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9 operators to check out before booking your multi-gen’ family holiday

As multi-generation family holidays gain momentum, these are the operators that have cottoned onto this travel trend and leading the charge to make the planning process SO much easier…

  • Preferred Hotels, a global collection of independent hotels and resorts that offer the space, privacy, and flexibility of a home with the luxuries and convenience of a hotel stay, has had a long-standing commitment to multi-generational travel.
    It has 300 Preferred Family Certified hotels and resorts (as well as a dedicated family website) that not only deliver the best amenities for multi-generational travellers, but also interesting activities such as cooking classes at the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand, and fly fishing for the entire family at the K Club in Kildare, Ireland.
  • In addition to offering multi-generational cruising in the South West Pacific, Escape Travel is working on three flexible long-haul, multi-generational itineraries: to the USA, including Anaheim, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York, often with a cruise to Mexico or the Caribbean; in Western Canada, with Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Calgary; and Europe, taking in London, Paris, Nice and Monte Carlo, often with a cruise between Barcelona and Venice.
  • At the pointy end of bespoke tours, Abercrombie & Kent started in the 1960s as the first luxury African safari specialists.
    It was bringing wealthy multi-generational families to see wildlife long before the term was even coined. Now they offer high-end adventure travel experiences all over the world.
    “African safaris remain especially popular for multi-generational families,” says Melbourne managing director Sujata Raman. “Our travel specialists tailor the itinerary, taking into account the age of each traveller and their travelling experience. A safari appeals to all generations. It has educational elements, wonderful wildlife and it’s also visually and physically exciting.”
  • Intrepid Travel just won an award for best tour operator from Family Traveller magazine in the UK. Out of Australia, its most popular family trips are in South-East Asia, because of the cheap flights.
    Vietnam tops the list as it offers a terrific combination of culture, great food, beaches and fun experiences like kayaking on Halong Bay, cooking classes in Hoi An and home stays in the Mekong Delta.
    Borneo is also appealing because of its orang-utans, climbs of Mt Kinabalu, jungle canopy walks as well as beach time.
  • World Expeditions sees families celebrating significant birthdays with UTracks’s active self-guided and small group holidays in Europe and even on some of the easier walks in Nepal
  • The Travel Corporation offers more mainstream adventures through a variety of its brands.
  • Premium tour operator Insight Vacations’  most popular multi-generational trip is its Winter Europe Program that includes a range of Christmas markets.
  • Trafalgar’s Rockies Thrills and Glacier Chills in Canada is particularly popular with grandparents, while its Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold bus tour of Rome, Florence and Venice is a favourite with parents.
  • Multi-generational cruising is one of the big growth areas across a number of operators. Indeed, Uniworld is tripling its multi-generational itineraries and offers special family programs like language classes and dessert-making workshops.
    Meanwhile other operators provide big ticket items such as wildlife adventure cruises to the Galápagos and the Amazon, and voyages to the Arctic to see the Northern Lights.

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