You can certainly learn a lot about cultural traditions when going on a trip with Adventures by Disney! Below are some examples.
Travel to Iceland
In Iceland, you’ll hear locals tell tales of these mischievous, but benevolent, creatures, known as the Yule Lads. According to legend, thirteen Yule Lads travel into town, one visiting each of the thirteen nights leading up to Christmas Eve. Each evening, local children will leave their shoes out on the window. The Lads will place treats and small gifts in the shoes of good kids, while naughty children will wake up to rotting potatoes!
While the Adventures by Disney trip to Iceland takes place in the summer months, you might just spot a few Yule Lads when you visit Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth, the home of these mischievous trolls. The locals are bound to have a few stories (or personal experiences to share!) about these notorious creatures.
Travel to Italy
Legend says that La Befana appears every Epiphany Eve, leaving gifts for good children – and coal for the bad ones! – along the way. She is described as kindhearted old witch bestowing gifts, but unlike Santa Claus, she doesn’t want milk and cookies. Instead, in certain parts of Italy, families leave out broccoli, sausage and a glass of wine for her to enjoy.
When you embark on an Adventures by Disney guided group vacation or Private Adventure to Italy during the holiday season, perhaps you will spot La Befana flying around on her broomstick or hear more about her story. If nothing else, you’ll have the chance to eat like La Befana when you enjoy local Italian fare!
Whereever you travel, you can count on having a wonderful holiday trip with Adventures by Disney!