On these carefully curated tours, a local expert finds ways to stimulate curious young minds and foster a lifelong love for travel Each journey is filled with enriching activities, like a hands-on baking demonstration in a Parisian boulangerie or the excitement of meeting Maasai children at their school in Kenya. In Antarctica, a kids-only Zodiac boat tour with a marine biologist has inspired many young scientists.
As culinary travel becomes one of the most sought-after travel experiences, families have not been forgotten. New in 2018 is the Family Foodie Experience. These culinary adventures give multigenerational groups an authentic cuisine experience. Families have the chance to enjoy handmade dumplings in Xian or churros in Madrid.
Itineraries also focus on education through connections with nature, culture and locals. Trips feature in-depth cultural engagements through hands-on workshops, local soccer games with schoolchildren, the use of local transportation and more.
Group size is small, typically not more than 24 in order to facilitate the type of local experiences noted above. Also, to ensure sightseeing remains crowd-free and maintain the ability to offer the highest level of accommodations, including boutique properties, superior service and luxury amenities.
Just because these journeys are designed with kids in mind, adults aren’t sacrificing any of the luxuries and service they have come to expect from tour companies like Abercrombie & Kent and Disney.
The new Family Switzerland journey is an eight-day journey that includes rafting the Rare River, a visit to a local cheese-making factory, private alphorn-playing lessons, a chocolate-themed walking tour and more.
The Family London & Paris trip is seven days and includes a high-speed boat ride on the Thames, travel through the Chunnel by train, a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, a stop at a French boulangerie and more.
Family Spain highlights the country’s celebrated architecture with including Granada’s Alhambra and Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia as well as an equestrian show, traditional tapas, paella-making and more.
The Family Italy journey is a 10-day journey through the heart of Italy, including gladiator training, pizza-making, museum tours and more.
Want to know more? Just ask your local tour expert, Christine Rakes