Tips and deals of the week: 28/11/2010

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Head south in the States

Visit some of the southern states of America and the Blue Ridge Mountains on a nine-day tour that features visits to Charleston and Savannah. It costs £799 and departs 5 October 2011, including return flights, seven nights' room-only in good standard hotels, scenic drives, and the services of a tour manager.

Go to door2tour.com

Pre-Christmas ski trip

Enjoy three days of skiing and get home in time to see Santa on a short break to La Clusaz and Grand Bornand. Departing 20 December, the deal costs £300 and includes transfers from Geneva airport, accommodation in the fully catered Aravis Lodge, ski hosting, and evening events such as sledging. Flights and ski hire cost extra.

Go to skiweekender.com

Short breaks in Cornwall

The Hotel, at Watergate Bay in Cornwall, is offering three-night gourmet stays from £165 per person until 20 December. The deal, based on two sharing, includes three nights' accommodation, dinner one night at Fifteen Cornwall and one night at The Hotel's Brasserie, plus one lunch at The Beach Hut.

Go to watergatebay.co.uk

The app

Malta claims to be the first destination to launch a dedicated app. Free to download from iTunes, it contains a guide to Malta and Gozo with colour images.

The website

Log on to the Royal Geographical Society's new website, hiddenjourneys.co.uk, which reveals the landscapes beneath selected flight paths.

The competition

Win the chance to write up your favourite British bus route and see it published in the forthcoming Bradt Guide, Bus-Pass Britain. For more details, go to bradtguides.com/buspassbritain.

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