Europe is a continent filled with a rich history, vibrant cultures and beautiful food. It”s a fantastic place to take children as it shows them a glimpse of the massive variety in the world, and provides them with a sense of exploration and discovery that can fuel their ambition to succeed and travel the world. Many kids are also appreciative of the opportunity to revisit their European heritage, which many Americans have.
The beauty of travelling to Europe with kids is that you don”t have to worry about getting lots of vaccinations or the possibility of bad hygiene standards. European laws and regulations make the continent one of the safest to visit with children, so you can enjoy world-famous sites such as the Coliseum in Rome or La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, without worrying about the wellbeing of your children.
Kids will love visiting England and getting a feel for the home of Harry Potter, or seeing the Eiffel Tower up close and in person rather than on Disney”s Ratatouille. They will marvel at the beautiful canals of Venice and Amsterdam and be enthralled by the history of cities such as Berlin and Prague.
A vacation in Europe doesn”t just have to be about visiting some of the world”s most famous and iconic cities however. France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria are just a few European countries that are home to some of the best skiing facilities on earth. Whether you”re an experienced skier or a complete novice, find out what Europeans mean by après-ski (literally “after skiing”) – you won”t want to experience the slopes anywhere else!
If you”re not a fan of the snow then there are plenty of breath-taking beaches that can offer a more relaxed pace. From well-known resorts like the Côte d”Azur in the south of France, to hidden gems such as the Dalmatian Islands off the coast of Croatia, there is something to suit everyone.
However, many Americans are put off travelling to Europe because it can be rather daunting. While packing in lots of countries during your trip seems like a great idea, having to arrange all those connections and hotels can be overwhelming. And while part of the beauty of Europe is experiencing its many different languages, it can sometimes be difficult trying to communicate effectively if all you speak is English. Trying to do all this and factoring in your kids can be a nightmare.
This is why tour companies are without a doubt the best way to visit a place as diverse and complex as Europe. A tour operator is the perfect option for someone who wants to experience the splendour of Europe without the agony of actually organising it. From a quick 7 day trip seeing some of the most significant cities like London and Paris to a month or more seeing a side of Europe that isn”t so well known, there are packages to suit any mood or budget.
Since you won”t have to book transportation or accommodation you can worry about the really important things, like making sure you”ve packed enough t-shirts for the kids, and more importantly, whether you prefer French or Italian wine…
Written by Kat Kraetzer, a passionate traveller and experienced travel writer
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