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Company Details

This section lists the companies that provide family adventure holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.

 
Companies Listed

Activities Abroad, ActivityBreaks, Dragoman, Families Worldwide, Grand American Adventures, Imaginative Traveller, Kumuka Worldwide, Peter Sommer Travels, Pura Aventura, The Adventure Company, World Expeditions.

 
Activities Abroad

“We’ve been. We love it. So will you.”
Activities Abroad is the UK’s leading activity travel company. We have been in the family holiday business for nearly ten years and have accumulated an unparalleled level of experience. We offer more than just the usual family holiday experience; we have developed an extensive programme of overseas activity holidays in a number of different countries, featuring a wide range of activities. We offer experiences as diverse as White Water Rafting in Provence, husky sledding in Finland and searching for the Northern Lights in Norway.
Our trips are designed for families and single parent families of all abilities from absolute beginners to experienced enthusiasts. They are based in areas of outstanding beauty, often in National Parks, so you will enjoy your activity filled week surrounded by stunning scenery. Wherever possible we use local suppliers for activities and accommodation on our active adventure holidays offering a more real and authentic experience.
We love what we do, we live and breathe it, eat and sleep it. We care about sending people on the very best experiences. We have visited every single one of our destinations and selected the best locations, trips and accommodations. We would never send anyone on a trip that we don’t love ourselves.
Destinations Costa Rica: Costa Rica Active Adventure - San Jose, Tortuguero NP, Sarapiqui, Arenal.
Egypt: Sinai and The Red Sea.
Finland: Lapland - Jeris Winter Cottages.
Finland: Kakslauttanen - Design your own holiday.
Finland: Iso Syote Winter Adventure.
Finland: Iso Syote - Design your own holiday.
Finland: Lapland - Kittila Winter Adventure.
Finland: Lapland - Kuusamo Snow Business Family Multi Activity.
Finland: Lapland - Luosto Log Cabin - Design Your Own Holiday.
Finland: Luosto Log Cabin Multi Activity Taster Week.
Finland: Luosto - Aurora Chalet Multi Activity Taster
Finland: Lapland - Nellim Family Adventure.
Finland: Lapland - Nellim - Design Your Own Holiday.
France: Alps Maritimes Active Adventure.
France: Ardeche Active Adventure.
France: Morzine and the Alps.
France: Pyrenees Active Adventure.
Germany: Bavarian Activity Week.
Iceland: Active Iceland Family Adventure.
Italy: Tuscan Family Adventure.
Italy: Veneto and the Asiago Plateau.
Malta: The Island of Gozo.
Norway: Santa at Savalen.
Portugal: Atlantic Activity Adventure.
Slovenia: Slovenia Multi-activity - The Julian Alps.
Spain: The Catalan Coast Adventure.
Spain: Catalan Pyrenees Taster Week.
Spain: The Catalan Pyrenees - Level 2.
Sweden: Tarendo - Forest Hotel and the Icehotel.
Turkey: Turkey Active Adventure.
UK: Lake District Activity Week.
Accommodation Wherever possible the accommodation we use reflects the local environment and local culture. A range of accommodation is used including apartments, farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels. Comfortable wilderness cabins are used on dog sled safaris.
Activities On our summer holidays we offer a selection of activities over the course of the week (we also throw in a free day for some rest time!) allowing individual family members to participate in as few or as many as they wish over the course of their holiday. A typical week could include a combination of the following: kayaking, canyoning, cycling, climbing and high ropes course, white water rafting, caving, surfing, hydrospeeding, horse riding, hiking and snorkeling (and many more!).

Our winter holidays are based in Finland, Sweden and Norway. We offer multi activity holidays, Father Christmas holidays, log cabins and winter cottage breaks and tailor made holidays giving you the freedom to pick and choose your own activity programme.

