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Meet Patrick Moore?

Travel with the astronomer on his forthcoming tour of Observatories of the Western USA. Dr Moore is guest lecturer on the 10-day jaunt around southern California and Arizona. You visit the observatories at Mount Wilson, Mount Palomar, Kitt Peak and Lowell. Trips to Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon are thrown in, together with flights to Los Angeles, ground transportation and hotels. The price is pounds 995 (single supplement pounds 225), from Explorers Tours on 01753 681999.

See Renaissance gardens in Italy?

Join the spring tour of Tuscany organised by Boxwood Tours (01235 532791) costing pounds 1,179, or the week in October to Rome for pounds 1,282.

Discover the heart of India?

Go to the next Stanford's travel lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on 5 March. The speaker is Mark Tully, the BBC's renowned former correspondent in Delhi and author of The Heart of India. Tickets cost pounds 4 each and may be booked on 0171-240 3611.

Cycle around the longest wall in France?

Belle France (01892 890885) has a four-night holiday based near Blois in the Loire. The price of pounds 395 includes bike rental as well as travel on Eurostar or by air. The wall in question encircles the nearby Chateau de Chambord.

Stride from coast to coast?

Join a guided walking holiday organised by the Youth Hostels Association (01629 825850) from St Bee's Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire.

Fly 2,400 scheduled miles for pounds 104? Book a Gatwick-Faro "Seat Sale" ticket from British Airways (0345 222111). It undercuts even BA's own World Offer fare by pounds 5, and includes tax.

Sail Portsmouth to South America?

Board a Fyffes vessel from the Hampshire port to Paramaribo, Surinam. The journey is via Flushing in Holland, and lasts two weeks for a one- way fare of pounds 970. Extensions are available to Guyana. Book through Cargo Ship Voyages Ltd (01743 736265).

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