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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, March 2013 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2013 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:
Denali National Park, Alaska

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  • Mystical Golf Spring Stay-and-Stay Package
  • 50% Off Second Passenger on Hurtigruten Cruise
  • Win Vacation of a Lifetime, for a Lifetime
  • Win A Trip to Cuzco, Peru
  • Fly Free Promotion to Cuba
  • Discount for Solo Travels
  • Airport Security Procedure Changes
  • Free Factory Tour at Celestial Seasonings
  • Winter Values at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  • Sonoma Sneakaway Deals
  • Arizona Biltmore Spring Training Package
  • Free Car w/Apple Vacations' Free Wheels Promo
  • Princess Cruises Denali Sale
  • Get Happy In Jamaica Deal
  • Best Western Stay Three, Stay Free
  • New Germany Rail Pass Specials
  • Air/Land Package Sale to St. Kitts
  • Spring Special from Aston Hotels & Resorts
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises Sale
  • Springtime In Washington, DC

    Mystical Golf Spring Stay-and-Stay Package

    Mystical Golf, owner and operator of the Witch, Man-O-War and the Wizard golf courses in Myrtle Beach SC, offers value spring stay-and-play packages.
      From Mar. 24, 2013, the spring package starts at $118 per person, per night (taxes included) and features:
    • Three rounds with cart on the Witch, the Wizard and Man-O-War
    • Three nights’ lodging in a three-bedroom golf villa (four beds)
    • Free iHOP breakfast daily
    • Free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse
    • Lunch, range balls and two beers free at the course each day
    • $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
    • Instant replay round for cart fee only

    Mystical Golf’s golf villas offer easy access to and from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), restaurants, nightlife and attractions such as the Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, Broadway at the Beach and Murrells Inlet.

    The par-71 Witch sits on 500 acres of cypress groves and wetlands. With a 6,702-yard layout, 4,000 feet of bridges wind through swamps on the front nine and rolling hills on the back nine.

    The par-72 Man-O-War has back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole.

    Reminiscent of courses in Scotland and Ireland, the par-72 Wizard presents deep bunkers and elevation changes. Stone bridges and a castle-style clubhouse add character to the 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

    Mystical Golf or 843/282-2977.

    50% Off Second Passenger on Hurtigruten Cruise

    Hurtigruten offers 50 percent off the brochure rate for the second passenger in a cabin for sailings along the Norwegian coast. Savings amount to $750 to $8,917 for the second passenger on select departures between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2013. Book by Mar. 31, 2013.

    Hurtigruten’s six-, seven, 11- and 12-day voyages along the west coast of Norway, between Bergen and Kirkenes, takes in 34 ports – from villages to cities. Highlights include the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund; Molde; Trondheim, Norway’s first capital; the western fjords including Geiranger; Tromsø; the Lofoten Islands; Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town; and the fishing villages of Kjøllefjord and Berlevåg.

    Rates include accommodations, all meals, full board, English-speaking tour leader and on board educational lectures when offered. Flights and optional excursions are extra.

    The company’s fleet of 12 ships, which each carry 100 to 646 passengers, allows you to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Hurtigruten or 877/301-3117.

    Save up to 40% on Last Minute Flights with Hotwire Limited Rates!

    Win Vacation of a Lifetime, for a Lifetime

    ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, in Captiva Island, FL, offers the “Vacation of a Lifetime” contest, in which the resort will choose one winner to receive a free vacation for 25 years.

    The winner will receive a three-night vacation for two in a water view room at the beachfront resort, every year for 25 consecutive years – enough vacations to last a lifetime.

    The contest runs through Apr. 30, 2013, with a random winner selected about May 1, 2013. You can enter the contest at ’Tween Waters Inn’s web site and can follow the resort’s Facebook page for additional details and contest updates.

    The resort is located across 13 beaches-to-backbay acres with 137 accommodations including 19 themed cottages; one, two and three bedroom suites; contemporary guest rooms and efficiencies.

    ’Tween Waters Inn or 800/223-5865.

