Get nine people to Normandy and back from Holland for under pounds 50?

Take advantage of the special deal on Stena Line being offered through Channel One Travel (01992 504411). For pounds 48, a car plus up to nine passengers can sail from Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Newhaven to Dieppe, and back from the Hook of Holland to Harwich. Conditions: you must return within 72 hours, and the Dutch crossing must be made from Monday to Thursday.

See the next total eclipse of the Sun?

Join astronomer Dr John Mason on a trip to Outer Mongolia, the ideal venue to view the solar totality. Explorers Tours (01753 681999) has signed up Dr Mason for the event next March, and has chosen a site 140 miles north of Ulan Bator. A one-week package costs pounds 1,295, including three days in Peking.

Travel from Scotland to London and back for pounds 25?

Buy a ticket on National Express (0990 808080) from Edinburgh or Glasgow to London. The only condition is that you return within three months.

Pedal gently through France?

Susi Madron's Cycling for Softies (0161-248 8282) offers a range of holidays classed from "Super Softie" to "Whizz", in nine regions of France. Prices include flights and transfers, dinner, bed and breakfast and bicycle hire. A week of "Gentle Touring" in the Rhone costs from pounds 702 to pounds 783.

See the British Grand Prix indoors?

Sign up for a motor racing weekend as part of the Novotel Great Sporting Occasions series. Call 0181-748 3433 to book a break from 12 to 14 July at Birmingham airport, Bradford, Ipswich, Preston or Wolverhampton. None of these actually involves a visit to Silverstone itself, but you do get to go karting on the Saturday morning and to watch the race on a big screen TV.

Trek through Surrey or Sabah?

Read the "Great Outdoors" special in the travel pages of the Independent on Saturday.

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