pounds 5

you may be able to travel to Asia, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Germany as Lufthansa holds an Internet auction of 80 air tickets on 28 and 31 August (register before, though). Prices start at : tickets go to the highest bidder. Contact http://www.lufthansa.co.uk to bid.

pounds 12.99

you can take the grand tour of Spain from the luxury of your armchair. Lonely Planet have just released their new Spain guide book, covering everywhere from Andalucia to Zaragoza for all budgets. Copies are in all good bookshops.

pounds 85

visit the Motor Show at Earls Court and spend a night in B&B accommodation at the four-star Hilton National Hotel on 18 October. Price is per person, based on two sharing, and includes an entrance ticket to the event and coach transfers. Call Goldenrail on 0161 238 5206.

pounds 169

you can enjoy a five-day tour of the Central Highlands, staying at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel, Perthshire. Price includes H/B accommodation, all coach travel and visits to Perth, Caithness Glass, Loch Tay and Crieff. Contact Ellen Smith Tours on 01706 648126.

pounds 245

per person, you can enjoy seven nights at La Rasina Hotel in Umbria, Italy. This 14th-century converted monastery is set in 80 acres of beautiful meadow and woodland. Prices include B&B accommodation but exclude flights and car hire. Call Crusader Travel on 0181 744 0474.

pounds 449

enjoy a seven-day luxury Caribbean fly-cruise this October. The package includes return flights to Miami with BA, transfers and all meals and entertainment. Call The Cruise Line on 01273 835252.

39

make a Christmas date in Rome with the Pope. The six-day package includes a sightseeing city tour, a Christmas Day Vatican visit to witness the Papal blessing and a trip to Castelli and Frascati. Price includes return flights from London, five nights half-board and sightseeing tours. Call Shearings on 01942 244246.

pounds 785

take a four-week Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia tour. Leaving Harare on 4 October, your journey will involve a camping tour in the Namib Desert, canoeing in the Okavango Delta, with options for white-water rafting at Victoria Falls and deep-sea fishing off Namibia. Call Kumuka on 0171 937 8855.

pounds 1,475

you can spend 10 days exploring the secrets of the Silk Route from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Sights include the amazing architecture of Registan Square, vibrant bazaars and the holiest city in Central Asia. Price is based on 26 September departure and includes flights, transfers, full board accommodation, transport and guide. Call Steppes East on 01285 810 267.

pounds 2,590

try a Canadian whale-watching and birdwatching tour. The trip includes a visit to the Saguenay Marine Park in Quebec, where you can see minke, fin, beluga and - largest of them all - blue whales. The tour, departing 19 September, is timed to coincide with the migration of birds such as snow geese, broad-winged hawks and the occasional bald eagle. The tour cost includes flights, full board accommodation and expert guides. Call Naturetrek on 01962 733 051.

Compiled by Gareth Lloyd

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