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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