Camel trek in Morocco (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 06 September

10 unforgettable family Christmas adventures you can still book now

Make this Christmas one your kids will never forget by booking an exciting, exotic family holidays across the globe. If you're thinking of spending the festive season abroad, now is the time book

1: Experience Peru’s monuments and jungles

Peruvian teenagers in traditional dress (Dreamstime)

Peruvian teenagers in traditional dress (Dreamstime)

Witness the beauty and diversity of Peru, from the Andes to the Amazon, on this 12-day family trip with G Adventures.

Starting in Cuzco, you and your kids will follow the ancient Incan trail to Machu Picchu and explore the ruins and communities of the Sacred Valley. Next, you'll get to know the Amazon, where you’ll stay in a jungle lodge, with easy access to a rainforest canopy and abundant wildlife. With visits to the Ccaccaccollo Community Women's Weaving Co-op and the Parwa Community Restaurant, your children will also gain a rare insight into life in modern Peru and the ways communities are working hard to become self-sustainable.

Trip: Amazon to the Andes – Teenage Adventure

Who: G Adventures

When: 18 Dec 2017

How long: 12 days

How much: From £1,599 (exc. flights)

2: Climb Africa’s highest mountain

Herd of elephants near Mt. Kilimanjaro (Dreamstime)

Herd of elephants near Mt. Kilimanjaro (Dreamstime)

Give your kids the gift of determination, perseverance and a huge sense of achievement this Christmas with a trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with Oasis Overland.

Specifically designed for families, everything about this expedition is designed to help you and your family reach the highest peak in Africa. You’ll hike through lush rainforests and alpine deserts, across glaciers and past snow fields, to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Then reward your family with a 4x4 wildlife safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania’s most famous national park.

Trip: Kilimanjaro climb & Serengeti safari (13 Days) - Family Adventure

Who: Oasis Overland

When: 18 Dec 2017

How long: 13 days

How much: From £2,450 (exc. flights)

3: Have a green Christmas in Costa Rica

Juvenile sloth hanging around in Costa Rica (Dreamstime

Juvenile sloth hanging around in Costa Rica (Dreamstime

Introduce your kids to a country that values the environment and all its riches on this family trip to Costa Rica with Grand American Adventures.

Costa Rica is one of the ‘greenest’ countries on earth, with natural beauty and abundant wildlife that will delight your family. You’ll travel by boat deep into the remote Tortuguero National Park, walk trails through cloud forest, take a dip in the volcanic hot springs at Arenal and relax on white sandy beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. Your kids will spot diverse wildlife, from turtles to monkeys and sloths to toucans, and learn why it is so important to protect their planet.

Trip: Costa Rica Family Discovery

Who: Grand American Adventures

When: 16 Dec 2017

How long: 14 days

How much: From £1,899 (exc. flights)

4: Christmas under the stars in Morocco

Family on camel trek in Morocco (Dreamstime)

Family on camel trek in Morocco (Dreamstime)

Introduce your family to the humbling majesty of the Sahara Desert on this camel trek in Morocco with KE Adventure Travel.

Joining a traditional camel caravan on the edge of the world’s most famous desert, you’ll make your way across immense dunes, sleeping under the stars and experiencing the Berber way of life. Finally, you’ll swap the peace and solitude of the desert for the buzz of Marrakech, exploring the narrow alleys with your children and picking up a souvenir of your unforgettable trip.

Trip: Morocco Family Adventure Desert Trek

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: 23 & 28 Dec 2017

How long: 7 days

How much: From £475 (exc. flights)

5: Enjoy a Vietnamese family Christmas

Junks on Halong Bay (Dreamstime)

Junks on Halong Bay (Dreamstime)

Introduce your children to new cultures and new tastes this Christmas with a top-to-bottom exploration of Vietnam with G Adventures.

The focus is on fun on this family trip. You and your kids will cruise Halong Bay, explore the Imperial Citadel, visit extraordinary museums and take a boat trip to a floating market. There will be plenty of time to relax on Vietnam’s famous beaches too, as well as the chance to encounter locals as they go about their daily lives. Don’t forget to pack your smile – you’ll be needing it often here.

