11 of the best mother-daughter holidays to take in 2024

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Here at Good Housekeeping, we love some quality mother-daughter time and there's no better way to bond than with a trip away to explore a new destination. Whether you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, a luxury few days in the country or an inspiring culinary experience further afield, we’ve got the perfect mother-daughter holidays for you to take with your favourite person.

However you like to spend time with your mum or daughter, you’re sure to have a fantastic time with our pick of the best trips, from a wine-themed cruise along Portugal's sunkissed Douro river to a wildlife-spotting trip to the serene Isles of Scilly. with a wildlife expert.

Whether you choose a spa break in the rolling UK countryside or a bucketlist adventure in India, the best mother-daughter holidays allow plenty of time for bonding, taking in beautiful destinations and trying new experiences.

Browse our pick of the best mother-daughter trips to book now.

A bonding beach break in Greece

Mother-daughter duos who are in desperate need of some relaxation and uninterrupted bonding time should seriously consider a trip to Neilson's Messini Beach Club. Located right on the shore in a gorgeous rural part of Greece, it couldn't be further from the hustle and bustle of normal life – and therein lies its appeal.

Here, you can spend time chilling by the pool and soaking up the rays with a cocktail in hand, play a spot of tennis, treat yourselves to spa treatments, explore the local area by bike, or try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer. It's all-inclusive, so all you have to worry about is making the most of your quality time together.


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Mother-daughter pampering in Leicestershire

Whether you mum deserves to put her feet up or you're in need of some one-on-one relaxation time with your busy daughter, we've got the spa treat for you: Ragdale Hall in the leafy Leicestershire countryside offers the perfect environment for some mother-daughter R&R.

On an exclusive two-night spa break, you’ll get full use of the spa facilities, which include a dreamy rooftop infinity pool, plus spa treatments and a Clarins gift.

All your meals are included, so you can both enjoy long breakfasts and three-course meals. Plus, you can spend all weekend in matching robes!


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Visit Highclere Castle on board the British Pullman

What could be a better mother-daughter day out than gliding through the countryside on an immaculately restored 1920s train to visit one of England's most iconic castles?

Good Housekeeping has a very special day trip to Highclere Castle, which has stood in as Downton Abbey in the beloved TV series. You'll travel there on the British Pullman, relaxing in a plush armchair seat and taking in the intricate Art Deco fixtures as you enjoy a silver service three-course brunch and watch the rural scenery rolling by.

Once there, you'll hear an exclusive talk from Lady Carnarvon and Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, Gaby Huddart and take a private guided tour of the castle before returning to London Victoria on another luxurious train ride.


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See the culture on the banks of the Danube

The Danube is one of Europe's most important rivers and holds a wealth of history and culture on its banks. A cruise along this elegant river is a wonderful way to visit a handful of culture-packed European cities for any mother-daughter pair with a love of art, architecture and classical music.

One Good Housekeeping's Danube cruise you'll sail into Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava and explore the idyllic countryside of the Wachau Valley.

There's a very special event to look forward to in Vienna, where historian Lucy Worsley will join you on a visit to the Spanish Riding School, to watch beautiful Lipizzaner horses perform to classical Viennese music in the baroque Winter Palace.


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Discover India's Golden Triangle and sail the Ganges

A bucket list trip if there ever was one, touring India's Golden Triangle will introduce you to the local traditions and exquisite architecture of cities like New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Good Housekeeping's 15-day India tour takes you through the Golden Triangle before boarding an luxury river ship to sail along the Ganges, discovering the culture on its banks. You'll see the iconic Taj Mahal, the Hindu temples in Kalna, the artisan village of Matiari and the ornate architectural monuments of Murshidabad.

Making it and extra-special treat for any foodie mums and daughters is the company of Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar, who'll join you for a market visit in Kalna, prepare Indian dishes on board, and host an exclusive talk and Q&A.


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A short break in leafy Richmond

If you're based in or around London and looking for a short break close to home, consider a peaceful weekend at the Richmond Hill Hotel.

This attractive townhouse is on one of London's most iconic hills, right by London's largest Royal Park, where it's easy to feel like you're in the middle of the countryside. From the hotel, you'll enjoy sweeping vistas over Petersham Meadows. It's a view that has inspired musicians, writers, and artists, including JMW Turner.

With our offer, you'll stay in a Georgian Deluxe room with breakfast both mornings, afternoon tea with Champagne, and a dinner allocation of £35 per person on one night.


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Taste your way around Bologna and Modena

Another perfect trip for foodie mother-daughter pairs, this time to the wonderful Emilia-Romagna of northern Italy. Here you'll find a city so packed full of culinary delights its earned the affectionate nickname La Grassa - 'The Fat One'.

Several of Italy's best-loved foods originate in Bologna and the wider Emiglia-Romagna region, like mortadella, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, parma ham, and tortellini. The city is packed with mouthwatering eateries, from local hideaways down quiet side streets to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Join Good Housekeeping on a gourmet tour of Bologna and you'll visit several local producers to taste fabulously fresh food. You'll also visit nearby Modena, home of balsamic vinegar, and enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson.


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A picturesque wine-themed cruise in Portugal

If you're a wine-loving family, there are few regions in Europe as tempting as Portugal's Douro Valley for a wine-themed cruise.

This exquisite region is dotted with quiet villages, rolling hills, and terraced vineyards producing a bounty of exemplary wine. Join us on an eight-day discovery of the Douro's food, culture, wine, and history aboard a luxury river cruise ship.

You'll also have the chance to explore Porto where the cruise begins and ends. Soak up the charms of Portugal’s enchanting second city, stroll through the alleyways and admire the local architecture.


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Sail the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia

Another brilliant long-haul option for adventurous mothers and daughters is this cruise along the Mekong, Southeast Asia's most important river. It winds through lush green paddy fields and tiny fishermen's villages in Vietnam and along to Cambodia's ornate temples and through its fascinating capital, Phnom Penh.

Sailing along the Mekong on a cruise is a great way to see the best of Vietnam and Cambodia in a convenient and comfortable way.

Join Good Housekeeping's excellent 17-day tour of the two countries and you'll spend seven nights in a Luxury Balcony suite aboard the Mekong Jewel, which will take you to incredible sights like the world-famous temple complex of Angkor Wat.


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Wildlife spotting on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are just a boat ride from the coast of Cornwall and make a great choice if you're looking for icing sugar beaches and cobalt blue waters without travelling quite as far as the Indian Ocean or the Caribbean.

While sunny weather isn't always guaranteed, this stunning archipelago does boast some of the warmest temperatures in the UK.

On Good Housekeeping's exclusive trip you'll get to explore the isles and see some of their lovely native wildlife. The head of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Julian Branscombe, will give a talk so you can learn more about the special species to be found here.


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Glide through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express

For a mother-daughter mountain holiday to remember, take a trip to Switzerland, where a magical adventure awaits in the form of iconic red train, the Glacier Express.

Dubbed 'the slowest express train in the world' this famous railway ride will take you past snow-capped peaks, dramatic ravines and pretty villages at a leisurely pace of 24mph, giving you plenty of time to take in the ever-changing scenery, including the magnificent Landwasser Viaduct, through the train's large windows.

Good Housekeeping has a five-day trip to the Swiss Alps during which you'll ride the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig and visit Bern, Lucerne and Interlaken.


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