This week’s best travel bargains

Correction: A previous version of this article gave an incorrect price for General Tours World Traveler’s Wildlife of Borneo trip. The price is $3,299 per person with double occupancy, not $2,799. This version has been updated.

October 5, 2012
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

● Book at least four nights at any of 23 properties in Puerto Rico and receive a free adventure tour for two. Choose from more than 80 tours, including kite-surfing, zip-lining, bird-watching and kayaking. Value varies. For example, the five-hour El Yunque Rainforest Eco Guided Tour with Acampa Nature Adventure Tours is typically $79 per person. Book by Oct. 31 and stay by Nov. 16. Availability of specific tours is based on proximity to hotel. Info: www.seepuertorico.com/freeadventure.

● With General Tours World Traveler, book any 2013 trip by Dec. 28 and save $1,000 per couple. The deal is valid on 74 small group and private trips, including 19 new itineraries, 39 custom tours and a variety of small ship cruises. For example, the 11-day Wildlife of Borneo trip departing April 18 now costs $3,299 per person double. Price includes 10 nights’ accommodations in upscale hotels and resorts; all meals; tours and entrance fees; on-tour transportation including internal flights; and taxes. (International air is extra.) Other trips include the Pandas of Chengdu, Treasures of Nicaragua and Explore South India and Sri Lanka. The deal can also be combined with the Family and Friends offer: Save $50 to $150 when three or more guests travel together. To qualify for the discount, you must also pay in full by Dec. 28. Info: 800-221-2216, www.generaltours.com.

S tay two or more consecutive nights at a Country Inns & Suites by Carlson and receive a free night. To qualify, book the Free Night Fall rate Sunday through Thursday at a participating hotel in the United States or Canada, and complete your stay by Nov. 29. For the Free Night Reward Certificate, you must register your stay by Dec. 22 and use the gratis night between Dec. 15 and Feb. 15. Rates vary: For example, two nights at the Brockton, Mass., property near Boston starts at $216 with taxes. For both reservations, book at least three days in advance. Info: 800-830-5222, www.countryinns.com.

Sea

● Value World Tours has discounted several last-minute river cruises by 50 percent. Four Mekong River sailings aboard the 28-passenger RV Toum Tiou II now start at $1,299 per person double (plus $102 port charges), a savings of $1,300. The trip departs Oct. 24, Nov. 1, Nov. 16 and Nov. 29 and includes two nights’ hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and three nights’ lodging in Siem Reap, Cambodia; seven-night cruise between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap; most meals; guided tours; taxes and transfers. Info: 800-795-1633, www.valuecruises.net.

● Grand Circle Cruise Line has discounted two holiday European river cruise trips by $600 to $800 per couple. The eight-day Christmastime on the Seine starts at $995 per person double, down from $1,395. Price includes an outside cabin aboard the M/S Bizet; 21 meals with complimentary wine at dinner; tours of Rouen and Paris; and seven Discovery Series events, including a French language and cooking lesson. Add $165 in taxes. Depart Nov. 23, or Dec. 7 or 14. The 11-day Christmas Markets Along the Rhine starts at $1,195 per person double (vs. $1,495), plus $145 taxes. Price includes outside cabin on a private Grand Circle ship; 30 meals; six tours in Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Cologne, etc.; and three Discovery Series events, such as a home-hosted kaffeeklatsch and a baking demo. Depart Dec. 3, 8 or 11. Use promo code POST 100. Info: 800-248-3737, www.gct.com.

Air

● Aer Lingus is offering a sale fare of $549 round trip, including taxes, on flights from New York to Dublin and Shannon, Ireland. Other airlines are matching. The sale also effectively reduces prices on connecting flights from Washington Dulles; round-trip fare starts at about $643 (fare on other airlines starts at $904). For Dublin deal, travel Nov. 13 through Dec. 12, and Jan. 9 through Feb. 28 (holiday blackouts apply). For Shannon, travel Nov. 9 through Dec. 12. Some dates are sold out. Book by Oct. 11 at www.aerlingus.com.

Package

● Book by Oct. 12 and save as much as $700 per person on an 11-night tour of Turkey. Flo USA is offering the deal on all 2013 departures. Price and savings vary by date. Cheapest rate, which includes a savings of $400 per person, is $1,995 per person double and applies to departures January through March and November. Largest savings of $700 applies to trips departing in October; discounted price is $2,345. Trip includes round-trip flights from Washington to Istanbul; 11 nights at five-star lodging in six cities; 19 meals; airport transfers; motorcoach transportation between cities; daily sightseeing; and taxes. Info: 888-435-6872, www.flo-usa.com.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.

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