Great getaways: Sout Africa adventure, Lapland and Northern Lights, New York in winter, relax at Frederick's Hotel and Spa

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Fly south

Travelbag has an eight-night adventure around South Africa for £969pp. Departing from Heathrow with South African Airways on 26 November, it includes three nights at the Ritz Hotel in Cape Town with breakfast, followed by a six-day "Garden Route Splendour" escorted tour with accommodation en route. Book by 12 November (

Look north

Adventure Worldwide has a three-night "Lapland and Northern Lights" trip in Finland, which departs on 14 January or 15 February next year. The price of £1,078pp includes full-board in a remote hotel above the Arctic Circle and activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and husky sled rides. Flights to Ivalo via Helsinki are also included, along with all land transport and guides (

Wrap up

Enjoy New York's ice rinks, January sales and cosy restaurants in the New Year. Virgin Holidays has four nights staying at the Skyline Hotel in Hell's Kitchen for £579pp, departing with flights from Heathrow on 16 January. The hotel, just west of Midtown, puts you within reach of the galleries of Chelsea and the High Line (

... and relax

Until the end of this month, Fredrick's Hotel and Spa in Berkshire is offering an autumn break for £225pp, based on two sharing. Available on weekdays and weekends, it includes two nights' accommodation with breakfast, a 60-minute spa treatment and full use of the facilities, plus lunch one day and a three-course dinner on the first night (