Get me out of here: Sorrento, China, France


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Eastern promise

From the 8,000-strong Terracotta Army to the 5,000-mile Great Wall, see China's epic attractions on VJV's week-long "Highlights" tour. It visits the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and a panda conservation centre, with B&B in Beijing, Xian and Chengdu and flights from Heathrow on 18 Feb for £995 per person.

The good life

Book now to enjoy a Spring break in Sorrento. Kuoni has a seven-night stay at the Astoria hotel with BA flights from Gatwick to Naples on 20 March for £550 per person. From here, the Amalfi Coast is ripe for discovery, with lemon groves, rustic restaurants and hilltop towns above fine beaches and the isle of Capri a short boat ride offshore.

French affair

Set sail for France ahead of Christmas. LD Lines has a winter offer on two routes taking you with a car and two passengers from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £92 return; or Newhaven to Dieppe for £78. Satisfy your cultural appetite at Dieppe's 15th-century château or amble amid Le Havre's Quartier Grand Centre market.