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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2019 Issue



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  1. Waikiki Fourth Night Free
  2. Costsaver Savings
  3. Discount on Danube Cruise
  4. World Spree $1,599 Vietnam Tour
  5. GasBuddy Reveals Cities w/ Aggressive Drivers
  6. Half Moon Jamaica 65th Anniversary
  7. Free Solo Travel with Vantage
  8. Free SF Walking Tours
  9. Insurance Coverage for Mexico or Canada
  10. Special Pricing on 8 Day Andalusia Cruise
  11. Limited Time Eastern Canada Offer
  12. Four Seasons Orlando Packages
  13. Brazil Waives Visa Requirements
  14. Wonderful Costa Rica From $1399
  15. Holland America Pack These Values Promotion
  16. 20% Savings for Marriott Bonvoy Members
  17. TripCompanion Discount for Kathmandu Tour
  18. Sierra Nevada Resort Skiing Thru July 4
  19. Up to 60% Off at Panama Jack Resort
  20. Save Up to 30% at Yosemite Pines Resort

Waikiki Fourth Night Free

Tour operator Travel Impressions offers a package at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii with a fourth night free and free breakfast. The package starts at $1,434 per person based on double occupancy in a "S S" class queen room with a city view with a July 25, 2019 departure.

A three night minimum stay is required and the package includes roundtrip coach airfare on American Airlines from Los Angeles, roundtrip transfers from hotel to airport, and hotel tax.

Travel Impressions.


Costsaver Savings

Costsaver Tours wants to make travel more affordable. Their offers include Year-Round Savings and Ready to Go Deals.

Ready to Go Deals – Choose a trip that offers an Amazon gift card. These deals are around for a short time. Once you make your booking, the promotional code will be applied automatically. Your Amazon gift card claim code is emailed to you two to four weeks after full payment.

Year-Round Savings Deals are ways to save year-round with specific discounts. Find out how much you could save with Frequent Traveler Discounts and Room Share Reductions.

The Family Savings Discount offers a five percent discount to groups of five to eight people and a triple and quad room share reduction.

The Frequent Travel Discount gives past guests five percent off during the past guest-only sale and secret sales throughout the year.

Second Trip Discount - Book two trips at the same time – both seven days or longer – and save up to 2.5 percent on the land portion of your shortest vacation.

Triple Room Share Reduction - Travel with three people sharing one room and each receive a reduction on the land portion of the trip’s price.

Young Traveler Discount - If traveling with a child between five and 17 years old, you get a discount up to 10 percent on the land portion of their vacation.

Costsaveror 866/530-6085.

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Discount on Danube Cruise

Regina River Cruises offers a special rate on its Danube Melody I sailing to Vienna on the MS Prinzessin Sisi.

The 157 passenger Prinzessin Sisi has cabins with air-conditioning, shower, toilet, TV, telephone and safe. Middle deck deluxe and upper deck deluxe cabins have a French balcony, floor to ceiling windows that open.

Prices start at 999 euros per person for a standard cabin for the June 13, 2019 sailing. Rates for the middle deck deluxe and aft cabins, and the upper deck deluxe and aft cabins are reduced.

The nine day trip starts in Braila sailing on an estuary into the Black Sea. The first port is Cernavoda then the ship continues to Russe. The ship’s sails through the 100 kilometre-long Djerdap gorge, the boundary between Serbia and Romania. After passing the three kilometre-long “Iron Gate“ you arrive in Belgrade. The Sisi moors in the Hungarian border town of Mohács and sails to the paprika capital, Kalocsa and continues to Budapest. From Esztergom the ship heads to Vienna, your final cruise destination.
    Included on the MS Prinzessin Sisi are breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner, midnight snacks while onboard
  • Welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Music in the bar with the ship‘s orchestra
  • Luggage service on board
  • Embarking, disembarking, lock fees and harbor dues
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guides on board.
    There is an optional excursion package that includes:
  • Boat trip to the Danube Delta
  • Coach excursion to Constanta
  • Coach excursion to Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi incl. lunch
  • City tour in Belgrade
  • Puszta farm equestrian demonstration and walking tour of Kalocsa
  • City sightseeing tour of Budapest.

Regina River Cruises.


World Spree $1,599 Vietnam Tour

World Spree offers an affordable tour that covers all the highlights of Vietnam. (Pauline Frommer found the tour so appealing that she led a recent group.)

