Pay pounds 945 per person for a week in a luxury chalet with eight bedrooms in Burgin area of Meribel, France, departing Heathrow for Geneva on 20 December, including transfers, full breakfast, afternoon tea and four-course evening meal. Meriski 01451 844 788.

Travel by Eurostar to Paris and spend two nights at the Hotel Richmond- Opera before continuing to Venice by plane and spending three nights between 16 and 28 November for pounds 367 per person. Citalia 0181 686 5533.

A five-day escorted tour around Dublin, Tipperary, Cork and Shannon, including four nights' half-board, flights, and a medieval banquet at an Irish castle is from pounds 420 per person departing any Friday in November. CIE Tours 0990 143 910.

A week-long stay in the watersports paradise of Eilat, Israel, departing from Luton on 17 or 24 November is from pounds 255 per person for seven nights' bed and breakfast. Longwood Holidays 0181 551 4494.

Four-day city coach breaks to the Christmas market in the city of Cologne, Germany, are priced from pounds 145 per person, departing 29 November with three nights at a three-star hotel. Andrews of Tideswell 01298 871222.

Spend Thanksgiving in the States on 27 November. Flight prices are a return to New York for pounds 159 per person, to Chicago (above) for pounds 189 per person and pounds 239 return to Los Angeles/San Francisco, departing between 1 November and 12 December, for student card holders and those under 26. Campus Travel 0171 730 2101.

Until 12 November buy selected flights to the States at up to half price. Return fares are from pounds 153 to New York, pounds 158 to Washington and pounds 184 to Orlando. Tickets are valid from 5 January until 31 March, and 12 April until 16 May next year. Call Continental Airlines 0800 776 464. A 16-day trip discovering Sri Lanka, departing on 21 November, includes visits to ancient Buddhist sites and palaces. Prices from pounds 895 per person including flights and 13 nights' accommodation in guesthouses and one night's camping. Travelbag Adventures 01420 541 007.

Stay one night at the four-diamond rated Hotel Mirabeau in Monaco and pay from pounds 245 per person for departures up to 13 December. The price includes return flights from Heathrow, return helicopter transfers, accommodation and breakfast. British Airways Holidays 01293 723 100.