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Press Release: Discover the Treasures of Eastern Europe with Insight Vacations

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Travellers will delight in imperial cities, sundrenched islands and medieval charm. Press Release (02/11/2014) - TORONTO - Insight Vacations (, the leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, inspires guests to visit the less-travelled gems of Eastern Europe with 13 tailor-made itineraries that include new destinations: Croatia, Ukraine, Moldova and Crimea. Ranging from nine to 19 days, these journeys include Insight's unique Signature Experiences, memorable highlight evenings and the services of a 'travelling concierge' who will take care of all the details.

"We're constantly evolving and introducing new destinations. Our comprehensive 2014 Eastern European program features unique journey styles, from our Country Roads itineraries that are off the beaten track to our Regional Experiences, which are specially tailored trips with an in-depth focus in specific regions or countries," said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. "We also explore this region's iconic sites including the spectacular Hermitage Museum, the opulent Schönbrunn Palace and the regal Livadia Palace."

Highlights of Eastern Europe (15 days)
The stunning cities of Eastern Europe come to life on this 15-day Highlights of Eastern Europe escorted holiday. From Hungary to Austria, Insight Vacations guests will experience Old World charm, seductive atmosphere and some of the friendliest local hospitality around. Guests will enjoy a Signature Experience learning to make traditional Polish dumplings from the head chef at a local restaurant in Krakow. They will visit the most infamous site of the Holocaust - Auschwitz - in Warsaw, where they will reflect at the memorials of those who died. Across the German border, a local expert will take guests through the vibrant city of Berlin on a drive along the Ku'Damm. In Český Krumlov, a well-preserved UNESCO Heritage town in the Czech Republic, guests will enjoy a delightful drive though the countryside and visit the picturesque historic town square. Here, guests will indulge their Dine-Around evening with a selection of restaurants rich in ambience and Bohemian cuisine, followed by a restful night at the Růže, a 5-star historic and grand Signature Hotel centrally located within this medieval town.

Ukraine, Moldova & Crimea (12 days)
This new 12-day Ukraine, Moldova & Crimea premium Regional Experience itinerary takes guests through Kiev, known as the City of Chestnut Trees. It is said that one can walk from one end of the city to the other in the summertime without leaving the shade of its many trees, the most characteristic being the horse-chestnut trees. Insight guests will explore the Monastery of the Caves, considered among the most beautiful Christian shrines in the world. The Swallow's Nest castle perched atop a cliff's edge in Yalta is symbolic of Crimea's southern coastline, and guests will have the opportunity to visit and explore within its walls. Insight guests will then go on to visit the spectacular Livadia Palace, which was the summer residence of the last Russian tsars, and discover its role as the site of the 1945 post war conference that shaped post-war Europe. The once secret city of Balaklava is a must-see and is included in this trip, offering guests the opportunity to witness the tunnels, warehouses and canal systems of the former Soviet submarine base.

In Sevastopol, guests will enjoy a Signature Experience visit to the Panorama Museum to take in the paintings and 3D representation of various parts of the Crimean War. The tour ends in Chisinau, capital of Moldova, with its rich history and seen architecture seen with its 19th century buildings and landmarks such as the Triumphal Arch and the 'City Gates', and a Celebration Dinner at a typical local restaurant lets guests enjoy the fabulous flavours and of the region. Travellers can continue their journey with Insight's four-night Golden Ring Mini Trip to the previously fortified cities northeast to Moscow.

Imperial Capitals & the Dalmatian Riviera (16 days)
Those in the know are heading for the sun-drenched islands of Dalmatia, with its elegant cities, pristine wilderness, Roman remains, great food and stunning scenery. On this Insight Vacations 16-day Imperial Capitals & the Dalmatian Riviera Country Roads journey, guests are shown the local hospitality on their first night at a Welcome Reception in Vienna over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. A local expert will take guests on a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens before embarking on a picturesque drive around the famous ring road boulevard. In Budapest, guests will visit Matthias Church then drive down Andrássy Boulevard to visit Heroes' Square. Guests will stay at an Insight Vacations Signature Hotel - the InterContinental Budapest - a Top 25 winner in Trip Advisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice Awards for both Romance and Top Hotels in Hungary. Conveniently located near the River Danube and with all the modern amenities and luxuries, guests will be able to relax, hit the shops of bustling Váci utca or continue sightseeing at their leisure. Oenophiles will appreciate their visit to tranquil Lake Balaton, learning about the excellent wines produced along the shores. In Zagreb, guests will enjoy their Dine-Around evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.

For a limited time, travellers can take advantage of the Early Payment Discount of 7.5% (up to $1,452 per couple*) on a Europe itinerary and 7.5% on airfare** if booked and paid in full by March 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact your local travel agent. 

About Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations ( is the expert for Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting all but one of the independent states in these regions and covering more of Europe than any other tour operator. Insight Vacations also offers the same legendary high standards and carefully curated itineraries in North America, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Morocco.

Insight guests enjoy more intimate groups limited to just 40 passengers, the services of an experienced tour director who acts as 'travelling concierge,' and expertly planned itineraries offering a range of Signature Experiences that provide a unique and revealing look into the history and culture of each destination. Guests also enjoy Signature Dining and Dine-Around Evenings and stay in select hotels that are centrally or scenically located.

For more than 35 years, Insight has designed its escorted journeys with care and an unwavering commitment to exceeding our guests' expectations. It is these differences that ensure every Insight vacation is smooth and hassle free, so guests have time to fully enjoy each destination.

Insight Vacations is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US$2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit:

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*Terms & Conditions: Save 7.5% applies only to tours featuring the 'Early Payment Discount' in the price panel - see the new 2014 Gold Luxury brochure. A $200 per person deposit is required within 3 days of booking and final payment is required by March 31st, 2014.

**Save 7.5% off airfares to Europe, Britain & East Mediterranean for departures Apr 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. Booked between Jan 16, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014. Full Payment is due Mar 31, 2014. Valid on all carriers and fare basis except published air & one-way itineraries. Air is non-commissionable. Valid on Seat Sales but earlier ticketing may apply. Combinable with all brochure discounts. Not combinable with other air offers.

Media Contacts:
Marie Anne MacRae
Director of Public Relations
The Travel Corporation, Canada
(416) 915-7016

Michelle Lee Hoy
PR & Digital Media Specialist
The Travel Corporation, Canada
(416) 322-8468 ext. 7295


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