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each way, you will, from 23 June, be able to speed into central London (Paddington) from Heathrow Airport in only 15 minutes on the BAA Heathrow Express. Trains will run every 15 minutes from Heathrow Central (serving Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and from Heathrow Terminal 4 (another 5 minutes' journey). For further information, call the customer care line on 0845 6001515.


you can take a two-day learn-to-ride course in the Black Mountains and Welsh Hills with Acorn Activities. Courses can be arranged for any day or weekend. This price doesn't include accommodation, though B&B can be arranged through the centre for pounds 22 per person per night. Call Acorn Activities on 01432 830083.

pounds 129

you can get your car and up to nine passengers on to the fast SeaCat service running between Dover and Calais, or Folkstone and Boulogne. This Apex standard return fare is valid for the whole of 1998 but must be booked by the end of June. Call Hoverspeed Fast Ferries on 0990 240241.

pounds 229

you can have unlimited European coach travel at peak season (July and August) between 30 major European cities. Destinations include Paris, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Berlin, Venice, Stockholm. This very viable alternative to InterRail is open to people of any age. Call Eurolines on 0990 143219.

pounds 499

per person, you can spend 13 nights on Varadero beach in Cuba, if you depart before 17 July. This price includes flights, accommodation and all meals and drinks. There are three departures weekly. Call The Holiday Place on 0171-431 0670.

pounds 546

per person, two couples can share a luxury two-bedroom apartment, with maid-service and whirlpool baths at the end of International Drive in Florida for two weeks in June or July. The 5-star Marriott Cypress Harbour apartments are set in a 15-acre, lake-side tropical garden. Call Jetsave on 01342 312033.

pounds 575

would-be Egyptologists can take a four-night break being guided around the Pyramids and the great museums in Cairo. You'll stay at the deluxe Mena House Oberoi Hotel, set in 40 acres of jasmine-scented gardens, overlooked by the Great Pyramid. There are three departures between September and December. Call Prospect on 0181-995 2151.

pounds 818

a far-sighted family of four can book their peak-season summer holiday for 1999. Staying in a ClubHotel in the French resort of Les Deux Alpes, this price includes all meals and drinks, including alcohol. It is a self-drive holiday, with a Channel crossing. Call First Choice Lakes & Mountains on 0870 7542754.