Insight Vacation’s USA and Canada collection offers 15 outstanding escorted journeys with authentic experiences that bring you to the very heart of this amazing continent, all while ‘staying in style’ in their hand-picked luxury hotels.
Explore Monument Valley in an open-top vehicle with a Navajo guide, watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon as you stay INSIDE the National Park and enjoy a fisherman’s lobster feast on his boat in Shediac Bay – Insight Vacations’ slogan, “we show you the insights, not just the sights” is a true reflection of what you can expect on an Insight Vacations escorted journey.
Why Insight Vacations?
It is widely accepted that Insight Vacations are the global leader in premium escorted journeys and there are many reasons for this. One of my favourites is how they have mastered the art of travelling in style, yet offer immersive Insight Experiences, so you feel like you are genuinely experiencing the local culture. There are so many incredible Insight Experiences in the Insight Vacations USA and Canada collection, 35 to be precise, so that no matter which itinerary you choose, you are guaranteed to experience them.
Where you stay is a vital part of the Insight Vacations experience. From contemporary five-star hotels to Swiss-style lodges, Insight Vacations hand-picked hotels include Washington State’s grandest hotel, the Historic Davenport, as well as the National Park Lodges in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park Lodge.
Insight Vacations also manage to offer the perfect selection of dining options, from farm-to-table meals to fine dining. In fact they even offer a dine-at-home experience in some of their tours, where you can eat with local foodies in their own homes.
Like all Insight Vacations tours you will be treated to a ‘business class’ coach with extended leg room, free wifi and your expert tour director, who caters for your every whim. Excursions, most meals, hotel and restaurant tips, taxes and porterage are included in the cost of your tour. This is a huge bonus in America, where tips average 20%. For more information on the amazing service that Insight Vacations provide, click here.
There are so many incredible journeys in the Insight Vacations USA and Canada collection. I have chosen a few of my favourites to give you a flavour of what is available, but you can see all of Insight Vacations American and Canada collection here. You can also add on extra nights at the start or end of each tour, just speak to one of the expert staff or your local travel agent and they will arrange it for you.
Enchanting Canyonlands: 7 Days from €1976
This tour takes you from Scottsdale to Sedona and on to the Grand Canyon, where, in true Insight Vacations style, you spend the night inside the Grand Canyon National Park. Watch the sunset without the Las Vegas day trippers, enjoy a private dinner as you take in the views of the South Rim – a breathtaking Insight Experience for sure. This tour also includes visits to Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, where once again you will be staying inside the National Park. Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Antelope Canyon, all before you arrive in the city of lights – Las Vegas. What I love about this tour is that most of the spectacular sights are quite close together which makes for short journeys each day, leaving you plenty of time to explore.
New England’s Fall Foliage: 8 Days from €2318
Explore the Freedom Trail and Boston’s highlights when you stay in the heart of the city. Follow that with an overnight stay in Williamstown before you journey through the stunning fall foliage of Vermont. Visit the charming village of Woodstock before arriving in Stowe, where you will overnight in the real Von Trapp’s family Austrian-style lodge and enjoy a three-course Highlight Dinner.
Insight Vacations don’t leave all the best meals for dinner time! This tour brings you to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory where you can treat yourself to a ‘Boston Cream Pie’. You can also sample a ‘Sugar on Snow’ at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks – sure it would be rude not to! Enjoy a Gondola SkyRide at Loon Mountain Resort which offers superb views of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada and witness the famous crimson and orange hues of Kancamagus Scenic Byway, before travelling through the White Mountains to catch the views of Mount Washington. Your next stop is Maine where you will travel along the coast stopping in Portland for your last night, before returning to Boston for your flight home.
Great West American Adventure: 15 Days from €4333
From San Francisco to Las Vegas, this epic adventure will show you California’s spectacular coastline as well as its iconic cities. You will visit Sonoma where you can enjoy private wine-tasting and explore the original hippie district, Haight-Ashbury, before moving on to Yosemite National Park, where you will stay close to Yosemite Falls, inside the National Park.
From there you will drive to the Pacific Coast Highway and see the coastal towns of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Santa Barbara as well as visiting the magnificent Hearst Castle. Experience the glitz and glamour of LA with a local expert as you explore Hollywood and the beach town of Santa Monica.
You will then leave California to experience the incredible Mojave Desert as you drive to Scotsdale. Venture north to Sedona and onwards to the Grand Canyon, where once again, you will spend the night inside the National Park. Enjoy a ‘Highlight Dinner’ overlooking the South Rim, without the usual crowds. Drive through Monument Valley and explore the Navajo Tribal Park with your Navajo guide before arriving at Lake Powell for an over-night stay. You will discover more of America’s Canyonlands as you take a cruise through Antelope Canyon and explore Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park before driving to Las Vegas for your last night.
Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast: 14 days from €4433
With Aer Lingus now flying direct to Seattle from Dublin, there has never been a better time to explore the Canadian Rockies. This magical itinerary will bring you through magnificent Banff and Jasper National Parks as well as allowing plenty of time to explore the cities of Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. Take a river safari in Jasper National Park and try to spot some grizzly bears, cruise across Maligne Lake and drive along the majestic Icefields Parkway – one of the world’s most beautiful mountain drives. You can take the Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier before returning to the Rimrock Resort Hotel for two nights, a hotel inside Banff National Park, that offers spectacular views. You also have the option of taking a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies or ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
This amazing trip just gets better and better. You will then cross the border into Montana where you will stay inside the Glacier National Park. Travel through Logan Pass before arriving in Lake McDonald Lodge, a Swiss-style chalet with more incredible views. Travel to Lake Coeur d’Alene and visit an award-winning boutique winery in Washington State, before arriving in Seattle for your last two nights.
Insight Vacations’ USA and Canada collection offers 15 outstanding escorted journeys that brings you to into the very heart of America and Canada’s National Parks and it’s iconic cities. The small group sizes on spacious coaches, with high quality accommodation, authentic dining and experiences that are not available to the independent traveller, are just some of the reasons that Insight Vacations are the global leaders in premium escorted journeys. Now for the hard part – which tour to choose?
You can save 10% off selected Insight Vacations tours with their popular Early Payment Discount. This is available if you book and pay in full by 28 February 2019. For more details contact an Insight Expert on 1800 98 98 98 or visit your local Travel Agent.
This post was sponsored by Insight Vacations but all views, as always, are my own.