This week’s best travel bargains

December 19, 2013
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This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


Ski free — nordic or alpine — at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in southern Vermont. The deal starts at $190 per couple per night and includes luxury accommodations at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, lift tickets at the Suicide Six Family Ski Area (value $44 or $64, depending on the day), free pass to the Nordic Center ($18), use of the resort’s Racquet & Fitness Club, and morning coffee and afternoon tea. Add 9 percent room tax and $20 per-day resort fee. Valid Sunday-Thursday through March 16. Info: 888-338-2745,

● Book a suite for one night at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (a Four Seasons hotel) or Four Seasons Chicago and receive a second night free. The Winter Is Suite deal applies to stays through April 30. Rates vary. For example, at the Ritz-Carlton, a stay of two weekend nights in mid-January now starts at $623, including taxes, a savings of $623. Deal is based on availability. Info: Four Seasons Chicago, 312-280-8400, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 312-266-1000,

● The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., is extending its Friends & Family rate through Jan. 9. A deluxe room now starts at $159 a night or $179 with parking, plus a 14.5 percent tax. The usual starting rate is $259. Not available on Dec. 31. The Harvard Square property offers two restaurants, a jazz club and an ice-skating rink. Book at using code FF2013 or call 800-882-1818.


● SeaDream Yacht Club is offering discounts on several 2014 cruises. For example, a last-minute seven-night Caribbean cruise from Colón, Panama, to San Juan departing Jan. 4 now starts at $2,499 per person double, a savings of $2,901. A six-night Mediterranean cruise sailing round trip from Nice, France, on May 16 now starts at $3,999 per person double, a savings of $3,401. Deal is based on availability. Info: 800-707-4911,


● Southwest has sale fares for winter and spring travel. Flights from BWI Marshall, for example, start at $138 round trip (including taxes) to Boston; Manchester, N.H.; or Providence, R.I. Other airlines are matching in most markets. Travel Dec. 31-May 21. Blackout dates apply. Sale fares are not available for Friday or Sunday travel. For Florida destinations, depart Sunday through Wednesday, and return Tuesday through Friday. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Book by Dec. 30 at


● World Spree Travel is discounting an escorted tour of Vietnam by $400 per person. The April 2 departure now starts at $1,699 per person double, with other dates available at slightly higher prices. The trip includes round-trip airfare from San Francisco to Hanoi, with return from Ho Chi Minh City; flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City; seven nights’ lodging at luxury hotels in three cities; overnight cruise on Halong Bay; 10 meals; guide; several tours; transfers; and taxes. Airfare from Washington to San Francisco is about $378 round trip. For the lowest price, pay in full by Dec. 31 with a check or money order. Info: 866-652-5656,

● Lion World Travel is offering a special on its Luxury Kenya safari. The eight-night package starts at $2,999 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington to Nairobi via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; accommodations at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, the Serena Lake Elmenteita Luxury Camp in the Soysambu Conservancy, and the Mara Serena Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara National Reserve; all transportation, game drives and park fees; most meals; and taxes. Depart Saturdays in February and March. In addition, depending on space, the company will waive the single supplement (about $500) in March. By comparison, the airfare alone costs about $1,000. Info: 800-387-2706,

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

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