Take the tunnel

Short breaks using Eurostar trains through the Channel Tunnel are expanding. The Belgian Travel Service (01992 456166) has a one-night holiday in Brussels for £99 per person for any weekend in April. This includes hotel accommodation and breakfast. Over Easter, the company has a one-night deal using the five-star Conrad Hotel for £139.

Time Off (0171-235 8070) has a day-trip special to Paris from Waterloo, using the 7.14am departure every Saturday to the Gare du Nord, and leaving from there at 7.08pm - giving nearly eight hours in the city. The price of £125 includes lunch and a pass for the Metro.