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pounds 15

you can join in a swimming clinic hosted by former international swimmer Pierre Gruneberg, whose clients include Aristotle Onassis, Shirley Bassey and the McCartneys, between 22-24 October at Broadway, near Evesham, Worcestershire. But be warned; Mr Gruneberg's initiation ceremony involves placing learners' heads in glass salad bowls full of water! Call the Lygon Arms on 01386 852255.

pounds 22.50

per person, you can enjoy a weekend break, staying in B&B accommodation in any one of 10 diverse British cities. These places, not usually recognised as short-break destinations, are strong in character and rich in heritage. For a copy of the 'Great British Lakes' leaflet, call 0345 585 084.

pounds 39

you can fly one way between Edinburgh and Bournemouth on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Return tickets are twice the price. For further details call Euroscot Express on 0870 607 0809.

pounds 169

single parents can have 14 nights' self-catering at the Siesta Studios in Andalucia. A first child can go for pounds 79 and a second for pounds 109. This deal is available during April, May and June in 1998. Call Sunset Holidays on 0171-583 8300.

pounds 380

per person, you can be guaranteed a white Christmas in Iceland. A traditional dinner is served on Christmas Eve, prior to joining in an Icelandic church ceremony. Christmas Day begins with a present hunt and ends with a traditional Icelandic Christmas meal. The price includes flights, three nights' half board accommodation and all transport. Call Icelandair on 0171-388 5599.

pounds 469

you can sample the excitement of Hong Kong on a special three-night package. The price includes return flights with Cathay Pacific from London Heathrow or Manchester and accommodation at the luxury Metropole Hotel. Call Jetset on 0990 555757 to make a booking.

pounds 506

you and seven others can rent a 17th-century water mill in North Wales for a week. Apart from trout fishing in the river and plenty of walks in the Snowdonia National Park, the famous Ffestiniog Railway and picturesque Portmeirion are just a few miles away. For further information contact Country Holidays on 01282 445095.

pounds 2,450

per person, you can go on the ultimate Great Rail Journey, from London Waterloo to Beijing. Stops en route include Berlin and Moscow, which is where travellers board the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. The price includes outbound train travel and inbound flights, 19 nights' accommodation, some meals and all excursions. Call Great Rail Journey on 01904 679969.