    Win A Trip to Cuzco, Peru

    Garnet Hill and Heifer International offer the Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes, which will award one grand prize winner an all-inclusive trip for two to the ancient Incan Empire capital of Cuzco and a $1,000 Garnet Hill gift card. The sweepstakes runs until Mar. 12, 2013.

    For seven days, winners will work with Heifer to foster sustainable development in the community while experiencing the country’s culture through guided tours.

    The trip includes an introduction to Heifer International's alpaca projects in the Andean region near Cuzco. The winner will participate in and learn about alpaca care and the business associated with the sale of alpaca wool to make blankets, ponchos, hats and carpets which ensures a sustainable way of life for struggling families.

      Additional Sweepstakes Details:
    • One Runner Up Prize: $1,000 Garnet Hill gift card
    • Five Weekly Prizes: $500 Garnet Hill Gift Card
    • Enter every Wednesday at the Garnet Hill web site

    Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve those who struggle for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.

    Click here to enter the Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes.

    Heifer International or 800/696-1918.

    Fly Free Promotion to Cuba

    Insight Cuba, a licensed people-to-people travel provider to Cuba, has a fly free promotion on select departures through September.

    You will receive free roundtrip airfare from Miami to Havana on one of four itineraries and saving upwards of $700 per person. Whether embarking on a 12-day coast-to coast exploration or a weeklong journey through the countryside, Insight Cuba provides unique access to people and places the average tourist rarely sees.

    All Insight Cuba tours allow ample time visiting Havana. Here, a glimpse of daily Cuban life is experienced through exchanges with locals at places such as the Cuban National Blind People Association, a music school for children and community artists at the alley created to celebrate Afro-Cuban culture and Santeria religion.

    Outside of Havana, trip highlights include Trinidad, a well-preserved colonial town; Pinar del Río, known for its national parks; Santiago de Cuba, the Afro-Cuban capital; and other historic cities.

    This offer is for new registration and may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Free flights have no cash value and are not transferable to another tour. Free airfare must be booked by Insight Cuba Travel, is only available from Miami to Havana or Santiago de Cuba and does not include costs for the Cuban Visa, administrative fees, baggage fees, and any other fees levied by the charter air provider. This offer is only valid for passengers booking directly with Insight Cuba and available only while supplies last. Flights to Havana may require an overnight in Miami.

    You can fly free to Cuba on the following departure dates while spots remain:

    Undiscovered Cuba (11 nights from $4,195); Departures: Jun. 10, Sep. 16. This tour provides coast to coast views of the island.

    Cuban Music & Art (eight nights from $4,295); Departures: May 10, Sep. 20. A journey through Cuba’s music and arts scene.

    Classic Cuba (seven nights from $3,695); Departures: Apr. 23, May 7, Sep. 10. Explore Trinidad and Cienfuegos, both World Heritage Sites and well-preserved colonial towns.

    Scenic Cuba (seven nights from $3,095); Departures: Apr. 27, Sep. 14. Journey to the eastern province of Pinar del Río, known for national parks and tobacco fields.

    Insight Cuba keeps its groups to 24 people maximum. Prices include: accommodations, tour leader, all meals, U.S. Treasury Department license and letter of authorization, all entrance fees to scheduled activities and events, all in-country ground transportation and transfers, travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation (up to $1,000), an Insight Cuba guidebook, and a 24-hour emergency service hotline.

    Insight Cuba or 800/450-2822.

    Fare Buzz Business Class

    Discount for Solo Travels

    This spring Long Beach Lodge Resort, in Tofino, BC, welcomes on-their-own travelers with a discount for going solo.

    Through May 31, 2013, Long Beach Lodge Resort offers solo travelers 40 per cent off room rates in the Lodge. Solo rates start at $119 Cdn per night plus taxes.

    Long Beach Lodge Resort was designed and built to resemble a grand West Coast style home set on Cox Bay. The lodge’s interior creates a feeling that you arrived at a friend’s home.

    The resort offers 41 lodge rooms, 20 two-bedroom cottages and a full service dining room, the Surf Club and Adventure Centre, fitness room, outdoor hot tub and beach access. The majority of rooms have ocean views and fireplaces plus a television and DVD/CD player; a fridge, coffee-maker and tea kettle; an oversized soaking tub with separate shower; and a fluffy bathrobe. A stay at the lodge includes a free breakfast buffet in the Great Room.

