Major scale: Lake Maggiore, Italy / Alamy

Plus, the bargain time to visit Perth

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Now ...Time for a Turkish escape

Many late deals to Turkey are available; the conflict on the Syrian border is hundreds of miles from the popular resorts. Flying from East Midlands on 31 October, Thomas Cook has an all-inclusive week at the Alalye Resort and Spa near Alanya for £320, including 15kg baggage and transfers.

Soon... Christmas in the Caribbean

Experience Christmas in the Caribbean with a fortnight's cruise aboard P&O's Azura for £1,299. Start and end in Barbados, calling at St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Grand Turk. Flights are included, departing from Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester on 13 December.

Later... The bargain time to visit Perth

If you don't mind cooler weather, there are some great deals to be had for Western Australia in May and June 2015. Trailfinders is offering cut-price flights to Perth; a return with Etihad Airways from Heathrow on 6 May will set you back £659 if you book by 30 October.

Deals of the week

Less than £200... Waltz off to Vienna next month

Spend a long weekend in Vienna for £168 per person with British Airways. Based on two sharing, the package includes flights from Heathrow, departing 22 November, and a two-night room-only stay at the four-star Exe Vienna Hotel, a mile from the city centre.

Less than £500... Take the train to the Italian lakes

Railbookers is offering a four-night tour to Italy's Lake Maggiore for £449pp in January and February. The price includes rail travel, a night at the Angleterre & Residence in Lausanne, three nights' B&B at Hotel La Palma Stresa on Lake Maggiore, and a BA flight back from Milan.

Under £1,000... Warm up on a winter cruise

Escape the winter chill with a cruise in the Gulf, starting and ending in Dubai with calls at Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Fakkan and Oman. Jetline Cruise has a 10-night package, with two nights in Dubai and eight-nights' sailing aboard MSC Orchestra, for £899. The price is for a 7 January departure, and includes non-stop flights and transfers.