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Room with a View: A Peruvian Casita with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 18th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


On my Adventures by Disney travels I’ve slept in fairytale style castles in Germany, enjoyed rooms overlooking Norwegian fjords and reveled in bustling city views in locales near and far. But my personal favorite “room with a view” (thus far, but I’m determined to keep on looking forever!) was staying in my own personal casita in Peru’s Sacred Valley on an Adventures by Disney Peru vacation.

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Disclaimer: I can’t guarantee rainbows during your visit, but I can promise the setting will be completely breathtaking!

Casita is Spanish for “small house,” and these small houses, found at the award-winning Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, truly give you a sense of beautiful seclusion.

Offering a backdrop of the stunning Andean mountains, this lodge serves as the setting for a variety of authentic Peruvian experiences, including a traditional Andean feast known as Pachamanca. Pachamanca means “earth oven” or, in other words, it means that your meal is actually cooked in the ground itself with the aid of hot stones. It’s truly a meal your family will never forget (and one you wouldn’t want to recreate in your own backyard)!

The lodge also serves as home base for adventures such as river rafting, exploring local salt pans, hands-on cooking activities and, most notably, it’s the starting point for your travels to Machu Picchu, known as “the lost city of the Incas” and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

So cozy up on your own private porch, on your own private Peruvian casita, with Adventures by Disney. And be sure to truly savor that view!

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Set Your Eyes on Scotland’s Isle of Skye with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Recently we shared with you how you can tap your feet to the music of bagpipes as you discover majestic castles, the mystery of Loch Ness and more on an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation. Well now I’m here to tell you about what is, in my humble opinion, the most impressively scenic part of this trip – a visit to the enchanting Isle of Skye.

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Here you will explore Brothers Point, a rocky promontory that reaches out into sea. Striking green grass pathways lead you over lush, gentle hills until you reach Brothers Point. As you hike across Brothers Point, you can’t help but be captivated by the stunning, deep blue waters, rugged shoreline and a dream like (yes, dream-like!) sky.

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If Brothers Point seems unreal, wait until you visit The Quiraing, a hilltop that will take your breath away (probably not literally, but you get my point). After a hike through grass-carpeted hills you’ll be stunned (again, not literally) by an amazing view of a glistening blue bay and slopes that tumble past astounding land formations.

The Isle of Skye not only offers remarkable things to look at, but also is the setting of many memorable adventures. And you’ll enjoy some unbelievably delicious treats.

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Show off (or put to the test) your baking skills as you join a pastry chef at the Isle of Skye Baking Company. You’ll see how to bake delectable Scottish scones and then get to create them for yourself (I assure you that these taste about 500 times better than the store-bought boxed scone mixes that state “just add water,” plus you get to brag to friends back home that you learned the art of pastry making from an authentic Scottish chef).

The Isle of Skye not only has scrumptious scones, but also has genuine drinks. Adults will enjoy a private Scotch whisky tasting while the Junior Adventurers enjoy playing games such as Tug of War and Wellie Boot Toss (yes, adults can play Wellie Boot Toss too in lieu of tasting Scotch, or in addition to, although after a few fingers of finely aged whisky you might not be in tip top boot tossing form).

Between the scotch, the scones and the scintillating sights, the Isle of Skye is truly a place that will make you want to stay forever. What excites you most about an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation?

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Discover Scotland’s Majestic Castles with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Journey back in time and explore the authentic beauty of some of Scotland’s most noteworthy castles on an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation. Full of mystery and enchantment, these castle walls offer intriguing stories for you to uncover!

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Venture to Urquhart Castle and discover the mystery behind Nessie, the rumored Loch Ness monster. This mighty fortress has unbelievable views of Loch Ness. Travel there via canoe or motorboat. Either way, keep your camera at the ready!

