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chocoholics can indulge themselves this Easter with a short break to Cologne to visit its celebrated chocolate museum. This two-night, per- person deal is based on two travelling and includes return flights and four- star hotel accommodation. The German Travel Centre (tel: 0181-429 2900).

pounds 325

you and three friends can spend Easter in a cottage in the Loire valley. This property, in the grounds of a 16th-century manor, sleeps four and the price includes accommodation and a short ferry crossing for a car and up to five passengers. The deal is valid for departure dates 27 March and 3 April. Country Cottages in France (tel: 01282 445005).

pounds 599

the high life is yours on a seven-night, all-inclusive, Mediterranean cruise. Departing from Genoa on 1 April, the cruise takes in Naples, Malta, Tunis, Palma and Barcelona. This per-person price represents a saving of pounds 300 on the original brochure price, and includes return flights, transfers, taxes and full-board, three-star cabin accommodation. MSC (tel: 0171-637 2525).

pounds 1,095

those who want to see the total eclipse, but don't fancy being stuck in a bottle-neck traffic jam in Cornwall (see page 2), can travel to Lake Balaton, Hungary. This deal, travelling on the Imperial Express, includes two night's full-board on the train, one night in Vienna and return flights. On Eclipse Day, (11 August), the train will be pulled by the steam engine Budapest. The price is per person, based on two travelling. Worldfarers (tel: 01926 425333).