Half-term adventures in Europe and beyond
Cure post-summer blues on a family October half-term adventure with Activities Abroad
Now that the school summer holidays are over, avoid the post-holiday blues and start planning your next family adventure. Make the most of this October half-term (21 – 29 October) by whisking the children away on an active family adventure and enjoy authentic experiences and quality family time in Europe and beyond. The family activity holiday specialist, Activities Abroad, offers a wide range of enticing holiday options that ensure that families savour special experiences together, whilst having lots of fun and making lasting memories along the way. Trip ideas include:
Action-packed island fun on Gozo, from £1,455 per adult, £1,345 per child
Both inspirational and educational, the Gozo Island Adventure provides thrilling activities with the chance to learn about Gozitan culture and to visit artisan producers in the historic town of Xaghra, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the pre-historic Ġgantija Temples. Activities include sea kayaking, climbing, abseiling, a guided boat tour, a visit to beautiful Ramla Bay Beach and to the tiny island of Comino, which has a mesmerising, azure lagoon. Price based on two adults and one child sharing is from £1,455 per adult/£1,345 per child (6-12 years). This seven-night trip includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, four lunches, four dinners, activities listed and expert guides. Minimum age 6*. Departs 21 October.
Snorkel with dolphins on magical Madeira, from £1,315 per adult, £955 per child
Based in Madeira’s bustling capital, Funchal, this active adventure week combines a myriad of activities that include whale and dolphin watching, a trip to the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente, swimming in Porto Moniz’s lava-formed saltwater pools, a coastal boat trip to Machico and a Baia d’Abra nature reserve visit. The Madeira – whales, dolphins and volcanic landscapes trip also features opportunities to snorkel with dolphins, sea kayak, take a scenic island tour by Jeep and to trek through the emerald forests of Pico das Pedras. Priced from £1,315 per adult/£955 per child (8-11 years) (based on two adults and one child sharing), the seven-night trip includes direct flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, five lunches, two dinners, activities listed and expert guides. Minimum age 8*. Departs 21 October.
Become a Moroccan Sand and Souk Explorer, from £1,195 per adult, £1,065 per child
Discover Morocco’s ancient wonders in an active family adventure which includes glamping and boutique hotels. Explore the vast desert on a camel trek, search for key ingredients in Essaouira’s buzzing souks ahead of a traditional cooking lesson, experience the thrills of quad biking on the nearby dunes or learn how to surf on exotic beaches. Visit a Berber village to learn about their indigenous heritage, marvel at the markets of Marrakech, and spend a day exploring the awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains. The seven-night Essaouira and Marrakech: Sand and Souk Explorers trip is priced from £1,195 per adult/£1,065 per child aged 6-12 years (based on two adults and two children sharing), including direct flights (Luton), transfers, five nights’ B&B at 18-bedroom boutique hotel Rebali Riads, two nights’ B&B in Les Jardins d’Issil Caïdal Tents, four lunches, one dinner, activities listed and expert guides. Minimum age six*. Departs 21 October.
Walk in Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapagos, from £2,795 per person
With a rich history of pirates, explorers, travellers and, of course, Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution here, the Galapagos Islands make a compelling destination, ripe for exploration. The Galapagos in the footsteps of Darwin itinerary includes sea kayaking and snorkelling around beautiful bays and islands, hiking up an active volcano and mountain biking. Visit the amazing giant tortoises, plus visit Santa Cruz and the famous Charles Darwin Research Station. The six-night trip is priced from £2,795 pp (based on two sharing), including six nights’ full-board accommodation in boutique hotels, internal transfers including ferry and flight, activities listed and expert guides. International flights extra. Minimum age eight*. Departs 21 October. Additional departures in December and February.
Experience an exotic twist on Europe in the Azores, from £1,365 per adult, £935 per child
This getaway combines nature, activities and culture in a varied, fun-filled itinerary based in the city of Ponta Delgada on the beautiful Azorean island of São Miguel – a European island like no other. Take an adventure tour to the Sete Cidades Lake, kayak around its crater lake and mountain bike nearby, experience a whale-watching tour over Atlantic waters, snorkel with dolphins in their ocean habitat, discover Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and bathe in a geothermally-heated pool, plus taste a traditional cozido stew, cooked in a volcanic fumarole. Activities also include canyoning in Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, walking over the black sands of Santa Bárbara Beach, swimming at the Caldeira Velha waterfall, and a look around the mysterious Gruta do Carvão, the longest of the island’s lava tunnels. The seven-night The Azores – Lava lands and swimming with dolphins trip is priced from £1,365 pp for adults, from £1,225 pp for children aged 13-18 and from £935 pp for children aged 8-12 (based on a family of four sharing), including direct flights (London Stansted), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, five lunches, two dinners, activities listed and expert guides. Minimum age eight*. Departs 21 October.
An adventurous staycation in the Lake District, from £540 per adult, £315 per child
The Lake District makes the perfect setting for an active family adventure, with its beautiful lakes and fells providing a truly natural playground for all the family. Based around the picturesque Borrowdale Valley and Derwentwater, known as ‘The Queen of the English Lakes’, this flexible itinerary provides the chance to choose activities which best suit the family. Options include a mountain exploration hike, canoeing, ghyll scrambling, archery, climbing and abseiling, all with expert local guides. The six-night Active Lake District trip is priced from £540 per adult/£315 per child aged 8-13 years (based on two adults and one child sharing), including six nights’ B&B, four lunches (with activities), two dinners and activity transfers. Guided activities extra. Minimum age eight*. Departs 21 October.
For those planning ahead, there are also dates for these trips available in spring and summer 2018.
*Younger children can travel but may not be able to participate in all activities due to age restrictions.
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