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Stay at an elegant town-house hotel in Knightsbridge for sightseeing, theatre and the best shopping in London. pounds 180 per double room per night including breakfast and dinner to the value of pounds 27 per person on one night for each two night stay.

Tel: The Cadogan Hotel on 0171 201 6600.

Throughout August, the four star Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club in East Sussex is allowing golfers to play the improved 18 hole Ian Woosnam championship designed course.

Priced from pounds 35 per person, you can also play nine holes on the Dale Hill Course and have a three course dinner at the Fareway Restaurant for just pounds 10 extra. Tel: 01580 200 112.

Bike ride through France's castle-strewn Loire region. Seven night holiday based in a family-run two star hotel in Chinon with half-board accommodation, bicycle and equipment hire, cycling info pack and on-site assistance.

Travel not included, but can be arranged. Tel: American Express Travel on 0870 600 1061.

See the eclipse for pounds 85 - Southern Germany lies directly in the path for the eclipse of the sun - one of the best locations world wide for this phenomenon on August 11.

Return flights start from pounds 85 to Munich and pounds 116 to Berlin, short breaks from pounds 125 and pounds 168, respectively. Short breaks per person include return flight, one night at four star hotel based on dual occupancy. Tel: German Travel Centre on 0181 429 2900.

Or see the solar eclipse in Magical Persia with escorted tours of Tehran, Isfahan and surrounding areas.

On the day of the eclipse, visit the Friday mosque and a Zoroastrian Fire Temple providing excellent eclipse visibility, with the option of extended tour. Five and eight day tours include return flights on scheduled airlines, hotel accommodation and full board, priced at pounds 1,425 and pounds 1,750 respectively. Tel: Ancient World Tours on 07071 222 950.

Explore the Canadian wilderness on an 11 day trip focusing on the diverse wildlife with stays in the Riding National Park to spot elk, deer and moose, a visit to Bird Cove, a cruise on Churchill River and a stay in the former trading post of Hudson Bay.

The tour departs on August 1 and is priced at pounds 2,250 per person, including return flights, B&B, transfers, comprehensive sightseeing and guide. Tel: Bales Worldwide on 01306 876881.

Is Peru for you? Take an 11 day introductory tour of Peru, visiting pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, fly across the Andes to Cusco, then pick up the train to Muchu Picchu, and visit the reed islands of Lake Titicaca.

This trip leaves on August 2 and cost pounds 1,775 per person, including return flights, B&B, transfers, sight seeing and an accompanying group manager. Tel: Bales Worldwide on 01306 876881.

Enjoy ten nights in Thailand, with three nights at the three star plus Empress Hotel, Bangkok, and seven nights at the three star plus Phucket Orchid resort, Phucket.

The price is now pounds 679 per person based on twin share, with return flights on Thai Airways International/Singapore Airlines, return transfers, airport taxes, half day city tour of Bangkok and daily breakfast. Departures until August 15. Tel: The Destination Group on 0171 400 7000.
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