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Here I am at Dunnottar Castle, the inspiration behind Merida’s castle in Disney•Pixar animated film Brave. Dunnottar Castle is perched on cliffs that rise high above the blue sea, overlooking what was once a strategic merchant route during the Middle Ages.

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At Glamis Castle you’ll discover beauty and mystery. This castle was the setting for Shakespeare’s iconic play, Macbeth. You’ll be fascinated by tales of the castle and be awed by the captivating décor.

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You’ll also dine where Scottish monarchs, such as Queen Mary of Scots, have dined at Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a festive affair, complete with live bagpipe music, and feel like royalty as you enjoy a delicious dinner in one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles.

Exploring enchanted castles is just one of the many activities offered on this nine-day, eight-night Adventures by Disney Scotland family vacation. Get all the details at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Exciting Ways to Explore Italy with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I am the type of traveler who loves to explore new places. But if there is one place I feel like I could keep going back (and back again) to endlessly it’s Italy. From the ruins of Pompeii to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the to-die-for pizza pretty much everywhere, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite spot in this beautifully diverse country. Thankfully Adventures by Disney understands that, just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, exploring Italy’s treasures can be quite a daunting task. That’s why they offer several distinct vacations to this boot-shaped region.

How do you figure out which Adventures by Disney Italy vacation is right for you (and who’s saying you have to pick just one)? The first step is understanding what makes each trip unique. Here’s a snippet about what each vacation offers to help you get started. (WARNING: You will want to experience them all!)

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Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany)
When you think of Italy you probably envision strolling through ancient ruins in Rome, marveling at the beauty of the rolling hills of Tuscany and gliding along Venetian canals. This trip offers all that (and so much more) as you travel through this Old World country steeped in rich traditions, history and unparalleled culture.

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Italy with the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Naples, Florence, Tuscany, Lucca, Pisa, Siena)
When it comes to charm it’s pretty hard to top the Adventures by Disney Italy with the Amalfi Coast vacation. Picture yourself on a private cruise around the enchanted island of Capri, dive into the Mediterranean, explore the medieval city of Siena, peruse masterpieces in Florence and experience a way of life unchanged by the centuries on this breathtaking tour.

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Italy and Switzerland (Lake Como, Lucerne, the Alps, Zermatt)
Northern Italy offers diverse settings, including the serenity of the Lake District and the majesty of the Alps. This Italy and Switzerland tour offers a boat cruise on Lake Como, the Baroque beauty of Isola Bella, and adventures throughout the Italian and Swiss Alps. Here you’ll have a chance to feast on rich Swiss fondue. Sign me up!

Which Adventures by Disney Italy vacation do you want to try first?

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A Morning View From Angkor Wat with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Topping the list of places I want to visit someday is Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, so I found it only fitting that the first entry from Adventures by Disney in the new Disney Parks Blog “sunrise” series be this shot from the famed Angkor Wat. “Wat” means “temple,” and guests can explore it by foot, via tuk-tuk and even while riding an elephant on an Adventures by Disney trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. What fun for our guests!

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On which Adventures by Disney vacation would you most like to see the sunrise?

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Room with a View: La Dolce Vita in Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Disney Parks Blog recently launched a new series called “Room with A View.” And while our Disney resorts offer some pretty amazing views, I think it’s also fair to say that the scenery found on an Adventures by Disney vacation is pretty hard to top. Especially when you’re staying in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on Earth (in my opinion anyway, although I’m sure you’d be pretty reluctant to disagree with me on this one) – Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscany is the newest Adventures by Disney destination, and this trip immerses you in the lush landscape of the region and the mouth-watering delights for which Italy is famous. On this 7-day, 6-night vacation you’ll spend three nights in the gorgeous Castello di Spaltenna, located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Talk about having a room with a view!

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Nestled among lush forests and vineyards, this hotel offers a relaxing home base for a host of Adventures by Disney activities, such as hunting for truffles, wine and cheese tasting, Italian bruschetta-making lessons, walking along an ancient Roman path and more.

