Disneyland is not the only destination of a family trip with kids. Here are some suggestions for a trip you and your brood will never forget.
Christmas in Santa’s home in Lapland
Located far above the Arctic Circle, Finnish Lapland comes with sleigh rides, pine trees, Santa’s official home and post office, and, hold on to your seat, the northern lights! You can also try the ever popular “Snowmobile Safari” or go for a longer “Husky Heaven” sled-ride. Lapland may turn out to be your children’s favorite holiday destination. When you get tired of all these things Yule, enjoy some ski-jumping in Rovaniemi and relax in a cozy sauna-equipped cabin. Just make sure do not let your kids catch sight of reindeer on the restaurant menus – they may be disturbed to know people are eating the red-nosed Rudolph.
City of Fairy Tale in Copenhagen
Denmark’s happy capital makes a wonderful destination for a family break. You can always begin with a trip past the statue of Andersen’s ubiquitous Little Mermaid, followed by a tour in the old TivoliGardens, where the kids will be delighted by the fairground rides. Another sight spot kids might enjoy is The Rundetårn, or RoundTower, which is the oldest working astronomical observatory in Europe. Instead of steps, there is a spiral path leading to the top. Enjoy the experience of walking up and the beautiful view over the city once you reach the top.
Sunset on the Nile River in Cairo
Cairo. Simply pronouncing the name is reminiscent of the rolling dunes, Sphinx and the sound of the camel bells, not to mention the numerous big-screen representations of the mysteries of the city like Indiana Jones. How could children not love it? Climb aboard those uncomfortable ships of the desert and begin an adventure in one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Start with a jaunt around the EgyptianMuseum, where the kids will be astonished by the Pharaohs’ treasures and mummies. Another thing you should never miss is experiencing the claustrophobic corridors inside the Pyramids of Khufu at Giza, reminding your kids of the effort of ancient architects and slaves in building these grand moments. You don’t always have to visit something. It will be a pleasant experience simply wandering the souqs, sampling street snacks from vendors’ carts.
More than just Manga in Tokyo
Children of all ages will go wild in this city that combines the most traditional and the most up-to-date. Younger kids may thrill to the ubiquitous Hello Kitty and Doraemon goods and action figures of numerous anime characters. Older siblings will find themselves in a world of cosplays, Lolita costumes and maid café. You may also want to visit Studio Ghibli, the place where your kids’ favorite anime feature films were made. Filled with stained glasses, frescos, secret tunnels and paths with the images of Totoro, Nausicaa, and Princess Mononoke among many others, it is a paradise for animation lovers.
An Adventure Water Weekend in Wales
If you and your family are outdoor lovers, you will love canyoning. Explore exciting routes together as you follow rivers and gorges on a challenging adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Children will have fun jumping off waterfalls and tobogganing down rapids (whilst making friends along the way) as you enjoy the thrill of jumping across boulders and traversing rock walls. Canyoning is a challenging activity that will provide you with the perfect outdoor adventure experience and plenty of unforgettable memories for you and your family.
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