Insight Moment of the week

Light & fruity with a hint of pepper! Diana from Queensland enjoying #OliveOilTasting in #Provence. #insightmoments Posted by Insight Tour Director @InsightTim

 

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THE EASTERN DISCOVERY Part 2 – A featured guest post

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Gilbert Ortiz

Gilbert Ortiz is a 27 year travel industry veteran, Certified Travel Agent and Senior Travel Counselor for Affordable Tours.com. He currently resides in Katy, Texas. He specializes in escorted tours and river cruising plus loves everything about travel!

The following is a continuation of our Featured Guest post from Gilbert Ortiz about his experience on the Eastern Discovery tour. To read the earlier post click here.

On this very special day we experience what I call a Tri-Country Culinary Feast.
We had breakfast in Croatia, We had lunch in Montenegro and we had dinner in Albania.

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Not every place that we visited was as beautiful as Vienna, Split or Dubrovnik. Deep in the heart of Eastern Europe. In countries like Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Macedonia you can still see oppression in the eyes of its people, scars of war in the memory of their elders and hope for a better life in the thoughts of their young.

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THE EASTERN DISCOVERY – A featured guest post

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Gilbert Ortiz

Gilbert Ortiz is a 27 year travel industry veteran, Certified Travel Agent and Senior Travel Counselor for Affordable Tours.com. He currently resides in Katy, Texas. He specializes in escorted tours and river cruising plus loves everything about travel!

The Eastern Discovery is a 16 day escorted tour, operated by Insight Vacations.

It covers 8 countries perfectly chosen in a way that the tour combines the beauty of cities like Vienna, Dubrovnik and Istanbul, with others like Tirana, Ohrid and Sofia that offer more history and insight into some of the former so called “Eastern Block” countries.  All of this plus a touch of nature in the UNESCO gem called Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The tour was expertly planned and operated to perfection by Insight Vacations.

The quality of the coach was second to none.  The hotel selection was right on target. The knowledge, sophistication and kindness of our tour director; Karin was unmatched.  The speed and smoothness of the rides as we covered 2,100 miles was all due to an excellent job of our driver; Zoran who made us feel safe every day, everywhere all the time.

The concert halls of Vienna; that saw men like Strauss, Motzart and Bethoven provided a beautiful backdrop to the start of a fabulous adventure. Listening to their music and exploring the streets that had seen them walk their way to immortality is exactly, how I started my “Eastern European Discovery Tour”.

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As I walked the streets of Vienna; it was as if I had been transformed into another time and dimension.

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Insight Moment of the week

Hmmmm, the sweet aroma of a traditional Greek coffee, excited to drink it, turn it upside down and have my fortune read by Claudia our Insight Tour Director/Fortune Teller! Another wonderful #insightmoments. Posted by Jon Abaquin @jon101md

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Travel Recommendations for 2015 – Italy

Each time travellers visit Italy, they are bound to discover something new and exciting.   Whether one’s interest lies in the country’s historic significance, the sophisticated Italian dining enterprises, or in the haute couture fashion runways, it is all there, just waiting to be experienced.

Like a stay in the Kolbe hotel in Rome, a boutique and Insight Signature hotel and that was once a 15th century convent within walking distance of the Roman Forum.

 

 

While some people understandably prefer the fast-paced heartbeat of Rome’s modern amenities accented by its famous ancient ruins, other’s tastes are more in line with a visit to the majestic 14 stone towers in San Gimignano in North Central Tuscany.   These resplendent towers are situated on a hilltop and create a storybook skyline with their prominent medieval architecture.

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Insight Moment of the week

One last photo to end My 100th Tour. A great tour it was!  Insight Vacations Spanish Heritage #insightmoments from Insight TD Daniel @DangerousDanM

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Signature Hotel of the Week – Ashford Castle

Acquired by sister company Red Carnation Hotels (RCH) in June 2013, Ashford Castle is a luxury boutique Signature Hotel utilized by Insight Vacations on Irish Elegance: A Country Roads Itinerary.

Set in a 13th century medieval castle in County Mayo on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, the 350-acre sprawling estate has been recently updated and refreshed by RCH, from the walled and herb gardens, to the tennis courts, falconry centre and stunning nine-hole golf course for guests to enjoy year round.

Each room is individually decorated and designed, featuring a luxurious mix of furnishings and original artwork, fit for any King or Queen. With carefully sourced antique furniture, exquisite fabrics, bespoke carpets and marble bathrooms, the luxurious rooms have been thoughtfully designed to complement the ambiance and tradition of this iconic property.

Fact: Many of the rooms and suites will be named to honour the famous guests that have stayed at Ashford over its illustrious history. Find out who and what they are when you stay here!

For more information on Ashford Castle, visit Red Carnation Hotels and to find out more about travelling on Irish Elegance with Insight Vacations, visit Irish Elegance: A Country Roads Itinerary.

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Insight Moment of the week

The ultimate Green Mountain shopping experience. #fallfoliage #vermont #InsightMomentsfrom our guest Jordan Allen @pavementchaser
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Travel Recommendations for 2015 – Croatia

It is no wonder that Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. Visitors become immediately captivated by the discerning charm afforded by the stunning Adriatic coastal cities and quaint historical villages.
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The alluring cobblestone streets and extraordinary Baroque architecture of Zagreb are but two of the fascinating aspects of Croatia that capture the hearts of visitors. There is so much to see and do! The colourful Church of St. Mark is definitely a highlight for area travellers. Believed to have been built as early as the 13th century, the cathedral is both visually astounding and historically significant and has amazing detail work. Of particular interest are the ornate effigies placed within the south portal. Each is intricately carved in the likenesses of one of many notable religious figures. Even the roof tiles are meticulously arranged to represent Zagreb’s coat of arms.
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Dining in Croatia can be a spectacular experience. For instance, the herbal notes of rosemary, myrrh and oregano inherent in the Travarica, Croatia’s version of herbal grappa, are truly exceptional. Typical Croatian dining opportunities include exquisitely prepared tilapia or samples of the other fresh seafood offerings that are often served with delicate native wild greens and varieties of delectable local olive oil.
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Croatia also affords visitors unique cultural interactions For example; many choose to spend evenings of entertainment in one of the centuries old theatres or at the local farmers markets interacting with local residents. Regardless of the activity, Insight Vacations provides visitors to Croatia with unforgettable luxury travel opportunities.

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Our favourite #insightmoments of Croatia:
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Visit Croatia with Insight:
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Walk around stunning & sunny Lake Beauvert at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge today. #Canada is amazing! #InsightMoments from our guest Sharon Gambrill @sharongambrill

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