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Family activity holidays

Whatever their location, our family activity holidays keep everyone entertained. There is a mix of hotel-to-hotel holidays, where you move on every two days, and single-centre trips, where you are based in one hotel for the duration. It all depends on what you're looking for and who you're travelling with.

We offer canoeing holidays along Europe's tranquil, winding rivers. You don't need any experience, and the flow of the river does much of the work by propelling you along. If running or cycling activities are more up your street, there's plenty for you to choose from. Whatever you're looking for in a break from the ordinary, we've got a family activity holiday for you.

Use the options above to refine your search or scroll down the page to see our range of family activity holidays.

What types of family activity holidays are available?

Whatever you're looking for in a family activity holiday, we aim to make sure that there's an option that is suitable for all abilities and preferences. For those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors at an easy, relaxing pace, our walking holidays are the perfect option for you.

But for those of you who want to kick it up a notch and take in the local culture and landscape on two wheels, look no further than our cycling holidays. Explore at your own pace with our self-guided routes that allow you to discover the British countryside or travel to foreign shores.

Why choose Headwater for family activity holidays?

We have 35 years of experience crafting and fine-tuning family activity holidays that focus on the great outdoors. Our itineraries are selected so you can enjoy all the regional highlights and cultural gems that all our holiday destinations offer.

Our awards speak to the dedication we put into constructing our activity holidays. In 2020 alone, we received three awards at the British Travel Awards, including Winner for Best Company to Central and Northern Europe.

Sustainable travel is at our core as we understand the responsibility of tackling the climate emergency. In 2021, we became the first tour operator to set the goal of becoming Nature Net Positive by 2024.

For further information on our family activity holidays, please do contact us or give our sales team a ring on 01606 720199. We'll be happy to answer your questions.

Frequently asked questions

What age is suitable for children on family adventure holidays?

Many of our family activity holidays are offered to all ages and young children and teenagers enjoy our holidays. Any age restrictions will be listed on the product pages in our brochure, and you'll be made aware before you book. Children, however, aren't typically accepted on our guided holidays.

How safe are Headwater family holidays?

We're dedicated to creating exciting adventures that you can confidently book knowing that you can safely explore the world. Our expert team regularly updates the latest travel requirements for our family activity holidays destinations so you can enjoy a stress-free travel experience. From the moment you arrive, our team of specially chosen reps will be on hand to assist you with any questions or issues you encounter. They're here to help you book activities, move your luggage, and assist in emergencies without interfering with your independence.

What are the hotels like?

We book with small, family-friendly hotels that take a genuine interest in their guests and go the extra mile to make your holiday an authentic, enjoyable experience. Choose from historic castles, working farms, converted convents, and stylish villas amongst other accommodations available for our family activity holidays.

How active are your holidays?

Most of our activity holidays have canoeing, walking, and cycling options that are graded in terms of difficulty, so you just need to pick the grading that you're most comfortable with. No worries if you'd like to mix your activities with a few days lounging around the pool. You can combine our holidays with individual exploring as many of our activity holidays are tailor-made to suit your individual requirements.

Will there be other families on the trip?

All our family activity holidays are based on a number of people travelling so there are likely to be other families on the trip. The exact amount of other people attending will depend on your chosen holiday.

How to plan for a family activity holiday?

Planning your perfect family activity holiday depends on the activity you want to do and the length of time you'll be travelling. We offer a wide range of short-stay and weekend holidays, or you can adapt any of our itineraries to give you a shorter or longer break. If you have any questions, please contact our sales team at 01606 720199 or you can request a brochure.

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Austrian Lakes Activities
Austria: Salzburg

Austrian Lakes Activities

Stay in a luxury 4-star hotel with a top-of-the-range wellness centre and choose from a host of activities: walking, cycling (route notes for both provided), water sports, boat trips, and ice caves. Complimentary Headwater bikes are included for the duration of your stay.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM07SZ
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2179per person, tour only

  • 55 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Catalonia Activities
Spain: Catalonia

Catalonia Activities

Combine a stay at the beach with your choice of gentle walking and cycling routes for an active family holiday. You stay in the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where the rocky coastline has small coves to explore.

We provide a range of fully researched, self-guided walking and cycling routes, typically at activity level 1, making this an ideal family activity holiday with children. Throughout your stay, a complimentary Headwater bike for your exclusive use is provided to give you total flexibility.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM07CL
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2249per person, tour only

  • 10 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Chablis Vineyards Activities
France: Burgundy

Chablis Vineyards Activities

This family activity holiday offers the treat of walking and cycling in Chablis vineyards. Set in a gastronomic boutique hotel with a spa, this tour allows you to choose a different adventure every day. Ideal for food and wine lovers who wish to explore the world-famous Burgundy vineyard.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM05CB
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration5 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2179per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Classic Cotswolds Activities
United Kingdom: The Cotswolds

Classic Cotswolds Activities

Explore the Cotswolds - England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - by bike and on foot on this 7 night self-guided trip that includes stays in the villages of Moreton-in-Marsh, Winchcombe and Bourton-on-the-Water.

On this scenic activity holiday, you can discover the beautiful rolling countryside, honey-coloured villages, and stunning gardens and manor houses, all at your own pace.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM07CW
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2599per person, tour only

  • 6 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Canoeing on the Dordogne
France: The Dordogne

Canoeing on the Dordogne

A safe, undemanding canoeing activity holiday on the most celebrated river in France. This is a great choice for families as all hotels have pools and, for a limited period, all customers will have the option to hire a fully kitted-out bike for all non-canoe days, making it easy to explore locally too.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeB08DO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided canoeing
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$3079per person, tour only

  • 46 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dordogne Activities
France: The Dordogne

Dordogne Activities

Combine three of our exciting holidays to experience the ultimate activity holiday in the Dordogne. Two days of safe, leisurely canoeing with a choice of easy walking or cycling on the other days.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM08DO
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$3179per person, tour only

  • 26 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Nile Cruise - Premium
Egypt

Nile Cruise - Premium

Egypt has an enthralling history and a wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. This cultural trip allows you to visit all the major sites and attractions along the Nile in a comfortable fashion. Boarding our cruise boat at Luxor we travel upstream, watching local life pass by, whilst also visiting the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples along the way.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW08NC
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1949per person, tour only
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Highlights of Morocco - Premium
Morocco

Highlights of Morocco - Premium

On this guided, cultural trip we explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and continue our journey to the mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. A highlight of our trip is a camel trek in the Sahara and a night at a Bedouin camp.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW14MO
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration14 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2099per person, tour only
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
Photographic Safari
Kenya:

Photographic Safari

This is a Special Photographic Safari guided by award-winning Paul Goldstein with accommodation in a comfortable and intimate tented camp with en suite facilities. Enjoy the good quality and frequent opportunities to photograph the wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo and giraffe with all game drives included.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07PS
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration6 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$7249per person, tour only
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)