    Long Beach Lodge Resort solo rate discount.

    Airport Security Procedure Changes

    Changes to the screening process at airports across the country will help travelers board planes quicker and easier and allow officers to focus on passengers who might represent a bigger risk.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its screening process to help children, seniors, and trusted travelers move faster through airport checkpoints while ensuring the security of all travelers.

    Here are some of the latest changes.

    New Screening Process for Children: Children, 12 or younger, can go through airport security without taking off their shoes. To minimize the need for pat-downs, children are now allowed to go through metal detectors and body scanners several times to clear any alarms.

    Some of the existing processes for screening children at the airport include:
    Officers will never separate children from their parents or guardian
    All children's luggage will go through the x-ray machine
    Travelers with small children are able to take more than 3.4 ounces of liquid, such as breast milk, juice, and medicines

    New Screening Process for the Elderly: Screening changes for passengers 75 years or older are similar to the screening process for children. Elderly people can go through airport security without removing their shoes or a light jacket. To minimize pat-downs, the elderly will be able to go through the metal detector and body scanners several times to clear any alarms.

    The TSA has a hotline to answer questions about the security process for passengers with disabilities and medical issues. The toll-free number is 1 (855) 787-2227. Call 72 hours before traveling so you have enough time to make any changes before going through security.

    New Program for Frequent Travelers: The program is called "TSA Pre" and is available in more than 30 U.S. airports to frequent passengers of a limited number of airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

      Travelers who enroll in the program:
    • Do not need to take off their shoes and belts while going through security
    • Can keep their computers inside their bags
    • Can go through security without taking off a light jacket
    • To enroll or learn more about the "TSA Pre" program, click here..

    Transportation Security Administration.

    Free Factory Tour at Celestial Seasonings

    See the world's most advanced tea production plant on a free tour every day (except major holidays) at the Celestial Seasonings teas plant in Boulder, CO.

    You'll also have the chance to enjoy free samples of every tea made and to browse the display of original artwork from tea boxes in the gallery.

    Free Tours - Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Free Samples & Art Gallery - Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Tours leave on the hour and are 45 minutes long. Around holidays, spring break and the busy summer season, plan on arriving well ahead of the tour that you wish to attend.

    Celestial Seasonings is closed on major holidays and may close early the day before the major holiday. Call for complete hours and tour times.

    Group reservations are required for parties of eight or more and special needs groups (defined as two or more tour visitors who need assistance or supervision). Schedule all reservations two weeks or more in advanced to receive your desired tour date and time.

    This is a manufacturing facility and the Celestial Seasonings tour is unique in that you walk onto the production line floor. There are no barriers that protect you from the machinery, therefore if you leave, the tour guide will enforce all safety guidelines.

      Safety can be compromised by anyone who touches the machinery, wanders off into an area with heavy forklift traffic, or touches the raw product that is packaged. As a food manufacturer, Celestial Seasonings must follow strict requirements as set forth by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

    • Children must be five years of age or older to go on the factory portion of the tour.
    • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • For safety and security reasons, everyone must stay with the group and keep up with the tour guide.
    • The tour contains about 30 minutes of walking and standing, but is entirely wheelchair accessible. If you need a wheelchair, please request one at the ticket counter upon check–in (limited quantities available; first come first served).

    The factory operates Monday through Friday, though there is the occasional shut down for maintenance or other operational needs. There is no production Saturday or Sunday, but weekend tours are still 45 minutes long and contain all the same information and the same stops as a tour conducted during the work week. You can call to check operational status.

    Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO 80301, 303/581-1202.



    Winter Values at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park offers the Skate the Sierra package with an ice-skating session and skate rentals for two at Tenaya’s outdoor rink, a S’mores Kit and deluxe room from $175 per night. The Bed and Breakfast package adds breakfast for two with a deluxe room from $175 per night.

