With the exciting news that Europe is open for vaccinated American and Canadian travelers, it’s time to check out where you can travel to this summer. Last month, the European Commission recommended that all travelers who have been fully vaccinated with WHO- (World Health Organization) approved vaccines should be allowed to enter the EU without restriction. Now, those recommendations have become a reality, and we can book a summer vacation with ease.
If you’re wondering “where can I travel to now?”, you need to look no further. Insight Vacations have put together the Tours Available Now to make it easy for you to start exploring again. We have a new Sherpa tool, so you can find the latest information for the country you’re traveling to. Every one of our tours is now accompanied by a Well-Being Director, alongside your Travel Director, so that you can have complete peace of mind while traveling.
We’ve also gathered some of the premium guided tours available to countries that have given the green light, so you can plan your seamless summer getaway.
The Green Isle is your oyster with this 12-day guided tour. Take in historic castles, rugged coastline and stunning natural phenomenon as your Travel Director and Local Experts uncover the secrets of this fascinating country.
Start in Dublin’s fair city, where you’ll see the grand architecture of Custom House and Christchurch Cathedral before getting priority entry to the library of Trinity College to marvel at the amazing Book of Kells, hand drawn by monks in the ninth century. In Kilkenny, you’ll meet a hurling player to learn more about the ancient Celtic sport that dates back almost 3,000 years and perhaps have a go yourself?
Fine dining punctuates your journey, including a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the friendly John and Freda Sheehan, who passionately run their sustainable, Farm-to-Table concept at the 19th Green Guesthouse in Killarney.
Join the Country Roads of Croatia to admire the natural and manmade wonders of this Mediterranean gem. With 14 days to enjoy the enriching culture and history, there is plenty of time to relax and soak up the sun.
You arrive in the capital of the country, Zagreb, where you board the funicular to venture to the top tier with its cute little streets and fabulous views across the lower part of the city. On Day 3, your tour takes you across the border into Slovenia to see the subterranean splendor of Postojna Caves. On this tour, you have a choice of two MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences in Plitvice National Park. Choose to meet the indefatigable women of the Tara Community Centre, who have created employment opportunities for their community by preserving local handicrafts. Alternatively, learn more about habitat restoration on land and in the water of the National Park.
You’ll also travel through the olive groves to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in the third century B.C., and spend some time exploring the quiet coves of Korcula. Staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, you can take some time out and sunbathe on the private beach.
The passion of Italy truly comes alive in summertime. Experience it fully on the Best of Italy tour, which is available for small groups or classic groups. Your adventure begins in the Eternal City, Rome.
Gain behind-the-scenes access to the Vatican Museums to admire the Bramante Staircase and the glorious frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany to partake in a private picnic on the Machiavelli estate. Sit on a piazza in Florence with a glass of wine and enjoy the striking architecture and gaiety of life in the city.
Venice, Assisi and the spectacular cliffs of Sorrento are also on your tour. Your final day is spent in Pompeii, exploring the preserved town that spent centuries buried beneath the ash.
Spain and Portugal are both heavily reliant on tourism, so they are welcoming travelers back with open arms, as Insight guests will find on the Best of Spain & Portugal tour. This wonderful journey begins in Madrid, where guests can wander through the Old Quarter and visit the Prado Museum with an art historian to see the original works of Goya.
See the golden stone buildings of Salamanca and the ancient walls of Avila. Cross the border into Portugal and enjoy a port tasting to become familiar with the tawnys and vintages. In Lisbon, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jerónimos Monastery and the ancient Belém Tower. Feel the passion of flamenco with the dancers at the Cristina Heeran Foundation as you witness a wonderful performance during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.
The tour continues back into Spain and along the Costa del Sol. It’s a must to sample some tapas in one of the chiringuitos that line the beach.
The cradle of Western Civilization, Greece is a true pleasure for all the senses. The Treasures of Greece & the Islands allows you to fully appreciate the culture, history and remarkable natural beauty of this country.
Meet your Travel Director in Athens, City of Gods, where you visit one of the most important sites of the Western world, the Acropolis. Marvel over the many magnificent temples and hear more about battles fought on hallowed grounds from your Local Expert.
Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi and stand where the first athletes took their chances in the Ancient Stadium of Olympia. In Mycenae, you’ll meet a local potter preserving the local tradition.
Aside from the many astounding historical monuments, you’ll also sample some Greek food, joining a local chef to experience a live cooking demonstration and sample the flavors he produces.
Another country open for travel now is France where you can embark on the Normandy, Brittany & The Loire Valley tour with Insight Vacations. After arriving in Paris, you’ll travel to Rouen, famous for its cathedral with its tour de beurre.
Day 3 takes you to the Normandy beaches, where your Local Expert will guide you through the bunkers where soldiers once stayed. In the charming city of Saint-Malo, you can wander along the ramparts before popping into a quaint bar for some celebrated French wine.
Other highlights include wine tasting in the Loire and traveling down the Champs-Élysées seeing how Paris gained the name the City of Light.
We are committed to making your journey as seamless as possible, so we aim to provide extra support from the moment you book your vacation. You can simply check on the map with our new Sherpa tool or enter the country you’re traveling from to find out the latest guidance. Your Travel Director will keep you informed throughout your trip and your Well-Being Director will ensure all health and sanitation measures are met every step of the tour.
With Insight Vacations flexibility promise and no risk deposit, you can book with confidence this summer and get back to traveling again.