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.
Provider: China Travel Service (tel. 800/899-8618; www.chinatravelservice.com)
Base Price: $1,998
Additional Fees and Taxes: $300
Duration: 10 days
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, some meals, sightseeing with professional tour guide, and transportation within China.
What's Not: Security fees, departure taxes, and airline fuel surcharges.
When: April 9, May 7 and 21, 2008
Deadline: October 31
Why this is a Deal: Save $200 per couple.
Complete Details: Chinese deals continue to go lower in price, despite the travel demand surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing next summer. Departing out of San Francisco or Los Angeles on Cathay Pacific or United Airlines, this pre-Olympic package visits Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. China Travel Service (CTS) is the oldest and longest-serving Chinese travel provider in business today.
Provider: Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $599
Additional Fees and Taxes: $119
Duration: Six nights
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, fuel surcharges, and local taxes.
What's Not: Security fees and departure taxes.
When: November 17 to December 10, 2007
Deadline: September 20, 2007
Why this is a Deal: Paris for less than $100 per day means this deal may be the lowest available online.
Complete Details: Airfare is out of New York. Accommodations are at the Comfort Gare de l'Est Hotel, a tourist class property with small, basic rooms, in the 10th arrondissement near sites and public transportation. Le Marais, the popular and funky neighborhood, is a ten-minute walk from the hotel, and St. Germain de Pres is a few Metro stops away.
Destination: Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
Provider: GAP Adventure (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com)
Base Price: $1,950
Additional Fees and Taxes: $280
Duration: 15 days
What's Included: Hiking, biking, and rafting equipment, accommodations, local taxes, and guides.
What's Not: Airfare and food. The additional fees, above, are for park entrances and local costs such as some intra-country travel
When: August 26 to September 9, 2007
Deadline: As soon as possible as this is a last minute travel deal
Why this is a Deal: You get a 20% discount off the normal trip price
Complete Details: This last minute adventure trip to Italy visits Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Massa Marittima, Cortona, Norcia, Nera River Rafting, and Rome. It offers biking, hiking, and rafting in conjunction with major sightseeing. Your evening and eating time is your own, allowing you to explore Italy independently from your daytime travel companions. You will have a tour leader throughout the length of the trip. Highlights include one day of rafting, three day hikes, and two days of moderate level biking.
Destination: Brussels and Antwerp
Provider: Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com)
Base Price: $789
Additional Fees and Taxes: $180
Duration: Seven days
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, train transportation in Belgium, daily breakfast, local hotel taxes, and airline fuel surcharges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure taxes
When: December 11
Deadline: No exact deadline given but booking before October 1, 2007 is strongly suggested.
Why this is a Deal: The cost of the hotels and train transportation would almost equal the total price listed for this complete package.
Complete Details: The flight to Brussels departs out of New York City. Hotels include the Tulip Inn Astoria and the Ibis Brussels off Grand Place. Both hotels are standard level hotels with average-sized rooms. Both are centrally located and have breakfast rooms or small restaurants but no hotel bars. This is an independent trip, meaning you are free to do what you like. Gate 1 does offer daily excursions available for additional payments: A half-day tour of Antwerp costs $37 with a half-day tour of Brussels costing $34.
Destination: St. Thomas
Provider: American Express Vacations (tel. 800/297-8747; www.americanexpressvacations.com)
Base Price: $1,298
Additional Fees and Taxes: $135
Duration: Five nights
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, and local hotel taxes.
What's Not: Security fees and departure taxes.
When: Through October 31.
Deadline: No exact deadline but booking one month before travel is suggested
Why this is a Deal: Stay the fifth night for free and receive $200 food and beverage credit per room
Complete Details: Accommodations are at a Marriott resort in St. Thomas. Airfare is on American Airlines out of Philadelphia. Non-motorized water activities are free of charge.