Travel: Late deals

t A three-day Christmas break in Ireland costs from Irpounds 230 staying two nights full-board at Portmarnock Hotel, starting on Christmas Eve. Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links 00 353 1846 0611.

t Pay from pounds 275 half-board for two nights in Edinburgh(above) from 24 December including whisky tasting and carol singing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch. Goldenrail 0161 238 5206.

t Depart 20 or 27 December for a week self-catering on the Cote

d'Azur and pay from pounds 315 including ferry crossing Dover to Calais. EuroVillages 01606 734 400.

t Singles aged 50-plus pay from pounds 939 for a week-long trip to Lanzarote departing Gatwick on 22 December 22, staying half-board with activities included. Solo's 0181 951 2800.

t Seven days on the Costa del Maresme, near Barcelona, costs pounds 249 travelling by coach and departing on 22 December. Leger 01709 839 839.

t Fly to Malaga, Murcia, Valencia or Jerez de la Frontera from Gatwick from pounds 139 return between 25 December and 12 February (stay must include a Saturday night). British Airways reservations 0345 222 111.

t A week self-catering in Benidorm departs Gatwick on 23 December for pounds 349 (saving pounds 58.50). Unijet 0990 336 336.

t Depart Gatwick on 31December for seven nights B&B in Paphos for pounds 404. Odyssey Holidays 0181 343 9090.

t Three nights in Istanbul costs from pounds 339 B&B departing Heathrow on 22, 23, or 24 December. Accommodation Overseas 0181 977 2984.

t Spend New Year on a seven-day tour of Jordan for pounds 718, with flights from Heathrow on 29 December, staying in B&B accommodation. Bales Tours 01306 885 923.

t Fly Gatwick to Toronto for pounds 225 return leaving 17 or 24 December, returning January 5 or 6 with infants (under two) flying free. Travelpack 0990 747 100.

t Two weeks in the Dominican Republic costs pounds 499 full-board departing Manchester on 8 January. Cosmos 0161 480 5799.

t A 17-day holiday down under leaves 23 December from Gatwick, and stops in Sydney, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation. Price of pounds 1,995 includes B&B, guides, Christmas and New Year dinners and group leader. Solo's 0181 951 2800.