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: Thailand and Malaysia
Provider: GAP Adventures (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com)
Base Price: $545
Duration: 14 days
Additional Fees: $250 local kitty, $200 for food
What's Included: Hotels, some sightseeing, in-country transportation.
What's Not: Airfare to Thailand, meals, and some entrance fees into sightseeing locations.
When: January 14 to 27, 2008
Deadline: No deadline given but there are seven of fourteen spaces left.
Why this is a Deal: GAP Adventures continues to put together the least expensive land-only adventure and cultural immersion tours.
Complete Details: Adding on the local kitty and the recommended food allowance, the total price of this 14-day trip still comes to less than $1,000. Starting in Bangkok before hitting the beaches in Southern Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, and ending in Singapore, this 14 day trip roams the Thailand to Malaysia route giving travelers a bird's-eye view of village life, big city life, the coastal regions and a Malaysian hill station.
Provider: Goway.com (tel. 800/387-8850; www.goway.com)
Base Price: $2,280
Duration: Eight nights, ten days
Additional Fees: $367
What's Included: Airfare, hotels, hotel service taxes and local fees, some meals, some sightseeing, and rental car.
What's Not: Security fees, departure taxes, and airline fuel taxes.
When: Through December 8.
Deadline: One month advanced booking is suggested.
Why this is a Deal: The price goes up $500 for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2008 and $800 from December 7, 2007 to January 8, 2008.
Complete Details: Tasmania is a small island off the coast of Australia known for hiking, small fishing villages, national parks and unique natural wildlife. This trip departs out of Los Angeles flying on Qantas Airways into Hobart, the most urban of Tasmania's cities. The self-drive tour comes with maps and detailed directions to major national parks and natural sites such as Russell Falls, a waterfall in Mount Field National Park. Add on $300 if departing out of New York. All flights go through Melbourne or Sydney.
Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $649
Duration: Six nights
Additional Fees: $180
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, fuel taxes, daily breakfast, airline transfers in Malta, and hotel taxes and service charges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure taxes.
When: November 7 to December 11
Deadline: October 29
Why this is a Deal: This is the lowest cost for this Malta trip all year long.
Complete Details: This trip departs out of New York City or Boston. Accommodations are at the St. Julian's Hotel, a budget class hotel where each room has a small Juliet balcony. The hotel is located near the center of St. Julian's, a popular town square area and dining area where families and young people congregate nightly. The casino and the waterfront promenade are just a five minute walk. The hotel has a pool, but the rocky beach is just steps away.
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $2,099
Duration: 15 days
Additional Fees: $130
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, 22 meals, sightseeing, use of an English-speaking tour guide
What's Not: Security fees and departure taxes
When: March 17 to 31, 2008
Deadline: November 30
Why this is a Deal: Save $600 per couple if book by the above deadline
Complete Details: Departing out if Los Angeles on Malaysia Air, this package deal to Borneo begins in Kuching. Spend your first day of the trip on an orangutan rehabilitation farm. You'll visit villages, see the Borneo Bearded Pig, and visit resorts along the Borneo coast in Miri and inland at Mulu. A three-day Penang excursion costs an extra $499. The meals include 12 breakfasts, six dinners and four lunches.
Provider: Funjet (tel. 888/558-6654; www.funjet.com)
Base Price: $299.99
Duration: Three nights
Additional Fees: $96
What's Included: Airfare and accommodations.
What's Not: Security fees, departure taxes, and fuel surcharges.
When: November 5 to December 18
Deadline: No detailed given but booking as soon as possible to lock in the package price is highly recommended.
Why this is a Deal: Last minute deal on FunJet saves you at least $200 if you book alone. Getting a fare below $299 would be difficult.
Complete Details: Departing out of Washington D.C. on United Airlines, this quick trip to Orlando puts you up at the Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites. Children under 10 eat free at the hotel and all guests get free transportation to and from Disney on a hotel shuttle bus. The entire hotel is an "African" theme park with a 79-foot python-shaped water slide, African art, and safari-aspects in the lobby and guest floors.
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