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ppiew
10-23-2006, 03:55 PM
Has anyone thought about this one? Been there? I have not been to Vienna but have been to Salzburg. I noticed that this itinerary covers a lot of the places I wanted to see on a Danube cruise plus Vienna. Thought I could 'kill' two birds with one stone with this. The visits and stops looked intriguing and many are out in the countryside vs. just city tours. Would like some input if anyone can help. Then I will work on my son and daughter in law to release granddaughter for another trip! She is such a great traveler!

Golf4food
10-24-2006, 09:54 AM
I would love to do the Austria & Prague ABD trip. But we seem to be in a minority. London & Paris get all the pub (or pubs, in the case of London, haha). I would much prefer Austria/Germany/Switzerland/Czech Republic to more touristy London or Paris...

ppiew
10-24-2006, 10:04 AM
I guess because ABD hasn't had any of these trips yet, there isn't much info out there. I am seriously considering it for next year. Maybe then I will know more. I just thought if anyone had been either on another tour or had gone themselves, they would have a do or not do list of stuff. As you know, I did the London/Paris this year and really liked it. I am willing to stick with ABD if they continue the first class tour like the one that I was on.
Re: Pubs - ha ha. I got addicted to PIMM'S when in the UK. What a great drink!! It was like having a salad with your drink! Never saw so much stuff jammed in a glass in my life!

Jynohn
10-24-2006, 11:13 AM
This is the tour that most interests me. It's also the one that most interests DH since it's the only country offered by ABD he hasn't already seen courtesy of the military. :)

I'm really on the fence about booking for 2007. We already have an Alaska cruise planned for this May to celebrate our 10th anniversary, so another trip is not really in the budget, but this tour doesn't seem to be as popular. I'm really afraid if I don't book it I'll regret it if it's not offered next year.

svalencia1
10-24-2006, 05:37 PM
I think it would be beautiful. I would personally love to take any ABD tour. I'm currently working on my other half for a European vacation.

disneytraveler
10-24-2006, 07:11 PM
I have been to Austria but not with ABD. I was in Innsbrook for a week
many years ago. Actually walked up the stairs of the Olympic ski jump ,long
walk lol. I had a great time.

DisneyKevin
10-29-2006, 10:20 PM
I have to tell you......I was hard pressed to choose between London / Paris and the Imperial Cities ABD.

Having never been to any of them, I had to make a decision and chose the London / Paris trip.

Maybe in 2008. It sure sounds like a wonderful trip.

Kevin

miamimama
10-29-2006, 10:59 PM
I'm very interested - lived in Vienna for a year many years ago as an exchange student and visited all of the the surrounding countries - I would love to share the beauty and history with my family. I hope to hear more about this in the forums.

ppiew
10-30-2006, 06:55 AM
If I do decide on the Austrian trip, I will be sure to give some kind of trip report on the boards. So many have been helpful to me in the past, I would want to share my experiences so others can make their own decisions. I know Kevin will love the London/Paris trip - we certainly did!

Didney Daddy
11-18-2006, 08:56 PM
We first wanted to go on the Italy trip but it is booked for the dates we wanted. We are now booking for the PRague trip and can not wait to go.

wdwsos
11-19-2006, 12:54 AM
I just booked this one yesterday for me, my husband, and our three boys (24, 21, 19). The baby is studying in Prague during the summer through a film program offered by UMiami, so we'll just leave him there after the AbD trip. We're also adding a day pre-tour in Vienna just to have some time to wander on our own. AbD is allowing one day pre-tour and/or one day post-tour -- not cheap, but convenient.

We're doing the June 21 trip -- the only drawback so far is that the airfare is going to make us consider selling one of the kids in order to get home. ;-)

Anyone else considering this date? The week before is the adult-only trip (my first choice!), but I couldn't justify hanging out a week in Prague before my son could move into his hostel!

Dotti

ppiew
11-19-2006, 08:02 AM
We are considering this trip, but in August. I know the airfare bit!! I am checking into flying into Munich first and then take the train to Vienna. Or maybe even Amsterdam as it is considerably cheaper!

