This week’s best travel bargains

October 24, 2013
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has teamed up with hotels and Amtrak to offer package deals in conjunction with its Hollywood Costume exhibit, which runs from Nov. 9 to Feb. 17. For example, the J efferson Hotel’s Hollywood Package starts at $285 (plus $39 tax), a savings of 40 percent, and includes one night in a superior room, traditional Southern breakfast for two (including gratuity), two tickets to the exhibit and valet parking. Holiday blackout dates apply. Info: 804-788-8000, www.jeffersonhotel.com. Amtrak Vacations’ Hollywood Costume Getaway starts at $379 per person double and includes round-trip train ticket from Union Station to Richmond (normally from $50 round trip); three nights at the Omni Richmond (usually $209 a night); dinner at the Tobacco Company; downtown trolley tour; ticket to the exhibit ($20); and taxes. Info: 800-268-7252, www.amtrakvacations.com. The exhibit, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, displays more than 100 iconic movie costumes.

● La Casa del Zorro, a historic resort in Borrego Springs, Calif., is offering an introductory rate to celebrate its reopening. A deluxe room, with breakfast for two, starts at $189 (plus $40 tax and resort fee) for most dates through Dec. 30 — a savings of $173. Request promo code LEGEND. The 42-acre property, built in 1937, is next to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Info: 760-767-0100, www.lacasadelzorro.com. ●

Sea

● Premier River Cruises is offering $500 per-person savings on 2014 AmaWaterways cruises commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The seven-night cruise starts at $2,599 per person double, plus $161 port charges, for the April 10, Nov. 6 and Nov. 27 departures; usual rate starts at $3,099, plus port charges. Military personnel and veterans receive an additional $200 discount. The deal also includes prepaid shipboard tips, a savings of about $175 per person. The cruise, which sails round trip from Paris on the Seine River, offers free daily shore excursions, including a full-day D-Day Remembered tour. Book by Nov. 15. Info: 855-255-1200, www.premierrivercruises.com.

Air

● Frontier has a Halloween Sale on flights from Reagan National to Denver, Kansas City and Omaha. Round-trip air to Kansas City, for instance, starts at $138, including taxes; fares on other airlines start at $150 for connecting service. Flights to Denver start at $239; other carriers charge closer to $300 for connecting flights. Book by Oct. 31; travel by Dec. 13. Cheapest fares fall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Info: www.flyfrontier.com.

● AirTran and Southwest have a sale on fall and winter domestic travel. For example, fly nonstop from BWI Marshall to Las Vegas on either carrier starting at $240 round trip, including taxes. Travel Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 12, except holiday blackout dates. Ten-day advance purchase required. Book by Nov. 4 at www.southwest.com or www.airtran.com.●

Package

● Skican is offering a ski package to Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. The deal starts at $1,595 per person double (depart Jan. 7-8) and includes round-trip air from BWI Marshall to Vancouver; seven nights at the Listel Hotel in Whistler village; five-day lift ticket to both mountains; transfers to/from Whistler; and all taxes except the 5 percent GST. Valid through March 4; prices vary by date. By comparison, the air and lift tickets alone cost more than $1,000. Info: 888-475-4226, www.skican.com.

● Gate 1 Travel is offering savings of $230 per person on its escorted Panama & Costa Rica tour. The 10-night trip starts at $1,624 per person double and includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Panama City, with return from San Jose, Costa Rica; one-way flight from Panama City to San Jose: lodging in four hotels; 13 meals; land transportation; several tours; transfers; and taxes. Cheapest rate is available on select departures in May and August. Book by Oct. 28 and request promo code WPPCR230. Info: 800-682-3333, www.gate1travel.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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