Insight Vacations’ new line of luxury travel is the fulfillment of a dream: Luxury Gold brings together the heritage of 100 years and four generations in hospitality to craft the perfect collection of escorted journeys, redefining the luxury travel market.
Luxury Gold integrates sophisticated luxury hotels, European Michelin dining, exclusive VIP experiences and concierge service to deliver the ultimate in escorted journeys across Europe, North & South America, India and Egypt.
Luxury travel is a cornerstone of The Travel Corporation, the privately held parent company of Insight Vacations and highly-esteemed sister brands Red Carnation Hotels and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. The Tollman Family traces their roots in The Travel Corporation back over one hundred years to a collection of premier hotels in South Africa, which they later expanded to the UK and Europe, growing into the prominent Red Carnation portfolio.
Distinguished hoteliers by trade, the family purchased Uniworld a decade ago with the intent to integrate the signature style of their hotels into a fleet of river ships. In short, they succeeded – Uniworld boasts the most unique vessels on the international river cruise scene today; essentially floating Red Carnation Hotels.
This tradition of excellence now extends to the escorted touring field with Luxury Gold, a collaborative effort which over the last four years has been refined and enhanced to become the industry-leading product available it is today. Luxury Gold is truly the culmination of a lifetime of crafting immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences for the discerning traveler.
Remarkable luxury hotels are abundant throughout the Luxury Gold collection; i.e., Red Carnation’s Milestone Hotel in London serves as a home away from home for Luxury Gold guests and epitomizes the partnership among the brands. Throughout Europe, guests can stay at multiple chateaux and historic properties from Insight’s impressive luxury collection, the very finest available.
Authentic dining experiences offers guests inclusive yet flexible opportunities to indulge in the local flavors. Instead of being restricted to the hotel’s dining options, guests frequently venture into local neighborhoods to taste the regional specialties from family restaurants, wineries, and even local homes. In France’s Loire Valley, a local family opens their chateau estate so guests can enjoy an authentic meal complete with wine created from grapes harvested from right in their own vineyards.
2016 also marks the beginning of Luxury Gold’s partnership with many Michelin-star restaurants, featuring at least one on each European itinerary, offering guests a taste of the latest culinary innovations. In Normandy, Chef Mathieu Le Guillois serves up classic French dishes paired with robust red wines at his restaurant, Le Dauphin. The meticulously crafted dishes of renowned Basque Chef David Garcia come alive at his Madrid restaurant, Albora, where he integrates traditional and modern Iberian cuisine.
In between savoring the delicacies of Europe, guests go beyond the lines and behind the scenes at some of the Continent’s most iconic landmarks. From fast-track entry to the Eiffel Tower and Coliseum to VIP early access to the Sistine Chapel and Vasari Corridor, guests will skip the lines and see the sights like never before.
Beyond the standard sightseeing, a variety of immersive VIP experiences are included. A visit to the Tower of London starts after it closes to the public and culminates with a viewing of the Ceremony of the Keys – a tradition dating back 700 years. In Barcelona, guests enjoy a private tour of the famed Liceu Opera House and a special reception at their members-only club, Circulo del Liceo, which boasts the largest private art gallery in Northern Spain.
The common thread that ties each of the 30 Luxury Gold journeys together is exceptional service. Expert Traveling Concierges weave all the experiences together and play many roles. At once a welcoming host, personal guide, local insider, and traveling companion, they have the uncompromising attention to detail, expertise, and passion for providing unforgettable experiences that define Luxury Gold as confidently in a class of its own.