June 10, 2014 | Activities Abroad
“There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family, and, equally, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ family holiday”, say the experts at Activities Abroad.
The family holiday specialist has catered for a huge range of families for the past 15 years, ensuring that all experience a real family holiday – whatever that is from an individual family’s perspective – and get the most out of their time away together.
A wide choice of activities, an age-matching service and fully tried-and-tested accommodation ensure that all family members are happy. Activities Abroad holidays have been created by families for families and give parents the chance to share real experiences with their children in today’s busy, high-tech world.
Here are some exciting ideas for families this summer:
The activity holiday for smaller families, Greece:
Activities Abroad’s age-matching service really comes into its own with smaller-sized families. Without the guarantee of siblings for playmates, it’s reassuring for parents to know that there will be other like-minded youngsters around. Likewise, without kids’ clubs, parents can be certain that they’ll spend quality time with their son or daughter. This new multi-activity holiday centres around the Peloponnese’s coastal and mountainous areas. The area’s steeped in history: venture into a remarkable three-million-year-old cave, white-water raft down the river where Zeus allegedly bathed and visit ancient sites such as Olympia and Mycenae on the free day. There’s also cycling, hiking and sailing factored into the week, with a morning spent aboard a yacht on the Argolic gulf with families getting involved with the sailing as much (or as little) as they like.
The Peloponnese multi-activity holiday costs from £1,195 per adult and from £995 per child (aged 8-12) and includes flights (London), all transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, three other meals, all activities, equipment and tuition. Departs July and August 2014.
The multi-generation activity holiday, Austria:
Energetic adults will enjoy taking the children to Austria’s Oetz Valley on an unusual trip specifically designed to appeal to all ages. It uses a points system, allowing families to tailor-make their own holidays and pick their preferred activities from those on offer. Catering to all levels, activities include hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting, climbing and via ferrata, and you don’t all have to do the same thing. So while grandparents take the children to the archery range, parents could be enjoying a well-deserved and indulgent time at the nearby thermal baths – all included in the points system. The hotel is a short walk from the town of Oetz – and wandering through the town, shopping for souvenirs and stopping for coffee and cake takes up no points at all! Oetz Valley – Feel Free costs from £525 per adult and from £450 per child (aged 10-16) – based on a family of four sharing – and includes seven nights’ B&B accommodation,16 activity points (additional activity points can be purchased in Austria) and all equipment and tuition. Travel extra – Activities Abroad can advise on flights/self-drive options. Departs May to October 2014.
Families with children aged 8+, Portugal:
Head to Portugal’s Alentejo Coast for a fun-filled activity holiday with the kids. As well as the seaside hotel’s two swimming pools, playground, mini golf and tennis court, there are plenty of activities to try out. From a day of surfing lessons and orienteering, to picnics in a pine forest and raft-building (including putting it to test on the water), all ages will be kept entertained, including the little ones. There’s also cycling, archery, abseiling and zip-wires to tackle, as well as plenty of beach time. Accommodation is ideal for families, too; villa and apartment-style rooms have modern kitchens and lounge areas, although Mums will be relieved to know that there are lots of restaurants nearby, including one at the hotel. The Alentejo Coast holiday costs from £1,095 pp (family of four sharing – aged 8+) and includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation, six other meals, all activities, transfers, equipment and tuition. Departs July and August 2014.
Teenage trip of a lifetime, Borneo:
Make the most of the school summer holidays by taking the family on an action-packed trip to Borneo. When it comes to adventures, activities and wildlife few places can compete with Borneo and its exciting Sabah region. Older children will love the fast-paced snorkelling adventures, jungle rafting, diving, mountain biking and rock climbing, whilst adults will appreciate the wonderful accommodation and food. The trip also visits tropical rainforests for memorable encounters with some of the world’s most endangered species which are indigenous to Borneo’s rainforests. Take a rainforest boat trip where you may spot the Borneo pygmy elephant as well as gibbons – and don’t miss the spectacular Gomantong Caves. Borneo Family Adventure costs from £2,545 pp (aged 10+) – based on a family of four sharing – and includes 11 nights’ B&B accommodation, ten other meals, all activities, transfers, equipment and tuition. Flights extra – Activities Abroad can advise on these. Departure dates flexible to suit family needs.
To talk to an expert who’s sampled all these trips personally, or to book, contact Activities Abroad on 01670 789 991 (www.activitiesabroad.com).
ENDS – 09 June 2014