    Tenaya celebrates winter with packages made for love at the lodge. The Snow Time for Romance package, from $195 per night, includes a deluxe room, bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, S’mores kit and turndown service with Hershey Kisses and rose petals.

    Badger Pass Ski Area is just up the highway from Tenaya Lodge. Tenaya Lodge’s midweek Yosemite Stay N’ Play Pass is available to all Tenaya Lodge guests. Stay N’ Play includes an all-day Badger Pass lift ticket and equipment rental, group ski or snowboard lesson, snow tubing session, Yosemite Valley sightseeing tour and ice skating session. The pass is $50 for adults and $30 for kids, for activities valued at $174.

    Stay N’ Play passes are available to Mar. 29, 2013. Each component of the pass may be used once on the same day and this deal may be combined with other Tenaya Lodge offers or packages.

    Tenaya Lodge’s new Spa 120 Special at Ascent Spa includes 120 minutes of treatment time, any way you like it. For example, choose four 30-minute “Half Dome” treatments, or two 60-minute massages, nail and body treatments, or try one 90-minute stone massage and a 30-minute men’s facial. After the “Ascent,” a 10 percent dining discount is included in the special, along with two nights of accommodations from $175 per night.

    Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite winter lodging packages.

    Sonoma Sneakaway Deals

    With deals through mid-May 2013, on wine country getaways in Sonoma County, CA, Sonoma Sneakaway offers more than 100 specials in Sonoma County this spring. Deals include inns, resorts, spas, wine tasting and behind-the-scenes arts tours.

    A sampling of specials include:

    Bodega Bay Lodge, with upgraded deluxe ocean view room with balcony and fireplace, two free desserts at the Duck Club restaurant, two-for-one flights of wine at Gourmet Au Bay wine bar, free wine tasting passes to Russian River wineries, free wine hour daily in the lobby, 20 percent off any spa treatment. Cost for the Sneakaway package is $149 Sunday through Friday and $60 more on Saturdays.

    A private wine tour of Sonoma Valley at 25 percent off, from Beau Wine Tours. For travelers interested in wineries, this six-hour tour encourages a mid-week Sneakaway.

    A chance to visit Sonoma County's artists in their studios for behind-the-scenes tours as part of Sonoma County Art Trails. Sonoma County is home to some artists who create and sell from their studios and ateliers tucked in the small towns of Sonoma County. You can visit local artists and find out about their work.

    Fern Grove Cottages EcoAdventure Special, for $130, includes a one-night stay with breakfast in a cottage near the Russian River, plus either an on-shore Whale Watch talk and viewing with a docent in Bodega Bay or a guided docent-led walk through the old growth redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. A portion of the cost of the package benefits the nonprofit organization Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

    In addition to the specials, Sonoma Sneakaway includes a sweepstakes to win a trip to Sonoma County. The prize package includes a two-night stay, two coach-class tickets on Alaska Airlines to Sonoma County Airport, a $100 Visa gift card for use at a Wine Country restaurant and two one-day tickets to Tasting Along the Wine Road wine-tasting passes.

    Sonoma County is 30 miles from San Francisco, featuring more than 370 wineries and 50-plus miles of Pacific coast.

    Sonoma Sneakaway or 800/576-6662.

    Travel Deals to top Destinations. Get yours now

    Arizona Biltmore Spring Training Package

    The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, offers a “Cactus League” Spring training “PLAY” package.

    In springtime, 15 major league teams descend on the area for spring training and pre-season exhibition games.

      Offered during the Spring training season, Mar. 1 to 31, 2013, rates start at $359 per night and include:
    • Accommodations
    • Baseball themed amenity upon arrival
    • Breakfast for two each morning
    • Self parking
    • Resort charge waived.

    Use group code PLAY when booking.

    With games scheduled every day in March, the Cactus League offers an opportunity to enjoy your favorite teams in fan-friendly, state-of-the-art ballparks.

    The Arizona Biltmore remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style and history as a playground of the rich and famous. On 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the resort offers: 740 guest accommodations; full-service spa, salon and fitness center; two 18-hole golf courses; six restaurants and lounges; and eight swimming pools, among them the Paradise Pool with its a 92-foot-long water slide.

