The dolomites and the macabre beckons this autumn, winter & spring with insight vacations

Published on : Thursday, May 14, 2015

unnamedInsight Vacations , the leader on the art of touring in style, announces the launch of its 2015/2016 Autumn, Winter & Spring itineraries. With 3 new journeys added to its myriad of destinations, including other popular itineraries, there’s something unique for each and every traveller. Savour the scent of stollen at a traditional German Christmas Market, trail the paths of an exotic spice market in Morocco, or relish the robust flavours of Portuguese vintage wines in Porto. Discover Insight’s Signature year with its multitude of Signature experiences that will leave each and every traveller filled with unforgettable memories.

Here are Insight’s new offerings for the holiday season in 2015/2016.

Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria and Italy

For the first time in 2015, Insight Vacations will introduce guests to the Christmas markets of Italy in the stunning town of Bolzano set against the backdrop of the stunning Dolomites. Here is where Italy’s largest Christmas market takes place, with squares blooming with a wide variety of colourful stalls and the smell of chestnuts roasting in the air. Taste the local Italian hot mulled wine, and sample a piece of delicious Zelten Christmas cake. Visit the town of Merano and be enticed by its festive surroundings, and the promise of sweet strudel or savoury Dinnede pizza. Enjoy the romance of Verona and Venice as a promising end to your Christmas holiday. Stand beneath Juliet’s balcony, scene of the famed play by Shakespeare, and get lost in the historic streets of St Mark’s Square. Cap it off with a Gondola ride within its famous canals before a farewell celebration dinner at a historic restaurant. Prices start from US$1995 per person twin share.

Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany

The discerning traveller will enjoy this new itinerary covering the best of Eastern Europe. Begin the journey in Krakow and get a taste of old world Polish charm with a stroll in among its romantic gabled townhouses. Visit the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz to see the Ghetto Square and visit the remains of its Ghetto wall. Next up is Wroclaw, known as the Venice of Poland. Admire the Baroque splendour of its Christmas markets and the surrounding fairy-tale charm. Fans of the macabre will enjoy a visit to Kutna Hora, where the infamous Sedlec chapel stands. Admire its sculptures, coats of arms and chandeliers, all made from human bones. Meet a local stallholder in Prague and enjoy a glass of Svarak, a type of local mulled wine, and take a bite on ‘Tredelnik’ pastry. Discover the spirit of Berlin, a city that is a dichotomy of old and new. Traditional buildings sit alongside a bustling street art and fashion scene, including remnants of the Berlin wall. Prices start from US$1525 per person twin share.

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Best of Spain & Portugal

Explore a region that was once a colonial power house a few centuries ago on this 15 day journey.. Begin in Madrid on a fine note by visiting the magnificent Prado museum to admire the paintings of Velazquez, and Goya, followed by El Greco’s paintings in the Cathedral of Santo Tome in Toledo. Portuguese fine wine waits in the town of Porto, known internationally as the capital of Port Wine in the world. Taste some of these wines, and take a snapshot of its famous multi-coloured houses. For the pious, a pilgrimage to Fatima takes place on the way to Lisbon. Enjoy the best egg tarts in the city in the old Belem quarter, at a patisserie that has been making the same recipe for 100 years. Visit the burial place of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus in Seville before taking in a passionate flamenco performance. Learn about the secrets of Spanish ‘bubbly’ in Peñíscola, before making your final stop in Barcelona to gaze at the unique works of Gaudi. Spend some time at the famous La Boqueria market and sample some local delicacies at one of the local stallholders. Prices start from US$2795 per person twin share.

Best of Morocco

This 10 day exotic escapade takes you to see the best of this destination that has history going back centuries with a colourful mix of Arabic, Islamic, African and French influences. Walk the city of Casablanca upon your arrival, a city that inspired the famous movie of its namesake starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. A Moroccan carnival like atmosphere with mezze plates, scented tagine dishes alongside belly dancers and drummers provide an unforgettable experience in Fez. Meet nomadic dwellers in the desert of Erfoud and gaze upon the scarlet sunset of the Saharan desert. Stop for Berber tea at the home of a respected Imam and gain insight into his daily life and activities. Travel on to Quarzate, the film capital of Morocco, where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Walk the souks of Marrakesh and haggle with the sellers on the price of local spices, and enjoy a tinge of salty air by the seaside of Essaouira. Prices starting from US$1825 per person twin share.

Guests of Insight Vacations will enjoy a high quality travel experience, with intimate groups limited to just 40 passengers, the services of an experienced Tour Director, and the assurance of staying in quality selected hotels which are centrally or scenically located. Also travel in style on Insight’s luxury reconfigured coaches with business class legroom so the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.

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