This year, bring your family on an adventure of a lifetime, tailored to your interests and packed with kid-friendly activities. Walk across the cloud forest canopy in Costa Rica, interact with ancient mythology in Greece, or hang out with wild elephants in the jungles of Thailand. A week-long Ireland itinerary—complete with falconry lessons and a trip to the Cliffs of Moher—makes for a perfect summer trip. In search of snow? Opt for a winter road trip through Iceland's natural wonderland instead.

#1 Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Family Fun - 9 Days

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival & Downtown San José San José
Day 2 San José to Arenal Volcano (La Fortuna) Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 3 Adventures around Arenal Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 4 Arenal - Free Day Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 5 Arenal to Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio
Day 6 Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio
Day 7 Manuel Antonio National Park - Free Day Manuel Antonio
Day 8 Back to San José Costa Rica San José
Day 9 Farewell  


Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous national parks. Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio are two of the best representations of Costa Rica: the Arenal area features one of the most famous volcanos in the country, surrounded by hot springs and lush tropical rainforest, while Manuel Antonio is renowned for its white sandy beaches and vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife. Enjoy zip-lining, guided hikes, and lots of beach time over the course of nine days. Learn more

#2 Greece: Athens & Cyclades Family Adventure - 14 Days

Lessons in relaxation
Lessons in relaxation
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Interactive Mythology Experience Athens
Day 3 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Day Trip to Delos Mykonos
Day 5 Mykonos Beach Day Mykonos
Day 6 Farm Visit and Mykonian Dinner Mykonos
Day 7 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 8 Naxos Beaches and Villages Bike Tour Naxos
Day 9 Horseback Riding in Naxos Naxos
Day 10 Beach Day on Naxos Naxos
Day 11 Naxos to Santorini Santorini
Day 12 Donkey Ride in Santorini Santorini
Day 13 Volcanic Lagoon Boat Tour Santorini
Day 14 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Take two weeks for everyone to see the islands with this family-focused itinerary. After a mythology tour of Athens, you'll ferry to Mykonos to take in everything from the archaeological site at Delos to a traditional farm dinner. Naxos is up next, with bike rides and horses to transport you through the island's fields and beaches. End your trip in glittering Santorini with a cruise through its famous volcanic caldera. Learn more

#3 Iceland: Family-Friendly Winter Road Trip - 7 Days

Skogafoss Waterfall, frozen in the winter
Skogafoss Waterfall, frozen in the winter
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Exploring Downtown Reykjavik with the Family Reykjavik
Day 2 West Iceland and Start of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Black-Sand Beaches & Fishing Towns Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 4 Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Travel to Golden Circle Golden Circle
Day 5 Discover Waterfalls, Beaches, and Cliffs and Travel to Vík Vik
Day 6 Icelandic Horses & Glaciers Vik
Day 7 Back from South Coast, Reykjanes Peninsula, Departure  


This self-drive tour takes you along Iceland's south and west coasts—perfect for those in search of unique family adventure. After a day exploring Reykjavik, you'll head west to the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in miniature:" it has a bit of everything Iceland is famous for, with only a fraction of the crowds. You'll then continue to the popular Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall are all found here), and finish with two nights along the south coast discovering glaciers and black sand beaches. Learn more

#4 Ireland: Explore Kinsale, Limerick, & County Clare - 7 Days

Colors of Kinsale
Colors of Kinsale
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin, Transfer to Cork Kinsale
Day 2 Scilly Walk & Ghost Tour Kinsale
Day 3 Killarney National Park Limerick
Day 4 Falconry at Adare Manor Limerick
Day 5 The Burren & Cliffs of Moher County Clare
Day 6 Aran Islands tour County Clare
Day 7 Depart County Clare  


Travelers of all ages will enjoy this weeklong jaunt around the Emerald Isle. Spend seven days experiencing the highlights of Ireland, from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes. Head north to Limerick to visit Killarney National Park and live like a lord of the manor for a night—complete with falconry lessons. From there, head to the stunning Cliffs of Moher and sail to the remote Aran Islands off the County Clare coast. Learn more

#5 Thailand: Culture & Nature from North to South - 10 Days

James Bond Island in Phang Nag National Park
James Bond Island in Phang Nag National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Hiking Doi Suthep, Coffee Tasting in a Hmong Village Chiang Mai
Day 2 Kayak in Siri Lanna National Park & Hike a Calcified Waterfall Chiang Mai
Day 3 Doi Inthanon National Park, Homestay in a Karen village Karen Village
Day 4 Trek to see Simi Wild Elephants & live in a Thai neighborhood Ging's Bungalows homestay
Day 5 Arrive in Phuket, Drive up to Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga
Day 6 Hike and Kayak through the Mangroves Phang Nga
Day 7 Local Fishing Lesson and Overnight in a Coastal Village Ban Samchong Village
Day 8 Snorkel and Swim in Phang Nga Bay Khao Lak
Day 9 Day at the beach in Khao Lak Bhandari Resort & Spa Khao Lak
Day 10 Depart from Phuket  


Every member of the family will love this trip, with a wide range of activities and experiences in both Northern and Southern Thailand. Sleep in a rural homestay as well as top-notch resorts by the beach. Scramble up waterfalls and kayak through peaceful mangroves. Go fishing with local fisherfolk and snorkeling in incredible bays. You'll see that Thailand is an amazingly diverse country with something for everyone. Learn more

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Map of 5 Family-Friendly Trips to Take in 2020: Costa Rica, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Thailand
Map of 5 Family-Friendly Trips to Take in 2020: Costa Rica, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Thailand