Cruise to Antarctica or fly to Istanbul: Travel Deals

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Now... Escape to Barcelona

Usually fares on low-cost airlines rise very steeply before departure, but at this time of year you can still find bargains with a few days to go. Ryanair is selling return flights from Manchester to Barcelona on 30 September, flying back three days later, for £87.

Soon... Antarctica for less

November and December are prime time for cruises to Antarctica, but Discover The World is selling cut-price passages. A 12-day Classic Antarctica voyage, which also visits the South Shetland Islands, costs £2,630 per person, excluding flights.

Later... The dark side of the Faroes

On 20 March next year, a total eclipse will be visible in parts of the far North Atlantic. The Faroe Islands are prime territory, and local shipping line Smyril has a voyage to ensure eclipse hunters have the maximum chance to see it. A berth in a shared cabin is €949 (£800).

Deals of the week

Less than £200... Fly to Istanbul

Visit the city on the cusp of Asia at a price that's rarely seen. Turkish airline Pegasus has a short-term sale on flights from Stansted to Istanbul between 11 November 2014 and 28 March 2015. A return trip in March will cost £80 if you book before 26 September.

Less than £500... A week in the sun on Madeira

Even in early October, Madeira's southerly latitude means that the island has warm weather. Flying from Birmingham on 6 October, you can spend a week in an apartment at the four-star Four Views Monumental self-catering property for £370 per person.

Less than £1,000... Head Down Under via Indonesia

One reason Garuda Indonesia restarted flights from Gatwick to Jakarta this month is to tap into the busy UK-Australia market. The airline has London-Sydney fares of £911 return for travel in October, with a possible stopover on the island of Java.