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Alternative Olympics

In the spirit of the Olympics we have pulled together some fantastic vacations with a sporting twist, so if you want to enjoy a game of tennis with perhaps some zebra spectating, cycle around the ancient City Walls of Xian or learn to throw an spear with a local Maasai in Tanzania, look no further. No training required.

All prices include international flights, transfers and taxes unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs may apply.

Horseriding at Hacienda De San Raphael, Andalucia

Have you been glued to the Equestrian Olympic competitions? For the equine enthusiast, a trip to the heart of Andalucía is a must. Stay at this gorgeous manor house, nestled amidst the bougainvillea and orange groves and use it as your base to explore the region on horseback.

From £1,100pp for 7 nights in a deluxe room on a B&B basis. Includes car hire but excludes flights.

Sailing at Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

Plough through Antiguan waters with the help of the sailing school at Nonsuch Bay, whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner looking for professional instruction. The resort’s fleet ranges from junior and adult single-handler sailboats through to keel-boats and performance catamarans.

From £4,210 based on a family of four sharing a 2 bedroom apartment on a room only basis for 7 nights (saving £630). Book by 01 December and travel between 13 October and 14 December.

Swimming at One & Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

Whilst parents are relaxing at this prestigious Mauritian hotel, on the glorious sandy beach or in the ESPA Spa, the KidsOnly program includes personalized swimming lessons for different age groups for those budding future Olympic swimmers - they even receive a souvenir medal!

From £7,360 based on a family of 4 sharing a junior suite for 7 nights with complimentary half board (saving £1228). Travel between 29 September – 21 December.

Tennis at Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Fancy honing your tennis skills after Wimbledon and the Olympics? At Aphrodite Hills, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy with 9 floodlit tennis courts, will make mini Mckenroe’s out of us all.

From £1,075pp based on 2 adults & 2 children staying in a villa for 7 nights. Free upgrade to a 2-bed junior villa, welcome food hamper, restaurant driver service on 4 nights, 1 night of complimentary Scott Dunn private dining & 1 free space in our Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club. Travel from 27 October.

Beach Volleyball in Brazil

Brazil’s national sport is perfected on the white sandy beaches of Rio, stretching from Copacabana to Ipanema. There is always a ringside seat guaranteed from sun-rise until sunset or ask to play if you dare! Stay at the hip Fasano Hotel just a stone’s throw from the beach and be sure to cool off after the match in the hotel’s stunning roof-top pool.

From £6,575pp for 2 people traveling on our Ultimate Brazil itinerary for 12 nights. Includes all flights, accommodation on a B&B basis (full board and private excursions in the Pantanal) and private transfers throughout.

Cross Country Riding at Camp Davidson, South Africa

The lodge is located in a malarial free private reserve and you can spend your days riding through pristine bush or spotting animals from horse-back, Camp Davidson caters for all abilities and ages with gallops over the rolling hills or gymkhana games for the younger ones. After an action packed day, head back to the lodge for a delicious, well-earned dinner.

From £2,095pp based on 2 sharing on a fully inclusive basis for 7 nights.

Cycling in Xian’s ancient City Walls

Xian was China's capital city for many years and has a rich and diverse history. Whilst a visit to the Terracotta Warriors is a must, we think that a cycle around the ancient City Walls is the best way to see more of Xian. The City Wall dates from the Tang Dynasty and the re-building of the walls in 1370 make them a superb example of Ming period architecture.

From £4,200pp for 10 nights, based on 2 people sharing. Including all flights, most meals, private transfers, sightseeing and a private guide and driver in mainland China.

Archery and cycling in Bhutan

Head to Bhutan and a stay at the Uma Paro where you can participate in their national sport, archery. To conclude your sporting pursuits in the country, head to the top of the Haa Valley and free wheel all the way down to Paro seeing stunning landscapes and villages en route.

From £3,960pp for 7 nights in Uma Paro on a full board basis including archery and cycling in the Haa Valley and a wide range of other excursions throughout the week. Includes a stop-over night in Delhi. Book and travel in 2012.