The 13-day Amazing Vietnam tour starts at $1,599 per person from Los Angeles and San Francisco and $100 more from New York for the Sep. 1 and Sep. 8, 2019 departures. The package includes roundtrip international airfare, ground transportation in Vietnam, accommodation in deluxe hotels such as the Hanoi Nikko and Grand Hotel Saigon, daily buffet breakfast, five other meals, an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, sightseeing tours with entrance fees, professional English speaking guides, baggage handling and audio earphones.

The tour starts in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Sightseeing includes monuments associated with Ho Chi Minh. Next comes an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, with its towering limestone pillars and some 1,600 islets.

A flight to Da Nang and ride past China Beach brings you to Hoi An, with its traditional architecture, temples and pagodas. Then to Hue, the old imperial capital where sightseeing includes the Citadel and its Forbidden City. Finally, “Saigon” (officially Ho Chi Minh City), where skyscrapers are rising beside ancient temples and French-colonial landmarks.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability.

Worldspree Amazing Vietnam or 866/652-5656.


GasBuddy Reveals Cities with Most Aggressive Drivers

Honking, squeaking brakes and bumper-to-bumper traffic are common problems in many of America's congested cities. Frustrated drivers can get agitated quickly and their aggressive driving habits such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

GasBuddy, the app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, reveals the major metropolitan areas in the United States with the most aggressive drivers.

GasBuddy compiled data from its Drives feature in the GasBuddy app, examining the top 30 metropolitan areas by population, noting the frequency of an aggressive event while driving, whether it be speeding, hard braking or accelerating.

    Top 10 Cities with the Most Aggressive Drivers
  1. Los Angeles
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Sacramento, Calif.
  4. Atlanta
  5. San Francisco
  6. San Diego
  7. Orlando, Fla.
  8. Detroit
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Las Vegas.

Los Angeles consistently tops the list of some of the most expensive gas prices in the nation. Combined with traffic and congestion, the GasBuddy Aggressive Driving study reveals that the way Los Angeles motorists are driving also contributes to a larger gasoline budget. And it doesn't stop with Los Angeles: four of the top 10 cities with the most aggressive drivers are in California, including Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego.

Last year GasBuddy's Aggressive Driving Study examined the states with the most aggressive drivers. Seven of the top 10 cities with the most aggressive drivers from this year's study are within the top 10 states with the most aggressive drivers, including California, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

Additional findings include:

Frustrating Fridays: Motorists are 1.2 times more likely to encounter aggressive driving on Friday than on Wednesday, with 14 percent more aggressive driving events compared to the average across the United States. The least aggressive day on the road is Wednesday, with six percent fewer aggressive driving events occurring compared to the average across the United States.

Wearing Out the Brakes (All Week): The most frequent aggressive driving habit on weekdays and weekends is hard braking, followed by rapid acceleration and speeding.

San Diego's Need for Speed: While cities like Los Angeles and Philadelphia take the top spots in regards to hard braking and rapid acceleration, San Diego, Orlando and Detroit take the top three spots for cities with the most speeding incidents.

The findings were compiled using data from GasBuddy's Drives feature in the GasBuddy app that offers drivers an assessment of their driving habits during their trip to improve fuel efficiency, mapping out when and where a poor driving habit occurred.

GasBuddy.


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Half Moon Jamaica 65th Anniversary

Half Moon, the 400-acre beachfront resort in Jamaica, kicks off its 65th anniversary celebrations with new packages, culinary offerings, and experiences. For 65 years, Half Moon has been the resort for royalty, presidents, entertainers and guests seeking privacy, luxury and tranquility.

What began as a 35-acre property with a hotel and modest cottages is now one of the Caribbean's most iconic destinations.

Half Moon celebrates its 65th anniversary throughout 2019 with special promotions and property updates. Half Moon's six for five promotion let’s you stay six nights for the price of five. The package includes a free round of golf at Half Moon's 18-hole course, and a free spa treatment. When booking this special you can experience the Positive Empowerment equine experience, outdoor yoga pavilion and a meditation labyrinth.

The resort unveiled the new Ital Café, a vegan café with smoothies desserts, Viva Pizza with sunflower spelt crust, cashew cheese and tomato mulberry marinara sauce and Jerk eggplant steak.

As part of the transformation, Half Moon will add 57 new guestrooms and suites, an expanded beachfront with a natural swimming cove, an adults-only swimming pool, three bars and two restaurants.

Half Moon is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection and is 10 minutes from Montego Bay's airport. The resort has two miles of private beach front, 210 rooms and suites, and Rose Hall Villas by Half Moon, 28 four-to-seven-bedroom villas.

