5 Awesome Multigenerational Vacation Destinations

5 Awesome Multigenerational Vacation Destinations
Vacationing with multiple generations is a top leisure travel trend. By traveling with younger and older family members, families are able to bond while sharing special adventures and spending precious time together. Choosing the right destination for these types of trips is key.

According to industry surveys, multigenerational vacationers are looking for destinations offering authentic meaningful experiences, soft adventure, enriching cultural connections, and opportunities for learning and global citizenship. Stunning scenery is also a plus, as multigenerational travelers are seeking a beautiful stage for making memories with those they love. If you are looking for a great destination for your next multigenerational vacation, here are five outstanding options to consider.

1. Vietnam and Cambodia. Traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia offers incredible opportunities for transformational experiences in some of the most enchanting places in Southeast Asia, including Angkor Wat and the Mekong Delta. Traveling to these exotic spots is appealing to multigenerational groups, but the logistics and planning required can be daunting. AmaWaterways makes the adventure easy with their family-friendly Mekong River cruises and multi-day land extensions in Vietnam and Cambodia. AmaWaterways is seeing an increasing number of multigenerational families on their river cruises aboard the luxurious 124-passenger AmaDara. "We love that multigenerational travel continues to grow and that we are seeing more and more families sailing with AmaWaterways," said AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst. "A family-owned company ourselves, we have always welcomed children ages four and up, as we believe it is important for children to experience new places, cultures, languages and ideas," Karst added. On an AmaWaterways Mekong cruise, days are filled with authentic local experiences, cultural exploration, unique adventures and extraordinary opportunities for learning. Families and multigenerational groups can share memorable experiences including riding in oxcarts and trishaws, navigating sections of Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels, being blessed at a special Buddhist ceremony at one of Cambodia's largest monasteries, shopping at lively city markets, and enjoying personal interactions with locals during village visits. In Siem Reap, multigenerational groups can explore the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat together, making this family vacation a trip of a lifetime. The AmaDara's staff and guides are outstanding, personally catering to every guest and treating travelers like family. Taking AmaWaterways' exceptional pre- and post-cruise land tours in Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap and Hanoi is highly recommended. For more information, visit https://www.amawaterways.com.

2. Mexico's Sea of Cortes. Located south of California, Mexico's Sea of Cortes is a spectacular destination for nature-oriented multigenerational family vacations. Jacques Cousteau explored the Sea of Cortes as part of his expeditions and called it the "Galapagos of North America" and "the world's aquarium" due to the large amount of wildlife found in this area. UNESCO also designated the Sea of Cortes and its 244 islands as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. UnCruise Adventures takes guests on 7-night cruise adventures through this stunning region to discover its bounty. Multigenerational vacationers have the chance to snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes, spend time hiking and beachcombing at Isla Espiritu Santo, take a mule ride and discover the "real Baja" at Bahia Agua Verde, go kayaking and exploring around Isla San Francisco, search for whales and dolphins, and maybe even visit with friendly gray whales in Bahia Magdalena if the timing is right. Every UnCruise voyage is different than the next, depending on guest preferences and what Mother Nature has in store. There are usually plenty of hiking options offered during the cruise as well as opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, and skiff trips for wildlife viewing. Hikes are generally gauged to various distance and fitness levels, so guests can choose the option that suits them best. Expedition guides are always on hand to provide insights and advice on daily activities as well. To learn more about the UnCruise Adventures voyages through Mexico's Sea of Cortes and in other unspoiled destinations, visit https://www.uncruise.com.

