One way to get the most out of your family summer vacation without overloading activities and missing the whole season: Book a comprehensive tour in a dream destination. Two birds, one stone. Let Natural Habitat Adventures lead the way with an eco-friendly, wildlife-forward expedition in your destination of choice.
Explore the far corners of the world, or your own backyard (so to speak), with an expert-level and environmentally conscious family getaway.
Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Go all out with a custom safari trip. The eight-day curated itinerary, Family Kenya Adventure, showcases the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s resident wildlife in an interesting and educational way. This trip sends families through Kenya’s vast terrain and incredible flora and fauna with expert-level attention to detail. Your family will leave the reserve with more than photos.
This trip gives guests of all ages an added appreciation for wildlife, conservation efforts and the importance of fighting poaching and protecting endangered species. Guests visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, make new acquaintances at the Giraffe Center and explore the open grasslands of Great Rift Valley.
Accommodations include a luxury, tented camp in a Maasai Mara private conservancy. Get a lay of the land along guided walks, but keep an eye out for roaming zebra, elephant and hippo. During an evening tour, guests take a sunset game drive for the coveted chance to see lions and other predators exploring the plains.
This custom safari trip typically begins at $7,995 per person and is arranged upon request.
Yellowstone National Park, California
For something a little closer to home with an entirely different lineup of wildlife, Nat Hab also offers a seven-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari tour. Follow along with naturalist Expedition Leaders and learn all about North American wildlife, ecosystems and the importance of predator-and-prey balance. This expedition takes travelers through less-traveled regions of the park, so even if your family visited before, this offers an insider perspective. Think plains, peaks, rivers and possible bison herds rushing by during your varied exploration — like you’re not a tourist and just one with nature. Take in the stunning Grand Tetons in the distance and keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, fox, moose and even bears and wolves.
Accommodations include Jackson Lake Lodge, with close proximity to the park and great views. Learn all about the region’s history, diverse landscape and fire recovery with your expert guide. Tours begin at $5,295 and typically run at the end of August.
Don’t expect Turin to fit your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.