May 13, 2011

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

With 2Afrika, save $300 and skip the single supplement on an African safari. The six-night Affordable Zimbabwe safari is now $1,599 per person, single or double. Depart June through December. Trip includes two nights at Lokuthula Lodge in Victoria Falls; four nights at the Hide Safari Camp in Hwange National Park, plus six game-viewing excursions; 16 meals; park entrance fees; ground transportation; airport transfers; and taxes. Info: 866-462-2374, www.2afrika.com

 

Occidental Grand Xcaret, less than an hour south of Cancun, is offering spring savings of more than 50 percent; plus, kids age 12 and younger stay free. Discounted price for a family of four starts at $147 a night, including lodging, all meals, drinks, non-motorized water sports, kids club and taxes. Valid on stays through June 25.  Info: 800-858-2258, www.occidentalhotels.com/
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Air

Virgin America has cross-country sale fares. Round-trip fare for nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles or San Francisco is $339, including $21 taxes. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Travel May 23 through June 22, except blackout dates of May 27 and 30. Lowest sale fares do not apply to Friday and Sunday flights. Nonstop flights on other carriers to San Francisco are about $420; other airlines are matching for nonstops to Los Angeles. Some dates are sold out. Book by May 16 at www.virginamerica.com, or pay $20 more by calling 877-359-8474. 


An elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa. (Frans Lemmens/GETTY IMAGES)

Southwest is offering sale fares between BWI Marshall and Newark. Round-trip fare is $159, including $21 taxes. Book by June 5, and fly June 5 through Sept. 29. A 21-day advance purchase is required. Blackout dates are June 28-July 5 and Sept. 1-6. Sale does not apply to Friday and Sunday flights. Other carriers are matching. Info: www.southwest.com

Sea

Book by June 30 and receive a $1,000 per-cabin shipboard credit on Paul Gauguin Cruises’ 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands cruise. The cruise line is also offering free airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti (typically about $1,500), as well as 50 percent off brochure rates. Fare, including air from Los Angeles, now starts at $5,997 per person double (plus $28 taxes) for the Aug. 27 and Nov. 19 sailings, which visit 10 French Polynesian islands. Brochure rate is $11,995. Info: 800-848-6172,  www.pgcruises.com.

Packages

China Spree Travel is offering a six-night trip to Beijing starting at $1,099 per person double, plus $79 taxes.  Package includes round-trip airfare from Washington to Beijing, six nights at the Beijing Huabin International Hotel, several guided tours with entrance fees, nine meals and airport transfers. Priced separately, airfare and hotel alone would cost about $1,750, for a savings of $572. Lowest prices apply to two departures in November, and all January and February trips. Info: 866-652-5656, www.chinaspree.com

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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