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Top 10 Family Travel Destinations for 2017

Need to get away after the holidays? We’ve got the place to cure all that ails you! From epic adventures, to monumental visits to underwater exploration, we’ve come up with a list of our Top 10 Destinations to Visit with your Family in 2017! Yes, we have tours to some of these places, and we’d love to have you along with us, but we chose to take families on tours to these places because of the range of activities and amenities they have for families!

1) FIJI

Levuka, Fiji

Seamus with local Fijian kids, Levuka, Fiji

Not only is the landscape breathtaking…above and below the waves, but the people are phenomenal! Fijians are some of the most welcoming, genuinely warm people we’ve ever met. And, they LOVE kids!

Plus, there are plenty of adventure activities to help your family enjoy the amazing vistas…snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking to waterfalls, cliff jumping, tubing, jumping in hot springs and much more!

Check out our Travel With Kids Fiji episode to learn more about this amazing country!

About our Travel With Kids Small Ship Family Cruise to Fiji:
July 25 – August 1, 2017

Reef Endeavor, FijiHop aboard the exquisite 65-cabin Reef Endeavor to explore the remote islands of Fiji. Meet locals in far away places, enjoy a kava ceremony in a small village and learn to meke (dance), indulge in Fijian cuisine…maybe even learn to cook in the South Pacific style, explore secluded beaches, discover the vibrant world below the waves, snorkeling and water activities, volunteer project at a local school, Family Olympic games on a private island, hike to pristine waterfalls and much more!* Plus, enjoy relaxation time on the ship’s expansive decks, in the on-board swimming pool, spa pool and sauna, lounge, massage and beauty center, mini-gym and much more. Operated by Captain Cook Cruises of Australia.Prices starting from $1299 per person*. More information on our TWK Family Cruise to Fiji page.
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10) IRELAND


Ireland’s castles and rich history of knights and pirate queens stirs the imaginations of children of all ages, but add eco-friendly adventure activities, music and dancing, and great craic (Gaelic for fun) and you have a Craic-en good time for the whole family! Start with Dublin where you explore some major historical sites, visit museums and a fantastic zoo, learn to play Irish games and try your hand, or should we say foot, at Irish jig. Then, head west to the dramatic Atlantic coast visiting small towns of the Northwest and then south, past the famous Cliffs of Moher, to the famous Killarney. A visit to the Dingle Peninsula wouldn’t be the same for families without a horseback ride through the rolling green hills and don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone!

Find out more on Travel With Kids Ireland

Kids interested in learning more? Read Nate & Shea’s Adventure in Ireland!

9) CHINA

China’s epic sites like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Yangtze River draw tourists in increasing numbers, but get off-the-beaten path here and it will feel like you are an original Marco Polo exploring it on a lone expedition. Start your trip in Beijing where you can easily visit the Great Wall. Then, head south by train to Chengdu to get nose to nose with pandas before embarking down the Yangtze River where you will snake through the Three River Gorges, visit rural towns, go through one of the largest dams in the world and more. End your time in Shanghai, a contrasting mix of ancient and modern China.

Travel With Kids Family Adventure Tour coming in 2018! Interested in joining us, fill out the Tour Interest Form.

Check out the episodes we filmed on the Yangtze River

Find out more on Travel With Kids China

8) COSTA RICA

Costa Rica’s motto is Pura Vida, Pure Life, and with its plethora of eco-friendly outdoor activities that immerse you in wild nature, it’s easy to see why! Explore the jungles at the base of a volcano by hiking, zip lining and white water rafting, and perhaps spotting animals like monkeys, sloths, kinkajous, frogs, lizards and more, before heading to the Pacific Coast for some R & R…well, that’s if you can find time between the snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding and turtle conserving!

More on Travel With Kids Family Adventure in Costa Rica

7) VIETNAM

Vietnam offers a wide array of family-friendly activities…from kayaking Halong Bay to learning to cook in Hanoi to discovering war history in Saigon. Start by exploring the north in Hanoi – perusing colorful markets housed in French Colonial buildings. Then, board a traditional junk boat to explore the bizarre rock formations and caves of Halong Bay. Stay for a few days to experience rural life in the bay from floating villages to sprawling rice fields. Next, head south where you will learn about the Vietnam War (or the American War as they call it) at iconic sites like the Cuchi Tunnels. End your trip on the Mekong Delta where you will visit floating markets and small villages. If you have some extra time, head up the Mekong River to Cambodia where you can visit the world wonder Angkor Wat!