In addition to the spa, a 18-hole golf course with golf academy, the resort offers spinning studio, fitness center with 11 flood-lit tennis courts, equestrian center, children's village, water sports, restaurants, and shops.

Half Moon's 65th Anniversary.


Free Solo Travel with Vantage

Vantage Deluxe World Travel adds new itineraries, solo-only departures and expanding accommodations for the solo traveler in 2020. Sixty-two solo cabins have been added to the company's fleet of six owned ships for a total of 90 solo cabins. All solo cabins are supplement-free for singles, adding up to savings.

In 2020, Vantage will offer 16 new solo-only departures on eight adventures. These journeys, for a group of 16 people or fewer, will take travelers to India, the Silk Road of Central Asia, Ireland's cultural capitals and northwest counties, Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, or Italy.

Vantage's addition of 62 solo cabins will be located on all decks of all ships, and at approximately 150 to 210 square feet, are larger than the industry standard. Many cabins feature French balconies.

Vantage solo-friendly ships include:

The ms River Navigator will offer 43 solo cabins across all decks. Six new tours with features for independent travelers include Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, on fee-free cruises that feature free-of-charge Concierge service.

The wine-themed ms Splendor features the Majestic Rivers of Europe Wine Cruise: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales with 14 solo cabins, six with French balconies, and eight adjoining cabins.

The ms Venture offers hands-on learning in the French culinary arts with seven solo cabins, three with French balconies and four adjoining cabins.

The ms River Discovery II includes 14 solo cabins, six with French balconies and eight adjoining cabins.

The newest member of the Vantage fleet, the ms Nebu, offers Egyptian cruising with onboard Egyptologists. Accommodations include four solo cabins at more than 200 square feet each, plus four adjoining cabins.

The ms Voyager offers a jazz-themed experience and features eight solo cabins for Holland in the Spring; Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle; and the Rhine Jazz Discovery.

All ships include Solo Connections, exclusive onboard events; and exclusive concierge service on every departure. Every Vantage journey is led by a Tour Director, Cruise Director, or Adventure Leader who ensures the journey goes smoothly and keeps a special eye out for solo travelers.

Vantage Deluxe World Travel or 888/514-1845.


Free SF Walking Tours

There is a free walking tour of San Francisco led by local volunteers for you, no matter your interest.

Despite San Francisco's hilly terrain, it's a walkable city, and a walking tour helps you get your bearings, learn a little, and discover some local favorites.

Tours are conducted most days, but you’ll find more options on the weekend which included Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury, Billionaires' Row: Outer Broadway Architecture, the Japanese Tea Garden and Victorian San Francisco.

You can search the list of tours by date or by neighborhood. Tour information includes public transit or driving directions to the starting point.

Most tours last 1-1/2 to 2 hours and there is no need to make a reservation. Just show up at the time and place indicated on the schedule. Guides wear a badge with the City Guides logo and try to make tours fun and informative with some tried-and-true San Francisco landmarks and off-the-beaten-path sites.

Most tours are outdoors and are a go rain or shine. But there are a few indoor tours such as the Palace Hotel, Fire Dept Museum and Coit Tower. Tour descriptions indicate how strenuous tours are. If you have mobility concerns, call the City Guides office 415-557-4266.

San Francisco City Guides or 415/557-4266.


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Insurance Coverage for Mexico or Canada

Planning to visit Mexico or Canada? GEICO insurance reminds you that you may need special auto coverage. Canadian and Mexican laws require drivers to have auto insurance that is valid in their respective countries.

In Mexico, U.S. auto insurance policies are not valid. According to the U.S. Department of State, you need Mexican auto insurance, which is required for all vehicles as of Jan. 1, 2019. Mexican liability insurance is required as well. You need to apply for a temporary vehicle import permit with Mexican customs or at a Mexican Consulate in the U.S. If you are traveling to Mexico, contact GEICO Insurance Agency to obtain the coverage you need.

In Canada, auto insurance coverage in the U.S. does extend to policies and vehicles based in the U.S. and driven in Canada; however, before crossing the border, you will want to confirm that with your auto insurer.

    When going to either location, don’t forget that you’ll need to bring the following items:
  1. Proof of U.S. citizenship
  2. Proof of auto insurance
  3. Current vehicle registration.

And another helpful tip: Distances and speeds are posted in kilometers per hour (KPM) in Canada and Mexico, not miles per hour (MPH) as in the U.S.

