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: CIE Tours (tel. 800/243-8687; www.cietours.com)
Base Price: $1,434
Duration: Eight days, six nights
Additional Fees: $135
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, airport transfers, some meals, all local taxes, porter tips, and hotel service fees.
What's Not Included: Security fees, departure taxes, and guide/driver tips.
When: November 3
Deadline: Two months advanced booking is suggested.
Why this is a Deal: At $155 per day, this trip is combines affordability without relying on budget accommodations.
Complete Details: This 2008 Irish Quest tour leaves from the New York area. Starting in Shannon, this luxury motor coach tour visits the Cliffs of Moher, Derry, Ulster American Folk Park, the Giant's Causeway, Galway, Castlebar, Donegal, Omagh and Dublin. Visit whiskey distilleries, crystal factories, and abbeys. Accommodations are four-star Irish castles set in country landscapes.
Provider: East West Tours (tel. 800/776-3341; www.east-west-tours.com)
Base Price: $1,699
Duration: Eight days, seven nights
Additional Fees: $290
What's Included: Accommodations, private driver, sightseeing, entrance fees, over-night train transportation within Russia, English-speaking guide and driver, hotel taxes, and airport transfers.
What's Not Included: Air fare, meals, visa, and tips.
When: Through December 31
Deadline: Two months advanced booking for trip planning is strongly advised.
Why this is a Deal: Private car travel through Russia at the budget level makes this package unique and affordable.
Complete Details: This deal offers extensive sightseeing split between two nights in Moscow and four in St. Petersburg. In addition to Russia's major sites, such as the Kremlin and the Hermitage Art Museum, travelers also visit the towns of Pushkin and Pavlovsk. Known for extensive gardens, lakes, rivers, and palaces, these towns offer glimpses into a more regal, historic Russia. A visit to the 144 fountains of Peterhof highlight the last day of the trip.
Provider: Djoser USA (tel. 877/356-7376; www.djoserusa.com)
Base Price: $4,820
Duration: 25 days
Additional Fees: $375
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, meals, all inland travel, admission fees, and all guide services.
What's Not Included: Travel insurance, security fees, departure taxes, and guide tips.
When: July 5
Deadline: Soon: Only four spots are reserved for North American travelers.
Why this is a Deal: It's almost impossible to find a month-long South African travel adventure that costs less than $200 per day with airfare, all sightseeing, and some meals
Complete Details: Leaving out of New York, this trip joins North American travelers with Dutch and Belgian tourists. This South African safari trip starts off in Cape Town before visiting the Orange River, Fish River-canyon, Swakopmund, Etosha, Rundu, the Okavango Delta, and Victoria Falls. Accommodations range from camping to local inns to small city hotels. Some tents, like the one near Victoria Falls, have beds or cots in them. While camping, meals are included with travelers expected to pitch in with preparation and clean-up. In towns or villages, meals are on your own. These trips are heralded for their cultural immersion and scope. To qualify for a $500 travel gift certificate, sign-up for a Djoser USA newsletter at email@example.com.
Destination: Las Vegas
Base Price: $569
Duration: Three nights
Additional Fees: $75
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, airport transfers, half-price show, and free city tour with lunch buffet.
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure taxes.
When: March 16 to May 31, 2008
Deadline: May 5, 2008
Why this is a Deal: The ess than $200 per night with airfare at one of the city's top-rated five-star hotels.
Complete Details: Leaving out of Philadelphia with Monday to Wednesday departures, this package deal includes accommodations at the Wynn Las Vegas, one of the city's most luxurious properties. Opened in April 2005, this property still sparkles with the sheen of new construction. It has its own championship golf course, lake, and spa. World-class chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Richard Chen operate on-premise restaurants, and hops include Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier.
Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/290-6685; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $1,159
Duration: Four nights
Additional Fees: $95
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, airline fuel surcharges, and hotel service charges.
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure taxes.
When: March 21 to 31
Deadline: March 20
Why this is a Deal: Booking this alone with airfare would cost $1,300
Complete Details: This last minute four-night trip to Venice includes accommodations at the Canal Hotel, an historic, family-owned property with a pink façade and antique furnishings. An old Venetian palace, the boutique hotel located near the train station overlooks the Grand Canal. Departures are out of the New York area with airplanes leaving from Newark International Airport or JFK. Departures from Boston cost an additional $30.
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