Family holidays have evolved – a hunger for experience, a desire to educate, and the determination to share our passion for travel with the next generation is now more possible than ever. The Family Travel Show, held at Olympia, London 1 – 2 October 2016 will showcase with expert exhibitors, the opportunities that exist for exploring the world with kids in tow. Here are a few of the offerings available:
SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI – ZAMBEZI SAFARI & TRAVEL COMPANY – Kruger and Sabi Sands Private Reserves
A great family safari option, this 6 night Kruger safari focuses on two private unfenced game reserves west of Kruger National Park. The area is one of South Africa’s best places for leopard viewing and encounters with elephants, lions, rhinos, and buffalos pretty much guarantees the full Big Five experience. Two game drives daily in an open Land Rover and daily guided safari walks under the close supervision of experienced rangers and trackers will guarantee exceptional wildlife experiences. www.zambezi.com
VOLUNTEERING IN THAILAND – GO DIFFERENTLY – Working with elephants
At the project that Go Differently supports in southern Thailand, each volunteer (including kids if they’re up to it – and most of them are!) is allocated to work with their “own” elephant and mahout for the duration of their stay so they can get to know them and even build up a rapport. During their stay, they’ll learn how to wash and generally care for their elephant, as well as riding bareback and giving simple voice commands. When it gets too hot in the afternoon, head to the beach or explore the local area. And of course, there’s also plenty of cultural interaction with both the mahouts and their families, and lovely local co-ordinators who host the volunteers in their comfortable, air-conditioned homes.
GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE – TAUCK – Red Rocks and Painted Canyons
Share the wonders of nature’s handiwork with your family on Tauck’s popular Utah, Nevada and Arizona holiday. See the sun rise over the Grand Canyon with a stay at an inside-the-park lodge right on the rim, and walk along the South Rim with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Discover classic Western towns like red-rock Sedona, Arizona and Kanab, Utah (“Little Hollywood”). Head off into the Sedona hill country on an optional guided Pink Jeep off-road excursion or float along the Colorado River on a raft… fly over Rainbow Bridge… take a private lake cruise and guided tour to view colourful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation… view Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos and ride a horse or mule along its scenic trails with a cowboy… and take a private tram tour at Zion National Park!
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TOOM RAIDER IN CAMBODIA – ALL POINTS EAST – Ruined Cities & Tropical Islands
Discover a real Indiana Jones experience following in the footsteps of Tomb Raider with All Points East. Visitors rarely know what to expect from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh but are quick to pick up on the totally chaotic, yet great fun and friendly vibe. Travel through the scenic and timeless Cambodia countryside where you will see ox carts, stilt villages, emerald paddy-fields and serene landscapes. Explore the jungle clad ruined cities of Angkor – certainly one of Asia’s most evocative and exotic destinations, Beng Melea – the ultimate Indiana Jones temple. Some amazing sights and exotic scenes – culture shock and great fun guaranteed – with plenty of friendly locals and tasty food plus masses of culture, history and geography to inspire all members of the family.
LUXURY CRUISING – CRYSTAL CRUISES – Across the Bay of Biscay
Space dedicated to children is rare on luxury ships, yet Crystal has designed its ships to accommodate multiple generations. Crystal Symphony offers child-friendly cuisine, highly acclaimed children’s programmes on select sailings with activities for children aged 3-17 and dedicated “play” rooms for kids (Fantasia) and teens (Waves). For parents longing for some time on their own, all vessels offer in-stateroom babysitting. Cruise all-inclusive from London Tilbury to Lisbon on Crystal Symphony and visit Honfleur, Guernsey, St-Malo, Bordeaux, Le Verdon, St-Jean-de-Luz and Bilbao.
ADVENTURE SAFARI – EXPLORE WORLDWIDE – Namibia Cheetah Safari
Brand New Trip! This 15 day adventure is perfect for families who want to discover an African country that is off the beaten track. The trip offers a fascinating journey through Namibia offering inspiring landscape of the oldest desert on the planet. You will track elephants, rhinos and lions in Etosha National Park, kayak in Walvis Bay and climb to the top of the world’s highest sand dune in Sossusvlei. Explore the desert with a local expert, spotting lizards and see Omaruru rock paintings.
CRUISE THE NORWEIGEN COAST – HURTIGRUTEN – Young Explorers Programme in Norway
On sailings along the Norwegian coast, kids aged 7-13 can partake in the complimentary Young Explorers Programme from 1 April 2017. It is designed for children travelling with adults to magnificent destinations where the focus is on education, fun, and participation. Participating in the Young Explorers Programme is free of charge for all kids on board, and will be available on Hurtigruten’s Norwegian coastal sailings with MS Finnmarken, MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord. On these journeys the kids will stay active and curious, get a deeper understanding of nature, climate and culture, and be introduced to topics related to wildlife, local food, environmental protection and famous explorers. This programme truly gives the kids a sense of what it is like to be a real explorer in beautiful and untouched surroundings!
DISCOVER INDIA – KE ADVENTURE – Tigers and temples of Rajasthan
Exploration of the colourful, princely state of Rajasthan begins with an afternoon visit to the stunning Taj Mahal. Then, after a rickshaw ride in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, you will take the express train to Ranthambore, for a 2-night stay at a jungle resort and a real chance to meet a wild tiger. Driving through the rural heart of Rajasthan to the pink city of Jaipur, you will go to the cinema to see a classic Bollywood movie. Learning how to cook curry with a local chef and a camel ride at the pilgrim’s city of Pushkar are the final ingredients of this unforgettable family holiday in India. This is a fantastic family adventure, which will give everyone a great introduction to the sights and sounds of India, whilst enjoying some fun with the locals.
ABOUT THE FAMILY TRAVEL SHOW:
The Family Travel Show is your chance to meet with the biggest collection of specialist family holiday providers and discover travel options that you never knew existed. Get insider information and ideas from the experts, plus save money with the amazing show offers and enjoy show features for all the family.
The Family Travel Show tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door, under 16s are free. For full details and to book tickets please visit www.familytravelshow.com or call 0844 209 7360. Calls cost 10p per minute.