Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, October 2017 Issue
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Up to 50% Off at New World Millennium Hong Kong
|The New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, invites you to stay with the “Explore Asia” package offering up to 50 percent savings for stays in any guestroom and suite until Dec. 31, 2017.
The “Explore Asia” package is applicable to all room categories, including Residence Club floors and suites. All rooms and suites provide free WiFi and are equipped with amenities including a smartphone for unlimited local and international calls to 20 selected countries, unlimited 3G mobile access and Wi-Fi hotspot for on-the-go connectivity.
The hotel creates hassle-free stays with the newly introduced contactless mobile payment options. Settle hotel bills at the front desk and all hotel restaurants by Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.
The offer is subject to room availability and blackout dates plus discounts vary by room type.
New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel features 464 rooms and suites. Dining options include Chinese and Japanese restaurants, all-day café dining, French cuisine, and libations and snacks at Bar on 15 and The Lounge. Recreational facilities include a health club and a rooftop pool.
New World Millenium Hong Kong Explore Asia package.
Bermuda Temperature Guarantee
|Two hours from the U.S. East Coast, lies the island of Bermuda, which along with coconut palms, coral-pink sand, and turquoise waters offers a moderate sub-tropical climate all-year-long. Bermuda’s largest resort offers a money-back guarantee for the temperate weather conditions.
Bermuda is a year-round outdoor destination that experiences neither the chills of the northeast U.S. nor the intense heat of the Caribbean. Blue skies with sunshine and mild temperatures are the default setting, thanks to the Gulf Stream and Bermuda Azores-High.
For vacations from November 2017 through March 2018, the Fairmont Southampton resort offers a ‘Bermuda Shorts’ temperature guarantee, ensuring that the daytime temperature will reach at least 71̊F November through December 2017, or 63̊F from January until March 2018. If not, the hotel room for that night will be free. A win-win situation for hotel guests: Enjoy temperate weather or stay a night for free. The special offer includes holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter.
The resort levy and gratuity are additional, to be paid by the guest. The offer is not available for groups and is for new bookings only. A two night minimum stay is required. Black-out dates and other restrictions may apply.
In addition, the Fairmont Southampton provides an ‘Experience Southampton’ guest program with daily activities at the resort to its guests – come rain or shine.
‘Bermuda Shorts’ Temperature Guarantee.
Barcelo Early Booking Discount
|Book early and save up to 40 percent and up to $1,000 resort credit at Barcelo all-inclusive, beachfront resorts in Aruba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Central America. Most early booking specials are valid Mar. 16, 2018 through Apr. 30, 2019.
With resort credits from Barceló Hotel Group, you can receive discounts up to 25 percent off on services and facilities such as spa treatments, room upgrades to Premium Level and Royal Level accommodations, excursions, and purchases at gift shops.
The 40 percent discount is available at these properties:
- The adults-only Royal Hideaway Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Allegro Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico – plus free minibar
- Occidental Tucancún, Cancun, up to 46 percent discount valid to Dec. 22, 2018
- Barceló Solymar and Barceló Arenas Blancas in Varadero, Cuba, with 60 day advance booking.
Barceló Hotel Group or 877/734-0059.
Keswick Hall & Golf Club’s Golf Package
|Keswick Hall & Golf Club, the 600-acre resort in Charlottesville, VA, offers its “Full Cry Golf” package as a way to visit Virginia’s scenic Hunt Country.
The Full Cry Golf package starts at $349 per night, based on availability. It features accommodations in Keswick Hall’s historic 48-room hotel, unlimited play for two on the Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club course (with cart), welcome round of house wine or local draft on arrival, and a $50 pro shop credit to use during the stay.
You also receive unlimited access to the resort’s practice facility and driving range. Tee-times are based on availability. Taxes / additional fees are not included.
Amenities and activities include golf, tennis, three swimming pools, croquet, nature trails, on-site vineyard, garden or historic tours, spa and fine dining.
Keswick Hall & Golf Club or 434/979-3440.
