Car-shaped beds, a comic book style tour, sights that will make a Star Wars fan giddy... an unusual holiday is definitely an unforgettable holiday
Fans of intrepid reporter Tintin can come close to the comic-book hero’s far-flung adventures with amazing holidays to Egypt, India, Jordan or Brussels with On The Go. The Land of the Pharaohs Tour is inspired by Cigars Of The Pharaoh and the ten-day journey to Egypt will see your child visit the pyramids, sail on the Nile, fly in a hot-air balloon over Luxor and explore the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. From £1,899 per adult and £1,519 per child under 12.
Those with a head for heights will be tickled by the five-bedroom House In The Clouds in Thorpeness, Suffolk. Built as a folly in the Twenties, the house resembles a tall tower with a red-brick cottage perched on the top, which from a distance looks like it is lodged in the trees. Prices are from £2,030 per week.
Car enthusiasts will love the V8 Hotel Stuttgart, which boasts car-shaped beds and rooms themed around a carwash, a petrol station and Formula 1 pit stop. Prices are from £99 per night. Or if the idea of gently bobbing to sleep on the river floats your boat, try The Bush Houseboat, moored on the riverbank opposite Kew Gardens, Surrey. Prices start from £600 for seven nights. For a holiday destination that’s truly barking, Idaho’s Dog Bark Park wins the prize. Carved out of wood, the piece of roadside architecture is in the shape of an enormous beagle. Prices start at £60 per night for B&B.
Associations with Luke Skywalker, meanwhile, will lure any little Star Wars fan to northern Tunisia. The dusty deserts appear in the films as the planet Tatooine, while an underground cave dwelling in the village of Matmata was used as Luke’s troglodyte home. The cave dwelling has now been transformed into the Hotel Sidi Driss, which is open to sightseers. Nearby, you can also visit locations of other famous scenes from the movies, including the set of Mos Espa, where the pod-racing sequence for The Phantom Menace was filmed, and the Yardangs, the wind-abraded ridge where the Jedi duel between Qui-Gon and Darth Maul (also in The Phantom Menace) took place. Located on the northern coast, luxury five-star hotel Residence Tunis makes an excellent base to explore the area from and the hotel has a complimentary children’s club for three- to 12-year-olds. Book in for a minimum of seven nights before the end of 2010 and receive a £100 voucher for babysitting or the hotel spa. Prices from £3,600 for a family of four, for one week. Book through Tots Too.
Cumbria’s Dent Station is now a lovely self-catering holiday cottage, with the ticket office transformed into the main bedroom and the ladies’ waiting room now a kitchen with all the mod cons. Trains still stop at the station, which is the highest mainline station in the UK. Prices are from £700.
Meanwhile, for something a little closer to home, try a little railway romance. Charming railway carriage conversion The Dodo in West Wittering, Sussex is built around two old railway carriages. The chalet is right on the beach, with amazing views over the Solent. Children will love the thrill of sleeping in a train compartment and being lulled to sleep by the sound of gently lapping waves. The accommodation sleeps up to 12 and prices start at £1,000 for seven nights.
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