What's the deal? Travel bargains of the week.

Friday, July 23, 2010; 2:33 PM


Heathrow Express, the express train service between London's Paddington station and Heathrow Airport, is offering a 50 percent discount for groups of two adults or more buying round-trip tickets. Normal round-trip rate is $49 per adult and $24 per child, so a family of two adults and two children would save $73; a group of four adults would save $98. Offer is valid for express-class tickets only, and all members of the group must travel together. The first half of the trip must take place by Sept. 5. Book online at www.heathrowexpress.com/summer.

The Shenandoah Valley's Natural Bridge Hotel has summer packages at 25 to 50 percent off regular rates. The Summer Escape package starts at $81 per night for two people and includes one night's lodging, two breakfasts and two attraction tickets; purchased separately, the total would be $165. The Summer Family Fun package, for two adults and two children ages 5 to 12, starts at $129 and includes one night's lodging, four breakfasts and four attraction tickets; purchased separately, the tab would be $210. Add about $9 per day in taxes. Travel through Sept. 2. Deal available online only. Info: 800-533-1410, www.summerbridgesavings.com.


Cruise Masters Travel is offering discounts on four holiday sailings by Regent Seven Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and San Francisco. For example, prices for the Nov. 23 seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean (Key West, Fla.; Cozumel, Mexico; Belize; and Guatemala) start at $3,520 per person double, down from $4,365; the Dec. 27 17-night cruise to San Francisco (stopping at Grand Cayman Island; Cartagena, Colombia; the Panama Canal; Costa Rica; Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and San Diego) starts at $8,565, vs. $11,565. The cost includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to the departure cities, ground transfers between airport and ship, cabins with balconies, unlimited shore excursions, all meals and alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, all gratuities and a $300 spa certificate per suite. Kids under 17 pay $999 each on certain sailings, not including airfare. Purchase by Aug. 15. Info: 877-268-1111, www.cruisemasterstravel.com.


Southwest is having a systemwide sale to many U.S. cities this fall, with one-way fares starting at $49, not including taxes. Sample fares: Baltimore to Boston, $49 ($119 round trip, including taxes); Baltimore to Cleveland, $49 ($141); Washington Dulles to Chicago, $88 ($197); Dulles to Orlando, $74 ($191). Sale fares are available only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Book by Aug. 5 for travel between Sept. 7 and Dec. 14. Other airlines are matching or beating prices on select routes. Info: 800-435-9792, www.southwest.com.

Air France has a fall sale to European cities, including Dublin, Barcelona, Milan and Paris. Cheapest fares are from New York's JFK. For example: JFK to Dublin, $249 each way ($583 round trip, including taxes); JFK to Paris, $305 ($759). Book by July 28 for travel from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23. Other airlines are matching. Info: 800-237-2747, www.airfrance.us.


With Central Holidays, take an eight-day trip to Paris and London for slightly more than the cost of airfare alone. The London and Paris Super Bargain deal starts at $996 per person double and includes air from Washington to London, London to Paris and Paris to Washington; three nights' hotel each in London and Paris; daily breakfast; and all fees and taxes. Booked separately, airfare would be about $900, hotels $420 and breakfast $60, all per person, for a total of $1,380. Travel midweek, Nov. 1-March 31. Book by calling 800-935-5000 (ask for the reservations department and request the London and Paris Super Bargain With DC Departures); info at www.centralholidays.com.

- K.C. Summers

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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