Parents understand: it’s not yet Christmas, but spring break feels like it’s just around the corner. A week-long trip with the kids requires some planning, and to make it memorable, it also requires some imagination. If you’ve ever thought about taking the family on an international spring break trip, you can count on Classic Journeys to create a handcrafted trip of a lifetime for you. Here are 10 of our favorite spring break destinations for your next family vacation.
Instead of piling the kids into the car and driving down a clogged freeway only to reach an overcrowded amusement park, imagine your family riding atop friendly camels into the North African desert, where a luxurious campsite awaits you. Spring in Morocco is the best time to visit; the weather’s warm, and our local friends will shower you with legendary Moroccan hospitality.
Peru and Machu Picchu
If you’re looking for some high-altitude multisport adventures, Peru and Machu Picchu will definitely fit the bill. Here, your family will hike, raft and mountain bike through some of the planet’s most incredible terrain. You’ll spend time with friendly llamas and dine with local Peruvian families. And you’ll go on one of the world’s greatest treks: an ascent to the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu itself.
The Galápagos Islands
The kids might have been bored during their science teacher’s evolution lesson, but once they set foot in Darwin’s world, they’ll never forget it. The Galápagos is a playground for all sorts of marine life, and your family will get to join right in. You’ll snorkel alongside curious sea lions, kayak with a squadron of swimming penguins and watch as blue-footed boobies perform their comical dance. And instead of taking a tedious boat ride back to a cruise ship, your nights will be spent relaxing in a boutique hotel right on the beach.
Seafaring history comes to life in the beautiful country of Portugal. You’ll be able to explore the country’s scenic coast and rolling green mountains, visiting medieval castles and quaint villages along the way. Portugal boasts the most sunny days per year of any European country, so your family can enjoy some fantastic weather. For the parents, there’s plenty of opportunities to sample the country’s famous port wines.
Classic Journeys is proud to be able to give your family the rare opportunity to explore Cuba – yes, you can still travel to Cuba legally! - and springtime is a great time to go. The tropical island offers plenty of friendship and hospitality; you’ll get to spend time with our Cuban friends, who’ll teach you how to salsa dance, show you the delights of Cuban cuisine and lead you on outings through lively Cuban cities – including the delightful Habana Vieja (Old Havana) – and into the jungles and mountains of the beautiful green countryside.
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
If your idea of a family trip is an epic adventure, Southeast Asia is calling. Our Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos tour has everything: encounters with noble elephants on the banks of the Mekong River, trekking to ancient temples deep in the Cambodian jungle and sleeping on a luxury boat in the stunning Halong Bay - often referred to as the 8th wonder of the natural world. And when you go during the spring, you’ll get the chance to partake in Lunar New Year celebrations across the region.
For an Asian family experience of a different kind, we recommend Japan. March brings the country’s famous annual cherry blossoms, providing the perfect backdrop to a tranquil Japanese experience. Your family will enjoy visiting tea fields and lovely Japanese gardens, they’ll marvel at ancient samurai castles and bustling modern cities, and will thrill to the unforgettable site of Mount Fuji.
Tuscany and Cinque Terre
When most people think of Italy, Tuscany is the area that immediately comes to mind – and for good reason. Springtime in Tuscany is magical – everything is in bloom, under the warm Tuscan sun. On this countryside-to-coast trip, your family will spend their evenings in luxurious accommodations, from seaside resorts on the Italian Riviera to classic Tuscan villas. Your days will be spent roaming the Italian landscape, exploring olive groves, Italian villages, and well-preserved castles. You’ll dine on some of the region’s best cuisine, and yes, you’ll get the chance to have an ocean swim.
The Amalfi Coast and Capri
Everybody needs some time to just relax, and there’s no better place to do that than on Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. Here, you and your family will stroll down the sunny streets of Ravello and amble along Positano’s lovely seaside footpaths. You’ll take a leisurely cruise over to the beautiful island of Capri; the kids can take a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean while you enjoy a chilly Aperol Spritz or spend some time browsing the area’s high-end shops.
Puglia might just be your kids’ favorite geography lesson: Italy is shaped like a large boot, and the region of Puglia is the heel. And it’s a microcosm of everything that makes Italy…well, Italy. For the history buffs in your family, there are Roman ruins to see and medieval castles and cathedrals to explore. The ancient town of Matera, built on the edge of a canyon, has been described as one of the most amazing sites in all of Italy, and has earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site; dwellings carved out of the canyon walls are still used today. For nature lovers, there are lovely walks through the southern Italian countryside, where encounters with local shepherds are common. Everyone goes to Italy thinking of the great food they’ll eat, and there’s plenty of that in Puglia – known for excellent seafood, delicious pasta, and the tasty local cheeses and olive oil.
The best family trips are the ones that your kids end up telling their kids about. You can’t go wrong with any of the trips we’ve listed above – the hardest part is going to be choosing which adventure you want to take your family on. All of these destinations offer excitement, relaxation, and luxury. And even though it’s Spring Break, your kids will end up getting an educational experience far beyond what they’d get in a classroom.