So...my husband and I have both been to Europe a few times before we were parents, but we'd like to take our kids and do a family trip. Since my oldest is going into his senior year of high school soon, I'd like to try to do it this summer. Future summers may be tough with him working full-time, etc.
A little background - we have a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. Our oldest boy is passionate about history, international politics, etc. - he gets A's in all of his advanced world history and associated classes and talks about them constantly. He would love to see and explore the things related to all he has learned. Our daughter is more low-key but has just entered high school and is catching the history bug. She loves anything Roman or Greek mythology related and is artistic and well-read. Our youngest boy is a bit of an old soul and also analytical, I think he would enjoy anything. Both boys play sports and are comfortable both indoors and outdoors. They all love to eat, my older ones are expanding their palates, but my youngest is insanely picky (like me, I admit).
My husband and I have been to Madrid and the Amalfi coast together. He has been to Germany (loved it) and I've been to France (Paris and the Loire Valley) and England (London). My favorite part of Italy other than the sheer beauty of the Amalfi coast and Capri was touring Pompeii. Italy, London and France were all with tour groups (England/France was a high school trip and Italy was a vendor trip from my work). I am completely overwhelmed with the options and whether to manage it all myself or just do a managed tour for this first family trip. Or perhaps a little of both? I'm also short on planning time. I'm looking at 10 days total, including travel.
This may not happen at all this year, I may not be able to pull it together for many reasons, but I wanted to at least put my toe in the water and check in with my Trip Advisor experts. It will help in the future just to get the ball rolling. I am leaning toward Rome as one city, since we have never been and my kids are currently VERY into Roman history and architecture. Germany doesn't float my boat for a first trip, I think I'd rather stick to Italy/England? I'm open to suggestions. Feel free to redirect me to another forum if necessary. (The Europe forum was broken out into countries, so I wasn't sure where to start.)
Fire away! And thanks in advance.