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Family holidays

  • Family holidays

    Family holidays

    A holiday exploring Europe's beautiful lakes and mountains is a perfect way to keep the whole family happy. With a Thomson Lakes & Mountains holiday, we can organise it all for you.

    Relax and enjoy mountain walks, and gentle bike rides or choose more energetic activities such as water sports and, summer tobogganing .

    • Italy - Family holidays


      With lots of activities, excursions and resorts to suit all ages, Italy is a great choice for your family holidays. From cycling on the shores of Lake Como, being thrilled in the Gardaland theme park to relaxing on a gondola ride through Venice, our selection of family holidays in Italy offers lots of options for families.

      Read more about our recommended accommodation:

      • Bella Italia Apartments in Peschiera - a lively holiday village geared towards families, with five outdoor pools, water chutes, children's playgrounds, an extensive entertainment programme and many more facilities.
      • Parc Hotel Paradiso in Peschiera - close to Garda's theme parks, the Parc Hotel Paradiso has great leisure facilities including several pools, sports facilities and an extensive play area.
      • Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa in Bardolino - a high quality hotel just across from the lake, theres with a combination of indoor and outdoor pools and superb restaurants to choose from.
      • Sunhotel Panaroma in Limone - in a spectacular setting with views across the lake. As well as having a pool, it also has its own private beach.
      • Hotel Aqualux in Bardolino - a modern hotel with spacious relaxing areas and eight swimming pools including a children's pool.
      • Poiano Hotel & Apartments in Garda - seat in 60 hectares of gardens with panoramic views of Lake Garda. There's a huge range of facilities including an Olympic -sized pool, tennis courts, bicycle hire and plenty more.
      • Sunhotel Majestic Palace in Malcesine - set above Malcesine, this hotel is surrounded by outdoor pools including a children's pool, a tennis court and extensive gardens.
    • Austria - Family holidays


      With plenty of resorts offering activities and excursions, Austria's great for a family holiday. Zell am See and Kaprun have superb family activities including an excellent lakeside swimming pool, family river rafting and horse-riding or the chance to play in the snow on the year-round Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Seefeld is a very popular resort for families, with many hotels offering superb facilities and activity programmes. From Ellmau, you can enjoy six different play areas in the region, sing 'do-re-mi' on a day trip to Salzburg or dress as a miner in the Berchtesgaden salt mines.

      Read more about our recommended accommodation:

      • Hotel Kaltschmid in Seefeld - get free kindergarten for 6 days (8 hours a day) for children aged between 3-12 years, (July and August)
      • Family & Spa Resort Hotel in Seefeld - free kindergarten with professional nannies 6 days, 8 hours/day for children 3-12 years old.
      • Hotel Sonnschein in Niederau - mini-golf, table tennis and children's playroom. Resort activity programme for 5-14 years (end of June - September).
      • Hotel Stadt Wien in Zell am See - free children's activity programme (July and August), kids splash pool, play area and petting zoo.
      • Sport & Spa Hotel Strass in Mayrhofen – three swimming pools, a family sauna, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas with toys, tennis courts, a pool table and table tennis.
      • Hotel Park in St Johann - sits close to the centre of resort and has an outdoor kids play area, outdoor tennis courts, weekly barbecues (weather permitting), table tennis, bike hire and free entrance to the local Panoramabad outdoor swimming pool.
      • Hotel Antonius in Kaprun - an all-inclusive hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, large garden and children's play area.
    • Slovenia - Family holidays


      From the coastline of Portorož and Piran to the green valley that holds Kranjska Gora, Slovenia is a brilliant family holiday destination. There are loads of fun activities available to try out, including cycling, summer tobogganing or even swimming in a lake. There's a fantastic new family adventure park located in the woods overlooking Lake Bled with 65 attractions and challenges to complete.

      Read more about our recommended hotels:

      • Hotel Savica in Lake Bled - free activities for children aged between 2-11 years when accompanied by an adult, including a free toboggan ride or a free ride on the tourist train.
      • Hotel Lek in Kranjska Gora - an indoor pool with separate kids pool, an outdoor play area and tennis courts to keep the whole family busy.
    • Switzerland - Family holidays


      Families love Switzerland for lots of reasons. There's a beautiful mix of lakes to play on and around, mountain peaks to climb and of course the traditional Swiss chocolate and cheese. Switzerland is full of weird and wonderful charm and cultures for families to get stuck in to. Our favourite region for families to explore is the Jungfrau region. Choose between the mountain-based resorts of Wengen or Grindelwald or stay in the cosmopolitan city of Interlaken.

      Read more about our recommended hotels:

      • Hotel Wengen Sunstar in Wengen - central resort location, great facilities including swimming pool and a children's playroom. And early evening meals for kids.
      • Hotel Derby in Grindelwald - located next to the Jungfrau railway station, in a perfect position for exploring the region. Good variety of family rooms and suites.
      • Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken - a family friendly 15th century hotel with, large family rooms, garden and sun terrace. And free bike hire to explore the local area.

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With all the various national tourist boards applying widely varying criteria to hotel ratings, the whole question of international hotel grades has become confused. We have therefore applied our own 'rating', representing the general standards of that country in order that fairer comparisons can be made.

Please note: rating may differ from the official star rating of the local tourist board. Our classifications take into account not only the basic facilities, but also the location, leisure facilities, general character and atmosphere of the hotel, as well as customer feedback. Chalet ratings give comparisons with other chalets but do not provide like for like comparisons with the ratings of full service hotels.

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