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Last minute family vacations

Family last minute vacations are tricky as they often revolve around the school vacations, so our Last Minute Vacations Guide family page details what’s available in the immediate school breaks. We have a wide range to help you narrow down the choices from a world of family fun, such as a mountain lake in Montenegro, a yurt in Lanzarote, a Bedouin camp in Jordan or a raft going down Turkey’s Toparlar Canyon.

National Parks vacations in America
Explore the historic lodges of America's National Parks, from US $4929 - US $5349 (16 days) ex flights
Family sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Relaxing & fun family kayaking vacation on Croatian islands, from €615 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish & Pilates+Yoga in stunning Green Spain, from €415 (5 days) ex flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Family MTB & activities in the Catalan countryside, from €690 (8 days) ex flights
Catalan Pyrenees family activity vacation
Adrenalin filled Catalan adventure, from £980 - £1095 (8 days) inc UK flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities, from €690 (8 days) ex flights
Gozo family activity vacation in Malta
Family activity vacation on the beautiful Island of Gozo, from £1345 - £1420 (8 days) inc UK flights
Canada family adventure vacation
The perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family, from US $2089 - US $2189 (10 days) ex flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia, from €280 (8 days) ex flights
Canadian Rockies adventure vacation
Walk, bike and canoe in the Canadian Rockies, from US $3129 - US $3309 (10 days) ex flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon
See the Grand Canyon & Monument Valley, from US $1699 - US $1949 (7 days) ex flights
Lake Vouliagmeni tours near Athens, Greece
Swim, hike & kayak experience in coastal Athens, from €35 - €70 per half day
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Two self catering cottages in beautiful river valley, from €275 - €300 per cottage per week
Alaska vacation, classic camping tour
Camp and discover the delights of Alaska, from US $2939 - US $3089 (12 days) ex flights
Small group camping vacation in America
Explore the delights of the National Park system, from US $2459 - US $2669 (12 days) ex flights
Kerala family activity vacation, India
Discover lush green forests & magical Kerala backwaters, from £980 (15 days) ex flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Jungle conservation and research project in the Amazon, from £1095 (13 days) ex flights
Loire Valley self catering accommodation, France
Loire Valley cottage for your vacation to happen with ease, from €635 - €750 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
Experience arctic wilderness & the richness of frontier living, from US $5369 - US $5949 (19 days) ex flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Plitvice Lakes family vacation in Croatia
Hiking, rafting, kayaking and cycling in Plitvice Lakes, from £870 - £900 (8 days) inc UK flights
Family camping vacation in America
Camp under the stars in America, from US $2209 - US $2499 (12 days) ex flights
Canadian wildlife & Vancouver Island holiday
Off the beaten track adventure into the Canadian Rockies, from US $3719 - US $3979 (13 days) ex flights
Family adventure vacation in Thailand
Hill tribes and fantastic scenery in N Thailand, from US $1660 (10 days) ex flights
Cirali villa vacation in Turkey
5 self-catering houses located in an eco-garden in Turkey, from £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Montenegro activity vacation, tailor made
A 10 day active adventure at Montenegro's best beauty spots, from £975 (10 days) ex flights
Family multi activity vacation in the French Alps
Multi-activity family adventure vacation in the French Alps, from £595 (8 days) ex flights
Family adventure vacation in Wales
Discovery, fun and exploration in Pembrokeshire, from £375 (5 days) ex flights

122 reviews for Family last minute vacations4 star overall rating

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Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Memorable parts? The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. Tips? Make sure you research all there is to do so that you can take advantage of exactly what you like best. The region, in close proximity to Mas Pelegri, is absolutely full of incredible things to do, especially sporting activities. We were full to the brim AND we'd have liked to do more research even before going. Local benefits? Yes. By... (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €690 excluding flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
We had a really great vacation meeting new people and setting off on our journey to learn a new language. In addition the walks we went on were also really enjoyable. A good vacation for people who like to be active on their vacations (more)Graham Care
The most memorable part of the vacation? The beautiful challenging walks. The friendliness of everyone. The vacation provider staff, their local associates and the small vacation group I was in. (more)Jim Rees
Our mornings at the school with Ana and Inigo seemed to fly by. It is very well organised and the facilities are first class. My Spanish has improved noticeably. The choice of afternoon walks was interesting and varied and our professional guide tailored them to suit our ability. We had relaxed and enjoyable conversation along the way. (more)Martin Graham
