Overwhelmed by Family Vacation Planning? Ciao Bambino Can Help!

If anyone deserves a vacation, it’s a time-starved parent. But hectic schedules and endless to-do lists — not to mention the bewildering volume of travel recs and resources out there — can make trip planning more of a pain than a pleasure. Enter Ciao Bambino! 

Our team of Family Vacation Consultants can work with you to plan a fantastic, kid-friendly trip in any part of the world. We help you choose the best destinations, create custom itineraries, book accommodations, arrange top-notch guides and tours, recommend activities, and more. In short, we handle the heavy lifting so you can focus on the fun.

Martin family on Janiculum Hill in Rome

Ciao Bambino clients Paula and Marcus Martin and their three sons loved visiting Rome’s Janiculum Hill.

What We Offer

Why choose Ciao Bambino for trip planning? Here’s a taste of what sets us apart:

• Peace of mind. A successful vacation is all about the details, and that goes double when traveling with kids. We’ll take care of the time-consuming logistics: getting quotes for the right accommodations, selecting private drivers, connecting you with kid-friendly guides, and much more. We start the planning process with an in-depth conversation about your needs and wishes, so you can feel confident that the itinerary we create will be an amazing experience for your family.

The only things we don’t handle are flights, cruises and public transport ticketing; our specialty is what you do when you arrive at your destination.

Thanks to Lisa Frederick and her amazing trip planning services, we just returned from the most phenomenal family trip to Italy. As I was planning the trip, I was a bit apprehensive about how to make the trip enjoyable and engaging for all five of us, including our three sons, ages 15, 12 and 10.  

Not only did Lisa provide excellent suggestions for our itinerary — including a pasta cooking class in Tuscany, an enriching and educational visit to Pompeii, a phenomenal guide through Rome, just to name a few — but she also carefully handled all of the intricate details of the day-to-day happenings on our trip. She engaged drivers, sourced the perfect tour guides, handled ticket purchases, and made hotel reservations, and allowed me to have fun with the trip planning instead of being weighted down by the details. — Ciao Bambino client Paula Martin

• Insider info. Our Family Vacation Consultants are all moms and all passionate about exploring the world with children. We know what it takes to travel successfully with kids of all ages and stages. Each of us has expertise on different countries and corners of the globe, and we draw on this shared pool of personal knowledge to plan your trip with the best kid-tested destinations, accommodations and activities in mind.

It’s high time I let you know we are having a fantastic time in Italy. We sadly leave Casa Cornacchi this morning, but are excited to see Venice. Everything has worked out wonderfully so far. Thanks for your wonderful recommendations. This is a trip we will all remember fondly. — A Ciao Bambino client to consultant Laurel Perry

Mary Wolfe and kids at painting class

Mary and Mike Wolfe and their two kids enjoyed their Ciao Bambino-planned trip to Scotland, including a private painting lesson with a local artist.

• Unique family-focused activities. A painting lesson in the Scottish Highlands … an early-morning visit to the Vatican … a private vineyard tour and tasting in Tuscany. These are just a few of the one-of-a-kind experiences that our clients have loved. We’re always searching for local gems to make your vacation truly memorable. And we can recommend private guides who know how to bring big-name sights and attractions down to scale for kids.

I am so glad I landed on Ciao Bambino’s site when I started planning our Italy trip in late winter this year. I usually plan our trips with no problem, but something about Italy intimidated me. When Sandy contacted me and offered the service, I felt the rate was very reasonable for the help she was offering. After speaking to her on the phone I was sure I had made the right decision…[Sandy] provided a great sounding board for my thoughts and ideas on what I thought I wanted to accomplish on the trip and what would have been too much to pack in.

I would recommend (and already have) your services to anyone who asks me for advice on planning trips with kids. Especially, international trips, which do seem a little more intimidating. And, I will happily pay for your travel services in the future. — Ciao Bambino client Ellen Wolff 

Brame family Paris Metro

Heather and David Brame and their two boys had fun exploring Paris, including riding the Metro.

• Exceptional service. We offer bespoke, personalized service for all of our clients. While we are a small boutique agency, we pride ourselves on making sure every planning need is handled and every question is answered as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

As compensation for our time, we charge a fee based on the length of the trip (as a rule, $380 per family for the first week of travel, $225 for each week thereafter, though exceptions apply). Given the typical cost of a family vacation, this investment in planning is worthwhile to ensure that your trip is both smooth and rewarding.

I appreciated being able to bounce ideas off of [Lisa], and to talk about how best to pace and plan a European trip with three children of different ages. Even when she didn’t know the answer off the top, she always worked to find the answer.  Perhaps most importantly, every detail was handled meticulously so that by the time we were in Italy, every driver, every guide, every hotel, and so on, was on time, knew our needs, and took great care of us.

Suffice it to say, this is the first trip we’ve taken where we could honestly say that, looking back, there is not a single thing we would have changed, or even a minor error on Lisa’s planning part.  I appreciated her dedicated attention, and it certainly made the trip that much more fun and (almost!) stress free! — A Ciao Bambino client to Lisa Frederick

Ready to get started? We’re here to help!

Visit the Trip Planning Help page and send us a request. Please include as much basic information as possible (dates, destinations you’re considering, number and age of kids, special needs and other relevant details), and a consultant will follow up directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Relevant Links:

Fan club alert! Why trip planning clients love Ciao Bambino

Browse our top travel tips with kids

Flying with kids tips: ExpertFlyer.com benefits for families

Ciao Bambino’s Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations

Essential tips for traveling in Europe with a toddler

When and why to use a tour operator

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