WDWfan,uk
11-19-2006, 10:42 AM
I have visited Salzburg and Prague - certainly beautiful architecturally with fairytale castles, and looking at the highlights of this tour, they are really covering these cities well, and ABD appear to really look after you, which you don't get when you travel independently as we do.

We went to Prague recently, and so if there is anything you'd like to ask specifically abot this city I'd be pleased to help.

(BTW, Salzburg does get quite quite a lot of rain - so brollies are required!!)

Shirley

Quicklabs
11-22-2006, 05:21 PM
I have been to all these places many times (I was stationed in Germany in the Air Force for 5 years). Vienna was my favorite big city in the world, but Prague is almost equally magnificent. I loved London and Paris, but I would take that Danube adventure in a heartbeat.

ppiew
11-23-2006, 10:36 PM
Re: Prague. We probably would remain there for a day or two after the tour. What would you recommend that isn't on the tour itinerary? Thanks!!

Didney Daddy
03-16-2007, 12:52 PM
We are booked on the June 24th Imperial Cities Tour, anybody else? We are spending the week before travelling around the French Alps and Northern Italy on our own, then flying over to Vienna.

The airfares are outrageous.

bzzelady
04-12-2007, 12:11 PM
I'm hoping that ABD offers this tour next year...we already had our summer '07 trips booked when these were announced last fall.

There are some truly wonderful gems on this trip. You will really enjoy Helbrunn Palace...watch out for the trick water fountains :cool2:

This trip really embodies true European culture and there are numerous sites on this trip that I cannot wait to share with my DH and DD!

Camicar
04-16-2007, 09:49 AM
I hope to see some trip reports on this tour as it's at the top of my list!

ppiew
04-19-2007, 10:36 PM
We will be going August 23 and will be sure to report when we return! (although we don't get home until Sept 4)

padalyn
04-28-2007, 04:35 AM
Once you have done this trip - please post highlights ??

My partner (Tiggr33) myself and her mom (BFL) are going in Sept on the adults only trip. I have no idea of what to expect, wear, or bring...so input would be appreciated!

ppiew
04-28-2007, 07:32 AM
We won't be back until Sept 5th, hope that isn't too late for you! I will certainly try to at least get you some pertinent info. I know I certainly appreciated the help we had last year on the London/Paris trip. I am sooooo looking forward to this!!

padalyn
04-28-2007, 11:06 PM
We won't be back until Sept 5th, hope that isn't too late for you! I will certainly try to at least get you some pertinent info. I know I certainly appreciated the help we had last year on the London/Paris trip. I am sooooo looking forward to this!!

Any information would be appreciated! We are leaving on the Sept 20 trip!

ppiew
04-29-2007, 08:18 AM
Hi Padalyn. I see that you are staying in Barcelona for a few days this summer! Lucky you! It is fabulous! I am sure that you have some sort of itinerary, but let me add my 2 cents worth. Definitely see/tour the Gaudi buildings. You don't need a formal 'tour' for this (except at the buildings themselves). Sagrada Familia (took us several hours), Casa Batlo and La Perdrera are just opposite each other and interior tours are available. You can take public transportation to Parc Guell and walk around there too. Just to walk on the Ramblas is really fun. (just hang on to your wallet - pickpocketing is an art form there!)
If the ABD tour is anything like last years, you will need a jacket/windbreaker (they provide an umbrella), easy walking shoes, casual clothing, and one sort of dressy outfit. The dressy thing is NOT formal or really fancy, just a dress/pants suit for the final dinner and the one dressy evening we had at 'Mary Poppins.' I am assuming that the Austrian trip will be similar and am packing accordingly.
Will the itinerary be different for the Adult only tour? I know we had wanted to see the Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School but they will have just returned from their 'summer break' and so no performances are scheduled at that time. We are still going to try to get tickets for the stable tour and the morning exercise while we are in Vienna. Maybe they have a performance scheduled during your tour, if it is something you would be interested in doing.
I will certainly let you know the details of our tour when we return.

