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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.

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Wildlife tour through India, from US $2715 - US $3055 (15 days) ex flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
A delightful cosy cottage on secluded organic farm, from £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
Horse riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside, from €685 - €1100 (8 days) ex flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia, from €288.50 - €399.50 (8 days) ex flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Family MTB & activities in the Catalan countryside, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Multi-activity cultural vacation in fabulous rural Andalucia, from €207 - €270 (6 days) ex flights
Andalucian self catering apartment, sleeps 6, Spain
Spacious apartment with breathtaking views over Lake Vinuela, from €140 - €180 per apartment per night
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group cycling vacation
The best of Vietnam on two wheels , from US $1865 - US $2105 (14 days) ex flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Jungle conservation and research project in the Amazon, from £1475 (16 days) ex flights
Volunteer with animals in Thailand
Animal rescue on a tropical island in Thailand, from £495 (14 days) ex flights
Reef conservation volunteering in Belize
Join an award-winning research team in Belize, from £795 (7 days) ex flights
Ghana community volunteering
Community building in tropical Ghana, from £895 (14 days) ex flights
Ghana childcare volunteering holiday
Volunteer in the heart of an African community, from £895 (14 days) ex flights
Animal care internship in Malaysia
Animal care and welfare internship in tropical Malaysia, from £1014 - £1497 (14 days) ex flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Volunteer with sharks above & below water in South Africa, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Turtle conservation volunteering in Thailand
Turtle conservation on a stunning Thai island, from £628 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
Protect nesting turtles on Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, from £677 (7 days) ex flights
Australia conservation volunteering vacations
Conservation volunteering off the beaten track Down Under, from £665 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Conserve orangutans and elephants in Borneo's rainforests, from £1197 (12 days) ex flights
Catalonia vacation, cycling and relaxation
Cycle vacation based from self catering accommodation Calonge, from £290 - £615 (8 days) ex flights
South Africa game ranger course
Get your game ranger qualification working with wildlife, from £2779 (8 weeks) ex flights
Teach English in Ghana
Teach in the heart of Africa, from £895 (14 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, the big five
Big 5 in Sri Lanka, from £720 (7 days) ex flights
Botanical holidays on Karpathos Island, Greece
Walking, wildflowers and local flavours on Karpathos Island, from €580 (8 days) ex flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £1195 (14 days) ex flights
Animal rescue volunteering in India
Animal rescue project in India, from £695 (14 days) ex flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities, from €720 (8 days) ex flights

118 reviews for Family last minute vacations4.5 star overall rating

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Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
A tactic family oriented house with lovely owners and great activities - cycling, running & swimming (more)Emma Huntington
The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €720 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
It was fantastic, our most memorable vacation ever and we were all sad to leave. (more)Clare Duncan
Lovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. (more)Anna McConnell
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the vacation was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a vacation should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
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 €720 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time (more)Angela Ransome
Absolutely amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I have actually recommended it to everybody who'll listen. (more)Shannon Clarke
It is a beautiful peaceful place and watching all the bears eating, splashing about in their pools, climbing trees and just enjoying their surroundings was a fantastic experience (more)Rosemary Hindley
From £895 excluding flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Wonderful vacation for active people who love nature and do not like tourist traps. (more)Dorine van der Vloodt
The most memorable part of the vacation was 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. (more)Mark Burberry
From €288.50 - €399.50 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
Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
We spent a lovely 6 days with Gareth and Fiona. The best bit was the communal meals and camaraderie between all the people staying there, whatever activity they were taking part in (more)Vanessa Richards
Hats off to Fiona and Gareth, they really got the formula of a home from home with the conveniences of a hotel spot on! Five star, definitely five star, every bit of it provided what my family, from 4 to 40 years old, needed for a perfect vacation. They gave us a list of great places to visit, they had horse riding just down the road where my daughter would spend the day there if she could! It is definitely a place we will go to again. (more)Caroline O
From €685 - €1100 excluding flights
Elephant conservation vacation, Thailand
Being with the elephants and their handlers. Having the big bull elephants walk past you, just inches from your face, leaving you to feel completely small and vulnerable as these pre-historic like mammals move by with grace, softness, power and majesty! (more)Georgina Hickman
What a wonderful educational experience and to feel you are putting something back into the preservation of these magnificent creatures. (more)Sharryn Salkilld
A great experience. I haven't travelled alone before but I soon made friends and the staff were great. (more)Paul Gramlick
From £549 excluding flights
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 £1475 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
Vietnam small group cycling vacation
Memorable parts? Climbing the Hai Van pass. We all made it to the top and were supported throughout by our guide Danh who gave us cold drinks and cheered us on. The food was also great and we were treated to genuine local cuisine, all delicious. Tips? Take more money than recommend, especially if you want to take presents home or drink wine with you evening meal. Some people couldn't get money out of the ATMs so tell your bank that you are going to Vietnam. You don't really need US... (more)Cath Lysley
From US $1865 - US $2105 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering vacation
A fabulous experience and I would be keen to return. (more)Mark Milligan
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
An amazing experience that I will never forget and am immensely grateful for! (more)Hugh Quigley
From £829 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From £677 excluding flights
Catalonia vacation, cycling and relaxation
Excellent - beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and with lovely extra thoughtful touches. The bicycles were perfect - very comfortable and trustworthy. (more)Margaret Steventon
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
From £290 - £615 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
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
It was certainly one of the best vacations I have been on and I hope to return next year. (more)Diana McKinley
From £795 excluding flights
Family vacation cottages in Andalucia, Spain
We enjoyed relaxing, reading, swimming and sitting by the pool. Our kids were happy hence so were we! (more)Deborah Sigsgaard
Great. Beautiful place. V. Quiet and peaceful. Visit the Alhambra late afternoon for fewer crowds (more)Nicola Goddard
This is a really beautiful part of Spain as its all hills and valleys...visiting the Alhambra was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)kay scoresby
From €95 - €135 per house per night
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 £1195 excluding flights
Vacation cottages in Andalucia, Spain, sleeps 2
Nice and relaxing...The view from the cottages was the most memorable part. (more)Natasha Sawyer
The most memorable part of the vacation was exploring Spain with my two children and seeing them learn to swim in the pool with the most amazing views...We are planning on going again next summer. (more)Sophie Kramhøft
From €65 - €95 per house per night
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Definitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. (more)Linda Hall
Absolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great. We had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. (more)Peter Kemp
We enjoyed every minute of this vacation, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing...10 out of 10. (more)Gaynor Jean-Louis
From US $2715 - US $3055 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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