For a little as

pounds 16.50

per adult (pounds 13 for children of 14 and under), you can see 30 of Europe's biggest "super trucks". These monster motors, the largest collection of customised vehicles in Europe, will be arriving in convoy at Thorpe Park in Surrey this Bank Holiday weekend. Visitors will be able to take a ride in such trucks as "Wild Thing", measuring 10ft high and 8ft wide (equivalent to three Minis on top of each other) with an eight-litre engine and 44in high tyres. Donations of pounds 1 per ride will be required for the super trucks charity - the Make-A-Wish-Foundation which raises money for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The price includes all rides and attractions within the park. Call Thorpe Park (tel: 0990 880 880).

pounds 109

football fans can fly to Stockholm to see England's first qualifying match for the European Football Championships on 5 September. Ryanair (tel: 0541 569569) has additional flights to cope with the extra demand. This price, per person, is for a return flight from Stansted. For more information about accommodation in Stockholm call the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council (tel: 0171-870 5600).

pounds 150

ale buffs can travel to Munich for the annual beer festival. Oktoberfest, running from 19 September until 4 October, is the largest beer festival in the world and attracts millions of visitors each year. This price per person is for a one-night stay in Munich during August and September and includes four-star hotel accommodation, return flights and taxes. Contact the German Travel Centre (tel: 0181-429 2900).

pounds 299

flower enthusiasts can travel to Holland for the Amsterdam Flower Parade. Held every year on the first Saturday in September, the flower parade - more than three miles of blooming floats - makes a fragrant progression from the flower market at Aalsmeer to the city's Dam Square. This price per person includes three nights' B&B in a three-star hotel and return flights. For more information call Kirker Holidays (tel: 0171-231 3333).

pounds 385

you can escape for a week of sun, sea and holistic therapy. Take a Breather is a holiday set on the Lanzarote coast that provides a blend of yoga- based exercises, massage and breathing techniques. Lanzarote is a United Nations designated "Biosphere" with clean air and crystal waters, and the classes, which cater to all levels, take place in the open air. This price per person is based on a twin, shared room and includes classes, a cook, guided tours, but no flights. The next session takes place in November. For more information call Holistic Holidays (tel: 0181-241 3880) or visit the website at

pounds 430

per person, you can wander through Les Fourgs, France. This walking holiday is based in the French Jura, a range of rolling hills north of Geneva. Some 125 miles of walking routes are within easy reach of the centre, many along limestone crests up to summits such as Mont d'Or (5,150ft) and Le Chasseron (5,270ft). Other, more gentle routes take you through extensive meadows and along the shore of Lac de Saint Point. This price includes return flights, transfers, a guide and full board hotel accommodation. Call Waymark Holidays (tel: 01753 516477).

pounds 595

you can take a 15-day tour through the Czech Republic and Slovakia taking in the baroque splendours of Prague, Bratislava, and the scenic Tatras Mountains. Departing 28 September, the tour spends two days in Prague before it moves onto Bratislava for more sightseeing and then to Jasna in Slovakia for rafting and mountain walking in the low and high Tatras. This per-person price includes return flights, transfers, taxes, guides and B&B accommodation plus pounds 60 in the kitty for additional excursion costs. For more information call Explore Worldwide (tel: 01252 344161).

pounds 636

you can take a bargain break to Bali. Prices for holidays in Asia continue to drop and Far East specialist, Asean Explorer, is offering its lowest prices in 10 years. This 12-night stay on the Indonesian island of Bali includes five sight-seeing tours plus return scheduled flights, transfers, and B&B two-star beach hotel accommodation. The price per person is valid until the end of November, for more information call Asean Explorer (tel: 01481 823417).

pounds 759

A-level students who didn't make the grades can take a year off and return next year to a guaranteed job interview for the position of worldwide travel consultant with Bridge The World. In addition, those booking their trip with the company are offered a free Lonely Planet guide of their choice, and 20 per cent discount on travel insurance. This round-the-world "Darwin" itinerary travels from London to Mexico City; then overland to Los Angeles; on to Melbourne and overland to Darwin; then to Singapore and overland to Bangkok; and finally back to London. Overland travel is not included in the price. For more details call Bridge The World quoting "Fresher" (tel: 0171-911 0900).

pounds 865

film buffs can re-enact scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lawrence of Arabia on a nine-day tour of the Jordan desert. This trip, in four- wheel-drive vehicles, explores the most remote areas of the region and includes a visit to Wadi Rum, used as the setting in Lawrence and an excursion to the "rose-red city" of Petra, used in Raiders. The tour includes return flights, guided tours, most meals and a mixture of hotel and desert camp accommodation. The next available tour departs on the 10 October. Call Travelbag Adventures (tel: 01420 541007).

pounds 1,314

per person, you can go whale watching around the Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Between mid-July and the end of September, the warm waters of the Whitsunday Islands, off the coast of New South Wales, are the calving and nursery grounds for humpback whales as they migrate north from Antarctica. This 14-night package to Queensland includes international and national flights, whale watching cruise and room-only three-star accommodation. For more information about the Whitsunday region call the Aussie Helpline (tel: 09900 22000). For holiday details call Austravel (tel: 0171-734 7755).

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