Travel Deal Roundup

Travel deals found on the web today, February 5, 2014

  • For those of us here in the Denver area, Travelzoo.com has partnered with the Millenium Harvest House in Boulder to offer a standard room at $89 per night including weekends through April. Visit Travelzoo.com for more information and dates.
  • Airfare deals: Frontier Airlines is offering a $122 round-trip fare between Denver and Chicago.   American Airlines is offering a $92 round-trip fare between Denver and Phoenix. Check the airline websites for more information and dates.
  • The LVH-Las Vegas is offering 30% off rack rates plus 2-for-1 tickets to the Raiding the Rock Vault show. The LVH Las Vegas is right off the Strip, near the monorail. Rates start at $20 per night. Visit LasVegas.com for more information. This deal is valid through April 30, 2014.

Yacht cruises, adventure in Paris and Rome, L.A. boutique hotel

Eiffeltower3This week’s travel deals include small-ship cruises in the Mediterranean, a deal on a Paris-Rome adventure, and discounts this Spring on a Los Angeles boutique hotel.

Variety Cruises is partnering with Jetsetter.com to offer discounts on yachts with about 50 passengers. These yachts can dock much closer to the center of town, enabling the passengers more time to see the sites and spend less time in lines. Variety is having a sale on four of their itineraries: the Adriatic, sailing from Dubrovnik, Croatia, the Aegean and the Cyclades, sailing from Athens, Greece, and the Seychelles, sailing from Mahe Island, Seychelles. These are seven-day itineraries, starting at around $1875 per person. Enjoy some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world without the crowds. Visit Jetsetter.com by February 11 for more information and to book your cruise.

If small-ship cruising isn’t your thing, go-today.com is offering eight days in Paris and Rome with the help of Travelzoo.com, starting at $1499 per person, including airfare. Spend three nights in Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and enjoying the café culture. Then fly to Rome for three nights, spending your days visiting the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, and eating wonderful food. The price includes airfare from New York City. Contact go-today.com for additional departure airports. Visit Groupon.com by February 6, 2014 for more information and to book your vacation.

A bit closer to home, The Custom Hotel in Los Angeles, California is offering a $79 per night room rate that includes parking for one car and two drink vouchers from the on-site restaurant Deck 33. This rate is available seven days a week, though there are some blackout dates. The Custom Hotel is 10 minutes from Venice Beach and less than 10 miles from Santa Monica. The hotel has a pool where a DJ spins records and a fire pit for relaxing on those cool nights. Visit Travelzoo.com for more information and to book your stay.

These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Trouble in Thailand during elections

The Thai elections were held today amid anti-government protesters. Despite the ongoing political turmoil in Thailand, popular tourist attractions remain open. The Thai authorities have opened Tourist Friend Centres to assist visitors. The Centres are open 24 hours a day. According to the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, there are TFC branches at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport, four TFC BTS Skytrain stations (Siam, Phaya Thai, Ekkamai, Wong Wian Yai) and also Hua Lampong MRT station. Visitors can also contact the TFC by telephone on +66 (0)2 314 1212.  Before traveling to Thailand, it is a good idea to check out the State Department website for the latest travel updates.

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Travel deal roundup

Travel deals found on the web today, Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Sanibel Island Condos – for those of us stuck in the cold of January, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are a welcome escape to the warm beaches of Florida. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and have plenty of rental condos and houses to choose from. Visit Sanibel-Captiva.org for more specials on rentals.

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Travelzoo.com just announced pre-sales for the Denver engagement of the newest Cirque du Soleil show “Varekai.” The shows are scheduled at The Budweiser Events Center in Loveland May 1-4 and the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield May 7-11. Tickets start at $35, and are available to Travelzoo.com subscribers now, though the sale to the general public begins on February 4. Visit Travelzoo.com for more information.

