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Exhilarating road trips and exotic wildlife experiences; discover the best North and Central America tours by road, rail or on a small group tour

With each part handpicked to help you get the most out of the experience, a tour is the easiest and most sociable way to get to know North and Central America for first-time visitors and returnees alike. The choice is yours as to whether you want to join a small group led by local guides, or independently on a self-drive itinerary or rail journey. From the open roads of California, to the wild rainforests of Costa Rica, you’ll embark on an unforgettable adventure as you explore famous cities, sites and incredible scenery with a group of like-minded travellers who share the same interests. For nature-lovers, there’s nowhere quite like Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world; and with North America being the land of self-drives those with a desire to hit the open road can witness the beauty of historic Route 66, New England in the autumn, and the Canadian Rockies, plus much more.

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Best of Eastern Canada and USA with Insight Vacations

Uncover the best of Eastern Canada and USA as you explore these diverse countries in a style and manner that suits you. From delicious regional delicacies in Montpelier, where you'll try Vermont's tra...

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Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast with Insight Vacations

Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest. This fabulous journey is as re...

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Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes with Insight Vacations

A mix of colourful harbours and sweeping coastlines, this nautical trip allows you to recharge by the sea as you take in some of Canada's iconic maritime history. From learning about the tradition of ...

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Rail & Sail: BC Explorer rail journey

This 12-night itinerary takes you around British Columbia and over into Alberta’s famous mountain parks of Banff and Jasper by train, sightseeing road transfer, ferry and plane.

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First Passage to the West rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer

The First Passage to the West route features two enthralling full days on board the Rocky Mountaineer to Lake Louise or onward to Banff, with an overnight stop in Kamloops.

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Rainforest to Gold Rush rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer's Rainforest to Gold Rush route features two full days on board as you travel from Vancouver to Jasper, with overnight stops in the mountain resort of Whistler and the small riversid...

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Mountain Express self-drive

This Western Canada self-drive is short but sweet. Set off from Calgary, head up into the Rocky Mountains and explore two of Canada’s most famous national parks – Banff and Jasper. Spend a night in Su...

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Rockies Rail Adventure rail journey

See the best of the Rocky Mountains on this seven night journey from Calgary to Vancouver, travelling on sections of VIA Rail’s epic The Canadian route.

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Unlimited Adventures self-drive

An adventure packed self-drive encompassing the mesmerising scenery and famous highlights of the Rocky Mountains with a chance to stay in world class resorts and the principle cities of Calgary, Vanco...

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Trans Canada by rail

This epic cross-country journey takes you through the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia as you make your way from Toronto to Vancouver.

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Majesty of the Rockies with Luxury Gold

This is a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in luxurious comfort to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada. Savour delicious local cuisine in t...

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Mountain Parks Discovery self-drive

Perfect if you want to explore the mountains in more depth, this self-drive takes you into the Kootenay Rockies. Cross mountain passes, explore lesser-visited national parks and relax in hot spring to...

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Capital Experience by Rail

Tour Eastern Canada’s cities on this nine-night itinerary starting in Toronto. Travel by Canada’s efficient VIA Rail on The Corridor route to Ottawa, Québec City and Montréal back to Toronto with incl...

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Great Parks of the East self-drive

Eastern Canada is home to some spectacular national, provincial and regional parks as well as some of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities.

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Heritage Trail self-drive

This round-trip journey from Toronto takes in the highlights of the eastern provinces of Ontario and Québec including multi-cultural cities and natural wonders.

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Indulgence in Eastern Canada with Luxury Gold

This is a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Rich in European architecture and striking natural phenomena, you've made it to eastern Canada. A mix of English and French cultures, indulge in all the elegance this romantic journey has to offer. Fr...

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Aurora Klondike Experience

This winter adventure takes you into Canada's north-western Yukon territory. Search for the Northern Lights and discovery the region's gold rush past on a handful of included experiences. There'll be ...

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Family Explorer in Ontario Self-Drive

Tick off Toronto’s sights, sail into a Niagara Falls shower and spend time with the family among moose and bears at three staggeringly beautiful stops. This itinerary is just under two weeks long and ...

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Churchill Polar Bear Experience

A visit to the shore of the vast Hudson Bay to spot polar bears is the trip of a lifetime. You’ll start with a couple of nights in Toronto before travelling to Winnipeg, Manitoba which sits right at t...

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Lazy Bear Lodge ultimate Arctic summer adventure

Spend long summer days in Churchill experiencing the very best wildlife-watching and cultural activities on this 6-night northern Manitoba adventure. Sample the local life with a stay at the charmingl...

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Mountain Rails rail journey

This seven-night rail and road journey takes you on one of the most iconic routes through the Rocky Mountains and landscapes of Western Canada.

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Whales, Bears & Vancouver Island Self-Drive

This suggested self-drive itinerary offers lively urban centres, remote wilderness and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.

