What's the Deal?: The week's best travel bargains around the globe

Sunday, February 27, 2011; F02

What's the deal?

The week's travel bargains from around the world


l Several inns in Northern California's Mendocino County are offering free nights and other perks during the March and April whale-watching season. For example, Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse, a B&B in Little River, has a third-night-free offer during the town's whale festival, March 11-14. Rooms start at $188 per night double, including taxes and full breakfast; for a three-night stay, the rate is $125 a night. Guests who stay for only two nights receive a pair of whale-watching tickets (valued at $80) through April. Offers are not combinable, and you must mention the Whale Watchers Delight deal when reserving. Info on Dennen's: 800-264-4723, www.victorianfarmhouse.com. Other participating hotels: 866-782-9636, www.visitmendocino.com.

l With the Go Bananas summer family program, more than a dozen hotels on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia are offering a variety of deals, such as free stays, kids' meals, upgrades and excursions, room discounts and discount cards. Sample deal: Stay two nights at the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, a 19th-century estate house overlooking the Pitons UNESCO World Heritage site, and get the third night free. Rooms start at $165 per night double, including taxes. Booking deadlines vary. For Fond Doux, reserve by Aug. 15. For all deals, travel June 1-Sept. 30. Info: 800-456-3984, www.saintlucianow.com.

l Rail Europe has a sale on spring and summer travel aboard the Eurostar, which connects London with Paris (2 hours 15 minutes one way) and with Brussels (just under two hours) via the Channel Tunnel. With the Eurostar High Speed Deal, get 20 percent off Comfort (a.k.a. Standard Premier) class. Prices vary depending on dates and times, but with the deal, London-Brussels and London-Paris round trips generally run about $250, down from the usual $310 and up. Comfort class has roomier seats than economy, free newspapers and magazines, and at-seat meal service. Book by March 31; travel March 1-Aug. 25. Info: 800-622-8600, www.raileurope.com.


l Oceania Cruises is offering discounted rates and free round-trip air from Washington on select cruises. For example, the 16-day Passage to Panama trip from Miami to San Francisco on the Regatta, departing April 26, starts at $3,299 per person double, including taxes - $1,000 less than the usual rate. Air from Washington to Miami, with a return from San Francisco, is included, a savings of at least $250. Book by March 31. Info: 800-531-5619, www.oceaniacruises.com.

l Crystal Cruises has a sale on fall cruises to Europe, New England and Canada, the Pacific Coast and the Caribbean, plus free round-trip air. For example, the 12-day cruise from Barcelona to Venice on the Crystal Serenity is $6,510 per person double, down from $7,010. Add $480 in fees and taxes. Air from Washington to Barcelona with a return from Venice is included, a savings of about $1,350. The ship departs Aug. 26 and stops in Cannes, Florence, Rome, Sorrento and Dubrovnik. Info: 888-722-0021, www.crystalcruises.com.


l AirTran has a systemwide sale to dozens of destinations in the United States and the Caribbean. Sample round-trip fares, including taxes: BWI Marshall to Cancun, $331; BWI to Sarasota, Fla., $211; Reagan National to Aruba, $411. Book by March 3; travel through May 24. Other airlines are matching. Info: 800-247-8726, www.airtran.com.

l Air France has a sale on flights from the United States to several European cities. Sample round-trip fares, including taxes: New York's JFK to London Heathrow, $567; JFK to Barcelona, $594; Washington Dulles to Warsaw, $701. Book by March 3; travel through April 12. Other airlines are matching. Info: 800-237-2747, www.airfrance.us.


l With Friendly Planet Travel, a nine-day trip to India starts at $1,249 per person double. The Taj Mahal Express package includes nonstop round-trip air from New York's JFK to Delhi on Air India, six nights in deluxe or superior first-class hotels, daily buffet breakfast, one dinner, all transfers and ground transportation, and several guided tours. Stops include Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur. Trip is offered May through September, with the cheapest departures in May and June. Add $110 in taxes, $73 for a visa and $28 for the Delhi departure fee. Trip costs $300 more per person if booked after March 31. Priced separately, airfare alone runs about $1,500. Info: 800-555-5765.

K.C. Summers

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