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Sunday, December 7, 2008

LAND

· Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center in Davis, W.Va., is offering free skiing from noon to 4 p.m. and $20 ski rentals (an $8 savings) or $30 snowboard rentals ($7 savings) on Dec. 11. On Dec. 12-14, lift tickets (usually $30 through Dec. 25) will be discounted to $20 per day; combined lift ticket and ski rental will be $37, or $47 for snowboard package. Also, rooms, which usually cost $89 per night midweek and $99 weekends, will be $37 per night (plus $4 taxes) Dec. 11, 12 and 14 (Dec. 13 is sold out). The resort is about a four-hour drive from the District. Info: 800-622-4121, http://www.canaanresort.com.

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· If you've been laid off from your job, Intrepid Travel will give you a 15 percent discount on any of its hundreds of trips. For example, save $404 per person on the Across the Andes -- Quito to La Paz trip, departing Jan. 2. The 35-night trip, after discount, starts at $2,286 per person double, plus $600 local payment, which covers tips and donations; price includes lodging, land transport, guide and some meals. Proof of layoff after Sept. 1 (letter or e-mail from previous employer) required; request promo code 2653. Travel by Dec. 31, 2009, and book by June 30. Info: 800-970-7299, http://www.intrepidtravel.com/laidofftakeoff.

· Hotel Le Christopher on the Caribbean island of St. Bart's has reopened for the winter season and is offering rates of about $125 per night double, including continental breakfast buffet; taxes are 5 percent extra. Rate applies to a classic garden room with private patio, for stays through Dec. 20. Price goes to $418 per night on Dec. 21 and to $215 per night Jan. 5. The waterfront hotel is in the Pointe Milou area, 15 minutes from the capital of Gustavia. Info: 011-590-590-27-63-63, http://www.hotelchristopher.com.

SEA

· Children get half off on Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection trips. The deal, which applies to children ages 8 to 18 traveling with adults (one child per adult), is valid on several European river cruises. For example, on July and August departures of the seven-night Castles Along the Rhine River cruise, a family of four staying in two cabins would pay $2,399 per adult and $1,200 per child, plus $98 port charges each; the cruise, aboard the 128-passenger River Ambassador, travels between Amsterdam and Basel, Switzerland, stopping in several cities in France and Germany. Also, book before Jan. 31 and receive an extra $150 discount per adult. Info: 800-733-7820, http://www.uniworld.com.

· Variety Cruises is offering discounted pricing on the December and February departures of its Red Sea Wonders cruise. Price of a category B stateroom on the 25-cabin M/Y Harmony V is $930 per person double (brochure rate is $2,390) and $1,850 (vs. $2,690) for a category A cabin; port charges are an extra $250. The seven-night cruise travels round trip from Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and docks in Aqaba, Jordan, and several Egyptian ports. Info: 800-319-7776, http://www.varietycruises.com.

· Silversea has discounted its single supplement for its Jan. 4-13 Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Barbados. Fare is $3,890 per person single (plus $150 port charges), a savings of $3,112. The cruise aboard the 382-passenger Silver Shadow visits the islands of Tortola, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and Bequia. Fare includes wine and drinks. Info: 877-760-9052, http://www.silversea.com.

AIR

· A round-trip ticket from Washington Dulles to Grand Cayman on Cayman Airways' new nonstop service is $284, including $86 taxes, for travel beginning Dec. 13. Purchase by Dec. 8. Other airlines are charging $404 for connecting service. Some travel blackout dates apply. Info: 800-422-9626, http://www.caymanairways.com.

· Virgin America is offering a fare sale for travel Jan. 6-March 1. Price from Washington Dulles to San Francisco or Los Angeles is $139 each way, plus taxes -- about $299 round trip. Fare to San Diego, Seattle or Las Vegas is about $20 more round trip. Other airlines are matching in select markets. Purchase by Dec. 11 at http://www.virginamerica.com, or pay $10 more by calling 877-359-8474.

· Fly American Airlines from Reagan National to Los Cabos, Mexico, for $425 round trip, including $112 taxes. Fare on other airlines starts at $725. Depart by Dec. 29, and complete travel by Dec. 31. Best fares apply to Monday-Thursday flights. Two-day minimum stay required. Purchase on http://www.aa.com by Dec. 18.

PACKAGES

· Eurofly is offering a Rome Revisited package for travel through March 22. The trip starts at $874 per person double, including round-trip airfare from New York, four nights at the four-star Grand Hotel Beverly Hills, daily breakfast and taxes. Priced separately, the package would cost $987. Info: 800-459-0581, http://www.euroflyusa.com.

· The Prague at Its Best package from Go-today.com is $839 per person double, including taxes. Price includes round-trip airfare from Washington and six nights at the Comfort Hotel with continental breakfasts. Travel Feb. 27-March 22. Priced separately, package would cost about $924. Book by Dec. 11. Info: 800-227-3235, http://www.go-today.com.

-- 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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