You can travel overnight from Portsmouth to St Malo, spend a day and a night there, then return the next morning. This return Brittany Ferries fare, allowing 24 hours in France, is valid on all crossings between Portsmouth and Poole over here, and Caen, St Malo, Cherbourg and Roscoff over there before 14 May (excluding Easter). Full details from Brittany Ferries on 0990 360360.
dinosaur-lovers can take a three-night long weekend in Philadelphia, which will allow you (between 27 March and 26 April) to visit the Dinofest - an exhibition featuring the largest dinosaur collection in the world. This offer, based on two sharing, is available through Destination USA. Call 0171 253 2000.
it is still possible to rent (for example) a two-bedroomed Gite in the Gers region of south-west France from the Gascony Secret, for five nights. This particular house also has extensive gardens, lawns, trees and a barbecue. The price includes a ferry crossing for passengers and car. Call 01284 827253.
you can spend eight nights on the Portuguese island of Madeira over Easter. This price is available for only one date - flying from London Gatwick on 8 April - but it includes flights and B&B accommodation and you can take children for pounds 299 each. Full details from Island Sun Direct on 01703 828311.
you can join a four day/three night motorbike tour of the Mosel Valley in Germany. This price includes a Dover-Calais return crossing for you and your motorbike (you have to bring your own). The group is limited to seven and you'll be escorted by a guide. Price is based on half-board accommodation. Call Moswin Tours on 0116 2714982.
you can take a one-week holiday for women only in Greece with Aphrodite Tours. This package on the Cyprus resort of Paphos is half-board and there are a number of departures between the end of April and June, from London Gatwick or Manchester. Call 0161 477 4521 for more information.
per person, you can treat yourself to a spot of fangotherapy (mud treatment) near Venice. This will ease the pains of rheumatism and arthritis and improve your circulation, as well as eliminating toxins from your body. Allegedly. This price includes a three-night full-board stay, with use of hot water thermal pools and a set of treatments. Call Thermalia Travel on 0171 483 1898
you can escape to hot Dubai in the United Arab Emirates this Easter. The price includes a luxury three-night stay at a beach hotel, with swimming pools, water sports and a range of restaurants, as well as return scheduled flights. Call Elite Vacations on 0181 864 4431.
per person, you can join a 17-day tour of the Sapa Hilltribes of Vietnam. This wild and adventurous trip involves tough travelling and basic accommodation, but you'll see some very unexplored areas of the country. Group size maximum 12, first departure 12 April. Call Travelbag Adventures on 01420 541007.Reuse content