It may seem crazy to think about holiday travel -- that is, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's -- but Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) is rewarding early birds with a special that saves you money if you plan ahead. There are a number of specials holiday season trips being offered with a June 12 booking deadline, but we like "Paris Thanksgiving Escape," which is priced from $719 for travel November 16-26.
The trip's itinerary includes round-trip airfare to Paris based on New York-JFK, four nights of accommodations, daily continental breakfast, airline fuel surcharges, and hotel taxes and service charges (the advertised price of $719 doesn't include $120 extra in mandatory taxes and surcharges). It's an independent, budget-minded trip but you have the option of upgrading to superior accommodations for a more pricey starting point -- $1,269 for either the Francois Premier Hotel or the Keppler Hotel. The former is located in a restored townhouse from around 1900 and is just off the Champs-Elysees; the latter is also close to Champs-Elysees. The advertised starting price reflects the Comfort Hotel Lamarck, a budget property located in a residential neighborhood Sacre Coure, in the northern part of the city. Other departure gates are possible, such as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., for $40; add on $200 for Los Angeles, Houston, or Cleveland departures. You can also upgrade to a six-night vacation, priced from $779
If Paris is of no interest, or you want to travel for a different holiday, such as Christmas, Go-Today has some other possibilities Here's a sampling: London is available for Christmas from $1,059, Prague from $899, and Rome from $1,039 -- all of those trips include roundtrip airfare, breakfast, taxes and fees, and six nights of hotel accommodations.
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