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Half-Term Heroes

Summer might only just be making an appearance, but if you want to secure your spot on a family holiday to remember this autumn then it’s time to book soon. 

There are a wide variety of family-friendly destinations suited to this time of the year, from long-haul trips to Asia for an immersive cultural holiday to extending the summer in North Africa. All Explore family trips are designed around school holiday dates and usually fit within half-term week, sometimes with a day or so either side (or two weeks for the lucky ones!)

Discover Incredible India

Depending on the dates of your half-term holiday (either the 14 or 20 October), you could be jetting off to India for a whirlwind 10-day exploration of the country’s vibrant bazaars, wildlife parks and famous monuments. India is a fantastic family destination for those with older children, offering the perfect pre-gap year escape that will spark the wanderlust in any budding traveller. October is an excellent time to visit India, as the monsoon season has ended making for a cooler and less humid climate.

Why not try… our Family Taj, Tigers & Palaces trip to see the Bengal tiger in its natural habitat in Ranthambore National Park, visit hilltop fortresses and palaces, desert dunes on the back of a camel and the incredible beauty of the Taj Mahal? Yes – all on one holiday!

Re-enact Lawrence of Arabia

Step into the footsteps of the man himself as you journey along the ancient Spice Route through Jordan, discovering Roman ruins, Crusader castles and the impressive ‘lost city’ of Petra. October is a great month to visit Jordan, as the heat of the long, hot summer slips away, leaving cooler temperatures and clear skies – the perfect conditions for camping in the desert of Wadi Rum. History buffs will love learning about the country’s rich past, and there are lovely beaches to suit those who want to relax; not just at the Dead Sea, but in the resort of Aqaba too, famous for its diving.

Why not try… our Family Lost City of Petra trip? It’s a fantastically well-rounded trip, with time spent exploring history (Petra, Crusader castle Kerak, ruined Jerash), amazing scenery (Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea) culture, (dinner with a local family, visiting Bedouin tribespeople and beaches!)

Explore the sights of Egypt

Pyramids, the River Nile, pharaohs and feluccas – Egypt is a country blessed with thrilling history and opportunities for adventure in equal measure and is the perfect stop for budding Indian Jones’s. Most schools teach Ancient Egyptian history and what could be more illuminating than visiting the land of the pharaohs, with thrilling tours by experienced guides who can bring history to life? Imagine seeing the Pyramids up close, looking the Sphinx in the eye or seeing the light glint off Tutankhamun’s mask from just a few steps away. With sunny skies and warm temperatures year-round there’s no bad time to visit Egypt, so it’s the ideal last burst of summer before winter draws in.

Why not try… our Family Egyptian Adventure, which has all the elements of a true intrepid discovery, from sailing down the Nile in a traditional felucca to swimming in the Red Sea. Throw in camel rides, pyramids and tombs and you’ve got the recipe for a thrilling family adventure – packed into a week.

Uncover Morocco’s desert dunes

Morocco’s short flight time – just three hours or so from the UK – is perfect to fit into school holidays, with no jet lag and easy connections once you get there. Don’t let the quick journey deceive you however, for Morocco is worlds away from the holiday resorts of Europe. Chaotic, clamouring, jam-packed with colour; if you’re looking for a quick break heavy on adventure you’ll find the ideal place in North Africa. Activities in Morocco range from the relaxing (visiting film sets in the desert, drinking tea with Berber villagers, camping under the stars in the Sahara) to the active (riding mules in the Atlas Mountains, travelling in camel caravan, exploring the manic markets of Marrakech).

Why not try… The wide array of activities on our Family Rock the Kasbah trip? Ideal for active families, this trip is a journey through Morocco in the best way, meeting local villagers and learning about a fascinating and industrious culture along the way. Highlights include camping in the Sahara Desert.

Two weeks to spare? Read on…

For those lucky students that get two weeks’ half term holiday – or older ones who are leaving for college or university – two-week breaks in October maximise cheaper flights and shoulder season weather, often preferable for travelling. Our picks for a longer break include Sri Lanka, a tiny teardrop-shaped speck in the Indian Ocean which offers the perfect mix of activity and relaxation. Pack out a full 14 days with our Family Ecuador and the Galapagos trip, combining a stay in one of the planet’s most varied wildlife hotspots with time in Ecuador’s capital of Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Otavalo and Amazonia.

Book our 14th October Family Ecuador and the Galapagos departure and you’ll save up to £450pp!


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