Family Holidays for Summer 2019: From Safari Breaks to a Grand Canyon Getaway

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Of paramount importance when booking a family holiday (as anyone who has done so unsuccessfully knows all too well) is that parents and children are equally happy, and equally well catered for. The best holidays involve fun that can be enjoyed by all the family, and shared happy memories to go with it, whether it’s a trip orientated around adventure, wildlife or the beach. The parents of A&K’s founder Geoffrey Kent instilled in him a ‘sense of wonder and possibility that travel provided’ at a young age and, 55 years later, he is always planning his next expedition. “It is the greatest gift they ever gave me and something we hope to share with you on every A&K family journey.”

Imagine your children’s faces when you tell them they’re going to ride like a cowboy in Argentina, or float on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. They’ll be filled with excitement and confidence, doing something no one else they know has, with a new-found sense of independence. And they may even forge friendships across continents and experiences, even easier to maintain with modern technology.

And what’s in it for you? Wonder – as you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, or hear the roar of the Iguazú Falls in Argentina. Peace of mind – all the activities have been tried and tested by A&K specialists, and your holiday has been tailor-made just for you. Satisfaction – seeing their pure joy as they experience new places, cultures and foods (then hearing these stories relayed repeatedly when you get home). Incredulity – for once, screentime isn’t a battle. Not one of you cares where the iPad is or whose turn it is to watch it. Try one of these itineraries out for size.

Family holiday in Utah & Arizona 

Best time to go: March – November
Recommended length of trip: 12 nights

Sedona, Arizona 

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Experience the Grand Canyon and beyond with this classic USA itinerary. Embark on a self-driven road trip through the dramatic, swirling landscapes of Arizona and Utah; jump in a private off-road Jeep ride across Sedona’s famous Red Rocks and enjoy a private guided tour of the Grand Canyon’s hidden trails. Learn about sacred Monument Valley from a Navajo guide and float down the Colorado River.

Children will love: the ten swimming pools at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, or scenic horseback riding and hunting for dinosaur fossils at Zion National Park in Utah.
You’ll love: staying at the El Tovar Hotel, right on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

View the complete Southwest Family Explorer itinerary

Family holiday in China

Best time to go: March – May & July – October
Recommended length of trip: 13 nights

 The Yangtze river

Starting in Beijing, this itinerary will see you scale the Great Wall of China before whizzing back together down on a toboggan. Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and cycle China’s oldest city walls in Xian before a three-day cruise down the Yangtze River aboard the intimate Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Finish up in Shanghai, China’s cosmopolitan city. 

Children will love: meeting a panda at the Breeding & Research Centre in Chengdu, something most kids will never get the chance to do.
You’ll love: having the planning of this particular itinerary taken out of your hands – no need to worry about trip details being lost in translation, or not being able to understand what’s on the menu. 

View the complete Family China itinerary here

Family holiday in Iceland

Best time to go: May – September
Recommended length of trip: 1 week

The Retreat, Blue Lagoon

 Thingvellir National Park

Experience all of Iceland’s extreme contrasts on this trip, from powerful geysers to waterfalls and volcanic craters. Take the Golden Circle tour and see Iceland’s Big Three including the geological phenomenon that is Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s historic parliament, and go on a super-jeep safari in the Thorsmork Valley. There’s also whale watching, horse riding, kayaking and a VIP soak to the mineral-rich thermal waters of The Blue Lagoon. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of the world-famous Northern Lights, leaping over the lagoon. 

Children will love: touring the Westman Islands to see the puffin colonies. 
You’ll love: a relaxing night in The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, a luxury resort with typically serene Icelandic architecture and an underground spa.

View the complete Family Iceland itinerary here

Family holiday in Vancouver 

Best time to go: May – September
Recommended length of trip: 8 nights


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Tents

Be captivated by a trip to Canada’s coastal city. Spend a couple of days soaking up the urban beaches and downtown restaurants of Vancouver, including a bike tour of Stanley Park. Transfer by seaplane to the five-star Clayoquot Wilderness Resort for three action-packed, exhilarating days of riding, hiking, rock-climbing, surfing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking before sleeping under canvas in a luxe family tent with en-suite bathroom.  

Children will love: going on a ‘bear hunt’ and immersing themselves in the great outdoors.
You’ll love: re-evaluating what ‘glamping’ really means at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort; expect a private deck, king size beds, vintage oil lamps, antique silver and electric lighting. 

View the complete Vancouver Wilderness Family Explorer itinerary here

A Family Safari in Kenya

Best time to go: June – August
Recommended length of trip: 8 nights

Giraffe Manor

Introduce your children to the incomparable magic of African wildlife on trips to the Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Meet orphaned elephant and cheeky chimpanzee at nearby sanctuaries, visit a traditional Maasai village and enjoy multiple game drives, for a chance to see Africa’s Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Your base in Nairobi will be in the inimitable and world-famous Giraffe Manor  expect regular encounters with the giraffe who reside in the adjacent sanctuary.

Children will love: breakfast with the long-necked Giraffe Manor residents.
You’ll love: having a sundowner on the banks of the Mara River.

View the complete Family Safari to Kenya Itinerary here

In Search of Tigers in India 

Best time to go: October – June
Recommended length of trip: 10 nights

Mahua Kothi

Samode Safari Lodge 

This itinerary offers an unforgettable wildlife experience exploring the famed tiger reserves of India. Stay in deluxe tented camps as you enjoy game drives in the tropical deciduous forests of Pench National Park. In the jungles of Kanha National Park, seek out big cat and endangered deer. End your safari in Bandhavgarh, home to one of the highest big cat populations in India; choose to stay in a chic kutiya (jungle hut) at Mahua Kothi or one of 12 palatial private villas at the romantic Samode Safari Lodge.

Children will love: the thrill of the chase, even if the elusive tigers outpace you.
You’ll love: the rare and special experience of being isolated in nature, but at the same time not sacrificing creatures comforts for the privilege.

View the complete In Search of Tigers in India itinerary here 

Special offers: Save on beach breaks with Abercrombie & Kent 

You’ll love the conveniently located beaches with gently shelving shores and easy access to (essential) shower facilities; watching the children on the beach from your ocean view villa; and the pre-booked overnight kids’ club, available in Greece and other destinations. They’ll love shell-seeking with the big kids in the Seychelles; learning to surf in California; taking to the sea on water bicycles; spending hours building the perfect sandcastle. There’s still time to secure one of A&K’s summer sun offers for a holiday at a spectacular price.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados. Save up to 40%
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Velassaru, Maldives. Save up to 28%
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Ozen, Maldives. Save up to 10%
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Domes of Elounda, Crete. Save up to 15% 
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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives. Receive 2 complimentary nights when you stay 7 nights or more
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