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Choosing a family tour

    At Travel for Kids, we encourage you to explore a new destination with your family in mind, focusing on the interests of you and your children. Is one of your kids especially interested in wild animals? Would your kids like to go biking in the Andes or kayaking in Alaska? Has your family been talking about an extended family vacation, taking the grandparents along too? Do you have a toddler and a pre-teenager? Are you concerned about traveling abroad with kids for the first time? Depending on what your family is like and what you want to do on your trip, you may want to consider signing up for a family tour package.
    Imagine holding a baby green iguana, sitting down next to a land iguana chewing on a piece of cactus, watching a herd of antelopes streaking across a wide plain at sunrise, holding a baby orangutan or catching a piranha for dinner. Experiencing the glories of nature firsthand is something you'll want to do in your travels with kids. In places such as Africa, the Galapagos, the Amazon in Peru and Ecuador, in order to protect the wildlife, while giving travelers access to nature in the wild, you'll need to book a tour.
    Does your family share common interests, like nature or archaeology? A great family experience is an "inter-generational" trip, with Grandpa and Grandma, parents and grandkids. Watch sea turtles on the beach in Costa Rica, or explore the Inca ruins of Peru – active grandparents will enjoy the time spent with parents and kids, far removed from home, job responsibilities and after-school schedules.
    Travel with other families and kids. Traveling in the company of other kids can make a trip special, especially if you have an only child. Kids will spend hours entertaining each other on long plane flights or train rides. Even pre-teen boys will grudgingly admit that girls are okay to be with on a trip abroad. Best of all, parents can relax in the company of other parents, the kids are off with the group of kids. If you know of another family you'd like to travel with, it's sure to be fun for all.
    Do you have an active, outdoorsy family, that would like to bike the country roads or Europe or South America? Mixing outdoor sports with the cultural setting of a foreign country is a wonderful combination. You can ship your bikes and helmets to Europe, or, rent bikes and hope that there are the right size kids bikes, or you can book a family tour that specializes in bike tours for families, and has all the right gear for you.
    Want to be more adventurous, but aren't ready for prime time? Would you like to travel to some more distant destination, beyond the cruises or resorts, but don't feel ready to handle the local scene in a foreign country all on your own? Haven't really had much experience with travel abroad, and don't want to start with your kids in tow – it's one thing to find yourself stranded in an airport as a solo traveler, it's another thing with tired kids too. A good tour company will design an itinerary that is comfortable, safe, and fun for everyone in the family.
      Customized trips are also another option. Tour companies that specialize in family travel can arrange a trip, customized to your kids' ages and interests. Want to take the kids out of school for several weeks or months? A family tour company will help you combine travel and out-of-school requirements.
    Choose a tour company that specializes in family packages – they'll provide travel arrangements with kids in mind, a schedule that isn't too many things in one day. Family tours will also have equipment for kids, e.g. fins, snorkels and masks in kids sizes, or bikes and helmets on a biking tour, strollers and cribs for toddlers. For kids and parents alike, you'll have time to relax and discover the joys of travel.
Quivertree Family Expeditions Quivertree is a new kind of travel company, run by families who love to explore, for families who love exploring. Founding brothers, Gideon and Philip Nurick, have traveled with their children for 17 years over six continents and use their passion and experience to create the perfect family experience. We're about real family travel that entails seeing the world. Seeing the world means tasting, observing and feeling the special sensations that happen in real places with real people and cultures. Quivertree provides each family with a unique custom-designed experience. How do we do that? You'll only go where we've boldly gone before. Currently offering trips to Guatemala, New Zealand, Australia, Southern Africa, Spain, Peru, Ecuador/Galapagos, China, Thailand, Costa Rica, Israel, Japan, Vietnam, Kenya-Tanzania, Patagonia, Greece, Mexico, Bali - Indonesia.
Classic Journeys – Named a World's Best Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Classic Journeys offers family-friendly tours designed to satisfy the curiosity, energy-levels and attention spans of multiple generations. The small groups are all accompanied by multiple local guides and include first-class, family friendly accommodations. You’ll enjoy a balance of physical activity and cultural immersion with a mix of activities for the whole family plus kids-only chaperoned events. Our unique formula lets the whole family have a happy travel experience in regions from Tuscany and Amalfi to Provence, Costa Rica, Ireland, the Canadian Rockies, and Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks. We can even arrange any itinerary as a Private Journey for your family only.
Wildland Adventures Family Travel – Wildland Family Adventures are fun, active vacations that are sensitive, close-up encounters in nature and authentic, cross-cultural interactions with native people. Owners Kurt and Anne Kutay have been leading family trips throughout the world since 1986, inspiring the design of itineraries adapted to the interests and abilities of young people from toddlers to teens. Immerse your family secure in your health, safety and comfort, with professional local guides who combine a mastery of their profession with personal parenting experience. Wildland family destinations include Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Guatemala, Peru, Patagonia, Galapagos, Alaska, New Zealand, Tanzania.
  Thomson Family Adventures offers exciting worldwide adventure vacations designed by families for families. Thomson Family Adventures was the first company to offer family specific adventure vacations and over 20 years later is still the only company that works exclusively in family travel. Each trip focuses on local interactions, cultural immersion, education, outdoor adventures, and fun. Their expertise has been recognized by National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime and Travel + Leisure Best Family Tour Operator. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering the world through guided nature hikes, school and home visits, and games and sports with local children. Destinations are available on six continents and include: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Peru, Costa Rica, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Antarctica, the Azores Islands, Colombia, the Canadian Rockies, Baja, Croatia, Egypt, South Africa and more.
      "In many previous walks, nine, we have not had a better guide than Jorge. He is a teacher, a leader, a friend, a guide, a wonderfully enjoyable companion for such a trip. Our family had a splendid time, learning, looking, walking, laughing and enjoying those we were with. It was a wonderful holiday of learning to love Costa Rica and appreciate it almost as much as does Jorge. We will highly recommend your walk for anyone interested in Costa Rica." (Classic Journeys)
      “My family and I have traveled twice with Thomson. I don’t even bother to ‘shop around’ anymore because Thomson always exceeds our expectations. My experience is this: their pricing is fair and competitive… their guides are fabulous; all logistics are taken care of so you can focus on your trip rather than travel nuisances.  These trips are an investment in which you are creating memories that will last a lifetime.” (Thomson Family Adventures)
      "When we started to plan our trip to India, Gideon was instrumental!  Our bookings, drivers and tours were all handled very professionally and we were able to consult until our trip was perfect. The service provided to us in India was outstanding!  We felt that we were truly taken care of by the drivers and representatives.  I wouldn't hesitate to plan our next trip to India in the exact same way...and hopefully that'll be SOON! " (Quivertree Expeditions)
      "The most treasured experience with my granddaughter Holly, was participating in a Maasai gathering to celebrate the rites of passage from warrior to elder. We felt privileged to attend as this was clearly not part of any tourist itinerary. Our Wildland guide had purchased a cow to donate to the Maasai community to honor their ceremony near our camp. A friendship blossomed between Holly and a Maasai teenage girl named Zena. The girls exchanged necklaces, shared life stories and then mail addresses. What nations could learn from those two young girls who spoke from their hearts." (Wildland Adventures)
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