A new look at some well-known destinations
While we might not have been getting out into the world and exploring new destinations recently, we haven’t been sitting quietly just waiting for people to start travelling again. After talking to families about how their travel plans have changed and listening to what they will need to feel comfortable to start travelling again, we have introduced new destinations and new styles of travel to suit this strange new reality. Closer to home but still off the beaten track, this is a new look at some well-known destinations. Keeping you and your family safe while trying new experiences that take you out of your comfort zone. Avoiding the crowds but delving deep into the local culture. Giving you the confidence to travel again by taking care of the important details so you have more time to enjoy making new memories with your family and friends.
Our new tours, now live on our website, allow you to choose your ‘travel pod’ – the travelling companions you feel comfortable with, whether it’s extended family, a group of friends or those you’ve chosen to bubble with. You can also design your own holiday – the programmes on our website are just a suggestion of the experiences on offer and can be adapted to suit your interests. We believe that the best holidays allow parents to spend time enjoying the activities they have always loved – even before having children – whether that’s a hardcore bike ride before breakfast or an afternoon’s wine tasting, as well as some quality family time, so we include qualified childcare on all our tours. While parents are having a well-deserved break from sticky fingers and constant questions, the kids have their own adventures, from treasure hunts and pirate games to movie nights and learning the local dance, before everyone joins together for a family-friendly outing.
Read on to learn more about these exciting destinations and contact us when you’re feeling ready to pack your bags.
Puglia – Italy’s undiscovered heel
Without the crowds that throng the streets of Rome or Florence, Puglia still packs a punch when it comes to gastronomy, architecture and history, along with a sparkling coastline and acres of olive groves. Spend the morning cycling along country lanes while the children are entertained with a scavenger hunt, and then join together for a family tour of a local cheese farm, with lots of tasting of course. You can stay at an olive farm and pick your own fruit from the garden, in a trullo (the bizarre conical shaped houses this region is famous for), or even in a cave hotel in the ancient city of Matera.
Croatia – island and waterfall adventures
Avoiding Dubrovnik, which suffers from over-tourism, head up the coast and then inland to the national parks of Krka, Paklenica and Plitvice, where you can lose yourself amongst greenery, lakes and waterfalls. While parents are kayaking or hiking, the kids are kept busy with nature trails and theatre games, before reuniting for a family bike ride and a swim under a waterfall. Choose to lay your head at a quaint historic boutique hotel, a modern private villa with its own pool, or a treehouse in the forest.
Portugal – surf’s up!
Away from the tourist-congested towns of the Algarve, Portugal has enough forests, castles, rivers and beaches to keep any family busy for weeks. In Lisbon, take a family eco tuk tuk tour followed by a cooking class with produce you’ve picked out from the local market, then head up the coast for surf lessons for all ages. Further north is the Douro Valley where parents can kayak and taste port (probably best done in that order) while the kids are kept busy with craft and theatre activities. Stay in hotels catering specifically for families, or choose a private manor house in the countryside with a garden, pool and enough space to tire everyone out.
Switzerland – breathtaking views and chocolate tasting
You might have skied there, but have you experienced the Swiss mountains off season without the apres-ski crowds? An enormous playground for children and their parents alike, there are endless outdoor activities and adventures just waiting for you. While the more adventurous of the adults can tackle the via ferrata, the kids are kept busy treasure hunting at ground level, before the whole family can indulge in an afternoon of chocolate tasting (after all, you’re sure to have burnt loads of calories already). Accommodation options include boutique hotels, private chalets and even eco-luxury pods with breathtaking views.
Morocco – from desert to coast
If you’re venturing a little further from home, Morocco offers the exotic sights and sounds of North Africa only a few hours from Europe. From a family hike through Berber villages in the Atlas mountains to cooking classes by a Moroccan non-profit organisation that trains and empowers local disadvantaged women, there are countless opportunities for family fun. For private time away from the littlest of explorers amongst you, arrange our trained childcare to take the reins so that the adults can enjoy a late-night meal, a mid-afternoon hammam ritual, or maybe even an early morning hot-air balloon ride. Stay on a farm complete with its own donkeys, in a tent in the Agafay desert, or in a surf hotel by the beach.
Oman – Arabian family adventure
For some winter sun in the land of the Arabian Nights tales, Oman is the ultimate adventure destination with a family-friendly culture. Head into the Hajar mountains where parents can choose from canyoning and via ferrata while kids have their own guided nature tour. In the Wahiba desert, camp out under the stars and learn the survival secrets of the Bedouin, then head to the coast where you might be lucky enough to see turtles nesting. Choose to spend the night in boutique eco-hotels or wild camping without another soul in sight (apart from some roaming camels, perhaps).
And we’re not stopping there… coming soon are new holidays to Iceland’s volcanoes and hot springs, and Slovenia’s lakes and mountains. Where’s next on your wanderlust wish list? Let us know where you want to head to next and we could make it one of our new destinations.
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