Posted by Christy Jourdan on Jul 21, 2012 in Destinations
Traveling with three generations can be amazing – I know because my own family does it often! While it can be challenging to create an itinerary that appeals to all age groups and activity levels, it is so rewarding. Our extended family has taken several vacations together, and experiencing the world with grandparents and grand kids is very special.
In June 2011, Grandma Linda, adult daughter Jen, and teen grandsons Jackson and Jefferson asked me to help with their vacation to Europe. They had a limited travel window – after school got out but before summer camps began, and they had one wish – to see Germany and surrounding areas that were part of WWII history. Thanks to Jen for sharing photos and this review of their trip! – Christy Jourdan
Looking back, as I make iphoto books for my sons, I still can not believe what an amazing adventure we had on our vacation to Germany, Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic, and Austria!
I knew that anything that Christy planned for us would be great, but I had no idea that we would have such a great adventure together (My mom, my boys, and I). Thank you so much for recommending the Cosmos tour.
The Generations dining in Frankfurt, Germany
We knew we didn’t want to be totally on our own, but we were hesitant to be a part of a tour. I thought we’d be herded from place to place without much free time. NOT AT ALL! I highly recommend Cosmos! Their tour was a great way to have someone else get us where we wanted to get and have our hotels and many meals all arranged, but still have many choices of adventures or free exploration time. Our tour guide Anna was a hoot! Her knowledge was impressive and her suggestions were very helpful when we chose to do go off on our own. And we met so many great people from all over the world on our coach. I still facebook with many of the people from our trip!
At the Berlin Wall
I am a picky eater and so are my boys, and we expected to just eat for survival. But we were constantly impressed with the delicious foods we were offered in the mornings at our hotels and the included dinners. We ate like kings and queens. When we were out with our group during the day we had so many delicious selections to eat in the cities we visited. Unfortunately, I might have gained a pound or two. Maybe we walked most of it off in one of my favorite optional tours…The Salt Mine in Poland. Jefferson (my 13-year-old) and I went on this tour together. I would hardly call it a mine. More like an enormous work of art deep in the earth. It was so beautiful and just amazing.
I can not leave out one of the adrenaline rushes of our trip. Jackson (my 16 year old) and I climbed to the top of the Bell Tower in a small town in a crater in Germany! It was a quick stop and we had to move quickly (which was good because there was no time to freak out). The view was breathtaking!
As I write this I am tearing up because my sons, my mom and I made so many memories. We laughed and learned and were constantly in awe by the sights and history. The reason we choose this tour was the WWII history involved, which was interesting, and sometimes sad. But, my boys, my mom and I experienced part of the world’s sad history together. Thanks to Christy for recommending this tour to us. We’ll never forget it!
Exploring Europe with the family!
And to other families with grandparents and teenage kids thinking about embarking on this sort of adventure – DO IT! CALL CHRISTY! You will cherish the memories forever as will we!
Biergarten in Munich - yum!
Snack shopping in Poland
At Starbucks to use the free wi-fi!
On the way to Vienna
Memories the whole family will cherish
The whole family on the coach