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Our best family vacation ideas explore the endless number of destinations that are perfect for all ages.

From Costa Rica to Italy, Belize to Thailand, Australia to Japan, Tanzania to Greece, find ancient temples, visit elegant palaces, enjoy hands-on cooking classes, or search for unique wildlife. You can find the destination that best fits how your family wants to enjoy travel with these ideas on where to go with your kids.

The following ideas offer inspiring getaways, with essential experiences that will provide everlasting memories.

Overview
  1. 1. Italy Family Vacation: Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast
  2. 2. 10-Day Greece Island-Hopping Family Vacation
  3. 3. 17-Day Luxury Family Vacation: Adventures in Thailand and Laos
  4. 4. East Africa Family Safari: Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Kenya
  5. 5. Kid-Friendly Vacation to Southern Spain
  6. 6. 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize
  7. 7. Costa Rica Family-Friendly Vacation: Jungle, Wildlife, and Beach
  8. 8. Endless Appeal of Japan: Immersive Family Tour
  9. 9. 3-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina
  10. 10. Family-Friendly Morocco Tour in One Week
  11. 11. Family Vacation Tour to England and Scotland
  12. 12. Australia Island-Hopping Family Vacation
  13. Explore the Best Vacation Ideas for Families

1. Italy Family Vacation: Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast

Father with his daughters on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Amalfi Coast in Italy

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Rome, Florence, Amalfi, Vatican City

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Italy is all about enjoying life and experiences, and this Italy Family Vacation: Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast was crafted to introduce new and exciting adventures that are perfect for travelers of all ages. Visit the Vatican Museum before official opening hours, enjoy the flavors of gelato on an organized course, and become art adventurers in Florence while discovering the depths of Italy’s timeless allure on the best family vacations.

Learn more: Italy Family VacationsItaly Family Travel Guide

2. 10-Day Greece Island-Hopping Family Vacation

Mother and son looking out over the water in Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Santorini, Nea Kameni

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Greece will inspire with preserved ruins and captivating mythology emanating from the land and sea. Our 10-Day Greece Island Hopping Family Vacation was designed to showcase delicious flavors found in traditional Greek cuisine and the tangible history found from the Parthenon to the birthplace of Apollo. Whether you prefer tasty treats in Athens or trekking Santorini’s panoramic cliffs, Greece is a fantastic family-friendly destination, with ideas for all ages.

Learn more: Greece Family VacationsGreece Family Travel Guide

3. 17-Day Luxury Family Vacation: Adventures in Thailand and Laos

Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Length: 17 days

Places Visited: Bangkok, Ayutthaya Province, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Impressive, breathtaking, and adventurous all describe the 17-Day Luxury Family Vacation: Adventures in Thailand and Laos. It’s designed specifically for family-friendly exploration. Each day offers a new experience perfect for all ages as you visit tribes in the northern mountains, find traditional heritage with your taste buds on a food tour, and witness the storybook ambiance of former kingdoms.

Learn more: Thailand Family VacationsThailand Travel Guide

4. East Africa Family Safari: Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Kenya

Lioness drinking with her cubs at Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Zanzibar, Dongwe, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

East Africa exudes majesty, from its herds of elephants to the pristine wilderness. The East Africa Family Safari: Zanzibar, Tanzania & Kenya was crafted to be the perfect way to experience untouched landscapes with incredible wildlife and remarkable scenery. Witness the abundance of animals in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, find rare colobus monkeys in Lake Manyara, and search for signs of passing wildlife during alternative safari experiences.

Learn more: Family-Friendly African SafarisEast Africa Safaris

5. Kid-Friendly Vacation to Southern Spain

Family boating in the canal at Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Gibraltar, Malaga

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Spain is one of the best family vacation spots for imaginative kids. Spain travel specialists designed the Kid-Friendly Vacation to Southern Spain as a way to capture your family’s imagination, from medieval streets to delicious delicacies. Each day immerses you in the fairytale spirit of preserved walls, treasured heritage, and continued traditions. From Roman ruins to electric flamenco, Moorish architecture to Spanish passion, you will quickly feel the embrace of Spain’s unique charms in a family-friendly environment.

Learn more: Spain Family VacationsSpain Travel Guide

6. 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize

Young boy shows off a starfish he found while snorkeling in Belize

Snorkeling in Belize

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: San Ignacio, Belmopan, Placencia Peninsula

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

By embracing natural history and cultural heritage, you will experience true majesty on this 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize. Cruise the calm and colorful waters for deeper insight into the diversity of the natural world as you snorkel in the world’s second-largest barrier reef or visit impressive Maya ruins. You are not just witnessing nature, but wandering through it, tracking the marine life, and finding how local wildlife overtook a powerful city.