Rocky Mountaineer's Peaks and Perks
|Rocky Mountaineer entices Canadians to stay home with its Peaks and Perks offer, available until Oct. 27, 2017. Following a year of Canada 150 celebrations, Canadians can reclaim local vacation spots with up to $800 per couple in added value credit on qualifying 2018 packages and reconnect to Canada without the crowds.
The offer can be applied toward add-ons including more Rocky Mountaineer routes, extra hotel nights, activities and tours, car rentals, or an Alaskan cruise. Book qualifying packages of eight days or more in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service and receive $400 per adult. Booking packages of five to seven days will receive $250 per adult.
Select from packages such as the Grand Rail Circle, which includes the First Passage to the West and Rainforest to Gold Rush routes. These routes blend historical elements and breathtaking scenery with visits to Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Whistler, Quesnel and Kamloops. You pass landmarks such as Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in, and Mount Robson, with rainforests to desert-like conditions along the way.
You can book the offer until Oct. 27, 2017. The Peaks and Perks offer is applicable on select travel dates and must be requested at the time of booking. The offer has no cash value and other restrictions may apply.
Rocky Mountaineer or 877/460-3200.
10 Tips for Consuming Alcohol Overseas
|Mexican authorities seized more than 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol and opened an investigation into an illicit manufacturer who supplied resorts, nightclubs and restaurants. In light of these actions, travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance shares reminders of alcohol consumption safeguards while traveling overseas
"Whether staying at an all-inclusive resort or a home sharing rental, staying alert and being prepared when traveling is vital," said Kimberly Seay, RN, director of Travel Assistance at Allianz Global Assistance USA, and a former ER/Trauma nurse. Seay recommends the following 10 tips for travelers consuming alcohol on vacation:
- Drink in moderation/limit alcohol usage
- Insist on watching your drink being made
- If you are suspicious of the color, then trust your instincts and - do not drink it
- Bottled or can beer does appear to be a safer option
- Insist that the beer is opened in your presence
- Buy your own alcohol at "duty free" shops and only drink what you brought, even if you are required to pay a "corkage fee"
- Never, ever, leave your drink unattended
- Be observant and aware of your surroundings
- If you feel ill, seek attention immediately
- If you have a travel insurance provider, call them if you need help finding medical care, or if you are admitted to a hospital.
Because destinations cannot guarantee that tourists will remain 100 percent safe on their vacation due to unforeseen situations, it's important that you remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions before and during your trip.
Something as unpredictable as tainted alcohol can turn what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation into a medical emergency.
Allianz Global Assistance.
National Car Rental "One Two Free" Promotion
|National Car Rental, through its Emerald Club, launches its yearly One Two Free promotion. The promotion awards registered Emerald Club members one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals. Each free day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. Free Day does not apply to taxes, license recoupment/air tax recovery, concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees, fuel, one-way rental charge, additional driver fee, or optional items.
To further increase your chance to earn free days, this year's promotion offers additional promotional points when you complete any five bonus opportunities through "One Two Free" and when you complete your third qualifying rental during the promotion. The "One Two Free" promotion earning period lasts through Feb.28, 2018, with a redemption period through June 15, 2018.
Registered Emerald Club members receive one free rental day for every 600 points accrued through the "One Two Free" promotion period, and every qualifying rental is worth 300 points. Additional bonus points may be earned during the promotion through both rental and non-rental activities, including:
- Using National's mobile app to book rentals while earning unlimited points (75 points per completed rental).
- Purchasing and adding Sirius XM Satellite Radio to a qualifying rental (one-time bonus of 300 points).
- Renting any size vehicle in Latin America and the Caribbean (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).
- Renting any size vehicle in Europe (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).
- Referring up to 10 friends to join the Emerald Club and register for the "One Two Free" promotion. To refer a friend, members registered for "One Two Free" can share a referral link via email, Facebook or Twitter. Participating members receive 300 bonus points when a referred friend becomes an Emerald Club member, registers for the promotion and completes a qualifying rental by February 28, 2018.
