Four fun ways you can discover Europe together this summer
Many parents have a special kind of travel dream: taking their kids to Europe. The sights, the history, the cities, the cultures…sharing all this as a family experience is hard to top. And opening your kids' minds to a world beyond what they're used to can have a big impact on their values, and their future.
Rick Steves offers four summer touring experiences that work especially well for families.
Our two "Family Europe" tours — London to Florence in 13 Days and Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days — are designed with families in mind. They're different from their "non-family" counterparts, with kid-friendly lectures and activities, and a minimum age of 8 instead of 13 (plus a $200 discount for each child under 18).
A less structured — and less expensive — approach for families with kids 8 and older can be found with our summer "Alpine Europe My Way" vacation. This unguided trip takes a mix of families, couples, and single travelers through the Alps of Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France for a series of free days to hike and enjoy the scenery at one's own pace.
Packing maximum must-see sights into a single tour, families with teenagers are a big part of our summer Best of Europe in 21 Days tours. From Amsterdam to the Rhine, Bavaria, Venice, Rome, Florence, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Burgundy, and Paris, this tour is pretty close to what an A.P. European history class would be…if the class were amazingly fun.
Check out these video previews of what your family will experience along the way…