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(excluding tax) you can fly return from Heathrow to the fabulous Spanish capital, Madrid, this summer, for great food, art galleries and night- life. This price is available if you depart before 14 July and is open to all. Call Campus Travel on 0171 7303402.

pounds 106

per person you can enjoy a weekend of skiing on Europe's only indoor real snow slope, this summer in Birmingham. The price includes two nights half-board accommodation at the Grand Moat House Hotel, and two hours skiing each day. Call the hotel on 01708 766677 for details of this package.

pounds 159

per person, insomniacs can see the midnight sun without taking a day off work. Twice weekly escorted trips to the Norwegian city of Tromso, inside the Arctic circle, will run from Heathrow between 22 June and 31 July, leaving at 9.30pm and returning the same night at 6.25am. Call Scandinavian Travel Service on 0171 559 6666.

pounds 199

or even less you can fly return to Bangkok, Johannesburg, Bombay or Mexico City. Such extremely low fares, among others, are on offer by Campus Travel to students and under-26s, but you must book and pay in full on 2nd, 3rd or 4th June. Visit any Campus store, or call 0171 8815111, 0161 2731721 or 0131 6683303.

pounds 249

you can buy a 60-day adult pass to ride around in complete freedom on Euroline coaches between 21 major European cities, including London, Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. For 30 days the price is pounds 199. For details, call Eurolines on 0990143219.

pounds 369

per person you can take a seven-night cruise down the Nile, in Egypt, on the Nile Star. The ship has a swimming pool, sun-deck area as well as air-conditioned cabins. Price is for full-board accommodation, on ship. This special price is available for trips which require occasional coach- rides due to lock closures. Call Somak Holidays on 0181 423 3000.

pounds 406

per person, you can spend nine days riding a canoe past the greenery, crumbling chateaux and ancient villages of the Dordogne. Stay at riverside hotels usually with pools. Price includes half- board accommodation, return ferry crossings, canoe-hire and lessons. Call Headwater on 01606 48699.

pounds 750

you can join an 11-day escorted trip in Nepal, starting with three days in Kathmandu, followed by a five-day (full-board) camping trek through the Annapurna region. This price is available until the end of September, but does not include flights to Kathmandu, for which you need to reckon on an additional pounds 450 at least. Call Guerba Expeditions on 01373 826611.

pounds 752

per person, you can spend eight days island-hopping in the Atlantic archipelago of the Azores. The trip involves staying on at least three different islands. This price is available for departures before 19 June, and may involve a one night stopover in Lisbon en route. Call Sunvil Holidays on 0181 5684499.

pounds 2,695

you can do a 23-day horseback safari through Mongolia, as part of a wildlife conservation project in the region. Participants study endangered lake and wetland birdlife, and visit nomad camps. Price is all-inclusive, and transport is by Trans-Siberian railway. Call discovery initiatives on 0171 229 9881.

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