- Participating in the Emerald Reserve service – when you require a specific car class, such as a convertible, SUV, minivan, etc. – at Emerald Aisle locations (one-time bonus of 25 points upon completion of a rental).
- Completing an online customer survey (one-time bonus of 50 points).
New this year, members can earn even more points by:
- Completing three qualifying rentals (one-time bonus of 200 points upon completion of third rental).
- Completing any five bonus opportunities available through "One Two Free" (one-time bonus of 75 points upon completion of fifth bonus opportunity).
There are no fees to join the Emerald Club, and members receive expedited service at airports and free upgrades in National's "Emerald Aisle," an exclusive section of the lot where you can select any vehicle as long as you reserve a mid-sized or larger car.
A qualifying rental is a paid rental via Emerald Club of a midsize or larger vehicle for two or more consecutive days. Go to https://promos.emeraldclub.com/12Free2017/?t=1 for additional terms and conditions.
Emerald Club members can register for the promotion online. Free days earned for qualifying rentals through "One Two Free" are awarded in addition to a member's chosen rewards earnings (frequent traveler miles/points or rental credits).
WOW air $69 Flights to European
|WOW air, Iceland's low cost transatlantic airline, will offer $69 one-way fares to eight European cities, including Paris, Berlin and London from six of its destinations in the United States.
For a limited time, $69 tickets will be available from Boston (BOS), Washington D.C. (BWI), Pittsburgh (PIT), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG), Brussels (BRU), Stockholm (ARN), Dublin (DUB), Berlin (SXF), London (LGW), Copenhagen (CPH), and Edinburgh (EDI), via Iceland (KEF).
The flights are via Iceland, based on lowest one-way WOW basic fare booked online. The fares include all taxes, fees and carrier charges and apply for 200 seats on selected flights, only when booked on a return trip.
Fares can be purchased online. The reduced one-way fares will be offered for flights departing through November 2017.
Launched in November 2011, WOW air now connects 32 destinations across the U.S. and Europe with the Icelandic capital.
Pittsburgh First to Allow Public to Access Gates
|Pittsburgh International Airport, in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, will become the first airport in the U.S. to allow the public to access gates, shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint without requiring an airline ticket and no reduction in security.
As part of a TSA pilot program, the public will have year-round access to the Airside Terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport for shopping, dining and meeting/greeting passengers. Through the new “myPITpass” program, members of the public will be able to access the Airside Terminal by following these procedures.
- Check in on third floor ticketing level (Across from Allegiant)
- Show a valid photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
- Have name vetted against No Fly list and obtain stamped myPITpass
- Go through security checkpoint observing the same rules as passengers boarding flights.
Hours for issuing passes are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the possibility of additional hours and weekend days in coming months. The pass is only valid on the day of issuance.
The same security requirements as ticketed passengers will be followed, ensuring no reduction in security. Ticketed passengers will receive priority in the checkpoint line, and the public going Airside will be strictly vetted and screened as if they were boarding a plane. All rules for carry-on luggage will also apply to those receiving the myPITpass for Airside access.
Additional information is available online.
Club Med's SUNsational Sale
|Winter might be around the corner but Club Med still offers beach days with it SUNsational Sale. Rates start from $125 per person, per night at their all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. Room rates start at $125 per person, per night.
Bonus rewards are at family and beach resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean including:
- Free room upgrades
- Up to $400 air credit per person
- No single supplement
- Kids under four stay free.
Book your vacation trip through Oct. 25, 2017, for travel through May 5, 2018. Families looking for a getaway can stay at the newly renovated Club Med Cancun Yucatan 5 Trident Jade space, while vacationers looking for an adult's exclusive can visit the Zen Oasis section of Club Med Punta Cana.
No matter the property, all Club Med destinations offer all-day dining and unlimited beverages, land and water sports, various activities, modern accommodations and Children's Clubs for four-year-olds and up.
Choose from select Club Med resorts, featuring new renovations and activities including:
- Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico - At the tip of the Riviera Maya, the resort gives families Mayan culture with activities for all ages.
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, - Two hours from Miami or Orlando, the resort offers four pools; Club Med Academies with professional coaching for tennis, golf, beach volleyball and fitness; and all-day dining with a healthy twist.
- Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - On the Caribbean Sea, the resort offers Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil – an interactive playground with recreational acrobatic and artistic activities such as trapeze, aerial silks, high bungee, face painting and dancing. Zen Oasis is an adults-only section of the property with a private pool, bar and suites with sea views.
Club Med or 800/258-2633.
Pleasant Holidays Hawaii Vacation Sale
|Pleasant Holidays lets you keep summer going with its Hawaii Vacation Sale, featuring $250 savings on air-inclusive Hawaii packages from select U.S. departure airports.
Available for select travel through July 31, 2018, this deal must be booked by Oct. 29, 2017; travel blackout dates apply Dec. 21, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018.
Bookable online, the 2017 and 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale is valid at 40 participating hotels and resorts located on four Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. Vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from a specified airport and a minimum of five nights' accommodation at a participating resort.
Pleasant Holidays' 2017 and 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale is also valid on NCL Hawaii cruise vacations for departures from: DEN, JFK, OAK, ORD, SFO and SJC. Cruise vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from one of these six specified airports, seven nights' cruise accommodation on NCL Hawaii sailings, and one additional component such as airport transfers or a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay. The itinerary features Hawaii's four main islands, more than 80 hours of port time, and overnights in Maui and Kauai, allowing you to unpack once while enjoying the best each island has to offer.
Hawaii vacation sale or 877/744-1622.
Cunard Three for All Sale
|Cunard offers its Three for All sale on more than 100 voyages sailing between May and December 2018 on all three Cunard Queens: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
The Three for All sale includes:
- Free stateroom upgrades
- Free gratuities
- $150 reduced deposit.
In addition, the Three for All promotion includes free drinks in Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suites.
You can book your Three for All cruise until Nov. 30, 2017, on transatlantic crossings, Northern Europe, Iberia and Canary Islands, Mediterranean, New England and Canada, and Caribbean voyages.
Three for All applies to new bookings only. Taxes, fees and port expenses from $65 to $315 per person are additional and subject to change.
The offer features:
- Transatlantic crossing fares from $1,099
- Europe fares from $999
- Iberia and Canary Island fares from $999
- Mediterranean fares from $1,399
- New England and Canada fares from $1,299
- Caribbean fares from $2,099.
Cunard Three for All offer or 800/728-6273.
Fall Savings at Historic Hotels
|The Historic Hotels of America offer 75 chances to save on Fall getaways. Here are some of the fall featured offers.
The Inn at Diamond Cove, Portland, ME – 30 percent off Advance Purchase Rate Special, off the best available rate. Full, non-refundable deposit required. Blackout dates may apply and based on availability.
Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, PA - Civil War Discovery package includes; tickets to historic sites and tours, breakfast for two, dinner for two and a hardback copy of TIME: Gettysburg.
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Tucson, AZ - Hacienda History package includes breakfast for two daily, $50 resort credit, personal history tour of the hotel and late checkout.
Historic Hotels of America Fall Sale.
Princess Cruises 3 for Free Sale
|Princess Cruises offers a special deal during the “3 for Free” cruise sale for booking select six to 60-day cruises and cruisetours from Summer 2018 to Spring 2019. For the first time, all guests in the stateroom are eligible for the onboard spending money credit, allowing guests the opportunity to receive up to $600 per stateroom.
The “3 for Free” cruise sale includes:
- Free stateroom location upgrades – to get the best preferred stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare
- Free onboard gratuities
- Free onboard spending money – up to $600 per stateroom.
In addition, the cruise sale features a $100 per person refundable deposit.
Sample “3 for Free” cruise deals include:
- Alaska cruises — seven days: $699 interior; $1,549 balcony
- Alaska cruisetours — 10 nights: $1,399 interior; $2,449 balcony
- Caribbean cruise — seven days: $799 interior; $1,199 balcony
- Japan cruises — eight days: $999 interior; $1,799 balcony
- Scandinavia and Russia cruises — 11 days: $1,799 interior, $2,499 balcony
- Mexico cruises — seven days: $699 interior; $999 balcony.
