William Gray of 101familyholidays.co.uk picks 10 free-ranging, free spirited and free-of-chocolate family holidays still available this Easter
Spend ten days tracking monkeys, jaguars and sloths in Tortuguero, Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks, with free time on Costa Rica’s tropical coast for a spot of surfing. From £8,750 with Natural World Safaris excluding international flights for two adults and two children under 10 travelling between 28 March and 15 April.
Nestled in woodland on the North Cornwall coast, Gwel an Mor’s luxury lodges make a great base for expert-led wildlife activities, such as rock pooling, falconry and night walks. You can also hire bikes, swim in the resort’s pool and join an Easter egg hunt.
Up to £100 off last-minute Easter breaks, with seven-night stays for a family of four from £949 and short breaks from £619.
Take the kids on an adventure to discover the rose-hued city of Petra. Ride 4WD vehicles into the desert at Wadi Rum, camp Bedouin-style under star-filled skies, swim in the Dead Sea and explore Kerak, a key staging post for the Crusaders. The eight-day trip, departing 24 March, costs from £1,489 for adults and £1,340 for children over five, including return flights and B&B accommodation, with the Adventure Company.
Explore Mexico’s spectacular Yucatán Peninsula on a ten-day self-drive holiday, taking in the ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, the cenotes (underground pools) at Celestún and the beaches of Holbox Island. From £8,106 with Journey Latin America including flights for two adults and two children under 12.
Make the most of spring snow and blue skies for a family skiing break at Les Gets in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Esprit Ski can arrange all-day childcare with nurseries for babies and toddlers, while exclusive ski lessons are available for older children. Departing 31 March, one week costs £2,199 for a family of two adults and two children under 12, staying in a catered chalet.
With Easter holidays coinciding with the start of the lambing season, this is the perfect time to book a last-minute Feather Down Farms break. The lambs will be in the field right next to your tent, and there’s usually a need for a young assistant or two to help with bottle-feeding. A three-night weekend break starting 29 March costs £545 per tent (sleeping up to six) at Billingsmoor Farm in Devon or £599 at Boswarthen Farm in Cornwall.
Brush up on your Spanish with a trip to Catalonia which combines 2½ hours tuition on four mornings with afternoon activities that include a guided walk in Montnegre National Park, a market visit and cookery workshop, a day trip to Barcelona, sea kayaking and beach volley ball. Departing 30 March, the eight-day trip costs from £979 per child (14+) and £999 per adult, including flights and half-board accommodation with Families Worldwide.
Take a boat trip to the Island of Capri, hike the crater of Vesuvius, explore the ruins of Pompeii, sample freshly made mozzarella and stroll the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ along the idyllic Amalfi Coast. Departing 30 March, Exodus' eight-day tour costs £4296 for a family of two adults and two children.
A small-child-friendly taste of exotic Morocco, experience the colour and atmosphere of vibrant Marrakech, hike to Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains (with mules to carry children) and relax in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast where children can play on the beach, ride camels and explore old pirate hideouts. The Adventure Company's package for eight days departing 30 March costs from £719 for adults and £683 for children over two, including return flights, B&B accommodation, two lunches, activities and a local tour leader.
Highlights of this two-week trip in Sri Lanka with Families Worldwide include the caves and temple at Dambulla, cycling through local villages, a cookery lesson, climbing Sigiriya rock, a city tour of Kandy, wildlife spotting in Uda Walawe National Park, a visit to a tea plantation and chilling on the beach at Galle. Departing 30 March, the tour costs from £1,679 per child (age 5+) and £1,799 per adult, including flights.
Award-winning travel writer and photographer, William Gray is a contributing editor for Wanderlust and editor of www.101familyholidays.co.uk