Ski season, £7,495

One holiday, three ways.

Each week, we target three companies to ask for their best offer on a particular trip. This week, a gap-year adventure, departing at any point over the next year. All prices are per person. Flights are not included.

Culture: £2,875, Contiki

This group trip includes 40 nights' B&B in pitched tents across France, Spain and Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Holland from 21 August. Plus four nights' B&B in hotels, coach travel, most dinners, ferry crossings, a tour of Paris, a Venice boat ride a and day trip to Capri (0845 075 0990; contiki.com).

Ski season: £7,495, Snoworks Gap

Includes eight weeks' half-board chalet accommodation in Tignes and Courchevel from 24 October. Also included is instructor training, BASI level one and two exam courses, a first-aid course, ski passes, basic off-piste training, race training, fitness training, and transfers from Geneva to Tignes (0844 543 0503; snoworksgap.co.uk).

Volunteer: £2,985, Africa & Asia Venture

Includes 12 weeks' full-board with a local family in Kalimpong, India from 7 February. Volunteers will help with subsistence farming as well as teaching English in local schools. Also included are online briefings and health checks, an induction course, and in-country support throughout (01380 729009; aventure.co.uk).

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