Imaginative Traveller has added over 20 new trips to their 2013 family portfolio making the company one of the UK's leading family adventure travel specialists.
Now offering over 30 adventurous trips of between 8 and 19 days across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, the 22 year old company say it's seen a marked rise in demand for more off-the-beaten-track family adventures, hence significantly bolstering its trip range this year.
"It's noticeable that families still want the security of an organised trip from a reputable company, but are becoming much more adventurous when it comes to the type of destinations they choose," says Kate Hudson, Sales Manager.
According to Kate, the three most popular destinations in the 32-strong trip range are: Morocco, Turkey and Africa (South and East). "Parents with younger children generally prefer the shortest flight times from Europe, hence the perennial popularity of Morocco for example, available for children as young as 2 years, but once the kids are older, say from 8 years upwards, the more likely they are to consider long haul trips such as Cuba or Borneo," she says.
Whatever the destination chosen, each trip has been designed to balance exciting activities with the optimum blend of free time / R&R, and all offer up-close and personal encounters with the people and places in each destination, such as homestays as diverse as a jungle camps to sleeping under the stars in the Sahara in traditional Bedouin tents.
As well as small group adventures, families can also choose from two best-selling overland trips; the 17 day East African Family Overland Adventure through Kenya and Tanzania and the 19 day Namibia and Botswana Family Overland, through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Transport can include anything from private air conditioned bus, cruise boat, plane, calesh, felucca, train, 4WD jeep, camel, specialised overland vehicle, ferry, catamaran, elephant, dugout canoe, ox-cart, bicycle, sky train, long-tail boat, sampan, cyclo, dragon boat or raft.
The majority of trips are for children aged 5 / 7 and above, although the 8 days 'Magical Morocco' trip is for children aged 2 years and above, and trips are on a bed and breakfast basis. Hotel accommodation is on a twin share basis or family rooms where possible.
Specific departures cater for teens and single parents.
There is also a 5 % discount offered for family trips booked six months or longer in advance (excluding family overland adventures).
Here are the trips Imaginative Traveller believe will be the most popular family adventures for the school summer break in 2013.
Complete Turkey, 11 days from £989 per adult, £890 per child, flights from £190 ex. London . Trip highlights include: Ephesus, once renowned as one of the seven wonders of the world; Cappadocia's unique chimney stacks; the 'swiss cheese holes' of the underground city of Derinkuyu; Fethiye and the Turkish coast; wandering around Istanbul, a blend of West and East, ancient and modern. There are 3 departures during the school summer holidays.
Kids in the Kasbah, (Morocco) 8 days from £449 per adult, £427 per child. Flights ex London approx. £500 per person. Imagine the twisting alleyways of an ancient medina, a crowded souk full of colourful pottery and carpets or the sound of a muezzin calling to prayer drifting across an orange plantation. Morocco offers all this and more - complete with a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. This short adventure provides a fabulous introduction to these exciting highlights. You visit the old walled city of Marrakech and more out-of-the way places that few tourists get to see - such as the remote villages of the Berbers, hidden away in the folds of the Atlas Mountains. Move on to the Atlantic coast to ride camels along the beach and explore the old pirate hideout of Essaouira - packed with colour and atmosphere. There are two departure dates during the school summer holidays.
Journey to the Lost City; 8 days from £759 per adult, £683 per child ex Amman. Flights from approx. £480 ex London. 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 swim in its salty and amazingly buoyant waters - an amazing end to an amazing trip. There is one departure to coincide with the school summer holidays.
East Africa Family Safari, 17 days from £1,780 per person ex Nairobi. Flights from approx. £450 per person ex London. Trip highlights include: visiting an elephant orphanage and Giraffe sanctuary, taking a camel ride out to Masai villages, spot the Big 5 in the Serengeti camping in the park overnight, camping on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater to see some of its 30,000 animals, visiting an education project for local street kids, spending 3 days relaxing on the spice island of Zanzibar, on its beaches or at the hotel pool. There are two departures during the school summer holiday.
Breathtaking Burma, 11 days from £1339 per person, flights approx. £620 per person ex London. Find mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the world's friendliest people. From golden Buddha's and busy markets, magical temples and the tranquility 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. Come and uncover a little bit of Burma magic with us on this amazing family adventure.Departures include two dates during the school summer holidays.
Borneo Family Adventure, 11 days from £1099 per adult, £1025 per child ex Kota Kinabalu. Flights approx. £500 per person ex London. Take the kids on a magical journey to explore the natural wonders of tropical Sabah. Learn how orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated back into the wild, swim among colourful fish and spot wildlife in steamy jungles. Along the way, make friends with local villagers, try delicious cuisine and enjoy plenty of time to kick back and relax. Round up the family and jump on board this excellent adventure into the heart of Borneo. There are 4 departures during the school summer holidays.
Bespoke trips can also be arranged.
For bookings, contact Imaginative Traveller on 01728 888193 or visit the website at www.imaginative-traveller.com
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