Family adventure holidays

Family adventure holidays


From kayaking in Croatia to community visits in Kenya, we bring you all the inspiration you’ll need to spice up your family holiday.

Undertake a daring family venture with a thrilling road trip across North America, a scuba diving adventure or even a quest to explore the wilderness of Antarctica. But not all adventures holidays with your family have to happen abroad. A visit to one of the UK’s fantastic theme parks, or abandoning your phone and your fear to try wild camping somewhere close to home, are all experiences you’ll never forget. We even bring you a roundup of family adventure holidays that cost less than £500, but are still packed with excitement at every turn.


Jane Anderson heads off on a family adventure to São Miguel island in Azores and finds crater lakes, dolphins, hot springs and more

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From caring for sea turtles to bear conservation in Romania, here are some of the best family volunteering holidays for 2017

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Families of thrill-seekers won’t want to miss 2017’s best adrenaline-packed, long-haul adventure holidays

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An active holiday is the perfect way to chase away those winter blues and 2017 has some awesome short-haul adventure holidays

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If you and you kids love water – relaxing in an infinity pool, splashing in a water park or getting close to marine animals in their natural habitat – find your happy place on a Bahamas holiday

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Create life-long memories with Grand American Adventures in North America, including authentic cowboy ranch stays, glacier hiking and amazing national parks

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Flying long haul with kids? Here’s how to stay cool, calm and almost sane

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This summer, design a unique and unforgettable family holiday with Rickshaw Travel.

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The world’s most exciting holiday destinations for adventurous families and kids of all ages.

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Summer is a glorious time for kids and there are many summer camps that inspire a sense of adventure in kids.

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Grab your little explorers and start planning next year’s big family adventure right now with these fabulous holidays from Turquoise.

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Fascinated by space travel? With Virgin Galactic launching next year, costing $250,000 a trip, the ultimate adventure holiday is closer than you think

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A day in the life of a perfect family holiday... It takes a unique talent to combine the peace and harmony of a blissful spa retreat with the wild adventure of an unforgettable family holiday. But that’s exactly what Six Senses have achieved at Zighy Bay on the Musandam Peninsula in northern Oman. Naturally, choosing to…

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Not as well known as its neighbour Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is an Emirate with spectacular natural landscapes and a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be discovered

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The Indian Ocean wraps itself round the equator, washes the coasts of Africa, India and Australia, does summer in the depth of winter and can’t help showing off. It’s earth’s youngest ocean and geologically fresh on a timescale where 90 million years is the blink of an eye. So if you want a family holiday…

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See what Tracy Davies has to say about how british filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe takes Shallows & Amazons, a treasured classic, by Arthur Ransome and brings it to life, all while contributing her own twist by adding a layer of a Russian spy plot line.

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Experience authentic Abu Dhabi with Celebrity Cruises by setting off on a desert adventure – an exclusive shore excursion designed by TV adventurer Ben Fogle

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Andorra may be small, but it is truly magnificent and, situated in the eastern Pyrénées, it is bursting with awesome mountain activities

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Are you a family of adventurers? It’s time you tried Tenstile Tree Tents, remarkable suspended tents. Here’s where to pitch up with the kids

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Do you have more than two kids in your family? With The Family Adventure Company, three kids travel for the price of two. Happy days!

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Whether it’s floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan or snorkelling in Croatia’s crystal clear waters, discover the best ways to make a splash on your Family Adventure Company holiday

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We’re celebrating Wales’ Year of Adventure and you’re invited! But what will your adventure look like?

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Learning to dive is a thrilling experience – and it can even start in the comfort of your own home. Here’s how PADI can help you earn your (underwater) wings

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Nothing beats seeing wildlife up close. Whether you’ve got your sights on seeing the big five or blowing bubbles with sea lions you’re family can have it all with Abercrombie and Kent.

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Stay in the Atlas mountains Only an hours drive from Marrakech the beauty and natural charm of this traditional Berber environment is ideal for families with children of all ages. Day walks through the hills, passing through Berber villages where you will eat in a family home, see how bread and other cooking is done…

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Louise Hall and her six-year-old Hamish discover a relaxing but active summer beach club holiday, on Turkey’s Aegean coast

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To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Families Worldwide are launching 13 brand-new itineraries for adventurous families

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From camping in Borneo to husky sledding in Slovakia, we’ve put together our ten of the ultimate holidays perfect for a family adventure.