Activities on offer include husky safaris, snowmobile safaris, a visit to a reindeer farm and reindeer safari, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and an audience with Father Christmas.
All activities are provided by local activity providers. You choose to do as many or as few activities as you like - you only pay for the activities chosen.
We provide all your cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay and on most trips meals are also included in the price.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age Holidays: The minimum age for our holidays varies depending on the destination. Some of our winter trips start at 4 years old and our summer trips generally start at 8 years old. Younger children are still able to travel and participation in activities is at the discretion of the local guides.
Age matching: We can provide you the age and gender of every child on every single summer activity holiday we offer.
Teenage departures: We offer teenager departure dates to certain destinations and children should be 12 years and over to travel on these dates.
Dog sledding: Young children travel on the guide's sled.
Snowmobiling: You must hold a full UK driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
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ActivityBreaks

ActivityBreaks.com offers fantastic short breaks and exciting experiences in popular European destinations at the lowest prices. The Activity Breaks team are committed to sourcing the best accommodation and leisure activities to provide you with the best possible deal. Unlike many holidays, the cost of doing each activity is already included in the price of our packages, leaving you with more cash to spend when you are out there!
Destinations Croatia: Multi Activity holiday in Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
Italy: Multi Activity Break in Italian Alps, Tuscany, Italian Lakes and Sardinia.
Slovakia: Multi Activity packages in High Tatras.
Slovenia: Family Multi Activity week in Bled.
Spain: Andalusian Multi Activity Week.
Accommodation A range of accommodation options are available including apartments, hotels, riverside lodges and guest houses.
Activities Activities are included in the cost of the holiday. Activities vary by holiday. For example, the Italian Alps multi-activity holiday includes: windsurfing, canoeing, use of mountain bikes, access to swimming pool complex and entry to an Alpine Park complex with treetop rope course.
Childcare Dependent on the break.
Minimum Age No minimum age for holiday.
  Individual activities have their own minimum age.
Dragoman

Dragoman family trips have been designed to appeal to children as well as adults, and are open to families with kids and teenagers aged 6 to 18. There is no better way of showing your children the excitement of distant places and other cultures around the world than to head out on the road with them.
Imagine paddling through the Okavango Delta in a dugout canoe, or sledging on a tea tray down a sand dune in the Namib Desert. You might be riding a camel in the Sahara, an African elephant through the forest at Victoria Falls or a rickshaw through the teeming streets of India - whichever trip you choose, you know your kids are getting a holiday with a difference.
Our Overland adventure family trips are designed to combine excitement, relaxation, learning and fun. These are active trips, and an essential element is meeting the local people, whether it is a spontaneous football match with local kids in a Peruvian village, visiting a school in Kenya or buying your lunch from a local fisherman on a Moroccan beach.
We also have an exciting range of family holidays in South East Asia opening up new areas for you to explore. These great trips use a variety of transport such as trains, longtail boats, local buses and feluccas, meaning that you get to submerge yourselves in the local culture. Experience all the wonders of the world together with your children on an unforgettable holiday with Dragoman.
Destinations Borneo: Kota Kinabalu, Kinabatangan Jungle Camp, Sepilok Orangutan Reserve, Kinabalu NP, Pulau Tiga NP.
China: Beijing, Xian, Yangshuo, Guilin, Hong Kong.
Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada, Cairo.
India: Overland trip - New Delhi, Rajasthan Desert, Jaipur, Agra, Ranthambore NP, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Kenya & Tanzania: Overland trip - Kenya Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru NP, Lake Victoria, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Reserve, Swahali Coast, Zanzibar.

Morocco: Overland trip - Marrakech, Valley of the Kasbahs, Sahara, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira.

Nepal: Kathmandu, Chitwan NP, Bandipur, Pokhara, Nagarkot.
Peru: Overland trip - Paracas NP, Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Lake Titicaca, High Andes, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba Valley , Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
Thailand: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayuthaya, Chang Mai, Hua Hin.
Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Hoi Chi Minh City.
Vietnam & Cambodia: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hoi Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat.

Zambia, Botswana & Namibia: Overland trip - Victoria Falls, Chobe NP, Okavango, Etosha NP, Swakopmund, Namib Desert.

