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Self-guided adventures for the family

With the freedom to explore at your own pace and the reassurance that all logistics are expertly organised for you, self-guided travel is more popular... Read more
Self-guided adventures for the family

With the freedom to explore at your own pace and the reassurance that all logistics are expertly organised for you, self-guided travel is more popular than ever, offering you the very best of both independence and support. What's more, many of our self-guided adventures are family friendly too! At KE, we understand that families with children of varying ages have differing needs and desires for their holiday. That's why we have created a list of adventures for each age group, from leisurely centre based holidays ideal for families with young children, providing a comforting home away from home atmosphere, to action-packed experiences that will engage teenagers in culture and activities and prepare them for independent travel. Take a look at some of our top recommendations below.


Children in carriers: Aged 0-4

Self-Guided Walking on the Cinque Terre

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Embark on a memorable family getaway to the Cinque Terre on our self-guided walking holiday. With vibrant villages, crystal-clear seas and delectable local cuisine, this centre-based experience offers an ideal blend of adventure and relaxation for families. Easily accessible with abundant flight options, the region's beauty is complemented by the flexibility of exploring on foot or by train. The self-catering apartment provides a perfect retreat for evenings and personal space, allowing you to unwind after the kids are asleep. The centre-based approach, along with the freedom to explore at your own pace, ensures that both you and the kids can create cherished memories together in this idyllic Italian haven.


Self-Guided Cycling Lake Constance & Rhine Falls

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Embark on an unforgettable family cycling adventure through Germany, Switzerland` and Austria with our self-guided tour around the stunning Lake Constance. This one-week trip combines the perfect blend of picturesque landscapes, cultural exploration and family-friendly activities. With cycling around the glistening blue lake, visits to the breathtaking Rhine Falls and a boat journey to Reichenau Island, there's no shortage of excitement. Our carefully chosen family-run 3* hotels offer great locations and warm hospitality, ensuring a comfortable stay. The flat cycle paths and various bike options, including seats, trailers and child bikes, make it an excellent holiday for kids. Explore Disney-like towns for extra magic, relax at Romanshorn's outdoor centre and savour well-deserved local wines and beers. 


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Children aged 4-8

Self-Guided Walking in Lisbon & Serra de Sintra

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This fantastic short break is all about exploring Lisbon’s vibrant city and the wild Atlantic coast on foot and at your own pace. Lisbon offers a perfect blend of culture, relaxation and activities for kids and adults. With two nights in Lisbon, you have plenty of time to explore the city and try the infamous pastel da natas! Your following two days take you to the beautiful Sintra, featuring a scenic and easy train journey and walk to the incredible Pena Palace and colourful gardens. Daily walks of 4-5 hours with a maximum ascent of 400m make this ideal for those who enjoy sightseeing combined with walking. Immerse yourself in the charm of Lisbon and Sintra and enjoy breathtaking walks along the Atlantic coast on this unforgettable adventure.


Self-Guided Walking on Lanzarote

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Discover the beautiful ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ on this self-guided hike and drive holiday, ideal for families. Staying in an apartment, on a B&B basis, throughout the trip ensures a homey retreat for the week and removes the morning rush to find a satisfying breakfast before your day of walking! Your apartment will also have a private balcony and the complex has its own swimming pool and restaurant - perfect for relaxing! You'll explore the island's varied landscapes, from reaching Penas de Chache—the highest point with unforgettable views—to traversing the Los Ajaches National Park and the lush Valley of 1000 Palms. Enjoy plenty of time at the island's beaches and secluded coves for refreshing dips and visit the idyllic island of La Graciosa for its stunning scenery and empty beaches. Car hire is included in this holiday, granting you ultimate flexibility and allowing you to shape your holiday exactly as you wish.


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Children aged 8+

Self-Guided Velodyssee Cycling: Arcachon to Biarritz

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This exciting 5 night cycling adventure follows the EuroVelo 1 long distance cycle route, the Velodyssee, along the Cote d’Atlantique from Arcachon to the seaside town of Biarritz. Cycle through picturesque vineyards, farmlands and historic coastal towns, covering an average of 50km daily. With so much to do along the way, from enjoying a boat trip from Arcachon to joining a surf lesson on the famous Hossegor beach and climbing Europe’s highest sand dune, Pilat, this holiday promises unique experiences for all the family. Each night, you can unwind in welcoming hotels, close to inviting beaches, where you can enjoy a relaxing swim after a day on your bike and dine on the fantastic cuisine this region is known for. 


