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Family Travel



Family Travel is the most priceless gift you can give your children and grandchildren. Long after they’re grown they will still be saying “remember when we went to” and they will want to duplicate their experiences with their own young families. Adventure Travel agents know first hand that this is true and want to help you start your own memories.

The first family vacation is usually a visit to Mickey. Whether it is Disney Land or Disney World, all children, from 4 to 80, will enjoy the fabulous entertainment, rides and just plain fun that Mickey offers. Club Med has family themed resorts and many “All Inclusive” resorts are also family oriented. With everything included in one price everyone can relax and enjoy a myriad of water sports, wonderful beaches and pools and endless food! Children’s programs and baby sitters allow for some adult time, too. And for those that prefer sun and snow to sun and sand, try a ski vacation. There are beginning lessons, and slopes for all ages, and the teens will love the snow boarding.

Cruises are another great family venture and great for family reunions. Many ships feature special programs for tykes, tweens and teens, again allowing together AND apart time for all. Club Carnival on all Carnival Cruise Line ships is one of the most popular, and remember, Disney also has a cruise line, populated with the same famous characters, and an all day ice cream restaurant! They also offer a land/sea combo. Surely the ultimate family or reunion cruise experience would be to charter a European Barge for 6 to 12 passengers. You can pick from France, Germany, Italy and Britain and leisurely explore intriguing sights and do some hiking and biking, too.

For the real outdoor types, Dude Ranches can be the must do family vacation. You’ll visit a real working ranch and get to know the “cow hands” and listen to their tales. The ranches offer comfort and plenty of activities, such as horse back riding, swimming, fishing, hiking, hay rides, camp fires, barbecues and just plain good food. Family cabins are really rustic “suites”, with room and also privacy for all.

When you’re ready to take the family on an international adventure, your best option is to take one of the many family only tours offered by companies such as Tauck, Globus and A&K. Our old friend Disney also offers European Adventures, as well as Africa (safaris!), Central America, Australia & New Zealand and China. Everything is taken care of: transfers, luggage handling, expert guides, pre-paid entrance fees, meals. Also included is private time for parents and grannies while the kids are entertained on special events. If you like the idea of doing exactly what you want, CIE will customize tours, with your private mini-van, for as few as 10 people. Best of all, with everything pre-paid there are no budget busting surprises after the trip.

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