Ga_friend
05-21-2007, 03:48 PM
We are booked for the Imperial cities June 21-28. We are travelling with a 6 year old and 14 (will turn 15 on the trip). Our 17 yr old will be on 3 week Europe tour with school in London, France, etc.. We got in on the "kids travel for Free" promo - but with airfare it still isn't a cheap venture :) We can't wait!!! I was looking to book a cruise when I saw the promo.

We have never travelled with ABD, but have done a cruise every year since 2000.

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions. I am expecting Disney to keep the kids entertained. They have been to Europe before, but not with a tour group. I told them it would be much more exciting than when we just travel on our own - not that we are boring - but me and Frommers are the tour guides :)

wdwsos
05-21-2007, 10:41 PM
We are booked for the Imperial cities June 21-28. We are travelling with a 6 year old and 14 (will turn 15 on the trip). Our 17 yr old will be on 3 week Europe tour with school in London, France, etc.. We got in on the "kids travel for Free" promo - but with airfare it still isn't a cheap venture :) We can't wait!!! I was looking to book a cruise when I saw the promo.

We have never travelled with ABD, but have done a cruise every year since 2000.

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions. I am expecting Disney to keep the kids entertained. They have been to Europe before, but not with a tour group. I told them it would be much more exciting than when we just travel on our own - not that we are boring - but me and Frommers are the tour guides :)


So, I'll see you there! We arrive on the 20th -- we added on a night on each end. I learned on Viva Italia that I needed more time when it was over!

I know we'll have at least one more child on this trip -- I think she's 5 years old. There's also me, my husband, our three boys (19, 21, 24), and an older brother and sister who traveled with us to Italy last year and wanted to come with us again. They're really sweet people!

My boys are traveling to London/Paris/Amsterdam/Munich before arriving in Vienna on the 20th. I'm pricing railpasses now -- ouch! I haven't even started looking at the hotels/hostels, and you know how crazy the airfare is! It'll be worth it though -- having someone else plan my whole trip is a luxury, since it's my profession and I do it 24/7 for everyone else!

And yes, AbD will keep the kids entertained! My boys will help, too. :)

Ga_friend
05-22-2007, 05:55 PM
Thank you so much for your reply. We are very excited. I booked this very quickly without thinking it through. Had I planned to take this trip with a little more thought - we definitely would have extended to get our money out of the airfare :) We are checking on extending our stay, because we have family in Germany - and would love to see them since we will be a lot closer than if we were in Atlanta. The airfare change is not looking good - but we shall see.

Our 6 year old is a girl and our 15 yr old is a boy - so even though your boys are older he is glad to hear there is someone in the vicinity of his age :) and not a lot of "old" people like me.

We look forward to meeting everyone. If you think of anything else we might need to pack or know - please let me know. I welcome all the help I can get :)

wdwsos
05-30-2007, 03:50 PM
GA Friend, did you get your box of goodies yet? I just received mine and also got a phone call from a happy client/friend who's on the trip with us who got hers as well!

I see that we're at the Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel rather than the Marriott Prague. I was disappointed until I started reading the reviews -- sounds lovely! The only problem is the Irish bar three doors down -- I may never see my sons! LOL!

Dotti

wdwsos
05-30-2007, 04:48 PM
GA Friend, did you get your box of goodies yet? I just received mine and also got a phone call from a happy client/friend who's on the trip with us who got hers as well!

I see that we're at the Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel rather than the Marriott Prague. I was disappointed until I started reading the reviews -- sounds lovely! The only problem is the Irish bar three doors down -- I may never see my sons! LOL!

Dotti

Oops... I lied. ;-) There's a misprint in the new booklets. At the beginning of the "Summary of Adventure" booklet, it lists the Radisson. However, in the rest of the booklet it correctly states that we're at the Prague Marriott. AbD just confirmed that we'd be at the Marriott. No complaints from me!