Accommodation

Accommodation is a mix of camping and small hotels. Some nights may be spent in more unusual accommodation including houseboats, converted kasbah hotels, cottages and eco lodges.

Activities

Activities vary by tour. Examples include abseiling, bungy jumping, bush walking, camel safari, canoeing, diving, elephant riding, fishing, horse riding, hiking, jeep safari, mountain biking, quad biking, sand boarding, snorkelling, swimming and white water rafting.

Childcare

None.

Minimum Age

6 years for all family tours.

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Families Worldwide

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Families Worldwide are the only company in the UK dedicated to arranging overseas adventure holidays solely for families. You can choose from a range of different destinations and interests offering unique learning experiences for you and your children. On a Families Worldwide trip, as well as exploring fantastic places, you and your children will also learn about typical aspects of the area you're visiting. Like how to make a curry in India; to weave a colourful rug in Peru; boulder-climbing in the Himalayas; sailing a felucca along the Nile; dressing up in a sari in Sri Lanka, riding camels, horses, elephants... Choose from a range of different destinations and styles of trips. Some are centre-based - to maximise your time if you don't want to be on the move. Others are moving itineraries - planned to give you the best of a country. These trips are planned with fixed departure dates with a group size of between 16 and 20. Or you can tailor-make your own itinerary, on your own dates, to do whatever you and your family want. 
Destinations Andorra: Activity week in Pyrenees - white water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, horse riding.
Austria: Activity week in the Austrian Tirol
Azores: Dolphins and Whales.
Borneo: Selingan Island, Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, river safari, Kota Kinabalu, volunteer holiday.
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert, game drives.
Bulgaria: Activity week in Rhodope Mountains.

Canada: The Rockies, Banff NP, Lake Louise, Yoho NP, Jasper NP, Elk Island NP, polar bear watching.

Cape Verde Islands: Sal island, Sao Vicente island, Santiago island.
Costa Rica: Sarapiqui, Arenal Lake, Tortuguero, jungle boat trip, rainforest walk, San Jose, Tirimbina.
Croatia: Dubrovnik, kayaking, walking, cycling.
Cyprus: Kyrenia.
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Quito, Andes mountains, Galapagos Islands, Amazon.
Egypt: Red Sea, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, felucca cruise, camel riding.
Finland: Lapland snow adventure, summer activities at the Finnish Lakes.

Greece: Ionian beach club, flotilla sailing around Greek Islands.

India: Jaipur, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Ranthambhore NP, Fatehpur Sikri, Amritsar, trekking in Ladakh, Pench Tiger Reserve, Kanha NP, Kerala, Periyar NP.

Italy: Bay of Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri.
Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Red Sea, camel trekking.
Kenya: Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Rift Valley Lakes, Mt. Kenya.
Kenya & Tanzania: Rift Valley, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar.
Madagascar: Lemurs, baobabs and beaches.
Malawi: Lake Malawi, Vwaza Reserve, Nyika NP.
Morocco: Marrakech, Taroudant, Essaouira, Chefchaouen, Atlas mountains, Rif mountains, Sahara camel trek.
Namibia: Namib Desert, Etosha NP, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast.
Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan NP, walking in Annapurna foothills, game viewing.
Oman: Muscat, Wadi Shab, Wahiba Sands, off-road 4WD adventure, dolphin watching.
Peru: Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Amazon rainforest.
Romania: Bear watching, Dracula's Castle.
Slovenia: Activity week based in Lake Bohinj.
South Africa: Garden Route, Cape Town, Kruger NP, St Lucia.
Spain: Alpujarras activity week - horse riding, walking, mountain biking.
Sri Lanka: Colombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Yala NP, Galle, volunteer holiday.
Tanzania: Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP, Zanzibar, wildlife safaris.
Thailand: Khao Sok NP, Koh Lanta, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, elephant riding, sea kayaking.
Tunisia: Douz, Matmata, Carthage, El Djem.
Turkey: Beautiful Lycian coast, multi-activity, rafting, snorkelling, gullet cruise.
USA: New England, Arizona ranch stay - riding, swimming, hiking.
Zambia: South Luangwa NP, game viewing, Zambezi and volunteer holiday.
Accommodation A range of accommodation is used including hotels, guest houses, village houses, game lodges, mountain refuges, camping, overnight trains, chalets, log cabins, houseboats and many more.
Activities Activities vary by tour. Examples include caving, camel riding, wildlife safaris, polar bear watching, balloon safaris, horse riding, sea-kayaking, snorkelling, elephant riding and many more.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age The minimum age varies by tour. Most trips are for children aged 5 years plus, but there are a few trips available for children of any age or 2 years plus.
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Grand American Adventures

