l A pre-Christmas shopping trip to Honfleur, Normandy costs pounds 52 per person including one night B&B and Portsmouth-Le Harve car ferry crossing on November 8. Intravel 01653 628 862.

l A coach tour of Scilly costs pounds 459 for eight days, flying from the UK on November 14. Cosmos 0161 480 5799.

l A week self-catering in Gascony, France, in an apartment sleeping four with swimming pool, costs pounds 125 per person including Portsmouth-Caen ferry crossing The Gascony Secret 01284 827 253.

l A two week fly-drive to Los Angeles costs pounds 349 departing Heathrow December 1-9 flying Virgin Atlantic. Tradewinds 0870 751 0005.

l Three nights in Istanbul costs from pounds 289 staying B&B and flying from Heathrow on November 7, 8 or 9. Accommodation Overseas 0181 977 2984.

l A week in Limassol, Cyprus, for a family of four costs pounds 415 B&B including flights over the Christmas and New Year period. Cyplon Holidays 0181 342 8103.

l A three night break in Monte Carlo costs pounds 874 flying to Nice from Heathrow on Christmas Eve, staying at the five-star Hotel de Paris with free entry to the casino, country club, golf club and the thalassotherapy centre. Kirker Holidays 0171 231 3333

l An eight day tour of Israel including visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives and the Dead Sea, for pounds 489 departing December 15. Longwood Holidays 0181 551 4494.

l A four-day coach trip to the Christmas market in Cologne, Germany, costs from pounds 145 B&B including all travel, departing November 29. Andrew's of Tideswell 01298 871 222.

l Fly Manchester to Las Vegas (above) on November 17 for a seven night fly-drive costing pounds 289. Unijet 0990 336 336.

l A week in Mallorca costs pounds 139 self-catering, departing Stansted or Gatwick on November 10; pounds 209 for a fortnight in Gran Canaria on November 10; or pounds 199 for a week in Tenerife departing Gatwick on November 16. The Holiday Centre 0181440 3131.

l One week B&B in Madeira costs pounds 269 departing Manchester on December 1. Cosmos 0161 480 5799.

l Four nights in Hong Kong costs from pounds 359 until December 7, staying at the Hotel Metropole in Kowloon with flights from Heathrow. Kuoni 01306 740 500.

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