Ancient history: take a trip to Petra / Paul Trebick
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Now... Dubai discount

Royal Brunei, with daily flights from Heathrow to Dubai, is having a flash sale to fight competition: Friday to Sunday, 19-21 September, with fares of £325 return for travel from 1 October to the end of February – though not during school holidays. flyroyalbrunei.com

Soon... Family adventure in Jordan

Exodus has a nine-day trip to fill the half-term holiday with an exploration of Jordan, including the ancient city of Petra, camping in the desert and floating in the Dead Sea. It departs Heathrow on 25 October and returns on 2 November, priced £1,259 (£1,199 for children). exodus.co.uk

Later... Marrakech, the Atlas and the coast

The Independent has a Reader Offer escorted tour to Marrakech including flights from Gatwick, five nights half-board in a four-star hotel, two city tours and visits to the Atlas Mountain foothills and the ancient port of Essaouira, departing 12 November 2015, for £599. bit.ly/IndOffer599

Deals of the week

Less than £200... Birthday train to Lille

On 14 November, Eurostar celebrates its 20th anniversary of running passenger trains through the Channel Tunnel. Mark the anniversary with a departure that day from London St Pancras to Lille and a three-night stay at the three-star Hotel Balladins for £189. eurostar.com

Less than £500... Terracotta trip

Finnair has a remarkable deal on flights to China: from Heathrow to the central city of Xian, home to the Terracotta Warriors. Book before 22 September for departures between now and 24 October for fares of £429 return from Heathrow via Helsinki. finnair.com

Less than £1,000... Caribbean indulgence

The current British Airways sale, which runs to 23 September, has some excellent deals if you can travel imminently – or next year. An all-inclusive week at the Verandah Resort in Antigua costs £939 including flights from Gatwick, if you travel on 30 September, 2 October or next June. ba.com

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