May Wed 20 May

TRIP CODE: B959 TWIN STARTS

â‚Ź4825 â‚Ź4825 â‚Ź4825 â‚Ź4850

Sun 03 May Sun 24 May Wed 06 May Wed 27 May Sun 10 May Sun 31 May Wed 13 May Wed 03 Jun Sun 17 May Sun 07 Jun Wed 20 May Wed