Trip: Vietnam Family Adventure

Who: G Adventures

When: 17 & 24 Dec 2017

How long: 12 days

How much: From £799 (exc. flights)

6: Have a colourful Cuban Christmas

Kids in Cuba (Dreamstime

Kids in Cuba (Dreamstime

Give your kids a little sun and a lot of colour this festive season with this Cuban Christmas family break with Intrepid.

It’s a journey that will take you from the faded glory of Havana to tobacco fields, fishing villages and dazzling white sand beaches that dot the country. Your family will wander through the crumbling facades of colonial cities, meet chilled out locals puffing on cigars and wiggle their toes in the sand on an isolated beach. Experience Cuba at Christmas, in all its glory, and introduce your family to the colours, cuisine and culture that make Cuba a truly distinctive country

Trip: Cuba Family Holiday

Who: Intrepid

When: 18 Dec 2017

How long: 10 days

How much: From £1,435 (exc. flights)

7: Get under the skin of Burma

Young novices in Burma (Dreamstime)

Young novices in Burma (Dreamstime)

Introduce your children to an age-old culture and teach them new, fun skills on the specially designed family trip to Burma with TravelLocal.

The last thing your kids will want to do at Christmas is trudge from one monument to the next. This trip combines adventure, wildlife and traditions of Burma into fun, competitive activities to make sure every one enjoys their journey to the utmost. Wash retired elephants in a river, make traditional Shan paper, cook local cuisine and see who can spot the most birds in the Moeyungyi Wetlands. Burma is a fascinating experience for young and old.

Trip: Burma’s Family Highlights

Who: TravelLocal

When: Flexible departures

How long: Flexible

How much: From £1,410 (exc. flights)

8: Experience an Omani desert Christmas

Celebrating Eid Al Fitr inOman (Dreamstime)

Celebrating Eid Al Fitr inOman (Dreamstime)

Enjoy a Christmas under the winter sun in one of the world’s most family friendly destinations on this self-drive adventure in Oman with Audley.

Designed specifically for families, this 10-day adventure is the perfect mix of exploration and relaxation, all at your own pace. From the beehive tombs of Nizwa to nights under the stars in the Wahiba Sands desert, it is a truly unique experience, topped by a visit to Ras Al-Jinz to witness majestic green turtles laying their eggs. Where else could you relax on a deserted golden sand beach at Christmas?

Trip: Oman Family Adventure

Who: Audley

When: Flexible departures

How long: 10 days

How much: From £2,670 (exc. flights)

9: Celebrate Christmas with orangutans in Borneo

Orangutans in Borneo (Dreamstime)

Orangutans in Borneo (Dreamstime)

Take your kids on a magical journey through the natural wonders of tropical Sabah this Christmas on this family adventure in Borneo with Intrepid.

Your kids will swim amongst colourful fish off pristine tropical beaches, spot wildlife in Borneo's steamy jungles and climb to the top of South East Asia’s highest peak, Mt Kinabalu. Along the way they’ll learn how orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated back into the wild, make friends with local villagers and try local cuisine. It’s a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Trip: Borneo Family Adventure

Who: Intrepid

When: 17 Dec 2017

How long: 10 days

How much: From £1,340 (exc. flights)

10: Find a tiger under the Christmas tree

A tiger in the wild in India (Dreamstime)

A tiger in the wild in India (Dreamstime)

Introduce your kids to tigers and the Taj Mahal this Christmas on an action-packed Northern India family expedition with KE Adventure Travel.

Your kids will experience everything this part of India has to offer, from the desert cities of Jaipur and Pushkar to the monumental grandeur of the Taj Mahal. They’ll ride cycle rickshaws and camels, watch a Bollywood movie, cook curries and play cricket with locals. The moment they’ll never forget, however, will be the one where they spot their first tiger in the Ranthambore National Park.

Trip: Temples and Tigers of Rajasthan – Family India

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: 24 Dec 2017

How long: 9 days

How much: From £1,045 (exc. flights)