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Traveling as a family can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together away from hectic schedules that tie up our everyday lives. It can provide children with unbelievable, "hands on" learning experiences and inspire young minds to understand, respect, and appreciate other cultures and environments. However, traveling as a family is not without its hazards and can create added challenges for the safety, health, and enjoyment of everyone involved. With this in mind, we have created a family suggestion sheet to help you make the most out of your experience abroad. Below are some general tips that apply to any of our adventures and some tour-by tour comments to help you decide if a specific trip is right for your family. For more information, please contact us anytime. We look forward to helping you create the perfect adventure for your family!

Top 10 Family Vacation Tours for 2019-2020

Best Family Cruises for 2019-2020

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Mediterranean Nature & Culture$42808RelaxedStep aboard the Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day Mediterranean cruise between Greece and Italy. Discover the UNESCO designated Amalfi Coast, …
Complete Galapagos Wildlife Cruise$45018RelaxedCruise the Galapagos in style on this comprehensive 8-day tour of the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and …
Galapagos Southern + Central Islands Cruise$45008RelaxedBoard the Eric or Letty for an unforgettable 8-day cruise through the Galapagos. Encounter distinctive biodiversity including giant tortoises and …
From the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic$36408RelaxedStep aboard Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day cruise from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in …
Footsteps Back in Time$47608RelaxedHave amazing animal encounters while experiencing the depth and breadth of what the islands offer, including top notch landing sites on this 8-day …
Family Cruise to the Southern Islands$45008RelaxedGalapagos tours are an excellent choice for families interested in wildlife and nature. Enjoy a variety of activities to interest kids of all ages …
Family Cruise to the Western Islands$45008RelaxedThis specially-designed 8-day cruise gives the entire family a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the western …
Eastern Islands$38368RelaxedExplore the islands of Bartolome, North Seymour, San Cristobal, Española, and Floreana on this 8-day Eastern cruise aboard the Galapagos Legend. …
Eastern & Western Islands$36068RelaxedJoin the crew of the Galapagos Legend for an 8-day unique adventure on the enchanted islands. Let yourself be captivated by the unusual high …
West & Central Islands$38368RelaxedBoard the Galapagos Legend and set sail for an 8-day cruise adventure around the west and central islands of the Galapagos. This cruise allows you to …

Best Tours for Older Families

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Antarctic Small Ship Expedition$599510RelaxedLeaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, this 10-day small ship expedition cruise of Antarctica is an excellent value and takes you through the Beagle …
Ecuador Highlights$23719RelaxedBegin and end your nine-day trip discovering the best of Ecuador high in the Andes where we'll explore the colonial capital city of Quito. Then, …
Complete Galapagos Wildlife Cruise$76508RelaxedCruise the Galapagos in style on the M/V Origin on this comprehensive 8-day tour of the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, …
Patagonia Wildlife Safari$22145-7RelaxedOn this tour of Chile's Southern Patagonia region experience penguins, guanacos, Darwin's Rheas, Andean foxes, and more as you hike or even bike …
Wildlife Odyssey$713416RelaxedDiscover three natural wonders of the world in one amazing trip: the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. …
Magical Bali$12358RelaxedJourney into the ancient temples of Ubud, hike along the stunning country landscapes characterized by rice terraces, and explore the famous beach …
Hamanasi Adventure$15275-8RelaxedOn this 5-8 day Belize tour enjoy both marine and inland adventures. Choose from activities such as snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, canoeing, and …
Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path$929513RelaxedBegin and end your 13-day Antarctic cruise in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Akademic Loffe. Enjoy optional activities ranging from overnight …
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent$669511RelaxedThis exciting Antarctic cruise navigates the famed Drake Passage, explores the wildlife-rich shores of the South Shetland Islands, and makes numerous …
Mediterranean Nature & Culture$42808RelaxedStep aboard the Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day Mediterranean cruise between Greece and Italy. Discover the UNESCO designated Amalfi Coast, …

Travel Guide for Family Tours & Cruises

What to expect on a Family experience with Adventure Life
That all depends on where you're going and who's with you! Every one of our family adventures is unique, meaning that we have a family experience for every type of family - whether you're traveling with young kids, adolescents seeking an active learning experience, adventurous adults, or relaxed pace groups for older families. 

The major focus of our family itineraries is ACTIVITIES! No matter what ages you are traveling with, our adventures tend to be a "one-size-fits-all." Nothing in this category is extremely challenging but all of these itineraries do feature daily activities that will keep you on the move. 

Education in action is a primary focus for these itineraries, so if you're hoping to travel with young children who might not appreciate that, make sure to inquire and let us know so that we can find the perfect itinerary to keep our youngest explorers engaged too. Daily activities might include a nature hike led by an expert naturalist guide, a visit to conservation centers for animals from pandas to tortoises, or biking or walking tours of a city, to name a few.

Rafting, ziplining, snorkeling, and kayaking are a few other options available on many of our family itineraries if you're looking for a bit more adventure. 

We know that planning a trip for your family, especially to somewhere you've never been can be a daunting idea. Let us know when you're ready to start planning and we'll take you through the whole process, making sure to answer any questions so you can focus on the excitement and fun with your family.

Helpful Tips for Traveling Families

Choose an adventure as a family. Include your kids of all ages in the decision-making process. Show them pictures, talk about what you are hoping to experience, and don't forget to discuss some of the challenges you might encounter such as people who don't speak their language, strange foods, long walks, unscheduled time, etc.

Research the area. Make it a family project to learn about the country you will be traveling to. Encourage children to read books and/or watch films before the trip. Help your children think up questions that they would like to ask while they are there.

Consider health precautions. Contact your pediatrician to find out minimum age recommendations for suggested immunizations. Don't forget to discuss any specific health concerns for your child that might be aggravated by the stresses of overseas travel. Pack a basic first-aid kit including Band-Aids, pain relievers, anti-itch lotion, and anti-diarrhea medication.

Pack the essentials. Make sure all children pack their favorite book or portable game, along with travel games to keep them entertained during long flights or airport layovers. Bring crayons, pens, paper, etc in your carry-on so that kids can quickly access these items.

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