Grand American Adventures specialise in small group adventures throughout North America and offer a selection of family ‘Discovery’ tours, exploring the best of USA and Canada. From comfortable camping to fully accommodated itineraries, our tours have been designed by parents with both fun and safety in mind. With your tour leader organising each days activities and doing all the driving, you’re free to relax with the family, enjoying a real taste of the great outdoors. Spectacular natural sights, challenging and rewarding activities and encounters with some of the world’s most colourful cultures and wildlife, all make up the incredible experience that is Grand American Adventures. Grand American Adventures is a sister company to TrekAmerica Travel, recently voted ‘Best Tour Operator to the USA’ at the 2010 British Travel Awards.

Destinations

Canada: Banff NP, Yoho NP, Jasper NP, Lake Louise, Wells Gray PP, Vancouver, Seattle.

USA: Las Vegas, Zion NP, Bryce NP, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon.

USA: San Francisco, Yosemite NP, Zion NP, Bryce NP, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas.

Accommodation

Tours are either camping tours or lodging tours. All camp equipment is provided for camping tours - you just need to bring a sleeping bag. Everyone gets involved with camp duties from pitching the tents to cooking meals. For lodging tours, a combination of lodges, cabins, hotels and motels are used.

Activities

All tours offer a variety of included and optional activities from the gentle fun of a canoe trip to the adrenaline rush of white water rafting though the Grand Canyon. Other activities include biking, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, water-skiing, horse-riding, rier tubing and glacier walking.

Childcare None.
Minimum Age 8 years.
Imaginative Traveller

Imaginative Family tours are based on Imaginative Traveller's regular small group adventures for 'grown ups', with just the right adjustments (e.g. shorter travelling times, more hotels with pools, more than one night at any one place, child friendly tour leaders) to make them perfect for your family, without losing any of the adventure or authenticity. The itineraries are fun and active with a balance of rest and play. The family tours are aimed at parents with children aged 6 and over. There is a maximum group size of 20 people and families come from the UK, North America, Australia and Europe. There are also two Family Volunteer trip options to Kenya and Thailand. These trips include a few days where the whole family can assist with daly tasks at elephant sanctuaries.

Destinations China: Beijing, Gobi Desert, Xian, Chengdu, Yangshuo, Hong Kong.
Costa Rica: San Jose, Poas volcano, Tortuguero NP, Arenal volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio NP.
Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Papallacta Spa, Amazon, Banos, Cuenca, Cajas NP.
Egypt: Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, The Red Sea, Aswan, Nile cruise.
India: Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur, Agra.
Kenya: Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Mombasa. Family Volunteer Trip option to work at an African Elephant Sanctuary
Madagascar: Andasibe Reserve, Antananarivo, Lokaro Bay, Ile Sainte Marie.
Peru: Lima, Ica Desert, Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Puno.
Thailand: Bangkok, River Kwai, Chiang Mai, elephant ride, bamboo rafting, Hua Hin. Family Volunteer Trip option to assist elephant trainers at an Elephant Nature Park.
Turkey: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Dalyan, gulet cruise, Antalya, river rafting.
Vietnam: Saigon, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay.
Accommodation

Mainly in 2, 3 and 4 star hotels, some with swimming pools. More basic accommodation where you go off the beaten track to stay with local families, in bedouin camps or take an overnight train/boat journey.

