Adventures by Disney previews new Rhone River cruise, Short Escape vacations for 2020

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Adventures by Disney offers guided group vacations to lots of amazing destinations around the world, and next year, there are exciting new adventures in store.

In 2020, Adventures by Disney is adding even more river cruise sailings to their lineup, including a brand-new journey on the Rhone River. During the sailing through southern France, guests “will explore ancient cities, quaint hilltop villages, fairytale castles, rolling hills of lavender, romantic vineyards and much more,” says Disney.

During the eight-day, seven-night Rhone River itinerary, guests will sail through southern France and the incredible Provence region for the first time. Guests will travel aboard the AmaCello and enjoy unique culture, art, and cuisine at every port-of-call. According to Disney, highlights include:

Immersive historical tours are bolstered by signature Disney storytelling as guests step into the stories of the Palais des Papes, a breathtaking palace that was once the seat of papal power; the Roman ruins of Lyon and Nimes; the historic hilltop villages of Gordes and Les Baux-de-Provence; and the 12th-century Abbaye de Senanque, where tales of medieval Cistercian monks unfold.

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Active sightseeing adventures include exploring enchanting towns and villages by bike; kayaking beneath the famous 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard; and taking in the magnificent scenery of the Gorges du Doux by steam train and rail bike.

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Interactive culinary experiences celebrate the region’s local flavors and world-famous cuisine. The menu of activities includes a private truffle-hunting experience and tasting; cheese and jam making at a goat farm; and an immersive tasting experience at a family-owned olive oil farm near Les Baux-de-Provence. Guests will also enjoy curated tastings featuring Rhone Valley wines, chocolate and more.

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Engaging art-focused excursions draw Adventurers into a world of color and imagination. Among the highlights are a walking tour of Roussillon’s colorful Ochre Trail followed by a painting class; a demonstration in the art of silk-weaving in Lyon; and a visit to the Carrieres de Lumieres, a former limestone quarry where famous impressionistic paintings come to life.

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In 2020, Adventures by Disney’s expanded season of river cruises includes a record-breaking 27 departures along the Danube, Seine, Rhine, and Rhone rivers. Sailing with the luxury river cruise line AmaWaterays, each river cruise is hosted by up to eight Adventure Guides and the trips are curated with hands-on activities and cultural experiences for both kids and adults. The all-inclusive sailings include deluxe cruise accommodations, your choice of daily excursions, fine dining, unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard, and more. The number of adults-exclusive departures is doubling in 2020, giving grown-ups even more opportunities for a sophisticated getaway.

Also announced for next year, Adventures by Disney is adding new Short Escape itineraries in Paris, Amsterdam, and Budapest. These three-day, two-night trips can be added as an enhancement to your European river cruise. Here’s more information on each destination, courtesy of Disney:

The Paris Short Escape can be added to Seine and Rhone sailings to round-out vacations in northern or southern France. In Paris, not only will guests come face-to-face with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower, but they’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the “City of Lights” from their seats at dinner on the structure’s first floor. Other activities include a private walking culinary tour and a bucket-list visit to the Louvre Museum, which features a local expert guide and a special art detective activity for Junior Adventurers.

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The Amsterdam Short Escape can be added as a post-cruise stay following Rhine River sailings to complete the cruise’s four-country journey. This itinerary is comprised of a number of hands-on activities, like a painting workshop following a visit to the Van Gogh Museum and a tile glazing activity at an earthenware factory. Adventurers will also visit quintessential Dutch windmills in Kinderdijk, embark on a canal cruise and taste their way through the trendy Jordaan neighborhood.

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The Budapest Short Escape can be added to Danube River sailings as the perfect land complement to the Central European tour by water. The itinerary combines enriching cultural excursions — guests will indulge in homestyle Hungarian cuisine at a historic bistro, ride in a tuk-tuk (motorized rickshaw) and revel in a performance at the Budapest Opera House — with visits to the city’s must-see locales, such as Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.

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If river cruising isn’t your style, you can also choose to vacation in a variety of destinations across North America, Europe, Central & South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. As part of your Disney vacation, you’ll enjoy private events and privately guided tours, backstage access, priority entry at museums and attractions, and more.

Bookings for 2020 river cruises open to the public on January 31, 2019. For more information on Adventures by Disney vacations, head over to their website. If you’d like help planning your next Disney vacation, we recommend Academy Travel.

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Updated 1/24/19

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