Ga_friend
05-31-2007, 08:48 AM
Hi Dotti -

We have not received anything yet. Everything goes to our travel agent - so I am going to check with her today to see if she has received anything. Thank you for letting me know. I am very anxious to see everything. Next time I need to see if the stuff can come straight to me :)

We have extended our trip until Sunday. We will be flying to Dortmund Thurday morning to visit friends in Germany.

Can't wait!!

Jonl

wdwsos
06-02-2007, 03:55 PM
Hi Dotti -

We have not received anything yet. Everything goes to our travel agent - so I am going to check with her today to see if she has received anything. Thank you for letting me know. I am very anxious to see everything. Next time I need to see if the stuff can come straight to me :)

We have extended our trip until Sunday. We will be flying to Dortmund Thurday morning to visit friends in Germany.

Can't wait!!

Jonl


You can have it all sent to you if your travel agent agrees. I started out having my clients' backpacks and documents come to me, but it didn't make much sense. For example, my family's came in three huge boxes -- if this was for a client, I'd be spending a fortune sending it back out! I'd rather send them a nice gift with that money. :) I have all the future documents going straight to the clients. I hope Disney doesn't change that policy, because that's not something we can do with land and sea packages.

I added one day before and one day after, but finally got my sons "almost" booked for their London/Paris/Amsterdam trip. I found them a great little B&B in Amsterdam on a houseboat, but they only take two people. I was disappointed! I know this isn't an AbD question, but if anyone has good recommendations for Amsterdam, please PM me! I think I've narrowed it down to three, but need to see what's available at this late date.

Dotti

MJGirl
06-04-2007, 12:21 AM
You can have it all sent to you if your travel agent agrees. I started out having my clients' backpacks and documents come to me, but it didn't make much sense. For example, my family's came in three huge boxes -- if this was for a client, I'd be spending a fortune sending it back out! I'd rather send them a nice gift with that money. :) I have all the future documents going straight to the clients. I hope Disney doesn't change that policy, because that's not something we can do with land and sea packages.

I added one day before and one day after, but finally got my sons "almost" booked for their London/Paris/Amsterdam trip. I found them a great little B&B in Amsterdam on a houseboat, but they only take two people. I was disappointed! I know this isn't an AbD question, but if anyone has good recommendations for Amsterdam, please PM me! I think I've narrowed it down to three, but need to see what's available at this late date.

Dotti

Just thought I would add my experience. I too booked with a TA, however, my box of goodies came to me directly, to my TAs surprise. The only shock I got was having to pay $41 Cdn duty. I spoke to ABD about this and they said I would be reimbursed, they just aren't sure how at this point. Just wanted to send this out as a warning to other Canadians travelling ABD!

Mary Jane ... Trip is getting closer now! Less than 4 weeks!

Ga_friend
06-14-2007, 10:09 AM
Hi Dotti -

We got our backpacks - they said they were held up to fix the "typo" on the hotel in the booklets :) I just got back in town and am frantically trying to insure we have everything. I know it said that "dressy" clothes are not needed. Since you have been on tours before - can you give me direction on dress? All blue jeans, khakis, are short acceptable, etc...

Thanks for your help. How are you boys doing? They are already in Europe, aren't they?

Jonl

ppiew
06-14-2007, 12:01 PM
I was on Paris/London last year and am going on Imperial Cities in August. Last years trip saw most people dressed in shorts/capris, etc, during the days. very casual!
On the last night (and the Mary Poppins Play/dinner) most women wore skirts/dresses and men wore collared shirts. Don't know if i ever saw a sport coat anywhere.

escape
06-14-2007, 02:32 PM
Hi everyone!

I just returned from a week in Vienna and I did not know about this Adventures by Disney bit. I found out about it because I stayed at the hotel that Disney uses - Vienna Marriott - great hotel and location! I kept seeing these signs that said "Welcome Disney by Adventure" so I had to check it out and this thread on the DIS boards. I spoke with a couple of people on the tour and they seemed to be having a great time. I think you are all in for a real treat. Don't miss Cafe Demel in Vienna if you get a chance. Great food and pastries! By the way, the temp. is getting quite warm in Vienna. I took a couple of sweaters but didn't really need them. As for Prague or Salzburg, I can't help you there.

