The Eastern Discovery (summer 2019)


Countries and places

Albania, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia

Tour Code




16 days


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This multi-layered journey takes you from the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna to the mighty Parthenon in Athens and on to the shimmering Greek isles with a stopover in Corfu.

Authentic Dining

    • Dubrovnik: Inside the mighty defensive walls of the Old Town, you will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Athens: Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.
    • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

    • Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.
    • Split: The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian′s Palace.

Top Rated Highlights

    • Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schonbrunn Palace indulge your senses! Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
    • Vienna: Tour the Ring Road passing the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Austrian Parliament Building, Opera House and Karlskirche.
    • Maribor: Led by your Travel Director, explore this charming city, the second largest in Slovenia. Take a moment to appreciate the blend of old and new architecture.
    • Zagreb: Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral.
    • Zagreb: Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrscak Tower.
    • Plitvice Lakes: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert. Visit Korana Canyon to see the falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.
    • Trogir: See the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace during an orientation with your Travel Director.
    • Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian′s palace - now in the heart of modern-day Split. See Diocletian's Mausoleum, now St. Duje's and the Temple of Jupiter, now a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate.
    • Split: Sightseeing with your Local Expert continues through the old town. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to reach Narodni Trg, the centre of Old Split. Continue to Trg Brace Radic, translated as the Square of the Radic brothers, but better known to the locals as Vocni Trg, or the Fruit Square.
    • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the old town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
    • Kotor: Visit the old town situated on a beautiful bay and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Tirana: Enjoy guided sightseeing with your Local Expert.
    • Corfu: Escape to this idyllic island by cruise, enjoying leisure time on the beach or insightful exploration.
    • Corfu: Return to the mainland by cruise and continue your journey through Greece.
    • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples.
    • Delphi: Guided by your Local Expert pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious oracle.
    • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
    • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honour of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
    • Scenic Drives: Relax and take in the passing scenery of Styria, Drava River, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Montenegro and Albania.

What's Included

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • About Insight Vacations

    Go on an Insight Vacations tour and rediscover the golden age of travel. It is the finest most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Europe, North America and India. Insight Vacations will provide you with holidays and experiences of a lifetime. Insight aims to exceed your expectations.

    Insight Vacations is a division of the family-owned The Travel Corporation, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. In 1978, its first year, the company had a handful of staff in London and carried just 5700 passengers. Today, Insight has a team of professionals throughout the world, plays host to over 100,000 guests per year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK. Insight has achieved many important Tour Operator 'Firsts' over the years including, in 1983, being the first scheduled tour operator to win 'the Queen's Award for Export Achievement' from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. 'The Art of Touring in Style' lies at the very heart of Insight philosophy. Their carefully chosen unique features and impeccable service standards enable them to deliver exceptional quality, unequalled value, unforgettable memories and personal freedom at levels currently unrivalled elsewhere in the industry. You will travel with companions from all over the English speaking world - England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, US, Canada, Singapore and more. Relax and capture the spirit of Europe, North America and India while they take care of every detail. From Great Britain to the European continent, from Turkey to the wonders of Israel and Egypt and the breathtaking National Parks and exciting cities of America & Canada, you are invited to experience the Insight difference and travel in style and comfort.

    Airport Transfers

    On most tours Insight Vacations will meet you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to your Insight Hotel. (Please check your relevant tour page in the brochure).
    Therefore, it is very important that Global Travel Directors provides Insight with all your arrival and departure flight details. If Insight are not informed, no refund will be given for the cost of your taxi to the hotel. Please check all your arrival and departure transfer vouchers prior to departure from home to ensure the correct flight details are shown. If you are uncertain, please check with Global Travel Directors.

    Terms & Conditions

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    Tour Type

    Coach Tours


    • Do you have a Frequent Traveller Program?
    • Yes, you can join our Club Bon Voyage at the end of your tour by filling out the feedback questionnaire. Membership is free and as a Club Bon Voyage member you'll have access to great promotional benefits and you are automatically entitled to a 5% discount on your next tour. You are also entitled to a 5% past passenger discount if you have travelled with one of our sister companies, AAT Kings, Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays or Uniworld!

