Learning Journey

Engage your little learner with an education break this half term and make the world their classroom.

Temple Run

Take a trip to the historic capital of Hanoi with its bustling Old Town and see a water puppet show, then visit the Hoa Lu temples and gently cruise through spectacular Halong Bay. Nip over the border to Angkor Thom, where Scott Dunn offers a family Photo Scavenger Hunt for kids by bike (or car with a driver for the very young). Find 11 clues peppered across the ancient jungle temples with prizes at the end – a whole new way to see ruins. thenaturaltravelcollection.com

Ancient Akrotiri

Love the idea of Pompeii but shudder at the thought of ruins with busloads of tourists (and wailing kids) in tow? Then head to Akrotiri on Santorini. Preserved by the ashes of a volcanic eruption in 1450BC, it’s an archeological outing with the bonus of sandy beaches nearby. They’ll love the curiosity factor of life frozen in time – from buildings to artefacts among the stunning ruins. Book into the Grace Santorini, perched above this pretty volcanic island, with great views over the caldera. scottdunn.com

Cinematic City

Just two hours from the UK, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is famous for its architecture. Possibly the fanciest film-set cathedral in the world, they will love the brightly coloured, fantastical Sagrada Familia and Gaudi landmarks. Don’t miss the Picasso Museum and Botanic garden with its cool zig-zagged paths. Stay at the Hotel Fira Palace, with its pool and nearby playgrounds. golearnto.com

Roman Adventure

Learn the art of gladiatorial combat in the culture capital that is Rome. The legendary Gladiator School – in the shadow of the Colosseum – is a flag-filled stadium, where they can learn Roman combat and bring history to life for two hours. The experience also includes a tour of the Museum of the Roman Invincible Army. Rest your weary troops at JK Place Roma, a boutique hotel metres from the ice-cream parlours of the Spanish Steps. scottdunn.com

Crusader Raiders

Ideal for families with younger children, explore the Maltese islands, packed with historic gems, by jeep and bike. Head to the capital, Valletta, and let them explore their inner-Crusader at the fortress in the Grand Harbour. Wander around the cobbled streets before visiting historic Mdina or Popeye village. Nip over on the ferry to Gozo and the tiny island of Comino for some beach fun to top it off. Stay at St Patrick’s Hotel with its pretty sea views. familyadventurecompany.co.uk

African Adventure

On this private, full-day tour for the whole family, explore historic and wildly beautiful Cape Town. Take in the heart of the city, from Robben Island to Table Mountain cable car, to give curious minds a really authentic experience. The whole family will love some R&R at the achingly cool POD hotel in Camps Bay with its kid-friendly beanbags and infinity pool overlooking the beach. scottdunn.com