What's the Deal: Best Travel Bargains by Land, Sea and Air

Sunday, July 5, 2009


-- Grupo Posadas is offering 50 percent discounts on lodging and 25 percent off on dining, beverages and spa services at six of its resorts in Mexico. Deal applies to Aqua Cancun, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort and Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. Prices vary by resort. For example, a seven-night stay in mid-August at the Grand Coral Beach property is $1,330 per couple, after discount. Travel through Dec. 23; book by July 31. Info: 800-343-7821, http://www.fiestamericana.com/halfprice.

-- Solo travelers to Bhutan receive 50 percent discounts on several itineraries, ranging from three to 10 nights. The deal from Como Hotels and Resorts' Uma Paro property applies to travel through Aug. 31, Nov. 1-Dec. 20 and Jan. 1-March 31. For example, the three-night Himalayan Escape starts at $1,146 per person single and includes accommodations, meals, two guided day walks, a massage, airport transfers, taxes and visa fees. Also, Druk Air, which services Bhutan from several cities, is discounting fares by 25 percent through Aug. 31. Round-trip fare from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan, is $540, plus $108 taxes. Book through a travel agent or online at http://www.uma.paro.como.bz.

-- A Summer Super Deal from Red Mountain Resort & Spa in St. George, Utah, provides savings of $150 per person per night through Aug. 31. The package, now $199 per person per night (plus 11.5 percent taxes), includes accommodations, three meals daily, guided morning hikes, fitness classes and cooking demonstrations. Also, stay at least three nights and receive a 50-minute Sagestone Swedish Massage for $1, usually $105. Book online at http://www.redmountainspa.com and receive an additional 5 percent discount. Info: 877-246-4453.


-- Pay half-price for an inside cabin on Costa Cruise Lines' Dec. 12 sailing of the 2,114-passenger Costa Atlantica. Price starts at $499 per person double, plus $63 taxes. The cruise sails round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., stopping in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Nassau, Bahamas. Info: 877-882-6782, http://www.costacruise.com.

-- Hurtigruten is offering two-for-one pricing on most Norwegian Coastal Voyages from September through December. Price, after discount, starts at $680 per person double for an inside cabin on the five-night southbound route from Kirkenes to Bergen; the six-night northbound itinerary starts at $865. The round-trip cruise starts at $1,235. Prices include taxes. Book by Aug. 31. Info: 800-323-7436, http://www.hurtigruten.us.

-- Save $1,500 per couple on Uniworld's Splendors of Egypt & the Nile River cruise. Discount applies to November-February departures. Starting price, after discount, is $3,799 per person double for the Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11 departures. Trip includes a seven-day round-trip cruise from Luxor on the 42-suite River Tosca, which was launched in April; four nights at the Marriott Hotel and Casino in Cairo; airfare between Cairo and Luxor; shore excursions; transfers; and taxes. Book by July 31. Info: 800-733-7820, http://www.uniworld.com.


-- South African Airways has extended its sale for travel from Washington Dulles to Johannesburg. Round-trip fare is $1,126, including $90 taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $1,235. Travel Aug. 11-Sept. 11; book by July 15. Info: 800-722-9675, http://www.flysaa.com.

-- Air France has sale fares on nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to several European destinations for travel departing Aug. 31-Oct. 24. Round-trip fare to Athens, for example, is $647, including $161 taxes; other airlines are matching. Round-trip fare on nonstop flights to Paris is $630, including $117 taxes; other airlines are matching on connecting service. Sunday night stay is required; maximum stay is 30 days. Cheapest fares apply to Monday-Thursday flights. Purchase by July 15 at http://www.airfrance.us.


-- TourCrafters is offering a Food-Lovers' Package to Bologna, Italy. The five-night tour starts at $1,459 per person double, including taxes and fuel surcharge, for departures Nov. 1-March 31. Trip includes round-trip airfare on Alitalia from New York to Bologna; five nights at the Hotel Orologio; daily buffet breakfast; two sightseeing tours; four-hour cooking course, including lunch, at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese; and dinner at Ristorante Da Cesari. Hotel upgrades available. Priced separately, the deal would cost about $1,651. Info: 800-482-5995, http://www.tourcrafters.com.

-- Trafalgar is offering $99 companion airfare for its First Class European tours. Book one air-inclusive tour at full price and a travel companion pays $99 (plus taxes) for round-trip flights. Deal applies to tours departing Oct. 22-March 28. For example, a 10-night French Escapade tour departing Nov. 5 is $2,499 for the first traveler and $1,898 for the second; taxes of about $170 are extra for each. Trip includes round-trip flights on British Airways from Washington Dulles to Paris, hotel accommodations, motor coach transport, 15 meals, tour guides, airport transfers and daily sightseeing. Book by July 31. Info: 866-544-4434, http://www.trafalgartours.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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