Adventures By Disney - 2010 Destinations Overview

Adventures by Disney invites travelers to experience the world in 2010 with guided group vacations created especially for families and breathtaking trips spanning six continents. Guests will meet local experts and enjoy VIP treatment and exclusive experiences they might otherwise miss on their own while discovering incredible adventures, including special thrills just for kids. Each of the 19 itineraries is led by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides who handle all the details so families can concentrate on having the time of their life.

Below are highlights from Adventures by Disney’s 19 itineraries that span six continents:

China – Enchanted China
Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong
Families will learn about Chinese culture and explore amazing wonders – hiking the Great Wall of China, spending an afternoon cruising down the Lijiang River and visiting the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Adventure Highlights
Private, guided tour of Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City
Hike up the Great Wall to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Amazing performance of classic Sichuan face-changing opera and Shanghai’s stunning ERA show
Lessons in Chinese calligraphy, kite-making, fan-dancing, tai chi and stick-fighting
Private cruise on the Lijiang River
“Pedicab” tour of Beijing’s ancient alleyways
Musical presentation at Shanghai Children’s Palace
VIP experience at Hong Kong Disneyland

South Africa – Safari to South Africa
Cape Town, The Garden Route and Kapama Game Reserve
Welcome to the land of the Lion King! Discover a world of adventure with a castle visit in Cape Town and a trip through South Africa’s wild Garden Route. Enjoy an African safari in Big Five Country, home to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo.

Adventure Highlights
Wild Game Drive at Kruger National Park
Learn to make Afrikaans pastry at a world-class cooking school near Stellenbosch
Breathtaking views of Cape Town during a nature walk on Table Mountain
Shopping excursion in an authentic African market
Discover Cape of Good Hope, hike Cape Point and lunch at Boulder Beach with African penguins
Explore the indigenous forest of the Garden of Eden, encounter the exotic residents at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
Experience an authentic Bush Walt, plus Junior Adventures craft-making and archery, at Kapama Game Reserve
Lunch in the historic Spier Winery with a private wine tasting, bike ride and eagle encounter
Pitch a tent for a traditional pan-African lunch with a Bedouin tribe

Australia – Discovery Down Under
N. Queensland, Ayers Rock and Sydney
Travel “down under” and discover a world where families can learn to throw a boomerang with an Aboriginal expert, watch the sunset on Ayers Rock and feel the rush of adrenaline zooming around Sydney Harbour on a high-speed boat.

Adventure Highlights
Snorkel among the Lowe Isles in the Great Barrier Reef
Boomerang-throwing and didgeridoo-playing by the Tjapukai (Aboriginal people)
Hike through Mossman Gorge, the world’s oldest rainforest
Marvel at the stars of the Southern Hemisphere at an Ayers Rock stargazing experience
Feast on a traditional barbecue overlooking a lagoon of crocodiles
Bike tour of Circular Quay and high-speed jet-boat ride in Sydney
Meet Aussie cowboys at Tobruk Sheep Station
Exclusive breakfast at Taronga Zoo with a zoo keeper

England, France – Cities of Knights & Lights
London and Paris
Step into the stories of characters and kings in two of the most magical cities in Europe. Families can enjoy VIP and private, guided experiences to some of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Adventure Highlights
Explore London aboard a private double-decker bus
VIP experience at the Disney theatrical production of “The Lion King”
First-class train travel from London to Paris, at up to 186 mph
Dine in the Eiffel Tower
Special Junior Adventurers-only art detective game at the Louvre
Lessons in the French game pentanque
Climb the 422 twisting stairs of Nôtre Dame for a gargoyle’s view of Paris
Bike trip through the royal gardens of Versailles

Ireland – The Emerald Isle
Dublin, Killarney and Shannon
Families will feel like they have reached a pot of gold as they discover the real treasures of Ireland. With excursions through legendary castles and authentic Irish dancing lessons, one can’t help but embrace the luck of the Irish.

