March 15, 2016 | Activities Abroad
Fancy swimming with dolphins in The Azores? Or hiking up Mount Etna in Sicily? How about rafting through the Verdon Gorge – the biggest canyon in Europe, or visiting Machu Picchu? These expertly-crafted experiences for all the family to engage in together are brand-new to Activities Abroad’s diverse portfolio of holidays, where youngsters’ minds are stimulated by natural surroundings instead of social media.
Providing unforgettable fun in the UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, and with a high number of repeat customers, Activities Abroad’s family holidays are offered as uncomplicated packages, and provide the opportunity for children from the age of four to broaden their minds whilst having the time of their lives.
Here are four brand new trips for 2016:
Active Sicily: Etna to Isola Bella – minimum age 8
This is a flexible trip, offering the option to pack the itinerary with group activities or to factor in time for your own freestyle fun. Fly through the air on a zip wire, glide underwater with a snorkel in the Isola Bella Marine Park, paddle in a sea kayak, hike up Mount Etna or experience high-octane body rafting in the Alcantara Gorges. For the less energetic, there is walking in the hills to the town of Savoca, a set location for The Godfather, with a choice of fast walking or slower paced guides.
Price from £920 per adult (two sharing), and from £690 per child (two sharing) including return flights, transfers and seven nights’ half-board accommodation. Add up to five activities for a total cost of from £1,120 per adult, and £815 per child. Departures in July and August.
The Azores – active lava lands – minimum age 8
Spectacular wildlife, amazing scenery and extraordinary experiences form this seven-night wonder trip to São Miguel island in The Azores. From swimming with dolphins to venturing into lava caves, and snorkelling to whale-watching, this trip will blow the children’s minds. Explore calderas and waterfalls, learn about the native flora and fauna, have time to relax on a black sand beach, and try out local Azorean delicacies.
Price from £1,138 per adult, and from £830 per child (four sharing), including return flights, transfers, seven nights’ accommodation, most meals, and activities. Departures in May, July and August.
Provençal Active Family Adventure – minimum age 8
A seven-night holiday in the beautiful Alpes de Haute Provence. Get to know the Verdon Gorge, the biggest canyon in Europe, around 25 km long and up to 700 metres deep. It’s a superb place to try via cordata, a mixture of rock climbing and abseiling, and to experience thrilling rafting through rapids. For the older kids, there is canyoning, and for 8-12 year olds there is aquatic hiking, which is an introduction to canyoning, where none of the obstacles are mandatory. Hike and bike through pine forests, lavender fields and rural villages, and enjoy a free day for further exploration or relaxation by yourselves.
Price from £885 per adult (two sharing), and from £865 per child (two sharing), including seven nights’ accommodation, B&B, two dinners, and activities. Departures in May, July and August.
Peru: Lima to Lake Titicaca – minimum age 8
For spectacular scenery, ancient culture, contact with local communities, the magnificent Machu Picchu, and high-standard, well-located and characterful accommodation, plan this visit to Peru. Go mountain biking, join a ceramics class, cover an epic 2,000 metres zip wiring, explore historical sites, from the salt well of Maras to Machu Picchu, and visit the Patabamba Community, well-known for weaving. Towards the end of the trip, head to Lake Titicaca, and go rafting on the Chuquicahuana River, plus much more.
Price from £2,385 per adult, and from £1,995 per child (four sharing), including return flights, all transfers, eight nights’ accommodation, eight breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, all excursions and activities. Departures in July and August.