Category: Family Trips
The Best Fall Activities for Couples on a UK Vacation
Fall is a great time to take an extra vacation before winter sets in, and where better than the UK? With its plethora of pretty villages from the Cotswolds to Cornwall, ancient castles to explore (or stay in!), and stunning natural parks for hiking, it’s a glorious place to visit. At the end of the day, relax together over a hearty home-cooked meal in a historic inn, warmed by a blazing fire.
Edinburgh and the Scottish Lowlands
Combining historic city attractions with rural activities, Edinburgh makes a great base for a romantic fall break. Travel first-class from London by train and enjoy the passing scenery together. There are plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy in this historic royal city. Tour the majestic Edinburgh Castle and dine in style at the Amber Restaurant and Whisky Bar just outside the castle gates. The dark-wood ceiling and half-moon cellar windows provide a cozy ambiance. Enjoy window-shopping for woolly Aran sweaters and tartan kilts along Royal Mile or do some serious Christmas shopping in the high-class department stores along Princes Street. Beyond the city, take a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, now moored in Leith, for the ultimate luxury treat.
Try a Whisky Tasting
Still north of the border, take a private tour of some of Scotland’s premier whisky distilleries. Snuggle close and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands while your driver navigates the narrow lanes. Choose your own itinerary, or sit back and let Whisky Wheels put together a bespoke trip. Knowledgeable local chauffeurs will point out the main highlights and you’ll be hosted in style at each distillery. A wee dram of whisky will certainly warm your heart and keep out the cold! Learn to distinguish the different ages and blends and take home a case of quality Scotch. No need to worry about drinking and driving on this tour! Just so you know, Irish whiskey is spelled with an “e” while Scotch Whisky is spelled without!
Fancy your own Whisky tasting tour? Check out our itinerary here: Scotland Castles, Loch Ness, and Whisky Trails.
You may have visited London many times, but why not focus on one particularly historic area – Greenwich? There are plenty of indoor museums and attractions and the quaint cobbled streets are lined with nautically themed shops, friendly pubs, and cozy cafes. Visit the grand National Maritime Museum and learn about the early explorers and navigators that set sail from this very quay. As well as galleries of naval exhibits, there’s a fine art collection within the Maritime Museum. Admire J.M.W.Turner’s largest painting featuring the Battle of Trafalgar, see the coat Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded in battle, and view the world through a Seafarer’s Lens. Visit the Queens’ House nearby and learn about the Ball Drop on top of the Royal Observatory. You can even stand astride the Prime Meridian Line (Longitude zero) and home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Finish your amazing stay in Greenwich by stepping aboard the Cutty Sark Clipper Ship with its tall masts, 32 sails and 11 miles of rigging! Of course, Greenwich is just a short ferry or taxi ride from London’s gourmet dining scene and West End Theaters for romantic evenings together.
Hot Springs in Roman Bath!
The elegant spa city of Bath is 120 miles west of London. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, especially in fall when the summer crowds have departed. Hot springs delivered healing waters to the town’s Roman Baths over 2000 years ago, so it’s the perfect place for couples to indulge in a little spa pampering. History lovers will want to take a guided tour of the Roman Baths and Pump House, but the best place to bathe in these health-giving waters is at the modern Thermae Bath Spa just around the corner. As well as two warming thermal pools there’s a rooftop pool with stunning sunset views. While staying in Bath, don’t miss the UNESCO listed Royal Crescent with its Georgian architecture and mellow Bath stone.
Cumbria’s Lake District
Just south of the border with Scotland, the Lake District National Park has dramatic fall scenery. Deep lakes reflect dramatic fells (hills) covered in rusted bracken and purple heather. This is hiking country at its best! Tuck some Kendal Mint Cake in your pocket for energy later – it’s what the locals do! Explore winding country lanes or travel back in time aboard the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway to Windermere. Stop for a hearty lunch in a lakeside pub and listen to local gossip at the timeless bar. Book a cruise on Coniston Water aboard the National Trust’s Gondola, a restored steam-powered yacht (sailings until October 31st). Visit Arnside Country Market on Fridays and pick up homebaked cakes, artisan bread, savories, preserves, jams, and crafts. When it comes to food, you’re guaranteed to dine well on local seafood and tasty Herdwick lamb at one of the renowned restaurants in Ambleside. You can’t go wrong with a romantic meal at the Michelin star Old Stamp House Restaurant.
