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National Geographic Traveler: No-fly family travel

From the bloggers at National Geographic Traveler.

Isn’t it time you gave no-fly travel a go? Whether you hit the road or sit back and let the train or boat take the strain, we’ve got a ton of inspirational ideas. For bike-fit families, we’ve also rounded up some great cycle tours.

1. Where: Interlaken
Good for: Babies and toddlers.
Mode of transport: Train.
Why: It’s fun if you break long rail journeys into chunks and choose trains carefully. Eurostar has coaches with baby-changing facilities, extra space and family tables, while some Swiss Federal Railways routes have family coaches with play areas and board games. Try the Basel to Interlaken route for idyllic lakes and mountains.
How to do it: London-Basel (7h via Paris) from £80 each way (free for under-4s).
Basel-Interlaken (2h), from £10 each way (free for under-6s).

2. Where: French Alps
Good for: Tweens and teens.
Mode of transport: Train.
Why: It’s more affordable and avoids crack-of-dawn flights and long transfers. However, as daytime ski trains sell out at lightning speed and overnight trains don’t have couchettes, sign up to booking websites for email alerts signalling that the season’s rail tickets have gone on sale. Also reserve ski equipment and lift passes online for early-bird savings.
How to do it: London-Bourg Saint Maurice (7h) from £111 return (£101 for ages 4-11), or Eurostar Direct Ski from £149/£105 return.

To read the full story by National Geographic Traveler, click here.

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