Best Bargin Travel Packages – By Land, By Sea, By Air
Lake Placid Lodge, a resort in New York’s Adirondacks region, has a last-minute deal on June visits. Book two consecutive nights June 19-23 or 26-29 and receive 35 percent off room rates and all wines by the glass, plus free daily breakfast and lunch for two people. Rates start at $308 per night double, compared with the usual $475. Add $63 per night in fees and taxes. All rooms and cabins at the Arts and Crafts-style hotel have stone fireplaces and wilderness views; activities include hiking, fishing, paddling and yoga. Info: 518-523-2700, www.lakeplacidlodge.com.
Amtrak is offering 20 percent off fall trips from Washington to Chicago. The round-trip fare is now $141, down from $176. Other rail routes are also on sale, such as New York-Miami, Chicago-New Orleans and New Orleans-Los Angeles. Book by June 24; travel Sept.15-Nov. 15. Info: 800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com.
Colonial Williamsburg has a summer deal for families. The Summer Bounce package starts at $263 per night for a family of four and includes three nights at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, and admission to the historic area, museums and Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Priced separately, the package costs about $315 per night. Add about $28 per night in fees and taxes. For the best rates, arrive Sunday-Tuesday; travel through Sept. 1. Info: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
Abercrombie & Kent has deals on select voyages this summer and fall. For example, the Oct. 17 Splendors of the Nile trip is $6,345 per person double (vs. $7,575), and the single supplement is $1,230 (vs. $2,680). The four-night Egypt cruise departs from Luxor and visits Denderah, Edfu and Aswan. Price includes a viewing of the tomb of Seti I, normally closed to the public; guided excursions; a felucca (sailboat) trip around the Aswan Islands; and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks aboard the ship. Add $630 for internal air. For Nile cruise, book by July 31. Info: 800-554-7016, www.abercrombiekent.com.
Viking River Cruises has discounts, including 2-for-1 rates, on its 2012 cruises. For example, the 12-day Footsteps of the Cossacks cruise from Kiev to Odessa, Ukraine, is $2,288 per person double; normal rate is $4,399. Depart July 19 or Aug. 10. Price includes daily shore excursions, wine, and fees and taxes. International airfare is also 2-for-1. Book by July 31. Info: 800-304-9616, www.vikingrivercruises.com.
AirTran is having a systemwide sale from all three Washington area airports to U.S., Caribbean and Mexican destinations. For example, a late August flight from BWI Marshall to Nassau, Bahamas, is $284; fares on other airlines start at $300. Also in late August, air from Reagan National to Sarasota, Fla., is $231 round trip; the fare on other airlines is from about $300. Travel through Nov. 15 (Aug. 20-Nov. 15 for Nassau and the Caribbean); book by June 28. Info: 800-247-8726, www.airtran.com.
TourCrafters has a deal on a Rome trip for cinephiles that includes a visit to the studio where “Roman Holiday” and “Three Coins in the Fountain” were filmed. The Crazy About Cinema package starts at $1,460 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Rome, airport-hotel transfer, four nights at the Hotel Oxford, half-day city tour, transportation and admission to the Cinecitta movie studio, daily breakfast and a $72 dinner coupon. Priced separately, trip would cost $250 more per person. Package is offered through Nov. 30, but for the cheapest rate, depart Sept. 1-4 or Nov. 1-30. Info: 800-482-5995, www.tourcrafters.it/tour.lasso?ID=69.
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