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Insight Vacations Reviews: (343)
Tours on Sale: 145
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 Canada & Alaska Tours
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Europe (116 Trips)
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USA (11 Trips)

343 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 343 user reviews.

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NSW, Australia
Oct 2017
1 Helpful Vote
2 Trips
“Iceland is amazing!”
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Iceland is amazing! I had just done another coach tour with a different group demographic and found the group for the Iceland tour did not gel as well, although they were friendly enough. A little bit unorganised at times with hotel check-ins but overall a lovely trip.
VIC, Australia
Oct 2017
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“Not so much touring in style...!”
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Not sure what the slogan 'the art of touring in style' and VIP tags attached to our luggage meant. The tour was just average and like any other tours. No hotel staff greeted us with welcome drinks as VIP and, we had to queue in line to enter the museums, churches, etc.. like any other groups. As we had paid more (than the price offered by its competitor), we expected the hotels to be better than those provided by its competitor, whom we usually travel with. Yet, we found the hotels, except for Dom Pedro in Lisbon, are of lower standard and located too far away from city centres.

While the horse riding could be part of the optional dinner, I believe visiting Plata de Espana in Seville should have been part of the city tour inclusion as this world heritage site is admission free, and only 10 minutes drive from the hotel. The inclusive dinners, except the one served at Vincci Albayzín, were average and rather disappointing, Conclusion; Not so happy or keen to recommend the tour or Insight to our friends and families. Beware of the optional tours and dinners! They could cost you an extra Euro 550 on top the already pricey tour.
VIC, Australia
Oct 2017
1 Trip
“Great trip”
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Would definitely book with Global Journeys again, Hannah was extremely helpful and prompt. The cruise was probably too short as so much crammed in, but was perfect for our time frame. If time allowed, would go on a longer cruise to spend longer at each island. Had a ball!
VIC, Australia
Oct 2017
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Wonderful Spain/Portugal Trip”
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I have just returned from an 18 day Grand Tour of Spain and Portugal. It was a most enjoyable, comfortable and happy trip. We had an excellent Tour Director Enzo Buonomo, who attended to every detail with ease and showed unlimited patience, kindness and compassion. His knowledge of the region was amazing and he often would surprise us with edible treats of the areas we were travelling through. We had a large group of 40 but the coach was very roomy and I loved the seat rotation every day.

We all got on well together. There were 7 from USA & the rest Aussies. I found the accommodation first class. Food however I was not keen on. Some of the included dinners were terrible. The optional extras were very pricey but the ones for trips were worth it but the optional dinners weren't worth the price - 58 - 65 Euros was exorbitant. Highly recommend the morning tour into France, Montserrat, Gaudi's Park Guell and Segovia.

On the whole the trip was good value for the money I paid and would definitely travel with Insight Vacations again. I would also like to thank Georgie from Global Journeys for her time and trouble in organising this trip for me and would highly recommend this company too.
NSW, Australia
Oct 2017
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“A Lifetime of Memories”
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Thank you Hannah at Global Journeys, for all your assistance. From your professional, friendly and efficient responses to all questions regarding the best tour to accommodate both mine and my mother's travel wants and needs; to the seamless and faultless planning and booking of what has been a trip of a lifetime, filled with wonderful experiences and memories for us both. We have nothing but praise for all aspects of our travel arrangements and the tour itself and will definitely be making Global Journeys our first port of call in the planning of future holidays.

The Country Roads of Italy route and experiences gave a well rounded and well paced insight into ancient and modern day Italy. Our enthusiastic pocket rocket Tour Director, Beatrice and our ever cheerful and accommodating driver, Guiseppe, successfully made every effort to make sure that this trip fulfilled all expectations. And not least of all, we were fortunate to share our experiences with a group of the most friendly, congenial and like minded fellow travellers. Please take me back... I want to do it again!
NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“Fantastic Holiday in Budapest, Vienna & Prague”
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Fantastic holiday with equally fantastic Tour Director and Driver. The food was generally great and the Tour director was very friendly and cheerful. The driver was very jovial and the drive throughout was very smooth.
There were so many things to do and dine in these beautiful cities. Thumbs up for the welcome dinner in a very beautiful ornate restaurant. This was the best ever welcome dinner of all Insight tours that I have been. We all had a blast!!
VIC, Australia
Sep 2017
1 Trip
“Sicily and Malta”
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What a blast! I have visited places with history dating back 1000 and 1000s of years. The scenery was stunning and varied. Our group mixed socially, swapped email addresses and had many fun times together. In Sicily Franchesca B was a patient and well informed tour guide, arranging and informing the group constantly. Not so for our guides in Malta unfortunately; however, the accommodation in Malta at Le Meridien was fabulous. So many highlights and great memories!

Now I await my luggage ....6 days overdue from Rome. Rome and Abu Dhabi airports are chaos and I would avoid them if I could. On my way over I missed connecting flights due to Alitalia's lack of organisation, and my luggage again came on a flight different than the one I was on. Yvonne is a travel agent I would happily endorse as she has helped the planning come together and was very obliging. I would also recommend Insight Tours to family and friends.
Australia
Sep 2017
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“Wonderful 17-day grand Italy and Sicily trip with Insight Vacations”
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Part from visiting all famous city attractions, also we went a lot of beautiful old towns where they are either at the top of the hill, or along the coast, or at the small island. Stunning views of Mt. Etna, lakes, coast line & landscapes. Attached photo is the view of Lake Maggiore from our room at Grand Hotel Dino Baveno, Italy.
New Zealand
Sep 2017
3 Trips
“Wonderful trip except National Park just too crowded.”
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Wonderful trip except National Park just too crowded - they need to reduce the visitor numbers or have them go one way only.

Rained quite a lot during mid-September otherwise it was overall a good trip. Dubrovnik is beautiful, along with the long drive along the coast.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
2 Trips
“Our 4th tour with Insight”
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This was our 4th tour with Insight and it did not meet the high standard of our previous trips. The tour started well in Boston but was marred on day 2 and 3 by the tour guide becoming ill, she should have been replaced but wasn't. Day 4 was poorly planned with an early visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which is great, but then we had to look around the town for a few hours. There is nothing in New Bedford! The off to the Heritage Museum and Gardens where we spent about twice as long as we should have.The Glass Museum was ok but in all,about half the day was wasted.

The remainder of the tour was affected by Hurricane Jose which meant that we couldn't go to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket due to the ferries being cancelled which should have been tour highlights.Insight tried to arrange other activities but these were not a success on the whole. The weather wasn't in Insights control, of course, and they did give us a small payment as compensation after the tour. The stop on the last day to the cranberry farm on the way back to Boston was much too long as well, just seemed to be to fill in time on the way to the airport!
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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 bring like-minded people together, creating shared experiences, and providing the most authentic travel discoveries. We source the very best hotels in outstanding locations, seek-out truly delicious dining and uncover genuine local encounters that will surprise and inspire. What’s more, we’ll look after you all the way, with our award-winning personal service, comfort and attention to detail that defines every vacation.

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. A unique selection of itineraries offers going above and beyond the basics to offer something extra when it comes to style, service and comfort. These standout tours also provide an all-inclusive experience. All visits, sightseeing, activities, and evening dining are included in the price of your tour so you don't have to worry about anything.

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.

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