March 26, 2019 | Activities Abroad
Spend your precious summer holiday doing something memorable as a family this year. Activities Abroad – a family travel specialist that offers an array of active holidays – has action-packed itineraries worldwide, including Croatia, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Borneo, the Azores and Montenegro.
Croatian Island Adventure
Explore hidden coves and rocky reefs as part of a flexible itinerary, which includes sea-kayaking across turquoise waters, hiking for treasure along picturesque trails and biking through sleepy villages. Stay at a beautiful beachside guesthouse in the quaint seaside village of Šipanska Luka, on the island of Šipan in the Elaphiti archipelago. Take a short ferry ride to the historic city of Dubrovnik for a day, wandering around the picturesque city walls and cobbled streets, before exploring the plethora of shops, cafés and ice cream parlours.
Dominic, aged 8, who explored Croatia with his parents and sister last year, said: “I would recommend this holiday to anyone that likes sunshine, yummy food and a bit of a challenge. I would really like to go to Croatia again because the views everywhere you stood were amazing!”
The seven-night Croatia – An Island Adventure holiday is priced from £875 pp (two sharing), including international flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, one lunch and six dinners. Activities priced at £45 per person per activity. Departs 25 May; 6, 20 and 27 July; and 10, 17 and 24 August 2019. Suitable for six years and above.
Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
Despite being one of South America’s smallest countries, Ecuador is a remarkable land of contrasts for adventurous families to explore. Discover the fascinating landscape while mountain biking down volcanoes, exploring lush cloud forests, horseback riding through Cotopaxi National Park and white water rafting through the Amazon rainforest. On the Galápagos Islands, snorkelling, hiking and mountain biking activities are specially designed to help families uncover the islands’ extraordinary land and marine wildlife.
Rebecca, aged 16, who travelled with her family last year, said: “The amount of activities that were crammed into the two weeks was amazing and we even got plenty of spare time to explore the sights and go shopping. The wildlife was incredible, from iguanas walking across the road to large turtles on the sides of the paths. All the guides were incredibly knowledgeable and helped us learn about the culture and wildlife. I would 100% recommend it, I had the time of my life.”
The 14-night Exploring Ecuador and the Galápagos holiday is priced from £5,595 per adult / £5,465 per child aged 8-12 (based on two sharing), including internal flights and transfers, 14 nights’ B&B, 11 lunches and dinners and guided activities. International flights extra. Departs 13 July; plus 3 and 10 August 2019. Suitable for children aged eight years and above.
Lava lands and dolphin swimming in the Azores
Based in the city of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island in the Azores, this varied family adventure holiday includes kayaking and mountain biking at the Sete Cidades Lake, lagoon snorkelling, hot spring bathing, whale watching, canyoning, swimming with dolphins in their natural ocean habitat and exploring the mysterious Gruta do Carvão, the island’s longest lava tunnel. The accommodation at São Miguel Park features indoor and outdoor pools, plus spa facilities, perfect for relaxing after a day’s adventure.
Lorraine, who travelled with her family last summer, said: “My daughters have already asked to go back, which is testament to their enjoyment – and ours. We will definitely look to book another holiday with Activities Abroad as it was so fun filled and hassle free; just what every parent needs! Our group and guides were also a fantastic bunch of people, making it a perfect recipe for success.”
The seven-night Azores – Lava Lands and Swimming with Dolphins holiday is priced from £1,485 per adult/ £1,325 per child aged 13-18/ £1,075 per child aged 8-12 (based on a family of four sharing), including international flights (Gatwick), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, five lunches, two dinners and guided activities. Departs April, May, July, August and October 2019. Suitable for ages eight and above.
Montenegro Active Fjord and Mountain Adventure
Travel along cobbled streets once walked by the ancient Romans and swim in waters once sailed by pirates in the town of Kotor, on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. The country’s vast mountain landscapes make an awe-inspiring backdrop for activities including snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and a high ropes course. Spend two nights in the mountain town of Žabljak to explore untouched nature in Durmitor National Park, rafting through the Tara Canyon and orienteering around spectacular mountain lakes.
Jennifer, who travelled with her young family, said: “We had a fabulous holiday, thank you! We would also like to pass on our thanks to the local guides who were very knowledgeable and reliable.”
The seven-night Montenegro Active Fjord and Mountain holiday is priced from £1,315 per adult/ £1,275 per child aged 8-16 (based on a family of four sharing), including international flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, two lunches, five dinners and guided activities. Departs 25 July and 8 August 2019. Suitable for ages eight and above.
The Best of Borneo
Staying at a five star, beachside resort in Kota Kinabalu, take a boat ride around tropical islands, snorkel along coral reefs and fly along the largest inter-island zipwire in the world. Spend the remaining nights at nature lodges surrounded by dense rainforest, with day trips allowing for face-to-face encounters with endangered species including proboscis monkeys, sun bears and orangutans, plus a visit to the Gomantong Caves, a nesting ground for swifts and 27 species of bat.
Graham, who travelled with his family last year, said: “A truly wonderful holiday which I would recommend to anyone. It was a particular pleasure to engage in the activities with a couple of other like-minded families.”
The 11-night Best of Borneo holiday is priced from £2,675 pp (two sharing), including transfers, 11 nights’ B&B, eight lunches, one dinner and guided activities. Internal and international flights extra. Departs 3 and 10 August 2019. Suitable for ages 10 and above.
N.B. Younger children may be able to join these holidays but may not be able to participate in all the activities.
Part of The Artisan Travel Company, award-winning Activities Abroad specialises in family travel and experiences for all the family to enjoy together. It is a sister company to small group and tailormade experts Artisan Travel and Northern Lights specialists The Aurora Zone.