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.
This trip gives you the opportunity to see many of the key sights of Egypt with the exception of Abu Simble and is well organised with responsible guides to help you navigate a new culture when travelling with children. Egypt itself is a fascinating country full of history and culture and we had a brilliant experience of Egypt. There are some things that you should consider to ensure that this is the right tour for you. The trip does promise a first class sleeper train and 4 or 5 star hotels throughout but that is a local distinction and most were more a European 2 or 3 star hotel at best. This isn’t a luxury tour. Many of the tours are optional rather than included and as such you need to allow plenty of extra dollars if you want to have the full experience. This makes you feel somewhat like you’re being exploited because the extra trips are significantly overpriced compared to the face value of the entry tickets to the sites visited, but you can’t easily then organise on your own. This trip gives you the opportunity to see many of the key sights of Egypt with the exception of Abu Simble and is well organised with responsible guides to help you navigate a new culture when travelling with children. Egypt itself is a fascinating country full of history and culture and we had a brilliant experience of Egypt. There are some things that you should consider to ensure that this is the right tour for you. The trip does promise a first class sleeper train and 4 or 5 star hotels throughout but that is a local distinction and most were more a European 2 or 3 star hotel at best. This isn’t a luxury tour. Many of the tours are optional rather than included and as such you need to allow plenty of extra dollars if you want to have the full experience. This makes you feel somewhat like you’re being chased for more money all the time and the extra trips are somewhat overpriced compared to the face value of the entry tickets to the sites visited, but you can’t easily then organise on your own. We noticed our 13 year old went in as a child ticket but we were charged a full adult price for the tour by exodus because he was over 12. The brochure said group tips paid in advance are optional but recommended but we were chased for the exact amount ‘recommended’ which I suspect is a profit source for the local tour provider. The coach journey was advised as 4 hours but actually took 7 hours due to using back roads rather than toll roads. There can be delays and you need to be prepared to sit for long periods.
We are traveling as a family of four with our two girls, 13 and 11 years old for four months. This tour was a highlight of our trip so far. We absolutely loved the animals and the jungle as well as being exposed to the culture and people of Sabah. Our tour guide Nostalia was a fountain of knowledge and took such amazing care of us. The people of Sabah are friendly and welcoming and with our guide as a translator we learned so much more than we otherwise would have.
Our family of four went on this tour in February half term 2023. The places you visit are amazing, Pyramids and Valley of the Kings especially. 19 of us on the tour, really good bunch of people and the kids all got on well. We were first time travellers with Exodus and we really expected more effort to have gone in to their planning and attention to detail in making this a family adventure as billed. In reality it’s a tour Exodus seem to resell from an Egyptian tour operator and felt like an adult tour with kids on. e.g. after the 15hour overnight train journey when clearly the group were exhausted, the guide announced that the hotel rooms weren’t ready and we were going to do the next day’s itinerary then. This completely misread the group. Often the plan for the day didn’t factor in meals or breaks at a reasonable time, e.g. on the first day we at left at 0730 but lunch stop wasn’t till 1400, lots of very hungry children. For the overnight train to Aswan they don’t use the main station in Cairo but a small suburban one. They got us to the station 3 hours before the train departure and there was only a small café that served drinks. With a bit of thought they could have easily sorted out a family friendly restaurant with toilets etc, the food on the train is pretty poor so a meal before departure would have been welcome. With some planning all of this could be fixed easily. We didn’t expect someone from Exodus to be with us, but I did expect one of their team to have built the itinerary and worked with the operator to match the vision they sell. This just didn’t seem to be the case. Exodus say they have at some point visited the hotels etc but not been on this particular tour. The Cairo hotel (Cairo Pyramids – Steigenberger) was terrible, you don’t stay in the main part which is on the website but are in old bungalows that were like a 1* motel from the 1980s. I can’t believe that anyone from Exodus has stayed in that part of the hotel and they still let people stay there. At each hotel the group were met by a local representative from the tour operator, but never managed to once get the hotel rooms sorted to match the group, e.g. those that needed three beds seemed to always get two. I realise this seems petty but at 2030 after a 7 hour coach drive you don’t want to be spending another 45mins trying to sort out hotel rooms. It would have really helped if they’d got this type of detail right. The tour operator runs a tipping kitty which Exodus say is optional. In reality it isn’t. You are summoned to pay ($45 or $25 for kids) on the first day, also children age 12 or older are adults for this and the optional tours. The tour operator was literally chasing some people around hotels to collect any missing tip kitty. Exodus have said they are going to make sure the operator knows it is optional, but I think if it’s needed they should simply add to the cost of the holiday. The tipping kitty doesn’t cover the tip for the guide which is recommended at $4/day per person. We really enjoyed Egypt but think Exodus need to step up their game on this tour to make it close to experience they say they offer.