The best holidays for adventurers

adventures for risk takers

Holidays mean something different to everyone, and to the adrenaline-junkie a week lying on a beach is possibly more akin to hell, rather than heaven. If you’re a risk-taker and after more ‘bang’ than beach, more ‘extreme’ than easy, more ‘zing’ than zen, then we’ve got some great holidays for adventurers ideas for you.

For the Family of Adventurers

Just because you’ve got the youngsters in tow doesn’t mean you have to settle for kids clubs and buckets and spades. If you’ve got kids who are as much in to the adventure of life as you are, then consider a safari holiday which will set them on the road to a lifetime of adventuring.

This incredible 11 day Swahili Coast tour and safari in Tanzania, will whet the family’s appetite for more. Experience dinner under the stars on salt flats, game drives in Selous Game Reserve, enjoy a canoe safari, and explore Zanzibar. This is an opportunity to create memories by capturing those ‘wow’ moments of experiencing animals in the wild. You even get to ride on an old African train. Family adventures don’t get much better.

For the Hikers and Trekkers

We actually have two fantastic options for adventurers who get a thrill from vast landscapes, and challenging treks. The first is a cost-friendly trek along the GR20 North, one of the most challenging long-distance walks in Europe. This 8-day adventure takes you along the Monte Cinto Ridge and a chance to take in the spectacular views from Pointe des Eboulis. Staying in shepherds’ huts and local spots you really feel at one with this adventure.

The second of our trekking adventures is also in Europe – this time in Poland. An opportunity to go trekking in the Polish High Tatras is an opportunity not to be missed. Home to the gut-churning Orla Perc pass, you’ll spend 5 nights in mountain huts as you ascend Mount Rysy and enjoy spectacular panoramas.

Related: The best walks in the north west

For Mountain Bikers

For true mountain bikers, the bike is an extension of the person. Relish in the challenge of this extreme mountain biking holiday in Morocco. This is an incredible opportunity to get some winter sun whilst biking the Tazarzart Pass, Draa Valley, and the impressive Todra Gorge. The vast rocky landscape of the Jebel Sahro will challenge your nerves as you cross the Atlas Mountains, feeling like you are biking in a different world. If the biking alone isn’t enough of an adrenalin hit, then take a break in the Todra Gorge for a spot of rock-climbing. Finish off by soaking up the atmosphere in the souks of Marrakech.

For Snow Lovers

If you want a winter wonderland holiday which will work its way into your heart and soul forever, then consider a 2-day snowmobile safari in Ylläs in Lapland. Nothing quite beats the exhilaration of taking in the snow-covered miles of frozen lakes and forests on a snowmobile, before an evening in the staggering silence of a snowy landscape watching the show of the sky with the aurora, and then snuggling down to sleep in a log cabin. You can extend your Lapland adventure by taking in husky and reindeer safaris, ice fishing, a visit to an ice hotel, or al fresco snow dining. Who said Lapland was just for Santa Claus?!

For Scuba Divers

Discover the breath-taking wonders under the seas off the Galapagos Islands with an indulgent dive adventure. This is an awe-inspiring chance to see hammerheads, whale sharks, manta rays, Galapagos sharks, marine iguana, octopus, coral, seahorses, dolphins, sea turtles, and more. Not only that but you’ll be onboard a world-class vessel of extreme luxury and enjoy some wonderful land excursions too. All-in-all you’ll have a chance for nearly 20 dives in this intensely amazing place.

For All-Out Activity and Adventure

If you want an adrenaline-filled maxed-out adventure holiday that will see you canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking, white water rafting and more, then you need to check out this outstanding 16 day adventure holiday in Nepal.

You get the opportunity to explore this incredible landscape and culture whilst also partaking in activities that give you a real adrenaline rush. This really is an extreme adventure! If chucking yourself down waterfalls, or battling with grade 4+ rivers sounds like your kind of fun, then this one won’t disappoint.

This is a thrill seeker’s heaven. If it’s still not enough, you could always take on trekking to Everest’s base camp.

Holidays with Intensity

Whichever you choose, all of these holidays will bring intense immersion in to adventure. Come home feeling like you’ve taken on the world and conquered it, and have given your adrenaline a boost.

Note: You should check the Foreign and Common Wealth Office advice before choosing to travel abroad: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

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