Destination: Athens Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) Base Price: $899 per person Duration: Six nights Additional Fees: $145 What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, fuel surcharges, and hotel taxes What's Not: Security fees and departure tax When: April 25 to May 14, 2009 Deadline: February 26, 2009 Why this is a Deal: Save $400 when booking this trip independently Complete Details: Departing out of New York, this independent package deal to Athens includes accommodations at the King Jason Hotel. Located near the Monistiraki flea market and a cultural theatre district, the simple 114-room hotel has a lobby bar and air-conditioned rooms. Departures from Boston or Philadelphia cost an additional $40.
Destination: Telluride Provider: Ski.com (tel. 800/264-4006; www.ski.com) Base Price: $587 per person Duration: Four nights Additional Fees: $40 What's Included: Hotel, ski lift tickets, What's Not: Transportation to hotel When: Through April 5, 2009 Deadline: Book as soon as available to ensure room availability at lodge Why this is a Deal: Less than $150 per day to ski and stay is one of the less expensive deals in the Telluride area Complete Details: Ski lifts are just 100 yard away from your accommodations at the Telluride Mountainside Inn. Located near restaurants, shops, and the free gondola to the Mountain Village at the base of the mountain, the 83-room inn has rooms with kitchenettes, an outdoor hot tub, laundry, maid service, and free wireless Internet. A creek runs behind the inn leading to the San Miguel River.
Destination: Egypt Provider: Homeric Tours (tel. 800/223-5570; www.homerictours.com) Base Price: $1,995 per person Duration: Eight days Additional Fees: $150 What's Included: Airfare, accommodation, some meals, sightseeing, professional English-speaking tour guide, three-night Nile River cruise, fuel surcharges, and all intra-Egypt transportation What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, and gratuities for tour guides and drivers When: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009 Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure place on this trip that departs once a week Why this is a Deal: Save $300 to $400 off booking this independently Complete Details: Flying into Cairo, this trip starts off at the Aswan Dam before traveling down the Nile to visit Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. The last days of the trip are spent in Cairo where your full-day tour includes the Cairo Museum, the Pyramids, and the Sphinx.
Destination: New York City Provider: Expedia (tel. 800/551-2409; www.expedia.com) Base Price: $221 per person Duration: Two nights Additional Fees: $85 What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, local hotel service tax What's Not: Security fees and departure tax When: Through March 4, 2009 Deadline: March 2, 2009 Why this is a Deal: Airfare and a hotel from $150 a night? Nuff said. Complete Details: These prices are based on double occupancy stays with mid-week departures from Boston, Massachusetts. Accommodations are at a number of hotels with the low-price listed above for lodging at The Pod Hotel. Located in Midtown, Manhattan on 51st Street between Second and Third avenues, the hotel is a short walk to shopping on Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and the Museum of Modern of Art. The Pod Hotel specializes in low-cost high-design. It contains small but basic rooms. Bathrooms are shared, but doors lock for individual privacy. Upgrades to other hotels are available starting with the Milford Avenue for $243.
Destination: Ireland Provider: Sceptre Tours (tel. 800/221-0924; www.sceptretours.com) Base Price: $799 Duration: Six nights Additional Fees: $110 What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, rental car, fuel surcharges, daily breakfast, intra-Ireland transportation, and local hotel taxes What's Not: Security fees and departure tax When: April 1 to 30, 2009 Deadline: February 27, 2009 Why this is a Deal: Save $300 from booking this tour independently Complete Details: Accommodations for this special package include one night at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Hotel, one night at the four-star Strand Hotel in Limerick, and four nights in your choice of over 600 Irish inns that you select along your fly and drive package route. Departures are out of New York, Boston, Washington, and Chicago.