Horseriding in Uruguay

Inspired by team GB’s equestrian performance at Greenwich Park? If you feel like channeling your inner Zara Phillips, there’s no better place to jet off to than the luxurious Estancia Vik in Uruguay. With a private stable of the very best Criollo horses, days can be spent galloping across the endless pampas or perfecting your game of polo. After a hard day out, guests are guaranteed to be nothing short of utterly pampered back at the lodge.

From £4,430pp based on 2 people traveling on our Taste of Uruguay itinerary for 15 nights. Includes all flights and accommodation on a B&B basis.

Kayak or Dhow sailing at Ibo Island Dhow Safari, Mozambique

Spend your days exploring the beautiful coastline of Mozambique by dhow or kayak, snorkeling over untouched reefs and eating fresh seafood under the stars before settling into your dome tent ashore a tropical island. Finish at Ibo Island Lodge for some luxury with time to explore this island steeped in history.

From £3,380pp based on 2 traveling on a full board basis. Includes all transfers, guided tours and park fees.

Masaai Spear throwing at Chem Chem, Tanzania

Chem Chem is a new classic safari lodge with a contemporary twist on the banks of Tanzania’s Lake Manyara. Go down to the lake shore for stunning sundowners and test your spear throwing talents against the local Maasai.

From £3,300pp based on 2 people sharing, on a fully inclusive basis for 4 nights. Some game activities are at an additional cost.

Sailing in Auckland Harbour

Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland Harbour is the perfect place to take to the water to enjoy the thrill of sailing. With lush islands and the modern city as a backdrop, why not try your hand at sailing an America's Cup yacht; take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back and relax as you cut through the waters of the Waitemata Harbour.

From £11,540pp for a 20-night itinerary through New Zealand, based on 2 people sharing. Includes all flights, private transfers and most meals.

Surfing at Four Seasons Kuda Hurraa, Maldives

Learn to surf in the Maldives at the Four Seasons dedicated surf school run by authentic surf bum Australian professionals from Noosa. The best waves occur from April to October for experienced surfers and all year round for beginners.

From £2,660pp based on 2 people sharing a beach Pavilion on a B&B basis including 2 nights on a complimentary basis saving £590pp. Includes a 3 hour introduction to surfing with Tropic Surf. Travel in September.

Swimming at Finca Cortesin, Spain

If you have been inspired by the heroic efforts of team GB why not go for a sporty break at Finca Cortesin, a beautiful boutique hotel a short distance from Malaga airport. The main pool is full Olympic length at 50m, so you can complete an individual medley, enjoy a match at the tennis courts or play a round at the PGA golf course.

From £1,750pp on a B&B basis.

Tennis at Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania

Create your own Wimbledon tennis tournament in the midst of the Grumeti Reserves, but be prepared to wait for zebra to leave the tennis court before you begin! Cool off in the lodge swimming pool and then head out for an incredible game drive, where you will see no another vehicle.

From £4,000pp, based on 1 night in Arusha and 5 nights at Sabora Tented Camp, on a fully inclusive basis, including all flights, transfers and taxes.

BodyHoliday at Le Sport, St Lucia

At this luxury, all-inclusive resort on St Lucia, either go with its philosophy of relaxation and restorative beauty with complimentary daily spa treatments or try your hand at replicating various Olympic sports including tennis, cycling, volleyball, archery and fencing.

From £2,170pp based on 2 adults sharing a luxury ocean view room on all inclusive basis (saving £580). Book by 30 September and travel between 16 October and 06 December.

Canoeing at Selinda Canoe Trail

Spend 4 days canoeing through one of Botswana’s most picturesque channels, located in the Kwando-Linyanti region. Accompanied by an expert guide you can watch animals from the water and on foot, finishing daily at your fly camp illuminated by spirit lamps. Evenings are spent sat around the camp fire whilst your dinner is prepared by the camps chef.

From £3,300pp, based 4 nights camping on a fully inclusive basis.

Cycling at Verdura, Sicily

If you want to take your cycling a little less seriously than our Olympic heros, Verdura is the perfect place. Take advantage of the complimentary bikes on offer and cycle through the orange groves or along the rugged sicillian coastline taking in the views.

From £1,100pp based on 2 adults and a child under 3 sharing a deluxe room for 7 nights. Includes return transfer from Palermo and one free space in our Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club. For departures in October.

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