From the snow-laden forests of Finland to Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast, family activity holidays in Europe introduce you to an incredible variety of scenery, adventures, history and culture, making it a classic choice for a family holiday.
In many European countries, life really revolves around the family, so it’s very easy to immerse your own in the local community and also a great opportunity for your children to practice their foreign language skills. Our family adventure holidays in Europe are designed to cater for a wide variety of ages as well as abilities. So, whether you fancy sledging with the kids on Finnish family tours or delving into Roman history at the UNESCO-listed city of Pompei, there’s a whole host of thrilling experiences to enjoy.
Not everything has to be just about the kids, there are plenty of opportunities for the adults to enjoy their own fun too. Perhaps you fancy a bit of time-out on a sun-drenched beach in Italy or maybe you prefer to sink into a hot Turkish bath and relax for a while, either way, there’s something for everyone on our family activity holidays in Europe.
And with many of our European destinations being so close to the UK, there are no issues with long flights or jet lag – that’s definitely a bonus when you’re travelling with young children! For an adventure that’s close to home and itineraries that are full to the brim with adrenalin-fuelled activities, join one of our family holidays in Europe.
Our Family Adventures in Europe
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Discover Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius and the famous Amalfi Coast of Italy
Canoeing in the Dordogne: Flowing through south-west France, the Dordogne River is a scenic waterway flanked by imposing limestone cliffs where resplendent chateaux and medieval villages overlook the valleys below. Canoeing along the Dordogne is one of the most exciting family activities for water lovers and a great way to explore the beautiful landscapes and historical sites. As you paddle past walnut groves and along the woodlands of Perigord, you can go at your own pace, stopping off at places of interest along the way. Head to Gouffre de Padirac from Carannac or from Meyronne make your way to Martel and wander around the local markets where you can try some local delicacies.
Pizza Making in Amalfi: Known for its dazzling beaches and beautiful coastline, Amalfi is one of the best destinations for your family holiday in Europe. But it’s also known for its tantalising Neapolitan pizzas, which are sure to get both parents and kids salivating. On our Pompeii and Pizza Family Holiday, you will get the chance to see how authentic Neapolitan pizzas are made, and of course, you can tuck into the end results!
Dog Sledding in Finland: Although beautiful all year round, Finland is particularly stunning in the winter when the ground and the forests are laden with snow. There are few activities as thrilling as zipping along frozen landscapes on a dog sled, drawn by a pack of huskies. On our Finnish Winter Family Adventure Holiday, you’ll visit a husky farm which lies on the outskirts of Riisitunturi National Park. Here you’ll be introduced to the friendly huskies and learn about how they’re cared for in the Finnish wilderness. You’ll then be shown how to steer the sled before taking off into the woodlands for an exhilarating mushing adventure. While the adults take the helm in the driving seat, the children can enjoy the thrill of the ride and stare in awe at the winter wonderland scenery.
Sea Kayaking in Turkey: If you love to get out onto the water during your family adventure, Turkey is a fantastic destination with plenty of beaches to explore. Kekova is an idyllic island close to Antalya and has become renowned for the sunken city that lies beneath its emerald waters. Paddling in and around a sheltered bay, you’ll then make your way to the underwater city where you can see the old harbour walls, the houses and their original rooms. Kayaking is a fabulous activity and a great way to explore one of Turkey’s hidden gems on your European family adventure.
Northern Lights Tour in Finland: Dancing across the night sky like a Whirling Dervish, the Aurora Borealis, also know as the Northern Lights, are one of nature’s greatest creations. More often witnessed in countries above the Arctic Circle on a clear night away from the light pollution of cities and towns, their ethereal beauty is sure to captivate you. Finland is a great place to go in search of this spectacular lightshow during your family activity holiday and the best times to visit are between late September to April.
We went on this trip as a family of four with children aged 12 and 14, over Christmas 2022. We had an absolutely brilliant time and the memories will stay with us forever. Costa Rica just has everything- amazing wildlife, great weather, beautiful scenery, beaches, friendly people, felt very safe and just a wonderful and easy place to be. Without exception the activities were all brilliant especially the hot springs and rafting. Johnny and Victor looked after us incredibly well and really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great time. Johnny clearly has a genuine love for his country and is exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the wildlife. The travelling was all very pleasant and the only bad thing was that the trip had to end! Cannot recommend this trip highly enough if you want a great experience with loads of amazing wildlife, fun and adventure.
Before we went on this amazing trip whenever we were asked where we were going it invariably provoked a “Really…why?” type of response. We’re now much more qualified to answer that question. Firstly, let’s address the 4/5 rating. Don’t get us wrong, this trip was amazing but it’s up against our first Exodus holiday to Costa Rica in Christmas 2019 and that’s a very hard act to follow. Being more cultural, historical and less about animals and adrenaline, this is a far harder holiday to make work with our particular family. Despite this, our time in Jordan was virtually non-stop and we’ve come home with memories that will last our lifetimes. No more comparisons.