Some of the very best childhood memories grow out of the times that families share traveling and adventuring together. With this in mind, REI Adventures has crafted active family vacations to the world's most exotic and exciting destinations. Our trip itineraries have been planned with the kids in mind and designed to engage the whole family. You can rest assured that while you and Junior are zipping through the rainforest canopy of Costa Rica or spotting cheetah on the hunt in Tanzania, we are busy behind the scenes handling all the trip logistics. We have carefully selected the routes, the pacing and the activities to suit the interests and abilities of the recommended age group.
We welcome your entire extended family on our Family Adventures: kids, teenagers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends traveling with your family. With some exceptions (like our Classic Safari Family Adventure where kids as young as 6 years are welcomed) most of our trips are tailored to appeal to families with kids 8 years old and older. If you're hoping to match your kids' ages with others already registered for a trip, don't hesitate to ask us in advance the age mix of a certain group. All minors must be accompanied by a parent, a legal guardian or a 'parent-appointed guardian' in order to participate on one of our trips. To keep families with families, we ask that all adults be in a party that includes a minor.
Consider a Private Departure. Many of our Family Adventures can be scheduled to run on dates other than those listed in our catalog or online with groups as small as four or as large as twenty-four. Get more details about Private Departures.
We select unique accommodations that are not only comfortable and conveniently located but are kid-friendly as well, offering such amenities as swimming pools, kid menu options and easy beach access. In addition, we typically stay a minimum of two nights in each location, minimizing the need to pack and unpack. Specific rooming options are dependent upon the individual hotel. Often we can secure triple rooms (note that some triples may include a roll-away bed) and adjoining/connecting rooms for family groups requiring more than one room.
Kids are certainly no exception when it comes to being particular about their meals. While travel offers the opportunity to try new foods having some familiar options is important. We make every attempt to provide meals that are healthy, delicious and good eating for both the kids and the adults.
On average, REI Family Adventures offers a discount between 10%-15% to kids under the age of 18 years at time of travel. The exact amount of the discount is dependent upon the specific destination, the age of the child and whether s/he is sharing a room or tent with one or two full-paying guests. When either an adult or a child occupies a single room, the full single supplement applies, regardless of the child discount. For detailed discount information see the specific trip itinerary.
Throughout each day's stated itinerary, your guides offer all the instruction needed for every member of your family to fully participate in the planned activities. The goal of your guides is to ensure a fun and smooth transition throughout each aspect of your journey so that you and the kids can simply enjoy sharing family time and a memorable adventure together. While your guides are responsible for handling all logistics for the entire group, parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for the supervision of all minors traveling in their care throughout the duration of the trip.
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