New adventurous Family Holidays from Imaginative Traveller this summer

If you haven’t booked yet – there’s still time

Although there’ s only ten weeks left until the start of the school summer holidays, there’s still time to book an active adventure family holiday in Europe, the Middle East and further afield, according to Imaginative Traveller.

“For those who’ve left it late this year, we’ve some great news,” says Lorna Archibald, Sales and Marketing Manager for the 23-year old small group adventure specialist.

“We’ve added ten brand new trips for 2014, each with numerous departures during the school summer break and all of which have good availability.”

The new family trips, part of their 25 trip strong family portfolio, are some of the most active, affordable, adventurous yet well-paced trips on the market. All of the trips are designed for children aged between 5 /7 years old and upwards, are accompanied by a tour leader and, where appropriate, a local guide. Board is B&B using tourist class hotels, whilst group size varies from a minimum of 6 – 20 persons, depending on the trip.

The new trips are also great value, including destinations like Turkey and Burma, both of which are tipped by the Post Office Travel Money as some of the best value destinations on the planet for 2014, whilst Borneo is one of the fastest-growing family travel destinations, best visited during the European summer.

So, whether you’re family want to raft, kayak, canyon, bike, camp out in the desert, cruise, explore or just relax in Europe, the Middle East or further afield, here’ s some brand new trips to tempt you this summer.

Short Haul

Croatian River Adventure 12 days for £995 per adult, £896 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £40 per person. Departs 14 June, 28th June, 19th July, 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August, 23rd August.

This multi-activity family holiday to Croatia is great for those that love water and excitement – run the rapids whilst white water rafting, canoe down rivers and kayak on the Adriatic. Combine all this with cycling through villages and discovering Split’s rich history and you have the recipe for an unforgettable week!    

Active Pyrenees, Andorra , 8 days for £595 per adult, £536 per child under 11. Flights ex London from £39 per person. Departing 15 June, 29th June, 13th July, 20th July, 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August, 17th August, 24th August.

Squeezed between Spain and France, the mountainous principality of Andorra is a perfect place for an action-packed summer activity week. On this family activity holiday you’ll experience the best of the region with walking to the beautiful Siscaro Lakes and in the stunning Incles Valley. There’s plenty of chance for mountain biking, including going through the Cortals Valley and downhill into Spain where you’ll get the adrenalin pumping as you shoot the rapids; white water rafting down world-class rivers near Sort. While on this family holiday there’s also the chance to get off the beaten track with a 4WD excursion along old smugglers’ routes. The mountain scenery is fantastic, the climate perfect and the experiences thrilling!

Around the Bay of Naples, 8 days for £1,195 per adult, £1,331 per child under 11. Departs 5th July, 26th July, 9th August, 16th August, 23rd August.

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!

Mid Haul

Active Turkey, 8 day for £595 per adult, £536 per child under 11. Flights ex London from £93 per person. Depart 24th July 26th July, 31st July, 7th August, 9th August, 14th August, 16th August.

One of the best value destinations in Europe, this Turkey family holiday is in the coastal town of Kas, which has developed a reputation as one of Turkey’s best spots for action and adventure. During your week here on one of the finest Turkey tours, there’s plenty of time to make the most of the many activities available. You can take part in a sea kayaking trip to visit a sunken city, explore inland by mountain bike or try SCUBA diving in crystal clear waters – with options for both novices and experienced divers. Of course, there’s always the option to simply relax on one of the fine beaches along the coast whilst on your family holidays in Turkey. After a couple of days in Kas you’ll board your gulet, a traditional wooden sailing boat, for two nights cruising on the Aegean Sea. Your meals are cooked for you by the friendly crew and there’s no pressure to do anything other than lay back and relax. However there’s plenty of time for swimming in quiet bays along the way.

Morocco, ‘Saharan Sands’, 8 days for £479 per adult, £431 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £39 per person.  Departs 21 June, 28th June.

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. Ride a camel to our Saharan desert camp, play gladiators on the movie set of Ait Benhaddou, bargain like crazy in the souqs of Marrakech!

Jordan, ‘Journey to the Lost City’, 8 days for £641 per adult, £577 per child under 11. Flights ex UK from £297 per person.  Departs 22 June, 27 July, 3rd Aug, 17th Aug.

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.

Long Haul

Breathtaking Burma, 11 days from £1,895 per adult. Flights ex London from £384 per person. Departs 21st July and 4th August.

From golden Buddha’s and busy markets, magical temples and the tranquillity of Inle Lake – Burma will excite, impress and intrigue those of all ages. Like travelling back in a time-machine, you will experience South East Asia as it was twenty years ago – brimming with rarely seen sights and generations of exciting stories just waiting to be told. Discover the myriad of ancient temples in Bagan. Play games and explore a rural village with local children, see the famous one-leg rowing fishermen of Inle Lake enjoy a traditional puppet show!

Borneo Family Adventure, 12 days from £1,255 per adult, £1,130 per child, Flights ex London from £553 per person. Departs 20th July, 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August, 17th August

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.

Viva Cuba, 12 days from £825 per adult, £743 per child. Flights ex London from £584 per person. Departs 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August.

Discover the friendly Caribbean island of Cuba with its stunning white sandy beaches, lush jungle covered mountains and vibrant culture. This comprehensive family holiday visits all the major sites and shows the complex and exciting personality of the country through its history and people.A heady cocktail of Hispanic history, atmospheric cities, Latin culture, wonderful music and coconut palm-fringed Caribbean beaches in a Communist state – now there’s an interesting mix! Cuba is the antithesis of American culture; the lack of advertising and US household names is immediately striking and refreshing. Its isolation has ensured that its cars are endlessly recycled; the 1950s automobiles are amazing. Starting in Havana you’ll see the crumbling buildings and feel the exotic rhythms of the numerous live bands. Around Viñales you’ll explore tobacco fields, strange caves and stunning landscapes. At Cienfuegos, enjoy the French colonial influence in the architecture, relax in the colonial charm of Trinidad and snorkel at the beach before returning to explore Havana.

For bookings, contact Imaginative Traveller on 01728 885 514 or visit imaginative-traveller

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