Ah, Europe. The quintessential vacation spot. But also a challenging one for families with its myriad different languages, cuisines and currencies to juggle. Our kid-friendly Euro trips take the hassle and expense out of a whirlwind European adventure. All your chalets, guesthouses and alpine trains are booked and ready, we’ve got warm baguettes and Bolognese on standby and an action-packed family-friendly itinerary with your name on it. Yep, it’s time to start dreaming Continental.
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Why choose Intrepid
Just for families
The clue’s in the title. These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip.
Travel with other families
Travelling the Intrepid way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. These trips are made up of 3–5 like-minded families, and the kids tend to hit it off straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well-earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.
Small group sizes
Intrepid’s family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.
We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.
Our leaders are specially trained to run family adventures, so you’re well taken care of. You can also rest easy knowing we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Highlights of Europe
Incles Valley, Andorra
Sandwiched in the mountains of Catalonia and the South of France, Andorra is the prettiest little European country your kids have never heard of. A week of biking, hiking and white-water rafting culminates in the Incles Valley, where wildflowers, trout fisherman and a mesmerising lake deliver the photo opportunities.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Nothing says ‘Holiday in Europe’ like the postcard-perfect cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. While the adults are lured by ancient Pompeii and the quality of the seafood scialatielli, little ones bask in the novelty of the funicular, hydrofoil or kayak. You can even make your own gelato with an Italian ice-cream pro.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland is pretty hot right now, both literally and metaphorically. Reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius and set in a black lava field, the Blue Lagoon is not your ordinary bath. Great for the skin and perfectly set up for a family visit, it’s one of Iceland’s many must-visits.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Other than being the birthplace of the world’s coolest dogs, Dalmatia is where large chunks of Game of Thrones was filmed. Throw in flawless beaches, ancient ruins, wineries, olive groves, rustic Dalmatian cuisine and some old-world romanticism, and you’ve got the ideal family holiday.
Fun and games in Europe
Be a gladiator in Rome, Italy
Step back into Imperial Roman times and master the basics of gladiator combat. An excursion to a Gladiator School has you decked out in full costume – tunic, belt, gloves and sword – as you try your hand at this legendary pastime. Meanwhile, members of the Historic Group of Rome will school you in Roman history.
Tour a donkey farm in Croatia
The Peljesac peninsula is one of Croatia’s most talked-about gastronomic hotspots. Visit a working donkey farm in Ston for a behind-the-scenes look at how donkey milk – a precious commodity for its medicinal properties – is produced. Follow it up with a lunch of sumptuous Peljesac cuisine in the accompanying restaurant.
Explore the Postojna Caves in Slovenia
Underground caves with dance arenas in them aren’t something you see every day, but that’s Slovenia for you. The Postojna Caves are the second-longest cave system in the country, full of eerie karst stalactites and all kinds of halls and galleries. This awesome labyrinth can also be explored by train.
Where we stay
For our continental adventures, we like to stay in small, locally run hotels where hospitality is key and family-friendly facilities are available. Fortunately Europe has plenty of beautiful old buildings and character-filled properties to choose from.
Learn more about our accommodation
Scenic guesthouses in Iceland
In the land of fire and ice, spectacular scenery is never far away. At our guesthouses it’s right on your doorstep. Featured on both our summer and winter Iceland family holidays, this place has volcanic cliffs on one side and ocean on the other, plus sheep and horses roaming about for good measure.
Central hotels in Italy
In the popular holiday hotspots of Italy, location is key. That’s why we stay in central accommodation perfect for each destination, whether it’s just a two-minute walk from the beach or a stone’s throw away from Old Town.
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