This summer, why not let someone else sweat the details?
For families considering an adventure vacation, I highly recommend Smart Parents Guide sponsor Kensington Tours. They organized our private guided trip to Thailand, and every detail was perfect. Even better, it was surprisingly affordable.
While they’ll take you pretty much anywhere in the world, some trips are just naturally better for families than others. Read on for their top trips for families, and don’t be surprised if your armchair traveling turns into the real thing — the places and prices are that good.
JUNGLES & JAGUARS
Costa Rica Family Adventure
7 Days from $1,799 pp
Fact: Monkeying around can bring a family closer together. Get your clan’s adrenaline pumping with kidtastic Costa Rican action including zip lining through the tree tops, exotic animal safaris and volcano hikes. If that’s not enough, enjoy a river cruise, thermal pools and plenty of snorkeling, surfing and relaxing on white sand beaches. Complete with kid friendly hotels, your own private guide and driver, your family will go wild for this Costa Rican adventure.
THE GREAT WALL & BEYOND
China Family Adventure
12 Days from $3,995 pp
This National Geographic Award winning, action-packed journey through China is filled to the brim with kidtastic fun for children and adults of every age! Highlights include the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors and more. Enjoy visiting local families, Tai Chi lessons, rural villages, dazzling Kung Fu shows, terraced rice paddies, cultural performances and delicious cooking lessons, all at your family’s pace.
THE REAL HAKUNA MATATA
Kidtastic Kenya Adventure
8 Days from $2,800 pp
The little ones will go wild for thundering elephants, preying lions, bathing hippos and tree-climbing leopards on this kidtastic safari through Nairobi, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara with private guide.
While not on game drives, kids 1 to 99 will love the elephant and giraffe centers, chimpanzee refuge, rhino sanctuary and meeting local Masai. For sky-high adventure add a hot air balloon ride to this safari, made to measure.
GLADIATORS, GONDOLAS & PIZZA
Italy Family Signature
9 Days from $4,999 pp
Tickle your palate during gelato tastings in Florence, test your mettle at Rome’s Gladiator school, try your hand at Venetian mask making and ride the gondolas of Venice. Complete with private guide and driver, premium hotels and the perfect mix of activities and time at leisure.
NATURE’S MAGIC SHOW
Galapagos Family Adventure By Land
6 Days from $2,895 pp
A kidtastic animal packed adventure for families of any age (or just the young at heart), this wild journey takes you deep into the legendary Galapagos Islands. Enjoy an amazing eco-hotel, private tours of Quito, delicious fare and more.
Then follow in the footsteps of Darwin as you discover unique and fearless animals. With hiking, snorkeling, equatorial stars and pristine beaches, this tour is educational and exciting!
Still not sure where you want to go? Check out the Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations for more parent-to-parent trip planning tips.