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Mark Frary

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Self-guided activities

Mark's verdict:

Some of our best experiences as a family have been in the saddle, and I love the idea of exploring some of the most attractive regions of Europe on bikes and on foot. There's also a chance to paddle down rivers on a canoe or kayak, with your luggage transported to your next hotel.

Recommended tour operator: Headwater

Headwater says

Following increased demand from our customers, we have introduced a wide range of trips that are specifically tailored for family activity holidays. Travelling with children, grandchildren, or even a group of friends is a great bonding opportunity – as well as being fun.

  • great for multi-generation holidays
  • high-spec equipment
  • route notes & activity guide

Our family activity holidays are located in Austria, France and Spain with a mix of hotel-to-hotel holidays, where you move on every two days, and single-centre trips based in one hotel, perfect for groups of mixed abilities and little legs.

On our hotel-to-hotel holidays, your luggage is transported for you.

We have ensured that all our family holidays give you the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities – walking, cycling, canoeing and a variety of water sports, all at your own pace.

We provide expert advice, top notch equipment, detailed notes and route directions to help you get the most from each day and your chosen activities.

The bikes we provide are all custom-built, high-spec. There’s a choice of Canadian canoes or sit-on-top kayaks for the canoeing trips.

Throughout your holiday, our Headwater representatives are on hand to offer assistance as and when required.

Find out more about our family activity holidays and our latest special offers.

* See the review of Headwater Holidays.

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