After the UK’s wettest winter for over 250 years, it’s anticipated that record numbers of families will be making the most of the Easter holiday’s this year by leaving its sodden shores in search for spring sun.
This year’s comparatively late Easter means that adventurous families won’t necessarily have to do a long haul adventure to find some much needed sunshine either, with an average of 7 hours per sun per day in most Mediterranean countries and a blissful 9 hours of sun per day in North Africa.
“April marks the start of tourism season proper in Southern Europe, whilst for longer haul destinations such as North Africa, April is one of the best months for families to visit with guaranteed sun allowing for adventurous activities but comfortable temperatures in which to do them, ” says Sam Smith, Destinations Manager for Africa and Asia.
Having organised family holidays since its foundation in 1991, Imaginative Traveller are ideally placed to recommend the best destinations for Easter Adventure Family Travel.
Here they are:
Morocco, ‘Saharan Sands’, 8 days for £479 per adult, £431 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £495 per person.
Trip overview: Experience the wonderful contrasts of Morocco on a family holiday, by getting away from it all in the Sahara, joining a camel train and camping out under the starry desert sky, visiting the UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou (home to many films) and ending the trip exploring the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
Highlights: Ride a camel to our Saharan desert camp, Play gladiators on the movie set of Ait Benhaddou, Bargain like crazy in the souq of Marrakech.
Jordan, ‘Journey to the Lost City’, 8 days for £641 per adult, £577 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £505 per person.
Trip overview: Experience a journey to the lost city of Petra and follow the steps of T. E. Lawrence to the majestic seven columns of wisdom in the vast desert of Wadi Rum. You will visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, which has survived an incredible 2,300 years. Take to 4WD vehicles to explore the towering sandstone landscapes of Wadi Rum and camp Bedouin-style, under vast, star-filled skies. Petra, the superb ‘pink city’ of the Nabateans which was hewn by hand from solid rock is a highlight of the trip. Explore Kerak – a key staging post for the Crusaders and descend to the lowest point on Earth, the incredible Dead Sea, where you’ll float in its salty and amazingly buoyant waters. Relaxing at the Dead Sea is a perfect end to your magical holiday. Families will enjoy interacting with the local community. You will learn about their lifestyle while having fun, playing football and Jordanian traditional games with locals , sharing tea with bedouin families, sleeping in typical Bedouin tents.
Highlights: Go Bedouin at our Wadi Rum desert camp; Play Indiana Jones in Petra, Float like magic in the Dead Sea.
Italy ‘Around the Bay of Naples’, 8 days for £1,195 per adult, £1,076 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £485 per person.
During this Italian family adventure holiday you will enjoy two great Mediterranean cities – Naples and Sorrento. Let history come alive as you explore the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, enjoy a relaxing day on Capri Island and discover the Blue Grotto by boat, climb the mighty dormant volcano of Vesuvius. On this trip you will discover that there is much more to Italy than ice cream and pizza, although your kids will of course love them both too!
Highlights: Climb Mount Vesuvius, step back in time at Herculaneum and Pompeii, see the Blue Grotto on Capri, indulge in Neopolitan ice-cream on the Amalfi coast.
Borneo Family Adventure, 12 days for £1,255 per adult, £1,130 per child under 11. Flights ex London from £769 per person.
Take the kids on a magical journey to explore the natural wonders of tropical Borneo. Be enchanted by the ancient legends and traditions of Sabah, enjoy a relaxing soak in Poring Hot Springs, make local friends on a village homestay, experience a night in the wild on a jungle camp, get up close to gentle orangutans, explore an incredible underwater world in Pulau Tiga National Park. Round up the family and jump on board this excellent family holiday into the heart of Borneo.
Highlights: Go ape with the orangutans, hang out with monkeys in a jungle camp homestay snorkel with sea turtles on a tropical island, take a boat trip to ‘Snake Island’.
Coast Rica Natural Magic 16 days for £1,490 per adult, £1,341 per child under 11. Flights ex London from £829.
Costa Rica stands on the isthmus of Central America, between the Caribbean and the Pacific. A cordon of volcanoes testifies to the volatile underground forces at play. The result is an extraordinary variety of landscape, climate and ecosystem – particularly tropical forest. National parks, wildlife refuges and private reserves protect over twenty five per cent of the country – more than in any other in the world. Along with the surrounding “buffer zones”, these areas harbour around seventy five per cent of all species in Costa Rica, including many that have long since disappeared in neighbouring countries. The richness of its colourful bird population is enough to stir enthusiasm in even the least ornithologically interested visitor! With at least two nights in each location the Costa Rica family holidays are designed to allow you to get the most out of this amazing country at a relaxed pace.
Highlights: Swing through the jungle on the Monteverde Skywalk; chill out at the beach with capuchin monkeys, watch the natural firework display of the Arenal Volcano.
Sri Lanka, Elephant Paradise, 16 days for £1,295 per adult, £1,166 per child under 11. Flights ex London from £679.
The legacy of Sri Lanka’s position on the sea route to the East is evident for all to see; from the Moslem fishing villages which saw the passing of early Arab traders, to the several common surnames which tell of Portuguese occupation and the neat hill villages left by the British. This cultural crossroads has much more besides – all crammed into an area less than one third the size of Britain. There are ruined cities and rock-top forts to explore, strangely colourful birds, encounters with elephants and other wildlife and some of the world’s best beaches. Sri Lanka tours have something for everyone and never fail to enchant visitors.
Highlights: Spot elephants on safari, explore Sri Lanka’s largest cave temple complex, visit a tea factory and sleep under the stars there, visit an Elephant transit home, visit the Kosgoda Turtle hatchery.
For bookings, contact Imaginative Traveller on 01728 885 514 or visit www.imaginative-traveller.com
Notes to Editors
Imaginative Traveller have been offering small group adventures, including family adventures, since 1991.
The selected family trips (above) are suitable for children aged 5 years and above, average group size between 12 and 16.
The board basis is at the minimum B&B, but other meals are included.
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