When you hear the name “Disney” it is easy to slip into thoughts of Mickey ears, Space Mountain, and dancing broomsticks, but what you don’t necessarily think about is what would happen if the geniuses behind Disney started planning World Wide adventure vacations for the whole family. Well they’re doing it, and their tour packages are truly unique, exotic, hands-on, and they reach far beyond the norms of vacation travel.
Tour highlights include:
- A Disney Adventure Guide, who is an expert on the place you are visiting, and functions as more of a “story teller” then a guide.
- Activities at all destinations for every member of the family, with specific activities for kids, teens, parents, and grandparents.
- VIP access to unique attractions ranging from “reserved entry and access to Michelangelo’s David” to “an exclusive feast after hours at the Vienna Zoo in Austria”.
- Local Experts who will teach you unique skills or trades in a hands on manner.
- Storytelling from costumed locals dressed as significant people in history.
- Disney Movie nights so parents can have some alone time.
They also offer other options for travelers with different wants for their vacation. The Gateway Collection was created for the person who wants more independent free time to explore new locales. Adult-Exclusive Departures are a fantastic option, because the whole trip is tailored to be enjoyable for guests 18 and over. They even have special trips tailored around holiday travel.
With options for tours pretty much anywhere in the world, you are bound to find a trip that caters to all people going on the vacation. Below I have picked a few unique destinations, and highlighted what makes them cooler than other tours to the same places. They still have all the standard things you would find (walking, biking, and cruising tours, demonstrations, unique dining experiences, and landmark visits) on a normal tour, but they make it so that you get to be a part of the experience instead of just observing it.
Australia –The tour includes snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef on a glass bottom boat with a marine biologist to answer questions, a “hands-on animal encounter” and private breakfast at the Taronga Zoo, boomerang and spear throwing lessons with Tjapukai tribe members, and an Aussie BBQ where you can hang out with crocodiles.
South Africa – This tour includes a three day safari, dinner with elephants at Knysna Elephant Park, a beach walk with African Penguins, an Afrikaans Pastry cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Arts, a three-course meal in a 17th century castle complete with a traditional Minstrel Show, an interactive drumming class, traditional face painting at Moyo, time to learn “traditional and modern beading techniques from a local weaver”, and archery lessons from a local expert.
Alaska – This tour includes a behind the scenes look at the Iditarod where you get to meet the racing dogs, a lesson in wolf tracking by radio telemetry with a private guide from the Murie Science and Learning Center, a raft ride on Placer River where you will navigate between icebergs, a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, panning for gold at a remote trapper’s camp, a hands-on experience with touch tanks at the SeaLife Center and a pizza party in their underwater-viewing area, and a picnic in Denali National Park.
Costa Rica – This tour includes an aerial tour of the rainforest, a Sarapiqui white water rafting adventure, zip lining in Costa Rica, and craft workshops from local artists.
The Alps – This tour includes rope course and zip lining in the Alps, a pasta making class at the Villa Mirabella, a bike ride along Lake Lucerne, story time at Husky Camp with an expert dog trainer, a mini boat cruise of Isola Bella Island, an exclusive wine tasting with a sommelier, pony rides for kids, and a traditional cheese fondue lunch.
Again, these are just a few highlights of these trips, and the activities listed barely scratch the surface. Other destinations include China, Ecudaor, Peru, Galapagos Islands, England & France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mediterranean Cruise, American Southwest, Hollywood, Mid Atlantic US, and Yellowstone. For more info on any of the specific destinations contact a Boscov’s Travel Specialist near you!
Or if you are in the Neshaminy, PA area, join Boscov’s Travel and representative Jack Sharp from Adventures by Disney for an informative presentation on the many family tours available through Adventures by Disney Vacations. The event is free and will be held at My Gym, Newtown Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne, PA. Friday, April 01,2011 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Please call, visit, or email to reserve your seat. Boscov’s Travel, Neshaminy Mall, 215-355-3737 or email@example.com