Adventure Highlights
Spend two nights in an authentic castle
Guided tour through Dublin Castle and the Book of Kells at Trinity College
Tour the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy lunch overlooking the city
Visit the Muckross House, a 19th century palace and Dublinia Historical Museum
Visit an Irish farm for scone-making and sheep-herding
Traditional cheese-tasting and private Irish dancing lessons
Festive dining at a traditional Irish celebration
Private river cruise on Kenmare Bay

Germany – Once Upon a Fairy Tale
Heidelberg, Trendelberg, Rothenburg and Munich
Embark on a fairy-tale journey through the German countryside complete with stories and tales of medieval times as well as exclusive visits to historic castles, themed dinners and unique activities. One never knows when a beloved storybook character may make a surprise appearance!

Adventure Highlights
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, part of Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella Castle
Private archery lessons and traditional pretzel-making demonstrations
Wine tasting at Zum Ritter
Medieval castle tours with local guides plus a two-night stay at Trendelburg Castle
Private picnic lunch at Alsfeld Museum
Bike riding at Hofgut Stammen and dance lesson with an Oompah band
Teddy bear-making activity at Stieff Bear Factory

European Alps – Alpine Magic
Stresa, Zermatt and Lake Lucerne
Experience the Alps like never before with private tour guides and cable-car visits to the most popular peaks of Northern Italy and Switzerland. The only thing more breathtaking than the view will be the amazing obstacle course through Forest Fun Park.

Adventure Highlights
Exclusive Junior Adventurers gelato tasting and pony rides
Lesson in pasta making, taught by professional chefs in Como, Italy
Sample wines with a local sommelier, while Junior Adventurers feast on grape juice and gourmet cookies
Relax during a scenic train ride with views of Matterhorn Mountain
Descend from the town of Andermatt on a 12-mile downhill bike ride
Meet the true heroes of the Alps: the brave pups at a Husky camp
Mini boat cruise and guided tour of the exquisite gardens and fountains of Isole Bella Island
Visit to Ballenburg Open Air Museum and learn the fascinating history of Switzerland

Italy – Viva Italia
Rome, Tuscany and Venice
From exploring the masterpieces of Rome to pasta-making with an Italian chef to riding the grand canals of Venice, families will experience the real spirit of Italy from the moment they arrive.

Adventure Highlights
Private gondola ride through the magnificent canals of Venice
Pasta-making in Tuscany
Privately guided visits to Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Coliseum and Forum
Venetian Carnivale mask-making lessons
Junior Adventurer search for Marco Polo and enjoy gelato tasting
Bocce-ball lessons at a Tuscan villa
Special tour of Coliseum for Junior Adventurers

Italy – Bella Italia
Sorrento and Florence
Discover the rich history and beauty of Italy. From a boat ride off the Amalfi Coast to a private tour of the ruins of Pompeii, make memories that last a lifetime on this unforgettable adventure.

Adventure Highlights
Visit Pisa and explore the Leaning Tower and the Field of Miracles
Cruise around Capri on an exclusive boat tour and swim in the sapphire blue waters of the Mediterranean
Learn to make pizza at La Galatea’s farmhouse kitchen in Sorrento
Pose in the picturesque town of Positano, one of the most photographed places in the world
Create a fresco masterpiece in Florence’s Children’s Museum
Explore the automobile-free city of Lucca on a bike-riding excursion
Embark on a walking tour of Florence, visiting Academia and Duomo with a local expert
Exclusive visit to the famed Eagle Contrada Museum in Sienna
Costa Rica – Path to Pura Vida
San Jose, Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park
Experience the lush beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest and enjoy the wonders of nature and wildlife as families walk, raft and zipline across this amazing land.

