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pounds 12

you can attend a "Discovery Initiatives" fund-raising evening on 25 March at the Royal Geographical Society, featuring lectures by environmental experts on subjects ranging from orang-utans to Siberian tigers. Call 0171-229 9881 for information.

pounds 58

you can stay - in the high-season - at the newly refurbished rustic-style Hotel Cala Sant Vicenc on Mallorca, near the coastal village of Pollenca, a favoured base for artists. Swimming, a gym and golf are all available. For reservations, call the hotel on 00 34 (71) 530250, or fax 0034 (71) 532084.

pounds 67

per room per night at the Castellana Inter-Continental Madrid, you can spend a "Heart of the City" weekend (28-29 March) during the lively festivities of a Spanish Easter (Semana Santa). Call 0345 581444 for reservations, otherwise obtain a free guide to the whole "Heart of the City" programme on 0800 854068.

pounds 179

per person you can see the Bosphorous in a package trip to the fabulous city of Istanbul, including return flights, transfers, and accommodation in a three-star hotel. Price is based on two sharing, and is only available on 10 March or 17 March.

pounds 212

per person (based on two people sharing) you can follow in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet by staying in the historic city of Verona for two nights in the three-star hotel Porta Palio. Prices include scheduled flights from London. Call Citalia on 0181-686 5533.

pounds 260

you can join a three-day "Acorn Activities' Easter Weekend for Singles" in the Welsh Black Mountains. Non-stop action includes friend-making, abseiling, climbing and canoeing, though no previous experience is required. Price includes accommodation, transport, activities and most food. Call 01432 830083.

pounds 353

a family of two adults and three children can spend 14 nights at a Eurocamp site at Sarlat in the Dordogne, from 17 May. Price includes ferry crossing and tented accommodation, as well as many on-site facilities, including swimming pools and budget French restaurants. Call 01565 626262 before the end of March for this deal.

pounds 535

you can fly to the Algarve in Portugal, stay at the five-star Sheraton Algarve Pine Cliffs hotel, and play unlimited golf for a week. The price is based on two people sharing but you must depart on 9 March for this special deal. Call Longshot Golf on 01730 268621 for more details.

pounds 609

per person you can spend a hot and sunny fortnight at the Ferrenghi Beach Hotel in the Malaysian island of Penang. Depart any time between 1 April and 15 June from Heathrow. Price is based on two people sharing. Call Holiday Place on 0171-435 8071.

pounds 866

you can spend four nights in two of the best hotels in San Fransisco, the Mandarin Oriental (occupying the top two floors of city's tallest building) and the Highlands Inn - two nights at each property. Price includes various extras, including taxes and at least two dinners (but not flights). Call 0800 962667 for reservations.

pounds 1,824

you can spend a long weekend in Namibia to see the desert bloom. For the first time in a decade the Namibian desert is full of rainwater and flora and fauna is abundant. To see this rare spectacle, join one of two four-day trips on 6 March or 17 April. No single supplement. All luxuries included. Call Sunvil Discovery on 0181-232 9777.

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