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Seeing the world from a different angle makes for an unforgettable family journey.

No longer does adventure travelling require months of preparation and a fearless disposition. Tour operators around the world are responding to the demand for family holidays that leave the coaches in the car park and provide travellers with a truly unique perspective of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

Giddy in Galápagos
There are some families that need little more than beach towels and a sunny patch of sand to create the perfect holiday. Other families, however, might prefer the high-energy excitement of touring the Galápagos Islands by land. Run by Adventure Life, the Galápagos Multisport Tour is a nine-day, action-packed itinerary beginning with a hike of San Cristóbal Island and ending with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Perfect for athletic families, this tour allows you to explore the Galápagos the active way: hiking, kayaking, biking and snorkelling. Then, of course, there is the amazing wildlife. Sea lions, dolphins, turtles and birdlife abound on this volcanic archipelago, and no other tour allows you to view these creatures in such close quarters.


Cycling South Tyrol
The dream of touring Italy is high on many a family bucket list and little compares to seeing this magical, sun-drenched country by road. Ciclismo Classico has created the ideal two-wheel active adventure in the province of South Tyrol (known in Italian as Alto Adige) in northern Italy that offers something for every member of the family. Cycle the scenic roads along the Adige River Valley and admire the spectacular views of the stunning landscape situated between the monumental Dolomites and the magnificent Alps. Enjoy the rolling roads from the Venosta Valley, traverse the Ciclopista del Sole (bike path of the sun), and conclude your cycling journey with an awe-inspiring descent into Lake Garda. This exciting family tour captures the best of the lush Alto Adige and Trentino regions and provides a plethora of cultural activities, scenic bicycle rides and a taste of the Tyrolean lifestyle.

Greenland adventure
For family-friendly adventures of the snowcapped variety, Big Chill Adventure’s Summer Highlights of West Greenland is ideal. This photography-hiking expedition is a magnificent introduction to glaciers, fjords, hot springs and palatial icebergs, not to mention dog-sledding, Arctic wildlife and indigenous culture. This West Greenland journey begins with an excursion to Eqi, the ‘calving’ glacier. An early morning boat ride from Ilulissat to the face of the glacier includes opportunities to spot whales, while on Disko Island, families can visit hot springs and hike to an ice cap with views of the bay, waterfalls and enormous basalt cliffs. At the close of the trip guests will embark on an unforgettable helicopter excursion over the fjords around the capital city of Nuuk to an inland glacier where they will land on top of the ice sheet for the ultimate happy-snap.


Costa Rica quest
This tour of Costa Rica by Adventure Life has it all, with opportunities to seek out some of the country’s most celebrated treasures. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled at the chance to tour Tortuguero National Park, one of the most important nesting sites for the green sea turtle. The adventure continues with a thrilling white-water rafting trip on the clear waters of the Sarapiquí River, and culminates with a visit to Arenal, Costa Rica’s most famous – and most active – volcano. Take a scenic boat ride on the Suerte and Tortuguero rivers, and through the Tortuguero Canals, offering views of the Costa Rican forest and mangrove swamps, which are teeming with sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, raccoons, crocodiles and jaguars, just to name a few.

Greenland

Family cycling in Vietnam
If the thought of cycling through Italy’s South Tyrol excites you, then consider this familyfriendly adventure through Vietnam. Ride & Seek operates the Coastal Exploration cycling holiday, designed for both cyclists and their non-rider family members who will begin each morning with a ride. Stay in two four-star hotels during the trip, one in Hue and the other in Hoi An, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hue is the old imperial capital and it was only in 1945 that the communist government established Hanoi in the north as the new capital. Hoi An, on the other hand, is situated on the coast and is arguably Vietnam’s most atmospheric town.


Reindeer adventures in Russia
For a truly unique animal encounter, you cannot miss this family-friendly adventure by MIR Corporation following the journeys of reindeer in Russia. This unique excursion focuses on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia’s east coast, a wide volcanic promontory thrusting upward from the Pacific Ring of Fire. Families will spend nine days exploring the region by cross-country vehicle and helicopter, meeting its diverse people and experiencing the ruggedly beautiful landscape. Highlights include flying by helicopter to the UNESCO-listed Valley of Geysers, soaking in vast systems of hot springs and trekking the Avacha volcano. Children will love a visit to a summer encampment of semi-nomadic reindeer breeders and their herds, boasting about the friends they made on holidays for years to come.

Costa Rica

MIR Corporation - Reindeer

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