If you want to tear your kids away from their smartphones, book one of these history-filled breaks
01
Egypt

For the perfect Egyptian adventure back in time and sail down the Nile in Egypt upon a traditional felucca. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, take a tour of Cairo’s bustling old bazaar and then make a stop at the Egyptian Museum. Here the kids can take a peek at the treasures from Tutankhamen’s tomb and spy a room filled with mummies.

Luxor

02
Oman

Leave the glitz of Dubai behind and travel to the wilds of Oman. This land of wadis, dunes, mountains and quiet coves is an idyllic hideaway. Travel to the Wahiba Sands where kids will have fun dining between the dunes and spending the night in a Bedouin tent. Then head up high into the Al Hajar Mountains to join the butterfly trail at Alila Jabal Akhdar (main image) or discover the ancient town of Nizwa. Kids can see the historic mudbrick homes and visit the famed goat auction on a Friday. Just make sure that you don’t raise your hand and come home with one.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

03
Cambodia

Little Lara Crofts and Indiana Jones’ are sure to adore a trip to Cambodia. Here they can tour ancient temples in the jungle and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. They can also learn how to cook Khmer dishes at lunchtime and learn more about the history of Cambodia with a trip to the innovative Phare circus.


Angkor Wat Siem Reap

04
Myanmar

Visit the latest site to join the UNESCO World Heritage List – Bagan Temple. Tots can see more than 2,000 temples and if you have older kids you can even enjoy a balloon ride over the picturesque landscape. You can also take a trip to the Kalaw Cave Temple and visit Inle Lake where kids can see houses built on stilts and the athletic fishermen who steer their boats and haul in their catch whilst balancing on one leg.

Myanmar

05
Vietnam

If the food doesn’t win you over, the landscape definitely will. Let the kids enjoy the golden age of travel and take the Victoria Express Train to the mountainous region of Sapa. Here they can see the striking Black H’mong and Red H’mong people stroll along the streets on the way to tending their buffalo.

Sapa, Vietnam

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China, Shangahai, traditional Chinese fan dance

From £4,370 pp

Classic China

Chengdu Beijing & Northern China Xian Shanghai & Surrounds China Asia

  • Travel in a sidecar through the hutongs of Beijing

  • Discover the Xi’an Terracotta Warriors

  • See pandas at the Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu

  • Take in the sights on a walking tour of Shanghai

  • Cycle around the narrow cobbled streets of Suzhou

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 10 nights
Bamboo pedestrian hanging bridge over river in tropical forest, Bohol, Philippines

From £1,840 pp

Long Weekends in Cebu

Cebu & Bohol Philippines Asia

  • Visit Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a unique geological formation of cone-shaped hills

  • Catch a glimpse of the cute but endangered tarsiers, the world’s smallest primate

  • Enjoy lunch on a floating restaurant on the Loboc River

  • Relax on Cebu’s pristine white-sand beaches

  • Stay in an intimate, boutique resort on Mactan’s oceanfront

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 3 nights
Reine, Lofoten, Norway. The village of Reine under a sunny, blue sky, with the typical rorbu houses. View from the top

From £7,610 pp

Summer Fun in Norway

Oslo

  • Ride the Flam Railway, one of the most picturesque routes in the world

  • Hike the Jostedalsbreen glacier, the largest in continental Europe

  • Indulge in a sumptuous dinner at Cornelius Seafood Restaurant

  • See the midnight sun on a private cruise in the fjords of Tromso

  • Marvel at Norway’s spectacular fjord and mountain landscapes

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 10 nights
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