After a brief introduction to the history and world of gladiators, participants are given a tunic, belt and a wooden sword to learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting. After the group has mastered this, try on the heavier gladiator armor used in Roman times. The session ends with a gladiatorial tournament between the participants using rubber swords: The winner of the tournament receives a prize and all the participants get a certificate.
After working up an appetite, that night's dinner is at a pizzeria, including a hands-on pizza-making demonstration. (Earlier on during this trip, there is a lesson in gelato-making in Florence.)
The trip starts at $6,540 per person.
Mongolian Nomadic Expedition: Adventurers both young and old can savor the fascinating culture of Mongolia on this trip from Nomadic Expeditions:. Experience the thrill of riding camels over massive sand dunes, explore mountain forests on horseback, discover legendary dinosaur fossil sites and visit nomadic families who herd sheep, goats, camels and reindeer.
Trips take families from the meadows and pine-forested mountains of the Central Mongolian countryside to the dramatic landscapes of the legendary Gobi Desert.
There is plenty of time for hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. Central Mongolia's nature preserves are a great place for spotting wildlife, including the world's last wild horses, while dinosaur lovers are sure to appreciate a visit to the Gobi Desert's legendary fossil sites and the dinosaur hall of the capital's natural history museum.
The tours run 10 to 12 days and are adjusted and customized to fit a variety of schedules, group sizes and interests. They run from May through October and cost $238 a day for children, $289 a day for adults.
Diving to Blackbeard's Ship: Touted as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks offers families a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive to Blackbeard's infamous Queen Anne's Revenge site. A recently implemented program allows 1,500 recreational divers over the course of five years, from 2006 to 2010, to view the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge.
As the legendary tale goes, Blackbeard decided to ground the ship in 1718 and leave with a select few of his crew. Since its discovery, the underwater shipwreck has been off-limits to everyone except archaeologists and state officials in order to protect the integrity of the site.
If you are into pirates but not the water, consider the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, home to artifacts recovered from ships as well as hundreds of other items relating to the state's strong link to the sea.