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abstract-art lovers can take a special trip to see a unique collection of Kandinsky's paintings in The Hague. "Kandinsky, the great breakthrough around 1913" includes 12 works by the innovative Russian modernist borrowed from collections in Russia. This two-night, self-drive break is priced per person (based on two sharing), and includes two-star hotel accommodation with breakfast and return Channel crossing. The exhibition is free. The Amsterdam Travel Service (tel: 01992 456080).

pounds 165

lovers of more traditional art can take a three-night break in France to see the Goya exhibition, taking place at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille. The exhibition includes more than 50 works by the 18th-century Spanish painter and offers the only chance to see the collection before it moves to the US. This price, per person, is for Friday departures and includes a standard return on Eurostar, three-star hotel accommodation with breakfast, and timed ticket entrance to the exhibition (by-passing any queues). The deal is valid from 1 January until the end of the exhibition on 14 March. Time Off (tel: 0990 846363).

pounds 289

departing 25 January, from Manchester, you can spend two weeks in the Jamaican sunshine. This price, per person, includes 14 nights with room only, two-star hotel accommodation, return flight and transfers. The Last Stop Holiday Shop (tel: 0191-510 0077).

pounds 369

you can spend a long weekend in Prague. This deal includes three nights in a four-star hotel with breakfast and return flights, and is valid up until 25 March. British Airways Holidays (tel: 0870 242423).

pounds 484

those who still haven't made plans for New Year's Eve can head for the Cognac vineyards in France to welcome in 1999 in a charming old manor house. Situated not far from some lovely riverside towns, this house sleeps up to 12 people (pounds 41 per person). Country Cottages in France (tel: 08700 789789).

pounds 599

you can take a cut-price flight to Australia, departing in January or February. The outbound flight is by charter and the inbound scheduled, with an optional stopover in Kuala Lumpur. The return flight must be taken between February and May. Flights to New Zealand are also available for pounds 649. Austravel (tel: 0171-734 7755).

pounds 659

departing on 22 January from Dover, you can take a two-week cruise around the Canary Islands and Agadir. First port of call is Madeira, then onto the Canaries for some island-hopping before heading for Agadir, Cadiz and Lisbon. The price, per person, is based on a two-bedded four-star cabin and includes all meals (drinks extra) and return travel. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (tel: 01473 292222).

pounds 750

skiers with six to 10 weeks off-piste experience can head for the black runs after this intensive ski course. Aimed at "early intermediate" skiers, the course is taught by a qualified instructor on the famous glaciers of Saas Fees, Switzerland. The price, per person, includes return flights, four-star half-board hotel accommodation, three days instruction and three days skiing accompanied by a Ski Club of Great Britain representative. Ski Club of Great Britain (tel: 0181-410 2022).

pounds 921

students and those under 26 can have a "Tropical Affair" - just one of Usit Campus' range of round-the-world trips. This ticket takes in Bombay, Singapore, Cairns, overland to Sydney, Auckland and Harare, with return travel from London, and is valid for up to a year. usit Campus (tel: 0171- 730 8111).

pounds 1,600

Bill Bryson fans can take a walk in the woods with their favourite author. This eight-day trekking tour will take participants through the Appalachian mountains on the little-used Allegheny Trail. Accompanied by 10 llama, 50 trekkers will pass through dense forest before reaching riverside log cabins for five days of relaxation. The tour takes place from 18 June to 2 July 1999, and all travel, canvas and cabin accommodation, food, equipment and guides are included (pounds 200 per person will be donated to the NSPCC). The Big Events Company (tel: 0800 7313799).

pounds 2,149

take part in a unique tour combining Bhutan and the Andaman islands. Bhutan, virtually off-limits to travellers until the 1960s, still opens its doors to only 4,500 visitors a year. This tour is hosted by Phil Haines, the youngest person to have visited every sovereign country in the world, and takes in the Himalayan peaks and valleys of Bhutan (11 days) and coral- fringed Andaman islands (three days). The 16-day tour departs 23 April and the price, per person, includes return flights, transfers, guides, ground transport, hotels and meals in Bhutan. Live Ltd (tel: 0181-737 3725).

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