Family adventure holiday: One holiday, three ways

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We targeted three companies for their best offer on a two-week family adventure in the summer holidays next year: a desert escape, a tropical tour and a cultural experience. Prices are per person based on two adults and two children travelling. All packages include return flights from Heathrow.

Desert: £1,441, Explore

Includes flights to Marrakech on 25 July, accommodation and a selection of meals. Plus surfing in the Atlantic, a lesson in traditional Berber cooking, camel riding and a night under the stars in a desert camp (01252 888 736;

Tropical: £1,961, Intrepid

Includes flights to Costa Rica via Madrid on 25 July, accommodation and some meals. Plus visits to Arenal Volcano and Tortuguero National Park. Sold through Intrepid's sister operation, The Family Adventure Company. (0808 250 7834;

Cultural: £2,374, Exodus

Includes flights to Beijing on 24 July, accommodation and breakfasts. Plus trips to the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, a walk along the Great Wall of China, and an excursion to the Giant Panda Research Centre (0845 287 7603;