Intrepid Travel has expanded its newly-launched Retreats range with four new family tours following "unprecedented demand" for family-oriented product over the summer.
The operator revealed a quarter of its top 25 itineraries globally over the past three months have been family-focused, compared to just 12% over the same period last year.
Africa and Asia itineraries are currently proving most popular with UK customers, including trips to South Africa, Borneo and Vietnam.
The Retreats range was launched in June, and included 12 retreats across the UK and Europe, with trips focusing on travel to a single location, taking in local culture and experiences.
“After months spent indoors away from friends and classmates, we’ve seen families are eager to get out and explore the world once it is safe to do so, and reconnect with both nature and like-minded people,” said Dyan Mckie, Intrepid’s family product manager.
Intrepid’s four new family retreats feature trips to the Peak District, Cornwall, Morocco and Turkey, and are designed to embrace "slow travel" with experiences largely focused in a single area.
Each itinerary, said Intrepid, has been designed to benefit local communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic, while also providing enriching activities for children and parents who have spent the majority of 2020 indoors.
In Turkey, families will visit a sea turtle rescue centre supported, in part, by donations from Intrepid travellers to learn about conservation efforts and rehabilitation, while in Morocco, they’ll break bread with a local Imazighen family in their village to get an insight into daily life in the High Atlas region.
Intrepid’s four new family retreats are: Turkey Family Retreat: Fethiye, five days from £590pp; Morocco Family Retreat: Quirgane, four days from £330pp; England Family Retreat: Cornwall, four days from £540pp; and England Family Retreat: Peak District, three days from £370pp.
All trips will operate within Intrepid’s Safe Travels health protocols, designed in partnership with the WTTC. All travellers will complete a health screening ahead of the trip, while local leaders have completed targeted Covid training.