Activities Activities vary by tour. Examples include camel riding, canoeing, cycling, elephant riding, hiking, sailing, snorkelling, swimming.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age 6 years for all family tours, 10 years for all family volunteer trips.
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Kumuka Worldwide

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Kumuka Worldwide offer family adventure tours ranging from 9-14 days in China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. The aim of a Kumuka Family Holiday in Asia is to provide families with a genuine experience of the country and its culture, without the hassle of trying to manage and organise such a trip independently. Child and adult friendly activities and excursions have been carefully planned, transport is comfortable and clean, and hotels have been specifically chosen for their facilities and family friendly standards. The tours include a mixture of sightseeing and free time, and experienced guides will always assist you to make the most of your opportunities and time in these areas.

Destinations View All Kumuka Tours
Alaska - Glaciers & Grizzlys: Anchorage, Denali NP, Dawson City, Valdez, Prince William Sound.
Alaska - Outdoor Adventure: Anchorage, Kenai Fjords NP, Matanuska Glacier, Denali NP.
Australia - Dolphins, Koalas & Islands: Brisbane, Moreton Island Wild Dolphin Sanctuary.
Australia - Marine Life, Islands & Reefs: Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Cairns.
Australia - Camels, Opals and Ayers Rocks: Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Uluru, The Olgas, Alice Springs.
Australia - Pinnacles, Dolphins & Coral Bay: Perth, Nambung NP, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Hammersley Ranges, Karijini NP.
Australia - Reefs, Crocodiles & Rainforest: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef.
Borneo - Orangutans, Turtles & Islands: Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu NP, Selingan Turtle Island, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.

Borneo - Monkeys, Jungles & Tribes: Kuching, Semengoh Orang Utan Sanctuary, Bako NP, Damai Rainforest.

Botswana & Zambia - Wildlife, Waterfalls & Adventure: Livingstone, Chobe river cruise, Okavango Delta, Savuti NP, Victoria Falls.
Brazil - Monkeys, Caimans & the Amazon: Rio de Janeiro, Amazon, Salvador, Praia do Forte.
Brazil - Waterfalls, Wetlands & Beaches: Rio de Janeiro, Foz de Iguazu, Pantanal, Angra dos Reis.
Cambodia & Vietnam - Mekong, Mystery & Kingdoms: Saigon, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap.
China - Chinese Kites, Warriors & Pandas: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai.
Colombia - Pirates, Dolphins & Mud Volcanes: Bogota, Tayrona NP, Cartagena, Rosario Islands.
Costa Rica - Turtles, Cloudforest & Adventure: San Jose, Tortuguero NP, Arenal Volocano, Monteverde, Playa Samara.
Ecuador - Volcanoes, Markets & the Amazon: Quito, Mindo, Tena, Cotopaxi NP.
Egypt - Pyramid, Camels & the Red Sea: Cairo, Aswan, Nile cruise, Luxor, Hurghada.
Greece - Capers in Crete: Athens, Crete.
Greece - Sun and Fun in Rhodes: Athens, Rhodes.
Greece & Turkey - Mediterranean, Castles and Cruise: Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Kusadasi.
India - Tigers, Temples & The Taj Mahal: Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodphur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Ranthambore NP, Agra.
Kenya - Giraffes, Elephants & Warriors: Nairobi, Samburu Reserve, Lake Nakuru NP, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara.
Morocco - Kasbahs, Camels & Deserts: Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Overnight camel safari.
Morocco - Souks, Berbers & Beaches: Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Mule trek, Essaouira.
Namibia - Cheetahs, Tribes & Sand Dunes:Windhoek, Sesriem NP, Swakopmund, Kaokoland, Etosha NP.
Nepal - Himalayan Mountains & Rhinos: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna trek, Chitwan NP.
New Zealand - Volcanoes, Mud Pools and Glow-worms: Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves.
New Zealand - Glaciers, Fiords and Wilderness: Christchurch, Franz Josef glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau.
North Cyprus - Castles, Beaches & Wild Donkeys: Lapta, Nicosia, Karpas Peninsula.
Oman - Arabian Deserts, Oases & Beaches: Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Overnight desert camp, Barka.
Peru - Incas, Alpacas & Lake Titicaca: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca.
South Africa - Canyons, Cheetahs & Kruger: Johannesburg, Blyde River Canyon, Edeni Game Reserve, Kruger NP.
South Africa - Cape Town Family Explorer: Cape Town, Cape Town Peninsular, Winelands.
South Africa - Elephants, Ostriches and Caves: Cape Town, Garden route, Tsitsikamma NP.
South Africa - Lagoons, Penguins & Cape Town: Cape Town, Cape Town Peninsular, Winelands, Garden route, Tsitsikamma NP.
Sri Lanka - Elephants, Fire Walkers & Beaches: Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Ula Walawe NP, Bentota, Negombo.
Tanzania - Lions, Leopards & Rhino: - Arusha, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater plus optional Zanzibar extension.
Thailand - Rafts, Jungles & Beaches: Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Ko Samet.
Turkey - Caves, Dervishes & Gulets: Istanbul, Cappadocia, 3 night gulet cruise, Olu Deniz.
Turkey - Fairy Chimneys, Caves & Villages: Istanbul, Urgup and 4 day Cappadocia trek.
Uganda - Chimpanzees, Lions & Lakes: Entebbe, QEII NP, Lake Bunyoni, Lake Mburo, Ngamba chimp island.
Vietnam - Magical Forests, Tunnels & Beaches: Hanoi, Cuc Phuong NP, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta.
Accommodation Superior hotel accommodation is used, most have swimming pools. The tours stay at least two nights at each hotel where possible. Some nights are spent in alternative accommodation including sleeper trains, teahouses, lodges, floating jungle rafts and village houses.
Activities Activities vary by tour. Examples include kite flying, Chinese cooking lessons, boat trips, camel rides, game drives, elephant rides, trekking and bamboo rafting.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age 5 years most family tours. Some of the more physical tours have a minimum age of 6 years.
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Peter Sommer Travels

