Family Vacation Ideas: 5 Can’t-Miss Multigenerational Trips

These tours and cruises will get a thumbs-up from every generation.

The “family trip” is evolving, as the cast of accompanying family members extends past parents and their kids. Now, grandparents, aunts, uncles and grandchildren are likely to join in on the annual adventure, too.

And despite the varying interests among generations, multigenerational trips don’t have to be time-consuming or even difficult to plan. AAA travel partner Tauck offers curated family-friendly travel experiences that take care of every detail.

No matter the age of your traveling relatives, these five family vacation ideas from Tauck can help you create closer bonds and lasting memories:

For families with history buffs

You’ll love Italia Bella: Rome to Venice

This eight-day journey gives your family the opportunity to spend hours exploring the Vatican Museums and touring the ancient world of Rome and its real-life relics. Imagine yourselves as ancient gladiators when you step into one of the 80 entrances of the famous Colosseum, and then explore the honeycomb of medieval tunnels and caves in Orvieto, a small city perched on a rock cliff.

And don’t forget the authentic Italian fare you’ll savor—or, better yet, learn how to hand-toss pizza and make your own gelato (treats both kids and adults can enjoy).

For families who binge-watch old Westerns

You’ll love Cowboy Country

Those with true grit will appreciate this authentic eight-day western adventure that spans South Dakota and Wyoming. Raft down the Snake River just like the first pioneers did and keep an eye out for beaver, elk, bison and more as your family travels through Yellowstone National Park.

Ever wonder what life was like for a real cowboy back in the day? Get your chance with a family-fun rodeo night. Then, round out your cowboy extravaganza at the TA Guest Ranch in Wyoming—there’s horseback riding, a cookhouse lunch and a roping demonstration.

For families seeking a thrill

You’ll love Costa Rica: Jungles and Rainforests

Welcome to the jungle on this eight-day Costa Rican adventure, where your family can get a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica’s eco-paradise by riding a zip line over the rainforest canopy at SkyTrek Adventure Park.

Have a daredevil in the family? They’ll be itching to climb aboard a pontoon raft for a rainforest float trip on the Peñas Blancas River and a chance to spot sloths, monkeys, iguanas and more. Plus, you can even learn how to make chocolate and sample field-fresh pineapples and treats.

For families who live for the outdoors

You’ll love Red Rocks and Painted Canyons

Calling all nature lovers: This eight-day journey through some of nature’s finest preserved wonders is the trip for your family. Watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon together, after spending the night at an inside-the-park lodge on the canyon’s South Rim. And listen for this Tauck exclusive: filmed narratives that share personal stories from the unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of three national parks in the American West.

Also enjoy a flightseeing excursion over Rainbow Bridge and explore the cactus-studded landscape on your own, keeping an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife. How about a private pizza party at a lakefront resort followed by a campfire and s’mores? It’s the perfect way to end the day after a guided driving tour on the Canyon’s East Rim, which provides a different Instagram-worthy perspective.

For families wanting to travel like locals

You’ll love France Family River Cruise

The best way to experience a culture? Do what the locals do. And this eight-day, family-focused excursion provides just that type of French culture immersion. There are plenty of experiences to share with your loved ones ashore: Pedal Parisian streets paved in history. Board a fast train to Lyon, rich in French cuisine. Lunch at a private ranch with French cowboys. Learn about the art of making chocolate—or shall we say, “chocolat”?

Aboard your ship, ms Emerald, you can be by one another’s side to take in the Provençal landscapes and magical entertainment along the Rhône River.

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