2015-16 Europe – Autumn, Winter & Spring

The seasons of Autumn, Winter and Spring are a special time for a vacation to Europe. Countries celebrate the changing seasons with captivating traditions, enticing delicacies and joyful festivals.

2015 is Insight’s Signature Year so each escorted journey is enhanced with our unique Signature Experiences. These special moments are created by us to give an individual understanding of each destination, with personal insights from the people that live there.

Discover the real Europe and join us for an Insight vacation of fun, friends and festivities.

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Puglia & the Neapolitan Riviera:
A Featured Staff Review

The new 9 day Country Roads of Puglia & the Neapolitan Riviera tour is a true journey into unspoilt Italy.

Going off the beaten track, we discovered the Apulia region or “heel of Italy” a most fascinating area full of history that is not found anywhere else in Italy. The stunning Trulli Houses of Alberobello are understandably a major draw for tourists to the area but it was our time in the lessor known town of Matera, which is the third oldest city in the world where people lived in cave dwellings up until the 1950’s, that proved a highlight of the tour. Our in depth exploration of the extraordinary ‘Sassi’ – a labyrinth of cave dwellings, revealed what life would have been like for a family living with up to 11 children and animals. It is hard to imagine this was the way of life here until such a short time ago in our history.

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An insider look plus more – A featured guest post

Anthea Gerrie is a freelance journalist specialising in travel, food, wine, health, architecture and design. She is a regular contributor to The Independent, The Mail, Food & Travel and The Jewish Chronicle amongst other print and online outlets. Anthea is also the founder of The Wine Wanderers blog documenting her wine and food adventures.

Twitter: @aceglobetrotter

 

Anthea recently travelled with Insight Vacations and other media bloggers on an exclusive itinerary through Sarejavo, Croatia and Bosnia. Here’s an account from her experience.

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Insight Moment of the Week

#GeirangerFjord, #Norway. Stupefyingly Beautiful. And hows this weather?!? #Norge #fjord #Geiranger

Photo posted by Leah Nicole @Leahlintu 

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See other great photos and start getting inspiration for your next Insight Vacations tour at the Insight Community. We’ll be featuring our favourite photo every week!

Don’t forget you can join in on the conversation using the hashtag #InsightMoments on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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The Importance of Bosnian Coffee

A featured guest post:

Gerrie Summers is a freelance travel, beauty, wellness and lifestyle writer.   Her travel articles have appeared in a number of outlets including Foxnews.com, For The Bride and Today’s Black Woman.  She regularly contributes to Everett Potter’s Travel Report, About.com Luxury Travel and Luxury Living Magazine.

Website:  www.gerriesummers.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GerrieSummers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GerrieSummersInk

Gerrie recently travelled with Insight Vacations and other media bloggers on an exclusive itinerary through Sarejavo, Croatia and Bosnia. Here’s is her account of one of the included Signature Experiences.

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Crossing Mostar’s Stari Most

A featured guest post:

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Tom traded in his hometown St. Louis Cardinals’ ball cap for a stylish Borsalino and now hangs his cappello in Vicenza, the City of Palladio, in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy; thus, his nom de plume is appropriately The Palladian Traveler.

Tom is a credentialed journalist with the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA), a regular contributor to online publications http://TravelingBoy.com and http://ItalianNotebook.com, and hosts his own eclectic travel-food & wine-photography blog http://thepalladiantraveler.com.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tompalladioink

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePalladianTraveler

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An Expert Hosted Journey to the Loire Valley

Indulge your love of food and wine on this gastronomical adventure through the villages and vineyards of The Loire Valley. Discover this culinary-rich region with our “foodie” expert Barbara Barde and your personal Sommelier Tom LeRoy.   Hear from Barbara below, to learn more about the unique experiences included in this journey:

To view the full itinerary click here.

Insight Moment of the Week

This morning on the way to Fromelles we made a short detour to Bailleul. Just last year Peter, from Australia, discovered that his Great-Uncle was buried here in the Commonwealth cemetery. A member of 58th Battalion, 5th Australian Division, Private Richard Maxwell died from mortal wounds sustained during the attack on Fromelles on 19th July 1916. It was great to see Peter visit his Great-Uncle. #RIP Private Maxwell #InsightMoments

 

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Photo posted by Insight Tour Director Tim

See other great photos and start getting inspiration for your next Insight Vacations tour at the Insight Community. We’ll be featuring our favourite photo every week!

Don’t forget you can join in on the conversation using the hashtag #InsightMoments on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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My Top Ten Bucket List of Trips
By CEO – John Boulding

John Corporate 2013I have worked in the travel industry for over 35 years and have been fortunate to visit many countries all over the world.

After reading the Travel Corporation’s Top 10 Bucket List, it motivated me to put together my own ‘favourites’ list from our own Insight Vacations portfolio which I hope inspires you to travel to some of these truly magnificent places.

– John Boulding, Global CEO

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Ashford Castle – History Redefined

Situated in a spectacular 350-acre estate on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s iconic Ashford Castle, an Insight Signature Hotel, was officially re-opened on April 17th 2015, by An Taoiseach, Edna Kenny, T.D. with Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, president and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Dating back to 1228 of the Anglo-Norman de Burgos family, this historic castle underwent a $75 million, two-year, multi-phased restoration project and now stands as one of Europe’s finest luxury hotels.

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