More on Travel With Kids Family Adventure Tour to Vietnam.

6) BELIZE

With a Caribbean coastline boasting one of the world’s longest great barrier reefs and lush jungles dotted with Mayan pyramids, this tiny country in Central America packs more than its fair share of punch for family fun. Cayes in the north provide easy access to idyllic Caribbean islands at a fraction of the cost of the mainstream Caribbean. The waters here teem with colorful corals and fish life, intrepid scuba divers and snorkelers can even swim with sting rays and sharks. Head further south to get a bit off-the-beaten path in Garifuna-influenced Placencia, a small beach town with pathways raised over beach sands of this peninsula. Head inland to experience Mayan culture near San Ignacio or cross over into Guatemala to experience the wonder of Tikal.

Learn more from our Travel With Kids Belize episode or on our Travel With Kids Belize page.

5) ITALY

 

Since times pre-dating the Roman empire, the region of what is now Italy has been a voyager’s paradise and today is no different. With epic landmarks like the Roman Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the sinking city of Venice, Italy draws quite a crowd. But it’s still possible to get off-the-beaten path and have some truly unique experiences the whole family will love; think cooking classes, learning to steer a gondola boat, gelato tasting and more. Start your tour in Venice, and see this city before it is engulfed by the sea…feed pigeons in St. Mark’s Square, if it’s not flooded, watch glass being made in Murano, make a mask, hear a concert or just get lost in the tiniest back roads you’ve ever seen. Next, head to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and use it as a base to explore artistic Florence and medieval towns like San Gimignano. End your trip in Rome, exploring the Forum and Colosseum and then learning the tricks of the trade in gladiator school and more!

Travel With Kids Family Tour to Italy coming in 2018! Interested in joining us? Fill out the Tour Interest Form.

Learn more about Italy in our Travel With Kids episodes:
Venice
Rome

Kids want to learn more? Read Nate & Shea’s Adventure in Italy!

4) PERU

The most diverse place on earth and one of the most quickly vanishing, the Amazon Rainforest provides guests with endless discovery both natural and cultural. Explore the wilds of the Amazon by foot and by boat learning about animals from monkeys and capybaras to caterpillars and tarantulas. Plus, visit a remote tribe and immerse in their way of living learning to shoot arrows, make fire and more. Next, head into Peru’s most well-known territory: Land of the Incas. Spend days wandering the colorful markets, cobbled town squares and Spanish colonial churches of Cusco before heading into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and discovering the world wonder of Machu Picchu. Join our:Travel With Kids
Family Adventure Tour to Peru

June 27 – July 7, 2017

Prices starting at $2399 per person.
Find out more on our

TWK Family Adventure Tour Peru page.
Check out our Travel With Kids Peru episode filmed there in 2015!Kids want to learn more? Read Nate & Shea’s Adventures in Peru!

3) MEXICO: MAYAN RIVIERA

With its combination of fun in the sun, and under the waves, along its Caribbean shore, and rich Mayan history in epic pyramid sites, the Mayan Riviera makes for family fun to the extreme. We like the south Caribbean coast near Tulum as a base. Then, head out to explore Mayan pyramids at Tulum and Coba, rappel into and snorkel through cenotes (underwater caves) zip line over alligators, peruse markets and much more!Learn more by watching Travel With Kids Mayan Riviera!

2) SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa offers a perfect blend of cultural and natural immersion with modern infrastructure and amenities making it easy to travel with your families, but still enticingly exotic! Learn the history of this new democracy by walking the steps of its famous leader Nelson Mandela, discover the rich heritage and colorful culture in a township, immerse in nature by getting incredibly close with lions, elephants and giraffes and rolling across the African bush spotting animals like lions, rhinos, leopards, giraffe and more. Plus, lots of fun activities like visiting a local school & giving back to township children, learning to track animals, picnicking in the Africa bush and more! Optional add-on to Victoria Falls and/or Capetown available.

Learn more by watching our video from the last TWK Family Adventure trip to South Africa.

Plan for 2018! Our 2017 South Africa trip is SOLD OUT. We are now taking reservations for our 2018 TWK Family Adventure Tour to South Africa. Itinerary will be similar to this year’s South Africa trip.

Kids want to learn more? Read Nate & Shea’s Adventures in South Africa and keep that brain spinning with our South Africa Activity Book!

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