Insight Vacations has announced new European experiences and itineraries for 2019. In addition to the five brand-new journeys to Greece, Malta and Scandinavia Insight is offering next year, the company has enhanced some of its existing itineraries with new Insight Experiences to make them more relevant and memorable.
Here’s a preview what’s new for 2019 at Insight Vacations:
The Aurora Borealis is featured prominently in Insight’s newest Scandinavia itinerary, “Northern Lights of Scandinavia.” Though it can’t be guaranteed, chances are that guests will get to see the light display on this 10-day journey. If they don’t see it when they’re out and about, guests might catch a view of the lights through the glass ceiling of their hotel room in Finnish Lapland. This itinerary also includes a visit to a working sled dog farm in Alta, Norway.
During this trip, guests meet champion dog-sledder Trine Lyrek and her Alaskan Huskies, then learn about the challenges she faces competing in Arctic dog sled races. They can even experience a dog sled ride for themselves, during a (optional) ride.
Insight Vacations has created a standalone itinerary to Malta in 2019, “Easy Pace Malta.” On this six-day journey, guests stroll streets of the golden-walled city of Mdina with a local expert and find out why it’s known as the Silent City. In Marsaxlokk, they’ll walk through the stalls at the famous fish market and see the vividly colored luzzu, traditional Maltese fishing boats.
In the capital, Valletta, guests will visit spots such as the Upper Barrakka Gardens and baroque St. John's Cathedral with a local expert, and in their free time they can opt for a visit to Malta’s ancient megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The seven-day “Jordan Experience” has been revamped with several new experiences for 2019. In Amman, guests now get to visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society, an organization which helps local women find and keep employment. Guests can learn from the women how to make traditional Jordanian handicrafts from paper, fabric, and ceramics.
This trip also now includes a night of luxurious “glamping” in Bedouin tents at Wadi Rum. Guests take a scenic Jeep safari deep into the heart of the desert, dine with locals under the stars, then tuck in for the night in the elegantly simple tents. Insight also added an additional night in Petra, which gives guests the opportunity to see the city’s ancient monuments by night and dine with locals at Ammarin Camp.
Travelers who can’t decide which Greek island to visit will enjoy the new 12-day “Greek Island Hopper” itinerary, which combines a day of sightseeing in Athens with visits to two of the most famous islands in the Mediterranean: Mykonos and Santorini.
In Mykonos, guests explore the maze of alleyways and Cycladic houses of Mykonos town with a local expert, then later stop to taste a selection of local delicacies and learn the secrets of Mykonian cuisine. They’ll also meet a Greek boat captain and take a cruise to the island’s south-facing beaches, where they’ll relax and enjoy the water.
In Santorini, guests meet a local geology expert who reveals the secrets of this volcanic island and its caldera and describes how it was all formed. Guests also have the option to visit the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was once buried by volcanic ash but uncovered in 1967, then continue to a local winery to spend an afternoon tasting regional flavors.
Clients seeking a shorter stay in Greece can opt for either our “Mykonos & Athens” or “Santorini & Athens” itineraries. Both of these new seven-day trips are ideal add-ons to one of Insight’s longer European journeys.
For more information, visit www.insightvacations.com.