Wednesday,  January 19, 2022  5:59 am

Insight Vacations launches small, private group journeys

Insight Vacations launches small, private group journeys
Pax Global Media

Insight Vacations has unveiled small, private group journeys for 12+ guests as part of its Autumn, Winter, Spring (AWS) itineraries to Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Guests can now create their own travel bubble on their selected AWS journey with the new Private Group Option for an added benefit of exclusivity to their premium journey, and select from 38 specific itineraries included in the 2020/2021 AWS collection of journeys. 

The new offering was developed keeping guests’ well-being and comfort in mind while understanding the current traveller’s needs around much-needed re-connecting with their families and friends in a post-COVID-19 world. 

The new Small Private Group Option will be available in destinations that are expected to make a strong comeback throughout Europe like Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and in Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Jordan as well as Canada. 

Also included are Christmas market journeys, as guest feedback has indicated a strong interest in travel during the Christmas holidays this year, more than ever before. 

Further, guests can change their travel plans up to 30 days before the departure of their journey as part of Insight’s flexibility promise.

For Insight’s Small Private Group journeys from 12 guests onward, there is an additional surcharge on the original price of the trip based on the group size: from 12-15 guests, a +30% surcharge will apply; from 16-19 guests there will be a +20% surcharge; from 20-25 guests a +10% surcharge will apply but from 26 guests onward, there will be no surcharge.

“We’re seeing travel starting to make a comeback and in 2021, we anticipate the rise of multi-generational travel with clients yearning to reconnect again with their loved ones and extended family members and friends,” said Brad Ford, president of Insight Vacations Canada. “To help our guests travel in the most comfortable way possible, we wanted to introduce the Private Group Option for smaller and more intimate group travel. We’ll also be able to tailor-make trips for clients who would like enhanced personalization and specific experiences where we take care of all the details."

Elevated health & safety

Insight is continuing to prioritize its guests’ well-being and peace of mind in a post-COVID-19 world with the introduction of elevated hygiene standards and protocols. 

The Travel Corporation’s specific Peace of Mind promise is outlined here and indicates the comfort guests are offered by knowing that the company, under which Insight Vacations operates, is financially secure and financially sound. 

To ensure guests can take their dearest friends and family of any age on a private journey with utmost reassurance, clients will have dedicated team members available throughout the experience to guarantee well-being protocols are being met.

This will include a passionate Travel Director as well as the experienced driver of Insight’s motorcoach where guests will be physically distanced with ample personal space and comfort thanks to Insight Vacations’ uniquely customized motorcoaches.

Starting December 2020

Insight’s Private Group Option is available on 2020 - 2021 AWS journeys starting from December 2020 and includes incredible Insight Experiences that will remind guests about the power of travel and complete sensory experiences, such as:

Reconnect with the traditional flavours of Spain and Portugal

In Valencia, guests meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City to learn the traditional recipe for paella during a Cooking Demonstration which is followed by a delectable meal paired with sangria. After arriving to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, clients will join a wine expert during a visit to Cava Dorada and enjoys an insightful tasting of Cava in the vineyard along with the delicious Highlight Lunch. Deliciously Authentic Dining and immersion in the heart of the destination awaits in Torremolinos as guests are invited in the home of a local family and sit down for a fresh, home-made traditional lunch with regional wine. In Porto, guests will try a delicious selection of Port wine over a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores.

Related journey: Amazing Spain and Portugal – 9 days

Support female economic empowerment of local artisans in Jordan

Clients will enjoy meeting local artisans at the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative which is managed and run by local women, providing training projects. This cooperative is a ‘People’ project supported by the TreadRight Foundation to help build the gift shop and expand their food offerings. By purchasing locally crafted goods, guests offer the women running the cooperative the chance to be financial independent and learn how to sustain a business for longer term success.  

Related journey: Israel Discovery and Jordan Experience with Dead Sea – 16 Days

Witness the majesty of a three-story Christmas tree in Switzerland’s magical Christmas markets  

Insight Vacations offers a magical journey amongst the Swiss Alps with a stop in Zurich, offering guests an awe-inducing look at the three-story Christmas tree and time to explore the Christmas market. Some may visit the oldest Christmas market in the charming Old Town (Niederdorf) or perhaps the Christkindlimarkt next to the Zurich Main Train Station, near the 49 feet (almost 15 metres) majestic Christmas tree with more than 7,000 crystal ornaments.

Related journey: Magical Switzerland – 7 Days

Learn about life as a local Christmas market stallholder in Munich

At the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in Munich, guests’ Travel Director will introduce them to a stallholder to hear about life at the market and try a traditional German baked Christmas treat, Bavarian lebkuchen (cookies using unique spices and nuts) with a glass of glühwein. Clients will rejoice in the festive atmosphere of the market known to be a festival of light and traditional music.

Related journey: Alpine Christmas Markets – 9 Days

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