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I always recommend traveling to Europe during the fall season and for good reason. Summer can not only be stiflingly hot (this year especially), but so much of cities like Paris shuts down for the summer including shops, restaurants, theatres etc. Fall sees the return of the Parisiennes from vacation, the introduction of the stunning fall collections in the stores and reduced prices on hotels in Paris and airfares to get you there.

1800 Fly Europe (tel. 877/284-1814; www.1800flyeurope.com) is currently featuring an autumn airfare sale with savings of up to 25 percent when you book by August 4, 2006 and fly between September 13 and October 31, 2006.

Sample fares to Paris include:

  • From New York: $469
  • From Boston: $489
  • From Washington DC: $509
  • From Chicago: $559
  • From Dallas: $589
  • From San Francisco: $639
  • From Los Angeles: $659
  • From Seattle: $669

Fares are round-trip excluding taxes and security fees but they do include a fuel surcharge of $130 to $168.

Their fall airfare and hotel packages with the same date restrictions and purchase-by date as above include round-trip airfare, three-nights at a three-star Downtown hotel, breakfast daily and a fuel surcharge of $130 to $168.

  • From New York: $709
  • From Boston: $729
  • From Atlanta: $769
  • From Philadelphia: $779
  • From Orlando: $809

European Destinations (tel. 877/267-2247; www.europeandestinations.com) gives you a chance to spend a few days in Paris and a few days on the French Riviera in Nice. Their "Paris and Nice with TGV" package (TGV is the French fast train service) is priced from $656 per person and includes international round-trip airfare, hotel accommodation for two nights in Paris, a TGV train ticket from Paris to Nice, two nights' hotel accommodations in Nice, daily breakfast and hotel taxes. The $656 is based on a New York departure, $826 from Chicago, $845 from Miami, $881 from Houston and $895 from Los Angeles.

Virgin Vacations (tel. 888/937-8474; www.virginvacations.com) has a Paris special priced from $689 per person based on double occupancy for travel from September 7 to October 31, 2006. You must purchase by August 10, 2006 and this deal includes round-trip airfare from New York flying Virgin Atlantic, six nights' accommodations at the Amarys Simart Hotel in the Montmartre area of the 18th Arondissment, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes, service charges and fuel surcharges. Add $20 from Boston or Washington D.C., $100 from Chicago or Miami and $200 from Los Angeles.

Our Travel Company (tel. 800/578-5760; www.ourtravelco.com) invites you to spend this Thanksgiving in Paris with a six-day airfare and hotel package priced from $499 for travel on November 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23, 2006. This holiday season deal includes round-trip airfare from the New York, four nights' accommodations at the two-star Kyriad Bercy Village Hotel in the 12th Arondissment and breakfast daily. Airport transfers can be added for $66 per person.

Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) always has discounted seasonal deals to Paris. Currently its "Six-day Paris Vacation" is priced from $669 for travel on Sep 6, 13, 20 and 27; and October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2006. The package includes round-trip airfare from the New York, four nights' accommodations at the three-star Villa Saint Martin in the 10th Arondissment, airline fuel surcharges and breakfast daily. Its "10-day Paris and Nice" trip is priced from $869 for travel on November 30; December 7 or 14, 2006 along various dates during the winter (2007). Earlier November departures are priced from $929. The package features airfare from the New York to Paris, from Paris to Nice and from Nice back to New York, four nights' accommodations at the three-star Villa Saint Martin in Paris, four-nights at the Mercure Californie in Nice, airline fuel surcharges and breakfast daily.

If you can't wait until the fall, Air France (tel. 800/237-2747; www.airfrance.us) is having a "Last Minute Late August Sale" for travel from August 22 through September 10, 2006. Be quick to book as these fares are only on dale until August 6, 2006. Sample fares to Paris include:

  • New York: $275
  • Houston: $370
  • Washington D.C.: $375
  • Atlanta: $445

Think finding a hotel room in Paris under $100 is not only impossible, it's almost a miracle, then the Hotels-Paris website (www.hotels-paris.com) will make you a believer. It currently lists dozens of one, two and even three-star hotels for well under $100 (that's per room, not per person). For example:

  • The three-star Hotel Doisy in the 17th Arondissment from $69
  • The three-star Hotel Mon Reve in the 15th Arondissment from $76
  • The three-star Hotel Elysee Park in the 8th Arondissment from $79
  • The three-star Au Grand hotel Francais in the 11th Arondissment from $88

Similarly Paris35 (tel. +34/931-834-420; www.paris35.com) lists a multitude of accommodations options in hotel, hostels and apartments -- most under 35 Euro ($44) per person per night. They even have a link on their website to Skype in case you want to call on the cheap. I saw properties available for longer stays (i.e. a week or more) for as low as 18 Euro ($23) per person per night based on double occupancy during the fall, so Paris on a budget is achievable.

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