Insight Vacations

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Choose from 195 Insight Vacations coach tours & short breaks and read 350 in-depth Insight Vacations reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. When you book your Insight Vacations tour with us you'll enjoy exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!
Insight Vacations Reviews: (350)
Tours on Sale: 195
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 26
Budget: Luxury & Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

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Insight Vacations Asia Tours
Asia (13 Trips)
Insight Vacations Canada & Alaska Tours
Canada & Alaska (14 Trips)
Insight Vacations Europe Tours
Europe (132 Trips)
Insight Vacations South & Central America Tours
South & Central America (5 Trips)
Insight Vacations UK & Ireland Tours
UK & Ireland (13 Trips)
Insight Vacations USA Tours
USA (18 Trips)

350 Insight Vacations Tour Reviews

Read the reviews for Insight Vacations from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients

Summary

Average 4.5 out of 5 based on 350 user reviews.

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Australia
  “Surprising and very enjoyable”
Trip:    Trip Date: 25/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We did not know what to expect in Poland but from the first day to the last we had a ball and were very impressed by what we saw. Our tour director could not have been more knowledgeable or helpful and, for the most part, the specialist guides provided interesting insights into their specialty. If anything, the tour could have taken an extra day or two as the schedule was fairly strenuous and we would have liked to spend more time in a few places, especially Wroclaw and Turon. Hotels were all excellent. Dinners were good rather than spectacular but that's being a bit picky. Poland was wonderful and we will return.
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Australia
  “Fabulous Holiday to Scandinavia and the Fjords of Norway”
Trip:    Trip Date: 20/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We have a wonderful Insight Tour Experience, travelling through Denmark, Sweden and then onto Norway and the Fjords. The tour guide and tour driver and local guides made sure we had a unique experience and learnt much about the local culture and natural aspects of the country visits. The unique experiences at the various stops and additional photo opportunities made the journey so enjoyable, helped by the humour of the Driver and The Tour Guide. Also, thanks to Hannah at Global Journeys for making our booking experience so delightful, her follow up was always great and timely. What a great holiday.
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Australia
  “The itinerary meet my expectations. ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 18/08/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
I would be glad to book with Global Journeys in the future as it is hassle free and helpful. Our Insight tour was very good. The accomodation and inclusions of the tour were of a high standard.
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Douglas & Carolyn's Trip

Australia
  “Wonderful trip through Scandinavia' s Historical Capitals, countryside and magnificent mountains and fjords.”
Trip:    Trip Date: 13/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Highlights - Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen then the picturesque snow capped mountains and the exciting drives up and down the bending mountain roads in the hands of a very experienced driver.
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Australia
  “Outstanding destinations ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 13/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Fantastic tour. Some long driving days but we'll worth it. Spectacular scenery throughout the tour. Hassle free Insight tours take care of everything. Good time to tour Scandinavia. August not as busy as June and July. Booked three tours with Global Journeys. Made process easy and always professional.
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Australia
  “Eastern Europe in style”
Trip:    Trip Date: 12/08/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Insight provided an excellent tour with very good hotels and coach with highly skilled driver. Of course would like to have more time in each place but we covered a lot of ground ( and history ) in a relatively short time. A negative was the unnecessarily hard sell on the "optional experiences". Also while I can understand rational for offering the optional dinner outings, I thought the extra three city walking tours and especially the visit to the Krakow salt mines should have been included in the basic itinerary.
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Australia
  “Rocky Mountains portion was excellent, but cruise,disappointing”
Trip:    Trip Date: 06/08/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
The Rocky Mountains part of the tour really was excellent. Accommodation really was 5 star in most locations though often with the worst views. Food was very good where provided although a few breakfasts were more Denny's than 5 star. We experienced a lot of smoke from the British Columbia bush fires which did take the gloss away a little, but we still had a good time thanks to the excellent tour concierge, Ben Hutchison.

The cruise though was more 3 star. We cruise a lot and this ship, Nieuw Amsterdam, was cheap and nasty. Our verandah room was more like a back office of a factory. Food was more Ramada Inn than 5 star, and staff in general had a could not care less attitude. We disliked our first Holland America cruise and this, our second, was worse. To cap it all on the last day they destroyed both of our suitcases requiring me to spend $200 to buy a replacement and to try to temporary repair the other. My grading below only applies, to the Insight portion of the trip.
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Australia
  “Great experience in the Arctic Circle and Fjordland”
Trip:    Trip Date: 04/08/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Arrive day or two prior to start of Tour so you can enjoy the wonderful city of Copenhagen as the Tour itself doesn't provide much time to enjoy the city. The itinerary itself was good. Some of the additional excursions whilst sounding interesting were disappointing. I did many of them but not the dinners. Accommodation was ok the Scanic hotel group had lousy pillows! I pre-booked into the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Copenhagen and discovered the tour used a lower grade hotel room than I had booked privately. Included meals were adequate. The scenery and the experiences were wonderful in some instances giving me whiplash switching between sides to see the next wonder.
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New Zealand
  “A comprehensive and enjoyable tour.”
Trip:    Trip Date: 02/08/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Highlights were the Edinburgh Tattoo, Orkney, optional shows in Edinburgh, Killarney, Dublin and Cardiff.
An excellent tour manager who shared his extensive knowledge of local culture, history, geography, nature etc.
A great bunch of fellow passengers.
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Carole & Peter Green's Trip

