Long breaks
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Date: 24 March, 2006


‘Are you getting a real flavour of the place you’re visiting, can you really get back and say you experienced the place you went so far to stay in?'


Jennifer Everest from surefish partner Responsible Travel has some suggestions for long breaks.

A long flight, a hotel compound and a beach – is that it!? Those are the ingredients of the majority of long haul holidays taken by UK travellers. Which is fine, if that’s all you want, but think about all you’re missing!

Are you getting a real flavour of the place you’re visiting, are you seeing all that it has to offer, the sights, the real local culture, the people, the food, can you really get back and say you experienced the place you went so far to stay in?

This year why not make the change. Here are a few suggestions from responsibletravel.com.

Whether it’s culture, wildlife, the adventure of a lifetime or a family holiday with a difference, you can experience a holiday that’s better for you and for the host people and the environment. Happy travels.

Adventure holiday in India: Wildlife & Moghul Cities
Departures throughout the year from £899-£1199 (11 days) including flights, from £499 excluding flights, local payment USD 100

From a cultural point of view, perhaps no other country on earth has as much to offer as India. During the imperial days of the British Raj, first-time visitors were staggered by the beauty of buildings such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur. Today's traveller can rightly expect to experience a similar sense of awe on visiting these monuments, which still retain their classic elegance.   This tour not only visits the great Moghul sights, but also spends time seeing India's natural attractions, in Ranthambore National Park and the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur.
More info here

Egypt family holiday: Feluccas & Pharaohs
One of our most popular family holidays with regular departures through the year from £819 per adult (10 days) and £749 per child including return flights to UK

If you want more from your family holidays than a standard, stay-put package, or a sterile world of creches and kiddies' clubs you'll love this! Your kids will probably already know about the Pyramids and Tutankhamun, but there's nothing like seeing the real thing for yourself! Not only will you see both the Pyramids and King Tut's gold, but you'll sail on a felucca , see the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and swim and snorkel among colourful fish in the Red Sea.
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Galapagos cruise options
A variety of tailormade options available to suit your budget and interests from £925 (8 days) excluding flights

A visit to the Galapagos is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences. It is a unique environment, an archipelago right on the equator, 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, where a remarkable range of life exists with absolutely no fear of man.

Some of the famed inhabitants of the islands include the blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, the Galapagos Waved Albatross, sea lions and fur seals, land iguanas and marine iguanas (the only sea-going lizard in the world), and of course the giant Galapagos tortoise. The islands are all very different and they each have specific landing sites and visitor sites. The nature trails are carefully marked out to avoid disrupting the wildlife, and we follow these accompanied by our expert on-board naturalist guide.
More info here

Cuba holiday. Salsa, Spanish and trek in the Sierra Maestra
£875 (Mar & Oct), £975 (Dec), (13 days) ex flights

This two week trip combines intensive Spanish tuition or Cuban dance classes for one week in Santiago de Cuba, with a second week in the Sierra Maestra mountains including climbing Pico Turquino (1972m), the highest peak in Cuba. The dance classes are taught by professional tutors from the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, one of Cuba's most famous dance and music companies whilst Spanish lessons are taught by professionally qualified and experienced Cuban teachers. The Pico Turquino trek is accompanied by fully qualified, bilingual specialist guides.
More info here

Selous Game Reserve Safari
One of our best safari experiences tailormade to your requirements from £1,395 per adult and £1,285 per child (up to 12 yrs), based on a family of 4 people

The number of tourists visiting Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha & Mikumi National Parks is limited making them ideal for travellers seeking a sense of isolation, exploration, and discovery. These parks display phenomenally beautiful and wild landscapes and possess an impressive diversity of wildlife and virgin bush. You will stay in semi-permanent safari camps based in either comfortable and stylish A-framed tents or small bandas with proper beds, furniture and en-suite bathroom facilities. A daily choice of assorted safari excursions is on offer. This trip will give you a truly unforgettable, classical Africa-style safari experience.
More info here

Bangkok to Hanoi
Sunday departures throughout the year from £480 (15 days) excluding flights, plus local payment of US$200

We look forward to sharing our passion for Asia on this classic overland adventure from Bangkok to Hanoi. Covering three countries in two weeks, this fast-paced trip brings out the best in all three. Take in the beauty of northern Thailand and its inspiring temples, relax as we travel through Laos on the Mekong River, explore Luang Prabang - a royal capital from a past era, and travel through scenic 'frontier' country into Northern Vietnam.
More info here

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