What's the Deal?

The Week's Best Travel Bargains Around the Globe, by Land, Sea and Air

Sunday, October 30, 2005


Rail Europe has a two-day France Railpass for a limited time. The pass, which is $99 for a second-class ticket, must be used within a one-month time period through Jan. 31; buy by Dec. 5. Previously, the cheapest France Railpass was a four-day $229 pass. Info: 888-382-7245, http://www.raileurope.com/franceontrack .

Book at least three nights at a participating San Diego hotel at http://www.travelocity.com/sandiego and receive two free tickets to one of 13 area attractions and activities. Choices include tickets to the Old Town Trolley Tour, worth $56 for two, or the Triple Espresso comedy show, worth at least $69 for two. Rates at the 15 participating hotels vary. Book by Dec. 30; complete travel by Jan. 31.

Skiing in Utah this winter? Fly into Salt Lake City and get a free same-day lift ticket at a Park City resort. Lift ticket is good at the Canyons, Park City Mountain or Deer Valley; a full-day ticket at Deer Valley, for example, is worth $74. To qualify, present boarding pass at the resort ticket window with an out-of-state ID and a redemption voucher, available at http://www.parkcityinfo.com . The first flight from D.C. arrives in Salt Lake at about 10 a.m., and Park City is about 45 minutes away.


Spend Thanksgiving aboard a houseboat on Nevada's Lake Mead with a deal from Forever Houseboats. Get 4 1/2 days for the price of three, plus a free turkey dinner for up to 10 people. The package from Callville Bay Marina, about 45 minutes from Las Vegas, starts at $2,195 for a 59-foot boat that sleeps up to 12 (usual price is $3,045). Taxes are 7.75 percent extra. Depart Nov. 23 and return Nov. 27. Info: 800-255-5561, http://www.foreverhouseboats.com .

Holland America has discounts of $150 per person on seven-night sailings of the Oosterdam from San Diego to Mexico's Pacific coast. An inside cabin starts at $599 per person double plus $58 taxes on the Jan. 7, 14 and 21 sailings. Call 877-SAIL-HAL. Info: http://www.hollandamerica.com .

Get two-for-one deals on select departures of Viking River Cruises along the Danube, Rhine and Moselle rivers in Austria and Germany. For example, the "Heart of Germany" cruise, seven nights from Frankfurt, starts at $792 per person double for the Nov. 6 and 20 departures. Call 877-66-VIKING by Nov. 10 and request offer 37Press. Info: http://www.vikingrivercruises.com .

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