Explore Europe’s summer playgrounds in Switzerland, Italy and Croatia and leave the planning to the experts
On Country Roads of Croatia, guests 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.
Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, the global leaders in premium and luxury escorted journeys are celebrating the launch of their 100% Definite Departures on all 2019 Europe and Britain summer journeys departing from April to October. Both award-winning sister brands will be offering over 100 unforgettable premium and luxury escorted journeys to the most popular and trending destinations. Guests will enjoy the continent’s grand procession of endless summer fun activities with authentic Insight Experiences and exclusive Luxury Gold VIP Experiences from al fresco feasts, wine tasting in verdant vineyards and unique access to some of the world’s greatest cultural sites. Traveling during summer season with both brands provides many benefits for travelers including stylish and luxury accommodations in the right locations that may otherwise be unavailable to independent travelers. Insight always ensures seamless, magical travel experiences and shows guests the insights, not just the sights. Guests travelling with Luxury Gold will truly experience a journey beyond the ordinary in exquisite style and comfort.
“We look forward to sharing magical experiences with travelers this summer and are excited to offer peace of mind now that every summer European journey is a 100 per cent Definite Departure.” said Ulla Hefel Böhler, CEO of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. “We are excited to offer our guests the ultimate summer holiday inspiration with our fascinating experiences such as discovering the views amidst Alpine peaks in Switzerland and exploring Bellinzona with a Local Expert, savoring Farm-to-Table delights and learning to make pasta in Italy, strolling around the marble streets of Dubrovnik or taking part in a unique falconry experience at Ashford Castle in Ireland.”
Some of the most popular Insight Vacations Europe journeys and a Luxury Gold itinerary that guests can enjoy this summer are included below. For more information, please visit the Definite Departures page for Insight Vacations here and for Luxury Gold, here.
Country Roads of Switzerland – 14 days
A journey specifically designed for those looking to discover spectacular Alpine panoramas and hidden retreats. To experience Switzerland the Insight way, connecting guests to local characters who really bring a destination to life, guests will meet Julia Guidotti as their Local Expert as they explore Bellinzona – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the capital of Italian Switzerland. Guests will step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s greatest railway voyages. Travelers will also visit a family-run 17th century wine estate overlooking Lake Geneva, Domaine Bovy, as they sip a glass of Swiss sunshine al fresco and indulge in Farm-to-Table fare.
Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily – 14 Days
This 14-day journey begins in Rome, where guests can expect to see the spectacular famed sights like Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, and the Pantheon with a Local Expert leading them through each site with lots of local flavor. In the town of Alberobello, guests will be treated to an incredible Insight Experience of meeting the owner of Trattoria Terra Madra, who will share his philosophy of using organic, seasonal produce, before sitting down to savour a four-course Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner featuring orecchiette pasta made by Nonna herself. From there, it’s on to Capri to explore the charming alleyways, browse the boutiques, admire the artisan studios and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Country Roads of Croatia – 14 days
Pristine landscapes and idyllic islands will leave all travelers in awe on this journey exploring Croatia off the beaten track and experiencing traditional village life. Zagreb is discovered with a Local Expert and guests will ride the funicular en route to Gornki Grad, the medieval Upper Town. Onward to the world-famous caves of Postojna for a subterranean Insight Experience where guests will take a mini-train before walking through the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. They will also explore Plitvice National Park by walking the zig-zagging timber footbridges of the forest reserve along the crystal blue waters. On this journey,guests will step onto a private boat for a cruise along the coast to the village of Ston, meet a local oyster farmer and discover how oysters are harvested before enjoying a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting.
On this new Luxury Gold itinerary, guests begin their journey in vibrant Belfast, delving into Northern Ireland’s incredible history with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Museum. After exploring Dublin, they will also enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner at L’Ecrivain, renowned for its flavorful classic French cuisine. Travelers will end their journey with a luxurious two-night stay at the magnificent 5-star Ashford Castle which is part of Red Carnation’s Luxury Hotel Boutique Collection. They will be offered a choice between an elegant afternoon tea or a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.
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