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Katy Holland: Exciting holidays for teenagers

Are we there yet? How to get your teenagers away from that Xbox

You often send me challenging problems, dear readers, but last week I was asked the impossible. Dieter Bartholomaei wants to entice his 15-year-old son away from his Xbox this summer to go on a family holiday – and he's asking me to come up with some suggestions.

Dieter, it's part of a teenager's job description to scupper any plans for wholesome family fun. But the good news is that this hasn't put off the more daring adventure operators, some of whom are announcing teen-only departures for the first time.

These include The Adventure Company (0845 609 1137 adventurecompany.co.uk), which is featuring a rather unusual teenagers' horseback tour of Cappadocia in Turkey, which takes in the underground city of Derinkuyu, starting at £579 per person (excluding flights).

Meanwhile, the thoughtful people at Families Worldwide (0845 051 4567; familiesworld wide.co.uk) are offering a selection of "post-exam stress-busting trips" for teens to destinations including Tanzania and Peru.

They've done all the hard work: all you need to do is turn up, complete with your frazzled teenager, and enjoy the ride.

Join small groups or opt for tailor-made trips; I'm loving the High Atlas Adventure (which costs less than £800 per person for eight days, including flights), walking and mule-riding in the mountains and spending the night in remote Berber villages.

And not an Xbox in sight.