Wave season is still in full swing for the cruise lines. Norwegian Cruise Lines is offering great deals on all its sailings, including the re-positioning cruises. Sail on the Norwegian Epic from Miami to Barcelona, departing April 27, 2014 with prices starting at $499 per person for the 11-day cruise. Onboard benefits include dinner for two at Cagney’s Steakhouse and dinner for two at Le Bistro French Restaurant  (per stateroom), a bottle of wine, and eCoupons worth $300. The only stop on this adventure is Madeira before disembarking in Barcelona, Spain. Visit NCL.com for more information and to book your cruise.

These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Southwest expanding routes to include the Caribbean

Southwest Airlines announced Monday they are expanding their routes to include Nassau, Bahamas, Aruba, and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The flights will leave from Atlanta, Orlando, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. These new routes complement the current routes to Mexico that Southwest-acquired AirTran is currently operating.

Southwest Airlines is a favorite airline of mine. I prefer to use Southwest when I travel to Detroit from Denver to see family. Their service is wonderful and the lack of stupid fees means I have a stress-free experience. The fact that a checked bag is free is a bonus.

My question to Southwest Airlines is “When will service start to either San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica?” I’m glad to see that discount airlines are starting to fly international routes. Frontier Airlines started service to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.

Which is your favorite airlines and why? Tell us in the comments.

It’s Wave Season for the cruise lines

Every year between January and March, the cruise industry offers some of its best deals. If you’re thinking of going on a cruise later this year or the beginning of 2015, it’s worth your time to look at these sales.

Viking Rivers cruises are offering 2 for 1 on select 2014 sailings. Included in this sale is their Rhine Getaway that sails from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland. Ports include Heidelberg, Strasburg, and Cologne on this seven-day adventure. The land/cruise price starts at $4,549 for two passengers. First time customers of Viking Rivers save $300 per couple if they book by January 31, 2014. Prices start to rise at the end of April. Visit Viking.rivercruise.com for more information on departure dates, cruise itineraries, and air fare add-ons.

Oceania Cruises is also offering great deals on sailing in the Caribbean this spring. For example, book a March 18 sailing of the 10-day Mayan Mystique on the Riviera starting at $2398 per couple for an inside stateroom with free airfare. Ports of call include Key West, Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, Santo Tomas, Guatemala, Belize City, Belize, Cozumel, Mexico, and Georgetown, Cayman Islands. This promotion ends March 31, 2014.  Visit Oceaniacruises.com for more information on discounts, sailings, and itineraries.

Alaskan cruises are always popular, and deals on them few and far between. In partnership with Travelzoo.com, iCruise.com is offering Alaskan sailings on Celebrity Cruises starting at $1,149 per person for a balcony stateroom. Sail roundtrip from Seattle on the Celebrity Solstice, stopping in Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Victoria on May 16, May 23, or May 30. Visit iCruise.com by January 28, 2014 for additional sailings, more information, and to book your cruise.

These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

 

Spring break in Cabo San Lucas, touring the Canadian Rockies, and exploring India

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This week’s deals include a great deal to Cabo San Lucas, an adventure in the Canadian Rockies, and a short tour to India.

Spring Break is around the corner, and Groupon has partnered with to offer a seven-night all-inclusive vacation in beautiful San Jose del Cabo. From Denver, the packages start at $1099, double-occupancy. This vacation includes airfare from DenverInternationalAirport, lodging, taxes, and all meals and drinks in the resort’s five onsite restaurants and three bars. While in Cabo San Lucas, visit the nature reserves in the area, including the CaboPulmoNationalMarinePark which includes one of North America’s only hard-coral reefs. Tour San Jose del Cabo, a well-preserved town with Spanish colonial architecture, and an arts district a quick walk from the town square.  Or just hang around the pool and on the beach to enjoy the sun. Visit Groupon.com by January 16 for more information and to book your vacation.

