My big fat gypsy holiday

My big fat gypsy holiday

Two anxious adults, two eager children, and one very determined horse... Damian Whitworth discovers life on the road in Ireland

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The best family holiday adventures for 2016

The best family holiday adventures for 2016

America’s Wild West

Take a Navajo-guided backroads tour of Monument Valley, swim in Lake Powell, explore Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos (skinny spires of rock), watch the sunrise at the Grand Canyon — and celebrate the centennial of the US National Park Service. Grand American Adventures has a Western Family Discovery 13-day tour from £1,459, in June, July and August, taking in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The maximum group size is 13 so it’s convivial but still personal, and there’s also the option to hire a campervan and set off on your own adventure — with some expert input on the itinerary. The minimum age is eight. Details The 13-day tour starts at £1,459pp including transport, accommodation, leaders, guides and meals but not flights (0333 999 7965, grandamericanadventures.com). Non-stop flights to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic (virginatlantic.com) start at about £875 at the end of July

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Stay for less in Croatia

Stay for less in Croatia

Stay for less in a hotel in Croatia The new Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj, Croatia, is a swish affair, with just 18 elegant rooms, a chic brasserie-style restaurant and an impressive art collection. To mark its opening, it is giving guests a 25 per cent discount on bookings, with rooms starting at about £106 a night, B&B (maistra.com).

The closest airport is Pula, half an hour from the hotel.

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