Classic Family Vacations With an Adventurous Twist 

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The cityscape in Trinidad, Cuba.
The cityscape in Trinidad, Cuba.

Classic Journeys’ family multi-sport journeys invite the whole gang to participate in river tubing, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities, as well as experience interactions with locals throughout their vacation. For example, the 8-day Cuba Family Journey takes advantage of the island nation’s vibrant art, music, dancing and history through visits with local farmers, artists, dancers, school students, cigar-makers, and naturalists. Local guides lead guests through the streets of Havana and its markets and shops, around a mountainous eco-village, in the fields of a peasant farm, and on a tour of Hemingway’s former home while they experience “unscripted interactions” with locals from all walks of life. Rates start at $5,095 pp dbl; $1,095 single supplement, and include accommodations, local guides, ground transportation, admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary, and all meals, except for the dinner on the first night.

Meanwhile, in Central America, Classic Journeys offers a 7-day Belize & Guatemala Family Tour, where guests explore Mayan ruins and rainforests teeming with keel-billed toucans, ocelots, and howler monkeys. The tour begins with a visit to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and its 130-ft.-high pyramid, followed by a  4-wheel drive through the jungle to the Actun Chapat Cave where guests can picnic. The next day, guests cross over into Guatemala to visit local weavers, where they’ll learn how the locals create their colorful guipiles (a Mayan textile worn as a part of Guatemala’s national dress). After a short flight back to Belize, guests can snorkel within arm’s reach of sea turtles, nurse sharks and rays at Hol Chan Marine Reserve near Ambergris Caye, the world’s second largest barrier reef. Rates start at $3,695; $895 single supplement, and include accommodations, guides, ground transportation, all breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, and admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary. Additional family multi-sport journeys are available in Panama, Vietnam, Morocco and the Galapagos Islands. For more information, call (800) 200-3887 or visit classicjourneys.com.

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