Learn more: Belize Family VacationsBelize Travel Guide

7. Costa Rica Family-Friendly Vacation: Jungle, Wildlife, and Beach

Family of capuchin monkeys in a tree

Capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica

Length: 7 days

Places Visited: Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jiménez, Corcovado, Uvita, Manuel Antonio

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Costa Rica Family Friendly Vacation: Jungle, Wildlife & Beach captures the essential charms of the country by plunging you into safe adventure, stunning landscapes, and magnificent coastline. Costa Rica's biodiversity is phenomenal, with your tour designed to reveal breaching whales and hatching turtles, vibrant coral reefs and rambunctious monkeys. The adventure focuses on the wonders of nature by making the natural world accessible to the entire family.

Learn more: Costa Rica Family Vacations​​Costa Rica Travel Guide

8. Endless Appeal of Japan: Immersive Family Tour

Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Length: 13 days

Places Visited: Hakone, Kobe, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Japan overflows with culture and magnificent scenery, continually fluctuating between the past and the future. Charlotte, a Japan travel expert, crafted the Endless Appeal of Japan: Immersive Family Tour as the perfect introduction to Tokyo’s immaculate skyline and the evergreen scenery of Hakone. You can experience Kyoto’s spirited ambiance as you visit classic temples, learn about artisan craftsmanship, and embrace unparalleled views of Mount Fuji.

Learn more: Japan Family VacationsJapan Travel Guide

9. 3-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina

Puelo River Valley, Chile

Puelo River Valley, Chile

Length: 19 days

Places Visited: Santiago, Casablanca, Puelo, Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine, El Calafate, Buenos Aires

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Chile and Argentina are perfect for educational and adventurous family vacations with kids of middle-school age and older. This featured itinerary, 3-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina, is a way to share the countries’ sensational trails, captivating waterfalls, and impressive cultures. From Buenos Aires’s diverse neighborhoods to the dramatic granite walls of Torres del Paine, Chile and Argentina become legends your family can touch and explore while creating your own stories.

Learn more: Best Places to Visit in Argentina with FamilyTop Things to Do in Argentina with Family

10. Family-Friendly Morocco Tour in One Week

Mother and daughter walking on streets of Ait Benhaddou near Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ait Benhaddou near Ouarzazate, Morocco

Length: 7 days

Places Visited: Essaouira, Marrakech, Ouarzazate

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

With grand Moorish history and the mysteries of the Sahara desert, Morocco has timeless stories resulting in endless allure. Family-Friendly Morocco Tour in One Week was designed as a way for children of all ages and parents to explore the beauty of the culture and scenery, from the Atlantic coastline to rolling sand dunes. Whether interested in colors of the marketplace or the stunning gardens, the historic mansions or aromatic cuisine, you will discover why Morocco is perfect for your family vacation.

Learn more: Morocco Family Vacations & ToursMorocco Travel Guide

11. Family Vacation Tour to England and Scotland

London city view from the London Eye pod

London city view from the London Eye pod

Length: 11 days

Places Visited: London, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Fort William, Loch Ness, Great Glen, Glen Coe, Stonehenge

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

England and Scotland exude grace and mystique that captivate children and adults. Family Vacation Tour of England & Scotland was designed to share the stories of kings and queens, warriors and poets. Whether searching for the Loch Ness monster or listening to the legends of Stonehenge, visiting elegant palaces or wandering antique cobbled lanes, your family vacation will become an unforgettable adventure brimming with inspiring memories.

Learn more: UK Family VacationsUK Travel Guide

12. Australia Island-Hopping Family Vacation

Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia

Photo courtesy Hamilton Island

Length: 17 days

Places Visited: Sydney, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Freycinet Peninsula, Lord Howe Island

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Adventure awaits your family on the Australia Island-Hopping Family Vacation designed by Stacey, an Australian travel specialist. The country feels separated yet connected by dynamic cultures, as you explore idyllic tropical life on Hamilton Island and the flourishing marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Tasmania’s pristine forests offer a unique perspective of the landscape, while Freycinet Peninsula’s coastline lures you with white-washed sands.

Learn more: Australia Family VacationsAustralia Travel Guide

Explore the Best Vacation Ideas for Families

Mother and daughter in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Traveling as a family helps you make and shape indescribable memories that last a lifetime. No matter where you go, you can experience wonder and charm, whether you dive into history, explore new cuisine, or adventure to remote beaches with our vacation ideas.

Find more inspiration tailored to your preferences by visiting our family tours and vacations. You can also find new ideas for visiting a variety of destinations on Zicasso’s family vacation travel guide or our guide on unique places to visit as a family.

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