THE Matisse exhibition that was a stunning success in New York opened in Paris on 26 February. We are giving Independent readers the chance to visit it as part of a special spring break. The exhibition is not coming to London, so this is your one chance to experience what is likely to be the art event of the year. Thousands queued to see it at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and although the Paris exhibition will be smaller, it is likely to be equally popular.

Our offer, arranged by Regent Travel Services, costs just pounds 133 per person, based on two people sharing a room and travelling no later than 31 March 1993. From 1 April to 18 June, the price is pounds 167. (There is a supplement for single rooms.) Included in the price are:

Return scheduled flights with British Airways between London Gatwick airport and Charles de Gaulle, Paris, with flights for a typical weekend leaving on Friday morning and returning on Sunday, allowing the maximum time to enjoy Paris.

Two nights' twin-bedded accommodation - in one of the 27 individually designed rooms with en suite bathrooms - and Continental breakfast at the three-star Hotel Novanox, near the Luxembourg Gardens on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.

Ticket for the Matisse exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Valid for entrance at any time during normal opening hours: weekdays noon-10pm; weekends 10am-10pm. The exhibition organisers say people with these tickets will join the same queue as those with timed entries, rather than the general queue.

You can take the break during the week (subject to availability), but the price is based on weekend travel.

Upgrades to four- and five-star hotels in Paris, including the Hotel George V, are available for an extra charge, as are flights from regional airports including Aberdeen, East Midlands, Manchester, Newcastle and the other London airports. Travel insurance is not


The offer is available every weekend for departures between 18 March and 18 June, but readers are advised to book early as the deal is likely to prove extremely popular. If you require more details, please fill in the coupon (right) and send it to: Regent Travel Services, FREEPOST, London W10 6BR; or telephone 081-960 9066.

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