We've all heard of honeymoons, but now there's a new phenomenon on the cards for families. Say hello to the 'familymoon' - meaning a blend of family and honeymoon.
With many couples already having children by the time they get married, or becoming a 'blended' family with children from previous relationships, not everyone wants the traditional honeymoon.
And as well as taking children on a familymoon, some couples choose to take their wider family too, with relatives including grandparents jumping on board.
1. Canyon hopping with Tauck
Cross the Old West off your bucket list with a Tauck trip across the barren landscapes of Utah, Nevada and Arizona, stopping for sunset at the Grand Canyon and cruising down the Colorado River.
For the kids: little ones can pretend to be cowboys as they ride a horse or mule alongside a real-life one (with the Stetson to prove it). There will also be off-road Jeep excursions.
For the parents: the tour includes documentary screenings by two film-makers whose life passion is the national parks of America, offering an insider view of the area. While we can't promise Clint Eastwood, the classic Western towns along the route will fulfil any film-buff fantasies.
For the grandparents: the sedentary are as catered to as the thrill-seekers on this trip. Gentler activities include drifting down a river by raft, sightseeing by light aircraft and horse-rides with cowboys.
2. Backroads - Hawaii's Big Island Family Multi-Adventure Tour
The Big Island has all the elements for a great family adventure. On land: swaying palms, rugged volcanoes and whimsical rain forests. In the sea: crystal waters, colorful reefs and sleeping turtles. Experience it all as you kayak, traverse craters and bike along the coast. Add aloha, sunshine, island cuisine and luxurious hotels. Find your element in Hawaii.
For the kids: Kids join a local artist to make their own Hawaiian leis and learn more about the active volcanoes in the park. Kids enjoy a beach day with paddleboards, hydro-bikes and a glass-bottom boat. Kids dive into traditional activities such as ukulele lessons and hula classes.
For the parents: Adults bike through the park past giant tree ferns and discover Mauna Ulu, known locally as the "growing mountain". Take the plunge on a snorkeling adventure among colorful parrotfish, Moorish idols and Hawaiian lionfish
For the grandparents: Ride the Hamakua Coast, some of the Big Island's most scenic riding. Bask on a pristine beach or luxuriate at our hotel's stellar spa
3. National Geographic’s – Monteverde + Costa Rica + Panama
Family travel to Costa Rica & Panama is the perfect way to experience the wild world and tick off some life-list musts as a family unit or multi-generational clan. After all, you’ll always remember the shared experience of sailing through the legendary Panama Canal. And there’s something about being in the pure wildness of the rain forests of Costa Rica and the small idyllic islands of the Gulf of Panama that brings out the vibrant, youthful side of all travelers no matter their age.
For the kids: See monkeys, sloths, rare birds, and venture deep into the rain forest. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific.
For the parents: Kayak, hike, swim, and snorkel; actively explore these idyllic islands and hidden waterways, getting the same enriching experience offered on our eight-day Costa Rica and Panama expedition.
For the grandparents: Venture inland for an exploration of the picturesque Monteverde cloud forest. Transit the Panama Canal, with an exclusive stop to visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
4. Butterfield & Robinson - New Zealand Family Adventure
Your fantastic two‐wheeled adventure begins in the beautiful South Island city of Christchurch, re-building after the devastating earthquakes of 2011. An amazing testament to the nature of Kiwi’s, this city is coming back stronger than ever, with innovative building, environmental ideas and resolve that’s hard to miss. After one night here, you’ll head further inland towards the foothills of the beautiful Southern Alps for some serious NZ farming experiences. On down into the central South Island you go, with the beautiful Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook and Wanaka. Biking some stunning quiet canal back roads, you’ll finish your trip down in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown. With an activity, shop, gallery, café, adventure or winery for absolutely everyone, this is the perfect base from which to explore!
For the kids: ‘All-aboard’ on what has been voted as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – the Tranz-Alpine. After a short hike our jet boat will whisk us up to a working sheep farm where we’ll have morning tea and lunch with the farming family, witnessing first hand the importance of sheep dogs and getting up close and personal with the sheep!
For the parents: Bike past amazing sights and mountainous beauty this morning, followed by lunch in the small town of Geraldine.
For the grandparents: ‘All-aboard’ on what has been voted as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – the Tranz-Alpine. Meet at the Mt John Observatory this evening for a guided tour of the southern sky!
5. Backroads - Switzerland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Ready to play in the Swiss Alps? Soar to majestic peaks on gondolas. Ride cogwheel trains to charming towns. Spin past glacier-fed waterfalls, hike through green valleys and ferry across alpine lakes. Ride Trotti bikes and taste the world's best fondue. After a day of adventure, relax in luxurious chalets, hot chocolate in hand. Come explore Switzerland's playground!
For the kids: Kids take on the Pfingstegg toboggan run, a thrilling summer luge ride, and the Seilpark, a challenging high ropes course. Families see stunning Reichenbach Falls, then take to the water on kayaks.
For the parents: Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, where snowy peaks cap limestone cliffs. Families see stunning Reichenbach Falls, then take to the water on kayaks.
For the grandparents: Hop aboard a cogwheel train bound for Grindelwald. An alphorn serenade—music to a cow's ears and perhaps yours too. Families see stunning Reichenbach Falls, then take to the water on kayaks. Amble through the peaceful forest of Iseltwald.