Traveling with family has always been an experience I’ve treasured throughout my life. One of my favorites has always been a biannual father/daughter trip my sister and I started doing with my Dad about 12 years ago. As the designated trip organizer, I’ve tried to choose destinations that appeal to all of us addressing our varying interests including history, art, food, and of course shopping! In the past decade, we traveled throughout England, France, and Italy. It was our most recent trip through central Europe however, that provided us with activities that I would have never thought of on my own thanks to Adventures by Disney® .
We arrived in our departure city of Prague two days early on a Wednesday morning to adjust to the time change as well as to spend more time getting to know Prague more intimately. Prague is a city with a tremendous amount of history to it. It’s an extremely easy city to navigate by walking and using the public transportation system of buses and subways. Most of the people there speak English so there was no language barrier much of the time. Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is known for many things. Many composers spent lots of time there – Dvorak, Mozart, Beethoven, and Smetana. Concerts are offered throughout the city in addition to many street musicians performing their music as well. It has one of the best preserved old towns in all of Europe – virtually untouched during World War II.
We only had one day to tour Prague with the group (one of the reasons we had decided to arrive early). In addition to the local sightseeing, we spent some time at the National Marionette Theater and learned about the art of puppetry performances. It was here that we made own marionettes that we were able to take home at the end of the trip!
Berchtesgaden is a small historic picturesque town located in the southeastern section of the German state of Bavaria (in the German Alps). It’s located on the border of Austria. We checked into the Edelweiss Hotel, a new addition to the hotels commonly used for the Adventures by Disney® tour group. Dinner was on our own the first night, though many of us wound up together as we had already bonded as a group.
In the morning, we moved onto our final destination – Vienna. We checked into the opulent Ritz Carlton hotel just down the street from St. Stephens cathedral. In Vienna, we were treated to tours of the stables of the famous Spanish Riding School which houses their regal white Lipizzan horses. We toured the massive Schonbrunn Palace built throughout multiple centuries. We had the unique opportunity of visiting the oldest zoo in the world after hours as well as enjoying a private dinner inside the conservatory at the center of the zoo.
Our trip now was coming to an end. At our farewell dinner, we all had an opportunity to reflect and speak about our favorite moments of the trip. It is impossible to detail all of the wonderful moments, interactions, and experiences that were made possible by our adventure guides and Adventures by Disney®. It was truly an amazing experience I was lucky enough to take advantage of and look forward to my next trip with Adventures by Disney® !