Australia
  “Wonderful holiday”
Trip:    Trip Date: 16/07/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Spent a couple of weeks in London after our lovely but busy Scandinavia tour - every day a new experience. Fantastic scenery particularly Norway. Lots of different side trips, some better than others. We took all the side trips as we feel we might miss out on something special and this is more than often the case. Our guide Zsofi Ferencz was attentive and very informative.

Weather this time of the year almost perfect, although fog appeared early in the day when we were to see the midnight sun at North Cape but we made the most of it - just unfortunate but otherwise weather was great. Our highlight of course was Geiranger area and the Troll's Road - absolutely breathtaking area. Don't miss it if you have the opportunity. As the tour proceeds north from Helsinki the accommodation is not as good as Insight Vacations normally provides (this is at least our 3rd tour with Insight Vacations) but this is to be expected in this area, but always the best available in each town.

The Insight Vacations coaches are always very very comfortable and this was no exception and of course the driver was extremely competent as some of the roads can be quite difficult. Now we are looking for our next tour with Insight Vacations - just have to decide which one to choose.
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About Insight Vacations

Why you should choose to travel with Insight Vacations on your next holiday
The Insight Difference
The Insight Difference

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

Meet our Tour Directors
Meet our Tour Directors

From the moment you arrive, our talented people are there to welcome you and ensure that you enjoy your guided holiday to the fullest. Your 'travelling concierge' lives in the destination and is with you all the way, a friendly face in a foreign land and a great travelling companion. They're exceptionally experienced, well-organised, knowledgeable and at the pinnacle of their careers. They make everything run smoothly and take time out to help you with your specific priorities and interests.

Leisurely Paced Itineraries
Leisurely Paced Itineraries

With more 2 and 3 night stays than any other operator, Insight gives you the time to spread out, relax and not have to pack and unpack each day. You have time to enjoy your fine hotel and all the exciting shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural options that await just outside its doors.

More Legroom - More Comfort
More Legroom - More Comfort

Insight travellers all share a sense of fun and a common interest in discovery; an experience made more personal because our smaller group size is the optimum for guided touring. With a maximum of 40 guests and the full services of your Tour Director and dedicated Driver, you'll enjoy a spirit of companionship, while appreciating real freedom, comfort, space and privacy. Our luxurious touring coaches have been reconfigured by removing spare seats to allow up to twice as much legroom as on a standard coach. Onboard facilities include a washroom, adjustable, reclining seats, air-conditioning and a state of the art sound system for soothing music and fascinating commentary by your Tour Director.

Insight Gold Luxury Vacations
Insight Gold Luxury Vacations

If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury and refinement when you travel, then an Insight Gold vacation is the perfect choice for you. This selection of unique itineraries offers more than a series of destination highlights. These journeys go above and beyond the basics to offer something extra when it comes to style, service and comfort. In addition to all of the perks and professionalism you can expect from any of Insight's vacation options, these standout tours also provide an all-inclusive experience. All visits, sightseeing, activities, and evening dining are included in the price of your vacation so you don't have to worry about anything.

Insight Gold vacations mean staying in some of the finest hotels, chosen by us for their prime location, ambiance, and level of luxury, and enjoying meals and wine at some of the best restaurants a destination has to offer. But don't expect a predictable routine: both variety and exclusivity are key characteristics of Insight Gold, meaning you'll get a range of experiences, from meals in gourmet restaurants, to rustic country-cooking in authentic local bistros, to evenings filled with local entertainment.

Insight Vacations FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Insight Vacations receive from their clients
When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

All our guests share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery. Ages range from young to mature with an average of mid-50s, travelling either solo, as couples, families or with friends and join us from all over the English speaking world.

How many people will be on tour with me?

With only 40 guests on our premium tours instead of the standard 53, Insight clients enjoy a more personalised service. In a smaller group, you'll be closer to your local guide for a more in-depth experience, you'll spend less time waiting to get into sights and it will be faster checking into hotels with your luggage arriving quicker to your room. Insight groups are smaller, more intimate and more friendly.

Will my coach journey be relaxing?

