The Eastern Discovery - Classic Group, 2021

11/27/2020 through 09/30/2021
11/27/2020 through 10/16/2021
Insight Vacations

The Eastern Discovery – Classic Group, 2021
This multi-layered journey takes you from Plitvice Lakes in Croatia to the mighty Parthenon in Athens and on to the shimmering Greek isles with a stopover in Corfu.


Authentic Dining

  • Zagreb: Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening with wine.
  • Dubrovnik: Enjoy a traditional Dalmatian Coast meal at a local restaurant, accompanied with wine and grappa.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfast (B), 1 Dinner (D), 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Plitvice: Join a guided tour in the Plitvice Lakes National Park as you walk along forest paths and the crystal blue-green waters. Alternatively, take time to learn about local traditions and folklore at a local community centre.

Insight Experiences

  • Heraklion: While in Crete, enjoy your guided visit to the Palace of Minos at Knossos.

Make Travel Matter

  • Plitvice National Park: Choose between two Make Travel Matter Experiences. Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park and learn how the site actively carries out research to monitor the natural habitat of species, or alternatively meet the industrious women of the Tara Community Centre, who produce handicrafts, enabling employment and engagement in the community.Plitvice National Park advances SDG 14: Life Below Water. The heritage site actively carries out studies to monitor and protect the natural habitat. It educates its visitors on the marine environment and best practices for a low-impact experience. Plitvice National Park also advances SDG 15: Life On Land. The heritage site participates in habitat restoration and is constantly working to protect the parks natural ecosystems and animal population. It also advances SDG 11: Sustainable cities & Communities. The staff educate their visitors about local traditions and share their personal story of the village with great passion from personal knowledge and experience.The Tara Centre advances SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. Through it’s income the Tara Centre has built a small community centre that is used by the Tara Citizens’ Association, a collective of mostly older women, many of whom were refugees. There the women produce handicrafts which have giving them a much-needed financial and psychological boost.

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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 Lotršcak Tower.
  • Trogir: See the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • 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: As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik.
  • Kotor: Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.
  • Budva: Explore the medieval old town of Budva, home to religious sites such as the 9th century Church of Santa Maria in Punta.
  • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it’s like to live in the Albanian capital.
  • Corfu: Return to the mainland by cruise and continue your journey through Greece.
  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • 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.
  • Ephesus: Discover one of the world’s finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.


Included Insight Services

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb
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Day 2 Zagreb’s Twin Towns
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Day 3 The Crystal Lakes of Plitvice
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Day 4 Plitvice Lakes, Ancient Trogir and Split
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Day 5 Diocletian’s Palace
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Day 6 Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic
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Day 7 Mediterranean Montenegro
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Day 8 Scenic Drive to Tirana
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Day 9 Across to Corfu
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Day 10 Relax in Corfu
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Day 11 Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World
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Day 12 Delphi sightseeing and on to Athens
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Day 13 The Glory of Athens
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Day 14 Depart Athens
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