Laurel Perry

Summer vacation is what childhood dreams are made of. The days are longer; the sun shines warmer; even the ice cream tastes sweeter. And with the longer breaks from school, it’s the perfect time to make memories as a family by getting out of your daily routine at home and into brand-new destinations with your children.

Just like the fruits and veggies growing in fields and gardens, the world in summertime is truly ripe for exploring with children. The weather lends itself to bike rides through city parks or country lanes, hikes through mountains dotted with colorful wildflowers, and afternoons by the pool or on the beach.

The key to a successful summer vacation as a family is marrying a kid-friendly hotel or resort with age-appropriate activities that keep everyone happy. This is the hallmark of our professional travel planning service — our Family Travel Advisors are exceptionally knowledgeable about great places to stay and experiences around the globe. Combine that with our agency’s renowned feedback loop from the hundreds of traveling families we help each year, and you have all the components needed to ensure your summer vacation is one for the memory books.

Summer destinations that suit families are truly limitless. Many people have longer breaks from school or work during the season, making it the perfect time to venture far from home and get deeper into the world. For others, summer travel means easy-breezy days on the beach or by the pool. Parents of toddlers love cities with great playgrounds and pedestrian zones for evening walks, while families with teenagers seek resorts that offer the kids some independence. Regardless of your family’s priorities, we can help! A few of our proven family summer vacation ideas include:

Alaska

If America’s 49th state is on your family’s travel wish list (and it should be), summer is the ideal time of year to experience this Arctic region. Whether you witness the stunning scenery of Alaska by ship or by land, it’s mesmerizing for every age. Book early, as the limited tourism season means staterooms fill up fast.

Tuscany

Time and time again, our clients return home from a summer trip to Tuscany and say that it actually felt like a real vacation. Spend a few hours biking, horseback riding, walking through amazing towns and cities with a friendly guide, or shopping in colorful markets for fresh ingredients each day. Then let the kids splash in the pool while the adults sip local wines as the sun sets over the Tuscan hillside. It’s family travel perfection!

Safari

Once children reach school age, the question becomes not whether you should take them on safari, but when. Our clients who visit Africa tell us that their safari experience was life-changing for every member of the family, and having traveled to all the major safari regions ourselves, we agree.

Cape Cod

This coastal Massachusetts region is quintessential Americana — a beach vacation at its most charming. Colorful cottages, kid-friendly inns and miles of sand and surf ensure smiling, sun-kissed faces. It’s easy to see why families return to Cape Cod year after year, generation after generation.

Canada

America’s northern neighbor emerges from frozen tundra winters to become an evergreen playground in the warm summer months. Vibrant, multicultural cities like Vancouver and Toronto, or cities with a European vibe such as Montreal and Quebec City, hold plenty of appeal for families, as do the remote wilderness regions found across Canada’s provinces.

Dude ranch

If your family is searching for something really different for your next summer vacation, consider a dude ranch stay. Kids love the opportunity to be real-life cowboys and cowgirls, while parents love the variety of activities offered. Dude ranches are the ultimate summer boredom buster … kids will actually want to ditch their devices.

Scandinavia

There’s a reason the world’s happiest people call the Scandinavia region of Europe home. Cities like Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm come alive in the summer, with bike lanes galore, bustling cafes and fun museums. Rural regions provide lakeside retreats, breathtaking fjords and forests, and even a chance to see the Northern Lights.

There’s no more precious commodity than time with our children before they grow up. Knowing we only have 18 summers with our kids before they go on to lead independent lives means the time to start planning your family’s summer vacation is right now. Let us help create a unique, personalized timeline of summer travel options for your family.

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Greece Family Vacation Package

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Our Happy Travelers
"Katie planned the perfect trip. We all agree it was the best trip we've had, and the hotels were some of the best we've stayed in. We found that with a baby, it was only possible to get through about half of the suggested itinerary each day, which was great because it gave us options. We took time each night to debate what we would do the next day, and really enjoyed having those possibilities laid out for us.​"

–Beck Family Trip

"We have only good things to say about our entire trip and the planning process. You are a dream to work with! I especially appreciated how you narrowed down my options for each decision, so I wouldn't be overwhelmed. I haven't worked with a travel agent before, but you really surpassed my expectations. We will call you first the next time we travel!"