From €400 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. (more)Ethel Kojman
Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. (more)Elizabeth Weightman
Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable vacation. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Barbara Ainger
From €400 excluding flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities. Tips? Stay at here, it's great. Local benefits? Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car. Overall rating? Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. (more)Mary Anne Roffs
From €690 excluding flights
Catalan Pyrenees family activity vacation
Memorable parts? Every activity was at least as good as expected if not better. Great group of people, fantastic fun all brilliantly orchestrated by our devoted, excellent guide, Dejan. Tips? Don't have high expectations of the hotel location! We had a wonderful vacation but were initially disappointed by the very central location of the hotel within the resort of Sort, since we imagined a rural, romantic place. Silly fools we are! The pool however is wonderful, clean and a great... (more)Hinds Beatrice
From £980 - £1095 including UK flights
Family sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
We loved loved loved the kayaking which was pitched at just the right level for us with 2 kids, aged 11 years and 8 years but we all agree that the absolute highlight was swimming in the green cave, absolutely unforgettable. (more)Trish Horgan
Wonderful...Swimming in the sea caves, the farmhouse dinner...So many happy meals. The silence of kayaking even in a group. Discovering footpaths leading to beautiful rocky places to swim...Too many good memories to have only one favourite! (more)Alison Acton
It was brilliant. The 3 other families in our group were great fun. The guides were really good and worked very hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The island of Lopud is idyllic. We will certainly be back! (more)Hannah Whibley
From €615 excluding flights
Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this vacation as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Family vacation to National Parks in America
Hiking up to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, horse-back riding in Utah, seeing my eleven year olds hike 9 miles in 35 degrees without complaining were the most memorable moments. (more)Rebecca Hill
One of the best vacations I have ever had!! It was a worry wondering how we were going to get on with our traveling companions but in fact they enhanced the entire vacation experience. (more)Amanda Taylor
The National Parks are very well managed - and quite spectacular - but the best bit was the horse riding at the 'mountain ranch' - good horses, well looked after and an excellent evening ride catered for all abilities. (more)Christopher Hawker
From US $2849 - US $2989 excluding flights
Cirali villa vacation in Turkey
We are going back - that says it all! The freedom our 2 boys (18 months and 3 yrs) had both at the house and Cirali in general was the best bit. Running about in the beautiful garden, with the chickens, finding eggs to go with their (delicious!)breakfast. (more)Nisha Vasavda
Total delight. Super bungalow, charming people the most beautilful bay in the world, excellent food reasonable prices. Who could ask for more (more)Boris Sackville
It was a really special vacation! We highly recommend staying with the family and also Cirali as a great destination to relax in and enjoy. (more)Becky Moden
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Family adventure vacation in Thailand
Wonderful. Traveling in a small group as a family with such a dedicated guide allowed us to see more & interact more. We were able to eat at small road side cafes and at the Phetchaburi night market, and wander around the Sangklaburi floating houses (more)Simon Daniels
We all have different highlights, but generally agree that the day we had a boat trip down the Maekok river, followed by an elephant ride where we got to ride the elephants like a mahout and then spent a night in an Akha village, was our most memorable day. (more)Taru Jones
Most memorable was walking in the rainforest following local guide in his shower cap and Wellingtons and meeting the jungle dwelling Sakai, and swimming in pool at top of huge and remote waterfall. (more)Jane Giles
From US $1660 excluding flights
Kerala family activity vacation, India
I would thoroughly recommend it. We have no experience of this kind of undertaking and we had an exceptional time that catered perfectly for a family of 4 including an 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy who all valued the tour immeasurably. (more)hugh garling
Absolutely incredible! The children loved it (age 8 and 5) as well as the parents, we had so many rich experiences and wonderful stories to take home. (more)Sarah Bland
Excellent, it was so good. There is nothing I could fault everything met or exceeded our expectations, some of the main highlights were: the homestays, the food, the people, the variety of activities, visiting a local school and orphanage, elephants, the Ayurveda. (more)Juliet Shayler