    • Do you have a share program for singles?
    • If you wish to share with another tour member you can advise Insight Vacations at the time of booking. Insight believes that traveling solo doesn't have to cost you more. We will try to match you with someone of the same sex in order to avoid having to pay the single supplement. If we are not able to provide a suitable roommate, we will provide a single room at no extra cost.

    • How do I obtain a visa for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Bhutan?
    • Insight Vacations new program to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka & the Kingdom of Bhutan require many nationalities to obtain visas. Due to the changing nature of the visa requirements we recommend you visit Visalink for the most up to date and correct information. Contact Visalink Customer Service on 1300 882 977 with any additional queries.

    • How many people will be on tour with me?
    • With only 40 guests on our premium tours instead of the standard 53, Insight clients enjoy a more personalised service. In a smaller group, you'll be closer to your local guide for a more in-depth experience, you'll spend less time waiting to get into sights and it will be faster checking into hotels with your luggage arriving quicker to your room. Insight groups are smaller, more intimate and more friendly.

    • I want to see all the main sights, but will I have time to explore on my own?
    • At Insight, planning the perfect tour is our specialty. Not only do we include the 'must see' sights, we carefully balance our itineraries to give you plenty of free time to relax and immerse yourself in the location.

    • What are Insight Tour Directors like?
    • Time and time again, our guests tell us that it was their Tour Director who really made their trip. Our Tour Directors are amongst the finest in the business and will help steer you through the labyrinth of Europe's cultures, languages and diversities and bring its magic to life before your eyes. Meet our Tour Director of the month.

    • What are Insight's Luggage requirements?
    • Baggage handling for one suitcase is included in the tour price at arrival and departure from each hotel. Due to limited coach capacity, this single bag should have a weight not exceeding 30kgs (66lbs) and dimensions not exceeding 77.5cm (30.5in) x 56cm (22in) x 32cm (12.5in).

      Charges will be levied in the event these limits are exceeded and our promise to transport you or your luggage as indicated may be invalidated. Airlines may restrict checked luggage allowance by weight – e.g. a max of 50lbs/23kgs per person.

      Constant handling will invariably leave marks on your baggage, especially a soft sided case. A hard shell will provide better protection for your possessions. Detachable wheels on cases should be removed before checking in your baggage. Locks should be sturdy and straps should be tied around the case if you have doubts about the fastenings. Loss or damage to baggage is at your own risk so please protect yourself with proper insurance.

      Since porterage on the coach portion of your tour is calculated per piece, we cannot accept two small suitcases in place of one. Extra baggage may be carried at an additional cost if space is available. However, you must check with our London Reception no earlier than three days before departure by phoning +44 (0) 20 7828 4388 or email Some hotels do have storage facilities, for which there may be a charge, but please note storage is not available at Insight's Reception Centre.

      Airlines may also restrict carry-on luggage, and due to airport security checks, you may be advised to pack certain items into your check-in luggage. Please consult your airline.

    • What are Insight's Hand Luggage requirements?
    • While on tour you are allowed one carry-on bag which should not exceed the dimensions of 30cm x 28cm x 14cm (12"x11"x6"). For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motor coaches and mini-buses. Airlines may also restrict carry-on luggage, and due to airport security checks, you may be advised to pack certain items into your check-in luggage. Please consult your airline.

    • What does the tour cost include?
    • The prices listed in our brochure and website cover all hotel accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Insight Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling. All tips have been included for services on tour by dining-room staff, chambermaids and porters at hotels, airports, docks and train stations.

    • What is an 'Optional Activity'?
    • These are activities that we do not automatically include but are offered at the start of your tour designed to enhance your travel experience. Your Tour Director will have a list of available options and the appropriate costs. They are carefully programmed to coincide with the best highlights available at the time of your visit. It could be a seafood lunch in Venice, a concert in Vienna or a Grand Canyon Helicopter ride. A detailed list and costs can be found in your tour documentation or on our website.