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Family Adventure in British Columbia Self-Drive

We’ve crafted this self-drive with thrill-seeking families in mind, but it’s a great option for grown-ups too. Experience the best of British Columbia’s great outdoors and see the incredible wildlife ...

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Eastern Rail Experience

A charming journey from the Maritime province of Nova Scotia to eastern Canada’s most famous cities – Québec City, Montréal and Toronto.

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Maritime magic treasures self-drive

Discover the best of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, passing picturesque fishing villages and following rugged coastal landscapes.

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Maritime Provinces Self-Drive

Go off the beaten track on this tour of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (PEI) and their under-the-radar national parks, stunning coasts and quaint towns.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Explorer Self-Drive

If you want to get off Canada’s well-trodden path, this is where to go. Spend two weeks on the very eastern edge of the country and find vibrant cities, remote and weather-beaten fishing villages, mig...

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New England's Fall Foliage with Insight Vacations

Embark on a colourful autumnal journey through this picturesque corner of the USA and experience an Indian Summer in all its glory. Think glorious orange and red hues set against lush forests and tran...

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Historic Route 66 self-drive

Step back in time to the golden age of road travel on one of the world’s famous highways, Route 66. Your epic 2000-mile journey will be full of kitsch and quirky Americana.

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East Coast Highlights by Rail

Discover enchanting history in Washington D.C. and Boston, awe-inspiring New York and the underrated but equally special Philadelphia. On this Eastern Seaboard itinerary you’ll travel by Amtrak trains...

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America's Magnificent National Parks with Insight Vacations

Prepare for an epic adventure through remarkable scenery and prominent landmarks as you make your way through America's Magnificent National Parks. This sprightly tour combines 'Enchanting Canyonlands...

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Great Western American Adventure with Insight Vacations

From glorious cities to wine country, dramatic canyons and coastal towns, this 15 day trip allows you to see the highlights of America's West in a concise but enriching manner. Along the way you'll di...

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Western Impressions self-drive

Explore the heart of the southwest on this self-drive itinerary which takes in the cities, canyons, mountains and deserts of California, Arizona and Nevada.

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So-Cal & Arizona Desert Drive self-drive

Southern California and the cities of Arizona combine to make an incredible desert adveture. Travel from sun-kissed San Diego through to Palm Springs, an oasis in the Coachella Valley. You'll then cro...

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Taste the West self-drive

This luxe self-drive ticks off California’s headline highlights including its trio of coastal cities, the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway and its mountain and desert parks.

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Rocky Mountain Trail self-drive

This unforgettable journey takes you through the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. It showcases some of the most epic landscapes in the United States from geothermic feature...

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The Seven-state Rocky Mountain Self-Drive

Our most epic US self-drive covers seven states in two weeks and takes you from Denver to Rocky Mountain parks and into the Dakotas. This is one for seasoned road trippers.

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Music Roots of the Deep South Self-Drive

Discover the rich colonial heritage, musical roots and vibrant entertainment of the USA’s Deep South on this superb 12-night self-drive.

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Georgia & The Carolinas Self-Drive

A genteel Deep South welcome awaits on this tri-state road trip. There’s a full-on start with an energetic adventure in ever-growing Atlanta, but the pace slows as you head for North Carolina’s Blue R...

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Southern Grace with Insight Vacations

This is a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Step into the heartland of soul music, as you travel from Nashville through Memphis on to New Orleans. Take your reserved seat at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and enjoy a private, afte...

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The Sumptuous Soul of America with Luxury Gold

This is a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Join us for a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. You'll start in Chicago, a great food city also known for its jazz and blues, before he...

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Best of California with Insight Vacations

California here we come. From the unique mix of modernity and bohemian influence in San Francisco, the rugged beauty of Yosemite, the idyllic charms of Monterey and Santa Barbara, to the lights of Los...

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California Dreaming self-drive

Journey from north to south through the Golden State, travelling through the Central Valley and along the coast to sun-kissed Southern California.

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California’s Classic Ocean Self-drive

California’s coast-hugging Pacific Highway is the road of self-driving daydreams. Picture yourself winding along the coastal road with the Pacific to one side of you and mountains to the other.

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Sun & Safari

Combine the USA’s glitziest cities with a thrilling South Africa safari. This round-the-world itinerary whisks you from the sunny sands of Florida and California to cosmopolitan Cape Town, via Hawaii ...

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California & New Zealand Self-Drive

Discover some of the world's best drives, with roads trips around California’s beaches and big-sky national parks, and New Zealand’s glaciers and geothermal wonderlands.

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Grand Journey of America's West with Insight Vacations

From a mix of glamour and bohemian charms in San Francisco, to the lush landscapes of the Sierras, this unique trip takes you on an eclectic journey through the heart of America's West. A combination ...

