I’ve long been a fan of The Amazing Race. The teams go to the most amazing locales and compete in so many fun challenges. If you’ve ever wanted to travel and compete in challenges in the style of The Amazing Race, and even better, do so with your kids, then look into Competitours.
I recently read about Competitours on another travel website and knew I had to get more details. Competitours has been running 13-day challenge-style vacations for the last six years. They take 12 two-person teams and send them on challenges throughout Western Europe in cities like Rome, Munich, Barcelona, even Salzburg and Cinque Terre. All cities are kept under wraps until the games begin.
Challenges range from culinary activities, like an Iron Chef-style competition in a hillside villa in Italy in which all teams compete side-by-side, to soft adventure activities, like sliding down an alpine coaster in the French Alps. Teams may also find themselves engaging in activities like mask making or glass blowing, even scavenger hunts and dance competitions.
Daily challenges begin mid-morning, so families can enjoy breakfast together before the day’s activities begin. Challenges end by mid-afternoon, enabling teams to shop, explore and dine on their own in each new town. Teams should expect to spend time in seven to eight “mystery destinations.” As a bonus, there are cash prizes for the top three teams (the first place team wins $3,600!).
There are no special skills or athletic abilities required to participate in any of the challenge-style vacations set up by Competitours. While tours are best for kids ages 13 and up, Competitours let me know that the challenges are age-appropriate for kids as young as 10. The youngest team they’ve had was a mother-daughter team in which the mom was in her mid-40s and the daughter was 11 years old.
Competitours runs two separate tours of 12 two-person teams during the summer. Current dates include June 7-19 and July 5-17, 2015. The cost is $3,850 per person. Airfare is not included, but at least 10 meals are included, as is a wrap-up reception at the end of the competition. The cost also includes some local transport, though you’ll need to arrange your own in some cities as part of the challenges.
I can’t even begin to explain how much fun I think this would be. I love the idea of not only seeing a variety of European cities, but also engaging in related challenges, like Italian cooking and Spanish dancing. This adventure is definitely a must in my book for anyone with a teen or tween looking for something new to experience together. This is great for families too since mom and dad can split up, taking one child each, complete the day’s challenges, then re-convene in the evenings for dinner.