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pounds 22

you can don a bow and quiver of arrows and be Robin Hood for a day. Participants receive archery instruction on a practice range before they are let loose in 100 acres of Norfolk pine forest to hunt down a range of three-dimensional life-like animals. For further information call Anglian Activity Breaks on 01603 700 770.

pounds 31

per person, you can have two days in Lille, France, a fascinating city with wonderful shops, high-quality restaurants and a fine old quarter. The deal includes ferry crossings for four people in a car and a night in the central Hotel de la Treille, a tastefully converted bourgeois town house, in rooms with en suite bathrooms. Call Inntravel on 01653 628811.

pounds 129

you can spend a romantic Christmas in the stylish city of Paris with your loved one. The price includes three nights' bed and breakfast, plus gala Christmas lunch at a three- star hotel in St Ouen. A free coach service departs from Birmingham, Coventry, Luton and London on 24 December. Call Archers Tours on 0181 466 6745.

pounds 200

you can enjoy a three-night break in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from next January. By day, take in the old quarter, browse the art galleries, and ogle at Gothic cathedrals with spectacular spires, and museums. By night, dine in international restaurants, listen to traditional Estonian music and weep at the Italian opera. The price includes flights, transfers and B&B accommodation in a three- star hotel. For more details call Regent Holidays on 0117 921 1711.

pounds 471

per person, you can go skiing and snowboarding at Tignes in the magnificent French Alps for 10 days. What makes this a bargain break is that the price includes full lift pass, up to five hours' daily instruction, ski or snowboard equipment, full board and free coach travel, departing 19 December. Call Action Vacances on 0161 442 6130.

pounds 525

you can enjoy seven days' walking and wining in the Douro Valley in France, on a tailor- made itinerary. Your needs might include B&B at a beautiful farm and manor house, a walk to the port lodge of Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman, a journey by sail boat to Quinto de Panescal for more tasting, followed by a picnic and afternoon walk through the vineyards. Call Winetrails on 01306 712111.

pounds 875

per person, you can take a seven-day chauffeur-driven tour of Sri Lanka's paddy fields, ancient sites, tropical jungles and tea plantations. Travelling by air-conditioned car, visitors will take in the delights of places such as Polonnaruwa, with its Buddhist temples and art work. The price includes flights from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester, transfers, and half-board accommodation along the way. Call Airwaves on 0181 875 1188.

pounds 1,700

per person, as a volunteer naturalist you can trek and canoe through rainforest and dive and snorkel around the coral reefs of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Participants receive talks on the culture of the sea gypsy communities, the reef eco-systems and forest wildlife. Accommodation is varied - a hill house deep in the forest, in local homes and one night under canvas. The 17-day trips depart weekly from 13 March next year and include flights, all land and water transport, food and training. For further details, call Operation Wallacea on 01790 763 665.

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