(and one for December!)
We love Lanzarote for its crazy lunar landscape, smoking volcano and sunny beaches. Kids of 10+ can learn to dive with a beginners’ open-water diving course before venturing down into Museo Atlantico, Europe’s only underwater sculpture museum. Back at the all-singing all-dancing Princesa Yaiza, let off steam with soccer school at the Kikoland Kids Club.
Inspiring Travel Company offers 7 nights at Princesa Yaiza from 27 Oct from £4,225 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 12) b&b, incl flights and t/fers. 01244 355527 inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk
Jordan is top of our wish list. Scott Dunn’s family trip takes in Amman, the treasures of Petra, Wadi Rum (a night camping out in the desert and a camel ride), ending up with floating on the Dead Sea. Ages 8+.
From £2,800p/p based on a family of 4 for 7 nights incl flights and t/fers, b&b and selected experiences. 020 8682 5000 scottdunn.com
MOUNTAINS, DESERTS & BEACHES
You can squeeze 12 days into the October half term and can really get the most of beautiful, fascinating Oman in that time. Turquoise Holiday’s family adventure includes dolphin watching and exploring the Jabal Akhdar mountains in a sturdy 4x4.
A night in the desert is followed by a couple of lazy days by the beach. Heaven.
From £9,494 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 12) including international flights and private t/fers throughout. 01494 678400 turquoiseholidays.co.uk
CHRISTMAS AT THE PYRAMIDS
Intrepid’s 8-day Egypt Family Holiday combines must-see highlights with off-the-beaten-track activities. Cruise the Nile in a felucca, sit down to dinner with a Nubian family and check out the mummified crocodiles at the Temple of Kom Ombo. Ages 5+. Departs Dec/Mar £930 adults, £837 children, b&b, meals, transport, guide excl flights. intrepidtravel.com
The flights to Kenya are long (12 hours+) but the time difference is only 2 hours. Far & Wild’s ‘Surf & Turf’ Family Safari and Beach Package is specifically designed for the October half term. 3 nights in the Masai Mara at Hemingways Mara and 4 nights on the beach at Watamu including snorkelling from a glass bottom boat.
From £2,300 per adult and £2,222 per child, incl flights & t/fers, f/board in Mara, h/board at Watamu, game drives and boat trip. farandwild.travel