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10 Action-Packed Holidays from Ireland

Luuk Lijten

If you’re an adventure lover who doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to surf, cycle, raft or hike on your holidays these action-packed holidays are just for you.

From surfing in Morocco to hiking in Peru these holidays will challenge you, let you experience new things and create memories for the rest of your life. Some are flexible with dates and duration so you can tailor an adventure holiday to suit you. Some have meals included allowing you to solely focus on the adventure. Others give you the opportunity to try out local cuisine in restaurants along the way. Whatever you want from an adventure holiday you should find it here.

1. Escape to the Moroccan Sunshine for a surf and yoga filled holiday at Surf Maroc, Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout Villa is situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and will be your base for this surf and yoga holiday. There is daily yoga with a morning session, evening sessions, masterclasses and nighttime meditation taking place. You will go be transported to the best surfing spots around the area for daily surfing lessons. The price includes three meals a day, unlimited yoga, surf lessons, accommodation and transfers from Agadir or Marrakesh airports.

2. Experience the beautiful views of the Via Francigena with Camino Ways

Starting in the walled city of Luca this 133 km walk will bring you through rolling hills and woodland on a section of the Via Francigena. You will finish in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Siena after a seven day hike. Along the way, you will pass through the UNESCO World Heritage town San Gimignano. Accommodation on the route is in hotels, guesthouses and country homes. Standard or superior options are available for accommodation. This is a self-guided holiday. Camino Ways provide a holiday pack and map and accommodation in each town and an option to add luggage transfers, dinners, bike rentals and airport transfers.

3. Discover the wonder of Machu Picchu with Earths Edge

Visit the only Inca city that was left uncovered during the Spanish invasions: Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 11 day trip will take you along the Salkantay Trail, widely considered one of the most beautiful routes to the ruins. The holiday will start with a pre-departure weekend in Glendalough, Co Wicklow which is included in the cost. Also included in the cost are flights, accommodation in hotels and camping, meals, transport, a leader, a doctor and an Earths-edge jacket. Trips run until October and start again in July.

4. Go to Kobarid, Slovenia for an action-packed multi-activity adventure holiday with Abbey Travel

The Soca River offers ideal conditions for a variety of adventure activities. Activities are in the water and on land. The holiday includes kayaking, white water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking and one of Europe’s largest ziplines. There is an option to add in paragliding as well. The trip lasts 7 days and includes all breakfasts, six dinners, accommodation, equipment hire and airport transfers for group flights.

5. Climb Africa’s highest mountain on this once in a lifetime adventure holiday with Sunway Holidays

If climbing Kilimanjaro appeals to you this trip with Sunway Holidays might be just what you’re looking for. You will climb the 5,895 m mountain using the Marangu Route. While this route is well maintained and easy to summit there is a very steep ascent. It will take you through forest, moorland and a high-altitude desert. The trip lasts six nights with two nights being in a hotel and four in mountain huts. Sunway organise flights, a private minibus, accommodation, a certified mountain guide, local reps, a cook and porters. Six breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners are included in the package.

6. Explore the lesser known Portuguese Coastal Way as part of the Camino de Santiago with Follow the Camino

For nature enthusiasts and pilgrims who want to experience the Camino in a different way Follow the Camino offer the Portuguese Surf and Turf Way. This seven night trip starts in Oia, Portugal and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. You will be walking 125 km by sandy beaches and cross one of the most cultural and historic areas of Spain: Galicia. Accommodation is in regularly assessed family-owned hotels, genuine casa rurales, and great pensiones. The trip includes seven nights half board accommodation, luggage transfers between each hotel, a bilingual experienced guide, walking notes and maps and airport transfers to and from Santiago airport.

7. Hike and travel around South Africa’s Kruger National Park with Adventure holidays

Kruger is South Africa’s first national park and one of the biggest game reserves in Africa. On this loop tour starting and finishing in Johannesburg you will stay in guesthouses, camps and chalets. Along the way, you can hope to see elephants, lions, and rhinos to name a few. You will be transported in an open safari vehicle around the park but the trip will also involve some light hiking. A Chief Experience Officer will guide you along the tour as well as local guides and rangers along the way. Transport, accommodation, six breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners are included.

8. See the wonderful sights of Croatia by bike with Responsible Travel

This self-guided cycling tour will take you around Croatia exploring Dubrovnik, Mljet Island National Park, Korcula Island, Sipan Island and Konavle Valley. There are two options: a five day trip or an eight day trip. The trip starts with an airport pickup from Dubrovnik airport and a light cycle for the first day. Cycle distance ranges from 25-55 km per day. The price includes airport transfers, transport, ferry crossings, accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfers and a road book and maps. Bike rental costs extra. Trips run from April- October.

9. Ski from Chamonix to Zermatt with Chamonix Experience

The Haute Route is the classic ski touring adventure that links the two Alpine centres of Chamonix-Mont Blanc in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. This seven day tour will take you from hut to hut with long climbs and stunning descents. The stunning views include Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Grand Combin and Monte Rosa. The journey starts in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif and ends in the shadow of the Matterhorn, one of the most famous mountains in the Alps. The price includes guide fees, six nights accommodation in mountain huts, transport along the route including transport back to Chamonix from Zermatt, group equipment and lift passes. Airport transfers and accommodation in Chamonix before or after the trip can be organised on request. There will be four to eight hours of skiing per day. A good level of fitness and experience on ski tours are required.

10. Combine sun, sand and cycling with Stephen Roche Cycling Tours

On this cycling holiday in sunny Mallorca, you can alter your stay to suit you. You can choose from a selection of hotels, how many nights you want to stay, what kind of bike to rent and if you want airport transfers. There are four levels to choose from ranging from Avid Cyclist/Passionate Rider averaging 85-115 km per ride to Leisure Cyclist averaging 60-80 km per ride. Each holiday includes a welcome pack, breakfast, an evening meal, a beer with the evening meal, mechanical support along the cycles and secure bike storage. The next season starts from 15 September to the 20 October. You can arrive and join the tour on any day that you like during the season.

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