Enjoy outstanding adventures when you explore this vibrant country. Brimming with natural beauty, historic sites and outdoor activities, the itineraries on our family tours in Italy have it all. Explore the world-famous sites of Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, walk along the pristine coastlines of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, and sample the rich Italian flavours of the Mediterranean.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning regions of Italy and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery. While the children might want to head straight for the beach, there’s so much more for them to enjoy on Italy family trips. On our Pompeii and Pizza Family Holiday, a pizza-making class is sure to get their taste buds tingling as they learn how to make an authentic Neapolitan base, smeared in their favourite toppings. But, of course, there’s plenty for them to do on the beach too, with boat trips and kayaking on offer.
The town of Positano is always a firm favourite with families as its ancient paths wind between pastel-coloured houses, leading you among shops, pizzerias and gelato stalls. Stopping off at an artisan bottega, the kids can even have a go at painting their own piece of pottery.
The Path of the Gods is considered by many as one of the most beautiful walks in the world owing to its amazing views over the Amalfi Coast, and it’s an exciting route for both adults and children. Following each day’s adventures, you’ll return to a family-friendly hotel where you can unwind by the pool.
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Italy Family Adventure Tours
8 DaysfromUSD 2,099
Discover Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius and the famous Amalfi Coast of Italy
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.
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.