Summer is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan the ultimate Ker & Downey journey with your family, and world travel is not out of the question. There are plenty of places where children of all ages are not only welcomed, but truly engaged. Plan a summer vacation that will create unforgettable memories and maybe even give the “travel bug” to your own little trailblazers. We’ve put together some options, sure to please everyone in your family.
Cruise the Blue Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey
For a truly unique and tranquil holiday, board a luxurious private gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden sailing vessel, for a five-day cruise around the blue waters of the Bodrum Peninsula. You will have ample time to relax on the deck or take a leisurely swim in cool waters as you sail through the bays discovering the ancient waterways.
Fun Down Under, Australia
Head to Australia and Kangaroo Island – nicknamed the “zoo without fences” – where incredible interactive adventures await. A guided hike into the 21 national and conservation parks allows guests to get up close and personal with the prolific wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, seals, sea lions, and a wide variety of birdlife.
Eco-friendly Tropical Paradise, Vietnam
Located in a protected marine and national park in an archipelago off Vietnam’s mainland, Six Senses Con Dao is an eco-friendly tropical paradise sure to please the entire family. Fifty well-appointed villas with private pools dot the ocean front property while a butler tends to your every need so that you can focus treasuring the time with your family. A dedicated team of experiential experts have no shortage of ideas when it comes to planning L.I.F.E – learning, inspiring, fun, experience – activities during your stay. A wide range of activities including Vietnamese cooking lessons, visiting resident turtles, or touring the former prison grounds, are tailored to suit your family’s individual tastes and preferences.
Play with a Panda, China
Visit the Bisheng Gorge Panda Sanctuary in Chengdu for an up-close encounter with pandas and the dedicated conservationists who aid in their rehabilitation. Play with the young pandas to help improve socialization skills and bottle-feed the younger pandas for an unmatched experience.
The Great Outdoors, Georgia
For travelers seeking a little adventure on their holiday, the Marco Polo Hotel Gudauri provides the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area of the Georgia countryside. Situated among the Caucasus Mountains, the hotel offers a wide range of activities for the adrenaline seekers in your life. Trek to the 14th century monastery of Sameba, located 2,170 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Kazbek or take bicycles out to ride the mountain trails of Georgia. For travelers looking for a higher perspective, take in the sweeping views like a bird in the sky while paragliding high above the ground below. Other exciting activities sure to keep your energy up include rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Discover the History and Mystery of Easter Island, Chile
The isolated island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is almost entirely protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the source of much curiosity. Uncover the mystery of the moai stone statues and explore the early signs of habitation in the island’s caves. Interact with the local people and experience a culture full of Polynesian, European, and South American influences. At the day’s end, retire to Explora en Rapa Nui to relax as you take in the sights of the ocean and the sounds of a crisp night.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Kenya
A classic safari in the Kenya at the sister camps of Mara Plains and Mara Toto makes the perfect escape from the hustle of everyday life for the whole family. Enjoy the full safari experience under canvas, without forgoing the modern conveniences of flush toilets, hot and cold water, and electricity. The camps are located in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and Mara North Conservancy respectively, in the heart of big cat territory, with some of the best game viewing on earth. Morning, afternoon, and night game drives provide many opportunities to spot lion and leopard among other wildlife. For a bigger view of the plains, a balloon safari takes you high above the land to try your hand at spotting the animals below. Other activities include visits to local Masai villages and wildlife walks.
Seek out Greener Pastures, Ireland
The landscape of Ireland seems as boundless as it is beautiful. For unparalleled views, scale the Cliffs of Moher to O’Brien’s Tower, situated 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the Ring of Kerry walking trails and discover woods, waterfalls, and wildlife in the 23,000-acre Killarney National Park.
One of Ker & Downey’s favorite family experiences, discover all the natural wonders of the Enchanted Islands on a family-friendly cruise. The six day itinerary includes a stop in Quito before boarding the M/Y La Pinta. Naturalists guides lead you through expeditions on sea and land, uncovering the beauty of the natural world.
Your Own Highland Games, Scotland
The Highlands of Scotland is a region heavy with outdoor activity. From the undulating hills to historic castles, the land holds secrets waiting to be discovered. The National Parks are ideal for trekking and cycling excursions while a private cruise on Loch Ness invites you to keep a watchful eye on the water below.
Cruise the Amazon River, Peru
Aboard the M/V Aria, sail through the Pacaya Samiria Reserve and discover the creatures of the Amazon River. As the ship floats effortlessly down the river, enjoy the view from the picture window in one of the 16 luxury suites. Explore the treasured forests and lush jungle up close on board a skiff with a naturalist guide and return to the ship in time to see the sun set over the Amazon River.
For more information about planning your family friendly summer vacation, contact your travel professional.