GEICO Insurance Agency.


Special Pricing on 8 Day Andalusia Cruises

Croisi Europe River Cruises has special pricing from $1,486 on select dates of their eight day Andalusia, Tradition, Gastronomy and Flamenco cruise.

The price is per person, based on double occupancy and includes all meals onboard, drinks with meals and at the bar, free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar, head sets for excursions, onboard activities, travel assistance and repatriation insurance and all port fees.

    Excursions included in the cruise price are:
  • Tour of a bull-raising farm in Jerez
  • Tour of the Rábida Friary and the wharf of Christopher Columbus's caravels
  • Tasting of local specialties in a bodega.
    The cruise does not include:
  • Drinks from the special lists or drinks ordered during excursions
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
  • Personal expenses.

The cruise departs from Seville with the first activity a guided tour of Cordoba and a guided walking tour of Seville. The ship cruises past the Doñana National Park before reaching Cadiz for a night tour. The following day there’s an excursion to Jerez to visit where bulls are raised and a guided tour of Cádiz on foot. While cruising towards El Puerto de Santa Maria there’s an evening of traditional Flamenco dancing on board.

After a tour of the Osborne cellar for a wine tasting, the ship cruises to Isla Minima to tour an Andalusian hacienda on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, followed by an equestrian show. There’s a guided tour of Granada with the Alhambra palace and the Generalife palace and gardens. You spend a day in Seville with free time and a visit to the Wharf of the Caravels with replicas of Christopher Columbus's ships. After a farewell dinner you head home the next morning.

The special pricing of $1,486 per person is valid for sailings on July 4 and 18, and Aug. 1, 8, and 15, 2019, on board the MS La Belle de Cadix. Another special pricing of $1,786 per person is offered on July 11, 2019, on board the MS La Belle de Cadix.

Croisi Europe River Cruises or 800/768-7232.


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Limited Time Eastern Canada Offer

For a limited time, Great Value Vacations offers its Groupon Deal on its website. The escorted seven night tour of Ontario and French Canada starts from $1,399 per person, based on double occupancy. The rate includes roundtrip airfare from John F Kennedy airport, airport taxes, hotel, airport transfers, tours and breakfast daily. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for one to nine travelers.

Departures are schedules June through October, with the $1,399 rate applicable to the September and October departures.

Your trip starts in Toronto and you make your way through Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal, with a mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own.

Great Value Vacations or 800/896-4600.


Four Seasons Orlando Packages

The lakeside 26-acre Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has two summer offers for added value.

The Disney gift card offer is available for two and three night stays. The package provides a $200 Disney gift card for every two or three night stay in a guestroom, and a $500 Disney gift card for every two or three night stay in a suite.

The Disney gift card can be used across the Walt Disney World property toward theme park or water park tickets, dining and souvenirs. The Disney Gift Card package is offered through Sep. 30, 2019. The resort's lobby level Disney Planning Center offers free assistance with all Disney needs, including purchasing Park tickets on site and making Disney dining reservations.

The Stay Longer Fourth Night Free package offers a free fourth night with every three paid nights, through Sep. 30, 2019. Rates start at $479 per night after the fourth night free is applied. Added values included are free daily kids camp; kids five and younger dine free at resort restaurants; free transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks; and free access to the on-site five-acre waterpark, 24-hour fitness center and spa relaxation areas, and no resort fee.

Four Seasons' many on-site recreational activities include the five-acre "Explorer Island" water park, includes a lazy river with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons and dive-in movies. Family fun activities include table tennis, bocce ball, beach volleyball, and a rock climbing wall. The Hideout offers the latest gaming systems and billiards.

Adults can unwind at the adult pool, for ages 21 and up, with cabanas and poolside cocktail service. Three Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics and matches offered in partnership with Peter Burwash International. A lakeside fitness center is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio. The 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Course offers family time, where golfers age 12 and under golf for free with a paid adult greens fee. Tranquilo offers family golf carts that seat four.

Four Seasons Orlando or 800/267-3046.


Brazil Waives Visa Requirements

The Brazilian Government will allow visa-free entry for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, effective June 17, 2019. Until then, the current e-visa will be required.

Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Brazil will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa. They will be able to stay in Brazil for 90 days from the date of first entry in the country, extendable for an equal period, provided that it does not exceed 180 days, every twelve months, counted from the date of the first entry into the Country.

