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It's never too early to start planning that romantic Valentine's escape for that someone special (or at the very least you should be looking for that someone special to join you on that getaway).
In 2006, the day of love falls on a not-so-romantic Tuesday, so in theory you can choose your getaway and celebrate a little early, or a little late, or just spend the entire week professing your undying love on a secluded beach, by that fireplace in the mountains or maybe somewhere in between.
Next year, spend Valentine's Day in a city that is synonymous with passion and romance -- Paris. Frommers.com takes no responsibility for the possibility that you may be forced to drop to your knee and propose in one of the most romantic cities in the world -- so travelers, beware.
France Vacations' (tel. 800/332-5332; www.francevacations.net/resorts/ads.cfm?ad=1) "Valentine's Special to Paris" includes round-trip airfare from New York on Air France, six-nights accommodations at the Roma Sacre Coeur Hotel, daily breakfast, champagne in the room, a Seine River cruise, a five-day Metro pass, plus dinner and dancing at Les Copins d'Abord on Valentine's Day. This package is priced from $789 (cash discounted price) and is for departures from February 8 to13, 2006.
Air France Holidays (tel. 800/237-2623; www.airfrance-holidays.com) is also beckoning you to spend Valentine's Day in the city of light. The "Paris Valentine's Day Escapade" departs on either February 11, 12 or 13, 2006. Prices start at $799 per person based on dual occupancy staying at the Duminy Vendome Hotel or upgrade to the Villa Luxembourg or Villa Eugenie Hotel for an additional $30. The package includes round-trip airfare on Air France from New York or Washington DC, three-nights hotel accommodations, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges and a Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise. Add $20 from Boston, $60 from Miami, $70 from Chicago or Detroit or $100 from Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco. Other departure cities are also available. These prices are only valid for the mentioned dates and must be booked by December 15, 2005. Taxes are additional.
Impress your beloved with a six-day sojourn in the city of imperial palaces and the historic home of the Habsburg dynasty -- Vienna, Austria. Gate1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) is offering a "Valentine's Day in Vienna" package that includes round-trip airfare from New York on February 10, 2006, airline fuel surcharges, four-nights accommodations at the three and a half-star Best Western Harmonie Hotel and daily breakfast from $599 per person plus taxes.
Or perhaps something more exotic would satisfy your Valentine -- Istanbul may be just the destination. For $599 per person enjoy the "Six-day Valentine's day in Istanbul" package which includes round-trip airfare from New York on February 11, 2006, airline fuel surcharge, four-nights accommodations at the four-star Oran Hotel and daily breakfast.
Spend Valentine's Day sipping Tequila while cruising the Mexican Riviera aboard a seven-night Carnival cruise that departs from Long Beach (CA) on February 12, 2006. Destination Oceans (tel. 800/543-2805; www.destinationoceans.com) is featuring this Valentine's cruise with inside cabins priced from $659 per person, ocean view from $799 and balcony from $879. Refer to offer #1398 when making bookings. Destinations include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco.
Cruise.com (tel. 888/333-3116; www.cruise.com) currently has listings of several Valentines Day cruises including:
- A four-day Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Sea cruise departing from Los Angeles on February 13, 2006 visiting San Diego, Catalina and Ensenada, priced from $289.
- A five-day Celebrity Zenith cruise departing from Miami on February 11, 2006 visiting Key West and Grand Cayman priced from $400.
- A five-day Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas cruise departing from Galveston on February 13, 2006 visiting Cozumel and the Costa Maya priced from $439.
- A seven-day Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dream cruise departing from Houston on February 11, 2006 visiting Cozumel, Roatan/Bay Islands, Belize City and Cancun priced from $549.
- A six-day Carnival Liberty cruise departing from Port Everglades on February 12, 2006 visiting Freeport, Grand Cayman and Cozumel priced from $529.
- A seven-day Carnival Triumph cruise departing from Miami on February 11, 2006 visiting San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten priced from $609.
- A seven-day NCL America Pride of Aloha cruise departing from Kahului on February 11, 2006 visiting Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Hilo, Kilauea Volcano and Kailua, priced from $849.
Visit www.cruise.com/deals/holiday/index.asp for other booking details and information.
Panda Online Travel (tel. 800/303-6702; www.pandaonline.com/specials/valentines-day-special) has a Hawaiian delight "Valentines Escape" priced from $899 per person based on double occupancy. Travel dates are from February 10 to 15, 2006 only and the "Gold Package" includes round-trip airfare on Delta Airlines from the West Coast (Los Angeles or San Francisco) to Honolulu, five-nights accommodations in an ocean view room at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel, compact car rental for five-days and a dozen red roses plus a box of chocolate delivered to your room on Valentine's morning. Upgrade to the "Platinum Package" for $1,499 and fly first class to Honolulu and enjoy a convertible car for five-days instead. This offer must be booked by December 15, 2005.