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Take the plunge into the adventure holiday of a lifetime, from VIP treatment at Universal Studios to riding with gauchos, you can have it all

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Cancun has left its spring break reputation behind and is now a world calss destination that offers activities for all ages

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A spectacular film marks the 100th birthday of the US National Parks Service

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We reveal 11 enchanting places that will fill young minds with wonder…

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We’ve hand-selected a list of our favourite ten family self-drive holidays across the USA and Canada.

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For some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on the planet, Canada’s National Parks will not disappoint, here’s what to do

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From kayaking in Croatia to community visits in Kenya, William Gray picks eight trips guaranteed to spice up your family holiday

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If you want to give your teens a cultural injection, we’ve got 10 of best exciting and educational things to do on a city break to Oslo

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Take your teens around the world on one of i-escape’s 10 of the best adventures

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Wild camping is ideal for adventurous families, says Stephen Neale. Abandon your phone, car and fear and explore the UK’s best free campsites

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort on the Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica combines innovation and luxury. What are you waiting for?

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With something to suit all budgets, Australia has an array of resorts to keep the family happy. From eco tents to luxury villas, the choice is yours

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Why not explore beyond state lines? These road trips, from 85 to 422 miles, show off the best that the southern states have to offer.

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A sail-and-stay cruise holiday will give you the best of both worlds: sea cruising and the sights of the city, says Phil Davies

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10 of the best activities in South Africa

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Indulge the family in a fun filled activity holiday teamed with delicious alpine cuisine in the stunning Austrian mountains this summer.

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If you thought the Maldives were just for honeymooners, 
think again. As Matthew d’Ancona and his two sons 
discovered, this tropical paradise is perfect for families, too.

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Malta and Gozo offers families with older children and teens rock climbing, cycling, kayaking, walking, windsurfing – and luxury hotels to rest up in.

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From a game reserve in Africa to the idyllic Welsh countryside, here are 10 of the best eco-friendly holiday spots.

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The Family Adventure Company has rounded-up its top 5 trips to suit all manner of family bucket lists in 2015

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If you want to learn to dive during your holiday, check what the resort diving centre charges. It is usually cheaper to learn before you go, or at least do the classroom and basic pool skills in the UK

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Rory Kinnear and his two young kids head to One&Only Royal Mirage hotel on Jumeirah Beach – a luxury hotel in Dubai perfect for family holidays.

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Celebrate Advent in Salzburg, where your family will delight in roaming the world-renowned Christmas markets at Cathedral and Residenz Squares

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The ultimate Christmas holiday for your family: meeting Father Christmas in his Lapland home in Finland.

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Camping isn’t as fun unless it’s with a group, says editor of Cool Camping Britain, Jonathan Knight. So rally the troops!

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Explore the unknown of Antarctica this Christmas, a spectacular winter wonderland perfect for teenage adventures

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Tracy Davies picks 10 of the best places to go camping with your family in Europe

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Are you looking for your next adrenaline fix? Marcus Gaines rounds up 10 theme parks that thrill-seeking families are sure to love

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With sandy beaches, spectacular resorts and dozens of kid-friendly activities, Barbados has it all. Isn’t it time you booked your Caribbean island holiday?

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Dubai offers fantastic activities for kids, from safaris to indoor snowboarding – and teens can take in Arabia’s amazing history.

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Whether you’re travelling with small kids, teens or grandparents, we’ve found the best activity holiday for you and your family.

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Edward Rose takes his daughter to Go Ape, the woodland adventure playground in Whinlatter Forest Park, which is perfect for families who like the great outdoors!

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1. FAMILY GLAMPING QUIET SIDE, LAKE DISTRICT For a more luxurious UK camping holiday, take your family to the cool, 100% carbon-neutral camping pod in the heart of the Lake District. With seven square meters, you need all your camping gear just minus the tent, and the carpeted and wooden interior will feel like luxury…

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Summer holidays are great, but there sure are a lot of days to fill. Book the kids into a camp, says Sophie Butler, and keep everyone happy.

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Rick Jordan discovers that Berlin is a surprisingly fun destination for a short family break.

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Besides the beaches, Cyprus has a host of culinary delights to please British holidaymakers.

