The Best Family Tours to the Alps

The beauty of the Alps have been attracting visitors for centuries. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but this mountain range is full of culture and history. This is the perfect chance for your family to experience the best that Europe has to offer. Adventure sports and hiking can be combined with history, cuisine, culture, castles, small towns, and amazing cities. The whole family will love it!

by Intrepid Travel
8 days

Overview: With it's adventurous activities and outdoor beauty, Slovenia is a perfect family friendly destination. This tour starts in Ljubljana where you'll explore the Old Town. Then you'll head to Bled, which has a beautiful lake, a cliff-top castle, and a mountain backdrop. Continue on to Bohinj, where the rest of the trip is based. You'll take day trips throughout the region visiting Bohinj Adrenaline Park (with a high-ropes course), Postojna Caves, Predjama Castle, and rafting on the Sava River.

Who it's for: Kids must be at least ten years old for this trip. It's great for families who love the outdoors and adventure activities, and are looking for freedom to explore on their own. It's also good for families who are concerned about budget.

Where it goes: Ljubljana, Bohinj, Bled, Triglav National Park, Mt Vogel, Postojna

Highlights: Tour of Ljubljana, walking tour of Bled, visit to Bled Castle, visit to Blejski Vintgar Gorge, exploring Triglav National Park, Mt Vogel Cable Car, and Slap Savica Waterfall

Kids will like: Visiting Aquapark Bohinj (a waterpark), an optional visit to Bohinj Adrenaline Park, visiting Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle, and rafting on Sava Dolinka River

Transportation: Private minivan, public transportation

by Adventures by Disney
9 days

Overview: This exciting tour through Central Europe visits Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna. You'll meet your fellow travel mates in Prague and enjoy a welcome dinner. With a couple of days to explore the city, you'll have time for both organized walking tours and free time to wander on your own. Then head to Salzburg, stopping at Cesky Krumlov for a private tour on the way. Once in Salzburg, you'll have time to visit the Hellbrunn Palace and take a tour of the sites featured in The Sound of Music. On your second day in Salzburg, visit the Eishole Ice Cave and an organic cheese farm. In the afternoon you'll see the Hohenwerfen Castle. From Salzburg, head to Vienna where you'll visit the Hallein Salt Mine, Schonbrunn Palace, and Vienna Zoo, among other sites.

Who it's for: This tour is recommended for families with kids at least six years old. It's great for a family that loves Austrian culture and "The Sound of Music".

Where it goes: Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna

Highlights: Walking tour of Prague, guided tour of Cesky Krumlov, tour of the Hellbrunn Palace, visit to Hohenwerfen Castle, tour of Hallein Salt Mine, Hofbrau Kaltenhausen tour and tasting, tour of Schonbrunn Palace, visit to the Royal Spanish Riding School in Vienna, and Waltz lessons

Kids will like: A private tour of the sights from "The Sound of Music", a private tour of the Eishole Ice Cave, a visit to an organic cheese farm, a strudel-making demonstration and tasting, and an after-hours visit to Vienna Zoo

Transportation: Motor coach

by Thomson Family Adventures
9 days

Overview: This tour takes your family through the beautiful snow-covered mountains of Switzerland. Everyone in your family will long remember the natural beauty, quaint villages, and sweet treats that this tour offers.

You'll start your tour in Zermatt, where you'll ride Europe's highest aerial cableway to Klein Matterhorn. You'll have the opportunity to hike and take a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn, Europe's highest-altitude rack railway without a tunnel. You'll visit Gorner Gorge and take in the impressive views. From there you'll go to Interlaken where you can learn all about Swiss chocolate, take a gondola ride to the summit of Niederhorn, ride a trotti-bike, and hike on some of the area's most popular trails. Your whole family will also enjoy a cooking class and meet Swiss pen pals through the friends across borders activity.

Then head on to Luzern where you'll visit the open-air museum of Ballenberg, take a walking tour of the city and a boat ride on Lake Lucerne. You'll also get to ride the cogwheel train and explore Rope Park, which has rope ladders, aerial log bridges, and suspension-rope trails.

Who it's for: This tour is for families with kids at least eight years old. It's great for families that enjoy natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and high energy activities.

Where it goes: Zermatt, Interlaken, Luzern

Highlights: Ride the Gornergrat Bahn, ride an aerial cableway, visit Gorner Gorge, take a gondola ride to the Summit of Niederhorn, explore the open air museum of Ballenberg, do a walking tour of Lucerne, enjoy a boat on Lake Lucerne, ride a cogwheel train to Mount Pilatus, and hike through spectacular scenery

Kids will like: Visiting Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (where they can go snow tubing!), taking a cable car to Furi, sampling Swiss Chocolate, riding a trotti-bike, visiting a rope park, and meeting Swiss friends through the Friends Across Borders program

by Adventures by Disney
8 days

Overview: This tour combines the beauty of Northern Italy with the impressive landscapes of Switzerland. You'll arrive in Milan and then head to your hotel in Stresa. The next day you'll head to Lake Como where you'll enjoy a boat cruise and an Italian cooking class. Then cruise to Isola dei Pescatori and enjoy wine-tasting in Stresa. Take a motor coach to Zermatt, going by Simplon Pass on the way. Then enjoy some cheese fondue as you immerse yourself in the Swiss culture. The next day, your kids will love the ropes course and zip lining experience at Forest Fun Park. Move on to Lucerne and visit the transportation museum and sample some Swiss Chocolate. You'll also ride the rotating Rotair aerial cable car up to Mount Titlis, where you'll take in spectacular views. Later you'll visit a cheese factory in Engelberg before having a farewell dinner at the Old Swiss House.

Who it's for: This tour is recommended for families with kids at least six years old. It's great for a family with a lot of energy and a love of outdoor adventures.

Where it goes: Stresa, Lake Como, Zermatt, the Alps, Lucerne

Highlights: A boat ride on Lake Como, wine tasting in Stresa, going through Simplon Pass, Gornergrat Bahn train ride, walking tour of Lucerne, and visiting a cheese factory in Engleberg

Kids will like: Taking an Italian cooking class, taking a boat to Isola Dei Pescatori on Lake Maggiore, sampling cheese fondue, visiting a ropes course and zip line park, the transportation museum and Swiss Chocolate Adventure, and visiting Mount Titlis

Transportation: Train and motor coach

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