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

Sunday, July 12, 2009


-- The Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina & Spa, on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, is offering a We Love Summer Sale. Rate, including breakfast, starts at $203 a night, plus about $10 taxes; usual rate starts at $271, plus taxes. Book by Aug. 13 for stays through Oct. 3. Info: 800-333-3333, http://www.radisson.com/stmartinsummer.

-- The Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection has two summer promotions that include lodging and entrance tickets to attractions. The four-night Summer Saver deal, with lodging at Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, includes length-of-stay passes to Colonial Williamsburg's historic area and museums. The minimum three-night Family Fun Bounce package, with lodging at the Williamsburg Lodge, includes general admission tickets valid for up to seven consecutive days to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Prices vary. For example, the Summer Saver package starts at $599 (plus $68 taxes) for a family of four and includes lodging, admission to Colonial Williamsburg, $200 resort credit and breakfasts. Priced separately, package would start at $862. Deal applies through Sept. 3; Sunday or Monday check-ins offer cheapest rates. Info: 800-447-8679, http://www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com.

-- Marriott is offering a free night at hotels and resorts outside the United States and Canada. (The deal does include Hawaii and U.S. territories.) At city hotels, the third night is free when you book three consecutive nights Thursday-Sunday. At resorts, the fourth night is free, a deal that is available at most properties seven days a week. And in London, the free night is available midweek on stays of at least three nights. Deal applies to JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard by Marriott properties. Offer is valid through Sept. 7, though some blackout dates apply at some properties. Prices vary. For example, 11 properties in Hawaii are participating, with prices ranging from $129 to $346 a night; free night is credited at checkout. Book by Aug. 21, and request code RR2. Info: 877-627-7468, http://www.marriottfreenight.com.


-- Zeus Casual Cruises is offering a two-for-one special on select Grecian Delights sailings departing July-September. The seven-night cruise aboard the 49-passenger schooner M/S Viking Star travels round trip from Rhodes, Greece, and stops on the islands of Nisyros, Kalymnos, Kos, Halki and Symi. Price, after discount, starts at $1,090 per couple, plus $140 per-person port charges. Info: 800-319-7776, http://www.varietycruises.com.

-- O.A.R.S. is offering savings on several of its rafting trips departing in July and August. For example, save $500 per person on the July 31 or Aug. 8 departure of the Main Salmon "River of No Return" trip in Idaho. Price, after discount, starts at $1,088 per adult double, $935 for ages 17 and younger. Request code WSMAS0500. Info: 800-346-6277, http://www.oars.com/travel_deals.

-- A five-night Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas departing Tampa on Jan. 9 is now priced from $399 per person double, plus $50 taxes, for an interior cabin. Brochure rate was $479 with taxes. The ship stops in the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. Info: 866-562-7625, http://www.royalcaribbean.com.


-- OpenSkies, an all-business-class airline that flies from New York's JFK to Amsterdam and Paris, is offering sale fares. The round-trip fare to Amsterdam in the BizSeat cabin is $1,228, including $98 taxes (usual fare is $1,408 with taxes); fare to Paris is $1,372, including $117 taxes (usual fare is $1,497). Higher sale fares are available in the BizBed cabin. Travel dates are open, but you must book by July 31. The airline is a British Airways subsidiary. Info: 866-581-3596, http://www.flyopenskies.com.

-- American has sale fares to Moscow. Round-trip fare from Reagan National, connecting in Chicago, is $680, including $94 taxes, for travel departing Aug. 31-Sept. 26 and returning by Sept. 30. Restrictions include a Saturday-night minimum and a 30-day maximum stay. Other airlines are matching, but fare typically starts at about $750. Book at http://www.aa.com by July 14, or pay $20 extra by calling 800-433-7300.


-- SmarTours is offering a package to Beijing and Shanghai for $984, including $85 taxes. Trip includes airfare from New York to Beijing, returning from Shanghai; one-way flight from Beijing to Shanghai; eight nights at the Marriott Courtyard Beijing Hotel and the Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista Hotel; daily breakfasts; tour director; and airport transfers. Cheapest rates apply to departures in December and January; other dates are slightly higher. Priced separately, flights and hotel would cost about $1,352 per person. Book by July 21. Info: 800-337-7773, http://www.smartours.com.

-- Europe Vacations has discounted a trip to Prague with round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Prague and six nights at the Hotel Marketa. Price starts at $848 per person, including $199 taxes; cheapest rates apply to travel Nov. 1-Dec. 20 and Jan. 5-March 25. Priced separately, the trip would start at about $965 per person. No booking deadline, but package is based on availability. Info: 866-674-6211, http://www.europevacations.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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