It's almost turkey time again and this year, it's your choice, home with the relatives or escape to somewhere more exotic. The fourth Thursday in November has never looked so good. Here are a few deals that may make your decision a little easier.
How about some Tom Ka Gai instead of turkey and stuffing? A five-night Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) trip to Bangkok could be just what you are after and for only $749 per person (plus taxes) from Los Angeles, the package includes round-trip airfare, seven-nights accommodation at the three and a half-star Narai Hotel and daily breakfast. Add $163 from New York, $281 from Boston or $340 from Chicago. Other departure cities are available for additional cost. This trip is available for a November 22, 2005 departure.
Fancy some French fare over cranberries and pumpkin pie? Gate 1 can give you four fabulous nights in the City of Light starting from a petite $399 per person plus taxes. This price is valid for November 21, 22 or 23 departures for this super package staying at the two-star Kyriad La Villette Hotel with daily breakfast. Optional Eiffel Tower, Dinner and late City tours are available on all days except November 24. Discover Paris with dinner at the "Altitude 95" restaurant providing breathtaking views of the city by night. Following your meal, join your guide for a relaxing tour of the city ($109).
And for a truly unforgettable Thanksgiving, consider an eight-day Egypt tour including a three-day Nile cruise. This trip departs on November 22 and features round-trip airfare from New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles or Boston to Cairo, domestic flights within Egypt, six-nights deluxe accommodation (three at the Sheraton Royal Garden and three in an outdoor junior suite aboard the King of Thebes, Ramses King of the Nile or Queen of the Nile) transfers, 12 meals (six breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners), sightseeing with visits to Aswan, Edfu, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, an English-speaking Egyptologist guide during the cruise and all entrance fees. This tour is priced at $1,439 per person plus taxes.
Cruises N' More (tel. 800/733-2048; www.cruises-n-more.com) can take you out on the high seas this Thanksgiving with some heavily discounted cruise options. Spend ten luxurious nights aboard the Coral Princess departing from Fort Lauderdale and sailing to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Limon, the Panama Canal, Cristobal, and Ocho Rios. The Thanksgiving cruise departs on November 24, 2005 and costs only $869 per person with a free upgrade to an outside cabin, or pay $1,169 for a balcony cabin or $1,549 in a mini-suite (including a $150 onboard credit in the mini-suite).
Or save a massive 50% on the Regal Princess's indulgent 21-night cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal. Visit Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Corinto, San Juan Del Sur, Puerto Amador, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas for a super low $1,429 in an inside cabin or save 37% and pay $2,189 for an outside cabin (with a $150 onboard credit). This cruise departs on November 15, 2005.
Set sail for the Hawaiian Islands from Los Angeles aboard the Island Princess on November 22 and you'll be in a Pacific paradise by Thanksgiving. Save up to $300 per person and spend 15-nights sailing to Kona, Hilo, Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Ensenada. This cruise costs $1,499 with a free upgrade to an outside cabin, $1,899 in a balcony cabin and $2,999 in a mini-suite.
Sail on the Dawn Princess departing from San Francisco on November 20, 2005 bound for Catalina, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and San Diego. Prices start at $879 in an inside cabin, $1,039 for an outside cabin and $1,299 in a balcony cabin. A $100 onboard credit is included.
Looking for a way to entertain the kids and still get away? Vacation Kids (tel. 610/681-7360; www.vacationkids.com) may have a literary solution for you. Their Thanksgiving Harry Potter tour of Scotland is a six-day/five-night tour land-only tour priced at $1,499 per adult and $1,049 per child based on two adults and two children sharing a quad room (airfare is additional). This trip is perfect for Harry Potter fans both young and old. Not only will you visit sites seen in Harry Potter movies, but you'll discover the inspiration behind the Harry Potter phenomenon. This price includes five-nights accommodation in four-star hotels, daily breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners, a storytelling guide and a special screening of the new Harry Potter film, Harry Potter ad the Goblet of Fire. Visit locations used in Harry Potter films including Edinburgh castle and vaults, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Dalhousie Castle, the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), Loch Morar, Loch Nevis and the famous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct.
There is something quite prophetic about the idea of eating Turkey in Turkey and this could be just the year to do it. Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) has a six-night Istanbul special departing on November 21, 2005 for a super low $549 plus taxes of $190 per person. The package includes round-trip airfare from New York, airport transfers, six-nights at the Ottoman Hotel in Istanbul, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges. Add $20 from Boston, $80 from Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., $100 from Atlanta or $120 from Detroit, Chicago, Miami or Tampa. Other departure cities are available for additional cost. Booking deadline for this trip is October 20, 2005 A three-night Acapulco getaway with Go-Today is yours for the taking for $469 plus taxes of $120 per person departing on November 22, 2005. Round-trip airfare on Delta (or other carrier) plus three-nights at the Acapulco Majestic Del Aristos Hotel and hotel taxes are included. This price is valid for departures from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco or Tucson. This package must be booked by October 27, 2005.
Sunburst Vacations (tel. 800/SUNBURST; www.sunburstvacations.com) can ensure that you celebrate this Thanksgiving with sand between your toes. Depart on November 22 and spend three nights in Aruba with this special deal. Priced at $624 per person, the trip includes round-trip airfare on American Airlines from New York and three-nights accommodation at The Mill Resort.
For a low $505 per person plus taxes, the sandy beaches of Negril, Jamaica await you. Depart New York on November 22 flying Air Jamaica and spend three nights at the beachfront Foote Prints on the Sands Resort.
A quick getaway to the Bahamas is only $508 plus taxes, also departing New York on November 22. Fly American Airlines and spend three-nights at the three-star Nassau Palm Resort
No matter where you choose to spend Thanksgiving, have a happy holiday and happy travels!