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Southern California Self-Drive

Set off on a self-drive that takes in the best of sun-kissed SoCal. Start in oceanfront Santa Monica with its tourist-hotspot-meets-local-neighbourhood vibe, spend a couple of days relaxing in the de...

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Colorado High & Mighty self-drive

This mile-high road trip comes with almost non-stop cover shot-worthy backdrops. Scrape the sky as you cross high mountain passes, drop into forest-shaded valleys where historic railroads hug gold-fle...

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Pacific Northwest self-drive

Taking you from the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Mountains and back again, this Seattle-to-San Francisco road trip falls into the ‘epic journeys’ category.

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Oregon Scenic Self-Drive

Pacific drives have long been linked to the Golden State. Enter Oregon: Cali’s northern neighbour and a new kid on the road trip scene. This 10-night self-drive is all about making the most of miles o...

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Luxurious Hawaiian Escape with Luxury Gold

This is a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Hawaii’s traditional greeting, Aloha, signifies love and compassion for others and nature. Experience the magic of this tropical island and meet its gentle people, as you celebrate local traditions an...

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Hawaii Island Hopping - Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii & Maui

This is the Hawaiian trip of dreams: you’ll visit all four of the state’s main islands. Enjoy the beachfront vibes of lively Waikiki in Oahu, step into the Jurassic Park landscapes of Kauai, see Hawai...

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Hawaii Island Hopping - Oahu & Maui

Visit the two most popular islands – Oahu and Maui – on this week-long suggested itinerary. Get out and explore as much of the islands as possibly but definitely schedule in some time to soak up the s...

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Hawaii Island Hopping - Oahu, Maui & Hawaii

This nine-night itinerary takes in three islands and three very different landscapes and atmospheres. Begin with three nights in Oahu, watching surfers catch big breaks off the North Shore before hopp...

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South Florida Explorer self-drive

Our Sunshine State itinerary is great for families or grown-ups, but it’s more than just thrilling theme parks. Enjoy scenic driving and laid-back spots, from awesome west- and east-coast sands to al ...

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Capital Region Self-Drive

The capital’s corridors of power are the starting point for this self-drive, a trip that takes you back in time to the birth of a nation. Tales of early colonial settlers come alive in Williamsburg an...

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Best of New England Self-Drive

This is where old world charm, tales of the past and dramatic coastal backdrops meet. This 12-night self-drive ticks off New England’s not-to-be-missed highlights: Boston’s heritage, New Hampshire’s m...

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Discover New England Self-Drive

This itinerary shows you most of New England’s main highlights. Stop off in the Berkshires, a popular holiday haunt for Boston’s and New York’s elite since the 1800s; discover glorious mountains in Ne...

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Romantic New England Self-Drive

Discover some of New England’s most picturesque coastal cities and towns, and the White Mountain National Forest on this nine-night itinerary.

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Massachusetts Whale Trail Self-Drive

See Massachusetts’s main highlights while learning about its whale-related history. Travel inland to the beautiful Berkshires where Moby Dick author Herman Melville lived, and learn about the legacy o...

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Boston, Cape Cod and The Islands with Insight Vacations

There's a sense of nautical charm in this unique part of the world. Coincidentally, shaped like a fish-hook, you'll be mesmerised by New England's chic waterfronts, sailing history and summer playgrou...

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American Parks Trail with Insight Vacations

Delve into the Wild West as you make your away across a rugged land famous for cowboys and rodeo. You'll come face-to-face with some monumental figures, while a day at Deadwood will teach you about th...

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Best of Arizona self-drive

The Grand Canyon State may be the setting of the most famous natural attraction but it’s so much more than its nickname suggests. During this 12-night self-drive, Arizona’s cowboy culture, indigenous ...

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Enchanting Canyonlands with Insight Vacations

The American Southwest is a panoramic stage for Mother Nature’s most majestic performance. From exploring the crimson landscapes and diverse scenery of Monument Valley to chasing the bright lights of ...

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Utah's Parks & Canyons self-drive

If we had to choose a favourite USA self-drive, this Utah round-trip would be a serious contender. It’s hard to compete with five national parks, non-stop awe-inspiring backdrops and one of the world’...

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Wonders of the American West with Insight Vacations

Bookended by the glamour of Las Vegas, this comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and captivating landscapes made famous by classic Western movies. Overnight at...

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Great Alaska self-drive

This comprehensive self-drive gives you plenty of time in some of Alaska’s most popular destinations and epic landscapes.

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Jewels of Alaska with Insight Vacations

Welcome to Alaska. A haven for nature lovers, this US state is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks. While here you'll have the opportunity to explore the iconi...

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Las Vegas and the Grand Circle self-drive

Witness vast desert landscapes, otherworldly rock formations and hidden canyons of Arizona and Utah on a round trip from Las Vegas.

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Costa Rica Explorer

Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers, and this adventurous tour is perfect for discovering the country's different climate zones and the unique flora and fauna in each. Get back to nature as you...

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