April 25, 2018 | Activities Abroad
According to Professor Clare Holdsworth from Keele University, and Dr Sarah Hall from Manchester University, authors of Family Practices, Holiday and the Everyday: “The bliss of holiday is not just about suspending the rhythm of everyday life, but is about realising the possibility of doing something better to reconnect with the family values that we cherish. Taking part in activities together is one of the most rewarding ways of reconnecting family members, and hence cutting down on screen time which is often spent alone.”
The family activity holiday specialist, Activities Abroad, offers just that with holiday escapes around the world which have been designed for active families, with authentic experiences being the key to its success. The specialist’s holidays are all about families connecting and re-grouping – which means no kids clubs to get in the way of spending quality time together and creating those special memories. Most adventures are suitable for children aged eight and over; younger children may travel but may not be able to participate in some activities.
Close to Krka National Park, a veritable playground of rivers, lakes, hills and forests, Skradin is the ideal family adventure location for this action-packed Croatia – National Parks Activity Week. The flexible itinerary features a variety of optional activities, including cycling, hiking, white-water rafting, sea kayaking and canoeing through Zrmanja River’s steep-sided canyons. The price is from £945 per adult / £885 per child (8-12 years) and includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ half board accommodation and one lunch. Guided activities extra. Departs 26 May, throughout July and August, and 20 October, 2018.
Enjoy a fun-filled fortnight on Activities Abroad’s NEW South Africa Family Adventure. Hike around Cape Point and explore Cape Town’s Table Mountain, go on a river safari cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to hippos and crocodiles, plus enjoy four game drives and a visit to a Cheetah care centre. There is an exciting guided night bush walk, a Zulu village visit and a stay near the crystal-clear waters of Kosi Bay, a known breeding ground for Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, and perfect for snorkelling. The price is from £2,745 pp based on a family of four (adult/child aged 8-11) and includes transfers, 14 nights’ hotel/lodge accommodation, some meals, guided activities and instructors. Flights extra. Departs 28 July & 11 August, 2018.
Explore Sicily – the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea – on Activities Abroad’s popular family-friendly Sicily – Mount Etna and the Ionian Coast itinerary. Optional activities include river trekking, cycling, sea kayaking, snorkelling at the Isola Bella Marine Park and body rafting. There is also an optional trek to Sartorious Mounts, an area on Mount Etna with breath-taking craters that were formed by a lava flow in 1865. The price is from £910 per adult and £725 per child (aged 8-11) and includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, three lunches and two dinners. Guided activities extra. Departs May, July and August, 2018.
Led by expert local guides, the 11-night Incan adventure in Peru is a diverse trip which covers Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, rainforest adventures and more. Make Willy Wonka-style chocolate bars at a Chocolate Museum in Cusco, visit a Brazil nut forest and the Uros Islands, explore the ancient site of Moray and the area’s Maras salt mines. Wildlife abounds, too – spot colourful parrots and parakeets in the Amazonian treetops, and zipwire through the Sacred Valley. The price is from £3,295 per adult / £2,795 per child (8-10 years) and includes three internal flights, transfers, 11 nights’ B&B, six lunches, seven dinners and daily guided activities. International flights extra. Departs 21 July, 4 & 18 August, 2018.
Portugal’s Alentejo Coast remains one of Western’s Europe’s best-kept secrets and boasts a dramatic coastline and wonderful sandy surfing beaches. Surf’s Up on the Alentejo Coast is a week-long trip based in the picturesque coastal town of Milfontes, home to an impressive 16th century stone castle, built as a fortress to protect the town from marauding pirates. Families will love the choice of optional activities, (charged extra), from stand-up paddle boarding (new for 2018) to surfing, canoeing, cycling, zip-wiring and abseiling. The price is from £845 per adult/child based on four sharing and includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, three lunches (with activities) and two dinners. Guided activities extra. Departs 30 June, July and August, 2018.
Located north of Croatia and to the east of Italy, Slovenia is a hidden playground blessed with the idyllic Julian Alps, plus River Soča and activities galore. Staying at a family-run guesthouse close to the traditional village of Kobarid, Slovenia – Europe’s Secret adventure playground is a seven-night itinerary which includes a myriad of activities such as a high ropes course, river rafting, canyoning, climbing, abseiling, white-water rafting and trekking. The price is from £915 per adult/ £845 per child (aged 8-14) and includes flights (London), car hire, seven nights’ half-board accommodation and five additional lunches during activities. Guided activities extra. Departs July and August 2018.
Boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Catalan Pyrenees is a wonderful location for a family holiday. The week-long Spain – Pyrenean Family Adventure trip offers a choice of family activities (charged extra) including canyoning, white-water rafting, hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking and more. Based in the vibrant town of Sort (Catalonian for ‘luck’), there is also a wide choice of authentic Catalonian restaurants. The price is from £945 per adult/child aged 8+) and includes flights (London-Barcelona), transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, two lunches (with activities) and two dinners. Guided activities extra. Departs July and August 2018.
To speak to a family Travel Expert for more information, or to book an authentic family activity holiday, contact Activities Abroad on 01670 789 991 / firstname.lastname@example.org (www.activitiesabroad.com).