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Sunday, December 25, 2005

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LAND

Take an "Antebellum South" train trip between Washington and Savannah, Ga., aboard the American Orient Express and receive a $1,000 discount per couple. Price now starts at $2,990 per person double for the six-night journey, with departures from Savannah March 2 and 16, and from Washington March 9 and 23. Book by Jan. 31 at 800-320-4206, http://www.americanorientexpress.com/ .

51 Buckingham Gate, a five-star hotel in central London , has a winter rate special starting at $293 a night plus 17.5 percent tax, a savings of $52 to $266 a night, depending on availability of other discount rates. Deal is good through March. Info: 011-44-20-7769-7766, http://www.51-buckinghamgate.com/ .

Stay six nights in Beaver Creek, Colo., and receive a free iPod Nano , worth $199. The deal, with rates discounted by 15 percent, is good at several properties Feb. 2-April 1. For example, a six-night stay for two at Seasons at Avon in early February starts at $879 plus $109 taxes . Blackout dates apply. Info: 800-859-8242, http://www.beavercreekresortproperties.com/ .

SEA

A seven-night cruise aboard the Nantucket Clipper sailing Feb. 13 from Belize to Honduras has been discounted by nearly 50 percent. The deal from Expedition Trips starts at $1,510 per person double (brochure rate starts at $2,860). Book at 877-412-8527, http://www.expeditiontrips.com/ .

Princess has reduced the fare on its Feb. 25 cruise of the Grand Princess from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Western Caribbean . An interior cabin on the seven-night sailing now starts at $599 per person double plus $56 port charges and taxes; brochure rate is $1,099. Info: 800-PRINCESS, http://www.princess.com/ .

Peter Deilmann Cruises (800-348-8287, http://www.deilmann-cruises.com/ ) is offering free round-trip airfare and savings of $405 to $1,248, depending on stateroom category, on three Mediterranean cruises this spring . The 12-night cruises depart Venice on April 12; Civitavecchia (Rome) on April 24; and Malaga, Spain, on May 6. Prices start at $3,647 per person double occupancy after discount.

AIR

American Airlines has a "Go to the Snow" sale to top Western ski destinations. The round-trip fare from Dulles to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for example, is $236 plus $31 taxes. Sale is good for travel Jan. 15-Feb. 17; purchase tickets by Dec. 31. Outbound travel valid Sunday-Tuesday, return travel Wednesday-Friday. Other airlines are matching, but usual fare starts at $322. Buy at http://www.aa.com/ , or pay $10 more at 800-433-7300.

Malaysia Airlines has a sale fare on nonstop service from Newark to Stockholm. The round-trip fare is $495 round trip, including $196 taxes. Deal is good through May 21. Fare on other airlines in May starts at $691. Book at http://www.malaysiaairlinesusa.com/ .

PACKAGES

Go-today.com has a six-night Chelsea Flower Show special starting at $729, plus $235 taxes, per person double. The package includes round-trip airfare from Washington to London, a one-day pass to the flower show and six nights at My Place Hotel. Departure dates are May 23-25; buy by Feb. 23. Priced separately, air would cost about $629 per person, the hotel $223 a night and the flower show tickets about $68 each, for a total savings of about $875 per couple . Info: 800-227-3235, http://www.go-today.com/ .

A six-night trip to Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay, is now $989 per person double (plus $229 taxes) with a deal from Lanvacations. The package includes round-trip air from Washington to Buenos Aires, with return from Montevideo; four nights at the Hotel Waldorf in Buenos Aires; boat transport from Buenos Aires to Montevideo; two nights at the Balmoral Hotel in Montevideo; half-day tour of Buenos Aires; and all transfers. Travel Jan. 14-March 31; buy by Jan. 19. Priced separately, the deal would cost about $150 more per couple without transfers and city tour. Info: 800-435-3593, http://www.lanvacations.com/ .

--Carol Sottili

Prices were verified and available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.

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