From £980 excluding flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? The 30k mountain bike ride that took in parts of the local scenery that would have remained unseen without the guidance and assistance of our host. Tips? For full flexibility hire a car. Local benefits? Not especially although the riding stables did do well out of the visitors. Overall rating? A great vacation and well worth considering for a return. The hosts accommodate families that want to be off the beaten track just as well as cycling or other... (more)Mark Burberry
From €280 excluding flights
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Excellent....Relaxing on the amazing patio of the property in the evening sun, listening to incredible bird song and enjoying the beautiful valley (more)Vicky Hildreth
Wonderful. We had a lovely time and came away feeling relaxed and stress-free. It was also nice to meet the hosts and their family, who live nearby, and chat to them about their way of life. (more)Elfie Burgess
We had a great time and would recommend it to families....Swimming in the river pools, visiting the Alhambra, picking figs and almonds straight from the tree, watching the sunset on the terrace, keeping track of the geckos, getting our water from the spring: many wonderful memories. (more)Julia Hutchinson
From €275 - €300 per cottage per week
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Memorable parts? Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great! Tips? There was a lot of walking and physical activity so it’s really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness! Local... (more)Melanie Veal
From £1095 excluding flights
Texas small group holiday, America
Memorable parts? What an amazing trip! My favourite part of the tour was rafting down the Rio Grande river in the warm sunshine and stopping off en route for some wild swimming. Having said that though, every single day of the trip was exhilarating and there was such a wide range of activities and experiences that the nine days went by really quickly in a blur of excitement. Big Bend National Park was stunning and it was really refreshing to be somewhere so remote and wild. Our guide was... (more)Elfie Burgess
From US $2719 - US $2849 excluding flights
Family camping vacation in America
Memorable parts? Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks, walking amoungst the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon and sleeping under the stars in the Navajo Tribal Lands. The children had the most wonderful time paddling in rivers, playing in the sand, climbing up rocks at the Kodachrome campsite, riding bikes in Yosemite and following the geology time-line in the Grand Canyon. Tips? Mostly don't bother to pitch the tent - just sleep under the stars! Take as little baggage as possible - you... (more)Helen Perry
From US $2209 - US $2499 excluding flights
Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday
Memorable parts? Hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park. Seeing grizzly and black bears by the roadside. Tips? The pace of this vacation is a bit frenetic and there was very little 'down time'. Days started early and every minute was taken up with hiking, cooking for the group (of 16 in our case) and washing up, putting up or taking down tents and traveling between destinations, but, despite the hard work, it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. Truly fabulous group... (more)Christabel Owens
From US $2629 - US $2869 excluding flights
Catalonia vacation, cycling and relaxation
We all had a brilliant time and I can't thank Alan and Vivian enough for the warm welcome we received and the thoughtfulness they demonstrated while we were there. They are super hosts and really did think of everything we might have needed. (more)Jane Edwards
It was an unexpected delight. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody. (more)Lisa Kirkhope
Fantastic apartment. Great introductory cycling with interesting routes and very well supported by Alan and Vivian. (more)matthew spencer
From €375 - €799 excluding flights
baby friendly family accommodation in France
Amazing. A lovely cottage with lovely owners who couldn't do enough to help. We received a lovely warm welcome. The cottage was immaculate. Everything had been thought of. (more)Kathryn Rawlinson
The cabins are fully equipped and a lot of thought was put in every detail...The atmosphere and being able to spend private quality time with my family was the best part of the vacation. (more)sari ziv
From €550 - €850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Alaska vacation, classic camping tour
It was an amazing experience. I fell in love with the place and the group I travelled with and our guide were super!! Which made the trip even more memorable. The itinerary was great and it was all very well organised and hassle free. (more)Maria Sarda
The most memorable part was the optional extra activity of kayaking among icebergs off the Columbia glacier out of Valdez, Alaska. (more)Mary Jane Mahony
Go! Beautiful landscape, glaciers, range of outdoor activities, whales, grizzly bears and salmon galore (latter to eat) way more than make up for long drives and changeable weather. Would love to go back. (more)Karen Bennett
From US $2939 - US $3089 excluding flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon
Excellent, great bunch of fellow travelers (tour was full at 13). Our tour guide, Dan, was great and made the vacation work really. He was always available to us and coped well with our different needs/wants and the unpredictable weather. (more)Wendy Pountain