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Nestled between Rome and Naples, this rural haven offers wildlife, family-friendly restaurants and horseriding.

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There’s so much of Iceland to explore so get out with the family and make the most of your time together

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Head to Dublin for a fun-filled, family holiday packed with history, culture and fun on the water, on land and at Dublin Zoo.

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Renting an RV is your ticket to an adventure of a lifetime, says Lucy Jenner-Brown. Here, Lucy drives across California with her family.

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Want to get more out of your next family holiday? Get your blood pumping with our round up of exciting activities in the French Alps.

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Don’t be overwhelmed by Florida’s endless options – we’ve handpicked the best cultural, athletic and culinary options in the Sunshine State.

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If you fancy treating yourself to a little luxury with a side order of fun for the kids then the Ickworth is definitely the place to go, says Sara Cox.

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Row a long boat with the Vikings, learn about the Victorians, and sword fight in the castle grounds. Bring British history to life in Warwickshire.

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Avoid the blustering sailing schools at a British harbour, says Jane Anderson. It’s time to head to sunny Cyprus for a spot of rigging and tacking.

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Why go? Until very recently, you only visited to Fort Lauderdale, on Florida’s Atlantic coast, for one of two reasons. You were either passing through its busy port, to board a luxury cruise-liner – en route to far swankier destinations – or you were a beer-swilling college student in search of a good time. But…

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A trip to vibrant Bradenton is a must! Picturesque beaches with a laid back vibe to match you’ll soon understand why it’s one of Florida’s real gems…

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Take in the sights will your little one with these top buggy walks in the Lake District.

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Undisputedly the most popular holiday destination in the UK outside London, this is the closest you can get to the tropics while staying in the UK.

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Gadget control I was sitting in front of a microphone in a small sound booth, all alone, and I was getting annoyed. At the other end of the line, the lovely folk of the West Midlands were listening to me blathering away on their radios. It was heavy stuff. I was presenting some worrying new…

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Have you taken your kids to Bristol yet? To get you started we’ve rounded up the hotels with the best facilities, offers and packages for families.

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Check out these fantastic late holiday deals.

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The leading name in UK family holiday camps, Butlin's, provides holidaymakers with simple, fun and an inexpensive experience – one of the many reasons their success has been constant, despite the ongoing shift within the family holiday market. Now change is in the air and they’re offering more luxurious chalets in their resorts. The chalets…

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Few places shout their presence as loudly as Las Vegas – whose voice booms across the deserts of south-east Nevada. The city is, of course, huge fun – and, contrary to reputation, great for families. It is also a prime start-point for a road trip in search of two American natural wonders, the Grand Canyon…

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THE GIST Perhaps a little less famous than the canyons and chasms of Arizona and Utah, Wyoming is, nonetheless, a remarkable slice of the American West – home to the miracle of geography that is Yellowstone National Park. With its spurting geysers and roaring waterfalls, this is scenery spectacular and noisy enough to capture the imaginations…

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Few portions of America are more famous in road-trip terms than the flank of California – where the iconic Highway 1 rolls along in spray’s range of the Pacific

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A beautiful chain of eight major islands strung across the mid-Pacific, Hawaii is America at its most exotic.

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Nothing beats strolling through a beautiful garden in the summer. Leslie Jonhson shares 9 fabulous, child-friendly outdoor spots.

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Washington’s biggest city is an ideal start-point for a road trip – filled with attractions which will entertain children of all ages.

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Lined with grand old hotels with lakeside swimming pools and sprawling gardens, the lakes offer countless activities to keep children amused, on and off the water

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Get your teenagers out from behind their iPads and into the fresh air by taking them surfing – a cool activity for the whole family.

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Liz Boulter and her doubtful daughter take a teen-focused tour of Cuba and find that the island of rum and revolution has it all

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Suzanne Dent travelled to the French capital in search of rollercoasters – and discovered that Paris has much more to offer families than theme park thrills.

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Julia Scirrotto braves the French capital with a seven-month-old and not only lives to tell the tale but discovers how much the country loves babies.

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How would two exuberant children fare at a luxurious Parisian hotel? Sasha Slater discovers a family-friendly side to Europe’s most grown-up city.

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Take the family on a nice holiday, or two, without breaking the bank when you choose from these 20 inexpensive destinations and accommodations.

