Spring Break is fast approaching and families will be looking for a trip that’ll satisfy both the young and old. With the themed vacations we’ve highlighted here, each boasting tours and events to keep families entertained, agents just might be able to please everyone.
The Vampire World of Washington “Twilight” enthusiasts will enjoy Clipper Vacations’ Olympic Loop “Twilight” Tour featuring sightseeing in Forks and La Push, Washington. This 3-day self-guided tour has travelers exploring many areas mentioned in the series all around Port Angeles, Forks and La Push. Your clients can visit the various shops and areas within Port Angeles where Bella and Edward walked; or visit Forks to see the police station and Forks Community Hospital, where Bella’s father and Dr. Cullen work, respectively. They can visit the beach where Bella learns the truth about Edward, and the surrounding forests where Jake often patrolled for stray vampires.
Accommodations are included in Port Angeles as well as at either the Kalaloch Lodge in Forks or Lake Quinault Lodge in nearby Quinault. Standard rates start at $166 pp dbl. Rental cars, ferry packages, and extensions with additional accommodations are also available. For more information, call (800) 888-2535 or visit clippervacations.com.
Playtime in Paris Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, with a prestigious address on the Champs-Elysees and Avenue George V, has recently introduced Fouquet’s Kids, a program designed specifically for family-friendly travel. A variety of monthly workshops and shows are now keeping kids entertained through May, with events including interactive stories, creative recycling workshops, and comedy and magic shows.
For the spring, guests at Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere can look forward to the March 11 magic show, Fouquet’s Magic!, where audience participation is encouraged with magic wands. On April 1, it’s up to the audience to help Guignol the French marionette during his environmentally friendly show, Guignol Saves the River. And in May, children are invited to create their own take-home herbarium during the Budding Gardeners event.
While children attend the show, parents are welcome to socialize at the Bar Le Lucien or enjoy a pampering at the U Spa Barriere.
Children ages 7 and up are welcome to attend the events, which run no longer than 90 minutes, and begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $60 per child. Standard room rates start at $813 per night. For more information, visit fouquets-barriere.com.
Retracing the Adventures of Tintin Anyone wishing to set off in young reporter Tintin’s footsteps would find the Hotel Amigo in Belgium a terrific place to start, since it’s offering a couple of Tintin-inspired packages. Brussels, where Tintin comics originated, is home to many Tintin landmarks and hangouts. To be sure guests don’t miss any important sites, they’ll receive an official Tintin map of the city upon arrival, highlighting locations such as the flea market where the film’s opening scene was shot, and Brussel’s park, depicted in “King Ottokar’s Sceptre,” the eighth comic in the series. A Tintin expedition wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Herge museum to explore the more than 80 print plates, documents and photographs highlighting the history of original Tintin comics.
One Tintin-inspired suite and three deluxe Tintin rooms are also featured within the hotel itself, each decorated with unique memorabilia from the Herge Foundation. In these rooms, artwork, figurines, clothing worn by the detectives and other keepsakes from the adventurers’ journeys can be found in abundance.
Tintin packages offered by the Hotel Amigo include the Tintin Collector Experience, which consists of two tickets to the Herge Museum, a Tintin map of Brussels and a Tintin gift ($312 dbl per night), and the Tintin Family Affair, with complimentary children’s room and 50 percent discount on meals and drinks for children under 12, as well as family tickets to the Herge museum, a Tintin gift and selection of Wii Tintin games and DVDs in the room ($445 per night for two adults and two children).
For more information, visit roccofortehotels.com.