We ensure your comfort when travelling by planning plenty of rest stops during each journey. There's also an on-board wash room on all touring coaches (except in Morocco). Seat rotation each day guarantees everyone gets to enjoy the great views, while travelling head and shoulders above the other traffic. By leaving the driving to us you avoid wasted time planning routes and negotiating traffic. We'll even take care of the expensive items like refuelling, paying tolls and parking charges, and more.

Do Insight coaches have wifi?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available now on our coaches in many countries. The on-coach Wi-Fi uses the 3G mobile phone network - which means connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. It's perfect for sending emails and keeping in touch, but not strong enough for streaming video or large photo uploads. The included free data allowance is 100MB per person per day which is sufficient for most normal usage (sending emails etc). Free Wi-Fi is also available in many of the hotels we stay in.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30.5" x 22" x 12.5" (77.5 x 56 x 32cm) and weight not exceeding 30kg (66lbs). Carry on hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12" x 11" x 6" (30 x 28 x 14cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry on hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the coach by you each day of the guided holiday. Watch the video below for more information.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

Yet another exclusive feature of an Insight premium tour is the incredible space and comfort you'll enjoy when travelling. Our luxury coaches have been specially reconfigured with fewer seats, you'll relax in style whilst enjoying up to twice as much legroom then on a standard touring coach - on every departure with no extra surcharge to pay. With Insight, it's not just extra legroom that each guest enjoys, there's also the extra window space. What's more, you can recline without crushing the person behind and you have more room for personal belongings and luggage (our allowance is actually higher than other operators). It's also quicker to embark and disembark, saving sometimes up to an hour or more on days when there are many stops!

Is there seat rotation?

Yes, your Tour Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you'll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

I want to see all the main sights, but will I have time to explore on my own?

At Insight, planning the perfect tour is our speciality. Not only do we include the 'must see' sights, we carefully balance our itineraries to give you plenty of free time to relax and immerse yourself in the location. We design each itinerary with the perfect balance of planned activities and personal time to explore. We also give you the opportunity to personalize your trip with a range of Optional Excursions at competitive rates, which allow you to choose how you spend some of your time.

Are tips included?

On an Insight Vacation, some gratuities are included in the price of your trip: baggage handling, meal service for all meals listed in the tour itinerary, and hotel service charge. Room service, however, is not included in the tour price. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors EUR4 per day, Drivers EUR2.50 per day and Local Guides EUR1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

These are activities that we do not automatically include but are offered at the start of your tour designed to enhance your travel experience. Your Tour Director will have a list of available options and the appropriate costs. They are carefully programmed to coincide with the best highlights available at the time of your visit. It could be a seafood lunch in Venice, a concert in Vienna or a Grand Canyon Helicopter ride. A detailed list and costs can be found in your tour documentation.

Do you have a share program for singles?

If you wish to share with another tour member you can advise Global Journeys at the time of booking. Insight believes that travelling solo doesn't have to cost you more. We will try to match you with someone of the same sex in order to avoid having to pay the single supplement. If we are not able to provide a suitable room mate, we will provide a single room at no extra cost.

What does a GOLD tour mean?

Insight Gold is a luxury collection of leisurely escorted journeys on which you'll travel effortlessly in absolute comfort, elegance, and style. A GOLD tour with Insight Vacations includes all 5 star accommodation throughout your GOLD itinerary. These accommodations are also centrally located within the destination you are visiting.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is designed to provide you with peace of mind. For $99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to 30 days from departure date, Insight will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Do you accommodate special needs?

We make every effort to accommodate any special needs requests, whether it be a dietary restriction or a physical limitation. In order to accommodate your needs as best as possible, we ask that you let your Global Journeys Tour Consultant know at time of booking so we can assess the request and see how and where we can accommodate you.We may ask you to fill out a form depending on the request in order for us to assess how and if we can accommodate.

Can I have laundry done?

Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it is a good idea to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Insight Vacations
Airport Transfers in Europe

All Insight guests receive complimentary European arrival and departure transfers by bus/coach on the arrival and departure day of their tour at specified times. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the transfer timings may choose to book and buy a transfer. Note that flight timings must be supplied to Global Journeys no later than 21 days before flight departure

Transfers Athens, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Amman And Istanbul

AInsight is pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers* at any time, either on the first or last day of the tour, or on other days in conjunction with pre and post tour accommodation booked through Insight. Note that flight timings must be provided to Insight no less than 21 days before the flight departure.

Transfers in Canada & USA

Complimentary airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure day of your tour. Should you arrive or depart at other times, you can chose from the inexpensive transfers via scheduled shuttle service, taxi, or mini van. These transfers are only available when purchasing pre & post-tour accommodation with Insight Vactions & Global Journeys.

Terms & Conditons

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