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Family Holidays in Italy
Family Holidays in Italy

Italy Tours for Families

Italy Tours for Families

Top 5 Things to do on Italy Tours for Families

Visit Pompeii: Buried beneath tons of ash and pumice during the tragic eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD, Pompeii is one of the most compelling historic sites in the world. Now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the well-preserved ruins of the city give a fascinating insight into Roman life. A professional tour guide can lead you through the remains of houses, bakeries and bathhouses, where you’ll see the most beautiful frescoes decorating many of the interior walls. While the archaeological site is haunting, you’ll be mesmerised by the city ruins and the many artefacts that have been recovered over the centuries.

Walk Along the Rim of Mt Vesuvius: This huge volcano looms over the Bay of Naples and its catastrophic eruption in 79 AD was responsible for the destruction of the city of Pompeii. Just outside of Naples, Mount Vesuvius forms the ominous backdrop to Pompeii and is one of the most menacing active volcanoes in the world owing to the millions of homes that surround it. On Italy family trips an expert guide will lead you on a hike up to the tallest point of the volcano and from there you can walk around the main crater. This is an exhilarating and fascinating experience as you’ll also learn about its history and volcanic activity.

Kayak on the Amalfi Coast: The Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and a kayaking tour along its azure waters lets you see it from a different perspective. Spend half a day paddling below towering sea stacks and past sprawling beaches and ancient watch towers towards Runghetiello Grotto. This fabulous sea cave, which is named after a local fish, is great fun to explore and the children will be in their element here.

Go Swimming at Positano: Positano is a colourful town on the Amalfi Coast with brightly coloured houses clinging to the cliffsides and chic hotels draped in wisteria. Its main beach, known locally as Positano Spiaggia, is no less alluring with its gelato stalls and sun-bleached shoreline. Overlooked by rugged mountains and lapped by the Mediterranean-warmed waves, this is what kids’ dreams are made of. The waters are some of the clearest you’ll ever see and great for the children to swim in while you enjoy a little downtime in the sun.

Learn How to Make Pizza: There’s no denying that Italy is one of the prettiest countries in the world and its history is unrivalled, but you can’t have a family holiday here without paying homage to the pizza. This is its birthplace after all and what kids don’t love pizza? On our Pompeii and Pizza Family Holiday, all the family can enjoy a pizza-making class where you’ll learn how to create an authentic Neapolitan pizza. As well as discovering new cookery skills, you’ll also get to taste how unbelievably delicious traditional Italian pizza really is.

We had not done an adventure family holiday before and were unsure as to what to expect. Any anxieties were very quickly dispelled and we had a memorable 14 days discovering Vietnam from north to south. The schedule was paced so that we had time to recover from flights and travelling. The heat took some getting used to. Our tour guide said that Vietnam has two types of weather, hot and hotter, so don’t pack a jumper! There were five other families on the tour and we all got along really well. Our tour guide Huyen Nguyen made sure everything went smoothly and imparted her in depth knowledge of Vietnam giving us context and descriptions of her beautiful country. The tour was a mix of activities from rickshaws in Hanoi, Cooking classes in Hoi An and relaxing at Whale island. We didn’t really get into the history of the “American War” until late into the tour which was good, because Vietnam is so much more than its history! The Vietnamese people were warm, welcoming and generous. It is also helpful that English is spoken widely and quite well, which is useful as the Vietnamese language is very difficult to understand. The food was really tasty and we enjoyed the Ban-mi in particular. One final note, the Hotels were really good, particularly the Sincerity Hotel in Hoi An which has a very good swimming pool.

Gareth Jones Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

This was such a brilliant holiday – amazing scenery, fabulous food, fun activities, culture and history. We shared it with 5 other families, who all got on fabulously (adults and children) – there was always someone to chat to and share the experiences with. Having a tour guide really helps you get the most from the holiday – especially reserving tables for us all at some of the best eateries – and also takes the stress out of any aspect of the holiday.
We saw so much of this beautiful country in such a short space of time, but still had time to relax and chill out!

IAN BUCKLEY Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

This review is based on being specifically ‘Designed for children aged 9-12’.

In summary, in our opinion, it is not.

It is simply the (excellent) adult trip with a few omissions and permitting children.

To give my review some context:

Our children are in the age bracket for whom this trip is designed.
I’ve been travelling with Exodus since 2006 and this was my seventh trip with one of those being the adult version of this trip.
Last year we travelled all over Vietnam on a family holiday with Intrepid.

All of these trips I’ve mentioned were outstanding experiences and no matter the price, excellent value for money. I continue to recommend those trips and Exodus at every opportunity to both the uninitiated and the many repeat trippers looking for something they haven’t yet tried.

But unfortunately this was the first where I felt my expectations weren’t met and I felt rather disappointed.

I would endorse the views expressed by previous reviewers Jon Browning and Stephen Dossett and encourage you to read them.

Matthew Moulding Egyptian Family Adventure