Just a sampling of what is available in Europe in Adventures By Disney guided vacations:
What could be more fascinating than following the history of royalty and clans in some of the most beautiful places on the planet?
Arrive in Edinburgh for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. After a good night’s rest, visit the sights, including the Royal Yacht Britannia, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. Then the next day you are off for an excursion to the Scottish Borders where you’ll spend time at the stunning Floors Castle with a privately guided tour of the castle and gardens (Junior Adventurers can enjoy the outdoor area with their Adventure Guides) along with a private lunch and a shortbread-making lesson.
Time to depart Edinburgh for Inverness and the Highlands, where you’ll visit the Glenturret Distillery, followed by lunch at the distillery’s Wild Thyme Restuarant. Then off to Blair Castle for a privately-guided visit before arriving at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, your home for the next four nights. This evening the adults enjoy a group meal together in a private setting at the Kingsmills Hotel with entertainment provided by a local Scottish storyteller who will regale the group with tales of Scottish lore and traditions. Junior Adventurers have time on their own with their Adventure Guides for dinner and a Disney movie before joining their parents for the storytelling.
The next day enjoy Loch Ness with a canoe ride on the loch in search of the famous Loch Ness monster, then tour the eerie Urquhart Castle back onshore. In the afternoon, expert falconers show you the finesse, subtlety, and skill that is required, as well as give insight into these graceful and elegant birds of prey.
Day 6 visit the Culloden Battlefield Site with lunch at the Mustard Seed Restaurant on the banks of the River Ness. Then bike ride along the Caledonian Canal, avoiding busy roads as you head along the canal towpath to Dochgarroch Loch Gates where you can relax and watch the boats move up through the gates before they head out to Loch Ness. Dinner this evening is at Bogbain Farm for a delightful evening filled with Ceilidh dancing, traditional Scottish music, delicious Scottish barbecue, and storytelling.
Perhaps everyone’s favorite day is the adventure at Rothiemurchus Estate—one of the most significant tracts of ancient woodland forest in Britain with its beautiful Loch an Eilein and a 13th-century castle sitting on the lake’s wee island. Enjoy archery and partake in Highland games competition before lunch featuring locally sourced Scottish foods served in the vintage marquee on the Inverdruie House lawn. After lunch hike on the estate during which Junior Adventurers take part in a scavenger hunt along the way. Then motor coach around the property with a stop to feed the traditional Highland cattle and to feed Scottish red deer. A farewell dinner at the Hotel Bid Soraidh at your hotel includes Highland dancers and bagpipers.
For me, one of the most fascinating and romantic areas of Europe is Austria and the Czech Republic. Medieval castles and storybook villages all come true with an Adventures By Disney guided family vacation. Begin your adventure in fascinating Prague where your hotel is the Prague Marriott, just steps away from Gothic Old Town Square. Take a walking tour of famous landmarks such as St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, and the medieval Astronomical Clock followed by a progressive dinner through Prague’s Gourmet Passage and Lod’ Pivovar.
Stop in quaint Česky Krumlov on your way to Salzburg, Austria, where you’ll check in at the Sheraton Grand Salzburg. The next day enjoy a tour and lunch at Hellbrun Palace, then a privately guided tour of locations from the film “The Sounds of Music.” At dinner this evening, be entertained by Mozart violinists at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in operation since 803 A.D.
Your second day in Salzburg comes with a choice of activities: either a Private tours of the Eishole Ice Cave with its ethereal Ice Cathedral; or an organic farm and cheesery tour. Then a visit to the medieval Hohenwerfen Castle.
The next day is a private tour of Hallein Salt Mine where you will glide on a raft over the glimmering salt lake! Then a visit to Hofbrau Kaltenhausen for a tour and tasting of Salzburg’s oldest brewery followed by lunch on the lake in Mondsee. Off to Vienna for check-in at The Ritz Carlton.
In Vienna is a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Schonbrunn Palace, followed by a strudel making demonstration and tasting. This evening brings a private tour of the Vienna Zoo with dinner in the Emperor’s Pavilion there. Your last day of a spectacular vacation is at the renowned Royal Spanish Riding School in Vienna’s ornate Hofburg Castle—even and waltzing lessons! The trip’s grand finale is a private dinner at Zum Martin Sepp Restaurant.
