Save on a winter tour to Italy, where you can see the Roman Colosseum. (Paolo G. Rocco/istock)
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


Book four nights at any IHG property in the Caribbean or Latin America and receive a free night. The Free Night Holiday Celebration Package applies to travel Dec. 14 through Jan. 31 at 61 hotels in 20 countries. Rates vary. For example, four nights at the Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort & Casino in mid-January is $1,162, including taxes; usual rate is $1,442. The package also includes breakfast for up to two adults and two children, a 4 p.m. late checkout and a $25 credit for Internet or phone use. Extra nights are discounted by 25 percent. Hotel brands participating in the deal include InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. Book by Jan. 15. Info: 877-424-2449,


Star Clippers is offering discounts of up to 60 percent on 13 European Grand Voyages in 2013. Prices vary. For example, a 14-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Lisbon aboard the 170-passenger Star Flyer, departing Aug. 24, now starts at $2,524 per person double (plus $465 port charges), a savings of $2,624. The discounted voyages range from 10 to 17 nights and sail between April and August. Info: 800-442-0551,


AirTran has launched a sale for travel Jan. 7 through May 15. For example, the round-trip fare from BWI Marshall to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starts at $114, including taxes; other airlines are matching, but the fare typically starts at $180. From Reagan National, the round-trip fare to Orlando starts at $140, including taxes; usual fare is $208. Blackout dates vary by destination. Book by Dec. 13 at, or pay $15 more by calling 800-247-8726.


Trafalgar Tours is offering discounts of $600 per couple on winter tours to Europe. For example, the seven-night Simply Italy tour departing Feb. 23 is $2,552 per person double after the discount. Package includes round-trip air from Reagan National to Rome; seven nights’ lodging in Rome, Venice and Florence; 11 meals; motorcoach transport; daily tours with guide; and taxes. Book by Dec. 27, and travel on Delta or a SkyTeam partner airline between Jan. 1 and March 31. Info: 866-544-4434,

Carol Sottili

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