Budapest, Hungary: 76.57 pounds round trip

Fly Easyjet and Wizz Air from London Luton to Budapest.

Budapest is steeped in history and much of it can be explored today with a visit to one of its many museums.

Murals and mosaic floors are among the artifacts of the 2,000-year-old ruins of a Roman town that can be explored at the Aquincum Museum. Highlights include the ruins of an impressive amphitheater and a reconstructed water organ.

The Kiscell museum, housed in a former Trinitarian monastery, is also worth a visit. Exhibits relate to the city’s modern history and include the Budapest archives’ artistic collection.

Underneath Budapest are 200 caves formed by thermal waters. Visitors can tour four of the most famous, including Castle Cave, whose six miles of tunnels wind under the Castle District of Buda, or Chapel in Rock, which has an entrance in the hillside 75 feet above the River Danube.

At the House of the Future Center for Culture and Science, families can browse changing exhibits, explore art galleries or enjoy concerts, festivals and theatrical performances.

Visitors looking for some healing can take a plunge in one of the city’s thermal baths containing water believed to have medicinal properties. Budapest evenings provide opportunities for theater, opera and classical-music concerts. Before heading home, take in a panoramic view of the whole city from Fishermen’s Bastion.

Three months — Jan. 18-20Isle of Mann, U.K.: 69.98 pounds round trip

Fly Flybe from London Gatwick to Castletown.

Start your exploration of this island in the Irish Sea in its historic capital, Castletown, with a visit to Castle Rushen. This finely preserved medieval castle was built between the 13th and 16th centuries by successive rulers.

Two miles from Castle Rushen sits what remains of the Rushen Abbey. Visitors can walk through the remains of several medieval buildings and see the results of several archaeological excavations.

On the harbor side of Castletown, visit the Nautical Museum, which features the 18th-century armed yacht called the Peggy. The boathouse above the cellar contains trap doors, secret panels and a replica stern cabin from an Adm. Lord Nelson-period naval warship. The museum also presents the reconstruction of a sailmaker’s workshop and a fishing gallery with boat models and equipment.

At the National Folk Museum in the isolated village of Cregneash, tourists see traditional farming practices and skills. Visitors can watch as locals work the fields with horse-drawn equipment, thatch roofs and practice traditional weaving, wood-turning and spinning.

Visit the Manx Museum in Douglas to learn the island’s story. The museum includes the Prehistoric Archaeology Gallery, the National Art Gallery and Map Gallery. Museum highlights include Norse-period jewelry and some belongings of a “lady of status” found during excavations at nearby Peel Castle. Traditional local recipes can be sampled at the museum’s Bay Room restaurant.

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