You can learn more about this amazing hotel, and the many other Adventures by Disney accommodations, by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Uncover the Treasures of Spain with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Adventures by Disney recently announced a new Spain vacation for 2015! With its bustling cities, rich culture and the moving beat of the flamenco, Spain offers something for everyone to enjoy. On this 9-day, 8-night vacation, you’ll visit must-see monuments and castles, indulge in delectable Spanish cuisine and embrace the natural beauty of Spain’s coastal communities.

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Join local experts and your Disney-trained Adventure Guides on privately guided tours of some of the country’s most well-known sites. Admire beautiful European art in the Museo Nacional del Prado, home to some of the world’s finest collections of Spanish art, including pieces by Goya, Velasquez and El Greco. You’ll even get to admire Picasso’s most fascinating masterpieces in Barcelona. Other memorable stops include Córdoba’s Grand Mosque, Seville’s Plaza de España and Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família church, just to name a few.

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Mouthwatering cuisine and Spanish history come together as you try your hand at making paella in Taberna del Alabardero, a restored 19th century mansion, hotel and cooking school in Seville. Enjoy authentic Andalusian cuisine with premium seating while watching a flamenco show of sensational performers at El Palacio Andaluz. Speaking of cuisine, you’ll dine like royalty in Segovia’s oldest inn, master the art of blending sangria in Marbella and say “Salud!” over dinner in a romantic 17th- century restored farmhouse.

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Plus you’ll unwind during a two-night stay in Marbella, an upscale coastal community where you’ll relax, bike ride and explore the beauty of the sea. Pedal your way down to Marbella’s picturesque 10-mile boardwalk, lounge on the beach, feast on fresh seafood and shop around the beachfront boutiques dotted along the coastline.

From an exclusive flamenco dance lesson (Disney provides keepsake fans and castanets) to rowing your own boat along the Grand Canal at Seville’s Plaza de España, there is so much more to be explored on an Adventures by Disney Spain vacation!

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Taste Your Way Through Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 5th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With its vivid and rustic cuisine, Tuscany is a culinary adventure waiting to be discovered. Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cooking and more on a new 7-day/6-night food-inspired Tuscany tour with Adventures by Disney.

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Filled with natural beauty and medieval villages, the Tuscany region of Italy provides the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a picturesque picnic in the countryside, hands-on cooking lessons, winery tours and hillside castles.

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Bring out your inner chef (and appetite) as you enjoy authentic culinary experiences that are woven throughout the journey. At Borgo Pignano, you’ll toss your own hand-thrown pizza in an ancient outdoor Tuscan wood-fired pizza oven. Learn the ancient art of making pasta at Fattoria San Donato, even make your own bruschetta and dine al fresco under the star-filled Tuscan night sky. Feast on local cheeses, create honeycomb candles and enjoy a farm-inspired lunch at the charming Borgo di Cortefreda.

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For the wine enthusiast, there is no better backdrop to learning the fine art of winemaking than Castello Vicchiomaggio, a 15th- century castle once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Expert vintners will give you a firsthand look at how combining complex flavors and aromas create the perfect glass of wine. Junior Adventurers will create their own cantucci, or biscotti, along with an olive oil infusion activity. Adults will also enjoy their own gourmet exclusive dinner at a superb restaurant by a critically acclaimed chef.

Take a walk down an ancient Roman path in the lovely Gaiole-in-Chianti, where you’ll learn about how local farmers would transport food from village to village. Join an expert truffle-hunter and his dogs as you track down the elusive truffle. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is complete with a very special lunch that is sure to be memorable.

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From the hills of San Gimignano to the sites of Florence, you’ll discover a world of savory flavors on the newest Adventures by Disney vacation to Tuscany. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com today for more information on this exciting destination. Buon viaggio!

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Top 5 Cultural Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Traveling the world is always an adventure, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about new cultures and timeless traditions. Whether you’re meeting the Tjapukai tribe members in Australia or Carnivale mask makers in Italy, you’ll be welcomed with open arms as you take part in authentic customs and rituals that are enjoyable for the whole family.

