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Sunday, July 19, 2009


-- Tourism officials in New York state have partnered with more than 250 hotels across the state to offer a third free night for stays through Sept. 7. For example, the Mansfield, a boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan, is offering a nightly rate starting at $259 for the first two nights with the third free. Total for three nights, with taxes, starts at $602. Info: 800-225-5697, http://www.iloveny.com/summer.

-- Amtrak is offering 25 percent discounts on its routes between Washington and Boston. For example, round-trip fare from Union Station in the District to New York's Penn Station is $98 for Northeast Regional service (usual fare is $144) and $198 for Acela Express (usually $266). Tickets must be purchased 14 days in advance; valid through Sept. 3. Also, for Northeast Regional service, up to two children ages 2 to 15, accompanied by an adult, pay half the discounted fare ($49 round trip Washington to New York). Info: 800-872-7245, http://www.amtrak.com.

-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts has reduced rates by as much as 50 percent at about 600 hotels in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. For example, Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico has rooms from $121 a night (plus $15 taxes); usual rate starts at $207. Book by July 20, and travel through Oct. 12. Info: 866-924-8704 (request code JulyLTO), http://www.starwoodhotels.com/julyLTO.


-- Barges in France has reduced its rates on several canal cruises in Ireland, Scotland and France. For example, a six-night cruise through France's Burgundy region aboard the 14-passenger Luciole departing Aug. 9 is $2,000 per person double, a savings of $950. Price includes all meals, open bar, guided excursions, transfers from Paris and taxes. Info:

877-642-2743, http://www.bargesinfrance.com/specials.

-- The Yachts of Seabourn has sale fares on 10 cruises departing between November and March. For example, a seven-night Caribbean Gems cruise departing March 25 and sailing round trip from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, now starts at $1,999 per person double (plus $59 port charges); brochure rate was $5,400. Book by July 20. Info: 800-929-9391, http://www.seabourn.com.


-- Icelandair has sale fares from New York to destinations throughout Europe for travel departing Sept. 13-Oct. 24. Round-trip fare, before taxes, is $399 to Amsterdam; Paris; London; Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen; Reykjevik, Iceland; Frankfurt, Germany; Glasgow, Scotland; or Manchester, England. Taxes and savings vary: For example, fare with taxes is $494 round trip to Paris; fare on other airlines starts at $642. Book by July 20 at http://www.icelandair.com.

-- Southwest is offering a systemwide sale for travel Aug. 18-Nov. 18. For example, round-trip fare on nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway is $159, including taxes. Round-trip fare on other airlines starts at $211 for nonstop service and $180 for connecting flights. Sale applies to travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Blackout dates Sept. 3-8. Book by July 30 at http://www.southwest.com.


-- Foreign Independent Tours has reduced its prices on packages to Egypt. A six-night Cairo and Alexandria: From the Pyramids to the Beach tour starts at $1,499 (plus $185 taxes) for the Aug. 20 departure. Package includes round-trip airfare from BWI Marshall to Cairo, three nights in downtown Cairo at the Shepheard Hotel, three nights at the Renaissance Hotel in Alexandria, daily breakfasts, transfers and full-day sightseeing tour in Cairo and Alexandria with lunches. Priced separately air and hotel alone would cost about $127 more per person. Info: 800-248-3487, http://www.fittours.com.

-- British Airways is offering a sale on London packages for travel Sept. 3-Oct. 21. A three-night package, including round-trip airfare from Dulles, lodging at the Chamberlain Hotel near the Tower of London and taxes, starts at $868 per person double; booked separately, the trip would cost $1,080 per person. Other hotels are also available. Saturday-night stay required. Book by July 31 at http://www.ba.com, or pay $20 more by calling 800-247-9297.

-- 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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