Peter Sommer Travels is a family run tour operator offering expert led cultural tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. It offers family tours that are designed to be relaxing and stimulating, fascinating and fun. The family tours are cultural gulet cruises led by an expert guide. Visits to ancient sites will take you and your children deep into the past. You’ll explore the world of the Greeks and Romans in colourful detail: from what they ate to how they built temples, from what their loos were like to how they were treated at the doctors. All this and more in places boasting some of their finest artistic and architectural glories.

Alongside the archaeological adventures, there is the cruise itself aboard a beautiful traditional Turkish gulet. The gulet holidays offer plenty of opportunities for families with children to swim, kayak or snorkel in azure seas, to lie back and read as the world goes by, and to enjoy delicious home-cooked food.
In addition to their scheduled family tours, Peter Sommer Travels also offer private gulet charters for families with or without expert guides.
Destinations Greece: Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades.
Italy: Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Turkey - Cruising the Carian Coast: Aegean coast, Mediterranean coast, Gocek, Bodrum.
Turkey - From Halicarnassus to Didyma: Aegean coast, Mediterranean coast, Istanbul, Cappadocia.
Accommodation Skippered Turkish gulets are the base for your holiday. Service is a prime consideration and Peter Sommer Travels provide experienced captains and excellent cooks to make your adventure simply unforgettable.
The gulets have been carefully selected to ensure both comfort and quality. Every gulet is hand-crafted in Turkey. Gulet cruises can host groups from 2 to 24 people, with options for master, double or twin cabins.
Activities There are plenty of chances to snorkel and swim whilst on the gulet cruise. Windsurfing, kayaking and fishing equipment are also available.
  Visiting the ancient sites will provide opportunities for exploring, hiking and nature watching.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age 6 years on scheduled family tours. 2 years for private gulet charters.
Pura Aventura

Pura Aventura specialises in responsible and sustainable family adventure holidays to Spain and Latin America. The holidays are designed to be engaging and fun for all of the family. The handmade trips range from small group family adventures in Spain to tailor made ski, beach and wildlife holidays in South America. Explore the beautiful mountains of Spain on foot, bike and from the water on a small group or self drive active adventure. Push the boat out in the Galapagos Islands, either with a cruise or a fun multi-active, land-based holiday. For a South American family adventure holiday, your family can walk to Machu Picchu, ski the Andes or fly along a zip wire through the Costa Rican jungle.

