Five of the best holidays with grandparents

With multigenerational trips more in demand than ever, Laura French rounds up some of the best holidays for extended families

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The river cruise

A river cruise might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think kids, but A-Rosa’s new E-Motion ship, launching next year, might just change that. The four-deck ship has been designed for families and multigenerational groups, with a ‘family area’ offering cabins sleeping up to five, alongside a kids’ club, children’s pool and kids’ area in the restaurant. It will be operating on the Rhine and, as a bonus, under-15s sharing sail free.

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A seven-night Rhine Experience Amsterdam & Rotterdam itinerary from Cologne to Antwerp costs from £3,236 for a family of five (cruise-only), with departures from May to October 2022.

The theme park

Thrill-seeking families will be pleased to hear Disneyland Paris is reopening on June 17 with a new accommodation option, Disney’s Hotel New York – the Art of Marvel. The four-star hotel brings an added level of comfort ideal for those travelling with grandparents, with a focus on Marvel Super Heroes. Also new is a Star Wars Legends ‘galactic experience’ and a Route 66-themed Cars Road Trip attraction.

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A three-day self-drive stay starts at £2,197 for four adults and two children sharing two Superior Rooms at Disney’s Hotel New York, with three-day park tickets, based on an August 27 departure.

Disney lobby

The resort stay

Few resorts are so well set up for multigenerational families as Club Med Da Balaia in Albufeira, Portugal, where grandad can play a round on one of the neighbouring golf courses while grandma puts her feet up at the adult-only eco pool. “The resort offers a number of family-friendly land sports such as the flying trapeze school and tennis, as well as interconnecting rooms,” says Estelle Giraudeau, Club Med’s managing director for the UK and northern Europe.

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A week’s all-inclusive costs from £7,253 for a family of four and two grandparents, including transfers and flights on August 29.


The villa holiday

For multigenerational families after a private bubble escape, a villa is an excellent bet, and it needn’t mean all squeezing into one property. For grandparents wanting to stay on site but keep their own space, CV Villas recommends Villa Chianina in Italy. “This is a great choice for larger families with a main villa and separate guesthouse,” says Chris Etheridge, business development manager. “Facilities include an infinity pool, table tennis and pool table, while the private sauna is the perfect way to relax.”

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A week costs from £9,244, sleeping up to 16, from October 23.


The adventure tour

Multigenerational holidays to far-flung destinations are in demand for next year, according to Joanna Reeve, head of business development for Intrepid Travel. “Wildlife experiences in the Galápagos, Costa Rica and Africa are proving especially popular,” she says. For adventurous grandparents, she suggests the Kenya Family Safari, which takes guests from Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley, with the chance to meet Maasai warriors and spot the Big Five.

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From £1,530 per person including transport, guide, meals and activities.


Picture: Damien Raggatt

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