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Great Getaways: Shanghai, American adventures and southern Spain


The name's Bond ...

The latest Bond film, Skyfall, opened in UK cinemas on Friday. And, as the franchise marks its 50th year, the action moves to Shanghai. See the skyscrapers and stunning sights of China's most populous city on a three-night escape with Virgin Holidays. The deal includes Virgin Atlantic flights from Heathrow, travelling between 6 and 13 February next year, and five-star B&B accommodation at the Westin Bund Center for £1,149 per person (virginholidays.co.uk).

American Dream

Tomorrow, British Airways launches a sale on American adventures. Deals will include a week-long beach break in sunny San Diego for £699 per person, staying at the mid-range Mission Valley Resort (room only), with flights from Heathrow between 7 and 31 January. Or, on the Gulf coast, there will be fly-drive holidays to Tampa, with Gatwick flights and a week's Avis car hire between 1 January and 24 March for £449 per person – with the same to Miami available for £519 per person, with flights from Heathrow (ba.com).

Cities, Sea and Sierra

Squeeze in a trip to southern Spain before Christmas. UTracks has a nine-day walking tour which departs from Seville on 10 November for £940 per person (flights extra). It blends time in the alluring Andalucian capital, with a tapas evening, flamenco show and a visit to the Royal Palace, before moving on to the rural town of Almonaster la Real and the coastal delights of Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera. There are various half-day hikes in between, with transfers, most meals, hotels and excursions included throughout (utracks.com).