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Elisabeth Hyde never anticipated how much her teenage children would love a two-week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

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Along with the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, this is a landmark year for Scotland with world-class events celebrating the Year of Homecoming.

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Venture into the wild west in America with a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, with a heavenly landscape of peaks and glassy alpine lakes.

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Get adventurous in Shropshire in the West Midlands with hiking, cycling, horse riding and canoeing!

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Head to Copenhagen in Denmark for fun, family-friendly activities in the city, and visit towns nearby for historical Viking history.

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Head off the beaten track for a some real excitement in Scotland, take the kids mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafter or abseiling.

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Cyprus is a great family-friendly destination for you and your little ones. We pick out the best beaches to take them this summer.

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Richard Yarrow loads up the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to take the family on an adventurous holiday in Suffolk.

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From rock climbing to white-water rafting, Chamonix becomes a thrill-seeking adventure holiday for families in the summer months.

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If you’ve got water-loving kids that want to learn to dive, or continue their love of underwater wildlife, then here’s a few ideas and locations to head to this summer.

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Editor of Mummy Travels Cathy Winston discovers self-catering can be just as luxurious as a hotel on a family holiday to Bluestone in Wales.

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Boat past hippos and giraffes on this wonderful water safari, in Africa’s beautiful Botswana.

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Jump onboard Western Oriental’s Thai Truck Safari and explore unspoilt parts of southern Thailand’s beautiful countryside.

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This luxury boutique hotel has been designed with families in mind and with its beachside location, friendly attentive staff and make-yourself-at-home mentality, we’re struggling to find a reason why not to go…

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Crispin Futrille and family head to South Africa for a glorious city and safari adventure in picturesque Cape Town and the Western Cape.

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If cycling through nature on a bike is your favourite thing to do, we have found the 3 top destinations for family bike trips with a stunning view.

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Fresh air and family fun with endless outdoor activities for toddlers to teens.

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Shellie Bailey-Shah and her sons experience the culinary delights of the Netherland’s capital.

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Dublin’s parks, its lush surroundings and its nearby coastline all offer ample opportunities and space for children to play and to explore.

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Years of school history lessons came to life when Martin Love and his family took a trip to Italy’s capital.

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Abruzzo National Park offers activities for all the family, you might even spot a bear in the beautiful rocky hills.

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A visit to Lapland and a meeting with Father Christmas is about as exciting as it can get. Activities Abroad has three fabulous packages.

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Walk the new Rota Vicentina trail in peaceful Alentejo, Portugal, for a back-to-nature family spring escape.

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A family break perched above Cornwall’s sandy beaches and surfing waters.

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Just 20 minutes along the coast from Lisbon, Cascais is where the well-heeled Portuguese spend their summers

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Explore this Icelandic city by bike with your teenagers, try local delicacies and the area’s live music culture and bathe in the Blue Lagoon.

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For rich history combined with cute harbour towns and one of the finest shopping destinations of the north, visit the picturesque York

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Lush and verdant, the ancient valleys of Wales provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits

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A hidden gem at the foot of Italy, Basilicata has great views, cobalt-blue seas and family-friendly restaurants and hotels.

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Head to the mountainous range of the Brecon Beacons in Wales for an adventure-packed family holiday, perfect for adventurous teens and active families.

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Family Traveller go wild in South Africa! Find out why the MalaMala game reserve in the is the perfect place for your kids' first safari. https://youtu.be/QV2ENZCbALM Family Traveller's Andrew meets Greg Baldwin, the Senior Ranger at MalaMala to find out at what age kids get the most from safari, and what MalaMala does to make…

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See a snippet of the action on a family safari at Gondwana game drive, South Africa. https://youtu.be/8VDToE9Hi1A See what its like to step into the wild and watch this family as they embark on a safari at the Gondwana game drive in South Africa. Get a glimpse of the safari trip and watch as they spot…

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Get out of your comfort zones and take an adventure in the Brecon Beacons in Wales with Hyundai.

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Newly opened in the mountain range near Lake Maggiore, the Splash & Spa Tamaro has both indoor and outdoor pools, a wave machine and a host of waterslides with breathtaking views of the Alps and Monte Tamaro. More Information: splashespa.ch/en   The Lido Locarno is also worth a visit. It has a host of swimming…

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The Merrion has created a package for families to take in the city’s sights by bicycle. Wheel past historic buildings and picnic in the park.

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