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Best Family Itineraries for 2021 - 2022

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Mother and son in front of Reclining Golden Buddha at Wat Sri Sunthon Temple in Phuket, Thailand

Mother and son in front of Reclining Golden Buddha at Wat Sri Sunthon Temple in Phuket, Thailand

From Costa Rica to Italy, France to Thailand, Australia to Japan, South Africa to Greece, you have an endless number of vacation destinations perfect for the entire family in 2021 and 2022. The following sample tours offer inspiring getaways with essential experiences that will give your family everlasting memories. From ancient temples to elegant palaces, hands-on cooking classes, to unique wildlife, you can find the best destination for your family.

Family Trip to Italy: Nature, Ancient Temples, and Cuisine

Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Length: 12 Days

Places Visited: Rome, Agrigento, Taormina, Amalfi

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Italy is all about enjoying life and experiences, and this Family Trip to Italy: Nature, Ancient Temples, and Cuisine was crafted by Alexandra, a travel specialist for Italy, to introduce new and exciting adventures that are perfect for travelers of all ages. Visit the Vatican Museum before official opening hours, explore charming Capri by private boat, and become archeologists in Pompeii to discover the inspiring depths of Italy’s timeless family-friendly allure.

Athens, Crete, and Santorini Luxury Family Tour

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Length: 11 Days

Places Visited: Crete, Athens, Santorini, Chania, Rethymnon

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Greece will inspire with legendary preserved ruins and captivating mythology emanating from the land and sea. Rebecca, a Greece travel specialist, designed the Athens, Crete, and Santorini Luxury Family Tour to showcase delicious flavors found in traditional Greek cuisine and the tangible history found from the Parthenon to the palace of Knossos. Whether you prefer tasty secrets in Athens or trekking Santorin’s panoramic cliffs, Greece is a fantastic family-friendly destination with something for all ages.

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 cherished 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 family 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 meticulous artisan craftsmanship, and embrace the unparalleled views of Mount Fuji.

Australia Island Hopping Family Vacation

View from the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park, Australia

View from the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park, Australia

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 by worlds and 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 spanning the charismatic coastline.

Family Vacation Tour to England & Scotland

Village Painswick and surrounding countryside in the Cotswolds

Painswick in the Cotswolds, England

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 alike. Family Vacation Tour of England & Scotland was designed to share with your family 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.

Untamed Iceland for 2021-2022

Hvítserkur rock formation on the Vatnsnes peninsula in North-West Iceland

Hvítserkur rock formation on the Vatnsnes peninsula in North-West Iceland

Length: 8 days

Places Visited: Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Skrapatungurett, Kjolur, Kerlingarfjoll, Skagafjordur

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Iceland is a land of legend embodying the captivating images of fire and ice. Andres, an Iceland travel specialist, designed the Untamed Iceland for 2021-2022 tour as the perfect exploration meant to unearth the dynamic colors and fascinating polarities of the untouched landscape. Embrace the black-pebbled beaches and view the fascinating horse gathering. Your family will follow the trails and find amazement from hot pools to waterfalls as you participate in past and present heritage.

Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Length: 12 Days

Places Visited: Porto (City), The Douro Valley, Lisbon, Aveiro, Nazaré, Obidos, Sintra (City), Cascais, Algarve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Portugal is a delightful destination that offers a taste of magic from the coastline to the historical cities. Ana, a Portugal travel expert, designed the Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour to immerse your family in the remarkable history and heritage sites preserved across the country. The past becomes tangible in the continued traditions you can experience, from exploring Porto in sidecars to finding the bookstore that inspired the Harry Potter books.

Family-Friendly Southern Africa Excursion

Elephant momma and calf crossing the Zambezi river

Elephant momma and calf crossing the Zambezi river

Length: 11 Days

Places Visited: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Southern Africa exudes majesty from the troops of elephants to the pristine wilderness. Rachel, a Southern Africa travel expert, designed the Family-Friendly Southern Africa Excursion as the perfect way to experience untouched landscapes with incredible wildlife and remarkable scenery. Witness the thundering waters of Victoria Falls, cruise along the Okavango Delta in a traditional canoe, and search for intimate signs of passing wildlife during a walking safari.

Spring Family Getaway in Paris and Loire Valley

Notre Dame along the Seine river at twilight in Paris, France

Notre Dame along the Seine river at twilight in Paris, France

Length: 8 Days

Places Visited: Paris, Amboise, Loire Valley

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Delicious cuisine, iconic art, and charismatic architecture speak for themselves during the Spring Family Getaway in Paris and Loire Valley. Designed by Stephen, a France travel specialist, to represent France’s family-friendly splendor, you will discover sweet confections crafted by a trained chef and enjoy a unique exploration of the Louvre Museum. Learn to hand-make croissants, visit opulent chateaus, and delight in a falconry demonstration for dynamic and immersive representations of France’s classic culture.

Thailand and Cambodia Essential Experiences Tour

Head of Buddha statue in the tree roots at Wat Mahathat Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Head of Buddha statue in the tree roots at Wat Mahathat Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Length: 15 Days

Places Visited: Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Siem Reap

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Impressive, breathtaking, and adventurous all describe the Thailand and Cambodia Essential Experiences Tour that Thailand travel specialist Irene designed specifically for family-friendly exploration. Each day offers a new experience perfect for families of all ages as you visit cultural tribes in the northern mountains, find traditional heritage with your taste buds on a food tour, and witness the storybook ambiance of Angkor Wat.

