Readers' offer: Modern masters in Paris

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ON 8 SEPTEMBER, 72 masterpieces from Philadelphia's Barnes collection go on show at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The paintings - by Manet, Cezanne (right), Monet, Renoir, Rousseau, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, Toulouse- Lautrec, Picasso, Modigliani and Matisse - have never before left the United States. To mark the event, the Independent on Sunday is offering readers a special autumn or winter break, including tickets to the exhibition.

The Barnes Foundation, which administers one of the world's best private modern art collections from a suburb of Philadelphia, was set up by the eccentric chemist and businessman, Albert Barnes. Visitors to his museum were discouraged for many years.

Our offer, arranged by Regent Travel Services, costs from pounds 159 per person, for two people sharing a room and travelling between 10 Sept and 31 Dec. The price includes:

British Airways scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Typical flights leave on Friday morning and return on Sunday evening. Departure days vary over the Christmas period.

Two nights' bed and continental breakfast at the two-star Hotel du Vieux Saule, Rue de Picardie, in the very central 3rd arrondissement. The three-star Hotel Novanox, Boulevard du Montparnasse (6th), or Hotel Mercure XV, Rue St Lambert (15th), costs pounds 169. Other upgrades are available, including the five-star Hotel Georges V.

Timed entry to the Barnes Exhibition on the second morning of your stay. Tickets are good for the whole Musee d'Orsay.

Weekday breaks are available at an extra charge, as are flights from regional airports. Travel insurance is not included. The offer runs to 31 December. To book call 081-960 9066, or write to Regent Travel Services, Freepost, London W10 6BR.

Abta C5278, Atol 3738. Reservations subject to availability.

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