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From School to Summer: Our Six Best Family Holiday Destinations

Written by
Nancy Wong

As the school year comes to an end, surprise your kids by picking them up from school the moment that final bell rings and whisking them away to a carefree, fun-filled adventure. Whether you are departing from Europe, North America or Australasia, jet set to one of these nearby destinations for the perfect summer holiday.

DEPARTING FROM EUROPE

Croatia & Slovenia

For those looking for a getaway in Europe, hop on a short flight and explore the Adriatic coast of Croatia’s seaside cities, fairytale castles, and lakes of beautiful Slovenia. In Croatia, families will love a private sea kayaking tour of Lokrum Island, where a private guide will take you to St. Jacob’s beach where you and your family will unearth undiscovered caves, tucked-away beaches and walk through the Island’s beautiful botanical garden. For sundowners, while the kids are building sandcastles on the beach, enjoy a drink at the local island bar before departing back to your hotel.

After exploring Croatia, take a short drive to its neighbour, Slovenia where you’ll find the gorgeous Lake Bled nestled in the snow-capped Julian Alps, just an hour outside of Slovenia’s capital city. Breathe in the fresh air as you and your family take a ride on a pletna boat – a huge gondola-type rowboat – while marvelling at the panoramic sights around you.

Scotland

Blessed with magical landscapes and a distinct identity, visit the charming coastal regions of Scotland with your very own private guide. In the Scottish Lowlands, fishing, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking through forest trails are all popular activities for families looking for an active and fun way to explore the land. For fathers especially, some of the world’s most famous golf courses can be found here as well.

DEPARTING FROM NORTH AMERICA

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Journey to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to experience the perfect combination of wildlife and culture. In Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, get a taste of the lively market of San Francisco (yes, like the state of California), and feast your eyes on crafty artisans at work. Don’t forget to check out the art of chocolate-making from a Swiss-Ecuadorian confectioner family. After exploring the cityscape, board onto a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Wou and your family will experience dense marine wildlife through activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and diving, or venture through nature trails on various islands where you’ll walk among the Island’s famous gigantic tortoises.

Brazil

Take a short trip south and enter the dynamic world of South America and experience the vibrant country of Brazil. From Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and the beaches of Costa Verde, there is a great mixture of beaches, nature and action-packed activities that will entertain your entire family from start to finish. Not to mention, everything is in close proximity to one another, keeping travelling to a minimum. A must-do for families is the Gran Aventura boat ride. Your guide will bring you and your family to the base of Iguassu Falls in a special high-powered Zodiac boat, getting you in direct, up-close-and-personal (and very wet) contact with the magnificent waters. The whirlpools and waves created by the mighty Falls give this already-incredible boat ride even more added fun!

DEPARTING FROM AUSTRALASIA

Fiji

Just a short five-hour flight from major cities, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Fiji is basically a neighbour to Australia. As temperatures start to cool down in the summertime, escape to Fiji for an all-year-round tropical paradise. The two islands – Yasawa and Tokoriki – are both perfect stomping grounds for families who love to explore newfound territory. Kayak, paddle and snorkel your way through the warm waters and find yourself surfacing onto untouched beaches. Or indulge in other offerings such as native village visits, guided walks through rustic terrain and fishing with the local experts.

Komodo Island

When visiting Komodo, the best way to see the beauty of the region in its entirety is by boat. Hop aboard a private yacht with your family and embark on a sailing expedition around Komodo Island. Spend your days and nights cruising between lush, green islands, stopping to swim through clear, warm waters and digging your toes into powder-soft sand. Don’t forget to visit Komodo National Park where you can feast your eyes on the legendary Komodo Dragon, the largest living lizard in the world.

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A Family Adventure in Beautiful Croatia

National parks, medieval cities, and crystal clear water as far as the eye can see makes Croatia the ideal setting for a wonderful family adventure. This 11-night trip takes you along the coast from the enchanting capital of Dubrovnik to the vibrant city of Zadar, via the impossibly pretty islands of the Adriatic. There is kayaking, archery, rafting and ziplining to satisfy even the fiercest of adrenaline junkies as well as some downtime to simply relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Your adventure starts in the walled city of Dubrovnik, affectionately known as the pearl of the Adriatic. Wind your way through the marbled streets of the old town on a privately guided tour, then marvel at the sea of terracotta rooftops as your soar over the city on a cable car ride. You’ll also get to take to the water as you kayak through the sparkling sea towards the island of Lokrum.

Travelling up the coast you’ll reach Hvar, said to be the sunniest of Croatia’s islands. Spend your time exploring the old town, visiting the many beaches or simply taking it easy enjoying the fresh seafood and sublime views. A private motor boat will then bring you to Split, via the islands of Vis and Biševo, famous for their caves bathed in blue and green light.

Once the walled summer residence of the Emporer Diocletian, Split is a vibrant city centred around the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, now filled with quaint restaurants and boutiques. Whilst here you’ll get to experience the great outdoors with sword and archery lessons at Klis Fortress, rafting along the Cetina River and ziplining through the Cetina Canyon.

When it comes to natural beauty, Croatia has plenty of trump cards. Explore the crashing waterfalls of Krka National Park, wriggle your way through Modri? cave and sail around the Kornati Islands. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the bustling city of Zadar with its beautiful churches, Roman ruins and cutting-edge art installations.

If you are inspired to travel to any of these wonderful destinations, speak to one of our expert travel designers.

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