Great October Half Term Holidays

October in Hamburg

Hamburg city

Spend this October half term week in amazing holiday hotspots like Hamburg and Goa.

 

Paddle boating

Float on the Alster

Take a break from the bright lights of the big city and enjoy a boat trip on the Alster River. Marvel at Hamburg’s natural attractions and discover the cityscape from a unique viewpoint. Families can admire the sights on a boat tour and for the more adventurous, there are canoes, rowing boats and paddle boats available to hire. Night owls can take a twilight boat tour and soak up the magical atmosphere at dusk, where the beauty of the illumined Speicherstadt district can be experienced.

Marttzeit in der Fabrik

Soak up the culture

At the Marktzeit in der Fabrik, visitors can spend many delicious hours exploring the plethora of tasty market stalls. Enjoy everything from hot-from-the-oven macaroons, juicy cuts of meat to wood-fired bread. Children can be kept entertained by getting messy at the painting stands.

Hamburg Port

Discover historical Hamburg

Visit the illustrious Fish Market at Hamburg Port to view thousands of docked ships. This is the perfect spot to take young kids with a penchant for all things maritime.

Hamburg old town

Take the kids for a stroll through the Old Town district, where history buffs will love meandering through the city streets.

Elbe tunnel - Hamburg

For a truly unique experience, go to the Old Elbe Tunnel where you can enjoy an adventure beneath the riverbed. From there, head to one of Germany’s most famous buildings, the Chilehaus, where its Brick Gothic architecture will amaze the entire family.

Paris in the Autumn

Paris bridge

As autumn gets into full swing in October, say ‘Bonjour’ to Paris with Vueling during the half term break.

Eiffel Tower

Tour the famous attractions

Treat your little ones to a tour around some of Europe’s most famed attractions, including the iconic Eiffel Tower, where a trip to the top will entertain kids of all ages.

 

 

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is another big hit for visiting families, while the fascinating Gothic architecture of the Notre-Dame de Paris provides the setting for memorable photo opportunities.

 

Louvre Paris

Learn on the go

Paris is home to a multitude of museums, providing parents with a way to make education fun. Enjoy a day at the Louvre, where artefacts and artworks will take you on a fascinating excursion back in time. 

Musee d'Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay will capture young imaginations, with its artistic assortment of sculptures, paintings and photographs. Want to get off the beaten tourist trail? Explore the charming Musée de la Poupée, home to more than 500 dolls.

Jardin du Luxemborg

Explore Mother Nature

The city of love will be shrouded by a blanket of fiery autumn-hued leaves. The streets transform into playgrounds for children, who spend hours kicking their way through the leaf-strewn paths. Wrap your family up warm and cycle through the orange-coloured lanes in the Jardin du Luxembourg

Seine River Cruise

There’s a wealth of verdant landscapes to explore just outside the city in the Loire Valley, while a cruise on the Seine River is a wonderful way to see the city from the water.

Doha With the Kids

Doha Skyline

From the sea to the desert and all that lies in-between, there are lots of family-friendly reasons to visit Doha with Qatar Airways this October half term.

Enjoy the coast

The largely wave-free coastline is a huge draw for families. Add into the mix its colourful coral reefs, salt pans bustling with wildlife and postcard-perfect islands, and it’s easy to see why families find the Gulf so tempting. Dip your toes in for a paddle, take part in a sandcastle building battle or go on a snorkelling adventure.

MIA Doha

Get playful

A mecca for families in Doha, MIA Park is home to a surplus of fun activities. And if that wasn’t enough, the park also boasts a panoramic viewpoint of Doha’s West Bay, best enjoyed while munching on an al fresco picnic.

Doha promenade

After the park, cool the little ones off with an ice cream while strolling along the Doha Corniche, a pretty waterfront promenade. 

Villaggio Mall Doha

Go wild

Head to the Villaggio Mall, where Gondolania provides endless hours of entertainment. The scary horror rides are perfect for older children, while the bumper cars and gondola rides will appeal to youngsters.

Aqua park

If you would rather go wild outdoors, pack up the family and head off for lots of waterlogged fun at Aqua Park. Surf, swim and slide your way around the waterpark, using various levels of bravery to enjoy the lazy river and the enormous winding slides.

Beautiful Goa

Goa sunset

If you have your own mini intrepid explorer, enjoy the sand, sunshine and spices of Goa this October half term with Thomson.

Goa beach

Feel the sand between your toes

Goa is home to stunning powder-white beaches, including Patnem, Arambol, Palolem, Mandrem and Baga. October marks the reopening of many seashore shacks, after the blitz of the monsoon season, perfect for grabbing a fresh fruit smoothie and tasting local food.

Goa Science Centre

Perfect for a rainy day

In the wake of the monsoon season, October welcomes the return of the sultry sunshine, but you may still encounter a few cool, rainy days. Spend a wet day at the Goa Science Centre & Planetarium. Get hands-on with the interactive displays, watch 3D films and explore the planetarium.

Dolphin

Older kids can enjoy the thrill of water sports on banana boats, jet skis and parasailing, or spend the day dolphin and turtle spotting.

Bondla wildlife

Wrap everyone up in their macs and explore the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which are at their lushest after the heavy rain fall.

Spice Farm Goa

Indulge your senses

The vibrant colours, mouthwatering aromas, tropical sounds and exotic views provide kids with a sensory overload. 

spices goa

For youngsters with a zest for life, visit a local spice farm and sample new tastes.

Anjuna cooking class

The hippie antics at the sprawling Anjuna Flea Market will entertain both young and old, while cooking classes will appeal to fledgling chefs.

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