From beach to mountains, Gate1 Travel is offering a nine-day tour of the Canadian Rockies starting at $1499. Fly into Calgary and then head to WatertonLakesNational Park, stopping at UpperWatertonLake for the spectacular mountain views. Next you’ll visit GlacierNational Park, continuing along LakeShelburne to visit the Many Glacier hotel. Then travel to BanffNational Park, the heart of the Rocky Mountains for the incredible views and to spend the day enjoying the boutiques, western saloons and pubs. Drive along the shores of TwoJackLake, LakeMinnewanka, and BowRiverFalls. Along the way enjoy the bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and the occasional grizzly or black bear. Continue to Lake Louise, JasperNational Park, and the Columbia Icefield, where guests have the opportunity to walk on the glacier. The package includes eight night’s accommodations, hotel taxes, fees & service charges, sightseeing and transportation in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach, the services of an English-speaking tour manager and entrance fees according to the itinerary. Guest should book by January 13 for additional savings. Visit Gate1travel.com for more information and to schedule your vacation.

India is on many people’s bucket list, and this deal may make it affordable. SmarTours has partnered with Travelzoo.com to offer five nights in India starting at $1299. This package includes airfare from New York, five nights’ accommodations, all sightseeing tours and entrance fees, all intra-India transportation, an English-speaking tour guide, five breakfasts and a farewell dinner. Travelers spend one night in Delhi, two nights in Agra and two nights in Jaipur. Visit the Taj Mahal, ride an elephant, and visit the outdoor market. If you’re interested in more time in this remarkable part of the world, there is an extended 15-day India and Nepal package available. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to book your vacation.

Travel deals: Adventure in Hong Kong, two-for-one Broadway tickets, a stay at the Hotel Teatro

This week’s travel deals include a tour to Hong Kong, ticket discounts during Broadway Week in New York, and a sale on rooms in a beautiful hotel in downtown Denver.

GTS Globotours is offering a 10-day tour of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau, starting at $2799 with hotel and air. Packages include air transportation via Cathay Pacific Airways from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, or Chicago, three nights in Hong Kong, two nights in Macau, and three nights in Singapore, daily breakfast, all taxes, fees, and carrier-imposed surcharges. Visit fabulous Victoria Peak via the Peak Tram, and the market at Stanley for traditional handicrafts and locally made items. Next, spend time on Macau, the Monte Carlo of the Far East. See the ruins of St. Paul’s church, the Na Tcha Temple, and the Old City Walls and Mount Fortress. Tour the 400-year old A Ma Temple and make a photo stop at the Macau Towers. Don’t forget to play at one of the casinos in the area. Then on to Singapore to do a city tour, seeing the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, and Merlion Park. Enjoy a tour of the National Orchid Garden and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Visit Globotours.com for more information and to select your tour dates.

On the East coast, Broadway Week in New York City is coming up January 21 – February 6. Buy two tickets for any of the participating plays and musicals for the price of one.  Participating shows include:

  •  “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
  • “A Night with Janis Joplin”
  • “After Midnight”
  • “The Bridges of MadisonCounty”
  • “Bronx Bombers”
  • “Chicago the Musical”
  • “Cinderella”
  • “The Glass Menagerie”
  • “Jersey Boys”
  • “The Lion King”
  • “Mamma Mia!”
  • “Matilda the Musical”
  • “Newsies”
  • “Once”
  • “Outside Mullingar”
  • “The Phantom of the Opera”
  • “Pippin”
  • “Rock of Ages”
  • “Twelfth Night”
  • “Waiting for Godot”
  • “Wicked”

Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and instructions on buying tickets. Standard booking fees apply.

Even closer to home, the Hotel Teatro in downtown Denver is offering a discount on room rates through the middle of March. Room rates start at $129 for a standard Queen room, and climb to $259 for a Junior Suite. The Hotel Teatro is recognized by Travel + Leisure as among the World’s Best Hotels for four of the last five years. The hotel is in a Renaissance Revival building with luxurious furnishings and award-winning dining. The location is perfect, sitting a few blocks from the central business district, LoDo and its trendy restaurants, and across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Groupon.com by January 15, 2014 for more information and available dates.

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