    Arizona Biltmore or 800/950-0086.

    Free Rental Car w/Apple Vacations' Free Wheels Promo

    Apple Vacations' Free Wheels promotion is a good reason to book your Hawaiian summer getaway now. Book a five to seven night trip to Maui, Kauai or Hawaii, the Big Island and receive a free compact rental car.

    Travel is July through Dec. 10, 2013 to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island. No fly-drives allowed as you must have hotel and air. You can combine multi-islands, as long as the five night minimum requirement is met on other islands.

    Prices are per person based on four adults and include nonstop, roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles via US Airways or United Airlines, hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes and fees, and the services of an Apple Representative. A $10 late booking fee is applicable for bookings within 14 days of departure. Restrictions/blackout dates may apply.

    Sample pricing for Aug. 1 departures (pricing available for gateways and travel dates Jul. 1 – Dec. 10, 2013):

    Hawaii, the Big Island: Stay five nights at Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff in a two-bedroom ocean view condo for $955 per person based on four adults, including roundtrip air from Los Angeles and a compact car from Dollar Rent a Car (from Chicago add $234, from JFK add $259).

    Kauai: Five nights at Castle at Princeville in a two bedroom mountain view condo are $1,018 per person based on four adults, and include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles and a compact car from Dollar Rent a Car (from JFK add $310, from Chicago add $330). This all-condo resort is on the cliffs above Hanalei Bay, minutes from the Napali Coast.

    Maui: Five nights in a two-bedroom resort condo at Honua Kai Resort & Spa are $1,257 per person based on four adults, including roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles and a compact rental car (from JFK add $212, from Chicago add $326).

    Apple Vacations or 800/517-2000.

    Princess Cruises Denali Sale

    Princess Cruises has a “Denali on Sale” cruise deal, with fares from $99 per day for a cruisetour vacation plus up to $300 in air savings. The sale features special rates on land and sea vacations to Alaska’s most popular attractions - Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park.

    Combining a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise with a land tour to Alaska’s interior, Princess cruisetours begin at $989 per person for a 10-day vacation. You stay at Princess’ own wilderness lodges and exclusive rail car service as you see the Alaska wilderness of the Denali area, particularly Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak. Booking air transportation through Princess eZAir can save you up to $300 per couple.

      Examples of Denali on Sale fares include:
    • 10-night Fairbanks/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: $989 interior (was $1,370). Air savings $200
    • 11-night Anchorage/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: $1,149 interior (was $1,587). Air savings $200
    • 11-night Fairbanks/Vancouver On Your Own cruisetour: $1,099 interior (was $1,773). Air savings $300
    • 13-night Anchorage/Vancouver Off the Beaten Path cruisetour: $1,599 interior (was $1,965). Air savings $200
    • 15-night Fairbanks/Vancouver Off the Beaten Path cruisetour: $2,199 interior (was $2,526). Air savings $300

    All fares are per person based on double occupancy and include all applicable fees and taxes. Air savings are for two people. Sale prices are available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

    Air savings are only available if you book roundtrip Princess eZAir flights in conjunction with the cruisetour. Princess eZAir gives you control of your flights and the ability to coordinate with your cruise itinerary. Princess eZAir features real-time pricing and flight availability, immediate flight confirmation, competitive airfares, and next port protection in the event of flight delays.

    Princess Cruises or 800/PRINCESS.



    Get Happy In Jamaica Deal

    BOOK BY MAR. 15, 2013 - - Everyone can experience happiness with the Get Happy in Jamaica destination-wide package for savings through the spring. This deal offers a free night, based on three- to five-night bookings.

    The Jamaica Tourist Board teamed with 20 participating hotel properties for this promotion, available for booking by Mar. 15, 2013, for travel Apr. 1 through June 30, 2013. Book at the Get Happy in Jamaica link.

    Seasonal surcharges, blackout dates and availability may apply. When booking you must use promo code: GET HAPPY. Rates are subject to taxes, gratuities and resort fees. Rates, based on single and double occupancy, vary according to date of departure, number of persons, room type, and meal plans.