Self-Guided Switzerland Cycling & Chocolate Tour

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This is a delightful self-guided cycling adventure that immerses you into Swiss life, with bustling towns and cities surrounded by the natural playgrounds of beech forests, lakes and high peaks. Cycle the Schoggi chocolate trail from Zurich and make your first stop in the town of Kilchberg for your guided tour of the Lindt chocolate factory! Continue along this trail, exploring the immaculately preserved Altstadts of Zurich and Lucerne, take a boat ride across Lake Lucerne, cycle through impressive valleys to the crystal clear of Lake Lucerne and over the passes with views of the beautiful Alpine Peaks. Cycling between 30-50km per day on well maintained and signposted cycle paths we have designed this trip for all the family. You'll stay in a selection of handpicked 3* and 4* hotels on a B&B basis in some of Switzerland’s most iconic towns; perfect for unwinding at the end of a busy day on your bike.


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Self-Guided Icelandic Adventure

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Experience Iceland in all its glory, away from the crowds and at your own pace. Start you trip off perfectly with a dip in an iconic geothermal lagoon, the Sky Lagoon, where an authentic Icelandic bathing experience awaits for everyone. Spend time exploring the vibrant capital of Reykjavik before heading for the Snaefellsnes Peninsula- a mini Iceland within Iceland! Experiencing its diverse landscape of glaciers, mountains, lava fields and black volcanic beaches - guaranteed to captivate the whole family! From here you will explore the mysterious Djupalonssandur beach, the breathtaking Kirkjufjell and its cascades and the thundering Glymur Waterfall. If all of that wasn't cool enough, your teenagers might just be blown away at the next stop - the Golden Circle. Walk through the geothermal region of Hengill Volcano and stand in awe on the Reykjanes Peninsula as fresh lava fields and incredible patterns of rope lava form infront of you. This adventure is the ideal blend of culture and wild escape and is sure to be a holiday of a lifetime. Plus with your own car and a selection of walks between 3 to 6 hours each day, you can enjoy this fantastic region at your own pace. 


Self-Guided Cycling in Normandy

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This one week cycling trip around the Normandy coast is an immersion into the history of one of the most crucial battles of the Second World War, the D-Day landings. Your journey will take you along the length of the Allied Landing Beaches including Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach. Cycling all the way to the beautiful sandy beaches and seaside resorts of the Cote Fleurie, you will discover the multi-layered history of this region over the centuries. Covering an average of 45km a day, you'll cycle at a steady pace through beautiful, rolling country lanes and will have plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and delving into the chequered history of this fascinating corner of Northern France. You’ll pass through seaside towns and bustling fishing villages with plenty of time to stop and explore the museums and memorials as well as sample some of the tasty seafood caught just off this coast. If you or your teens are interested in the history of the Second World War and the Norman Conquest, then this trip is perfect for you.


Young Adults 16+

Self-Guided Walking in Japan

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This trip is the ultimate insight into Japanese culture, a country where ancient traditions meet modern life. Begin in Tokyo, where you'll have time to explore this vibrant and mind-blowing city and enjoy a hike up Mt. Takao for stunning views of Mt.Fuji. Experience an unforgettable bullet train ride, followed by a local train to take you through rural Japan and back in time to Magome. From here, you will commence the beautiful Nakasendo Trail used by the Samurai. Walk through quaint villages in the Kiso Valley, surrounded by waterfalls and mountain views. Kyoto awaits and you have 3 days to explore the most culturally rich city in Asia. Hike the Kumano Kodo to the awe-inspiring Nachi Taishi, discovering a wealth of traditions, myths and legends with every step and end your trip with the bright lights of Osaka. Stay in a mix of 3* and 4* hotels in the cities; along the trails, you'll stay in traditional minshuku and ryokan for a unique insight into day to day Japanese life. This trip is guaranteed to ignite your family's wanderlust and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Self-Guided Holiday in Thailand

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If Southeast Asia is on your child's travel wish list - this is the perfect introduction that you can do together, exploring by foot and bike. Beginning in the north, you will enjoy your first taste of Thai and Buddhist culture with a cooking class, Buddhist Tak Bat experience, visiting the hilltop temple of Doi Suthep and exploring the Doi Inthanon National Park. Experience a sleeper train as you travel south to Ayutthaya and immerse yourself into the UNESCO-listed historic city on a self-guided cycle tour. Next up is Bangkok where you'll have time to explore this buzzing city and discover Chinatown on a self-guided walking tour. You'll finish your trip with a two-night stay in a floating raft hotel in Kanchanaburi on the Kwai Noi River, offering an off-grid retreat (away from Wi-Fi!). This holiday is an ideal introduction to independent travel that immerses you into local culture and has plenty of options to add on extra activities.


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As a parent we trust that you know your own child’s capabilities. Please read the itinerary details of any trip that you are considering to ensure the distances covered and activities involved each day are suitable for your family. Our partner hotels and accommodations are able to provide cots for young children and some offer family rooms. We can also arrange hire of children’s bikes and tag along bikes for our self-guided cycling trips.

If you would you like to know more about any of the above holidays, then give us a call on +44 (0) 17687 73966 or USA/Canada toll-free 1888 630 4415. Our sales team will be happy to offer any advice and assist you in picking the best trip for your family.

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