Salzburg - it's been a few years since I've been there. Great town. As for souvenirs, there are two stores that carry the original Mozart balls (chocolates). I can't remember the stores but I'm sure your guide can tell you. You can find Mozart chocolates all throughout Austria but the originals - only in Salzburg - have a superior flavor. Funny how I can remember things like that.

Hope you all have a great time in Austria. Be sure to report back as I may be interested in taking a trip with AbD.

wdwsos
06-15-2007, 08:32 AM
Hi Dotti -

We got our backpacks - they said they were held up to fix the "typo" on the hotel in the booklets :) I just got back in town and am frantically trying to insure we have everything. I know it said that "dressy" clothes are not needed. Since you have been on tours before - can you give me direction on dress? All blue jeans, khakis, are short acceptable, etc...

Thanks for your help. How are you boys doing? They are already in Europe, aren't they?

Jonl

Last year's trip was Viva Italia, and it was very casual. Most people wore jeans or khakis. For the welcome dinner and the final dinner, the dressiest anyone got (and I just went back and looked at the photos!) was polo shirts for the men and nice capris and tops for the women. At the Vatican, we only had to worry about shoulders being covered; otherwise, everyone pretty much just dressed for comfort.

And yes, the boys are in Europe, thanks for remembering! They spent one night in London, took the Eurostar to Paris, and are now staying with cousins who they never met until a few days ago. :) They sound like they're having a great time. Saturday is Amsterdam and Tuesday night they board the train for Vienna. (We're coming in a day before the tour.)

The boys only have jeans and shorts with them. And they'll be in them for 10 days before you meet them. You may want to stand downwind. ;-)

Funny Paris story for anyone who loves Disney's Hunchback... The boys went to Notre Dame yesterday. Inside, there is a certain way to proceed around the altar. My middle son ("because of who I am") went the wrong way. He said he wanted to start singing, "God Help the Outcasts," because it reminded him of Esmeralda, walking in the opposite direction of everyone else during that scene. Cracked me up!

Dotti

wdwsos
06-15-2007, 08:34 AM
Hi everyone!

I just returned from a week in Vienna and I did not know about this Adventures by Disney bit. I found out about it because I stayed at the hotel that Disney uses - Vienna Marriott - great hotel and location! I.

Strange question, but would you happen to know if the hotel has laundry facilities? My sons will be joining us after 10 days of traveling on their own, and I'd sure like to be able to direct them to a washing machine. :)

Dotti

ppiew
06-15-2007, 10:28 AM
Why not email the hotel and ask? If they don't have a self service laundry, I am sure they 'do' laundry (at a high price). We had to have the hotel do some things for us in London - but no alternative! (Plus no time even if they did have a self serve, which they didn't)

padalyn
06-15-2007, 10:44 AM
Hi Padalyn. I see that you are staying in Barcelona for a few days this summer! Lucky you! It is fabulous! I am sure that you have some sort of itinerary, but let me add my 2 cents worth. Definitely see/tour the Gaudi buildings. You don't need a formal 'tour' for this (except at the buildings themselves). Sagrada Familia (took us several hours), Casa Batlo and La Perdrera are just opposite each other and interior tours are available. You can take public transportation to Parc Guell and walk around there too. Just to walk on the Ramblas is really fun. (just hang on to your wallet - pickpocketing is an art form there!)
If the ABD tour is anything like last years, you will need a jacket/windbreaker (they provide an umbrella), easy walking shoes, casual clothing, and one sort of dressy outfit. The dressy thing is NOT formal or really fancy, just a dress/pants suit for the final dinner and the one dressy evening we had at 'Mary Poppins.' I am assuming that the Austrian trip will be similar and am packing accordingly.
Will the itinerary be different for the Adult only tour? I know we had wanted to see the Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School but they will have just returned from their 'summer break' and so no performances are scheduled at that time. We are still going to try to get tickets for the stable tour and the morning exercise while we are in Vienna. Maybe they have a performance scheduled during your tour, if it is something you would be interested in doing.
I will certainly let you know the details of our tour when we return.