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. The “3 for Free” cruise sale is available through Nov. 16, 2017 to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.
Princess Cruises “3 for Free” sale or 800/774-6237.
Mekong River Cruise Sale
|G Adventures offers a 15 percent discount on its 10 day Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City riverboat cruise. The price was from $2,399 per person based on double occupancy and starts from $2,039 with the discount.
The 15 percent savings is available on select departures through Dec 31, 2017. Use Promo Code 18GA015MAR02VIEKHM.
The small group experience is limited to a maximum of 28 people and the light walking and hiking involved is suitable for most fitness levels.
Children must be at least 12 years or older and all travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sail for eight days aboard a riverboat on the Mekong River from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. The trip includes sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, the floating markets in Phnom Penh, and the stilt village of Chnok Tru.
The trip includes all transport to/from included activities and between destinations along with seven nights aboard the 28 passenger Toum Tiou II Riverboat, two nights in hotels, nine breakfasts, four lunches and six dinners. Airfare must be purchased separately.
G Adventures or 800/676-6347.
Hawaii Vacation Deals
|Pleasant Holiday offers three nights with airfare Hawaii vacation packages from $525 per person to Maui, from $575 per person to Oahu, from $635 per person to Kauai and from $675 per person to the Big Island of Hawaii. Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Book by Oct. 29, 2017, for travel through June 30, 2018, and receive $100 off per booking. The package includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and taxes.
Rates are based on roundtrip air travel to/from San Francisco (SFO) for Maui and Oahu and Los Angeles (LAX) for Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii for a Dec. 4, 2017 departure.
Pleasant Holidays, or 800/742-9244.
Avoid Headaches When Planning a Trip
|Whether you’re a college student planning a spring break trip or a family looking to book your next vacation, budgets can be tight. Travelers usually look for deals on flights and accommodations. The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio offers the following tips to make sure you don’t run into any road bumps while traveling:
Be wary of travel deals that seem too good to be true. Be cautious of deals that offer packages that seem like an outstanding bargain (five-star hotels, premium airline tickets, etc.) but require immediate payment. If a site offers a hotel deal, call the actual hotel to verify that the company offering the deal has a relationship with the hotel and make sure the room exists.
Get details about your trip in writing. Confirm the names of the hotels and airlines, total cost of both, any restrictions that may apply, flights and hotel reservations and car rental. Don’t rely only on the receipt or confirmation email; call to confirm all arrangements in advance.
Deal with reputable agents or sites when booking travel and carefully check reservation policies and other fine print before booking deals. Package deals may be touted as “all-inclusive,” so understand exactly what is included.
Pay with a credit card. Paying by credit card offers the most consumer protection, should you need to challenge the charges.
Consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance provides coverage for particular perils which are specific conditions under which it will pay claims, such as trip cancellations or medical emergencies. The U.S. Travel Insurance Association maintains a list of licensed travel insurance companies. Certain travel companies have different policies and levels of coverage based on whether you purchase the car rental, flight or hotel. Shop around and read the terms and conditions before purchasing.
Be wary of claims that you “won” a trip. Unsolicited mail, email and websites saying you have “won a trip” may be scams. If you’ve won a free vacation, a legitimate business won’t ask you to pay any upfront or processing fees.
Be mindful of your social media posts. It’s hard to resist posting pictures of beautiful scenery and fun times, but doing so has the potential to inform scammers and thieves that you are not at home and can open up the possibility of home or identity theft.
Parents and other relatives should also be on guard if they get calls supposedly coming from students stranded in distant locations, as this can be a scam as well. This so-called “relative scam” usually starts with a call from someone claiming to be a person you know (often a child or grandchild), who is stranded or needs money to get out of jail or deal with another emergency.
If you get such a call, resist any request to send money immediately. Ask for a contact phone number, and then check with other relatives to determine if there is a chance a family member is stranded. A request for you to send money through any alternative payment methods, such as a wire transfer or prepaid card, is often a scam.
