Insight Vacations Celebrates the Convergence of Moveable Feasts in 2014
Highlighting the Pilgrimages to Europe and Israel to Commemorate the Holy Celebrations with exclusive savings
TORONTO, Canada / ACCESSWIRE / April 9, 2014 / In honour of the pilgrimages to Europe and Israel taking place this year with the coinciding of Easter and Passover, Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com), the leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, showcases their best itineraries travelling to these holy sites, enhanced by the exclusive inclusions their Signature Experiences provide. And for the month of April, guests can take advantage of an incredible, limited-time savings of up to $400* per couple on land and air bookings to Europe with Insight Vacations.
“We recognize the importance for our guests to connect with the destinations they visit – and with Easter and Passover fast approaching – it is especially significant for Christian and Jewish pilgrimages,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. “Not only do we take our guests to historical sites such as the city cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and provide VIP access to the Bramante Staircase in Vatican City, but we also provide customized tours with experiences that resonate with our guests and their spiritual observances.”
Journey to the religious monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Northern Spain with Insight Vacations’ 12-day escorted holiday through Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Santander, San Sebastian and Barcelona. Visit the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela – with its grand Romanesque interior – which serves as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route that originated in the 9th century. This is also the site where the tomb of Apostle St. James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages! In Oviedo, guests can see the 1,000-year-old wall paintings in some of Europe’s oldest churches and relax in a cider house with a glass of Asturia’s famous ‘Sidra’ while learning the art of the perfect pour, a Signature Experience that locals to the region take special pride in sharing. Guests can enjoy a Signature Dining experience in San Sebastian with an intimate Dine-Around evening at one of several highlighted local venues to enjoy a variety of pintxos, the perfect fare for a social dinner over delicious, authentic eats.
Best of Italy
Discover the Best of Italy on an Insight Vacations 11-day premium escorted journey, exploring the glorious city of Rome, the peaceful town of Assisi, the charming Venetian lagoon, the undoubtedly beautiful Florence and the sunny, coastal town of Sorrento. When in Rome, guests can take in the reverent surroundings of Vatican City, with the famously frescoed, gilded Sistine Chapel taking centre stage as the Papal residence and gathering site for Roman Catholics around the world to hear God’s word. In the mountainous town of Assisi, guests are taken inside the Basilica of St. Francis, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art, deserving of a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2000. In Florence, a local expert guides guests through the historic city centre and narrow, cobblestoned alleyways. Guests will visit the Academy Gallery where they will see Michelangelo’s famous Statue of David. The journey ends in picturesque Sorrento, with its scenic cliff tops, colourful villas and sparkling waters. Guests will enjoy a Celebration Dinner of fresh, rustic dishes served with local wine amidst the pristine marina.
Join Insight Vacations on this nine-day Israel Discovery escorted journey, enjoying a variety of Signature Experiences through this diverse and spiritual country. Guests can embrace the rich culture of the Middle East with a Signature Dining experience of a Shabbat dinner in Tel Aviv and a lively Celebration Dinner in Jerusalem complete with wine. Guests take in the spectacular coastal views on the way to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins in what was once one of the most splendid cities in Palestine. Then onto Nazareth, where guests will visit one of Christianity’s most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, on the site where the angel is said to have appeared to Mary. Guests enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Sea of Galilee then take a dip into the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea to see just how well they float. It is here where they will also visit the ancient fortress of Masada where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Harod’s armies, accessible only by cable car. Guests will enjoy a relaxing stay at one of Insight’s premium properties, the Hod Hamidbar hotel, with its spectacular views on the shore of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth, famous for it’s natural qualities and unique climate.
For more information, please visit www.insightvacations.com or contact your local travel agent.
About Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) 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: www.treadright.org.
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*Terms & Conditions: Save $200 off per person when you book a Insight 2014 Europe & Britain escorted journey (excluding Independent City Break & Mini Tours, East Mediterranean and Cruise itineraries) in conjunction with flights on any carrier including published air. Land and Air must be booked with Insight. New bookings only. Travel must be taken before December 31, 2014. Booking dates: April 2 to 30, 2014. A $200 land deposit is due within 3 days after booking, full payment is due by April 30, 2014. Flights must be round-trip departing from a Canadian gateway to Europe and/or Britain. Open-jaws and Seat Sale fares are permitted but earlier ticketing payment may apply; not applicable to one-way itineraries. Flights are non-refundable once paid in full. No name changes are permitted. Air is non-commissionable for published/price match airfare. Offer is combinable with brochure discounts (where applicable) but not combinable with other time-limited, Red Hot Deals, and show/coupon offers. Flights are subject to availability and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Other conditions may apply. Please quote PPIAIR2509.
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