Destinations Argentina & Brazil: Buenos Aires, Salta Iguassu, Picinguaba.
Brazil: Salvador, Chapada Diamantina.
Brazil: Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Boipeba, Bahia.
Chile: Portillo, Atacama.
Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, San Jose, Arenal, Monte Verde, Samara.
Costa Rica: Central Valley, Tortuguero, Bosque de Paz, Arenal, Rincon, Nosara, San Jose.
Costa Rica: San Jose, Arajuela, Bosque de Paz, Arenal.
Ecuador: Quito, Amazon, Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz.
Nicaragua: Managua, Leon, Granada, Ometepe, San Juan.
Nicaragua & Costa Rica: Managua, Granada, Ometepe, Rincon, Arenal, Bosque de Paz, Manuel Antonio, San Jose.
Patagonia: Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate.
Patagonia: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Puerto Varas, Patagonia, Calafate.
Peru: Lima, Amazon, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Colca, Arequipa.
Peru: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
Peru: Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
Peru & Brazil: Lima, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Rio, Buzios.
Peru & Galapagos: Lima, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos Islands.
Spain: Pyrenees, Barcelona.
Spain: Pyrenees.
Spain: Picos de Europa.
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Accommodation Comfortable, small hotels, inns and lodges. Usually 3* standard or more but with lots of local character. The type of accommodation used varies by country and by holiday though they conform to the Pura Aventura idea of active, comfortable and responsible.
Activities Each tour has a graded activity level indicator and the activities vary by tour. Examples include mountain biking, canoeing, canyoning, horse riding, hydrospeed, surfing, walking and white water rafting.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age This very much depends on destination and activities. For the more active trips, 11 years plus is sensible. For some of the self-drive holidays children can be really any age, particularly since the holiday is tailored to your needs. The best thing to do is call and ask for advice from one of the Pura Aventura team.
The Adventure Company

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The Adventure Company offers a wide selection of family adventures. The trips are aimed at families who want more from their holidays than a standard, stay-put package. The trips are designed to be a fun adventure that all members of the family can join in and are a great opportunity for families to spend time together, something that can sometimes be in short supply at home. The standard group size is 16 - 20 (3 to 5 families). The minimum age on most of the trips is 5 years, but there are infant adventures for families with very young children (1 year plus). There are also specially designed tours for families with teenage children. The Adventure Company also offer a number of family winter activity holidays.