    • What is FastTrack? - Registering with FastTrack?
    • Insight's FastTrack registration is our online check-in facility that provides us with advance security information which may be required by hotels and border crossings as well as giving us important insights into your interests and preferences. The information will allow your Tour Director to better prepare for your individual needs in order for us to make your holiday experience even more enjoyable. FastTrack is available to our clients after they have paid their deposit and have been issued a booking reference number. It's quick and easy and takes only 10 minutes to complete.

    • What is Gold Seal Protection?
    • Gold Seal Protection gives you total peace of mind for only $99 per person. This will cover you (in most cases) if you cancel your tour prior to departure, or if you or a member of your direct family falls sick while on tour and you need to change your flights home. Conditions apply. Please see the brochure or your Travel Agent for full information.

    • What is the difference between "visit", "view" and "see" in the itineraries?
    • Here is a glossary of some common terms used in our itineraries:

      Visit - Your coach will stop and you'll get to visit a specific site. View - A brief stop and an opportunity to take photos. See - Your Insight coach will drive by the site so that you can see it. Sightseeing tour - A local city guide will accompany you on a tour of a city or site. Orientation tour - Places of interest are pointed out, allowing you to go and explore them on your own. 'Why not see' or 'perhaps enjoy' - These phrases refer to optional excursions not included in the tour package, but are available for an additional fee. Time to explore and discover - Free time on your own. A day to relax - No planned activities; time for optional excursions or other independent activities.

    • When will I receive my documents?
    • Documents will normally be mailed 21 days prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

    • Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?
    • Insight hotels are consistently first class standard and higher or in a style appropriate to the destination. They have been selected because they are good private or small collection hotels or from well-known chains such as Marriott, Renaissance and Hilton. Insight also chooses hotels based on their location. We know you'll prefer to stay centrally, convenient to the main historic, shopping or entertainment districts; or scenically in areas of natural beauty.

    • Who else travels with Insight Vacations?
    • Insight Vacations plays host to over 100,000 guests every year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK . The company has also appointed specialist agents in Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China. It is therefore quite typical to find many different nationalities on any one tour and discover people from halfway across the world who you only met yesterday will fast become friends.

    • Why should I choose a premium Insight Vacations tour?
    • Insight is completely unique. Simply, we are the only tour operator to give you more legroom on every tour at no extra cost: you'll consistently stay in quality hotels in desirable locations; you'll enjoy more included sightseeing; and because you'll travel in smaller groups, you'll receive better personal service from your experienced Tour Director and Tour Driver.

    • Will I need a visa?
    • You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your tour. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult your travel agent, and local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting, well in advance to determine which visas you require and how to obtain them.

    • Will the coach be modern and comfortable?
    • Yet another exclusive feature of an Insight premium tour is the incredible space and comfort you'll enjoy when travelling. Our luxury coaches have been specially reconfigured with fewer seats, you'll relax in style whilst enjoying up to twice as much legroom then on a standard touring coach - on EVERY departure with NO EXTRA SURCHARGE to pay.


    Day 1 - Welcome To Vienna.

    Leave Vienna airport for your hotel with transfers provided at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:00. Vienna is famous for its delicious coffee and pastries so why not stroll to a local cafe after checking in? At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    Day 2 - Stately Vienna And The Habsburgs.

    Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa′s Schonbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital′s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche.(Breakfast)

    Day 3 - Zagreb′s Twin Towns.

    Head through Styria′s forested mountains, past Graz and over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Follow the Drava River through Croatia before heading for its capital, Zagreb, to explore with your Local Expert. Donji Grad, the Lower Town, is devoted to business, art and spacious parks, where streets are wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. Board the city`s funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. It`s a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark`s Church and the Lotrscak Tower.(Breakfast)

    Day 4 - The Crystal Lakes Of Plitvice.