The most memorable parts were my first view of Bryce Canyon; trekking down to Cedar Ridge in the Grand Canyon. (more)DC Gibson
Hiking through Bryce Canyon with snow capping the rocks. One group member said as we hiked down amongst the structures "We need to invent new superlatives". It was stunning...Fantastic, recommended. Great tour guide from this tour operator. (more)Melanie Atkins
From US $1699 - US $1949 excluding flights
San Francisco to New York overland tour
Memorable parts? Enjoyed all of it from sleeping in a Hogan in Monument Valley, to staying on the Main Street in Las Vegas. Tips? Can get very hot at night in the west to very cold in the east. Lots of places to do laundry so don't need to take lots of clothes. Basic camping to some lovely hotels, but tents are provided. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Very good. Group was very small. Tour guide was very caring and took us to places not on itinerary, so enjoyed... (more)Anne Higgins
From US $4299 - US $4519 excluding flights
Canada family adventure vacation
Memorable parts? The camping trip was so wonderful, it is very difficult to name only one thing. Having said that, the walk to the Plain of Six Glaciers was truly spectacular! Tips? Be flexible, respect other travelers and the tour guide and make the most of opportunities available. Local benefits? Possibly. Overall rating? A wonderful experience. The parts of Canada we visited were spectacular and our tour guide Jayko is worth his weight in gold. (more)Lynda Wilson
From US $2089 - US $2189 excluding flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Memorable parts? Arrival at Koh Tao and finding the lovely coral sand beach behind the dive school at Chalok Ban Bay. Then, exploring the fascinating underwater environment. Tips? Go prepared to learn, there's loads of really interesting marine ecology information to learn as part of the Environment Management Programme. There are interesting and knowledgeable people there, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Enjoy the diving, safe in the knowledge that you are diving... (more)Stephen Orwin
From £695 excluding flights
Small group camping vacation in America
Memorable parts? Each new place visited on the itinerary. The variety was brilliant. Tips? Check the age range of your fellow travelers, if you are not among the first to book. I was with an excellent group ranging from 23 to 63! Local benefits? Yes, certainly. Recycling was handled extremely well and local people were used in the one place where it was possible and mattered, i.e. Monument Valley and the Navajo Indians. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Audrey Nice
From US $2459 - US $2669 excluding flights
Loire Valley self catering accommodation
Memorable parts? Everything! We loved being surrounded by historic French villages; staying in a beautiful rustic (but VERY comfortable) 19th century stone cottage; the warmth and approachability of our hosts Nicole and Alex Crawford; and being spoilt for choice when arranging our daily activities. We went for lovely long walks; visited outdoor markets; ate wonderful, good value food at local restaurants; explored castles, chateaus and other historic sites; people-watched from snug, friendly... (more)Jane Lewis
From €722 - €850 per cottage per week
Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands
As our first vacation in Asia it was fantastic. Our guide was so friendly and helpful we really didn't have to do anything but have a great time! (more)Alison Hatchman
10 out of 10...my favourite parts were tube riding on the river and swimming in the beautiful clear water in Koh Talu (more)Francoise Harris
The three days trekking in Nan province was certainly the most memorable part of our vacation. Highlights included the market across the street from the hotel selling a wide range of "interesting" live produce. (more)John Caswell
From US $1850 excluding flights
Malaysia family vacation
Definitely memorable, a last family vacation my teenager's will remember forever. It really opened their eyes to different cultures and my daughter is more confident about the possibility of backpacking in her uni years. (more)Karen Wright
We swam with sea turtles, sharks, rays and the most amazing range of tropical fish. At Banding Island we also saw a rare Asian elephant in the wild. But the whole vacation was great - a huge range of sights and experiences crammed into a very short time. (more)Julie Martin
Highlights include tracking gibbons and overnight camp in the rainforest, some great food, swimming with a giant turtle and snorkelling around the reef. ALL the wildlife was great. People were lovely. (more)Laura Brodrick
From US $1820 excluding flights
National Parks vacations in America
Memorable parts? There were so many highlights! Perhaps the most memorable was the sunset in Monument Valley, the light made the rock glow. The tour leader was also excellent - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, but reactive to the views and wishes of the travelers, anticipating our preferences. Tips? Be prepared for extremes of temperature - cool and cloudy in San Francisco, extremely hot and dry in Vegas. Local benefits? Clearly using local accommodation, often not owned by... (more)Ian Roberts
From US $4929 - US $5349 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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