These developments come as part of a series of measures to facilitate visitor access to the country. Last year, the government launched an e-visa platform through which travelers could apply for visas with more efficiency and ease.

Brazil has seen positive results with an increase of about 35 percent in the visa application in less than a year since implementing e-visa.

With a strong dollar and dozens of daily flights, experiencing Brazil is easier. Brazil’s diversity includes the Amazon in the north, wines in the south, the Pantanal in the Midwest and the beaches of the Northeast. Travelers can enjoy the tropical climate and explore cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Salvador.

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Wonderful Costa Rica From $1399

Citrus Holidays offers its 10-day Wonderful Costa Rica trip from $1,399 per person, based on double occupancy. Leaving from New York, the $1,399 rate is valid to June 30, and Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2019. The trip from $1,499 per person is valid July 1 to Sep. 30, 2019. Prices include all airport and pre-paid taxes. More airports and dates available.

Beginning and ending in the capital, San Jose, this tour offers the chance to discover the natural areas of Costa Rica including Arenal Volcano National Park, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park plus time in Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches.

    The trip includes:
  • Roundtrip flights
  • Accommodations for nine nights
  • All tours and excursions
  • Breakfast daily at every hotel, three lunches and two dinners
  • Spanish & English-speaking local guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Private return transfer to the San Jose airport
  • Meet and greet on day one
  • Hotel taxes.
    Visits include:
  • Guided visit with entrance fee to Tortuguero village plus guided boat tour through Tortuguero National Park canals,
  • guided hike in Arenal Volcano National Park,
  • guided hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Accommodations are in small boutique hotels and lodges and the three star Holiday Inn Express San Jose Forum.

Citrus Holidays or 833/347-0404.


Holland America Pack These Values Promotion

Holland America Line offers its Pack These Values promotion on select 2019 to 2020 cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys.

Book an eligible itinerary and receive pre-paid gratuities, 50 percent reduced deposits and free or reduced fares for kids (or adults) in the same stateroom sailing as third or fourth guests. Pack These Values bookings must be made by May 15, 2019.

Pack These Values is good on a variety of itineraries from October 2019 through April 2020. Global itineraries include Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Cuba, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Mexico, Northern Europe, Panama Canal, South America and South Pacific.

With free or reduced fares for kids as third and fourth guests, a family of four can set sail on a cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe or French Polynesia. Holland America Line's family friendly shore excursions allow everyone to see the ports through fun and immersive experiences, from ziplining in Hawaii and horseback riding through the surf in the Caribbean to visiting a sloth sanctuary in Central America.

Holland America or 877/724-5425.


20% Savings for Marriott Bonvoy Members

Stretch your spring travel dollars by saving 20 percent on regular rates at 80 resorts from Marriott Vacation Club, Sheraton Vacation Club and Westin Vacation Club around the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Marriott Bonvoy Members discover 20 percent savings on spring villa stays at Marriott Vacation Club, Sheraton Vacation Club and Westin Vacation Club.

The limited-time offer is available for Marriott Bonvoy members for travel through June 14, 2019. Use promotional code M11 for this offer.

The offer is available Thursday through Sunday at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse properties in Boston and San Diego. Rates and discounts may be applied to one regular room per stay, per member, based on double occupancy on dates listed.

A "hotel stay" or "stay" means all consecutive nights spent with Marriott by a registered Marriott Bonvoy member. Rates and discounts not available during special events and not available to groups of 10 or more rooms. Tax is additional and rates may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Room rate does not apply to meeting rooms. Advance reservations are required.

A villa vacation room to spread out makes all the difference. Marriott Vacation Club, Sheraton Vacation Club and Westin Vacation Club resorts offer villa rentals with many comforts and conveniences of home. Most villas include separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, large master suites, furnished balconies or patios, washers and dryers.

Savings for Marriott Bonvoy Members or 800/MARRIOTT.


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TripCompanion Discount for Kathmandu Tour

TripCompanion discounts its Best of Kathmandu Valley from $2390 to $1335 for the Dec. 2, 2019 depature. Prices are per person based on double occupancy, include all applicable taxes but do not include airfare. A $500 deposit is required.

The eight-day tour starts in Kathmandu and includes sites in Kathmandu, and continues to Bungamati and Patan with a visit to the Bodnath Stupa. A stop at Pashupatinath Temple one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Swayambhu complex in the Kathmandu Valley, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. Head east to Namobuddha where NamoBuddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Continue with a day trek to Dhulikhel to witness a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. Then travel to Changu Lake and Bhaktapur, one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Last a stop to Thamel, for a farewell dinner and cultural dance performance before heading home the next morning.