Rich Jewish Heritage of Italy Tour

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Length: 8 Days

Places Visited: Venice, Rome, Florence, Vatican City

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Family comes in all shapes and sizes, and the Rich Jewish Heritage of Italy Tour, designed by Italy travel expert Sonia, revels in the beauty of family past and present. Whether looking at contemporary history or ancient roots, you can blend personal cultural heritage with Italy’s preserved traditions as you sample delicious wines, wander the streets of historic Jewish ghettos, and embrace the splendor of the Renaissance.

Private Family Tour of Spain: Madrid, Seville & Barcelona

The roman bridge over the Guadalquivir and the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

The roman bridge over the Guadalquivir and the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Cordoba, Seville, Barcelona

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Spain is the ultimate destination for imagination. Spain travel specialists designed the Private Family Tour of Spain: Madrid, Seville & Barcelona 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.

Adventurous Two-Week South Island Family Vacation

Jet boating in Queenstown, New Zealand

Jet boating in Queenstown, New Zealand

Length: 14 days

Places Visited: Queenstown, Blenheim, Christchurch, Doubtful Sound

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

New Zealand is a small country with an epic impact. Updated by New Zealand travel expert Geoff, the Adventurous Two-Week South Island Family Vacation is an immersive discovery of experiences for the entire family. Do more than just witness the clear turquoise waters or the craggy mountaintops by kayaking across secluded sounds or trekking isolated trails. Whether searching for signs of Middle Earth or eager to swim with dolphins, you will uncover New Zealand’s endless wonders as a family.

One Week Croatia Family Vacation

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Length: 7 days

Places Visited: Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park, Rastoke, Zagreb, Split, Lokrum Island, Mount Medvednica

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Croatia is a majestic destination for travelers of all ages, with Roman ruins, sailing adventures, and stunning waterfalls that shape the emerald landscape. Croatia travel experts crafted the One Week Croatia Family Vacation as an adventure for parents and children alike. Beyond the visions of vibrant cities, you will wander through the most beautiful corners of the country, discovering familiar panoramas of thundering waterfalls and hidden villages connected to an antique watermill.

A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands

Floreana Island, Galapagos

Santa Maria Island, Galapagos

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Quito, Galapagos, Mindo

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

By embracing natural history, you will experience the true majesty of Ecuador on A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands. Cruise the calm and colorful waters for deeper insight into the diversity of the natural world as you hike volcanic cliffs and snorkel with sea lions or penguins. You are not just witnessing nature but wandering through it, tracking the wildlife as it evolves in synchronicity with the surprising landscape.

Signature Tanzania Safari: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and More

Lion cub in Tanzania

Lion cub in Tanzania

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Signature Tanzania Safari: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and More Tour was designed by safari specialist Teshin to explore the wilderness and wilds that showcase how a safari has something for everyone. Tanzania effortlessly balances authenticity and luxury for an unforgettable experience with wildlife in their natural habitat while you enjoy unique comfort. Every safari is customized to your family’s needs allowing you to discover the Seregneti’s endless plains, embrace adventure in Ngorongoro Crater, and canoe down the waters of Arusha National Park.

Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Argentina is the perfect destination for an educational and adventurous getaway as a family. This sample itinerary, Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina is a way to share the country’s sensational trails, captivating waterfalls, and impressive culture. From Buenos Aires’s diverse neighborhoods to the dramatic ice walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina becomes a legend your family can touch and explore while creating your own family stories.

Family-Friendly Tour of Egypt: Camel Rides, King Tut & The Red Sea

Sisters riding camel on the beach in Egypt

Sisters riding camel on the beach in Egypt

Length: 11 days

Places Visited: Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Egypt has attracted emperors, kings, and celebrities for millennia with promises of hidden tombs and the mysterious skyline of the pyramids. Family-Friendly Tour of Egypt: Camel Rides, King Tut & The Red Sea  was designed as a way for children and parents of all ages to delve deeper into the wonders of the desert, the sands, and oases in distinctive ways. Whether exploring King Tut’s tomb, scuba diving in the Red Sea, or riding a camel beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza, you will find Egypt to be the perfect family-friendly destination and so much more.

Off the Beaten Path for Families: 8-Day Costa Rica Vacation

Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Length: 8 days

Places Visited: San Jose, Puerto Jimenez, Poas Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Caño Island

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Off the Beaten Path for Families: 8-Day Costa Rica Vacation captures the essential charms of the country by plunging you into safe adventure, stunning landscapes, and magnificent coastline. Costa Rica's biodiversity is phenomenal and truly captivating, with your tour designed to reveal breaching whales and hatching turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and rambunctious monkeys. The adventure focuses on nature's beauty and wonders while making the natural world accessible to the entire family.

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Young girl playing in Mykonos, Greece

Young girl playing in 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. Find more inspiration tailored to your preferences by visiting our Family Vacation Page. You can also find new ideas for visiting a variety of destinations on Zicasso’s Travel Blog. Planning a family trip? You can speak with a family travel specialist for free by filling out a Trip Request Form or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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