Planning a trip of a lifetime with the family to a far-flung destination? You may want to include particular family-friendly activities to help you discover more about your chosen region. Perhaps you have a limited amount of time and want to make every moment count? Or maybe you want to go somewhere which is hard to get to, or where the distances are extensive? And, crucially, you want a hassle-free trip which everybody in the family will enjoy.
If this strikes a chord, consider booking all or part of your trip with one of our Tailormade Tour operators, who can customise the adventure to include the places, activities and accommodation which will make your family holiday memorable for all the right reasons.
We work with Tailormade Tour partners in a dozen territories worldwide. Here are 10 suggested itineraries for families to inspire you to create your own bespoke experience!
What’s Included: A self-driving tour encompassing the sights in and around Cape Town (Table Mountain, unspoiled beaches, fynbos landscapes), whale- and dolphin-watching along the Whale Coast, driving the Garden Route to Plettenburg Bay, a jeep safari, and walking with giraffes in the malaria-free Addo Elephant Park
What’s Included: The capital Colombo, an evening safari in Sigiriya, a hot-air balloon ride, the temples of Kandy, a visit to an elephant orphanage, white-water rafting near Kitulgala, a visit to Yala National Park (home to leopards, wild boar, deer, bears and birds), and time relaxing on the beach at Bentota
Best Time To Go: November-April (drier, more expensive) or May-October (wetter, cheaper)
What’s Included: Activities around the Arenal volcano region (bathe in hot springs, La Fortuna waterfall, Hanging Bridges tour, jungle wildlife), and unique cloud forest (national parks, horse riding, Sky Tram and Sky Trek tour), ending on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast (for beaches, surfing, dolphin-spotting, sailing a catamaran)
What’s Included: Delhi (sights include the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb), the wonders of Agra and Bharatpur (including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, the abandoned Mughal city Fatehpur Sikri and beautiful Keoladeo bird sanctuary), tiger-spotting in Ranthambhore National Park, the pink city of Jaipur (ride to Amber Fort by elephant, explore the extraordinary astronomical observatory)
What’s Included: Entrancing Marrakech (take a carriage ride, explore the Djemaa-el-Fna and souks, ride camels in the Palmeraie), hiking and authentic Berber villages in the stunning Atlas Mountains, strike out to the desert via UNESCO-listed village Aït Benhaddou, the Ouarzazate film studios and the Draa Valley palm oases, sleep in a desert camp in the Sahara
What’s Included: The capital Hanoi, take the train to colonial hill town Sapa and see indigenous hill tribespeople in the markets, sail Halong Bay on a traditional sailing junk and find sea caves, take a boat trip on the Perfume River at Hue, relax on the beaches around Hoi An, take cyclo rides around Ho Chi Minh City, cruise the Mekong Delta and visit the floating market, cast yourselves away on Phu Quoc island
Best Time To Go: June-September (dry) or November-March (wetter)
What’s Included: Dar-es-Salaam, game drives and walking safaris in both Mikumi National Park (hills and plains) and Ruaha National Park (river, mountains and grassland), wildlife includes hippo, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, crocodiles, antelopes, wildebeest and 500+ bird species, end your tour at the stunning beaches of the Swahili coast and go sailing, windsurfing and kayaking through mangroves
What’s Included: Stroll through historic Fort Cochin and enjoy a sunset boat trip, head to hill country for tea plantations and the Periyar Tiger Reserve, meander through the backwaters and sleep on a traditional rice barge, relax at a beach resort
What’s Included: The historic sights of colonial Antigua, a volcano tour, discover beautiful Lake Atitlan in the Mayan highlands, the colourful ChiChi markets, the incomparable jungle, archaeology and wildlife of UNESCO-listed Tikal National Park
Best Time To Go: November-February (dry) or June-August (wet)
What’s Included: The wonders of Angkor Wat, cycle tours around Siem Reap, an elephant ride to Bayon Temple, artisan workshops and countryside around Phnom Penh, a Mekong River boat cruise, the beaches of Sihanoukville, boat trips to unspoiled islands