Who travels with Insight Vacations?
All our guests share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery. Ages range from young to mature with an average of mid-50s, travelling either solo, as couples, with families or with friends and join us from all over the world! Insight Vacations plays host to over 100,000 guests every year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK.
The company has also appointed specialist agents in Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China. It is therefore quite typical to find many different nationalities on any one trip and discover people from halfway across the world who you only met yesterday will fast become friends.
What are my options as a solo traveller?
Travelling solo with Insight Vacations gives you the freedom that comes with travelling alone, plus the security and camaraderie of a small group.
You have two accommodation options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.
Find out more about our Solo Travel Options.
Where can I find solo pricing?
The price displayed on our tour pages is for a twin room. To check the solo price for a tour, select Continue on the departure of your choice and view the price and availability of solo rooms in the next step.
Once you've selected your trip and departure date, select 'Continue' to select your room type and check pricing/availability.
If you see the message that the room is 'on request', this means the departure has limited single-room availability. In this instance, we will need to request a single allocation.
Please Contact Us if you need any further assistance.
If you're a Travel Agent, you can see all pricing and availability in our Travel Agent Portal (TAP).
Can I book a triple room?
Triple room bookings are available, suitable for 2 adults and 1 child. When booking your trip, we define a child as somebody aged 17 or under. A triple room is not recommended for 3 adults, as the third bed is often a rollaway, which may not be comfortable for an adult. A triple bed is the same size as a twin-bedded room.
If you are travelling as a group of three, we strongly advise booking the single occupancy or twin share room option for the third guest.
Find out more about solo travel options.
How much luggage can I bring?
Travelling with Insight Vacations entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase not exceeding 23kg (50lbs) in weight, with dimensions not exceeding 77.5cm (30.5in) x 56cm (22in) x 32cm (12.5in). Guests may also bring one item of hand luggage that is small and light enough to be carried onto the coach and fit underneath the seat, or in the small overhead compartment above. (Luggage with adjustable handles and wheels will not fit).
Please test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.
Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.
Find out more about your luggage allowance
Can I bring my small rolling suitcase that I can bring on the airplane with me on the coach?
Guests may bring one item of hand luggage that is light enough to be carried onto the coach and small enough to fit underneath the seat, or in the small overhead compartment above. Unfortunately, luggage with adjustable handles and wheels will not fit.
What should I pack?
We suggest that you pack layers of clothing that can be added or removed as necessary.
Pack a comfortable pair of flat shoes/trainers for walking. You will be visiting cities and sites with cobbled streets and uneven terrain.
Pack a light waterproof jacket. As the weather is changeable, you don’t want to be caught out by the rain and a lightweight waterproof is an excellent solution which won’t take up too much space in your suitcase.
Pack a sun hat during the summer months. Many European cities are hot during the summer and shade may not be readily available.
Pack a light scarf and at least 1 skirt/trousers which stop below the knee. Some excursions will take you to Cathedrals or other religious locations where more modest attire, covering the shoulders to below the knees, is appropriate for both men and women. A scarf applied across the shoulders is perfectly acceptable.
Pack a smart outfit. You may wish to bring a dressier outfit for visits to the cabaret, theatre or an elegant restaurant. Smart casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for other evening activities.
Other useful items that you may wish to pack can include:
- A travel iron if you prefer clothes to be pressed
- Wash cloth and carry bag
- Travel adaptor plug
- A copy of your hotel contact list so should your luggage be mislaid by your airline you can be reunited with it easily
- We would also suggest that a change of clothes and essential travel toiletries should be packed in your hand luggage for the same reason
- A photograph of your luggage contents in case of loss
- Scented soap, fabric softener sheets or scented sachets can be packed to keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean throughout your tour
Is porterage included?
Porterage is included for each guest’s suitcase throughout the tour (one item per person) which means that you only have to bring your hand luggage on and off the coach each day. The porters will deliver all suitcases to the coach where the Travel Director will check them and the driver load them into the baggage compartment. Your Travel Director will provide a blue luggage tag which we advise you to use as this assists with identification and security.
On arrival at each hotel, suitcases will be delivered to your rooms by the hotel porters. We suggest that you may wish to pack toiletries and any personal items you may want immediately on arrival in your hand baggage where they are instantly available.
How much travel money should I bring?
When planning how much money to bring we suggest that you consider such things as spending money for meals that are not included e.g. lunches and beverages, alcoholic drinks etc. Any Optional Experiences/sightseeing tours that you may wish to purchase, as well as shopping, gratuities and any incidentals such as laundry or dry cleaning and so on.
If you plan to purchase local currency before you travel we suggest that you request notes of smaller denominations as many local stores and restaurants may not be willing to accept the higher ones. For example, if purchasing Euros, request denominations of €50, €20 and €10.
If you do not want to travel with lots of money on you, there are plenty of ATMs throughout Europe. You will be charged in local currency by the vendor and your credit card company will convert the charges based on the exchange rate that they implement. A fee is charged for this. Visa, American Express or MasterCard are widely accepted in most shops and restaurants.
To make your trip as smooth as possible, please inform your bank prior to your departure. This ensures that your provider will not deny payment because they think the transaction could be fraudulent. We also recommend that you have an overseas contact number for your bank and/or credit card company with you if you need their assistance when travelling.
Tipping While Travelling
Tipping is an important thing to think about when preparing your travel money. Tipping etiquette varies by country, culture, and situation. It is generally a gesture that shows appreciation for the quality of service that you received.
When travelling with Insight Vacations we have pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you. Baggage handling at hotels, service charges and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are however a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.
For some tours, you’ll have the option to pre-pay additional gratuities when booking your tour.