Coming up Fly to South Africa for the twin thrills of football and big game, live the life of a Bedouin in the Tunisian Sahara or enjoy The Yas Hotel's Moroccan Culinary Week.
Follow the game to South Africa
Pack your team shirt, pull on your hiking boots and head to South Africa to experience World Cup fever while also enjoying the thrill of seeing big game. Gap Adventures' 24-day overland tour from Pretoria to Cape Town, starting on June 15, stops in several wildlife reserves, including Kruger National Park, as well as visiting towns and cities such as Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay and Hermanus (a good place for spotting whales from the seaside cliffs, just to make a change from lions, elephants and rhino). At every urban stop the group heads to the nearest fan park or big screen to watch the World Cup matches, so the journey promises plenty of wildlife, beautiful scenery and football camaraderie with the locals. Accommodation on the trip is a mix of camping and dormitories, with most but not all meals included. Gap Adventures is offering a 20 per cent discount on the June 15 departure, so the cost is US$1,920 (Dh7,050). See www.gapadventures.com for details.
Emirates (www.emirates.com) is offering special Fifa World Cup all-inclusive packages that can be customised on their website, www.fifa.emiratespackages.com. You can book for up to four people (children pay full adult fare) by selecting the team you want to follow or the matches you want to attend. Pick the South African city in which you wish to be based, the type of hotel accommodation you would like and the number of rooms you will need. Travel dates will be determined by your match selection. The package includes transfers by road or air to and from the selected matches.
The Lanesborough, the luxury London hotel overlooking Hyde Park, is offering a four-night summer holiday package for families between July 25 and September 5. It doesn't come cheap, but for £7,931 (Dh43,845), including taxes, a family of four can stay four nights in the two-bedroom Apsley Suite, with three days of sightseeing in a chauffeur-driven car. The itinerary drawn up by the hotel's concierge includes visits to the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral and Covent Garden, followed by afternoon tea back at the hotel. Bring down the curtain on the first day with an evening of theatre in the West End.
Pencilled in for the second and third days are tours of Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and Buckingham Palace, a cruise on the Thames, taking in Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and a ride on the London Eye. The third day ends with a visit to Harrods, located just a short stroll from The Lanesborough, but the itinerary can be adjusted to include alternative activities such as (and the kids might insist) a visit to Hamleys toy store, a butler picnic in Hyde Park or a celebrity-filled afternoon at Madame Tussauds. Visit www.lanesborough.com for details, or call 00 4420 7259 5599.
Live like the Bedouin on a Tunisian adventure that is out of this world. Deep in the heart of the Tunisian Sahara, the newly opened Camp Mars offers adventurous travellers a unique opportunity to experience Bedouin living in the desolate desert landscape. Guests at the camp, which is owned by adventure tour specialists SudXtreme and located 45 kilometres from the nearest water source, can spend the night in perfect isolation under the canvas of the traditional Bedouin tented community.
Reflecting the Bedouins' respect for the fragility of the desert environment, guests are encouraged to adopt a strict regime of recycling and eco-friendly living, learning the beautiful simplicity of life amid the dunes. The opening of Camp Mars is indicative of UK holidaymakers' recent interest in desert touring, already proving a popular stop-off on a variety of SudXtreme's quad bike, motorcycle and 4x4 desert tours. With its heady mix of culture, history and adventure, Tunisia's golden south has fast become a draw for British holidaymakers eager to uncover the region's true potential and take part in activities ranging from camel trekking to paragliding and hot-air ballooning. For more information or to book a SudXtreme tours, visit www.sud-extreme.com, or go to www.cometotunisia.co.uk for everything happening in Tunisia throughout 2010.
Participate in The Yas Hotel's Argana Celebration for a taste of everything Moroccan. The hotel is offering authentic cuisine, elaborate tea ceremonies, fashion parades, henna sessions and traditional live music. Plan your week around corporate dinners, long brunches with the family and enjoyable afternoons drinking tea with friends. Until May 22. For more information, call 04 446 2433.