Even as late autumn sunshine has persisted in many parts of Europe, tour operators across the world have started offering winter holiday packages.

Pre-booking to some of the top winter destinations can be really cheap, as winter is such a travel period, when there is less rush and subsequent low-cost packages are available.

Depending on the local weather, tourist traffic, entertainment options and cultural experiences, a leading inspirational travel Web site has announced their top five destinations for winter 2011.

This is actually one of the best times of the year to find fantastic deals in leisure destinations around the world, whether you're looking for a true winter experience complete with snow, or an exotic locale that offers warm temperatures and sunny skies, said L. Jasmine Kim, General Manager of Travel-Ticker.

Below are Travel-Ticker's top five winter travel destinations.

1. Italy

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Duomo cathedral at Duomo square in Milan. PHOTO: stock.xchng

With a chilly weather condition during this time of the year, Italy makes for the travel advisers' top choice.

Tourists who visit Italy during winter don't have to get into museums, palaces, and top archeological sites through long queues.

Culturally, Italy has one of the best environments during winters with opera, symphony and midnight mass at the famed Basilica in full swing. Plus the opening of La Scala, a world renowned opera house in Milan, adds to traveler's experience.

2. Spain

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People sunbathe at Fonda beach in Begur, in Catalunya's Costa Brava, near Girona, Spain Aug. 9, 2011. REUTERS/ Albert Gea

Spain ought to be a winter destination for it's the only place in Europe that offers sunshine during the winter months.

3. Dominican Republic

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A foreign tourist waits to see humpback whales at the end of the season in Samana Bay in Dominican Republic March 22, 2007. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The off-season travel to Dominican Republic will start from mid-December until early March before the spring break peak season arrives.

An optimal weather, low prices, winter baseball and of course, whale watching call for a visit to Dominican Republic during this time of the year.

4. San Diego

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Seven-year-old lions Izu and Mina explore the renovated Lion Camp exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California July 1, 2011. REUTERS

With fewer tourists flocking to San Diego during winter, the city's famous tourist attractions, including San Diego Zoo, offer better discounts for families.

5. New York City

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Ducks walk across a frozen pond in New York's Central Park Feb. 12, 2006. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

December, January and February are the best months for any visitor to New York City since the city is covered with snow during these months.

There are cultural advantages too. Many hotels see a dip in visitors this time of year, so they offer deals worth wearing a heavy coat for. This is also a great time of the year to take advantage of discounted Broadway tickets for shows that often sell-out during the summer, Travel-Ticker's tour operators says.