In honor of California declaring surfing its state sport, United is waiving fees for surfboards flyiing to or from the Golden State. (Eugene Garcia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


Save 10 percent on a last-minute gourmet package at Borgo Pignano, an estate in Tuscany. The deal costs $717 per person double and includes three nights’ accommodations; a bottle of wine; daily organic breakfast; pasta cooking class; tour of the property’s farm, honey-making operation and lab, where jams, soaps, sauces and more are made; five-course tasting menu; and taxes. Travel by Nov. 2. Info:

With the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Splash Sale, save 30 to 50 percent on more than a dozen island properties. For example, rates start at $255 a night at the Fairmont Southampton (down from $539), $334 at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club (vs. $539) and $1,401 at Rosewood Tucker’s Point (was $1,979). Taxes included. Book by Oct. 16 for travel through April 30. Info:

Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas, an adults-only all-inclusive, is offering a Fall Into the Holiday Spirit sale, with savings of up to 45 percent. For example, a four-night stay over Thanksgiving weekend starts at $1,406 per couple, including taxes, a savings of $1,150. Rate includes all meals, snacks and beverages, including a special Thanksgiving dinner; WiFi; daily activities, including a picnic excursion to Cabbage Beach; gratuities; and taxes. Valid through June 30. Info: 888-645-5550,


Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering 20 percent off India, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia sailings in 2018 and 2019. For additional savings, combine the Explore the Exotics promo with a 10 percent early-booking discount. For example, the 10-night India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges trip departing Jan. 3 starts at $4,900 per person double, plus $170 taxes — a savings of $2,099. Price includes three nights’ hotel in New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with land transfers; flight from Jaipur to Kolkata; and seven-night cruise aboard the Ganges Voyager II. Book by Oct. 31. Info: 800-257-2407,


In honor of California declaring surfing the official state sport, United is waiving surfboard fees for passengers traveling to or from the Golden State. The new rule applies to surfboards, wakeboards and paddleboards flying on United and United Express flights starting or terminating at any California airport. The savings: $150 to $200 each way. Passengers must still pay regular checked-bag fees: $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second. Info:

Air China has sale fares from Washington Dulles to several cities in China. For example, the round-trip fare to Xiamen starts at $648, including taxes; other airlines are matching, but fare typically starts at about $910. Restrictions vary by destination. Book by Oct. 31 at


Aer Lingus Vacation Store is offering $100 savings on select trips to Ireland. For example, a six-night Ireland Bed & Breakfasts Plus Dublin vacation departing in November starts at $938 per person double and includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Dublin, two nights’ hotel in Dublin, four nights at a choice of bed-and-breakfasts throughout Ireland, car rental, daily breakfast and taxes. Book by Oct. 31; request promo code WAPO100. Info: 800-495-1632,

Carol Sottil, Andrea Sachs

Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.