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pounds 67

a passenger will be able to sail from Harwich to Denmark and back in the coming year, with Scandinavian Seaways, on condition that you return within six nights (including two on board ship). These sailings to Esbjerg take place all year round.

Tel: 0990 333111.

pounds 149

per person, four people can go skiing in Soll in Austria, with seven nights B&B accommodation, departing on 10 January 1998. The price includes flights and airport taxes. For more information, call the Last Stop Holiday Shop on 01642 211212.

pounds 289

you can spend a couple of nights in Washington DC with Funway Holidays on what is described as a "shopping break" (not that you have to shop if you don't want to - Washington does also happen to contain some of the world's great galleries). This price includes return scheduled flights on United Airlines from London and all taxes. Call 0181 466 0222.

pounds 299

plus pounds 40 tax you can fly return to Australia on a Britannia Airways charter flight (London to Adelaide or Melbourne, or Manchester to Perth) if you depart on 4 January only. For this historically low fare, call Austravel at their London West End shop on 0171 734 7755.

pounds 349

a single person who enjoys skiing can take a skiing weekend with Ski Weekend, with scheduled flights (from London and regional airports), transfers, ski guiding and B&B accommodation. Ski Weekend can help to match independent skiers of similar ability both on the pistes and in the local bars and restaurants if people so wish. Call 01367 241636.

pounds 795

you can get out to Hong Kong on a five night package, departing 25 January, in time to join the festivities for the first Chinese New Year since the handover of sovereignty from Britain (introducing the Year of the Tiger). View parades and monumental Chinese firework displays, then take advantage of big shopping discounts customary at this time of year. Price includes flights and B&B accommodation in the Metropole Hotel. Call Bales Worldwide on 01306 885991.

pounds 995

you can take a guide-led two-week tour of Malawi, southern Africa's hottest up- coming destination. The tour incorporates large tracts of this small but stunning country, from bathing hippos to tea plantations and from high mountains to beaches. It also pops into neighbouring Zambia. Price is (nearly) all inclusive. Call Explore Worldwide on 01252 319448.