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Get ready for an adventure that you and your family will be talking about for years! These learning adventures are designed especially for three generations, with activities engaging for all ages. Snorkel together in Belize, go camping in a national park, whale watch in Québec and so much more on one of these unforgettable family programs.


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Family Adventures

Make your trips extra special by sharing them with the ones you love the most. Family adventure vacations can create unforgettable memories for a lifetime, especially when a team of dedicated travel specialists curates the trips.

At Road Scholar, we offer a variety of exciting and educational family adventure trips that everyone can enjoy. Our family adventure vacations can take your family across the world. From camping in a national park to snorkeling in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, Road Scholar’s family adventure travel programs offer something for grandparents, parents, and children to enjoy. 

Our guides are local experts and will follow a unique itinerary specific to your destination and bring you to each site’s hidden gems and major landmarks. Browse our selection of national and international trips for families below to start making memories that will last a lifetime.


Family Adventure Travel Highlights

Family adventure trips allow families to come together, discover the world, and grow deeper connections. At Road Scholar, our mission is to inspire people to learn, discover, and travel. We design our family adventures for all ages and experience levels. Some experiences you can book include:

  • National parks: You and your family can explore the national parks of the United States, Canada, and beyond while learning from local expert guides about the history, geography, and people of the area.

  • Rafting: If you and your family are up for an adventure, you can’t go wrong with one of Road Scholar’s many rafting excursions. Traverse down the Colorado River to discover the unique landscape of Utah, or raft the Grand Canyon and marvel at the steep cliffs.

  • Train tours: Traveling with grandchildren can be challenging. Road Scholar’s train tours make it easy for everyone in the family to have fun while learning about the world around them. Whether you’re on a steam train cutting through the European countryside or the Rocky Mountains, exploring by train provides all family members with a unique perspective of the world.

  • Safaris: Intergenerational travel tours are unique because they allow families to come together and make discoveries that turn into lasting memories. One of the top family adventures is an African safari, where families can identify big game like hippos, zebras, lions, and giraffes, as well as learn about the cultures and people who make these areas so unique.

  • Signature cities: Explore some of the cultural capitals of the world, including New York, Québec, Paris, and San Francisco, with our Signature Cities trips designed for grandparents and their families. 


Family Adventures Tours

We offer a catalog of more than 20 adventures designed for multiple generations. Some of our most popular trips include:

1. Under the Tuscan Sun

Enjoy the rolling hills and idyllic small towns of Tuscany with your family on Under the Tuscan Sun: Italian Adventures With Your Family. This nine-day trip will take you and your family into the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Experience true Italy as you visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, learn a little Italian, and dash off to nearby Florence. Of course, this trip includes amazing culinary experiences, from Italian dinners to sweet Italian chocolates. Enjoying a perfect mix of cuisine, education, and free time to wander on this spectacular family adventure tour. 


2. Nature’s Laboratory: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Discover the secrets of the Galapagos on this adventure that will take you to one of the most exotic places on Earth. Nature’s Laboratory: Wild Finds in the Galápagos With Your Family is always a top choice for family travelers. Get ready to swim in the caldera of a volcano, snorkel with colorful fish and rays, and explore some of the most beautiful parts of the planet.

This 11-day trip will get you up close and personal with wildlife. Look for playful sea lions, adorable penguins, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises. Charles Darwin made his pinnacle discoveries on these tiny islands. You and your family can make discoveries of your own during this fun and educational family adventure vacation. 


3. Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland

Let your inner Viking come out as you explore one of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious places. Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland With Your Family is a family adventure like no other. On this eight-day trip, you and your family will trek across glaciers, look for whales, and ride horses. 

You’ll also learn about the country’s Viking history and the geology that makes Iceland a special place. 

Look out for shaggy reindeer; you may even spot some mystical elves in the mist. Iceland truly is a magical place you and your family members will love. 


4. From Monkeys to Macaws: Costa Rica

As you trek through the lush rainforest, keep your eyes open for chattering monkeys, bright macaws, and ethereal butterflies. From Monkeys to Macaws: Colorful Costa Rica With Your Family is always a hit with our travelers. This 10-day family adventure vacation includes exciting river rafting, enchanting rainforest walks, and even a trip to a chocolate farm. 

You and your family will cross hanging bridges, participate in a crocodile safari and learn about the precious and irreplaceable rainforest. Keep your camera ready. You never know when the local howler monkeys will be in the mood to pose for you. 


5. Aventure en Famille à Paris: The City of Light With Your Family

There’s no better place for family adventures than the City of Lights: Paris, France. Paris is one of the world’s most iconic cities, known for its glamor, cuisine, and history. Paris is also an excellent place to travel to for educational family vacations, as it allows visitors to enjoy an immersive experience of Parisian culture with a tight-knit micro group. At Road Scholar, our family guided tours in Paris, Aventure en Famille à Paris: The City of Light With Your Family, will bring you and your family throughout the City of Light, led by a local expert. Here’s what you can expect from our program:

  • Art history: Learn about France’s impact on the art world from a professional art instructor, who will teach you about the birth of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, as well as world-renowned patrons and artists like Poussin, Monet, and Fouquet. 

  • Castles: France is known for its castles, commonly referred to as chateaus. Throughout our family escorted tours throughout Paris, you’ll explore castles like Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which was built for Nicolas Fouquet.

  • Museums: Paris is also one of the top destinations for those interested in museums. Our family adventures immerse you into the art world at the Louvre, where you and your family can explore the largest museum in the world and view masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the iconic “Venus de Milo” statues. Program participants will also take a tour of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and view one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, as well as Musée d'Orsay to learn about Impressionist art and  Musée du Chocolat to learn about the craft of making chocolate.

These are just some of the top activities you and your family will enjoy throughout our learning adventures in Paris. You’ll also explore open-air markets to understand the importance of food in French culture, take an educational river cruise along the Seine, and visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. Sign up for our grandparent and family travel program to Paris today for a truly immersive experience.


6. Raft, Ride & Slide in Glacier National Park With Your Family

Another excellent family adventure that makes for a perfect grandparent and grandchild tour is exploring Glacier National Park. Our family adventure travel programs will bring you rafting down the Flathead River, up to the top of Big Mountain on a gondola ride, and through valleys to spot unique wildlife like bighorn sheep and bears.

Our instructor-led family guided tours in Glacier National Park offer one-of-a-kind learning experiences for everyone in the family. Top highlights of this program include traveling down the Going-to-the-Sun Road, hiking at Logan Pass, and partaking in a wetlands program where a local environmental scientist will go in-depth on the importance Whitefish Lake and nearby wetlands have on the ecosystem that thrives in this top-rated national park.

If you’re ready for an unforgettable educational family vacation, enroll in our Glacier National Park program today, and prepare yourself with our grandparent travel guide that provides tips and information on enjoying a safe travel experience.


Book Your International Trip for Families With Road Scholar Today

At Road Scholar, our mission is to open the world for people to learn, discover, and travel. No matter your family size, we have family adventure vacations to accommodate everyone. By traveling with your family, grandchildren, grandparents, and parents will be able to enjoy meaningful conversations and learn from one another while exploring the world. We have various resources, such as travel tips for seniors, safety guides, and information for grandparents that you can review before booking your next family trip.

Ready to see what the world has to offer with your family by your side? Book your next family adventure with Road Scholar today.