Destinations Andorra: Summer activity in Pyrenees - mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting.
Bali: Ubud, Mt. Batur, dolphin spotting.
Botswana: Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, Victoria Falls.
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain, Iguacu Waterfalls, Amazon Rainforest.
Canada: Jasper NP, Banff NP, Whistler, Vancouver, overnight canoe trip, hiking.
China: Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Xian, Great Wall, Warriors.
Costa Rica: San Jose, Tortuguero NP, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio NP.
Croatia: Centre based activity week in Plitvice Lakes NP - canoeing, biking, hiking.
Croatia: Dubrovnik, sea kayaking in the Elafiti Islands.
Cuba: Havana, Trinidad, Varadero.
Ecuador: Quito, Galapagos wildlife cruise.
Egypt: Pyramids, The Red Sea, Nile felucca cruise, Valley of the Kings, Cairo, Carnac Temple, Luxor.
Finland: Koli NP - hiking, biking, canoeing.
India: Delhi, Taj Mahal, Ranthambore NP, Jaipur.
India: Cochin, Madurai, Periyar NP.
India: Delhi, Taj Mahal, tiger safari in Corbett NP, trekking in Himalayan foothills.
Ireland: 4WD journey - Dun Booey castle, Bere Island.
Italy: Naples, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Capri.
Jamaica: Port Royal, Blue Mountains, Port Antonio.
Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, The Dead Sea.
Kenya: Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha.
Madagascar: Berenty NP, Sainte Marie island.
Malaysia: Kuching, Bako NP, Sepilok, Turtle Island, Mount Kinabalu.
Mexico: Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum.
Morocco: Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Sahara Desert.
Namibia: Etosha NP, Sossusvlei sand dunes, Swakopmund.
Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan NP, elephant safari.
North Cyprus: Kyrenia, Bogaz.
Oman: Muscat, Wahiba Desert, Nizwa, Jebel Shams.
Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu.
Romania: Bran Castle, Bazna, Targu Mures, Carpathian Mountains, Bucharest.
Slovakia: Prague, activities in Tatra Mountains - rafting, biking, hiking.
Slovenia: Activities in Julian Alps, river expedition.
South Africa: Cape Town, Garden route, Addo Elephant Park.
South Africa & Swaziland: Johannesburg, Kruger NP, Mkuzi Game Reserve, Umhlanga.
Spain: Activities in Andalucia - kayaking, biking, walking.
Sri Lanka: Colombo, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Uda Walawe NP.
Sri Lanka & Maldives: Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Maldives.
Switzerland: Trekking with mules in the Alps.
Switzerland: Alpine activities - walking, biking, white-water rafting.
Tanzania: Rift Valley, Mikumi NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar.
Thailand: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Samet, Chiang Mai.
Tunisia: Sousse, El Djem, Sahara Desert, Matmata, Djerba.
Turkey: Istanbul, Aegean coast, Ephesus, Kas.
USA: Yosemite NP, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Las Vegas.
Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Saigon.
Accommodation

Accommodation is generally in small two or three-star hotels with local character. These often have en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Many hotels also have swimming pools. Some trips have a few nights in more basic accommodation such as jungle lodges, tents or local family homes.

The Adventure Company also offer 'Collection Style' trips for families where accommodation is chosen with comfort in mind - typically four star hotels with local character.
Activities

Activities vary by tour. Examples include abseiling, camel riding, canoeing, cycling, dog sledding, elephant riding, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, rafting, snorkelling, snowshoeing and swimming.

Childcare

None

Minimum Age

1 year for infant adventures, 5 years for family adventures.

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World Expeditions has been in operation since 1975. It specialises in trekking and adventure holidays. There are a good selection of family adventure trips including favourites such as trekking in Nepal, exploring Vietnam and game viewing in Tanzania. The emphasis is on learning and discovery and all the family trips allow time to visit schools and interact with the local children. Private trips can also be arranged and the company particilarly recommends the Inca Trail, North India including camel riding and cycling and Thailand. The company operates a policy of sustainable tourism and contributes generously to various organisations which in turn support the local people of the places where they operate.

Destinations Laos and Cambodia: Luang Prabang, Vientian, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat temples, Phnom Penh.
Nepal: Annapurna trek following low level trails and followed by game viewing in Chitwan National Park.
Peru: See the highlights of Peru through a range of activities - cycling, walking, rafting and canoeing.
Tanzania: Safari visiting Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.
Thailand: Bangkok, long tail boat on the River Kwai, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao, elephant training centre, hill tribe trek. Koh Chang beach.
Vietnam: Family adventure to Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, northern hill tribe villages and the beaches of Halong Bay.
Borneo, France, Italy, India, Peru: Recommended destinations for private family trips.
Accommodation Hotels, lodges, wildlife camp, boats and overnight stays with local families.
Activities Activities vary by tour. Examples include canoeing, elephant riding, game viewing, jungle walking, cycling, swimming and trekking. 
Childcare None.
Minimum Age The minimum age is generally 10 - 12 years of age for family trips but this is subject to level of fitness required and trip suitability.

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