FAMILY SUMMER HOLIDAYS

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 Where to go on your summer holiday

Hot weather, blue sea, and white sand beaches; the summer holidays are a fantastic time to get away with all the family for some downtime or an adventure. Say goodbye to school runs and making pack lunches and hello to early morning swims and brunching with giraffes. Whether the family members are 8, 18 or 80, we’ve got the perfect itineraries to get hearts racing, taste buds tingling and eyes opening.

Scroll down for our top four summer holidays. Alternatively, browse all of our luxury family holidays.

Your summer holidays questions, answered

When do the summer holidays start?

In 2022, most schools will break up for the summer holidays between 22nd and 29th July. Unlike half-term, dates for the summer holidays can vary widely between different schools – we recommend checking with your children’s school for exact dates before booking.

How long are the summer holidays?

In the UK the school summer holidays typically run for 5-6 weeks, starting at the end of July, and ending in the first weeks of September.

Why book your summer holiday with Black Tomato?

We don’t do cookie-cutter holidays, we prefer everything to be completely customisable. Our Travel Experts know your family holiday should be as unique as you are. And that’s because we’re families ourselves. So, think of our itineraries as a starting point, the first line on the page of your next great adventure.

Where to go for a luxury family holiday during the rest of the year?

If you’ve already booked your summer holiday, or would just like to have a look at our favourite family holidays throughout the year you can browse some ideas here:
February half-term holidays
Easter holidays
May half-term holidays
October half-term holidays
Christmas and new year holidays

#1 Soak up the sun on the Mediterranean beaches of Sicily

Sicily is the perfect coastal destination for a sunny family summer holiday. As an added bonus, it’s a place that doesn’t require too much travelling for the little ones. Tell us their individual napping and eating habits and we’ll take care of the rest. Whilst they might not be old enough yet to enjoy the olives that Sicily produces, they’ll love the Italian cooking experiences, the countless infinity pools, and the Mediterranean beaches. In between exploring the ancient Italian wonders in Palermo and Agrigento, you’ll be able to slink off for a slumber on the gorgeous beaches at Taormina, take the little ones out for a horse ride through the hills or navigate your way around the sea with the lovely local fisherman.

TAKE ME THERE

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#2 Watch Africa’s Great Migration from a hot air balloon in the Mara

Kenya during the summer holidays cannot be beaten. The drier weather creates excellent conditions for spotting the Big Five on safari-drives and all of the other loved creatures that reside there. If your kids are fans of the Lion King and you’ve timed it right (ask our Travel Experts), you’ll be lucky enough to catch the mighty spectacle that is the Great Migration. Take to the sky in a hot air balloon or jump in a jeep on the ground, and watch the huge herds of wildebeests cross the Mara River, dodging the crocodile-scattered water along the way. This is one of the most exciting and heart-racing safari drives to experience in Africa, and who better to share it with than all your nearest and dearest? Not to mention the luxurious safari lodges nearby.

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#3 Receive a blessing on the floating village of Lake Titicaca

Peru during the summer holidays is arguably the best time to visit; sunny days and bright blue skies. This cultural adventure through the depths of Peru is great for all ages. But whilst Machu Picchu is fascinating for younger kids, the hikes here are challenging, so if you’re the adventurous family type, it’s better suited for older children. From long hikes and hot springs in the hills to culture and cuisine in the city, Peru has a little something for everyone. One of our favourite experiences to enjoy as a family is visiting the floating villages on Lake Titicaca to meet the locals and receive a blessing from the welcoming community. After a day on the water, you’ll make your way back to the homely glass Titilaka lodge for panoramic views over the water and to hunker down with a good book or pack of cards.

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#4 Swim amongst manta-rays in Indonesia’s incredible coral reef

Underwater worlds, pink sand beaches, and Komodo dragons; this diverse country holds the key to all the jaw-dropping views and untouched marine environments possible. With fun activities for all ages of the family to enjoy, the dry weather during the summer holidays goes hand in hand with Komodo Dragon spotting in Komodo National Park. However, at the top of our Indonesian bucket list is diving deep into the sea to swim amongst the majestic manta-rays at Makassar Reef. Swim, snorkel, dive or kayak; make sure to pack an underwater camera on this truly once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

TAKE ME THERE

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