Our leaders are carefully selected and trained to manage the tour in a professional, organised and friendly way. They understand the needs of families and have an informal, approachable style which children like. Their infectious enthusiasm inspires the minds of the young explorers and brings the destination to life.
Our groups are generally between 12 and 18 people, roughly half adults and half children. Travelling in a small, informal group makes it really easy for any family, large or small, to fit in and quickly make friends. Single parent families and families with only one child find the small group format works well. Extended families are welcome too and we often have grandparents, uncles and aunts joining the holiday.
All the tours are different: some are designed for young children and others for teens. We understand that all children are different, but to make it easier for you to find the right holiday for your family we recommend an ‘ideal age’ for each tour. The ‘ideal from’ age is quite flexible but in addition there’s a minimum age which is often applied for safety reasons. The average child age on our family tours is between 12 and 13.
Safety standards on all of our tours are carefully checked on a regular basis. All accommodation, transport and activities are checked and our Tour Leaders are fully trained in safety management. While accidents can never be ruled out altogether we do our utmost to ensure the holidays are safe.
Accommodation, transport and most activities are included, along with some meals. As flexibility is an important part of our holidays we leave some activities optional (for you to decide at the time whether or not to do them) and we often leave meals free so you can choose where and when to eat, and how much to spend. Please see individual Tour Notes to find out how much the optional activities and non-included meals will cost.
Yes, all of our tours have lower prices for children aged 11 or less. The main saving is on the international flight, which unfortunately reverts to the adult fare from age 12. Please see tour Dates and Prices pages for details
Yes, you can call anytime to ask about the other families booked on a tour. We can tell you the approximate ages and the gender of the other children booked. In our experience it’s surprising how little the age and gender differences matter when a family group travels together, but it is comforting for children to know there are others their own age in the group, especially before the tour starts.
We know children love to swim so nearly all the hotels we use have pools. There are also opportunities to swim in the sea, lakes and rivers along the way. See individual Tour Notes for details, where we’ve marked every day where swimming is available with a special symbol.
We will provide you with a hotel list approximately 1 month before you travel, with the names and web sites (where available) of the hotels for your tour. The hotel website usually has the most up to date and accurate source of information and we would encourage you to take a look there in the first instance, being aware that many swimming pools are only opened on a seasonal basis, and there is no guarantee that they will be open at the time of your visit.
We use a wide range of accommodation on our family holidays, from simple homestays to very comfortable hotels. We prefer to stay at smaller, locally owned hotels where possible, and on many tours we use a variety of accommodation including guesthouses, wild camps, safari lodges, village houses, feluccas in Egypt, haciendas in Cuba and so on. Facilities vary but we choose accommodation that is clean and comfortable. You can use our Tour Comfort ratings to check how comfortable the accommodation is overall, or read the Tour Notes for more detailed information about each overnight stop.
All the tours vary: some are quite relaxed and others are full-on. Each has a ‘Tour Pace’ ranking to make it easier for you to choose the right holiday for your family. Walking, cycling and multi-active tours are also graded according to their level of difficulty.
Although parents are expected to take responsibility for their children during the tour, what tends to happen especially as the children get to know each other is that they gather together as a group while the adults relax nearby. In practice this works really well for both children and adults.
Our leaders are trained to manage the logistics of the tour and make sure everything runs smoothly. Although they will interact with the children throughout the holiday they are not expected to provide childcare: parents are responsible for their children during the tour.
These are tours designed specifically with teenage families in mind, full of activity, adventure and new experiences. They include our more challenging trekking tours in Peru, Nepal and Morocco and are ideal for families aged 11 and over.
No, not at all. Teenagers are welcome on any of our adventures.
Lots of our family tours are ideal for teens too, even if the minimum age is lower. Some tours have a lower age guide but we’ve reserved some specific dates exclusively for families with children aged 11 and over. Check the dates and prices pages, where ‘Teenage Departures’ are shown, or look out for the “T” symbol on the brochure price panels.
Most airlines allow car seats and buggies in addition to standard hold baggage allowances. However, if you wish to bring a car seat, please contact Explore so we can ensure that the vehicles provided on tour have the correct seat belts for your car seat.
We will room your family in the most appropriate way using a mixture of twin, triple, double and single rooms. Please note a triple room may be a twin room with an additional bed added. We will do our best to give you rooms next to one another but we can't promise this. In exceptional cases, where accommodation is limited, for example on boat-based trips, one or more of you may need to share with members of another family. On some tours a night or two may be spent in communical sleeping areas, for example a village house, hacienda or overnight trains.
We will room your family in the most appropriate way using a mixture of twin, triple, double and singles rooms as necessary. Please note that sometimes a triple room may be a twin room with an additional bed added. We leave it to you to decide who shares with whom in your family group. We will do our very best to give you rooms next to one another, but cannot promise this. In exceptional cases where accommodation is limited, for example on boat based tours, one or more of you may need to share with member with another family. On some tours a night or two may be spent in communal sleeping areas, for example a village house, hacienda or overnight trains.
Please refer to your tour notes where will will indicate the types of accommodation being used on your particular tour.
If you’re a family of two, four or six we’ll arrange twin rooms for you. If you’re a family of three or five we’ll arrange twins and singles as necessary, or triples depending on your preference. Wherever possible we try to book families into adjoining rooms, or at least into rooms close to each other, but cannot always guarantee this. On some tours there may be a night or two in communal sleeping areas, for example in a desert camp or a village house.
The food on our family holidays is often one of the highlights, for children and adults alike. We prefer local restaurants that serve authentic and freshly made food. The Tour Leaders know all the best places and can usually find one with menu options to suit everyone. If your children don’t like their food too spicy it’s almost always possible to arrange milder alternatives. Vegetarians are well catered for in most countries, especially in Asia.