Wildlife in Wales
If you enjoy outdoor adventures as a couple, Wales offers many hidden delights. Although it’s a tiny independent country, it has three national parks, each with its own natural beauty. Explore the dramatic peaks of Snowdonia or stay close to the coast and walks stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This traffic-free route traces the coastline along the clifftop or down at sea level. You’re very likely to see gray seals and their pups that are born between September and December. Further out to sea you might spot basking sharks, blue whales, and pods of Risso dolphins. The Brecon Beacons National Park is another paradise for hiking, biking, bird watching, and stargazing with your loved ones. The area is known for its magnificent waterfalls such as the 90-foot Henryd Falls which is at its best in fall. For those who love Italian architecture, a day at the village of Portmeirion delivers Gothic towers, baroque facades, and Italianate mansions surrounded by Mediterranean plantings. It’s the perfect place to propose, or just celebrate being in love.
Family travel to Central Europe
Fun things to do in Europe whether you’re 9 or 99!
Vacations are special times for family togetherness and planning a trip for two or more generations can be fun. There are many benefits to family travel, so get together and start exploring – it will be a bonding experience for everyone, from grandparents to teenage grandkids! Create the perfect family trip recipe, with culture, fun times, and adventure. You’ll be sure to enjoy your multi-generational vacation which will be a very special experience that you’ll talk about for years to come.
Monaco: An Aristocrats’ playground
This week we should be hearing the roar of the engines and the excitement building up to one of the last existing Formula 1 street circuits in the world – Monaco Grand Prix. Instead, the streets are silent and racing enthusiasts have to wait until May 20, 2021, for the next race day.
One Week in Central Europe: A cross-country itinerary
Thinking of Europe? Are you daydreaming about classical music, castles and less- ‘touristy’ destinations? We have some travel inspiration for you.
Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria were home to the oldest European royal families, all countries with millennia of history. So, if you wanna spend one week in Central Europe, we’ve prepared the dream itinerary for a cross-country vacation.
With Austria’s incredible scenery and warm hospitality, combined with Czech Republic’s historical towns and Hungary’s colorful folk art and striking architecture, you’ll have the perfect escape trip in Europe.
Amazing cultural attractions in Amsterdam: museums, art galleries, theatres and more
Planning on visiting Europe? including Amsterdam in your itinerary is a must!
“Painting is the grandchild of Nature. It is related to God.” – Rembrandt
The iconic city of Rembrandt is known for its pretty flower markets, picture-perfect canals, mansions and windmills – but, perhaps above all, it is a true cultural hub with numerous cultural attractions. A result of cosmopolitan influences, the multifaceted Amsterdam is bursting with museums, galleries and theatres, having the world’s highest museum density. On top of that, lining the UNESCO World Heritage canals, one can find narrow streets, beautiful historical buildings, crowded cafes and a plethora of shops to browse in, making Amsterdam the perfect destination for any type of traveler.
Exploring your European Family Heritage
The first Europeans to reach the shores of what is now the US and survive to tell the tale arrived way back in 1620. The Mayflower Society estimate there are now 10 million Americans with European heritage, descendants of the 102 brave souls that arrived aboard the Mayflower. In the years since, waves of immigrants from every European country have added vigor, energy, and enterprise to make America the great country it is today.
Downton Abbey and the English Country House Experience
With six seasons under its belt, the popular HBO series Downton Abbey is never too far from our imaginations. You have only to look at the upcoming movie to see how much we all love experiencing refined, aristocratic, and leisurely lives of Victorian England.
Have you visited an English country house yet?
Europe for Couples
Europe is home to some dreamy places. In fact, at Finest Journeys we think it is hard to find a European city that isn’t cute and quaint. But does it have places that are romantic enough for you to Honeymoon in Europe? Although, when we mention that, we aren’t talking about the well-trodden paths that lead most couples to Paris and Lisbon. If you are thinking of going off that path, then you may be in luck!
Top 10 Family Hotels in Europe
Visit any major review site. Many reviews by travelers either mention the absence of certain family-friendly amenities or appreciate a hotel when those are present. For travelers who frequently vacation with their families, checking for these features becomes like second nature. But that may not be true for first-time vacationers about to book a stay in Europe.
When in Rome, Don’t Throw any Straws!
Does that sound like a metaphor to you? That may be. But it also happens to be true in case of the Isle of Capri! There are guidelines on everything from eating sandwiches outside to wearing flip flops!
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