Click, pack and go: our pick of this week’s last-minute travel deals

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Your wish is our command here on the Independent Travel Desk. Better still, we’ll leave the hard work to Inghams ( inghams.co.uk), which is offering seven nights half-board accommodation at the four-star Fischerwirt Hotel in the Austrian ski resort of Zell am See for £630.50 per person. The price includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers and Christmas dinner. Departs 19 December, with other departure airports available for a supplement.

Alternatively, a week’s self-catering holiday at the La Riviere apartments in Chamonix, France, costs from £289 per person, including flights from Gatwick and transfers. Directski ( directski.com) is offering this thrifty festive break, which departs on 19 December, but warms that “you’ll have to cook your own turkey”.

Yuletide obsessives could do worse than trying a Christmas market: Expedia ( expedia.co.uk) is offering four nights at the four-star Mercure Budapest Museum for £261 including flights from Heathrow, departing 16 December. (The city’s Christmas market runs in Vorosmarty Square until 29 December.)

Or is all the thought of Christmas shopping making you tense? Opt out of all the festive fuss by taking a cruise. Carnival (carnivalcruise.co.uk) is offering a trip from Port Canaveral in Florida to the Western Caribbean, visiting Cozumel, Belize and Nassau. The new Carnival Dream launched two months ago and contains 18 bars and lounges, a health spa and gym and four swimming pools, so you’ll soon forget you ever heard of Santa Claus. The cruise costs from £899 per person, departing London on 11 December, including flights to Orlando, one-night pre-cruise accommodation and a seven-night cruise, full board.

On to 2010, and if you fancy learning a new skill as part of your new year’s resolutions, then Regaldive ( regaldive.co.uk) is offering seven nights B&B accommodation at the Nesima Hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Dahab for £503 per person, including flights from Gatwick and all transfers. A five-day open water dive course costs just £209 per person. Departs 11 January.

Jamaica’s Montego Bay featured in the Traveller section last weekend, and now British Airways ( ba.com/montegobay) is offering seven nights for the price of four at the four-star Coyaba Hotel. Price is £719 per person, based on departures from 16 December 2009 to 15 April 2010.

It’s not strictly a late deal, but it reminds us that summer – remember summer? – is never that far away. Travelbag ( travelbag.co.uk) is offering an eight-night break to Thailand from £579 per person including flights from Heathrow and B&B accommodation in a four-star private villa with pool at the Centara Karon resort. Valid from 1 May to 30 June 2010

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