For As Little As...
Sunday 09 August 1998
you can paint the town red at 2am from the top of a double-decker. London Pride has launched the world's first 24-hour sightseeing bus tours. Aimed at jet-lagged tourists, these open-top, one-hour tours will also appeal to clubbers and insomniacs. A chance to see London by night without the traffic. London Pride (tel: 01708 631122).
children can spend a day in "Europe's Enchanted Park". During the summer, Dutch theme park Efteling is offering a dreamy package: entrance to the park and its attractions (white-knuckle rides, life-sized European fairy- tale characters), one night in the Efteling Hotel, and travel from Dover with Hoverspeed. The per-person price is based on four people sharing. Efteling UK (tel: 01242 260960).
you can sip champagne at 1,340mph. For the August Bank Holiday weekend, Paris Travel Service has chartered the Air France Concorde to provide a memorable short break. The per-person price, based on two travelling together, includes a flight on Concorde one way, and a scheduled Air France flight or Eurostar the other, one night's b&b in a choice of three-star hotels in the centre of Paris, transfers and taxes. Paris Travel Service (tel: 01992 456 025).
cyclists can explore Perigord, just north of the Dordogne, on an 10-day tour. The self-drive holiday involves cycling around 15 miles each day between hotels (your luggage is transferred ahead of you) taking in the quiet, hilly area, famous for its foie gras, truffles and duck dishes. This per-person price is based on two travelling together and includes ferry travel, eight nights half-board accommodation in four hotels (each with a swimming pool), bicycles and route guides. For pounds 699 you can travel by Eurostar. Belle France (tel: 01797 223777).
you can spend two weeks at the hallowed place where Fortnum & Mason gets its olive oil. Staying in the Azienda Mose country house near Agrigento, on the southern coast of Sicily. The house dates from the 1800s and is home to the Agnello family, who host meals made with local produce such as artichokes and aubergines and home-made ricotta cheese, preserves and, of course, olive oil from the organic farm. The 50-acre farm is set beside the famous valley of the Temples (six Greek Temples which date back to 480BC) and is five minutes from the beach. The per-person price includes half-board accommodation, car hire and return flights. Sunvil Holidays (tel: 0181-568 4499).
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