The First Family Travel Company
In 1998, we became the first company obsessed with perfecting the family travel experience. It’s all we’ve ever done. You can bring everyone–the kids, grandparents, millennials, teenagers–and we’ll find itineraries suited to your needs and interests.
Our itineraries are hand-crafted and fine-tuned by family travelers like you. We handle the logistics–the transfers, guides, lodging, meals–so you can focus on what matters: forging a deeper connection with your family and making memories in a new place.
Small Groups & Guaranteed Departures
Many travel operators cancel departures if too few people sign up; Thomson doesn’t. In fact, we prefer small groups. We pride ourselves on creating unforgettable, bond-building experiences with an average of 6-10 travelers per departure–that’s the best in the industry.
Passionate, fun and family-friendly, Thomson guides are true ambassadors of their destinations. Many have children of their own and are well tuned to family dynamics. They’ll offer insight into their homes you won’t find in the guidebooks.
Family Owned & Operated Since 1998
Family is in our name. It’s who we are. Having traveled with their children and grandchildren for decades, Thomson founders Rick and Judi have firsthand experience in authentic, memorable family travel. Our guests benefit from their wisdom. The unforgettable travels they experience–and their decision to travel with Thomson again and again–is a testament to our commitment to quality.
Friends Across Borders
Our Friends Across Borders program is one of our most popular innovations. In select destinations, we’ll schedule a meetup for you with local families. Play soccer, share a meal or just hang out with kids from different cultures–it’s an eye-opening experience that can have a profound effect on a child’s life.
*We’re committed to providing Friends Across Borders when safe. Changing global conditions may necessitate the suspension of FAB activites.
Roving with Rafikis
Swahili for “friend,” rafikis are special guides that join select Thomson trips. They help break the ice among young travelers, helping them learn about the local wildlife, culture and language along the way. Always prepared with snacks, water and conversation, rafikis enrich the experience for everyone.
*Some exclusions may apply.
Highest Standards of Safety
Your safety is our number one priority and informs all our decisions. Every Thomson itinerary uses top-of-the-line, well-maintained equipment for activities such as whitewater rafting, canyoneering and more. And every Thomson guide is well-versed in safety protocols, knowing exactly how to respond to anything on your trip.
Unmatched Attention to Detail
We wouldn’t be in travel if we weren’t excited about the nitty-gritty details. Whether it’s a hotel, meal, guide or experience, you can rest assured that everything has been vetted rigorously before you book. We’re good listeners, too: we read every piece of feedback offered by our current guests, past guests and new ones. All to ensure you and your loved ones can have the best experience possible.
We’re always seeking to build on our guests’ feedback to ensure our travelers have the dream trips they’re hoping for. Our dedication to your experience is part of the reason so many guests come back to us–and the reason we’ve won multiple World’s Best Travel Operator Awards from Travel + Leisure.