Travelling families are no longer limited to parents and kids; grandparents are in the mix too. As more families bond over travel, here are some destinations that cater to every age and whim. By Sushmita Srivastav
1. Say Konnichiwa to Kyoto
Kyoto balances the bling and zing of modern city life with ancient temples, sublime gardens, and ageless architecture. With over 10,000 shrines and places like Daikaku-ji— the Shingon Buddhist temple built in 876 AD—Kyoto is an ideal place for a fascinating temple trail. Visit the Nijō Castle, which has over 430 cherry blossom trees, or join a hanami (sakura viewing party) to see the spiritual heart of Japan get blanketed in its quintessential pink spring garb. Go on a ramen and sake tour, or try kaiseki dining for a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine, meet friendly deer at the Nara Park, or immerse yourself in an ancient tea ceremony—there are endless experiences here. A short train ride can ferry you to popular children’s attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan, Osaka. jnto.go.jp
2. Bond in Bali, Indonesia
Warm beaches, epic adventures, and a balmy weather at all times—bonding over a Balinese vacation is the best thing you can gift your family. Add to this the charm of luxury villas with multiple rooms, plunge pools, and private butler service. While kids would love their time on 17 different water slides at Waterbom Bali, adults can lounge at the beach club or take a therapeutic soak in the hot springs of the Toya Bungkah village. Ubud is best known for its Monkey Forest, art museums, and ancient temples. If your family is into adventure, go snorkelling with manta rays at Nusa Lembongan or mountain-biking to Mount Batur. You can also take Indonesian cooking sessions or plan a trip to Bali Safari and Marine Park, where you all hop into a safari bus while over 60 different animal species roam about freely. indonesia.travel
3. Wholesome fun at Zürich, Switzerland
The Swiss financial centre is home to art galleries, adventure zones, winding lanes that lead to ancient churches and castles, green spaces, and throbbing night clubs—no wonder Zürich ticks all the boxes for a multi-generational family vacation. Walk into Zoo Zürich to see 380 species in their natural environs. Book your family a two-hour circular trip in the Fondue Tram, where you get to dip your fork into the cheesiest Valais fondue. Then, take a 50-minute ride in a glass-roofed motorboat on River Limmat that takes you up to Lake Zürich. The nearby town of Freienbach has Alpamare, Europe’s largest covered water park with 5,900 feet of slides and four thermal pools. myswitzerland.com
4. Sling to Singapore
When it comes to multi-generational family holidays from India, Singapore is a no-brainer. Firstly, it’s relatively close, so flights from any metro city are short. Secondly, the Lion City is a melting pot of distinct cultures, which makes it appeal to a variety of sensibilities. Thirdly, it has an efficient and easy-to-use public transport system, with most attractions and buses/cabs being wheelchair- and pram-friendly. Soak up the views of the city’s skyline from the Singapore Flyer, drop by Merlion Park to get clicked next to the iconic national statue, enjoy a day full of varied activities at Resorts World Sentosa. The Singapore Zoo, with over 2,800 animals, is an eternal favourite among families. Try multi-concept dining at Marina Bay, and shop at the famous Orchard Road. stb.gov.sg
5. Find Baltic gems on a cruise
The Baltic Sea holds many treasures. And a cruise is everyone’s cup of tea. For a memorable voyage, the 10-night luxury cruise, Baltic Treasures, by Crystal Cruises has everything—from luxury suites and penthouses with dedicated butler services and global cuisine plated by award-winning chefs, to onboard entertainment including musicals, magic shows, and Broadway inspired revues. Then, there’s Fantasia, the game zone for kids; the teens-only Waves club; a casino and the Pulse nightclub for the grown-ups. The Connoisseur Club is meant for conversations over cigars and cognacs. The cruise starts from Denmark, taking you through excursions in Berlin, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm. crystalcruises.com
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