This week’s best travel bargains

March 13
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

Save nearly $900 on the Bella Sicilia package, a two-week walking tour on Italy’s Sicilia with the Wayfarers. The trip, which combines the Western Sicily Walk and the Eastern Sicily Walk, costs $7,500 per person double, a savings of $890. The deal also includes a free night in Cefalu, a beach resort town on the north coast. Price includes first-class accommodations, all meals (with wine at dinner) and on-trail snacks, walking guide and support vehicle, ground transfers, hotel and restaurant gratuities, taxes and more. Depart April 27 or Oct. 5. By comparison, each segment costs $4,195. Info: 800-249-4620, www.thewayfarers.com.

●Rail Europe is offering spring discounts on the Swiss Pass to commemorate the train pass’s 25th anniversary. Deal applies to four- and eight-day consecutive travel passes for first-class seats. Travel April 1 through May 31. The eight-day pass, usually $713, is now $535; the four-day pass, usually $472, is now $370 (pricing may change slightly based on currency exchange fluctuations). The promotion also includes other savings, such as 50 percent off mountain railway and cable car tickets. Book by May 20.

Info: 800-622-8600, www.raileurope.com.●

Sea

●CroisiEurope is offering discounts on select 2014 European river cruises. For example, the May 26, July 7 and Sept. 29 departures of the six-night Canal du Rhone-a-Sete barge cruise from Avignon to Sete, France, now starts at $2,450 per person double, a savings of $280. Promotion is based on availability.

Info: 800-768-7232, www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/easter-special-offers.

Package

●VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is offering savings of $200 to $300 on select 2014 European tours. For example, the eight-night tour of Poland: Cycling through the Old World, departing May 3, is $3,045 per person double, after a $300 per-person discount. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Warsaw, with return from Krakow; eight nights’ lodging; 13 meals; tour leaders and van support; use of bike and helmet; transfers; and taxes. Book by March 28. Info: 800-245-3868, www.vbt.com. Request promo code BCPP990.

● Icelandair Vacations has a sale on its Icelandic Wonder packages. The three-night trip starts at $965 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Reykjavik, accommodations at the Hotel Reykjavík Natura, plus buffet breakfast; round-trip airport transfers; guided Golden Circle tour; admission to Fontana geothermal baths and use of towel; South Shore Adventure tour, including the Skogar folk museum; and taxes. Travel May 1-31 or Sept. 15-Oct. 31. By comparison, air alone is about $770. Info: www.icelandair.us/offers-and-bookings.

●With Friendly Planet, save $400 on its new Discover Spain tour. With the discount, the eight-day package starts at $1,899 per person double and includes round-trip air from Newark to Madrid (add $250 for D.C. departures), first-class hotel accommodations in Madrid, Seville and Granada; nine meals, including wine with dinner; transfers and ground transportation; guided tours and entrance fees; and taxes. For lowest rate, depart Nov. 7. Other departures available in May, June, August, September and October. For the $300 savings, book by April 8; for the extra $100, use promo code WP031614 by March 24. Info: 800-555-5765, www.friendlyplanet.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.

SECTION: {section=lifestyle, subsection=travel}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=3, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=15, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: {allow_comments=true, allow_photos=false, allow_videos=false, comments_period=14, comments_source=washpost.com, default_sort=, default_tab=, display_comments=true, is_ugc_gallery=false, max_items_to_display=15, max_items_to_display_top=3, moderation_required=false, stream_id=}!!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=3, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=15, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Comments
SECTION: {section=lifestyle, subsection=travel}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=3, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=15, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: {allow_comments=true, allow_photos=false, allow_videos=false, comments_period=14, comments_source=washpost.com, default_sort=, default_tab=, display_comments=true, is_ugc_gallery=false, max_items_to_display=15, max_items_to_display_top=3, moderation_required=false, stream_id=}!!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=3, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=15, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Show Comments