Travel: Deal of the week

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Deal of the week

London Heathrow to Los Angeles International for pounds 199 return, including all taxes, if you book with STA Travel (0171-361 6262) by close of business today and travel on specific Air New Zealand flights between April and June.

And the best of the rest

Chalet operator Meriski is offering a special deal on one-week holidays in the French resort of Meribel, departing on 15 March. Prices are from pounds 549 to pounds 675 per person, based on two people sharing a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom, and include British Midland flights from Heathrow to Geneva. Call 01451 844788 for more information.

Celebrate Easter with a difference by dropping in on the birthplace of Pontius Pilate - in Perthshire, so they say. Natural history enthusiasts can explore Scotland's hills and lochs from 10-13 April for pounds 299 including accommodation, meals and guide and visit Fortingall - arguably the place of the Roman governor's birth. Call Naturetrek on 01962 733051.

Wildlife Worldwide has spaces on a two-week night-and-day Kalahari Safari, departing 7 and 21 March. The cost is pounds 2,995 for flights, tented camp accommodation, meals and guide. For details, call 0181 667 9158.

Weekend breaks in The Gambia are now feasible, thanks to an extra charter flight from Gatwick. The Gambia Experience (01703 730888) ie offering four nights at the Kairaba Beach hotel for pounds 359, departing 6 or 27 March.

Walk in the Himalayas with Sherpa Expeditions. The tour departs on 11 March and costs pounds 695 (excluding flights). Call 0181 577 2717

Spring? Romance? Take off to Venice with Lakes and Mountains Holidays, departing 10 April from Gatwick. Prices start at pounds 367 per person for two nights in a three-star hotel in the centre of the city. Call 01329 844 405.

Four-day trip to D-Day Normandy Beaches departing 12 March, from pounds 119 per person, including excursion to Bayeux. Travel by coach. Call Leger, 01709 839839.

Short break to Florence's four-star Hotel Rivoli, departing 6 March. pounds 336 per person for three luxurious nights, plus return flights. Call Citalia, 0181-686 5533.

April cruises around the Greek islands from pounds 489 per person for seven nights, with Seafarer Cruising and Sailing Holidays. Call 0171 234 0500


A sporty pair of top-of-the-range Bloc sunglasses - we have 10 pairs to give away. Ideal for the slopes, high seas or cruising around on your mountain bike. The bronze Stoat (C98) will block out 100 per cent of the sun's ultraviolet rays. Bloc's bronze Stoats retail at pounds 34.99 per pair, and are available from specialist outdoor shops. To enter our prize draw, send a postcard with your name and address to: Bloc Offer, Inline UK Limited, Unit 32, Bookham Industrial Park, Church Road, Bookham Surrey KT23 3EU.

Read it. Explore the globe from your armchair with the newly reprinted Illustrated, published under the aegis of the Royal Geographical Society. The weighty tome (Scriptum Editions, price pounds 45) takes you on a historical adventure via the photographer's lens. It's a beautiful book, capturing moments such as Scott finding Amundsen's empty tent at the South Pole, and Tenzing Norgay photographing Hillary on the peak of Everest.

Jane Slade