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: G.A.P. Adventures (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com)
Base Price: $1,196
Duration: Six days
Additional Fees: $410
What's Included: Accommodations, professional tour guide, sightseeing, some meals, and all intra-country transport.
What's Not: Airfare, local payment, Galapagos park fees, and a Transit Control Card.
When: May 3
Deadline: Book as soon as possible for this last minute departure special
Why this is a Deal: Receive 20 per cent off regular trip price
Complete Details: Beginning in Quito, this light-adventure excursion includes land accommodations and touring of the water areas on the G.A.P. Adventurer, a motorized yacht with sleeping accommodations for up to 16 people. Act fast for this 20 per cent discount; the tour normally costs $1,495. Highlights include the local wildlife and vast array of geological and biological specimens.
Provider: Gate One Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com)
Base Price: $1,299
Duration: Seven days, five nights
Additional Fees: $105
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, train travel between cities, hotel service taxes, and airline fuel surcharges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax.
When: September 29
Deadline: Two months advanced booking to lock in availability
Why this is a Deal: Summer prices for this same tour go as high as $1,900. The September departure date is the least expensive travel date.
Complete Details: Flying into Zurich from New York city, this trip visits Lucerne and Geneva. Travelers spend three nights in Lucerne at a local budget class hotel and two nights in Geneva. In Geneva, the hotel is a block from the lake on a quiet residential street. Optional excursions include a half-day tour of Mount Pilatus costing $109.
Destination: Vietnam and Cambodia
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $2,599
Duration: 15 Days
Additional Fees: $195
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, intra-country transportation, most meals, fuel surcharges, and the services of a professional tour guide.
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, visa fees, and guide tips.
When: September 21
Deadline: June 13
Why this is a Deal: Save $800 per couple if booked before above deadline
Complete Details: Departing from the west coast, this fully-guided tour starts off in Cambodia's Phnom Penh before visiting the Cambodian countryside, Siem Reap, Angkor, and Vietnam. In Vietnam, travelers will explore Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hoi An and Hanoi. In all, 27 meals are included in the price including 12 breakfasts, eight lunches and seven dinners. Hotels include four-star local properties such as the Borei Angkor Hotel.
Provider: Liberty Travel (tel. 888/271-1584; www.libertytravel.com)
Base Price: $935
Duration: Seven nights
Additional Fees: $145
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, all meals, transportation to and from the hotel to the airport, hotel taxes, and airline fuel surcharges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax.
When: May 1 to June 24
Deadline: May 8
Why this is a Deal: Liberty Travel continues to deliver inexpensive all inclusive travel. This trip costs less than $150 per day.
Complete Details: This package leaves out of Miami. Other departure cities are available. The Iberostar Cozumel is an all-inclusive beach-front three-star resort on Cozumel's southwest coast. Non-motorized water sports are also included in the package price. The airfare is based on Monday through Thursday departures. Kids under 12 stay and eat free when accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Destination: Hollywood, FL
Provider: Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach (tel. 954-454-4334; www.cphollywoodbeach.com)
Base Price: $199 per night
Duration: One night or more
Additional Fees: $24
What's Included: Accommodations, arrival champagne, breakfast daily, two drink coupons per person per day, and a cooler filled with beach beverages and snacks for those staying three nights or more
What's Not: Hotel service tax
When: Through December 18, 2008
Deadline: No detailed deadline given but two weeks advanced booking is suggested
Why this is a Deal: The $199 price is for two travelers; it's $39 per person for a third and fourth guest staying in the same room.
Complete Details: Titled the "Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway Package," this package comes to $277 for four people per night or slightly less than $70 per person. Located between Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach, the Crowne Plaza Hollywood is a brand new hotel on the inter-coastal. The hotel has a large swimming pool, terraces overlooking the waterways, and several on-site bars and restaurants. Free Internet service is available in the rooms and the common areas are wireless. There's a full-service fitness center for working out.
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