Easter Holiday Family Holiday Ideas in 2016
The Easter holidays are a fantastic time to visit many of our family destinations - it's a great time to travel! You'll get amazing weather in places normally a little on the hot side in July and August, and you'll enjoy excellent spring temperatures. We recommend destinations like Italy, Morocco, Egypt or Jordan or think about further afield to Nepal, India or even Costa Rica.
Flights do book up early for key school holiday dates like Easter, so now is a good time to set your plans while there are options and availability and whilst flight prices are still low.
NEPAL: Himalayan Adventure
This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime kind of holidays for families with a sense of fun and adventure. Begin your visit haggling in the exotic bazaars of Kathmandu. A gentle two-day walk in the Himalayas with comfortable camping is followed by a white-water rafting adventure to a river camp. Picture your children perched on top of an elephant searching for rhino and tiger at Chitwan, then canoe through the jungle and bathe with the elephants, they won't forget that bath time for a long time! For full details see our Himalayan Adventure Itinerary.
MOROCCO: Kasbahs & Camels
This trip is specifically designed to give a taste of the variety and colour of Morocco. Travelling by minibus, you'll head across the Atlas Mountains, stopping to visit the spectacular Ait Benhaddou kasbah made famous in the film Gladiator. Learn about the life of the friendly and hospitable Berber tribes as you stay in their simple mountain villages. Relax at the fishing port of Essaouira and ride camels along the beach. Finally, explore the lively bazaar in Marrakech's colourful souk and step back in time as the square comes to life with acrobats and jugglers. For full details see our Kasbahs & Camels itinerary.
EGYPT: Nile Cruise
There's plenty of time to relax and also absorb the history of Ancient Egypt on this holiday. From the bustle of Cairo, the grandeur of the pyramids and the treasures of Tutankhamun, you'll take an overnight train to Aswan. Here you'll board a cruise boat for three days that meanders down the Nile stopping off en route at the temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. You can ride on camels, donkeys and on a calesh. You can extend this trip to include a few days on the beach at Hurghada where you can explore the coral with a snorkel. For full details see our Nile Cruise itinerary.
VIETNAM: Hanoi to Saigon
This vibrant and friendly country is sure to delight you and stimulate all your senses. Explore bustling Hanoi by cyclo, unwind as you cruise on a traditional junk through the network of islands and peaks in Halong Bay and watch fishermen go about their day. An overnight train journey on the famous Reunification Express takes you to the old imperial capital of Hue, set on the Perfume River. Visit the ancient trading town of Hoi An and enjoy the nearby white sand beaches. Cruise gently along the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and have a go at catching fish with the friendly locals. For full details see our Hanoi to Saigon Itinerary.
MOROCCO: Deserts and Mountains
See the Imperial Cities with their palaces and sprawling souks. Discover the majestic beauty of the Sahara Desert where you can head off into the dunes on your camel and spend a night under the stars. Walk through some of the dramatic Atlas gorges, explore a kasbah of Gladiator fame and cross the High Atlas Mountains. Then it's off to Marrakech to see one of the world's great spectacles as the Djemma el Fna comes alive at dusk with acrobats, jugglers and snake-charmers! For full details see our Morocco Highlights Family Holiday
COSTA RICA: Active Costa Rica
Explore the rainforest, volcanoes and beaches of this natural paradise with action all the way. Canoe on the Caribbean coast and ride a horse on a working ranch. Take to the water by raft on the Sarapiqui River. See the active Arenal volcano from your mountain bike and walk at night in the tropical forest. For full details see our Active Costa Rica Family Holiday
ITALY: Vesuvius & Pompeii
Based in Sorrento, you'll be perfectly positioned for visiting some of Italy's finest ancient sites, spectacular coastline and tiny islands. Uncover the secrets of Pompeii and enjoy optional trips to Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. Speed across to chic Capri and discover the dramatic scenery on a cruise around the island. For full details see our Vesuvius & Pompeii family holiday >>
COSTA RICA: Rainforest & Volcanoes
Costa Rica is just made for families. It offers a wonderful combination of activity and adventure as well as superb beaches and comfortable accommodation. During this holiday you'll dip your toes in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, experience the contrast between the laid back Caribbean coast and the ranches and cowboy country of Guanacaste in the west, and enjoy a dazzling array of optional activities in the rainforest - canopy tours, zip-wire riding, rafting, inner tubing and horse-riding. High mountains, dense primary rainforest, wildlife and empty beaches are just a few of the highlights of this compact and peaceful Latin American republic. For full details see our Rainforest and Volcanoes itinerary.
THAILAND: Rainforests & Islands
This trip is simply fantastic! It's a genuine pleasure to be in exotic Thailand; to enjoy its people, culture and tasty food. Your family will take part in activities that you'll remember for a lifetime. In Bangkok you'll explore this vibrant city by tuk-tuk and longtail boat. Taking the overnight train south you'll stay in a rainforest lodge and explore on foot, then visit tropical islands where you can snorkel in clear, warm waters seeing thousands of iridescent fish and brightly coloured coral, and enjoy pure white sand beaches. Heaven! For full details see our Rainforests & Islands itinerary.
INDIA: Taj & Tigers
Enjoy the intense sights, sounds and smells of North India on an unforgettable family trip. Discover temples and a maze of alleyways in Old Delhi's traditional bazaar. See the beautifully painted havelis (private mansions) in Nawalgarh and take a ride on one of the decorated tuk-tuks. Then see the delight on the faces of your children as they see their first tiger in the wild at Ranthambhore. You'll also explore the atmospheric Pink City of Jaipur, and the deserted Moghul City of Fatehpur Sikri, and finally, be amazed by the tranquility of the world's most beautiful building - the Taj Mahal. For full details see our Taj & Tigers itinerary.
JORDAN: Crusaders & Camels
The highlights of this holiday are Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia comes to mind and Petra with its amazing temples carved out of the rose-coloured stone - and the film set for The English Patient. However there is so much more - from swimming in the Dead Sea (or trying to), to Bedouin-style desert camping, sleeping out under the stars. Enjoy camel treks, jeep safaris, a visit to the Cursader castle of Kerak, and end by dipping your toes in the Red Sea at Aqaba. A real kids travel adventure! For full details see our Crusaders & Camels itinerary
SRI LANKA: Ceylon Discovery
Sri Lanka is an island of enormous variety with its amazing history of early Buddhism, its lush green forests and jungle, cool highlands, ornate temples and wonderful food. But what visitors remember most are the people - amongst the friendliest in Asia. Our trip will allow for plenty of interaction with the local people, enabling you to learn about their culture, dance, clothes, customs, religion and food. Oh, and don't forget those palm-fringed, uncrowded beaches with their outrigger canoes and stilt fishermen. Paradise! For full details see our Ceylon Discovery holiday
SPAIN: Learn the Lingo!
A brand new style of holiday for families with children learning languages at school or college. A few mornings a week are spent conversing in the foreign language in a classroom environment, learning phrases and new vocabulary which you will use in your afternoon activity. Lessons are adjusted to suit your holiday activities such as cycling, cookery, kayaking and cultural visits. Set in the beautiful seaside town of Calella; only an hour from Barcelona. This holiday is a unique opportunity for your child to gain confidence in spoken and written Spanish. The lessons are based on small group sizes. For full details see our Learn the Lingo Family Holiday >>