The skies are clearing, the temperature is rising, and it's still a buyer's market for travelers. Here are some of the best deals to the top destinations. Take advantage of them for a summer vacation to remember.
All prices are per person unless otherwise noted. See "The deal," "How much," and "When" for details about associated taxes, fees, and travel restrictions. Note that "How much" is our best estimate of what the trip will cost and that taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure and travel dates. Deals are subject to availability, so confirm before booking.
New York City
The deal: Celebrate bicycles by staying at Apple Core Hotels and choosing the "Bicycle Built for Two" package, which includes accommodations, breakfast, up to two 2-hour bike rentals in Central Park, and a post-ride lunch at the Express Café at Central Park's Boathouse Restaurant.
How much: From $280 per room per night, excluding tax. Children stay free when sharing their parents' room.
When: July 1 to Aug. 3.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $300 per night, excluding tax.
Find it: www.applecorehotels.com or tel. 800/567-7720.
Promotion code: BICYCLE
The deal: Travelocity.com is offering bundled air and lodging packages for multiple-night stays at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, which includes $75 in Encore Resort credit.
How much: From $330, including accommodations for three nights, round-trip airfare and a $75 resort credit.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $430.
Find it: tel. 888/872-8356 or leisure.travelocity.com.
The deal: Clients booking Peter Deilmann Cruises' 9-day cruise-tours can partake in the "Discovery Package" for 2 complimentary hotel nights in Paris before or after the Seine River cruise. Guests stay at the St. Lazare Concorde, enjoy a city tour, daily breakfast, and transfers between the ship and the hotel.
How much: From $2,515, including five shore excursions, all meals and entertainment, and taxes but not including port charges ($120), fuel surcharges ($70), or international airfare.
When: For Friday departures in July and Aug.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From $2,914.
Find it: tel. 800/348-8287 or www.deilmann-cruises.com (opens PDF file).
The deal: Choose from two 5-star hotels -- the Halkin or the Metropolitan -- both of which guarantee a reduced U.S. dollar rate.
How much: From $199 per room per night at the Metropolitan and $299 per room per night at the Halkin, based on a 2-night stay booked 7 days in advance, and not including tax. Must be prepaid at the time of reservation.
When: Through Sept. 6.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $520 per room per night, excluding tax.
Find it: The Metropolitan (tel. 44-20-7447-1047; metropolitan.como.bz) or The Halkin (tel. 44-20-7333-1000; halkin.como.bz).
The deal: Stay at the Westin Bonaventure and get two days of admission to Universal Studios for the price of one. Each room also gets a full breakfast for two, late (4pm) checkout, and one 2-day ticket to Universal Studios per paid adult per room.
How much: From $199 per room per night.
When: Through Dec. 31.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $340 per room.
Find it: tel. 866/716-8132 or specialoffers.starwoodhotels.com.
Promotion code: DISCPKG for Friday and Saturday stays or LOCPKG1 for Sunday-Thursday stays.
The deal: Celebrate the Spa at Doral's structural facelift with 20% off any spa or salon Service.
How much: From $72 per treatment, not including tax and tip.
When: Through Oct. 1.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From $90 per treatment, not including tax and tip.
Find it: tel. 305/717-6303 or www.doralresort.com.
The deal: Have it all by visiting Hong Kong, plus seven other East Asian jewels aboard a 15-night cruise courtesy of Vacations to Go. The itinerary includes stops in Hong Kong, Taipei, Okinawa, Kobe, Tokyo/Yokohama, Nagasaki, Cheju City, and Beijing.
How much: From $1,399, including port charges, meals, and entertainment but not including tax, alcoholic beverages and a $10-per-person, per-day gratuity charge.
When: June 20 through July 5.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $2,259.
Find it: tel. 800/338-4962 or www.vacationstogo.com.
Promotion code: 22932
The deal: Enjoy six nights in two of Western Europe's premier cities with European Destinations' "Paris and Rome by Air" package, which includes round-trip international flights from North American cities into Paris, a return flight from Rome, a flight between Paris and Rome, three nights of hotel stays in Paris, three nights of hotel stays in Rome, and daily breakfast.
How much: From $892, including taxes, but not including airport fees.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $1,720.
Find it: tel. 877/267-2247 or www.europeandestinations.com.
The deal: Stay a night at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, enjoy breakfast in the morning, and take an hour-long hot-air balloon ride over the Rio Grande Valley.
How much: From $259 for one guest, $429 for two, $599 for three, and $769 for four, not including tax and tip.
When: Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, with blackout dates from Oct. 1 to 15.
Typical cost for a similar trip: From around $290 per night.
Find it: tel. 505/881-0000 or www.starwoodhotels.com.
Promotion code: LOCPKG1
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