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We ask the experts where to take children on an active break to the Alps in the summer

Ask the experts: The big question
Hiking in the Alps. Image: Getty

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QI want to book an active break to the Alps in the summer, with three children aged 5-11. Where would you suggest?

Sarah Barrell
Sarah Barrell, associate editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK): Better value, fewer crowds and far less hot and sticky than the classic Med sun-and-sand destinations, the Alps have become a summer playground for families seeking an active break.

Economical adventurous breaks with superb Alpine scenery can be organised via the Austrian tourist board — and often come with discounts on family accommodation, events and activities. The rather wonderfully named Wilder Kaiser region comes highly recommended for hiking and biking, with an extensive electric bike network, taking travellers through around 45 pretty mountain villages (a good way for younger kids to put hilly miles under their wheels). Prices start at around £300pp, including Alpine passes and a week’s farm-stay accommodation.

The Powder Byrne Air & Space programme maxes out the peaks of the Italian South Tyrol, with mountain biking, via ferrata, horse-riding, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, plus plenty of spa action for flagging parents. A week costs from £1,750pp, including all activities and accommodation (flights/car hire extra).

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Published in the Winter 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller Family (UK).