FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
WF awards

Ugly Tours Through Europe

by Angelique Platas

Apr 25, 2019

Martini314 – Dreamstime.com

Travel Tips

Finding the beauty in an iconic city like Rome, London Prague or Paris is easy — just look around. See the jaw-dropping sites of the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel on a summertime trip; take an obligatory photo on the South Bank with Big Ben in the distance; savor the Prague Castle visits; or stroll the stunning streets of Paris in the springtime. For something with a little different perspective, but still with a scenic view, U.K.-based cycling tour company Freewheel Holidays has options for your active family.

 

Offering European bike tours through all the traditional must-sees, Freewheel Holidays offers something for those looking for a little twist. Affectionately called the “Ugly Tour,” it’s really just a cheeky way to say travelers have the opportunity to see all the most-visited tourist destinations in the area, but with add-ons and swap-out options if the sites are just too busy. You’ll be within a stone’s throw of crowds visiting a 17th-century Reuben House in Antwerp, but will instead stop at the more modern Port House on a Belgian Beer Tour.

 

While all the warm-weather crowds flock to the most-visited destinations in Europe, you’ll be nearby at some of the lesser-visited locales. See more of the alternate stops your family can make on your next cycling tour through Europe.

Cycle Path.

Cycle Path. Photo: Björn Wylezich – Dreamstime.com

 

Florence to Rome 

On an eight-day, self-guided tour of Italy, travelers can see the uglier side of the country’s famously beautifully cities. Your family will ride through stunning architecture sites from an ugly time, Fascist Italy under Mussolini rule. Learn all about the interesting history, sorted past and still-standing and stunning buildings in Rome and Florence. Read more about the specific stops here and get ready for an epic family trip, beginning at $1,048, per person, based on double occupancy.

 

Prague to Dresden 

Another eight-day, self-guided bicycle tour takes families travel through Czechoslovakia and Germany along the Elbe (River) cycle path. Stop at sites famously left over from Eastern Europe’s blended and ancient past. Stop by Prague’s Nuclear Bunker Museum to view Soviet-style paranoia.

 

Other “ugly” tours include the shorter, seven-day itinerary with Brussels to Bruges via Ghentis; cable-car rides from Innsbruck to Munich; parliament visits in Basel to Strasbourg; and the sciences of Geneva to Lyon. Check out other trips and availability here

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / Europe
Jul 16, 2024

Zermatt: Not Just for Winter Sports

Green meadows of wildflowers with a backdrop of snow-covered Matterhorn and surrounding Alpine peaks make Zermatt an ideal setting for a summer or fall family vacation. Traveling there by train is easy with a free Swiss Family Card, which allows children aged 6–16 to travel free with a parent holding a Swiss Travel System ticket. Children under 6 always travel free with a parent.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Destinations / North America
Jul 16, 2024

What are the Most Underrated U.S. National Parks?

Summer sees some of the most popular U.S. national parks flood with visitors, particularly those like Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Family travelers wanting an immersive, nature-focused trip without the hassle of crowds should venture to these equally beautiful national parks that do not have the overwhelming number of visitors.

Destinations / North America
Jul 15, 2024

Why Okefenokee Swamp Should Be on Your Family’s Travel Itinerary

A swamp may not be the first place you think of when planning your family’s next vacation itinerary, but if that swamp is Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, then it definitely should be.

Travel to Madrid with the Family and Find Activities to Keep Everyone Happy!

If life were a city, it’d be Madrid. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find a destination just right for the whole family. Different tastes and ages make agreeing on where to go seem impossible. Unless, of course, the destination you have in mind is Madrid. With all of its new immersive museums, musicals, soccer stadiums and monuments like Royal Palace, anyone who suggests coming to the capital is sure to get a unanimous yes!

Hotels
Jul 15, 2024

5 Resorts to Visit for National Waterpark Day

Celebrate National Waterpark Day July 28 with a family trip to these five resorts with exciting water amenities.