15:08 Monday 06 January 2014

Is going it alone the best way to see Europe?

Written byCAROLINE KAY

Paris by night Paris by night

TRAVELLING independently can be fun, but it is also hard work.

You have to sort out your route, select and book your hotels, pick the sights you want to see, find out how to get there and check hundreds of timetables and opening hours.

You also must cope with different languages, currencies, local driving laws and border formalities and carry your own bags. You will often spend more time organising your holiday and dealing with hassles than enjoying it!

Travelling solo may mean you’ll never know what you missed. You’ll see each destination just as a tourist, knowing only what the guide book tells you, and you’ll stand in line at every attraction.

However, with Insight Vacations your expert tour director and guides will show you each destination through the eyes of a local, and take you straight to the front with priority entrances and access.

There are also other factors to consider. While independent travel may seem cheap initially, the extra costs you’ll incur along the way will inevitably make your vacation much more expensive.

When you add hotels, tips, car rental and insurance, petrol, parking, rail tickets, taxis, all your meals and drinks, sightseeing, entertainment and entrances the overall cost will have escalated dramatically.

When you take an Insight Vacations tour, everything featured on your itinerary is included.

To appreciate the true value of this, simply take the cost of a tour and divide by the number of day you are travelling for. Insight Vacations may often work out to be less per day than just one night’s comparable accommodation booked by yourself.

Furthermore, if anything goes wrong while travelling independently you are literally on your own in a foreign land without real assistance.

With Insight Vacations you will be travelling with a tour director fully supported by a company on which you can depend and trust.

For further information, or to receive a brochure, call 0800 206 1468 or visit the website www.insightvacations.com/uk

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