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Hotel Zephyr »

250 Beach Street

Omni San Francisco Hotel »

500 California Street

Hotel del Sol »

3100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Hotel Zephyr »

250 Beach Street

Omni San Francisco Hotel »

500 California Street

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay »

One Miramontes Point Road

The Lodge at Tiburon »

1651 Tiburon Boulevard

Cavallo Point Lodge »

601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito

Hotel del Sol »

3100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

J.K. Place Roma »

Via di Monte d'Oro, 30

Borgo Pignano »

Loc. Pignano, 6

Locanda Rossa »

Strada Capalbio-Pescia Fiorentina n° 11B, Capalbio, Maremma

Palazzo Di Varignana »

Via Ca' Masino, 611A, Varignana

Gran Melia Rome »

Via del Gianicolo, 3, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Borgo Egnazia »

Savelletri di Fasano

Hotel Palazzo Murat »

Via dei Mulini, 23

Hotel Byron »

Viale E. Morin, 46, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

Hotel Villa Cora »

Viale Machiavelli, 18

Hotel Regency Firenze »

Piazza Massimo D'Azeglio, 3, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

J.K. Place Firenze »

Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 7

La Bandita Townhouse »

Corso Rosselino, 111, Pienza

Palazzo Belfiore Residence »

Palazzo Belfiore, Via dei Velluti, 8

Hotel Savoy »

Piazza della Repubblica, 7

Aguilas5 Sevilla Suites »

Calle Águilas, 5, Sevilla, Andalusia, 41004, Spain

Parador de Granada »

Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada

Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza »

Plaza Jesús de la Redención, Sevilla, Spain

Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona »

Passeig de Gràcia 68-70

Parador de Nerja »

Calle de Almuñécar, 8, 29780 Nerja

Hotel Ritz Madrid by Belmond »

Plaza de la Lealtad, 5

Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa »

Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Marbella Club »

Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe

AC Palacio del Retiro »

Alfonso XII 14, Madrid

Mas de Thau »

Domain Saint Martin Du Pin, Montagnac

Imagine Roussillon »

Mas Sisqueille, Canet-en-Roussillon

Hotel Mayfair Paris »

3 Rue Rouget de Lisle

Le Mas de Chastelas »

2 Chemin du Chastelas, Gassin

Country Kids Resort »

Le Mas Pandit, 34800 Octon

Hotel Verneuil »

8 Rue de Verneuil

Les Fermes De Marie »

163 chemin de Riante Colline, 74120 Megève

Pavillon De La Reine »

28 Place des Vosges

Relais Christine »

3 Rue Christine

Saint James Paris »

43 Avenue Bugeaud

Le Fleuray Hotel »

Route Dame-Marie-Les-Bois, Cangey

Hameau Des Baux »

Chemin De Bourgeac, Le Paradou

Rancho Santana »

Rancho Santana Tola-Rivas, Popoyo

Harborview Nantucket »

24 Washington Street

Acqualina Resort and Spa »

17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach

Parrot Cay »

164 Leeward Marina, Providenciales

Le Guanahani »

Anse de Grand Cul de Sac, St. Barthelemy

Boutique Hotel El Pez »

Carretera Tulum–Boca Paila Km 5.5, 77780 Tulum

Borgo Egnazia »

Savelletri di Fasano

Parador de Nerja »

Calle de Almuñécar, 8, 29780 Nerja

Hotel Palazzo Murat »

Via dei Mulini, 23

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort »

Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach, La Baie de Silence

Hotel Byron »

Viale E. Morin, 46, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

Red Frog Beach Resort »

Red Frog Beach, Bastimento Island

Four Seasons Resort Nevis »

Pinney's Beach, Charlestown

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San Francisco, CA
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Half Moon Bay, CA
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Tiburon, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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Rome, Italy
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Volterra, Italy
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Capalbio, Italy
Great for ages: 0-12
Varignana-Palesio, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Puglia, Italy
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Positano, Italy
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Forte dei Marmi, Italy
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Positano, Italy
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Florence, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Florence, Italy
Great for ages: 6-18
Pienza, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Sevilla, Spain
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Granada, Spain
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Sevilla, Spain
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Sevilla, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Nerja, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-18
Marbella, Spain
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Marbella, Spain
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Barcelona, Spain
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Madrid, Spain
Great for ages: 0-5, 13-18
Montagnac, France
Great for ages: 0-2, 6-12
Canet-en-Roussillon, France
Great for ages: 0-12
Paris, France
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Maillane, France
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Paris, France
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Gassin, France
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Octon, France
Great for ages: 0-12
Paris, France
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Megève, France
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
Great for ages: 0-12
Paris, France
Great for ages: 0-2, 13-18
Cangey, France
Great for ages: Multi-Generational
Paradou, France
Great for ages: 0-5
Popoyo, Nicaragua
0-2, 6-18
Nantucket, MA
Multi-Generational
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Multi-Generational
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
0-2, 6-18
Gustavia, St Barthélemy
Multi-Generational
Tulum, Mexico
0-2, 6-18
Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
6-13
Puglia, Italy
Multi-Generational
Nerja, Spain
Multi-Generational
Positano, Italy
Multi-Generational
La Baie de Silence, St. Lucia
Multi-Generational
Forte dei Marmi, Italy
Multi-Generational
Positano, Italy
0-2, 6-18
Bastimento, Panama
0-2, 6-18
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