Ethical family holidays
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Date: 15 June, 2004
With 850 species of birds, 2000
species of orchids, 208 species of mammals, 5% of all the
plant and animal species on the planet are represented in
'Itineraries can be tailor-made to visit cloud forest, rainforest,
volcanoes and Caribbean and Pacific beaches with accommodation
options specifically designed with families in mind'
As summer approaches it's time to start thinking about a holiday
that will keep the kids amused whilst also giving parents a well
deserved break. Jennifer Everest from surefish partner Responsible
Travel makes some suggestions.
Cottages in Tipperary
These self catering cottages in Tipperary
are situated on an organic farm in tranquil countryside just 2km
from Terryglass village on Lough Derg on the river Shannon. With
it's backdrop of rolling farmland, forest parks, historical artefacts
and boglands, this lakeside region offers countless possibilities
for an active, cultural or completely lazy holiday. With a wide
range of activities available locally including tennis, pony-trekking,
water-skiing and wind-surfing there's plenty to keep the little
Price: From E180 - E400 per week depending
on accommodation type and time of year. Weekends from E140.
self catering accommodation
A lovingly refurbished traditional farm
cottage set on wooded hillside overlooking the fields. Enjoy the
English countryside on one of the many nature walks or bridleways
on this idyllic organic farm within Exmoor National Park 3 miles
from Minehead. As the winners of Organic Producer of the Year 2003/4
we have our own Farm Shop for you to take home farm organic produce.
By staying with us you will be supporting an environmentally friendly
way of farming, helping with the preservation of the countryside,
the rural community & local economy.
Price: From £250 - £750 per
week depending on time of year. Sleeps 1-6. Long weekends &
short breaks also available.
holiday in the Atlas Mountains
Wander around Djemma El-Fna where colourful water-sellers, snake-charmers,
jugglers, musicians and acrobats create an Arabian Nights atmosphere
at dusk. Stay at a magnificent retreat at the foot of Mount Toubkal,
the highest mountain in North Africa. Relax and marvel at the views
or enjoy the endless possibilities for walking. The really active
could even make an optional attempt on the summit of Mt. Toubkal
itself! This holiday explores both the bustling world of Marrakech
and also the rugged Atlas mountains with an itinerary especially
designed for families.
Price: From £531 (child), £599
(adult) including Flights - one week.
holiday apartments, Cyprus
Kalavassos is a typical Cypriot village with a close-knit community
friendly, quiet and caring to its visitors. It is in an excellent
location 5 minutes drive from the beach and other amenities. The
house is very near the village square and has its own child-friendly
secluded courtyard offering peace and privacy to its occupants.
A perfect base to explore Cyprus or just relax and unwind.
Price: From CY £28 per apartment
Zealand Farmstay Holiday
A Farmstay Retreat specializing in
family holidays. Our 25 acre organic farm is located on the banks
of the Clutha River in the heart of Central Otago, 15 minutes drive
from Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand. We offer an up scale
range of accommodation packages from B&B to multi-night all
inclusive stays that include delicious family style meals and farm
activities. Situated in a truly magical setting with a mix of unusual
and friendly farm animals we cater for children of all ages with
supervised discovery programs, adventure playground, ground level
trampoline and child minding.
Price: Ranges from B&B at NZ$280 per
night (Double Occupancy) to multi-night all inclusive stays from
NZ$1790 (Double Occupancy: 3 Nights/4 Days).
walking holiday in France
On this walking tour of the Loire
valley you stay in small, locally owned character hotels, eat the
best of the local cuisine, and travel down by Eurostar. This holiday
is a relaxing and relatively gentle walk; distances are long enough
to allow a satisfying exploration of the area, but short enough
to leave time to visit chateaux en route, to enjoy the charming
villages with their tempting cafes and restaurants, or simply to
sit and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this enchanting area.
This self guided tour can operate at a time to suit you.
Price: From £580 excluding Eurostar,
£685 including Euro Star and local train.
and Islands of Thailand
Experience the diversity of Thailand from the vibrant metropolis
of Bangkok to remote, hill-tribe villages, dense rainforests to
deserted beaches and from riding elephants in national parks to
snorkelling on coral reefs - there's plenty to keep the little ones
occupied. Thailand in particular lends itself to family tours with
its convenient, efficient transport system, friendly helpful people
and high levels of food hygiene. Financial contributions are made
from these holidays to the local orphanage and to Karen and Mon
refugee camps housing people fleeing Burma.
Price: From £1400 - £1500 with
flights from London. £850 without flights.
safari holiday in Botswana
Enter the waters of the enchanting Okavango Delta one of the world's
most beautiful natural wonders home to a fantastic mix of animals,
take safaris onshore by foot and camp out in the wilds under starry
skies surrounded by the sounds of the African bush. The wildlife
is impressive and seeing big game on foot is an unforgettable experience!
This 10-day escape into the remote untouched African wilderness
of Botswana also helps to support the Maun Counselling Centre and
Children's Orphanage to combat the devastating effects of HIV on
local families and prevent its spread.
Price: Adult prices from £1599 including
flights from London children from £1327. Land only prices
from £1059 - 10 days.
Island country estate
This Greek Island holiday accommodation is a 7-acre private and
gated country estate on the shores of the Ionian island of Ithaca.
Perched on a hillside with spectacular sea views, this organic olive
oil producing estate includes four houses, each set into its own
fragrant gardened terraces, a swimming pool and outdoor amenities.
The accommodation offers you a luxury, family-friendly and romantic
destination where quality and hospitality are the abiding hallmarks.
Price: 2,800 - 3,800 Euros per week (sleeps
4). Includes airport transfers and car.
family holiday to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for families who are looking
for adventure and an opportunity to see wildlife at close hand.
With 850 species of birds, 2000 species of orchids, 208 species
of mammals, 5% of all the plant and animal species on the planet
are represented! Itineraries can be tailor-made to visit cloud forest,
rainforest, volcanoes and Caribbean and Pacific beaches with accommodation
options specifically designed with families in mind. Christmas,
Easter and July & August departures available.
Price: £2585 per adult, £1065
per child under 12 (sharing a room). £2350 per person for
adults and teenagers (not sharing a room with parents).
For more great suggestions
with holidays from leading responsible operators log on to www.responsibletravel.com