Ten family adventure holidays

Get off the sun lounger and bring your brood on an action-packed trip

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Take a family-friendly adventure designed for teenagers travelling in small groups (other families with teens) for highlights such as white-water rafting, learning how to salsa and horse-riding to local sights. And there’s plenty of time to chill at the beach too. The seven-day tour only price is €749, starting and ending in San José. gadventures.com

East Africa

Africa

Get trucking with an overland adventure across East Africa from Dragoman, designed for kids aged seven and up in a group of up to 18 people. With all camping equipment provided, and a three-man crew to guide and cook for you, a 17-day trip between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam costs £1,995 (€2,517) pps. dragoman.com

Thailand

Thailand

Take a 12-day holiday starting in Bangkok and including visits to an elephant reserve, temples and palaces and plenty of white sandy beaches, plus a hill tribe homestay experience. The trip includes a boat ride, an overnight train to Chiang Mai and a few days on the beach at Hua Hin. It’s open to kids aged five and over, priced from €1,704 for kids, €1,984 for adults. thefamilyadventurecompany.co.uk

Croatia
A sea-kayaking holiday in Croatia is one they won’t forget. Based on the island of Lopud, 45 minutes by ferry from Dubrovnik, it’s ideal for kids as there is no traffic and just one inhabited small village. Stay one week in a local guest house, eating breakfast and dinner in a local restaurant, from €615pps, excluding flights. responsibletravel.com

Camargue
Head to a 17th-century farmstead in the Camargue for a French horse riding holiday. With ride-outs of up to three hours a day and a pool to ease away human saddle sores, it’s a good base for visiting nearby Arles, watching flocks of flamingos in the salt lakes or canoeing down the Petit Rhone. Three-night packages from March to November cost from €750pps. zarasplanet.ie

Vermont
Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain in leafy Vermont is a family friendly resort where guests stay in cosy cabins and water ski on the lake, play tennis and bike the nature trails. Prices vary but Booking. com has overnights in high season from €356 for a family of four, staying in a studio cottage and including breakfast. basinharborclub.com

France
Ardeche  Adventures runs multi-activity holidays for families that include a canoe descent of the Ardeche Gorge, an overnight bivouac and barbecue, plus climbing and high ropes experiences. One-week packages, which include five full days of activities, start from €500 per person. ardecheadventures.com

Northern Spain
Explore the Picos de Europa, the mountain range in northern Spain, with a three-hotel family adventure package that includes hiking and mountain biking as well as canoeing and canyoning, with guide assistance at your beck and call. Prices start from €942 per person for a week’s package. pura-aventura.com

Galapagos Islands
Discover the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on board the National Geographic Endeavour, cruising to pristine islands and walking among colonies of animals and birds wholly unfazed by your presence. Snorkel amid sea turtles and penguins, participate in special kids’ activities and rely on the team of marine biologists on hand to answer their questions. A 10-day trip starts at $6,290 (€5,024) per adult sharing, €400 less for kids. nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

Caribbean
The Caribbean island of Bonaire is the shore-diving capital of the world, with warm waters and fully qualified instructors. Stay at the Buddy Dive Resort, where all accommodation has its own kitchen, living area and air conditioning. A week’s stay B&B costs from £1,595 (€2,000)pps – with discounts for kids – including UK flights, car hire and unlimited diving. diveworldwide.com

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