Great Getaways: Surf City USA; China; India by rail; the Azores


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Ocean waves

Visit "Surf City USA" with North America Travel Service, which is offering a week in California for £1,379 per person. The price includes four nights at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, where a canine surf competition will be taking place, three nights at the Andaz West Hollywood, BA flights from Heathrow on 27 September, and car hire (

Look east

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 10-day adventure in China that visits Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, plus a host of sights including the Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City and Great Wall. It departs with Cathay Pacific flights from Heathrow to Shanghai via Hong Kong on 24 Nov, costing £1,390pp with all accommodation, meals, excursions, transfers and visa fees. Book by 30 September (

India by rail

Explore has some last-minute spaces on its epic 21-day "Indian Rail Odyssey". Highlights include Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Mumbai, Goa, Mysore, and the Kerala backwaters. It includes Jet Airways flights from Heathrow to Amritsar via Delhi, 18 nights' B&B in hotels and two on overnight trains, guides and local transport. The price on 6 Oct is £2,192pp, on 3 Nov it's £2,197pp and on 22 Dec it's £2,467pp (

Wild isles

Plan an autumn escape in the Azores. This remote group of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic offers prime wildlife- watching opportunitie. Sunvil Discovery has a week's B&B on the main island of Sao Miguel at the Hotel Vila Nova in Ponta Delgada with SATA flights from Gatwick on 13 or 20 Oct for £568pp (