    The active trip includes:
  • Four-Star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and guest house during the trek
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast and selected meals
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Guide and porters on a gentle trek
  • Cultural dance performance
  • Farewell dinner.
    The trip does not include:
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Domestic/international airfare and airport departure taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Telephone calls
  • Camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • Other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

TripCompanion or 650/223-5520.


Sierra Nevada Resort Skiing Thru July 4

The Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa, in Mammoth Lakes, CA, offers a ski getaway through July 4, 2019, with Mammoth Mountain's extended season.

Record snows in Mammoth Lakes this year make the Sierra Nevada Resort a spring-into-summer oasis for California late season skiing.

With some 20 feet of snow in March, Mammoth announced its 2019 season will be open through at least July 4. The rustic Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa in the heart of Mammoth Lakes is convenient to the mountain, dining, shopping and nightlife.

From late March to season's end, the winter crowds dwindle, days become longer and warmer, and off-season pricing takes effect. Springtime brings warm, sunny days and cool, subfreezing nights. The daily freeze-thaw and the high elevation combine to create dependable spring and late season skiing conditions in North America.

Families are welcome in spring and early summer. Lift tickets are $28 for kids ages five to 12 and those under five ski free.

Overnight options at the 148-room Sierra Nevada Resort include a stay at The Lodge, in one of their Deluxe Rooms or Fireplace Suites, or in the newly remodeled Resort Chalets.

Spring rates at Sierra Nevada Lodge & Spa start at $99 for lodge rooms midweek, $119 weekends (taxes and fees not included).

Pampering amenities at the hotel include heated bathroom floors and toilet seats, soaking tubs, waterfall showers, kitchenettes, fireplaces and real leather lounge chairs, on-property full-service spa and three restaurants.

Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa or 760/934-2515.


Up to 60% Off at Panama Jack Resort Playa del Carmen

Save up to 60 percent on new bookings made through May 7,2019, for stays through Dec. 20, 2020.

Additionally, kids stay free. The Kids Stay Free offer is available through Dec. 20, 2019. Blackout dates: July 5, 2019 to Aug. 10, 2019 and Sep. 12 to 15, 2019.

A three-night minimum stay is required. One free child allowed per paying adult with a maximum of two children free. Children must be 12 years or younger. Available for Ocean View Junior Suites and higher. Not valid for Standard and Junior Suites. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance.

The offer is not combinable with other consumer saving promotions. And blackoutdates may apply.

    Resort Highlights:
  • Beachfront in Playa del Carmen with cabanas and waiter service
  • Upgraded accommodations with terraces or balconies
  • All-inclusive with 6 restaurants, 4 bars, a coffee shop, 24-hour lounge and room service
  • Freshwater activity pool, rooftop pool and hot tub with waiter service
  • Soccer, beach volleyball, and other land sports,
  • Nightly live entertainment including music, dance and theater performances, and themed parties.

Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen.

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Vouchers Save Up to 30% at Yosemite Pines Resort

Yosemite Pines Resort offers new discount vouchers for up to 30 percent off on Conestoga wagons, cabins, yurts and RV sites.

These new discount vouchers, good for a whole year instead of 90 days, allow you to lock in a discount with a year's time to plan your specific dates. Some restrictions and black out dates.

Yosemite Pines is 22 miles from Yosemite National Park's western gate. The resort makes a convenient "home base" for day trips into Yosemite National Park and California's Gold Country.

Along with the Conestoga wagons, the resort offers many lodging and camping options in the tall pines east of the village of Groveland. You can stay in luxury cabins, premium loft cabins, deluxe cabins, fully furnished classic Airstream-style trailers, retro camping trailers, and camping sites for all sizes of RVs, many with full hook-ups.

Activities at the resort include campfires and hayrides, pool area with adjacent bocce ball and volleyball courts, a children's play area, and petting farm.

After a day of exploring the area, you can bar-b-cue, eat around a campfire, or get a bite at the on-site deli.

The YARTS shuttle bus has a shuttle stop at the resort’s visitor center. The shuttle's fare includes the entrance fee to Yosemite National Park so you can take in the scenery between Yosemite Pines Resort and the National Park.

To lock in your discount rate purchase your discount voucher here. When you are ready to book your Yosemite vacation, call the resort at (209) 962-7690 to check availability for your preferred dates and book your reservation.

Yosemite Pines Resort or 209/962-7690.


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