1. Play at dungeons and dragons, Pembrokeshire Wales
an irresistible 51 forts and castles to choose from. Try Manorbier Castle that stands impressively over a sandy bay so when kids tire of medieval play, they can head straight to the beach for some serious shrimp spotting in the rock pools.
2. Take in the breathtaking gorges of the Ardeche, France
limestone cliffs, picturesque ancient villages, underground caves, hiking, walking, river beaches and for the older ones a 2 day kayak descent of the canyon combined with a night under the stars in the Ardeche National Park – perfect for a family of adrenaline junkies.
3. Explore the Roman ruins of Tunisia
travel back in time exploring the ruins of ancient Carthage, the colossal gladiator El Jem amphitheatre and the more remote ruins at Dougga. Kids will love clambering on the stones, no railings here to keep you off.
4. Explore the temples, tombs and waterfalls of Pelenque near the Mexico/Guatemala border
deep in the rain forest is an excavated 7th century Mayan city; a fascinating insight into Mayan civilisation. For the full experience stay in a cabana on the road to the site and marvel at the tropical birds, plants, reptiles and larger than life insects all around.
5. Close encounters on the wild side Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
the thrill of a game drive in search of lion, hyena, cheetah in the most breathtaking desert landscape of red sand dunes and dry riverbeds. For the ultimate experience, stay in one of the unfenced wilderness camps. On the border between Botswana and South Africa.