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.
Destination: Ritz-Carlton Caribbean hotels
Provider: The Ritz-Carlton hotels of the Caribbean (tel. 800/542-8680; www.ritzcarlton.com)
Base Price: $199 to $299 per night
Duration: As many consecutive nights as available
Additional Fees: Average $25 per night
What's Included: Accommodations and use of facilities
What's Not: Hotel taxes
When: Through October 31
Deadline: As soon as possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: Any night at a Ritz-Carlton that hovers around $200 is solid savings on luxury. These deals save travelers at least $100 per night on regular room rates.
Complete Details: Rates include $199 for The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica; $209 for The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino; $269 for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, and $299 for The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Extra incentives include free meals for our guests four years old and younger at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a free round of golf per person with stays of three nights or more at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica, and a credit for a sailing $200 sailing trip at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. A passport is not required for stays at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino or the St. Thomas property.
Provider: Caravan Tours (tel. 800/227-2826; www.caravan.com)
Base Price: $995
Duration: Eight days
Additional Fees: $180
What's Included: Accommodations, some sightseeing, professional tour guide, airport transfers, motor coach transportation, and almost all meals
What's Not: Tour guide gratuities, some local costs, and personal expenses
When: November 7
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: This deal offers $100 off the price of other departures for the same itinerary.
Complete Details: After the meeting the group of 36 to 44 travelers in Mexico City, this tour focusing on ancient Mexico travels to Cancún making stops in Pueblo, Veracruz, Olmec Heads, Palenque, Uxmal, Merida, and Chichen Itza. On the first day of the trip, travelers pay an extensive visit to Teotihuacán, Mexico's one of most important and largest archeological sites. Hotels include upscale boutique properties owned by local companies. With the exception of the Sheraton in Mexico City, each hotel has a local Mexican flavor, including one hotel in a rainforest environment.
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $1,499
Duration: Nine days
Additional Fees: $223
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, some meals, airport transfers, all transportation within Egypt, a Nile cruise, and fuel surcharges
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, and Egyptian visas
When: September 9
Deadline: August 15
Why this is a Deal: Save $600 per couple if booked by the above deadline.
Complete Details: In the past six months, these Friendly Planet five-star low-cost air/land travel packages have been selling out long before the discounted booking deadlines. Accommodations are in the top hotels and sightseeing is extremely comprehensive and inclusive. An Abu Simbel optional tour is well worth the additional $225 as this is one of the world's great ancient sites. On the edge of the cliff, it's the ancient Egyptian version of Mount Rushmore. Included tour highlights include Cairo, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and the small-boat Nile cruise. This package departs out of New York.
Destination: London and Paris
Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $999
Duration: Six nights
Additional Fees: $135
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, and fuel surcharges
What's Not: Security fee and departure tax
When: January 5, 2009
Deadline: July 17
Why this is a Deal: Save $450 per person compared to summer rates.
Complete Details: Staying in the Earl's Court neighborhood in London and the 20th arrondisement in Paris, this super-saver trip takes advantage of lower winter rates and blocks of airplane seats reserved years in advance. Departing out of New York, this package requires a Saturday night stay.
Provider: Latin Escapes (tel. 800/878-9986; www.latinescapes.com)
Base Price: $999
Duration: Eight days, seven nights
Additional Fees: $145
What's Included: Accommodations, airfare within Honduras, all meals, water activities, snorkeling, cultural activities, ecological and marine biology lecture, and one dolphin encounter
What's Not: Hotel taxes
When: Through December 10
Deadline: October 31
Why this is a Deal: You save approximately $550 off compared to booking this trip independently.
Complete Details: Staying on the Bay Island of Roatan just off the Honduran coast, this package includes accommodations at Anthony's Key Resort, a full-service water sports and diving resort hotel. While the resort prides itself on delivering relaxing vacations, the on-site diving shop and waterfront restaurants offer activities and fine dining to travelers who come to Honduras from all over the world. Activities included with the package price include two snorkeling trips, a picnic, an evening feast, horseback riding, kayaking and free entrance into the Roatan Museum.