Adventure Highlights
Craft-making demonstrations with artisans from a local tribe
Zipline through the Costa Rican rainforests
Privately guided spotting of exotic wildlife
White-water rafting along the Sarapiqui River (Class 2-3 rapids)
Private beachside barbecue lunch
Relaxing evening in the Hidalgo Hot Springs
Privately guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist
Exclusive visit to a working pineapple plantation

South America – Treasures of the Galapagos
Quito, Otavalo Valley and The Galapagos Islands
Join an ecological adventure in the volcanic islands of the Pacific Ocean. Families will not believe their eyes when they spot the Galapagos’ swimming lizards, silvery sea lions, giant prehistoric tortoises and exotic colored birds.

Adventure Highlights
Stand on the center of the world at the Quisato Sundial
Cruise the Galapagos Islands in the 293-foot-long Galapagos Explorer II and learn to make island cocktails with the crew
Lessons in Peguche flute-making, traditional weaving and kite-making
Private, guided nature walk to Peguche Waterfalls
Come face-to-face with penguins, sea lions and iguanas on Bartolome Island
Commune with tropical fish and sea turtles on a deep-water snorkeling excursion
Visit a cheese farm, organic garden, horse stables and an embroidery shop at a countryside hacienda
Private, guided tour of North Seymour Island to see the famous blue-footed boobies and scarlet-throated frigate birds

Peru – Sacred Valleys & Incan Cities
Lima, Sacred Valley and Cusco
From discovering the “lost city” of Machu Picchu to traveling through the intricacies of the Sacsayhuaman ruins, families will be immersed in the beauty and culture of the Incan heritage.

Adventure Highlights
River rafting in the Sacred Valley
Guided visit to Machu Picchu
Lessons in the Portuguese game Sapo, plus Pisco sour tastings for Junior Adventurers
Llama and alpaca encounters at Awana Kancha Camelids Center
Learn colorful weaving techniques from local women at the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
Picnic lunch in Maras featuring a local dancing exhibition
Privately guided exploration of the Maras Salt Pans
Farewell lunch at the magnificent private residence in Colonial Lima, the oldest restored colonial mansion

Mid Atlantic States – Spirit of America
Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Williamsburg
Come home to the cities that celebrate American heritage and explore some of the United States’ most iconic and educational landmarks as historical characters come to life and tell the story of the nation.

Adventure Highlights
Privately guided trolley tour of Philadelphia, including Independence Hall and Liberty Bell
Barbecue lunch along the banks of the Potomac
Get your hands dirty with real colonial brick-making
Junior Adventurer game – find the missing Declaration of Independence
Biking tour of Washington D.C., including the Capitol and the Washington and Lincoln Monuments
Privately guided tour of Williamsburg including Minuteman presentation
Private lunch at ESPN Zone including arcade games
Lunch at King’s Arm in Williamsburg – a historic tavern with costumed servers

Wyoming – Quest for West
Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Parks
Escape the routine of modern life and explore some of Earth’s most natural wonders in an adventure that will give your family a true western experience.

Adventure Highlights
Junior Adventurers enjoy a scavenger hunt in Yellowstone National Park
White-water rafting on the Snake River (Class 2-3 rapids)
Trick-roping and lasso-tying lessons
Scenic picnic at Lake Yellowstone
Private, guided tour of West Thumb Geyser Basin and fun with laser thermometers
Private picnic at String Lake
Fly-fishing lessons on crystal-clear mountain lakes and spring-fed streams

American Southwest – Southwest Splendors
Sedona, Grand Canyon and Moab
Venture into the depths of the Grand Canyon; get vertical in a jeep excursion through the red rocks of Sedona and white-water raft down the Colorado River as you and your family explore all the beauty and adventure the Southwest has to offer.

