Well, first off Joe told me I should be posting this in Trip Planning for Seniors. *Whatever*
Next year is my 50th birthday. Ow. Boy did that creep up on me. We want to do something really memorable. And fun for both of us.
We're interested in the Adventures by Disney trips, and have been doing a bunch of research. I've seen where Kristen and others have posted about it as well. No doubt, they can be really pricey.
What attracts me to it, though, is (a) we don't have to plan much and (b) we feel very comfortable in the hands of Disney for something like this, because we've never done a guided trip before, we've never traveled internationally, and we know we cannot plan it ourselves and feel comfortable we've considered everything. But I still haven't lost sight of the pricing, especially since airfare to the location is over and above. Owsies! But you only turn 50 once
I've come up with a working list of 7 possible options - several are AbD, and some are not. And we would really, really, really appreciate any feedback (good, bad, no matter) on any of the locations, itineraries, weather...anything
Here is some general info that goes with the planning:
- We would be traveling in mid-September 2013
- Neither of us has ever traveled abroad, and at least one of us may have fears about international travel (some rational, most not)
- Weather is going to be important. I want warmth and sun. I don't want to be cold, and to me anything below 70 degrees (F) is going to be cold
The AbD trips we are looking at are Adult Exclusives.
So with that in mind, here's what is currently on the list of possibilities:
Adventures by Disney: Cities of Knights & Lights
8 days and 7 nights at the following cities: London, Windsor, Stonehenge, Paris and Versailles. Too touristy? Too much moving around?
DisneyLand and Aulani Combo
3 nights at DisneyLand and 7 nights at Aulani. DisneyLand intrigues me, and we've always talked about Hawaii once in our lifetime. There's a cool horseback riding excursion I have my eye on too. It would be kinda nice to break up the flight to Hawaii from the East Coast with a stop in CA.
Adventures by Disney: Viva Italia
9 days and 8 nights at the following cities: Rome, Orvieto, Tuscany, Artimino, Florence and Venice
Disney World Park & Cruise Combo
4 nights at Polynesian and 3-Night Bahamian Cruise on Disney Dream. Neither of us has ever been on a cruise either. We'd have the familiarity of WDW, a stay at the Poly, which is on my list of must-dos, and would probably build in some fun tours.
Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa - Hawaii
Somewhere between 7 - 10 days at Aulani. A pure Hawaii vacation. Could we find enough to do for 7-10 days? Neither of us can just sit on the beach for an extended period of time. But they do have a number of excursions available (for a fee, of course). And I'm back to the idea of horseback riding in Hawaii!
Adventures by Disney: Scotland: A Brave Adventure
9 days and 8 nights in Edinburgh, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye. This would be with Deb Wills from Allears.net. I can only imagine Deb would have some extra magical things planned, and she would be an incredible person with whom to travel. But I'm really concerned about the weather in Scotland in September. Has anyone been there in September? And PS - I just *know* I would be the one to find the Loch Ness monster!!
Adventures by Disney: Backstage Magic
Hollywood and Disneyland(r) Resort. Raise the curtain and take a peek behind the magic of Hollywood and Disney. Feel like a VIP on back stage tours of Walt Disney Studios, Imagineers' workshops, The Jim Henson Studio and much more. Might not be as exciting as the others, but sure sounds fun! But is this something we could really do any time?
So......thoughts? Anything you would suggest alternatively?
Thanks in advance.