Some of the most romantic places on earth are found in Italy. Of course, fabulous food, places steeped in history, fascinating ruins, and lovely beaches simply go without saying. On arrival in Naples, you’re whisked off to Sorrento to begin a uniquely charming vacation. The Grand Hotel La Favorita welcomes you with a reception and dinner the first evening. On day two, wind your way along Italy’s spectacular coastal region for an exploration of the charming cliffside village of Postino before boarding a private boat to yet another lovely place, Amalfi. On the way back to Sorrento, stop at the idyllic La Galateafarm for pizza making that is part of your dinner feast along with fresh fare from the farm and an Italian folkloric dance presentation. The following day take a ferry to the magical isle of Capri and ride a funicular to the heights of Capri town, followed by a private cruise around the island and a chance for a dip in the sapphire blue water.
A visit to ancient Pompeii with a private guided tour of the ruins is truly a highlight before riding a high-speed bullet train to Florence and Brunelleschi Hotel Florence, just steps from the main piazza. Next day, walk the streets of Florence on a guided tour, see Michelangelo’s “David” and the Duomo, then embark on a privately guided tour of the Uffizi, one of the most famous art museums in the world. While the adults tour the collection, Junior Adventurers will join the Adventure Guides for a fun art detective game.
The subsequent morning’s excursion to Siena includes an exploration of a city brimming with well-preserved medieval architecture and art on a privately guided tour. Then on to a Tuscan farm for a homemade pasta lunch and a wine tasting experience for the adults. Junior Adventurers can enjoy a tasting of their own—Italian soda and cookies! Plus, they can visit with the farm animals. The next day it’s Lucca for a bicycle ride atop the famous walls of the city and a privately guided walking tour followed by a visit to Pisa for views of its leaning tower. End your spectacular trip with an elegant farewell dinner at Palazzo Borghese, a beautiful, historical palace in the heart of this Renaissance city.
The Kingdom of Norway, the setting of Disney’s animated adventure, Frozen, is revealed in all its magical beauty on this 7-night adventure. Convene in Bergen, a storybook village that was the inspiration for Arendelle, where Anna and Elsa live, with a stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Located in the heart of the 700-year-old Bryggen area, it’s a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner this evening.
The adventure begins in full force the next morning with river rafting in Voss amid stunning mountain vistas. Have a riverside lunch in a grass-roofed cabin before departing for Flam and the historic Fretheim Hotel where you’ll feast on a barbecue dinner at the hotel. From Flam you’ll enjoy an excursion to dramatic fjords on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), a visit to a 12th century Stave church, and lessons in cheese making.
The next day it’s off to Geiranger and the Hotel Union for some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway. Then a fun day of activity including rainbow trout fishing, row boating, a bike ride to a glacier, hiking to a farm, a stunning viewpoint of the fjord of Geirangerfjord followed by a Norwegian-style barbecue dinner in the hotel’s grass-roofed, traditional cabin. Continue to Oslo via train and a night at the Grand Hotel Oslo to enjoy Norway’s capital city where a farewell dinner with traditional Norwegian folk dancers and musicians tops off your last evening.
Talk about magic: touring Germany’s castles and quaint villages amid gorgeous scenery! Begin in the city of Munich with a stay at Hotel VierJahreszeiten Kempinski Munchen. Enjoy a walking tour of Bavaria’s capital that afternoon and dinner at Ratskeller, a Bavarian-style restaurant that serves up delicious, traditional German fare. The next day is a choice of either a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site or the BMW Museum. Then all will meet up for a brewery visit with the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own, free to explore the town.
A side visit to the awe-inspiring Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, comes complete with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the countryside and lunch with picture-perfect views of the palace. This evening’ dinner is at Hofbrauhaus, the world-famous and historic beer hall and restaurant!
Journey to Rothenburg, one of the most picturesque places in Germany, including a stop at the Nuremberg Courthouse in Room 600 – site of the Nuremberg trial. Then embark on a Nuremberg Culinary Touron the quaint cobblestone streets where you’ll enjoy tasting items relevant to Nuremberg’s history. Check-in at Hotel Rappen Rothenburg. This evening is a walk with a night watchman through cobblestone streets. The following day everyone learns how to pretzel twist (and taste!), and then it’s a visit to a Medieval Costume Shop for a dress-up and a photo session. Savor authentic German cuisine in the evening.
Transfer to Berlin with a stop in Bamberg, a charming northern Bavarian town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then board a train to Berlin from Bamberg for a stay at the Regent Berlin. The next day take a privately guided walking tour of the city, lunch at Dom Curry for currywurst (a Berline specialty!), a street Graffiti tour followed by a workshop where you’ll utilize stencils to create your graffiti on canvas, and finally a chocolate experience. Your final day brings a Berlin Wall bike tour, time on your own that afternoon, and a farewell dinner at Clärchens Ballhaus, an authentic 19th-century ballroom. Enjoy a superb feast while sharing memories of this extraordinary trip and bidding farewell to your newfound friends.
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