Summer Touring, Family-Style

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…


Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days

Rick Steves Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days delivers a colorful mix of must-see cities (London, Paris, Florence), and stroll-around charms (Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Italy's Cinque Terre). Along the way, you and your kids will encounter some fascinating bits of art, history, and culture — along with a couple of castles, a boat, a train, a mountain gondola lift, plenty of hiking, and even a swimming pool or two. Learn more…


Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days

Rick Steves Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days makes the wonders of Europe come alive for kids. Starting in the Netherlands and ending in Italy, your enthusiastic Rick Steves guide will introduce your family to Amsterdam's Golden Age, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, the castles and forests of Austria's Tirol, the canals of Venice, the countryside charms of Tuscany, and the Eternal City of Rome. Learn more…


My Way® Alpine Europe in 12 Days

Our My Way "unguided" vacation begins in "Sound of Music" country: Austria's Salzburg and the lakeside village of Hallstatt. Crossing over into the Italian Dolomites you'll hike the high meadows of the Alpe di Siusi. In Bavaria you can explore Mad King Ludwig's castle and hang on for dear life on a speedy luge ride. In Switzerland you'll hike to the sound of cowbells and the sight of breathtaking mountain panoramas. And in French Chamonix you can glide up to the edge of Mt. Blanc, Europe's tallest peak. Learn more…


Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves guide, you'll experience the best of Amsterdam, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, castles and forests of Austria's Tirol, canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, the art and history of Rome, seaside villages of the Cinque Terre, the majestic Swiss Alps, country charms of France's Burgundy region, and the City of Light — Paris. Learn more…