luxury goldA collection of 32 of the most extravagant tours in Insight Vacations’ history have been compiled into the company’s freshly released ‘Luxury Gold’ program. It features nine new all-inclusive premium escorted trips.

Speaking with travelBulletin, ceo John Boulding described Luxury Gold as a “nuance” of its Insight Gold Luxury offering, emphasising it was not established to compete with enhanced programs of rivals, but to cater for increasing demand for upmarket product – led by the Australian market.

The program is based on four key ingredients – top-shelf hotels, unique dining, exclusive VIP experiences and unrivalled service. Boulding said the “very best” grand hotels, boutiques and resorts were selected in Luxury Gold, such as the 5-star Milestone Hotel, rated the highest in the UK in TripAdvisor’s most recent Travellers Choice Awards.

In Europe there are 10 Luxury Gold itineraries, including the 12-day Ultimate Italy; eight-day Luxurious London and Paris; and 13-day Spain & Portugal in Style.

In Paris, guests stay at Napoleon Hotel and in Versailles, the Trianon Palace, Waldorf Astoria, within the grounds of the Chateau of Versailles is featured.

Dining options include Michelin star and epicurean venues, small bistros, grand restaurants or dine-around experiences that “really evoke the character of the place being visited”, according to Boulding.

Every trip offers unique VIP experiences that cannot be done independently, according to Boulding, such as private visits of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City or the Vasari Corridor in Florence which spans the Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery. There are also small group tours of bistros, chocolatrias and cheesemakers to sample local foods.

The Luxury Gold collection also features itineraries in the USA and Canada, South America, and India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

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