If planning ahead isn’t for you, and you want to take a last minute trip, there are still ways to be safe. Let a family member or close friend know where you are going, how to contact you, and an idea of your itinerary. Before you leave, make sure that you have a map of the area you are visiting, GPS, and a way to charge your smartphone. Finally, vacationers should avoid traveling alone in order to have the safest trip possible.
Summer School at Oxford University
|If you’ve ever wanted to go to Oxford University, take heart. It’s not too late. Online registration for the 2018 Oxford Experience, a one-week summer course at Oxford University, is open.
The Oxford Experience has no requirements, costs $1,992 for the week, and includes a choice of more than 60 varied courses, and accommodations with private bath in Christ Church. You receive all meals in Tudor Hall (familiar from the Harry Potter films), evening entertainment and guest lectures, welcome reception and “graduation” dinner, and free WiFi throughout the college. There are no tests or papers, and some interesting excursions to stately homes, cathedrals and museums.
The 2018 program, which runs July 1 to August 11, takes place at Christ Church, the most beautiful of all Oxford colleges. The dormitory buildings, which range from the 18th to the 20th century and where English prime ministers and poets once lived, are comfortable, if not luxurious. Participants who sign up for more than one week are welcome to stay over the intervening weekends.
2018 course offerings include: 500 Years of the English Garden; The Arts and Crafts Movement; Byzantine Constantinople; The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain; Turkey and Iran: Rivals in the Middle East; and A History of Cosmology across Five Centuries.
During the week there are tours of Christ Church and Oxford, excursions, riverside walks in Christ Church Meadow, and boating on the Isis (as the Thames is called in Oxford). At night there might be a historic pub walk, wine and croquet in the Masters’ Garden, a lecture, and Evensong in the college chapel, which is also the Oxford Cathedral. Once a week each participant is invited to dine on High Table and, on the final night, there is a champagne reception in the flowering Cathedral Garden and a gala dinner in Hall.
The registration deadline is Apr. 1, 2018, but many courses fill up quickly, so early application is advisable.
The Oxford experience or write to: The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, U.K..
Lima, Peru Escape from $849
|Tour operator Go-today offers a Lima, Peru trip from $849 per person that includes roundtrip airfare. The price is a $150 savings off their regular price. Use promo code GTPE082017.
The independent travel trip is available on select dates through December 2017. Dates at the $849 per person price include Oct. 9, 10, 13, 18 to 29 and 31, 2017. Every day in November is offered, except 9, 13, 17, 26 and 27. And the 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 in December 2017.
The package includes:
- Roundtrip airfare from Miami to Lima
- Four-nights’ hotel accommodations
- Breakfast daily
- Taxes and surcharges.
Transfers and sightseeing are not included in the package price, which can be added up to two weeks prior to your departure.
Go Today or 800/227-3235.
Discounted Holiday Amazon River Cruise
|If you are still finalizing holiday plans, take advantage of a December discount on International Expeditions' small-ship cruise in the Peruvian Amazon. You can save $500 per person off the Dec. 22, 2017, voyage aboard the luxury riverboat Zafiro.
Daily outings on IE's 10-day Amazon cruises take you into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and fish for piranha. International Expeditions' expedition leader and Zafiro's native naturalists ensure you get a look into local river cultures and spot wildlife. During excursions into narrow tributaries, you may spot more than 130 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths and nocturnal animals. Paddling two-person kayaks, you can discover the landscapes at the river's edge.
The riverboat Zafiro has suites that average more than 228 square feet, or you can upgrade to the 480-square-foot suite with a private Jacuzzi and 180-degree views. All suites are air-conditioned and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a desk, closet space and en-suite bathrooms. Upper deck suites have private balconies. Other public spaces include an onboard spa, and an Observation Deck featuring a bar, exercise room, reading lounge and a Jacuzzi with a view.
Discounted pricing for the Dec. 22, 2017, departure starts at $4,848 and includes daily naturalist-guided excursions; free Peruvian cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks; most meals; transfers; and pre-cruise accommodations in Lima.
International Expeditions or 800/633-4734.
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