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Family Twist Presents: Winter Vacations in Europe

We chatted with Stanislas de Montenay, Head of Sales at Family Twist, and Florian Craanen, Head of International Development, to find out why Europe is the perfect winter vacation destination for families.

Q: What type of vacations does Family Twist offer during the winter?

Throughout the year, we offer cultural experiences and hands-on workshops in the main European capitals. During winter, nearly all our tours are possible as we cover the highlights in each city. Families can, therefore, enjoy a fun-filled visit with their private, experienced guide regardless of the season. These cultural tours even come with game booklets to make sure the children are kept engaged.

However, every year, we create a few specific winter activities, mostly related to Christmas, such as Christmas market tours in Vienna and Prague. We also add a winter twist to some of our classic tours, like making pizza in the shape of a Christmas tree during our Pizza Cooking Class in Rome.

Q: If taking a multi-destination European vacation during the winter, which destinations do you recommend combining?

Winter has a charm of its own, and you can experience all the different cities in a much different way than during the summer. Some destinations are close to saturation during summer’s high season, and most cities are just as enthralling during winter.

Temperature-wise, the climate is mild in Southern Europe, so you could consider traveling to Portugal or Italy without having to pack for the North Pole. There is nothing better than visiting an almost deserted Pompeii with a stop-over in Naples to eat some of the best food Italy has to offer.

Q: What are the most unique holiday season experiences for families visiting Europe?

Based on the kind of experiences we offer, specifically designed for families traveling with children, the true game-changer during the holiday season is that most of the highlighted destinations (if not all) will be much less crowded than during the summer. Couple that with the special Christmas attentions mentioned above, like the Christmas market walking tours or the Christmas lights sightseeing tour, and families are sure to enjoy an unforgettable family-bonding holiday season.

Q: What’s a bucket list experience you shouldn’t miss when visiting Europe during the winter?

Here are special family-friendly experiences Family Twist can arrange which are truly fascinating during the winter:

  • Visit the Christmas lights and decorations along the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
  • Capture the true essence of Venice with only a handful of tourists on the island.
  • Visit the Christmas markets in Vienna and Prague, with a taste of delicious local, seasonal dishes.
  • Visit the Vatican and the famous Sistine Chapel, away from the unbearable crowds and heat (no air conditioning!) of summer.

Q: What are three reasons why families should consider booking with Family Twist?

First, we design our experiences for families only. From the expert, kid-friendly guides we hire, to the passionate chefs and instructors we work with, to our own in-house designed game booklets, every aspect is built accordingly. We even hand-pick the hotels we work with to make sure they are perfectly adapted for families: connecting rooms or family suites, special details and attention given to children, ideal location, etc.

Second, we now cover 15 destinations in Europe, and we guarantee the same quality standards anywhere we operate. There is no better and safer way to plan a multi-destination vacation.

Finally, we provide flexibility and transparency. There is no minimum with Family Twist; you can book one or more à la carte experience or build a full itinerary (including accommodation and services) with our help. All our prices are broken down for utmost transparency, giving you the opportunity to add or remove elements.

Q: Describe a Family Twist experience in one word.

Let us try not to follow the rules as a child would do – two words: PLAY and LEARN.But if the rule cannot be bent, then we would go for “FUN-TASTIC!”

Interested in learning more? Contact your Ensemble travel advisor to start planning.


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