WOW - I did see the Gaudi houses....oh my...I am in love with Casa Batllo. I was impressed with Casa Mila (la Perdeda??). I was not overly wowed by Sagrada Familia. I just didn't like the structure - the thoughts and the planing are amazing. I just thought it over the top! Thanks for the ideas - I didn't get back to this thread in time to read them, but managed to get most of what you mentioned done. I took the cabel car to the castle on the top of the mountain - I reccommend that to anyone reading! awesome vista views fo the city and ports.

Hi everyone!

I just returned from a week in Vienna and I did not know about this Adventures by Disney bit. I found out about it because I stayed at the hotel that Disney uses - Vienna Marriott - great hotel and location! I kept seeing these signs that said "Welcome Disney by Adventure" so I had to check it out and this thread on the DIS boards. I spoke with a couple of people on the tour and they seemed to be having a great time. I think you are all in for a real treat. Don't miss Cafe Demel in Vienna if you get a chance. Great food and pastries! By the way, the temp. is getting quite warm in Vienna. I took a couple of sweaters but didn't really need them. As for Prague or Salzburg, I can't help you there.

Salzburg - it's been a few years since I've been there. Great town. As for souvenirs, there are two stores that carry the original Mozart balls (chocolates). I can't remember the stores but I'm sure your guide can tell you. You can find Mozart chocolates all throughout Austria but the originals - only in Salzburg - have a superior flavor. Funny how I can remember things like that.

Hope you all have a great time in Austria. Be sure to report back as I may be interested in taking a trip with AbD.

thanks for the input - we are starting to plan for that trip - we have so much travel planned this year it will take a month to just sort the pictures!.

Keep the posts coming! I am so looking forward to seeing these amazing cities!

Ga_friend
06-18-2007, 02:31 PM
I was on Paris/London last year and am going on Imperial Cities in August. Last years trip saw most people dressed in shorts/capris, etc, during the days. very casual!
On the last night (and the Mary Poppins Play/dinner) most women wore skirts/dresses and men wore collared shirts. Don't know if i ever saw a sport coat anywhere.

Thank you. My son is already balking on the long pants and collared shirt every night for dinner - but he will survive. Ahhh - the joys of a teenage boy! Leaving in two days - can't wait to report back.

ppiew
06-18-2007, 07:25 PM
Never saw a teen dressed up on our tour. Polo shirts and khaki's was about it. Don't worry about the fashions - it really is a non issue with the ABD tour.

wdwsos
06-19-2007, 12:28 AM
Thank you. My son is already balking on the long pants and collared shirt every night for dinner - but he will survive. Ahhh - the joys of a teenage boy! Leaving in two days - can't wait to report back.

LOL... well, since my sons are meeting us after a over a week of backpacking, and since all they have with them are T-shirts, shorts and jeans, I'm not sure I'd worry. Whatever your son wears, he'll be dressed nicer than they will. He'll probably smell better too unless I find a laundry...

We leave tomorrow and I haven't begun to pack! Every time I go away it seems that clients I haven't heard from in months pick up some kind of signal and call to book trips! I'm exhausted!

I'll be easy to recognize - the woman with the bags under her eyes and the clothespin on her nose. :)

escape
06-23-2007, 08:47 PM
Strange question, but would you happen to know if the hotel has laundry facilities? My sons will be joining us after 10 days of traveling on their own, and I'd sure like to be able to direct them to a washing machine. :)

Dotti

Sorry, I missed this question earlier.

I don't know the answer as I didn't need this option. Did you email the hotel as another poster suggested?

ETA: Ooops, I see you've already left. Sorry about that. Hope you are having a great time. :)