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Essential Tips for Booking a Guided Tour with Kids

Touring a destination with a guide is an excellent way to meaningfully engage kids in a destination or attraction. Our Family Vacation Consulting Service recommends qualified guides as part of our planning process. We also manage a kid-friendly guides list that features an array of guides who actively cater to families (this is a paid list —…

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Things To Do in Malta with Kids: Exploring Gozo

Although Malta is one of the world’s smallest countries, there are an amazing number of interesting things to see and do without traveling far. Our home base was the 14 x 7.25 km island of Gozo, a fascinating place with a distinct local feel and jaw-dropping natural scenery. Compared to the main island of Malta, Gozo is quiet, but nonetheless,…

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Eccentric English Style at The George in Rye in East Sussex

The George in Rye is a quintessentially British coaching inn that has recently been beautifully redesigned in East Sussex, England. I didn’t see it before the refurbishment, but I imagine it once being all black and white and gloomy like something out of a Charles Dicken’s novel. Now, its backdrop is light and airy Farrow & Ball-type shades interspersed with bright pops…

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Villa Ottone: A Family-Friendly Seaside Hotel on Tuscany’s Elba Island

Step back in time at Villa Ottone, a family-friendly hotel that is tucked away and perfectly nestled into Elba Island’s Ottone Bay. Once a lavish home to the family of the Counts Toscanelli, Villa Ottone offers a paradise escape from the crowds of Italy’s usual seaside destinations. With its own private beach and charm to surpass…

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Why the Mosel Valley is a Great Choice for a Family Bike Trip in Europe

If you’re considering a family bike trip in Europe, choosing the destination is the most important decision you’ll make. You’ll be biking 20-40 miles a day for multiple days and the bike route can make or break your trip with kids. Our tour operator, Austin Adventures, excels at asking the right questions so that guests…

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The Best of the Best on the Swiss Riviera: Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne

The Swiss are renowned for impeccable, personalized service and the Beau-Rivage Palace on the Swiss Riviera is the gold standard. Located in a prime spot in Lausanne just steps from Lake Geneva on immaculately maintained grounds, this five-star hotel has stunning views across Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) to Evian in France. Despite its legendary luxury status, the…

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Enjoy a Family Fall Weekend Getaway in Cambridge, Mass

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Boston’s sister city Cambridge, with cool, crisp days and the excitement in the air that comes with thousands of students returning to campus. It has a completely different feel than the more touristy areas of downtown Boston. My family enjoyed a weekend stay in at The Charles Hotel…