Adventure Highlights
White-water rafting down the Colorado River (Class 1-2 rapids)
Guided Grand Canyon tour by a naturalist
Cowboy & Cowgirl Cookout dinner complete with singing tales of the West
Interactive entertainment from Native American performers
Thrilling, off-road jeep tour of Sedona’s red rocks
Three nights at a working ranch on the banks of the Colorado River featuring hiking and tennis
Four-wheel tour through Monument Valley with Navajo guide
Native craft-making demonstrations at Sedona’s Heritage Museum

Southern California – Backstage Magic
Hollywood and Disneyland Resort
The glamorous world of old Hollywood contrasts with the newest filmmaking technologies in this movie fan’s dream tour of Southern California. Get exclusive access to some of the most famous Tinseltown destinations and custom VIP tours that uncover the magic of Disneyland Resort.

Adventure Highlights
Behind-the-scenes tours of El Capitan Theatre, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Jim Henson Studios
Walking tour of Hollywood landmarks
Walt Disney Studios tour with lunch on the studio lot (who knows who you’ll run into!)
Peek inside Walt Disney’s apartment where the light always stays on in his memory
View fireworks from a special area
Experience Disney California Adventure Park before it opens
Customized VIP tour of Disneyland with many backstage adventures
Journey into the magic of Walt Disney Imagineering

Northern California – Golden Path to Yosemite
Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco
Trek through the heart of California on a family adventure that starts in the pristine grandeur of Lake Tahoe. Experience the majesty of Yosemite and lavish in the charm of San Francisco.

Adventure Highlights
Gather around the campfire for storytelling and s’mores
Float down the Truckee River seeing the sites with a local guide
Gondola ride up 8,200 feet and hike to the Village at Squaw Valley
Walk in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt on a private tour of Yosemite Valley
Saddle up for a horseback ride on Happy Isles Trail
Discover San Francisco’s Union Square, Chinatown and more aboard an exclusive trolley ride
Privately guided bike tour across the massive Golden Gate Bridge
Junior Adventurers lean how to be junior park rangers with a local naturalist

Alaska – Taming the Last Frontier
Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Kenai Peninsula
Travel to the “Great Land” of the United States and experience all of the adventure it has to offer. Race along with “man’s best friend” while visiting the Trail Breaker Kennel Iditarod. Gaze upon massive icebergs as you float down the serene Placer River and get close to the last American wilderness featuring bears, moose and bison.

Adventure Highlights
Watch for whales and other marine life on a Kenai Fjords Cruise
Learn how to track wolves on an educational hike with a private guide
Experience a Native Alaskan dance and drum performance
Discover Denali on an exclusive jet boat and “strike” gold in the Nenana River
Scenic views of Spencer Glacier on the Alaska Railroad
“Underwater” dining experience at the Alaska SeaLife Center

U.S./Southwest Canada – Rocky Trails & Mountie Tales
Glacier National Park and Banff National Park
Embark on an exciting excursion to the awe-inspiring glacial parks of northern United States and Canada. This unforgettable experience starts with a wild whitewater ride in Glacier National Park and crosses the border into an action-packed Canadian adventure.

Adventure Highlights
Soak in the Upper Thermal Hot Springs
Paddle across the clear waters of Moraine Lake in a canoe
Listen to tribal tales of the Blackfeet nation from a famous Native American storyteller
Private, guided bike tour along Bow River in Banff National Park
Travel up Alberta’s historic cattle trail and get a taste of the real West
Ride in a gondola up the 7,500-foot summit of Sulphur Mountain
Private lesson in landscape painting at Whyte Museum
Travel the only road in Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road, in a private Red Bus Tour


In 2010, the price of an Adventures by Disney vacation will vary within set ranges depending on the trip. Prices will be based primarily on when a guest books and travels. Guests are encouraged to book early for best availability and great rates.
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About Adventures by Disney

As Disney Cruise Line revolutionized – and in some ways defined – the family cruise vacation, Adventures by Disney has recreated the way families think about vacationing together.
Launched in 2005, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable guided family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences from Cape Town to Paris, Yellowstone to Costa Rica, the ruins of Pompeii to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China, and more.
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