I've spent countless hours planning trips for with my two children and I'd love you to be able to experience these itineraries -please steal!
Growing up Catholic, Rome and the Vatican were certainly mythical places. In fact, my first trip overseas ever was to Italy - and it forever changed my world view! As an icebreaker at dinners, I'll often ask "If you could only vacation to one country for the rest of your, what would it be?" And overwhelmingly, the majority of answers are "Italy" - so I've changed my question to, "Why is Italy the only place you'd want to vacation for the rest of your life?" I picked this particular itinerary because it had a mix of historical city sights (Rome) and relaxing on a beach (Amalfi Coast).
Number of Days: 11
Fly in/out: Rome/Naples
Major sights: Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Roman Catacombs, Appian Way, the Blue Grotto, Capri, Positano, Pompeii, Ravello, Amalfi
Kids Ages: Given the amount of walking and museums/historical sights, I think this particular journey is best for older kids. My kids were 18 and 21 and were old enough to enjoy the freedom of being on their own.
Days 1 & 2 – Begin the Journey
Day 3 – Catacombs & the Colosseum
Day 4 – Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Day 5 – Begin a Week on the Amalfi Coast
Day 6 – Enjoy Positano
Day 7 – Pompeii & Herculaneum
Day 8 – Capri & the Blue Grotto
Day 9 – Boat Day
Days 10 & 11 – Ravello and/or the Path of the Gods
If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the either Petra or the Pyramids, this trip is for you! This 9-day adventure combines the history of both the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt and Petra in Jordan. The trip is full of wonder and discovery at both of these sights.
Italy is truly the country of dreams - I combined the history and awe inspiring sights of Rome and the Vatican with a beach holiday on the Amalfi Coast. This trip is great for kids as well - you can temper the museums and history with lots of fun activities and a beautiful beach to boot!
Turkey seems to still fly a bit under the radar with US tourists, but it's one of safest, most beautiful places we've been. We went to Istanbul for the history and mosques and then to Cappadocia for the underground cities and balloon rides and finished up in Fethiye at a beautiful beach resort.
Boat day is everyone's favorite activity!