1) PROVENCE, FRANCE
Whilst the Eiffel Tower has triumphed in Paris, and tourists flock to France’s wine region Bordeaux in southwestern France – many overlook the boutique village feel that Provence provides. From shopping at the local markets for fresh produce, pastries and flowers, to its striking hilltop town and drinking the local drop – rosé of course! – there is so much for travellers to discover in this beautiful French village. Insight Vacations guests can even partake in a traditional ball game that fosters a sense of community, pétanque! Travellers can experience this on the Country Roads of France itinerary get to try the activity out for themselves with a Local Expert in a Provencal village near Pont du Gard.
2) WARSAW, POLAND
This picturesque city is full of life and depth following the devastation of the Second World War. The city has experienced a re-birth and impresses travellers with its resilience, style and respect for history. See the Old Town, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park before paying your respects at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes when travelling on the Highlights of Eastern Europe itinerary.
3) WALES, DEVON AND CORNWALL, ENGLAND
London isn’t the only quintessential British city, head to the southwest of England to discover its the charm of Wales, Devon and Cornwall. From the extensive countryside and rolling hills, travellers can also explore the elegant grandeur of some of the most exquisite stately homes of the region. Exclusive to Insight Vacations, guests can enjoy afternoon tea with the Lady of the Manor, Caroline Huyshe at her ancestral home in Devonshire on the 11-day Country Roads of Wales, Devon and Cornwall. The quintessentially British ritual of taking afternoon tea dates back to the early 1840s!
4) SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
While many head to Vienna for essential Austrian highlights, there are many experiences in the fairy-tale city of Salzburg just waiting to be discovered by travellers. Named as Lonely Planet’s Number 1 city to visit in 2020, the city is also celebrating 100 years of the Salzburg Festival and is no doubt pulling out all the stops. Experience the festival and the magical city on Insight Vacations Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria. If it’s good enough for Mozart!
5) KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
With all the over-tourism occurring in Croatian city Dubrovnik, why not travel two hours south by car and you’ll find yourself in the spectacular bay that is Kotor, Montenegro, neighbour to Croatia. With its sandstone buildings and orange roofs, mountains, museums and churches – this historic town is dramatic and delightful for every traveller. Experience Kotor and its cobblestones on Insight Vacations Treasures of the Balkans itinerary.