Ideas for activity holidays - mid-priced options

Last updated at 10:13 28 November 2001

Here are some ideas for mid-priced activity holidays. Please mention This is Travel when you book:

* Mark Warner Holidays has an extensive range of activities in their nine resorts in the Med and Aegean to keep even the most recalcitrant teenager (and their parents) happy.

You could all learn to scuba dive together: teenagers hate being patronised, and will feel better if you're all learning as equals.

The company runs PADI diving courses for an additional cost, depending on the resort. Children can get their PADI diving certificate from the age of 12.

At the Clubhotel Capo Testa in Sardinia, for example, where you can learn to sail or windsurf as well as scuba dive, prices start from around £900 per person per week. There are discounts for younger children.

Mark Warner Holidays (tel: 08708 480480;

* Exodus runs escorted walking holidays, including camel, donkey and elephant treks, to diverse locations worldwide. Older children and teenagers are assessed to ensure they fulfil the health and fitness standards required.

Sixteen days' hiking among the peaks and forests of the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone Park costs from £1,899 per person.

Exodus (tel: 020 8675 5550;

* Footloose Adventure Travel organises treks around the globe. A 23-day trek in Nepal, for example, would cost £1,245 per person.

If your budget doesn't stretch that far, how about eight days' walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru (14 years and over) for around £640. Other destinations include Ecuador, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tibet and Namibia.

Footloose Adventure Travel (tel: 01943 604030;

* Explore Worldwide, one of the market leaders in escorted adventure travel holidays, has a 15-day trek in the Atlas mountains of Morocco from £465 per person.

Explore Worldwide (tel: 01252 760000;

* Sailing is also a good way of keeping teenagers amused and occupied. Minorca Sailing Holidays offer sailing breaks in the beautiful Fornells Bay area in the north of the island.

Accommodation is in villas or small hotels, and there is a special club for teenagers with dinghy sailing and windsurfing. The club also organises pizza nights and trips to the other side of the island - a great way for them to make friends. Prices from around £700 per person per week.

Minorca Sailing Holidays (tel: 020 8948 2106;

* Many companies now run environmentally friendly expeditions to remote parts of the world: a good chance to do something really different with your teenager, and make a difference.

Earthwatch, for example, runs conservation expeditions where you work alongside experts throughout the world. A trip to Costa Rica to monitor nesting leatherback turtles will cost £1,195 per person (over-16s only) for 10 days, staying in shared accommodation with all meals included.

Earthwatch (tel: 01865 318838;

* Try a specialist activity, such as archaeology. Andante Travels is a travel company run by archaeologists, and offers the chance to visit some of the world's most fascinating archaeological sites in the company of expert guides.

An eight-day visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum, for example, would cost around £1250 per person half board.

Andante Travels (01722 713800;

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