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Enjoy the great British countryside with the colourful delights of autumn.

Three-star country house Lake Vyrnwy Hotel (01691 870692, www.lakevyrnwy.com) has uninterrupted views of the beautiful Welsh lake where the water reflects the surrounding Berwyn Mountains. Guests can enjoy a cream tea each afternoon in front of log fires in the drawing room. Prices start at pounds 155 per person, twin share, for two nights' accommodation with breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner in the two AA rosette restaurant.

TAKE a trip to Chicago to meet Mr Richard T Crowe, who claims to have the world's first ghost/supernatural travel business.

Special Hallowe'en bus tours are every evening from October 13 to November 7 and start from the Goose Island Brewery, visiting a host of haunted locations including cemeteries, pubs and murder sites.

America Direct (0870 889-0827, www.americadirect.co.uk) is offering five-night stays from October 29 at pounds 630 per person. This twin-share price includes return United Airlines flight from Heathrow and room-only accommodation at the Holiday Inn City Centre hotel in Chicago.

WITH most main ski brochures now launched, online tour operator, Directski.com (www.directski.com, 0800 587-0945) has reviewed its pricing to ensure that it remains the most competitive operator on the UK market to all its featured destinations and accommodation.

The new lead-in price for the coming season is pounds 149 per person when four share self-catering accommodation at RAsidence CybAle in the MAribel Valley in early February. This is for a week's stay and includes return flights from Gatwick and transfers.

THOSE who want to treat themselves to a Caribbean cruise over the festive season have a choice of two bargain itineraries from Cruise Classified ((0871 271-5250, www.cruiseclassified.com).

For example, on offer is a 12-night fly/cruise departing on December 18, with an overnight in New York followed by the full-board cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Dawn. After two days, the four-star liner reaches the Caribbean to visit the US Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica and British Virgin Islands before returning to New York.

The price per person (twin share) starts at pounds 1,249 based on inside accommodation, return flights, transfers and port taxes.

RUGBY fans planning a trip to cheer on England in the Dubai Rugby Sevens between December 1 and 3 should call Voyana (0871 271-5201, www.voyana.com/Dubai).

This three-day event will feature more than 150 teams, with 1,750 players expected to take part. Voyana is highlighting five-night stays ( departing on November 30 ( at pounds 899 per person. Accommodation with breakfast is at the five-star Fairmont Dubai Hotel and the price includes a three-day rugby entrance ticket. Bookings must be made by October 7.

Guerba (01373 826611, www.guerba.com) is offering a range of safaris to Kenya this autumn. For example, an eight-day Kenya Wildlife Safari includes two days wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara National Reserve, one day in Lake Nakuru National Park and a visit to Lake Naivasha.

Starting November 13 and December 4 (with further departures throughout 2005) the land-only cost is pounds 325 per person, plus a kitty contribution of $115 (pounds 64). This includes accommodation one night hotel, remainder camping plus the services of a guide throughout. Meals are paid for by the kitty. Return UK flights extra.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2004
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