pounds 9

per adult (pounds 6 per child) you can spend 24 hours in France with a P&O ferries day excursion from Portsmouth to Le Havre or Cherbourg. You can also take your car from just pounds 10 extra. Contact P&O and quote "CER" (tel: 0990 980555).

pounds 110

you can join an SAS-style survival weekend. Spend the first night in a tent or barn and the second in a shelter which you will construct. You will be taught what is edible and what is not in the outdoors, cook in the open air and learn to cope with the unexpected. This survival weekend is led by ex-SAS personnel and takes place in Penderyn, Wales. This per- person price includes food and accommodation, but participants should bring along a rucksack, sleeping bag, torch, matches, knife and a ball of string. Acorn Activities (tel: 01432 830083).

pounds 233

you can take a three-day break to Barcelona. The per-person price includes return flights, b&b in a three-star hotel in the city centre and a free "Barcelona Pass". The pass allows free entry to many of the city's attractions, such as the famous observation deck inside the spire of Gaudi's famously unfinished Sagrada Familia, plus discounted entry into many museums and galleries. Lakes and Mountains Holidays (tel: 01329 844405).

pounds 289

you can see the autumn northern lights in Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital. If you book before 31 October, this four-night break includes return flights from London or Glasgow, transfers and b&b accommodation in a three-star hotel in the city centre. Crystal Premier Cities (tel: 0181-241 5040).

pounds 490

skiers between the ages of 18 and 40 can take a one-week skiing trip to Les Deux Alpes in France. This per-person price includes return coach travel, full board, lift pass, instruction for all levels, equipment hire and evening entertainment. The purpose-built resort, which is featured in Which? Books Good Skiing & Snowboarding Guide's top 500, is located in the south-west Alps. Action Vacances (tel: 0161-442 6130).

pounds 584

you can take a two-night Halloween break in Boston. Visit the sites of the 1692 witch trials in the notorious town of Salem on a guided candlelight walking tour. This per-person price is based on two sharing and includes return scheduled flights and three-star b&b accommodation. Bridge Travel Service (tel: 01992 456171).

pounds 675

wine buffs can travel to one of the world's most exclusive wine regions, Tokaj in Hungary, on a two-night tour. Departing London on 17 October, the tour will focus on the renaissance of wine production in an area which was, until the advent of Communism, one of the world's most senior wine countries. Travel to Eger, the home town of Bull's Blood wine, and then on to Budapest to visit its newly emerging estates and sample both traditional and new wine styles. The tour ends with a dinner at the Budapest Opera Restaurant. This per-person price includes return flights, b&b accommodation, four meals with wine, visits, tastings and the expert service of wine guide Atilla Sandor. Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours (tel: 01730 893344).

pounds 745

per person, you can fly return to Australia and get two additional flights free if you book with Qantas before 16 October. Passengers must travel outbound before 9 December 1998 to qualify for the option of two domestic flights within Australia or return flights from Australia to New Zealand or a return flight to Europe with BA to one of 17 destinations. This price to Australia also includes a free stopover in each direction. Qantas Holidays (tel: 0990 673464).

pounds 828

you can stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East. Located on a beach between the rugged mountains and warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Al Bustan Palace Hotel resembles an Arabian palace, is topped with a gold dome and boasts floodlit tennis courts, a health club and a range of watersports. This three-night deal is valid until the end of November and includes accommodation with breakfast, return scheduled flights and transfers. Call Elite Vacations for more information on 0181-864 4431.

pounds 1,099

you can travel with a camel train in Morocco. The 15-day Secrets of the Berbers tour explores the remote parts of southern Morocco and includes two days and nights in the Sahara desert travelling with a camel train and sleeping in Berber tents. Cooks will accompany groups for these two days and prepare Moroccan specialities, such as tajine and bread baked in the sand on hot stones. The tour starts and finishes in Marrakech and this per-person price includes return flights, four nights half-board and 10 nights full-board, local transport and the services of an English guide with 30 years' experience of Morocco. Departures from 6 October. Headwater (tel: 01606 813367).