Going on holiday as a family is not always as easy as it seems. There is plenty to consider, such as age-appropriate activities for the kids but the destination needs to be enjoyable for the whole family – no matter the age.
Many parents tend to think that travelling with kids until they are grown is not possible but that is far from the truth - family travel is possible.
No matter whether you want a relaxing break or something a little more adventurous, there is somewhere for everyone on this list and hopefully to get out and see the world (and these amazing places.)
If you need more information on our family tours or a tailor-made tour that best suits your family interests, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will assist you as best we can.
Egypt’s history dates back thousands of years and is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and intact buildings which makes touring Egypt a must for every family itinerary.
Holidays in Egypt with kids feature a seemingly endless list of temples and ruins. However, if you want to keep the children’s attention and interest, it is important to mix things up. For every attraction where you will be wowed by antiquity, add something else that’s ‘of the moment.
Have a look at what Egypt tours we have to offer.
The Nile River in Egypt is not just famous for its lengthy body of water snaking its way through Africa, It is perfect to hop on board a traditional Felucca with the kids for some of the best views Egypt has to offer. The kids will love it!
Hurghada sits adjacent to the Red Sea and boasts of several sandy beaches. This resort town has become the most visited place in Egypt and is almost unrecognizable from its past life. It has more than 100 hotels, most of which are ashore. Hurghada is specifically popular for its diving opportunities – in other words, perfect to go snorkelling with the kids!
The Middle East is different from anywhere else in the world – it’s vibrant, has a unique culture and has tantalising local delicacies – truly an experience like no other.
From the red sandy desert of Wadi Rum to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, there is a lot to see and do in Jordan. Here’s what we recommend below and if you’re looking for more detailed tours, visit our Jordan page.
Aqaba, a small town based on the edge of the Red Sea is like the bottleneck of Jordan - with the territory of being on the coast of the Red Sea comes spectacular coral reefs and beautiful clear water.
Aqaba is an amazing little town just waiting to be explored. Here you’ll find Roman ruins, an ancient castle, and a mosque to see. There is also a tonne of quaint cafes and restaurants you’ll find that are come highly recommended by locals.
Roughly a two-hour drive from Wadi Rum, you find Petra, also known as the ‘Pink City.’ Petra is also somewhat of a media icon, appearing in movies such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. If you’re thinking of visiting Petra with children, you have a real treat in store for you, because visiting Petra with kids is an unforgettable experience.
There are a number of sites along the walkway from the front gate to the Treasury. While here, we recommend taking your time – don’t rush the journey.
In Wadi Rum, you’ll find that it's surprisingly varied with sand dunes, ancient rocks, and slot canyons from a time when water must have flowed through the land.
Kids will love it here – it will feel as if you’re transported to another planet. (It was the filming location for the movie The Martian, so it kind of is like another planet!) This is also the perfect opportunity to take the kids on a 4x4 Jeep Safari!
Explore Morocco with kids, from the bustling labyrinth of Marrakech’s medina to the starkly stunning Sahara Desert! Along the way, view the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, taste an array of spices and exotic dishes, and hear a variety of languages and music.
If a Morocco adventure is what you’re seeking, visit our Morocco page for more details.
Marrakech’s walled old town is overwhelming in the most wonderful way.
While here, look out for zipping scooters, tuk-tuks and donkey-pulled carts as you wind through this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s intriguing maze of shops, restaurants, and sites.
It will be fun for the kids if you can hire a tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw) to transport you through the city.
The Atlas Mountains make up the longest mountain range in the vast continent of Africa, separating the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. To reach the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, you will need to journey through these mountains, and here you can expect some breath-taking scenery along the way.
Running roughly north-south along Morocco’s eastern border with neighbouring Algeria is where you'll find the Sahara Desert - also the world’s largest hot desert. Once here, you'll find that there are very few places on Earth that compare to the landscapes of the Sahara Desert.
Spending a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert is one of our favourite ways to spend time in Morrocco - not only is it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but the kids will love it too. If time is on your side, we recommend spending more than one night in the desert. With two nights, you will be able to explore the desert at a more relaxed pace and fully immerse yourself in the traditional ways of the local tribes. Plus, what kid wouldn't mind spending some time on Mars.
Kid-friendly beaches, warm waters, endless family activities, and a history dating back thousands of years are just some reasons why you should visit Greece with your little ones.
Greece is perfect for combining beach-related relaxation or burning up youthful energy with activities: hiking/biking mountain trails, rafting rivers or sea kayaking, adrenaline ocean fun like wind/kitesurfing, and so much more.
Have a look at our Greece tours.
Maybe the best reason to visit Greece with kids is the many amazing islands although, It’s not easy to choose which island to visit - after all, there are over 6000! However, our suggestions are Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Santorini, Evia, Hydra, Poros, Andros, Zakynthos, and Elafonissos.
Cited as the birthplace of western civilization, there are palaces, cities, and archaeological sites that date back thousands of years, Greece is jam-packed with mythology and if your family is one for the history books then it’s perfect for you.
The Acropolis in Athens is the most famous ancient monument in Greece. Kids will love the ancient stories about Athena and the Olympian gods, the impressive tall columns of the Parthenon temple, and the view over Athens and the Caryatids.
Kenya is a country on the Eastern coast of Africa. It is also called the “cradle of humanity” because it’s home to many significant fossils. It is a country blessed with natural wonders, abundant wildlife, and scenic landscapes.
The East-African country has world-class safari parks that are just waiting for you to come to explore them with your family and travelling here isn’t as daunting as it may seem – it's highly unlikely your kids will get bored!
If you’re keen to discover Kenya and its natural wonders, visit our Kenya tours page.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most magnificent game reserves - here, visitors will find various animals including lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and hippos.
The Masai Mara National Reserve attracts thousands of tourists each year, who come here to watch the incredible wildlife and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. Millions of wildebeests migrate every year, travelling from their natural habitat in Tanzania. This migration takes place annually from July to October.
Along the Mara River, hordes of hippos and crocodiles are common. The park also provides excellent sightings of other predators, thanks to its lion, cheetah, and leopard populations – especially in the dry months from December to February.
Mombasa is known to be East Africa’s biggest and most cosmopolitan port but can also be described as an exotic city in Kenya with scenic attractions, tropical ambience, and mind-blowing activities. Mombasa is known for its beach, beautiful sunshine, and unique cultures.
Apart from its mouth-watering seafood dishes, this city is known for its historical attractions and its home to perfect weather conditions for spending time at the ocean – imagine going on a cruise with the kids spotting dolphins or snorkelling on nearby coral reefs.
If you’re travelling to Nairobi and you love wild animals, then the best destination for you is the Nairobi National Park. You can see lions, giraffes, and many other animals within just 15 minutes of driving from Nairobi. In this safari park, you can see all the classics, including buffalo, zebras, wildebeests, elephants, and cheetahs.
For those who love animals, Nairobi’s Safari Walk is a great spot to spot animals on foot.
This 13-day tour explores cosmopolitan Istanbul and the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus, features a 3-night cruise in the Gulf of Fethiye on board a traditional Turkish gulet and explores the fantastic scenery of Cappadocia.
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