The scoop: What to know about Insight Vacations

Upscale hotels, comfortable coaches, immersive experiences, and culinary-forward offerings.

People on an Insight Vacations tour of a winery in Sonoma, California
(Photo: Insight Vacations)

Here at TourScoop, we want to help you make confident decisions about your tour vacations. Here’s our deep dive into everything you need to know if you’re considering booking a trip with Insight Vacations.

Insight Vacations aims to give tourgoers a hassle-free travel experience with business class–style perks. That means things like premium dining at top local restaurants as well as dine-around and dine-at-home experiences for true culinary immersion. Guests stay in handpicked four- and five-star hotels and travel in small groups on customized coaches with extra legroom and large windows for taking in the views.

GO GREAT: Our top picks for tour companies

Tours include enriching activities and excursions and the company’s “Make Travel Matter” experiences that create positive impact for both visitors and the people and places visited. Knowledgeable local experts add insight on the destinations, while skilled Travel Directors and coach drivers ensure quality experiences for guests. Insight Vacations is owned by The Travel Corporation (TTC), which also owns tour companies like Trafalgar Tours, Contiki, and Costsaver.

TourScoop takeaways

Insight Vacations tour guests at Sir Ludo Ardgowan Estate Scotland
(Photo: Insight Vacations)
  • Destinations: More than 100 itineraries across Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, North Africa, Asia, the U.S. and Canada, and Latin America
  • Tour Size Average: Insight Vacations’ classic tours average 33 travelers; small group tours include no more than 24 guests
  • Tour Type: Guided motorcoach tours

How to book

Insight Vacations tours can be booked via the company’s website, by calling 888-680-1241, or through your preferred travel advisor.

Credibility check

Insight Vacations has rating of 4.6/5 based on more than 40,000 reviews on Feefo.

Tour destinations

Guide teaching tour guests on an Insight Vacations tour Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
(Photo: Insight Vacations)

More than 100 itineraries take travelers to destinations in Europe, North Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Popular and highly rated tours include an 11-day Best of Italy excursion, a 10-day Wonders of the American West guided tour, an 11-day Best of Chile trip, and a nine-day Country Roads of Scotland tour.

Tour types

Insight Vacations offers several ways to travel. Discovery Journeys visit multiple countries or regions on one tour for a big-picture overview. Regional Journeys explore one country or region in greater depth, helping travelers make a deeper connection with a destination.

SOLO BUT NOT ALONE: Best tour companies for solo travelers

On Country Roads tours, guests get off the beaten path to explore a destination like a local. Easy Pace tours spend at least three nights in each location with more free time and days at leisure built into the itinerary. There are also new women-only tours, special interest tours, and private custom group tours.

Tour guides

The company’s Travel Directors take care of all logistics for hassle-free travel, and Insight Vacations offers 24/7 personal service from its on-the-road and support teams. Knowledgeable local experts join the group in certain areas to add their insight, stories, and experiences to the destinations visited.

What’s included

Insight Vacations tours include:

  • All hotel accommodations
  • All on-tour transportation
  • All applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • All meals as shown in the itinerary 
  • The services of a professional Insight Travel Director 
  • Luggage handling
  • All tips for services on trip by dining-room staff, chambermaids, and porters at hotels, airports, docks, and train stations

What’s not included

Flights to and from the start and end of the tour are not included in the itinerary price. Optional extra hotel nights and optional experiences that travelers can participate in during a tour are an additional expense.

GRATUITY GUIDE: How much should you tip on a guided tour?

Typical travelers

Insight Vacations guests Dining Bar Harbor Maine
(Photo: Insight Vacations)

Insight Vacations travelers are typically around 60 years old and mostly travel as couples. New women’s only itineraries for 2025 will allow like-minded female guests to travel together. Children ages five years and older can travel on the company’s guided vacations, and all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for their supervision and welfare.

Communication

Once booked on an Insight Vacations tour, guests can log into their MyInsight account, where they’ll find itinerary and hotel information about two weeks ahead of their departure. Their Travel Director will also get in touch over email and may share their WhatsApp or phone number for guests to get in touch during the tour.

Loyalty program

Insight Vacations is part of the Global Tour Rewards program along with sister brands Trafalgar, Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Luxury Gold, and Costsaver. Past guests receive 5% off future tours and priority access to new trips and offers.

Sustainability efforts

As one of the brands under The Travel Corporation (TTC) umbrella, Insight Vacations takes part in TTC’s five-year sustainability strategy How We Tread Right launched in 2020. Eleven goals are at the heart of the strategy, including reaching net zero GHG emissions by 2050, sourcing 50% of electricity from sustainable sources by 2025, and reducing food waste by 50% by 2025.

Part of the strategy also includes launching new and modifying old itineraries to include responsible travel experiences known as “Make Travel Matter” Experiences, which address issues related to climate change, sustainable food production, waste reduction, diversity and inclusion, cultural preservation, and wildlife protection. For Insight Vacations travelers, that could include learning about how Plitvice National Park carries out research to monitor species’ natural habitats on the Country Roads of Croatia tour or visiting the nonprofit American Fondouk and speaking with the volunteer veterinarians on the Best of Morocco trip.

Health and safety practices

Insights Vacations’ FAQs page includes information about health and medical needs for tourgoers. Its Worldwide Travel Updates page monitors global events, and the company offers a travel protection plan for guests.

More from TourScoop:

Beth Luberecki writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics. Her work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, USA TODAY, FamilyVacationist.com, and The Indianapolis Star. The Florida-based writer shares her travels on her website bethluberecki.com and on Instagram at @bethluberecki and @findingfloridafun.