Families looking to add a little adventure to their European holiday have plenty of options whether that be cycling, walking or boating. UTracks' are one company that offer a huge range of family-friendly soft adventure holidays, and their General Manager (and mother of two), Kate Baker, has put together her list of the top 5 family trips offered by the company.
Croatia Family Adventure
UTracks' 8 day multi-activity Croatia Family Adventure, which explores the spectacular islands of Southern Dalmatia, will entertain even the most discerning teenager. Kids will lap up the swimming, kayaking, cycling and some of Europe's best gelato, giving parents a chance to relax. There's even some supervision of the kids, allowing you time to explore the historic harbour towns, amazing scenery and enjoy the easy cycling and walking.
Suitable for ages two and up.
Mont Blanc Family Walk - France to Italy
This specially tailored Alps walking itinerary around Mont Blanc provides kids with ample reasons to get excited. They'll help take care of the donkeys, delight at crossing the French/Italian border on foot, enjoy snowball fights and boot skiing down small snow patches, play games at the refuges each night with other kids and be able to boast to their friends that they walked 60 kilometres in one of the world's great mountain ranges.
You'll enjoy the simple pleasures the relaxed pace allows such as soaking in the views, bonding with the kids and enjoying good wine and good food whilst talking to like-minded people along the way.
The tour is suitable for active seven years olds and above. It's ideal for 10-16 year olds. Older teens with previous mountain walking experience can join our Mont Blanc Guided Walk as the pace on this trip is relaxed.
Loire Valley Cycle - 8 days
France's 'playground of the Kings' is also a playground for the kids. UTracks' Loire Valley cycle tour is very family friendly as is the maze at Chenonceaux and the grounds of Chateaux Clos Lucé which also features to scale models of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions.
For you, there are the fabulous hotels, magnificent Chateaux, great French food and wines and intriguing history. Kate's tip: explore Amboise on day three instead of doing the suggested cycle - the kids will love it! There is even a public swimming pool for those hotter days.
Hiring a bike trailer means this trip is suitable for ages 2 and up.
Italy's spectacular, traffic-free Ligurian coastline dishes up something for everyone in the tribe.
The centre based apartment trip means unpacking only once and allows you to create your very own Italian village home for the week.
The kids will easily be motivated by the yummy gelatos and dips in the Mediterranean as well as interacting with other kids walking the trails, freeing you to soak in the superb scenery, local wines and great walking.
Suitable for ages six and up, or if you are up to it, take the baby in a backpack well shaded from the sun.
The Danube by Bike & Boat
Why wait until the kids move out to experience the highlights of the Danube? Travelling by an old world style, comfortable boat means you don't need to repack each day. Everyone will appreciate the great scenery and towns visited en-route and cycling on the easy dedicated cycle trails.
Ankle-biters will be pleasantly distracted by castles and interesting museums as well as the Ferris wheel in Vienna. For you, there's the Wachau wine area and the cultural treasures of Vienna.
Suitable for ages two and up (smaller kids in trailer or trail-a-bike, kids bikes also available).
With over 25 dedicated family and family friendly itineraries, it's not easy to narrow it down to a list of five. The kids will also enjoy UTracks' Provence Backroads in France, or Bernese Oberland for Families.
Listen to my podcast interview with UTracks' General Manager, Kate Baker, here.
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