All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). See "What's Included" and "What's Not" for details about associated taxes and fees and "Complete Details" for information about travel restrictions and, if available, trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans. Base-prices, taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel.
Provider: Dooley Vacations (tel. 877/331-9301; www.dooleyvacations.com)
Duration: Four nights
Base Price: $299
Additional Fees: $175
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations and daily breakfast.
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, airport transfers, and fuel surcharges.
When: November 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.
Deadline: July 10.
Why this is a Deal: One of the most inexpensive airfare/accommodations trips to Ireland that's currently available.
Complete Details: Departing from Boston, this "City Break" to Dublin includes accommodations at the three-star Regency Hotel Dublin. Located near the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle, and Jameson Distillery, the hotel provides a central starting point for experienced and inexperienced Dublin visitors. An upgrade to the four-star Maldron Cardiff Hotel costs $49 per night. New York City departures cost an additional $30. A $25 booking fee is applied to those reserving over the telephone.
Provider: Sandals (tel. 800/SANDALS; www.sandals.com)
Duration: Three nights
Base Price: $779.10
Additional Fees: $90
What's Included: Accommodations, all meals and beverages, unlimited Scuba diving for certified divers, airport transfers, resort taxes, tips, and all land and water sports including waterskiing and golf.
What's Not: Local resort taxes.
When: December 1 to 26.
Deadline: July 31.
Why this is a Deal: Save 65% off regular rates.
Complete Details: This special deal to the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios includes all food, beverages and activities. Located on the water amidst Jamaica gardens, the hotel has 22 dining choices, 12 bars, 11 pools, unlimited golf, and a private beach club. Use of the full-service spa requires additional payment. All of the rooms have outdoor terraces with some containing private pools.
Destination: Colonial Williamsburg
Provider: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (tel. 800/361-6921; www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com)
Duration: Five days, four nights.
Base Price: $599
Additional Fees: $76
What's Included: Accommodations for family of four, admission tickets, daily breakfast, free parking, sightseeing events, discounts at stores and select entertainment programs, and a $200 resort credit.
What's Not: Taxes and gratuities.
When: May 31 to September 3.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: Save up to $1,000 off standard rates.
Complete Details: Available for Sunday or Monday check-in, this package is good for two adults with two children sharing a standard room at the Williamsburg Woodlands hotel. The $200 resort credit can be applied to Williamsburg resort restaurants, a spa, golf, recreational fees and shopping. Admission passes to Colonial Williamsburg are "come and go" for the length of the travelers' stay. Upgrade to a suite will cost $50 more per night. The hotel has a small pool, miniature golf, bike rentals, and ping-pong.
Destination: Ghana and Mali
Provider: Dragoman Overland (tel. 800/227-8747; www.dragoman.com)
Duration: 25 nights
Base Price: $1,195
Additional Fees: $560
What's Included: Accommodations, transportation, all sightseeing, entrance fees and some meals.
What's Not: Group "kitty" contribution.
When: September 12 to October 2.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure space availability.
Why this is a Deal: With 15% discount, total trip with kitty costs $70 per day. Regular base price of this trip is $1,406.
Complete Details: Starting in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, this overland West African trip comprehensively covers two nations. The trip includes adventure activities like trekking and hiking, tribal visits, cultural immersion, and all natural sites along the pre-determined route. Accommodations are 75% camping and 25% hotels. In terms of comfort level, this trip rates 4 out of 5 meaning the "comforts of home" are rare. The trip has a "Physical Rating" of 3 of 6, meaning that some treks will be over hilly or rocky terrain and can last up to four hours. Transportation is in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Two full-time guides will accompany the tour group. One highlight of this trip is a mosque in the Mali city of Djenne, the largest adobe structure in the world with an equally large outdoor African market. Visits to schools, cultural dances, musical performances, waterfalls, and local farms are all on the itinerary. When booking online, use code "ZAA79."
Destination: Ambergris Caye, Belize
Provider: Tranquility Bay Resort (tel. 888/843-2293; www.tranquilitybayresort.com)
Duration: Per night with four-night minimum
Base Price: $139 per night per couple or $180 per night for two-bedroom suite sleeping four.
Additional Fees: $19 or $25 depending on deal.
What's Included: Accommodations, airport transfers, kayak use, and full daily breakfast.
What's Not: Local hotel taxes.
When: Through December 14.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: Save 24% off regular rates.
Complete Details: Opened just three years ago, Tranquility Bay is a 12-acre resort on the northern tip of the island within the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Specializing in peace and quiet, the 11-cabin resort is a boat trip or long golf cart ride away from the downtown area with nightclubs, live music venues, galleries, and restaurants. A swimming pool, waterfront bar, restaurant, and dive shop are located on resort premises.
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