* Go medieval and spend four nights in Florence for $419 per person. The package, offered by Tourcrafters, includes round-trip air on Lufthansa from Washington Dulles, four nights in the three-star Hotel Porta Faenza, daily breakfast and hotel taxes. Airfare alone to Florence typically costs about $520 in winter, and lodging rates at the Porta Faenza are about $130 a night. The hotel, built in the 18th century, overlooks the cobblestoned Via Faenza. Optional sightseeing tours include a $35 half-day tour to Pisa and a $49 full-day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Tourcrafters is also offering similarly priced trips to Venice, Rome and Costa del Sol. Book no later than Jan. 31; complete travel by March 15. Add $120 per person in air taxes. Info: 800-621-2259, www.tourcrafters.com.

* Does a luau on the beach sound good right about now? Star Travel is offering a $656-per-person package to Oahu that includes round-trip airfare from either BWI or Dulles and five nights at the Aston Aloha Surf hotel. The accommodations aren't right on the sand, but Waikiki Beach is just two blocks away. Purchased separately, the hotel's rack rate is $135 a night, and airfare is currently about $600 round trip to Hawaii. You must travel Monday-Thursday and purchase by Jan. 30. Add $82 per person in taxes. Travel is good through June 6. Info: 800-335-1144.

-- Carol Sottili