A hippo swims in its enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Both the zoo and the Safari Park are offering free admission for children 11 and younger through October. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park are offering free admission to children ages 11 and younger through October. In addition, the wildlife venues will feature special activities every weekend, such as the Cheetah Run demo at the park and the new Dr. Zoolittle Show at the zoo. A paid adult must accompany all children under the age of 15. Tickets for both attractions normally start at $48 for adults (age 12 and older) and $38 for kids (ages 3-11). Info: zoo.sandiegozoo.org/kidsfree.

TourCrafters has Paris packages for less than $500. A four-night deal costs $269 per person double and includes four nights at the three-star Le Quartier Bercy (normally from $522), daily buffet breakfast, arrival transfer and taxes. A Paris and Nice package starts at $439 per person double and includes airport transfer, four nights’ hotel in Paris, two nights’ lodging in Nice, four-day car rental, breakfasts and taxes. Travel Nov. 1-March 31.
Info: 800-482-5995, www.tourcrafters.it.

Save 20 percent at more than 45 Marriott Vacation Club properties in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. For example, a two-bedroom villa at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove in St. Thomas now starts at $316 a night, including taxes, a savings of $79. Stay through Dec. 17. Offer is open to members of the Marriott Rewards program; membership is free. Deal is offered daily at Hawaii and Caribbean properties; Sunday-Thursday stays required at other locations. Info: 800-845-5279, www.marriott.com/specials. Request promo code M11.


MSC Cruises is offering free extras on 2016 and 2017 Caribbean cruises aboard one of its newest ships, the 4,345-passenger MSC Divina. The offer varies based on cabin category. For example, an interior cabin receives a $100 shipboard credit and a balcony cabin earns a $300 shipboard credit, 20 drink vouchers (value of $168) and dinner for two in a specialty restaurant (worth $136). A seven-night cruise departing Miami on Feb. 13, for example, starts at $688 per person double for an interior cabin; balcony staterooms start at $1,078, including taxes. Book by Oct. 31. Info: 877-665-4655, www.msccruisesusa.com.

Hurtigruten is offering a free pre-cruise hotel stay and transfers on its six-day Southbound Coastal Voyage in Norway. The cruise from Kirkenes to Bergen starts at $872 per person double for an inside cabin (down from $1,759) and from $1,071 for an outside cabin (was $1,887), including taxes and port fees. Price includes transfers; one night at the Thon Hotel Kirkenes (or similar lodging) with breakfast; all onboard meals; entrance fee to the Hurtigruten Museum; and gratuities. Also receive a free upgrade to an outside cabin on select dates in October, November and December. Use promo code US15KKNPRESUMMER. Valid through Dec. 31. Hotel rate is typically from $140. Info: 844-226-9848, www.hurtigruten.com/us.


Scandinavian Airlines is offering sale fares to 10 cities in Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich and Warsaw. For example, round-trip fare from Washington Dulles to Oslo starts at $796, including taxes. Other airlines are matching, but fare typically starts at about $914. Travel Nov. 3-March 16. Saturday-night minimum stay required. For cheapest flights, travel Monday-Thursday. Book by Oct. 12 at www.flysas.com/us.


SmarTours is offering discounts of up to $800 on its Best of Italy tour. Price now starts at $2,999 per person double; pay by check and receive an additional $100 off. The tour includes round-trip airfare from New York to Venice, with return from Rome; two nights’ lodging in Venice, two nights in Florence and three nights in Rome; daily tours with entrance fees; land transport and tour guide; 11 meals; airport transfers; and taxes. The April 13 and June 8 trips fly into Milan before continuing on to Venice and include a city tour. For the lowest price, depart April 13. Book by Oct. 29. Info: 800-337-7773, www.smartours.com.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

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