    Take this morning to relax and enjoy your hotel`s facilities. In the afternoon depart for your boutique hotel, perfectly located to explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, this is Croatia′s first and largest national park. While the park is predominately forests and grasslands, a true highlight is the interconnected lakes that cascade from one to another.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 5 - Plitvice Lakes, Ancient Trogir And Split.

    With a Local Expert, explore the Plitvice Lakes, a scenic wonderland of 16 lakes flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. See Veliki Slap, the highest waterfall in the park and Tomicevo Pogledalo for views over the park. Travel along the coast and visit Trogir, which was founded by the Greeks more than 2300 years ago. and is renowned for its beautiful cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace. Continue to the historic port of Split.(Breakfast)

    Day 6 - Diocletian′s Palace.

    Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares. See St. Duje`s, which was originally Diocletian`s Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Venture into the basement rooms, thought to have housed the Emperor`s slaves. Travel alongside sparkling deep blue seas and the rocky islands of the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. For dinner, choose from a selection of hand-picked, local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 7 - Dubrovnik, Pearl Of The Adriatic.

    The walled town of Dubrovnik, was once described as `paradise on earth,` according to George Bernard Shaw. Join a walking exploration of the city, guided by a Local Expert. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the Old Town. Walk past Onofrio`s Fountain, see the Old Jewish Quarter and the synagogue, and marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The remainder of your stay is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps soak up the sun by your hotel`s pool, relax at a cafe or embark on an optional cruise?(Breakfast)

    Day 8 - Scenic Drive To Kotor And Tirana.

    Just over the border, visit the old town of Kotor. Admire the bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its still azure waters lapping at the edge of the medieval towns, dotted between the surrounding mountains. Then travel through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro and Albania and continue to the fascinating capital of Tirana. Led by your Local Expert, explore this warmhearted and colourful city, and see the diverse relics that remain from its Ottoman, Italian and communist past.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 9 - Across To Corfu.

    Journey across Albania to Greece where you set sail for the cobalt-blue waters of Corfu. Renowned since Odysseus for its untamed beauty and strategic position in the Mediterranean, Corfu remains an island where it is easy to relax with its pristine beaches, lapped by cobalt blue waters.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 10 - Relax In Corfu.

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Corfu. Perhaps explore the Old Town and admire the interesting mix of architectural styles, from Roman and Venetian to French and British, each resembling an era of the island′s interesting past before it was united with Greece. Alternatively, you may want to lay-back and unwind at one of the incredible beaches nearby, or board a cruise for stunning views around the island?(Breakfast)

    Day 11 - Delphi, Centre Of The Ancient World.

    Set off from your island paradise for Delphi, a spectacular cliff-side amphitheatre and worthy of its status as the centre of the ancient world. History and mythology run deep here, with finds of ritual artefacts that date back to 4,000 B.C and remains of a Mycenaean settlement. It is said that Delphi is the location where two eagles crossed paths, after they were released by Zeus from opposite end of the universe to find ′the navel of the world.′(Breakfast)

    Day 12 - Delphi Sightseeing And On To Athens.

    Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You`ll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ′words,` rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels then continue to the ancient city of Athens, the modern capital of Greece. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 13 - The Glory Of Athens.

    Join a Local Expert for a morning of city sightseeing. Enjoy the glory of ancient Greece from the Acropolis with the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. You will also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. This afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace.(Breakfast)

    Day 14 - Depart Athens.

    Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport.(Breakfast)


    All Prices are in Australian Dollars

    Brochure Price Our
    Single Price Twin Price
    11 Aug 2019 24 Aug 2019 AUD $7200 AUD $5650 AUD $4661
    25 Aug 2019 07 Sep 2019   AUD $7175 AUD $5575 AUD $4599
    08 Sep 2019 21 Sep 2019   AUD $7180 AUD $5550 AUD $4578
    22 Sep 2019 05 Oct 2019 AUD $7180 AUD $5550 AUD $4578
    06 Oct 2019 19 Oct 2019   AUD $6845 AUD $5325 AUD $4393


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