Great getaways: Northern Lights in Lapland, hot seat in Turkey, Bordeaux wine time, head east to China

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Big chill

There's still time to try and glimpse the Northern Lights this winter. Specialist tour operator Aurora Zone has one trip based at a spa hotel near Luosto in Finnish Lapland, which departs on 2, 9, 16 and 23 March. The price of £1,225pp includes Finnair flights from Heathrow via Helsinki, transfers, four nights' half-board accommodation, activities, cold-weather clothing and guided Aurora hunts (

Hot seat

On 26 April, Exclusive Escapes has a week at Deniz Feneri Lighthouse, a waterfront hotel on the Kas Peninsula of Turkey. Set above a private beach, it offers a waterside restaurant, pool and spa. The price for seven nights is £750pp including flights from Stansted or Manchester to Dalaman, transfers, a day's gulet cruise and Turkish bath (

Wine time

Kirker Holidays has a gourmet break to the commune of Bouliac, just outside Bordeaux, for £688pp. The three-night jaunt is based at the five-star Le Saint James hotel, an 18th-century farmhouse with its own vineyard and gourmet restaurant. Valid for stays until 9 April, it includes BA flights from Gatwick, private transfers, breakfast and a free cooking class or wine-tasting session (

Head east

On 3 May, Journeys of Distinction has an 11-day "Adventures in China" tour which takes in Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, the Terracotta Army and Shanghai. The price of £2,070pp includes Air France flights from Heathrow via Paris, B&B hotels, some other meals, excursions and guiding (