From the four corners of the globe, these are the family holidays to take for the world’s greatest natural and cultural sights
1. Rome Cavalieri
Why? For children, merely seeing the famous sights of Rome (including the Colosseum, one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World) instantly energises all those dull history lessons at school. But the Rome Cavalieri goes one step further with activities ranging from gladiator lessons (for all guests aged seven and over) and pizza making to parties with clowns and magicians. On arrival, children are presented with either a Welcome Activity Box or rubber duck.
How much? From £285 per double room per night.
2. Reef And Rainforest, Queensland
Why? With easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas offers a host of activities, from crocodile-spotting cruises and white-water rafting to snorkelling trips and a dramatic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey from Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands to Cairns.
How much? From £4,934 for a family of two adults and two children, including UK return flights, ten-nights’ accommodation at the two-bedroom Beach Terraces and car hire, from Bridge & Wickers.
3. The Taj Mahal, India
Why? Let the train take the strain when you’re travelling around northern India. This trip’s delights includes a cultural evening with a puppet show and dancing, an elephant ride, visits to ruins and temples and a day of safari action in one of the few places in the world it’s possible to see wild tiger before culminating in both a dawn and an evening trip to the stunning Taj Mahal.
How much? £795 per adult and children six years plus for an eight-night tour, excluding international flights, but including meals, guides and entrance fees, from KE Adventure Travel.
4. Feluccas and Pharaohs, Egypt
Why? The wonders of ancient Egypt never fail to impress, but children also appreciate a bit of action. On this trip, they’ll view the pyramids from the back of a camel, glide down the Nile on a felucca, ride a donkey to the Valley of the Kings and set out in a horse-drawn carriage to Karnak Temple of James Bond fame.
How much? From £699 per person and £659 for children five years plus, including nine nights’ accommodation and some meals, from Imaginative Traveller, excluding flights.
5. Beyond the Arctic Circle, Finland
Why? The mesmerising Northern Lights will almost end up seeming just like a bonus on this six-day, action-packed Winter Wonderland break, where children (aged from six years and over) can get to grips with snowshoeing, snow-mobiling, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing and husky dog sledging.
How much? From £1,399 per adult and £869 per child, including UK flights, accommodation and most meals, from The Adventure Company.
6.The Mighty Himalaya
Why? This 14-day family adventure in Nepal seeks high and low for natural and cultural wonders, ranging from the wildlife of Chitwan, with an elephant safari and jungle walk, and the temples of Kathmandu to the magnificent peaks of the Annapurnas. There’s even an option for a sightseeing flight over Mount Everest.
How much? From £1,839 per adult and £1,399 per child (minimum age five), including UK return flights, accommodation and some meals, from Exodus.
7. Essential Jordan
Why? Epic and adventurous, yet small enough to keep long journeys to a minimum, Jordan has cultural and natural wonders that are perfect for budding (five years plus) Indiana Joneses. On this eight-day trip, they can float in the Dead Sea, explore the temples of Petra and venture into the desert landscape of Wadi Rum for two
days of camel trekking and stargazing beneath desert skies.
How much? From £1,499 per adult and £1,304 per child, including UK return flights, accommodation (including one night in a Bedouin-style desert camp) and some meals, with Families Worldwide.
8. Ranching in the Rockies, Canada
Why? Cowboys and cowgirls from six years old (and their parents) can explore the stunning high mountains of Banff National Park on horseback when they stay at The Three Bars Guest And Cattle Ranch. The awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies can also provide a scenic backdrop for hiking, fishing, mountain biking and kayaking.
How much? From £7,795 for six nights’ full board for a family of four, including flights and transfers, from W&O Travel.
9. Waterfall and Wildlife, Zambia
Why? Staying in spectacular stone-and-thatch private safari houses – such as the Nkwali Camp – with personal guides, vehicles and chefs, families can set their own pace and plan their own activities on this ultimate Zambian safari in the South Luangwa National Park.
How much? From £2,785 per adult, £2,205 per child aged 12-16 and £2,572 per child aged seven to 11, for a seven-night fly-in safari, including flights, transfers, meals and activities with Expert Africa.
10. Brazil for Pioneers
Why? Eyeball a caiman (South American alligator) in the Pantanal, feel the thunder of Iguaçu Falls, relish the views of Rio de Janeiro from the Sugar Loaf cable car or Corcovado’s Christ statue (another of the New Seven Wonders Of The World) and visit the Maracanã football stadium built for the 1950 World Cup.
How much? From £6,565 for two adults and a child (under 12) sharing a room, not including flights, but including 15 nights’ accommodation, most meals (all breakfasts and three days’ full board) and guided excursions, from Journey Latin America.
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