3. Iceland. Iceland is well known for its dramatic landscapes and scenic beauty, making it popular for both multigenerational cruises and land vacations. Dozens of cruises depart directly from Reykjavik, Iceland and nearly eighty cruise voyages visit Iceland's capital city annually. Guided small group tours with Hidden Iceland allow families to get off the beaten path and discover little-known spots and unique experiences. Customized private day tours and multi-day trips are often the best option for multigenerational families traveling in Iceland. Hidden Iceland guests can take an adventurous hike on a glacier, stand behind a thundering waterfall, stroll along a breathtaking black sand beach, explore cool ice caves, enjoy a delicious farm-to-table experience at a family-owned tomato farm, and find the perfect private vantage point for viewing the northern lights during Iceland's darker months. While Iceland has become very popular, the company's insider knowledge enables them to showcase special untouched places on their tours and avoid the crowds at Iceland's iconic attractions as well. With Hidden Iceland, families can maximize their time in Iceland and return home with amazing photos and magical memories of their extraordinary experiences in Iceland. Multigenerational adventures with Hidden Iceland can be a learning experience, too. "Parents often want us to educate their kids about things they've been learning about in school, so we can personalize the trip with that in mind," said Ryan Connolly, Marketing Manager and Co-Owner of Hidden Iceland. "What better way to learn about climate change than to be witnessing it in front of a melting glacier," Connolly added. For more information, visit https://hiddeniceland.is.

4. The Caribbean's Grenadine Islands. Multigenerational families seeking to escape the crowds on their Caribbean cruise should consider sailing to the region's idyllic Grenadines. Set in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the southern Caribbean, over thirty palm-studded islands make up the Grenadines chain. It is easy for multigenerational families to find their piece of paradise here and discover the Caribbean as it used to be. The Grenadines are pristine gems, each sun-drenched isle lovelier than the next. Star Clippers' magnificent Royal Clipper sails to these picturesque islands from Barbados from December through March, visiting Grenada, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Tobago Cays, a national park offering exceptional snorkeling. There is even a "Captain's Best" beach day held at a deserted Grenadines islet of the Captain's choice. On a Star Clippers tall ship cruise, multigenerational families can enjoy a classic sailing experience with modern cruise ship amenities. They also have the opportunity to climb the mast and lay in the bowsprit net above the ocean in solitary enjoyment. Star Clippers' sleekly elegant Royal Clipper ship accommodates a little over 200 passengers and allows multigenerational adventurers to visit mostly deserted islands and relatively untraveled Caribbean ports that cannot be accessed by large cruise ships. Star Clippers offers its guests an extensive free water sports program as well as special activities such as beach barbecues and pirate night parties under the stars. While there are no children's programs or kids' menus onboard, the Royal Clipper's Grenadines itinerary is an excellent choice for families who enjoy sailing, adventurous exploration, superb watersports, and visiting unspoiled tropical ports of call. For additional information, visit https://www.starclippers.com.

5. Norway. Norway is an ideal destination for multigenerational vacationers seeking incredible scenic beauty and memorable outdoor adventures. Multigenerational families will enjoy seeing snow-capped peaks, dramatic cliffs, cascading waterfalls, massive rock formations, glacial lakes and breathtaking landscapes throughout their journey in Norway. Each of Norway's deep fjords is different from the next, and both Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord are truly spectacular. Norwegian Fjords cruises offer multigenerational families opportunities for amazing experiences. Guests can enjoy glacier hikes, kayaking on mountain lakes and Rigid Inflatable Boat rides along Norway's deep blue fjords, mountain biking, and hikes to scenic mountain views and stunning waterfalls. The Flam Railway is the steepest standard-gauge railway in the world and a true feat of engineering. Running between Flam and Myrdal, the train offers views of magnificent mountain scenery, dazzling waterfalls and splendid vistas around every turn. Multigenerational families visiting Bergen will want to take the eight-minute funicular ride to the top of Mount Floyen for great hiking opportunities and spectacular views. While travel in Norway can be very expensive, cruises provide a reasonably-priced way for multigenerational families to experience the beauty and culture of Norway together by sleeping and dining on their floating resort hotel. MSC Cruises' Norwegian Fjords sailings are great choices for multigenerational groups, with excellent programs and activities for kids, teens and the entire family. Children ages 11 and under cruise free on selected sailings when sharing the cabin with two adults, with taxes and fees additional. For more information, visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com.

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