Great Getaways: Seasonal Sweden, desert Dubai, luxury Vietnam and New Zealand road trip


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Seasonal Sweden

Inntravel has a three-night getaway to Gothenburg in west Sweden for £494pp. The deal includes B&B at the Vanilla Hotel and SAS flights from Heathrow on next Friday, 17 November – which gets you there just in time to take in the city's Christmas market, when stalls selling glogg (mulled wine) and gifts fill Liseberg park until 23 December (

Desert Dubai

From now until 13 December, Virgin Holidays is offering a decadent dose of winter sun at the Desert Palm in Dubai, which has a spa, pool, and manicured grounds a 20-minute drive outside the city. The five-night package costs £799pp, with breakfast, Heathrow flights and transfers (

Luxury Vietnam

Kuoni has a twin-centre trip to Vietnam for £1,139pp. Departing on 16 January, it includes Vietnam Airlines flights from Gatwick to Ho Chi Minh City for two nights' B&B at the Liberty Central Hotel, followed by six nights' B&B at the five-star Sheraton hotel in Nha Trang, with transfers (

Hit the road

Plan a big adventure in 2013. Austravel is offering 15 days' motorhome hire in New Zealand for £995pp, allowing you to explore fjords and beaches, lakes and caldera, at your own pace. The deal includes Singapore Airlines flights from Heathrow to Auckland via Singapore in May next year (