PACKAGES

* An 11-night "Exotic Asia" tour, including international and domestic airfares, lodging in five-star hotels, sightseeing trips and many meals is being offered by Ritz Tours for less than the price of the airfare alone. The tour -- which travels to Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong -- starts at $1,899 per person double departing from New York on June 4, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 and 17, and Nov. 12 and 26. Taxes are $90 extra; travel insurance, valued at $150, is free for those who make final payments at least 45 days before departure. Air, priced separately, would be about $2,065 from New York. Package with air from D.C. is about $150 to $200 additional. Info: 800-900-2446, www.ritztours.com.

* Octopus Travel has a six-night package to Barcelona for summer travel starting at $1,033 per person double including round-trip airfare on Air France from Dulles. The deal includes lodging at the two-star Oasis Hotel, where rooms usually go for about $110 a night. Taxes are $90 extra. Priced separately, air is $931 round trip. Deal is good for travel June 16-Aug. 30. Info: 877- 330-7765, www.octopusvacations.com.

-- Carol Sottili