Europe in October with Kids

Hi all,

We are planning a trip to Europe around this coming school holidays (end Sep - mid Oct). Around 2 whole weeks and a few days.
We are 2 adults and 2 kids (5 & 8 y.o.).
Not really interested in museums.
Planning to visit Italy and Portugal (France and Spain optional).
Cities we must go are Rome and Naples in Italy. Oporto region in Portugal, and Lisboa. I'd like to be somewhere in Spain (Santiago de Compostela is an option), and my husband would like to visit Paris.

I have been reading almost all the threads here re Europe, but I would need your help with the following:

  • What are the must-see in those places?
  • Any tips which have been useful on your trip to Europe?
  • Car/train/cheap flights to go around?

Many thanks for your time! :)

Comments

  • +1 vote

    A Top 10 travel guide will help you plan.

    Example: https://www.amazon.com.au/Naples-Amalfi-Coast-Eyewitness-Tra...

    Really good concise guides, well recommended.

    I would suggest rent a car and a do a roadtrip around Europe. Very easy to do and plenty to enjoy. Breakfast in France, lunch in Switzerland and dinner in Italy via the Mont Blanc tunnel is just perfect.

    • +1 vote

      I would suggest rent a car and a do a roadtrip around Europe.

      This. I remember finding it really fun driving around France and really wish I had done that around Italy also. Although don't get a car to drive around Rome. Only for when you are leaving that city!

      Taking kids that age sounds like a nightmare to me. Although I have younger kids so all overseas travelling sounds like a nightmare so I am biased!

      I think the Amalfi Coast area would be fun for little kids. Eating pizza/gelato every day and swimming at beach can't be beat!

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      Thanks. I'll have a look to those guides. That sound like the perfect plan!

  • -2 votes

    I have been reading almost all the threads here re Europe, but I would need your help with the following:

    Did those threads not cover these topics?

  • +1 vote

    i recently did a europe trip in July with my wife and her family (age range 16-50). visited italy mainly and stayed in naples and around the area.

    Looking back there wasn't a ton of things to do in naples that could be aimed at children or Adults in general really. we stayed there for 3 nights and visited the main touristy areas and what not. before we got there we did visit the islands (Ischia, Capri). even though those are much more expensive we did have a much more enjoyable time.

    Before we got to that part of italy we stayed a week in an Airbnb in Formia up the coast. nice small town right on the beach, we had a car at that point and visisted Gaeta and Sperlonga.

    Would suggest getting an airbnb when looking at accommodation. especially if you have young children as the added available kitchen will be handy.
    if you do hire a car don't drive in any of the major cities (Rome, Naples or where ever else you go) as they drive "differently".

    Having been before to all the places you are hoping to visit (and also not being a fan of museums as well), i would suggest visiting areas outside of the main cities.

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      The reason of visiting Naples is because my grandparents were from there and I would like to know their homeland. Same with Porto. So, maybe a day would be enough if there are not many things to do. A day trip from Rome would be too tight?
      Thanks for your help. Really appreciate it! ;)

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