Adventures by Disney is offering tours in Rome in 2019

(11:40 a.m. EDT) -- Adventures by Disney, the land tour arm of the Disney vacation empire, has new trips for 2019 available for passengers looking to explore more before their Disney cruise.

Known as Short Escapes, the three-night, four-day trips have been added for 2019 in Rome and Vancouver for Disney sailings out of those ports. The new trips join a roster of pre- tours that includes Southern California (for sailings out of San Diego), Barcelona and Copenhagen.

The Rome trip features a VIP tour of the Colosseum, a hands-on mosaic class and a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Details of the Vancouver tours have not been released. (If you're curious about what these trips are like, read our take on an Adventures by Disney Short Escape out of Barcelona.)

Long common with river cruising, pre- and post-cruise tours are becoming more popular as add-ons to an ocean cruise. Luxury cruise line Silversea has developed a slate of exotic pre- and post-cruise trips known as Signature Land Programs that visit destinations such as Nepal, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

Adventures by Disney also runs its own family-friendly river cruises on the Rhine, Danube and Seine rivers.

Bookings for all 2019 Adventures by Disney trips open on May 9.

--By Chris Gray Faust, Managing Editor