Insight Vacations

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Insight Vacations Reviews: (327)
Tours on Sale: 206
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 (15 Trips)
Insight Vacations Europe Tours
Europe (141 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 (19 Trips)

327 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 327 user reviews.

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Australia
  “Very good tour.”
Trip:    Trip Date: 24/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Lots of inclusions. Hotels are all good especially the one in Madrid. In Lisbon, the hotel is quite new but not in the city centre so this is the only downside. Tour director was very informative. Over-all we recommend this tour for those wanting to see Spain and Lisbon.
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David & Marilyn's Trip

Australia
  “Land of waterfalls, glaciers and geysers”
Trip:    Trip Date: 18/06/2017    Overall Rating: 3/5
We thought mid-summer was a good time of year to visit Iceland but unfortunately it was unseasonably cold and the problem is the beauty of Iceland is much diminished when it is cloudy and raining. The itinerary was good although there were a couple of long driving days with nothing special to see. The accommodation was on the whole good although a couple of hotels were below standard - very small room and badly equipped room.

The food included in the tour was excellent, especially the evening meals which comprised a varied selection of fish and seafoods. The breakfasts were also very good. Finding our mid-day lunch posed a problem as most places provided a limited selection of food which was extremely expensive. It was a nice surprise to find the Blue Lagoon had been included in the itinerary and it was a good way to finish the trip.
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Karen & Graham's Trip

Australia
  “Magestic!”
Trip:    Trip Date: 18/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Insight as usual has put together another fabulous, hassle free journey.......wonderful scenery, great accommodation and food. The wildlife wasn't as abundant as we thought it would be but I guess that was because we went just prior (June/July) to the salmon season.

The Rocky Mountaineer was pleasant, with exceptional service but in hindsight an over rated expense…. I think it would be very pretty if there was more snow around on the trees etc but otherwise it was a bit boring.
The other problem about the train was that freight trains have priority….at one time we were stationary for 1-2 hours while waiting, we spent 12 hours on the train that day and although we were well fed and watered but it felt like a long haul fight and we were all totally exhausted and fed up by the end.

The Inside Passage Alaskan Cruise was fabulous….and I didn’t get seasick once!...very calm cruise.....the scenery is spectacular. If you can afford it get a veranda stateroom....it was worth the extra money to be able to sit and enjoy the majestic landscape quietly and serenely, away form all the hustle and bustle of the ship.
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Australia
  “The perfect way to experience Southern France”
Trip:    Trip Date: 17/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Country Roads of France was my 3rd Insight Vacations tour and the most enjoyable. The accommodation was always centrally located and the best available, our tour director Mark was brilliant, articulate, intelligent and highly professional, our driver Gerard was also superb. This culture tour included wineries with 12th Century cellars, Van Gough's sunflower fields, Monet's garden (optional excursion) and Toulouse Lautrec's birth town and museum. For those who love French culture and history this is a sensational way to enjoy it. Just sit back, be taken care of and indulge yourself in the adorable French countryside.
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Australia
  “Can't wait to go again”
Trip:    Trip Date: 17/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Insight Vacations did a great job planning and executing this trip. Our Tour Director, Dan, was the absolute best and showed everyone a fabulous time on our trip. The bus was comfortable as were the hotels. Most hotels were centrally located and handy to supermarkets etc. The actual tour was fantastic. We were shown the best parts of each city and it had a good balance of "tour" time and free time. It would have been better to have had a couple of days in Madrid but other than that enough time was spent in each city and the pace was good.
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Australia
  “Wonderful tour in every respect!”
Trip:    Trip Date: 14/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We were hesitant about doing a coach tour as we normally travel independently but felt this would be the best way to see Russia. We did Insight's "Northern Capitals and Russia" tour in July 2017 and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. We booked more than 12 months in advance and were disappointed that we missed out on the Insight "Fly Free" airfare deals which were released in September prior to the tour in June. On tour, we were really pleased with what we were able to see and what was included and we saw a lot!

We took most of the Optional experiences, which did mean we were "on the go" most of the time, however we were prepared to put the effort in to see as much as we could whilst away. Most days we walked between 15,000 to 18,000 steps. Piotr (Tour Director) and Werner (Driver) were professional and made everything on tour go smoothly. The accommodation was excellent, we had a triple share room and on some occasions we were given a suite and twice we received interconnecting rooms, which was a real bonus. We would recommend this Insight Tour for anyone wishing to visit Russia, Scandinavia, Lithuania and some eastern European cities.
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Trevor & Jo's Trip

Australia
  “Bucket list trip to Canada Rockies and Alaska”
Trip:    Trip Date: 11/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
A great combination of travel in Canada and Alaska. Coach through Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer back to Vancouver. Cruise to Allask and the Inside Passage finished it in great style. Too many highlights to list.
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Australia
  “Wonderful and informative trip through history and glorious countryside. ”
Trip:    Trip Date: 07/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We loved our trip. Our tour director John looked after us extremely well , enthralling us with stories and songs of all the places we visited. Our global journeys consultant Madeline made booking seamless. We would not hesitate to recommend both Global Journeys and Insight. in fact we have already booked another holiday.
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Australia
  “Country Roads of Scotland”
Trip:    Trip Date: 05/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
The tour guide was excellent which always makes a trip pleasant. I know we were in places in Scotland which have limited hotel choice but a couple had very small rooms and one was not too well maintained. Great trip overall though.
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Australia
  “Interesting trip, well organised”
Trip:    Trip Date: 03/06/2017    Overall Rating: 4/5
Enjoyable holiday with very nice group of friendly people. Pity Barcelona was not Included in this tour. It would have made it complete. Disappointed with sections of Morocco. Casablanca was a real disappointment. Hotel was lovely but when fellow passengers tried to walk from the hotel, police said it was unsafe and sent everyone back. Tangiers hotel too far out of town. A nice hotel but we couldn't get the feel of the city other than a drive through.

Spain good. Only problem was the times we arrived at hotels. Sometimes it was quite late in the afternoon and so couldn't do much with the location. Tour guides good as were the bus drivers. We stopped 2 seat rotation in Morocco which was disappointing as we were up the back for the whole time and with the heat from the engine and the smaller seats on the toilet side of the bus, it was a long time.
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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 departure from Australia, 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.