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Unique Insight Experiences

70 Insight Experiences,

Each one Unique

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With Insight, you’ll have access to rare and authentic experiences that are unavailable to the average traveller. Get to know your destination intimately with a mix of dining experiences, meaningful interactions with local experts and exciting cultural activities such as playing pétanque or trying your hand at hurling. With our unique collection of more than 70 Insight Experiences included in our premium journeys, we offer a richer holiday for better value.

 

Britain & Ireland

A Stately Tea at Sand

Devonshire, England

The quintessentially British ritual of taking afternoon tea dates back to the early 1840s. Made up of finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, cakes and pastries, you’ll get to enjoy this experience with Lady of the Manor, Caroline Huyshe at her stately home in Devonshire.

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Country Roads of Devon & Cornwall

 

Beyond the Book of Kells

Dublin, Ireland

Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a university insider, who will share their insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history.

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Country Roads of Ireland

 
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Tea in a Scottish Castle

Greenock, Scotland

Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart welcomes you with a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn of the histories of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the house, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish high tea.

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Best of Ireland & Scotland

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Hurling in Kilkenny

Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All-Ireland titles of its national sport of hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.

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Country Roads of Ireland

 

FRANCE

The Treasured Tradition of Pétanque

Provence, France

Long before the Eiffel Tower triumphed as Paris’ iconic monument and before its modern flag came into purpose, France took delight in its unique pastime, pétanque. Try the activity out for yourself with a Local Expert in Provençal village near the Pont du Gard.

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Country Roads of France

 

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

A Taste of Asturias

Gijón, Spain

Meet a true local, Flor, who will invite you to join her for lunch. Hear about daily life as you enjoy a delicious meal, typical of the region, that Flor has freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by delicious local cider.

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Spanish Heritage

 
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A Passion for Pintxos

San Sebastian, Spain

Join your expert foodie guide for an exploration of San Sebastian’s famous culinary scene.

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Northern Spain

Insight Experience

A Berber Tea Party

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Meet the locals of the Ouarzazate region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try
authentic Berber tea.

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Best of Morocco

 

Italy, Sicily & Malta

A Family Affair

Alberobello, Italy

For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are welcomed into a local family's home. See Nonna making orecchiette pasta and join her for a traditional freshly prepared southern Italian meal.

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Country Roads of Puglia & The Neapolitan Riviera

 
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VIP Visit in the Vatican

Vatican City

Enjoy VIP fast-track entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum, including rare access to the original 16th-century Bramante Staircase
(off-limits to the public).

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Best of Italy

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Sicily's Essential Oils

Gela, Sicily

Walk through the olive groves of a local farm, meet the owner and sample the delicious olive oil his family produces.

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Sicily In Depth

 

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

On Top of the World

Stanserhorn, Switzerland

Embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you may see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest.

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Glorious Switzerland

 
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The Art of
Strudel-Making

Budapest, Hungary

Meet the chef at Budapest’s famous Strudel House and learn the art of making these delicious pastries.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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Fresh Oysters from the Sea

Dubrovnik, Crotia

Go sailing with oyster farmer Tomislav for a taste of the freshest seafood in Croatia.

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Country Roads of Croatia

 
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Vienna Dance Class

Vienna, Austria

Learn the basics behind the dance known as the Figaro-Anglaise, set to the music Mozart composed for the “Marriage of the Figaro.”

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Romantic European

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Viennese Coffee Shop

Vienna, Austria

Sit down in Sigmund Freud’s beloved Café Central for an enlightening culture talk. Enjoy local coffee and Viennese Sachertorte.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

 

Northern Europe & Russia

DOGSLED CHAMP

Alta, Norway

Visit a working husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet some of Trine's adorable Husky puppies, that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country.

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GRAND SCANDINAVIA

 

North Africa & Middle East

Make Sun Bread in Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Learn the ancient Egyptian art of making sun-bread with a local host in the small village of Luxor.

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Wonders of Egypt

 

Local Crafts in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Visit the Iraq Al Amir Women's Association supported by the TreadRight Foundation and engage in one of the many handicraft activities.

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Jordan Experience

 

Pottery Making the Mycenae Way

Mycenae, Greece

In Mycenae, meet the artisans of a family run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

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Glories of Greece

 
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Women's Culture House

Cappadocia, Turkey

Visit the Uçhisar Kadın Kültür Evi, where local women gain economic empowerment by learning crafts, cooking and other skills. Dine in their all-women-operated restaurant for lunch.

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Wonders of Turkey

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Everest, As Told By a Summiter

Nepal

Enjoy an inspirational talk by women who summited the Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest.

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Classical India with Nepal

 

Western USA

Insight Experience

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

Gain exclusive access to Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Ascend to the top of the Memorial - not accessible to other visitors - to come face to face with the heroic Lakota warrior.

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Grand Journey of America's West

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UNCOVER AN L.A. CLASSIC

Visit the last of Los Angeles' great movie palaces. Having once played host to notable stars including Charlie Chaplin, it is no longer open to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to explore this private venue, built in 1931, with a Local Expert.

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GREAT WESTERN AMERICAN ADVENTURE

 

East Coast USA

Insight Experience

DINE WITH A LOCAL NEW YORKER

Experience a home-cooked meal and immerse yourself in local flavours with your EatWith host who you will tell you all about life in New York, the city that never sleeps.

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CLASSIC MID-ATLANTIC

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MEET A NATURALIST GUIDE

Meet Chris Lewey, a naturalist expert who connects his professional passion with his lifestyle – he’s been off the grid since 1998! He gives an informative presentation where he explains to you all about the beautiful New Hampshire countryside.

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New England's Fall Foliage

 

CANADA

Insight Experience

A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

Experience an exhilarating Blue River Safari along the spectacular Grizzly Bear Valley, spanning 12 km and situated halfway between Quaaout Lodge and Jasper. Witness the local wildlife before enjoying lunch on a tranquil floating restaurant.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES & PACIFIC COAST

Insight Experience

THE LIFE OF A SCALLOP FISHERMAN

Meet Brad Hewey, a former scallop fisherman and Digby local who will tell you about life fishing one of the region’s key delicacies before a Sea-to-Table dinner.

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LANDSCAPES OF THE CANADIAN MARITIMES

 

Insight Choice Icon Choose Your Own Adventure with Insight Choice

No two days on an Insight journey are the same, as we bring the magic of each destination you visit to life. With plenty of opportunities to personalize your trip, you can create your own adventure alongside your Travel Director, who is there to ensure your vacation is seamless and stress-free. On most trips, you’ll choose from a variety of included experiences and dining, with additional optional experiences to purchase that fill your free time. Look for the Insight Choice icon Insight Choice Icon on your preferred itinerary to see which two experiences you can choose from on a specific trip day.

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