What’s the deal? This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

December 30, 2011

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

LAND

Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has a Stay Free-Ski Free offer. Book a four- or seven-night stay on select dates and get the last night free, plus lift tickets for two for the entire stay. For instance, a four-night stay for two people in a slope-side room in early March works out to $1,084 per night (usually $1,445), or $4,336 for the entire stay. Add $20 per night in fees and taxes. Book by April 8; stay Feb. 27-March 8 (four-night offer) or March 18-April 8 (seven-night offer). Info: 800-492-8804, beavercreek.hyatt.com.

●With Ski Vermont, newbies can take $29 beginner lessons at any of 13 resorts in January (excluding the holiday period Jan. 14-15). Price includes full-day beginner lift ticket, full-day ski or snowboard equipment rental, and a lesson with a professional instructor. Participating resorts include Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe Mountain, Stratton Mountain, Sugarbush, Killington, Pico Mountain and Mount Snow. By comparison, Stratton’s Learn to Ski program starts at $89. To sign up, e-mail info@skivermont.com with your name, phone number, Zip code, preferred ski resort and number of students. For general info: www.skivermont.com.

●Eight hotels are holding New York Hotel Week on Jan. 6-15. Rooms will go for $100 (Pod Hotel, Z NYC Hotel, the Hotel@Times Square, Nyma), $200 (Andaz Wall Street, Hyatt 48 Lex) and $250 (Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC). Taxes are additional. For example, pay $123, with taxes, for a queen-size room at the Pod Hotel (212-355-0300, www.thepodhotel.com) in Midtown, a savings of about $50. For the Hyatt 48 Lex (888-591-1234, www.48lex.hyatt.com) on Lexington Avenue, the special rate is $233, down from $312. You must book directly with the hotel; mention Hotel Week or use the promotional code (HWPR for Hyatt, for example).

SEA

●●With Holland America, receive free or reduced charges on pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodations on select Alaska sailings. For example, on the 15-day Dawson & Denali cruises from Anchorage to Vancouver, book an oceanview stateroom (from $2,599) and receive a night’s stay for $100 per couple, instead of $312. The room is free for guests who reserve a veranda cabin or above (from $3,299). Taxes included. For Dawson and Denali cruise, deal is valid May-August. Info: 877-932-4259, www.hollandamerica.com.●

AIR

●Lufthansa has a winter sale to several cities in Europe. Best fare is from Newark to Dublin: $507 round trip, including taxes. Book by Jan. 12; travel through March 22. Fares to Ireland on other airlines start at about $580. Info: 800-645-3880, www.lufthansa.com.●

PACKAGE

●Lindblad Expeditions is offering free round-trip air from New York or Miami to Ecuador on select dates of its Galapagos Islands package. Rate starts at $4,750 per person double for a 10-day voyage on the 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour and from $5,450 per person double on the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander. Trip also includes two nights in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Add $420 per person for internal air; taxes included. Round-trip air from New York to Guayaquil usually starts at about $700. Upgrade to business class, usually $1,600, is available from New York for $500. Book by March 31; travel on select dates from January through June. Info: 800-397-3348, www.expeditions.com/gala360.

●ET African Journeys is offering a special rate from $2,199 per person double on its nine-day Kenyan safari. The More Safari for Less includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Nairobi; one night at the Ark Lodge in Aberdare National Park; two nights at Lake Naivasha, with an afternoon walk at the Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary and a full-day game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park; two nights in a tented camp in the Masai Mara, plus three half-day safaris and a sundown cocktail event; and meals (six breakfasts, six lunches, five dinners). Add $150 in taxes. Depart March 19, 21, 25, 26 or 28 for the lowest price; also available April and May. By comparison, the Kenya safari package typically costs $3,815. Info: 800-662-5406, www.etafricanjourneys.com.

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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