Here are my top five cultural experiences with Adventures by Disney:
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Shanghai
Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Shanghai with its preserved classic architecture on the Adventures by Disney China vacation. In Fuxing Park, you’ll learn the art of fan dancing and martial arts as you take in the beautiful scenery of the park, which was designed by French émigrés to remind them of their beloved Parisian parks.

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Tuscany
The new Adventures by Disney Tuscany tour takes you on a culinary adventure as you taste your way
through the Tuscan countryside, including embarking on a special “Truffles in Tuscany” walk and lunch. You’ll seek out this elusive delicacy with an expert truffle-hunter and his truffle-hunting hound, and then experience its exquisite taste during a truffle-centric lunch.

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Laos
On the Adventures by Disney Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos vacation, you’ll rise and greet the monks before breakfast, as they gather alms in Luang Prabang. Kneel on a cushion among the locals and participate in this ancient practice as you give an offering of sticky rice. Hike up the steps of Mount Phousi – the “Holy Mountain” where you’ll pass serene golden Buddha statues, flowers and sticky rice offerings on your way to the peak. Once there, soak up spectacular panoramic views of the landscape below.

Spain
Bustling cities, an artistic past and the infectious beat of the flamenco are all part of the new Adventures by Disney Spain vacation. In Seville, put on your dancing shoes as you enjoy private flamenco lessons, complete with fans and castanets. Then dine on a 4-course meal and prepare to be wowed by the rhythm, passion and energy of professional Flamenco dancers.

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Peru
Get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and rare vicuñas at the Awana Kancha Camelids Center on your Adventures by Disney Peru vacation. At 9,160 ft. above sea level, you’ll get to see how the soft wool from these South American “camels” is used to make beautiful woven textiles. Master weavers in Cusco will also demonstrate their intricate art of spinning and dyeing alpaca wool.

On each Adventures by Disney trip you’ll immerse yourself in the people and culture of your destination with the help of local experts that will show you more than just the sights. To learn more about other vacation destinations, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Adventures by Disney Introduces New Spain and Tuscany Vacations

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


An Adventures by Disney vacation immerses you in the rich cultures, traditional flavors and fascinating history of some of the world’s most treasured destinations. Starting in 2015, adventure seekers can venture on two new amazing European itineraries that will take you off the beaten path in Spain and Tuscany.

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From a culinary adventure through the Italian countryside, to exploring the treasures of Spanish art and history, our newest Adventures by Disney offerings have something to offer for everyone.

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Tuscany
Taste your way through Tuscany like never before on this 7-day, 6-night culinary adventure. Delight your taste buds on this Adventures by Disney Tuscany tour during a private hands-on pasta lesson and interactive pizza making. Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime truffle hunting experience with an expert truffle-hunter and his truffle-hunting hound. Relax as you take in the picturesque view of the Italian countryside while enjoying a delicious Tuscan country picnic, as well as wine blending and olive oil infusion activities.

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Spain
With bustling cities and breathtaking beaches, Spain is a melting pot of art, history and culture just waiting to be explored. On this 9-day, 8-night tour of Spain, guests can learn how to dance the Flamenco with private lessons, along with paella making and sangria mixing activities. In Barcelona, you’ll skip the lines to visit the famed La Sagrada Familia, and tour Gaudi’s other masterpieces. Enjoy privately guided tours to landmark monuments such as Madrid’s Royal Palace and Prado Museum, Córdoba’s La Mezquita, Seville’s Plaza de España, Barcelona’s Park Guell and more.

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Whether you prefer the timeless culinary traditions of Tuscany or the vibrant charm of Spain’s cities, Adventures by Disney brings you remarkable and unique vacation experiences you’ll never forget. For more information about these new European getaways, visit www.AdventuresByDisney.com.

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