I love August because it’s the time of year when families that have booked Ciao Bambino recommended properties email us to give feedback on how things went. I get very excited when the words “trip of a lifetime” are used to describe a travel experience that involves our portfolio!
How does a “trip of a lifetime” happen?
The destination and general good travel luck is important, but more than that, great accommodations and activities can significantly enhance a travel experience. For school age kids and teenagers in particular, structured activities like guides and classes are often the highlight of a trip, in addition to making a destination or attraction more meaningful.
We’ll interview families about specifics in future posts, but I thought I’d share a few valuable tidbits for families that have European travel plans this fall.
Paris Muse offers private tours of Paris museums. They have special family tours and I’ve heard from 2 different families in the past few weeks that their experiences with them were exceptional.
Context Travel offers walking tours in 9 cities around the world — New York, Philadelphia, Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples. Again, they have walks just for families and I keep hearing positive comments about their services. Nancy went on their food tour in London with her four kids and raved about it.
Walks Inside Venice is another Italy-based tour provider that we’ve used successfully over the past few years for itineraries in and around Venice. Here’s a snipped from the email I just received, “We had a private tour from Roberta from Walks Inside Venice tours. She was great, very funny, and knowledgeable about Venice, the girls really liked her and we definitely felt like we got our money’s worth! I would highly recommend her to anyone.”
I can’t write about family-oriented guides in Italy without mentioning One Step Closer out of Florence. While we haven’t had a fresh report back from this season yet, we’ve worked with One Step Closer for years and always get great feedback on their services which include walking tours, cooking classes, art classes and more. Valentina, one of the owners and a Mom of 2 young children, has always been a good friend to Ciao Bambino and is an amazing resource for families traveling in Italy.