The week's best travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea and air.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


-- Natural Habitat Adventures is taking $500 off two of its Kingdom of the Monarchs trips in Mexico's highlands. After the discount, the five-night expedition, which observes millions of migrating butterflies in their wintering grounds, costs $2,395 per person double. Trip includes accommodations at the Camino Real in Mexico City, Posada Don Bruno or Las Margaritas in the mountain village of Angangueo and the Hotel Avandaro Golf & Spa Resort in the Sierra Madre Mountains; most meals, including soda and beer; bottled water; park entrance fees; naturalist guides; horseback riding in Chincua and Piedra Herrada; and taxes and service charges. Airfare additional. Discount applies to the Jan. 10 and Jan. 18 departures. Availability is limited due to the small group size (about 14), so book as soon as possible. Info: 800-543-8917,


-- Voyages of Discovery has reduced the price of its Black Sea & Aegean Adventure and is throwing in free air from Washington. The 15-night cruise now costs $2,499 per person double for an inside cabin (including $275 port charges), down from the brochure rate of $5,150, and $3,049 for an ocean view (was $6,250). For singles, the price is $5,049, a savings of $3,600. Free round-trip airfare does not include government fees of $83 and taxes of $406. The 650-passenger MV Discovery departs Istanbul on Oct. 8 and sails to Sinop, Turkey; Sochi, Russia; Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa, Ukraine; Nesebur, Bulgaria; Canakkale, Turkey; and Volos (Meteora) and Piraeus (Athens), Greece. Info: 866-623-2689,


-- Virgin America has extended its sale to the West Coast, with one-way fares from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles or San Francisco for $119, or $259 round trip including taxes and fees. Regular one-way fares start at $254. Travel between Aug. 18 and Nov. 18. Book by Aug. 17 at, or call 877-359-8474 and pay a $15 booking fee.


-- Sceptre Tours is offering a six-night package to Ireland for less than $700 per person double. The $679 package includes round-trip air from Washington to Dublin; two nights at the four-star Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane in Dublin, three nights at your choice of B&Bs (pick from more than 450) and one night at the five-star Ashford Castle in Mayo; a stick-shift car rental; and daily breakfasts. Travel Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, minus holiday blackouts. About $130 taxes additional. The tour operator also has a last-minute summer special on the same package; trip is from $929 for travel through September. Priced separately, air alone starts at $520 for winter and $770 for summer, a night at the castle is from $125 and two nights at the Maldron is from $264. Info: 800-221-0924,

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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