Families with older children and teenagers often look for a grown-up holiday where youngsters are able to learn new skills, take part in sports or enjoy a cultural experience. The suggestions below are perfect for this kind of family holiday.Cultural ideasLearn to cook in the Chianti regionFamilies can take part in a hands-on cookery class where they learn to create typical Tuscan dishes with local produce, using traditional methods. The 3 hour lesson is followed by dinner, where guests can sample excellent dishes featuring organic ingredients. Stay at the Relais Villa Belpoggio, a boutique hotel in the Chianti countryside. 5 nights from £2550 for a family of four including flights, car-hire, bed and breakfast and a 3 hour cookery lesson with dinner.Click to find out more about cookery holidays in Tuscany or luxury holidays to Relais Villa BelpoggioDiscover the secrets of PompeiiVisit the awe-inspiring site of Pompeii, the Roman city which was buried under volcanic ash following an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Families can spend half a day exploring the ancient streets and well-preserved buildings which offer an insight into the Roman way of life, followed by half a day visiting Herculaneum. Other visits to Amalfi and the ancient Greek ruins at Paestum. Stay at the family-run Hotel Poseidon in Positano.7 nights from £6950 for a family of four including flights, transfers, bed and breakfast, a full day excursion to Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a full day excursion to Amalfi and Paestum.Click to find out more about cultural holidays to the Amalfi Coast or luxury holidays to Hotel Poseidon.Take an art class in TuscanyTake an art class in a stunning rural location, learning from a resident artist in a lakeside pavilion. Families can spend a few hours learning how to capture the essence of Tuscany, guided by an experienced artist who is in residence for a month. Stay at the luxurious Borgo Santo Pietro, a Relais & Chateaux hotel near Siena which offers a range of experiences. 5 nights from £5100 for a family of four including flights, car-hire, bed and breakfast and a 2 hour art classClick to find out more about luxury holidays to Borgo Santo PietroActivity holidaysMountain & water sports in the PyreneesEnjoy a wide variety of activities including mountain biking and walking in the Catalan Pyrenees while staying at an alpine lodge just a few hours from Barcelona. As well as the numerous opportunities offered by the natural environment, there is also an excellent facility in the town of La Seu d’Urgell which hosted the canoeing at the 1992 Olympic Games ,where guests can take part in a number of water sports including rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The four-star Hotel El Castell de Ciutat is a charming Relais & Chateaux property set on a hillside in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, welcoming families with an accommodating staff on hand to offer assistance.7 nights from £2990 for a family of four including flights, car-hire and bed and breakfast.Click to find out more about luxury holidays to Hotel El Castell de CiutatSailing in AntiguaTake part in a wide variety of water sports including sailing while staying in an elegant resort on the east coast of Antigua. Guests of all ages and abilities can take their pick of sailing dinghies, from junior and adult single-handers to catamarans and high-performance keelboats. Children and teenagers can take part in a programme of activities which includes group sailing tuition as well as other games and water sports, while adults can also enjoy group sailing tuition or use the resort’s sailing boats independently. Nonsuch Bay Resort is a secluded property with accommodation in self-catering apartments, set beside a protected cove with access to a private beach.7 nights from £6280 for a family of four including flights, transfers, bed and breakfast and participation in the sailing programme. Click to find out more about sailing holidays at Nonsuch Bay ResortTennis in southern SpainImprove your tennis abilities while staying at a luxurious beach resort in Andalucia. The tennis club of the Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella was founded by Bjorn Borg, comprises 10 courts and has played host to numerous international tournaments. Beginners and more experienced players of all ages can enjoy tennis coaching either on an individual or group basis, or guests can simply use the courts for a few hours during their holiday. Located on the ‘Golden Mile’ between Marbella and Puerto Banus, The Puente Romano Beach Resort is a family-friendly hotel with excellent leisure facilities and is also within reach of many places of interest in this fascinating region. 7 nights from £5350 for a family of 4 including flights, transfers, bed and breakfast and one week’s membership per person at the tennis club.Click to find out more about tennis facilities or luxury holidays to Puente Romano Beach Resort.Touring holidaysActive family tour of Sri LankaFamilies will love all that Sri Lanka has to offer, including the opportunity to spot elephants in the wild, visit a turtle hatchery and go whale watching. Spend two weeks in Sri Lanka, staying in five luxurious yet family-friendly hotels in different parts of the country and travelling in a chauffeur-driven car. Start with a night by the beach then travel into the Cultural Triangle where you visit some spectacular World Heritage Sites. Next head to Hill Country where you visit an elephant orphanage and soak up the culture, before heading back to the coast where you can relax, explore or take part in water sports. 14 nights from £10500 for a family of four including flights, travel in a chauffeur-driven car, entrance fees to some monuments and bed and breakfast.Click to find out more about this family touring holiday.Swiss Lakes & mountains by trainTravel by train all the way from the UK to Switzerland, where you arrive into the lakeside city of Lausanne following a simple change in Paris. Set on Lake Geneva, Lausanne has stunning mountain views and has plenty to occupy families, from mediaeval castles and adventure parks to water and mountain sports. After 3 nights in the French speaking part of Switzerland, continue to Lucerne in the German speaking part of the country, travelling on the scenic Golden Pass Line through the mountains. Set on the lake of the same name, visitors to this charming city can wander around the fascinating old town, venture into the mountains on a rack railway and cable car, or enjoy a boat trip on the lake. After 3 nights here, return to the UK by train.6 nights from £1700 per person including rail travel, a Swiss Pass and bed & breakfast. Contact us for family prices.Click to find out more about this rail holidayCultural tour of Madrid & Andalucia by trainDiscover the variety that this region in southern Spain offers, travelling from city to city and experiencing the unique culture. We suggest that families fly into Madrid where they spend a night before heading southwards by train. Spend two nights in Córdoba where you visit the huge mosque, explore the winding lanes and enjoy a traditional dinner, before travelling to Seville. Spend two nights here with time to enjoy a guided city tour and to wander around the city at leisure. Finally, continue by train to Garnada, one of Spain’s most fascinating cities where you visit the exquisite Alhambra and enjoy an authentic Flamenco show.7 nights from £5500 for a family of four including flights, first class rail travel, a number of cultural presentations and guided tours and bed and breakfast in luxury hotels.Click to find out more about this family touring holidayAll holidays include accommodation in luxury hotels. Sample prices are for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 travelling in low season and sharing the lowest-priced room type for families. Please click the links above for full details about each holiday, what's included and the activities available.
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