Insight Vacations Releases 2019 Europe Preview Collection

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Insight Vacations has released its 2019 Europe Preview collection, comprising 87 itineraries that offer travelers an array of experiences across Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Morocco and the Eastern Mediterranean

Highlights from the collection of 87 Europe Preview itineraries include:

Country Roads of France

This 16-day journey takes clients on a journey down France’s less-traveled roads, from winemaking villages, to Provence, to the foothills of the Alps and the valleys of the Dordogne. In Chablis, guests are treated to an introduction to the region’s white wines from an expert vintner, and stay overnight at Dijon’s Grand Hôtel La Cloche, known for its views over the Place Darcy

In Chambéry, guests enjoy a farm-to-table dinner prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and served with wines from the local region. In Arles, they follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and see where he lived and worked on his famous creations. Then it’s on to southwestern France, where guests make a stop in the Dordogne Valley, home to more than 1,500 castles. Paris is the last stop of the journey, where travelers enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided foodie walk led by a local Parisian foodie, and a celebration dinner at the restaurant La Coupole

Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna and Prague

This 10-day journey highlights the monuments, cuisine and cultural traditions of three capital cities. Beginning in Budapest, guests enjoy a welcome dinner at the Gundel, one of Budapest’s oldest and restaurants. They’ll learn the secrets of traditional strudel-making at a strudel house before enjoying in them with aromatic coffee, then they’ll join a local foodie for a Dine-at-Home experience. 

In Vienna, guests take a private guided walk with a local expert through Schönbrunn Palace before taking a drive down the boulevards, passing the Opera House and Hofburg Imperial Residence. After passing over the Czech border, guests continue to picturesque Český Krumlov, where they explore the cobbled lanes and colorful houses of this town. In Prague, guests see ancient monuments such as Bratislava Castle, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock.

Best of Morocco

On this 10-day journey, guests discover the sights, smells and flavors of Morocco. They’ll explore Casablanca and visit the Hassan II mosque, the largest in the country. In Fes, guests will walk through the ancient bazaar in the Medina, guided by a local expert, learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, witness age-old techniques of pottery making, and learn how khobz, the local bread, is made. They’ll also enjoy a dinner of tagines, exotic fruits and local wines while watching a traditional folklore show. 

In Boumalne-du-Dadès, guests visit a traditional nomad’s house and try authentic Berber tea, then travel onward to Ouarzazate, the film capital of Morocco, where movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Star Wars" were filmed. On the way to Marrakesh, guests visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, a Moroccan village. Once in Marrakesh, guests see the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa, a public square and market place with food vendors, dancers, acrobats, and more.

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