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!
I wanted to take the family to the ultimate winter vacation - with some who loved winter sports and others that loved a hot chocolate next to a roaring fire. I asked all my most well-traveled friends, if they could only take one winter holiday break, where would it be? The resounding answer was Switzerland. So, with wallet in hand, I took a group of skiers and non-skiers to two fairytale towns (Zermatt and Lucerne) and I'm happy to report, we'd all do it again!
Number of Days: 9
Fly in/out: Zurich
Major sights: Zermatt, the Matterhorn, the Gornergrat cog railway, the Glacier Express, many-a-fondue pot, gondola rides. Lucerne
Activity Level: 2-5 (your choice): skiing, gondola riding, walking in town
Kids Ages: My kids were 15 and 18 and they loved it!
Day 1 – Begin the Journey
Day 2 – Discover Zermatt, Recover form Jetlag
Day 3 – Zermatt Gondola Rides and Skiing
Day 4 – Skiing & Fondue
Day 5 – Hiking and Skiing
Day 6 –Lucerne
Day 7 – Lucerne
Days 8 & 9 – Zurich
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.
Literally the first beer I ever had with my son - Paulaner hefeweizen in Munich!