What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, April 12, 2009; Page F03


-- Intrepid Travel is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 percent discounts on 20 of its most popular trips. For example, a 14-night Discover Egypt tour is $772 per person double, plus $300 in local payments and fees -- a savings of $193. The escorted tour travels round trip from Cairo; includes 13 meals, land transport and accommodations; and departs every Sunday and select Thursdays year-round. Book by April 20; request promo code 2728. Info: 800-970-7299, http://www.intrepidtravel.com/20.

-- Breakers Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is offering a Spring Fling package for travel through June 4. Stay two nights, get the third free; stay five, get the fourth and fifth free; or stay a week and get three nights free. Rates for up to two adults and two children start at $74 a night weekdays and $84 weekends. For example, five nights in early May is $304, including taxes, a savings of $152. Info: 800-952-4507, http://www.breakers.com.

-- Travelers older than 60 get discounts of up to 30 percent at the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in California's Death Valley National Park. A one-night stay gets 10 percent off (promo code SENIOR); two nights, 20 percent (code SENIOR20); and three nights, 30 percent (SENIOR30). Prices vary by lodging choice. A three-night stay at the upscale 66-room inn, for example, starts at $620, plus $75 taxes -- a savings of $265. The inn is open through May 9; deal extends through Oct. 8 at the ranch. Info: 800-236-7916, http://www.furnacecreekresort.com.


-- With Alaska Sea Adventures, save $500 per person on select Inside Passage cruises aboard the eight-passenger M/V Alaska Adventurer. For example, a July 5-11 Focus on Whales cruise round trip from Petersburg, Alaska, starts at $3,700 per person double, after the discount. The trip, guided by Dolphin Institute vice president Adam Pack, will concentrate on viewing humpback whales in Frederick Sound. Info: 888-772-8588, http://www.yachtalaska.com.

-- Celebrity Cruises (800-437-3111, http://www.celebritycruises.com) and Azamara Cruises (877-222-2526, http://www.azamaracruises.com) are offering two-for-one fares on select Alaska and Europe sailings. Prices vary by itinerary and cabin. For example, with the discount, a 14-night Western Europe cruise aboard the Azamara Journey departing May 23 is $1,699 per person double (plus $205 taxes) for a veranda cabin. A seven-night cruise on Celebrity Millennium from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, B.C., departing June 5, is $399 (plus $119 taxes) for an inside cabin. Azamara promo applies to six European itineraries in May, August, October and November. Celebrity deal applies to 29 European sailings May-August and 23 Alaskan departures May-September. Book by April 30.

-- Hurtigruten is offering 50 percent savings on most cabins on its six- and seven-night Norwegian Coastal Voyage. For example, May departures of a six-night cruise from Kirkenes to Bergen, Norway, start at $930 per person double, including taxes; discounted price starts at $1,020 for sailings departing June 1-15. Book by May 31. Info: 800-323-7436, http://www.hurtigruten.us.


-- Continental is offering a summer fare sale to Europe. Cheapest fares are to Dublin or Belfast. For example, round-trip fare from Reagan National to Dublin, connecting in Newark, starts at $528, including $106 taxes. Fares to other cities in Europe are higher, starting at $838 round trip (including taxes) to Oslo. Other airlines are matching in most markets. Travel May 16-Sept. 12. Purchase by April 30 at http://www.continental.com.

-- American is offering sale fares to Shanghai and Tokyo. Round-trip fare from Reagan National to Tokyo starts at $829, including $91 taxes; round-trip fare to Shanghai starts at $714, including $84 taxes. Other airlines are matching. For cheapest fares, depart Monday-Thursday by April 30. Higher sale fares available for travel departing May 1-Aug. 31. Minimum stay is six days, and maximum is 30 days. Seven-day advance purchase required. Book by April 15 at http://www.aa.com, or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.


-- Book an air-inclusive tour with Trafalgar and receive $99 round-trip airfare (plus taxes) for a companion. Deal applies to Europe tours departing June-August. Prices vary. For example, a Treasures of France tour departing Aug. 21 is $3,047 for the first traveler and $2,181 for the second. Tour includes round-trip flights on British Airways from Washington Dulles to Paris, seven nights' hotel accommodations, motor coach transport, 11 meals, tour guides, airport transfers, daily sightseeing and taxes. Book by April 30. Info: 866-544-4434, http://www.trafalgar.com.

-- Central Holidays is offering specials to Spain for travel departing June 1-15. For Madrid, pay $539 per person double; for Barcelona, $569; and for Seville, $599. Taxes and fees are an extra $293. Trip includes round-trip airfare from New York, three nights in a three-star hotel and city sightseeing tour. Seville trip also includes three-day car rental from the arrival airport in Malaga. Savings vary by city. Priced separately, the Madrid package, for example, would cost about $250 more per couple. Book by April 17. Info: 800-539-7098, http://www.centralholidays.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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