They are popular, and rightly so. These bestselling family adventures of 2016 are tried and tested itineraries we know active and curious families love. From all around the world, here is a definitive list of our most chosen family holidays. These family-focussed adventures were created with the whole family in mind, to entertain every member and ensure a holiday you’ll all enjoy.
We’ve ordered them simply by popularity. Without further ado, here are your top five favourites.
Number 1 Bestseller: Amalfi Coast
We’ve called this one Pompeii and Pizza, and that sums it up nicely. A blend of history, culture and some fantastic crowd-pleasing food is what makes this part of Italy so appealing for families. You’ll learn in a fun, interactive way about ancient civilisations and volcanic geography, be whisked across the waves on a boat to lovely Capri, and get a chance to wander along the famous Walk of the Gods. Italy excels at easy food options to satisfy taste buds for everyone – the pizza and pasta is homemade and exquisite, so you’re never short-changed. Not to mention the chance to top it all off with a world-class gelato or two.
If you want an adventure that will surprise and delight, this is a sure hit with all generations. This route starts in the north and steadily moves south along the coast, giving you a real sense of Vietnam. You’ll never forget the adventure of sleeping on a boat in Halong Bay, watching the sun go down between the spectacular limestone karst scenery. That’s not the only water based activity either – there’s Dam Sen Water Park, kayaking, snorkelling, a trip on a traditional sampan boat, a visit to a floating market and hot springs all packed in to this busy but exciting fortnight.
No. 3: Finland
This winter winner has been a consistent favourite with families and adults alike. Oulanka national park is a stunning location with some of the purest, pollution-free air in Europe and a backdrop of seemingly endless Scandinavian pine forest, frozen lakes and snowy scenery worthy of any chocolate box. There’s the chance to try a whole host of winter activities – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and endless opportunities for snowball fights, snowman building and sledging. The highlights for anyone with a soft spot for animals will be the dogsledding adventure and the trip to the reindeer farm.
No. 4: Sicily
Another Italian escape in our top five doesn’t come as a surprise – but Sicily keeps a character all of its own, a medley of influences from invaders, colonisers and traders from over the years. This getaway is great for families full to bursting point with energy. Let off some steam in the thermal springs and the slightly strange-at-first black sand beaches. Hike on three different volcanoes and unravel their geographic secrets in a way no textbook ever could, kayak and swim in the gorgeous cobalt-blue sea and indulge in the island’s culinary delights in Sicilian bakeries, market stalls and – adults only – a delicious wine tasting.
No. 5: Costa Rica
Any Attenborough adoring families will be champing at the bit for a taste of Costa Rica. This natural paradise is haven for wildlife fanatics of all ages – steaming jungles teeming with life, beautiful beaches where turtle hatchlings make a break for the sea, and national parks aplenty. This itinerary gives you bags of free time to tailor to your own families interests – feeling daring? Head for zip lining and white water rafting. Want to learn something? Join a chocolate tour or a nature walk. Need to relax? Plenty of time to unwind at the beach. Still included is more natural wonder than you could shake a stick at – jungle walks both day and night, boat journeys passing caiman, iguanas and monkeys, and a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary to learn more about these gentle, lovable creatures.
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