This week's best travel bargains around the globe.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


-- Great Travels, a Washington tour operator that organizes small-group trips to Italy, is offering $500 off per couple on its Sept. 11-23 tour of the Piedmont region. With the discount, the trip costs $3,645 per person double and includes 11 nights' accommodations, meals with wine, local guides, a cooking class, airport transfers and tips. Airfare is additional, at about $1,040 each. The trip focuses on gourmet food and wine, and visits Genoa, Turin, Barolo, Lake Orta, Monforte d'Alba, Asti and other northern locations. Info: 202-237-5220, http://www.great-travels.com.

-- With MyguideIreland, explore western Ireland for $449 per person double, including four nights at the Absolute Hotel and one at the Adare Manor resort, both in County Limerick; full breakfasts; six-day economy car rental with unlimited mileage and collision damage waiver; and all taxes and fees. Booked separately in early October, hotels and breakfasts would run about $965 and a rental car about $165, for a savings of more than $100 per person. Book by May 14 for travel in May, October or November. Info: 800-727-2024, http://www.myguideireland.com.

-- Chicago's Hotel Sax is offering a summer baseball package that works just as well for non-baseball fans. It includes about $80 worth of perks with the nightly room rate: complimentary valet parking (worth $49), two Chicago Transit Authority passes ($11.50), snacks, a city map and more. Rooms start at $169, plus about $26 taxes. Available through September. Info: 877-569-3742, http://www.thompsonhotels.com.


-- With CruiseDeals.com, save $500 per couple on Royal Caribbean's 14-night transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Galveston, Tex. Plus, get $200 in shipboard credits per couple. Inside cabins on the Voyager of the Seas are $607 per person double, compared with the cruise line's price of $859. Ocean-view cabins are sold out on the Royal Caribbean site but are available through CruiseDeals for $731. Add $108 in taxes. The ship departs Nov. 7 and stops in Cartagena, Spain; Madeira (Funchal), Portugal; La Palma, Canary Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Book by May 11. Info: 800-668-6414, http://www.cruisedeals.com.

-- Take a nine-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess starting at $651 per person double, plus get $100 in onboard credits per cabin when you book with American Discount Cruises & Travel. Add $87 taxes. The round-trip cruise leaves New York on June 14 and visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. Round-trip motorcoach transfer from Washington to New York is available for $79 per person. Book by May 28. The brochure rate starts at $799 per person. Info: 866-214-7447, http://www.americandiscountcruises.com.


-- Air New Zealand has sale fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland for travel July 24 to Sept. 21. Round-trip fares from Los Angeles start at $779, about $300 off the usual fare. Add $85 taxes. Book by May 31. Info: 800-262-1234, http://www.airnewzealand.com.


-- United Vacations is offering discounts of up to $200 on family packages to Mexico and the Caribbean. Choose from among several hotels and dates; the more expensive the trip, the higher the discount. For example, with the discount, a four-day trip to Cancun costs $2,582 (down from $2,682) for two adults and two children. Price includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles, three nights at the all-inclusive Oasis Cancun hotel, airport transfers, and most fees and taxes. This trip is available for departures July 12, 16 and 19. Book for all trips by June 13 using promo code MAYSALE. Info: 888-854-3899, http://www.unitedvacations.com.

-- K.C. Summers

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