    Accommodations range from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to beach clubs and historic properties. Hotel specials for Get Happy in Jamaica include the following:

      Buy Three Nights and Receive Fourth Night Free
    • GoldenEye
    • Half Moon, A RockResort
    • Hermosa Cove
    • Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort
    • IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach
    • Jamaica Pegasus
    • Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort and Spa
    • Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort
    • Negril Palms
    • Rondel Village
    • Strawberry Hill
    • Tensing Pen
    • The Caves
      Buy Four Nights and Receive Fifth Night Free
    • Coco LaPalm
    • Coyaba Beach Resort
    • Hotel Mockingbird Hill
    • Sunset Jamaica Grande
      Buy Five Nights and Receive Six Night Free
    • Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
    • Sandals Resorts, Jamaica
    • The Tryall Club

    Jamaica Tourist Board.

    Best Western Stay Three, Stay Free

    Best Western International offers its Rewards members an opportunity to earn a free night. Through Apr. 14, 2013, Rewards members who register and stay three separate times at a Best Western hotel will earn a free-night voucher, redeemable at any Best Western, Best Western Plus or Best Western Premier in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean.

    The free-night vouchers are limited to one per person and must be redeemed before June 30, 2013. Elite members that qualify for the spring promotion will be eligible to win a global dream getaway and other prizes. Any member who participates in the spring promotion and pays for their three qualified stays with a Best Western Rewards MasterCard credit card will earn a one-time 1,000 points bonus. You need to register to participate in the free-night voucher program.

    If you are not a member of Best Western Rewards, you can sign up for the free program and register for the promotion.

    New Germany Rail Pass Specials

    The special Rail Pass by Deutsche Bahn (DB) makes Germany by rail more affordable this season. It offers a new way to combine four destinations in Germany – Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg – during a five or six day Germany stay.

    The special is two promotions in one: 20 percent off travel between the four cities during five or six days, plus a free city card in each city that includes free public transportation and discounts for attractions such as museums, tours, restaurants and nightlife.

    The pass helps anyone who wants to travel to any or all of the four cities during a five or six day period because it makes travel more affordable and eliminates the hassle of buying public transportation passes in each city.

    The city cards – called WelcomeCards – include travel on subways, trams, and buses in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg. You can transfer from rail to local transportation without worrying about navigating the cities’ individual fare and zone systems – often confusing and frustrating for travelers. Plus, the WelcomeCards offer additional discounts. For example, the Düsseldorf WelcomeCard includes 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions, the HopOn HopOff Bus, Rhine Tower and boat tours.

    The DB Rail Pass can be purchased through Mar. 31, 2013, for travel until May 31, 2013.

    City cards for each city can be picked up at the tourist information booth at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in each city by showing the DB Rail Pass. The last day to pick up a city card in any city is May 31, 2013.

    DB Rail Pass.

    Sixt 4

    Air/Land Package Sale to St. Kitts

    BOOK BY MAR. 15 - - The St. Kitts Tourism Authority offers an air/land package sale on American Airlines’ non-stop flights to St. Kitts from New York’s JFK airport and Florida’s Miami International airport.

    The package must be booked with a hotel stay at one of St. Kitts’ participating hotels, available from AA Vacations or a preferred travel provider. The package must be booked by Mar. 15, 2013 for travel through June 13, 2013. A Sunday night stay is required and the maximum length of stay is 30 days.

    Accommodations can be upgraded at an additional cost. Other restrictions, charges, taxes and fees may apply.

    Participating hotels include: Bird Rock Beach Hotel, Sugar Bay Club Resort, Timothy Beach Resort, Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, Ottley’s Plantation Inn and Frigate Bay Resort.

    Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, the island’s tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the region’s only scenic railway which connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, ziplining, and traditional pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, and gaming. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

    St. Kitts Tourism Authority or 800/582-6208.

    Spring Special from Aston Hotels & Resorts

    BOOK BY MAR. 15 - - Book by Mar. 15, 2013 for Aston Hotels & Resorts’ Spring Special Savings in the Hawaiian Islands, Lake Tahoe, CA. and Lake Las Vegas, NV.

    These special rates are only part of your savings. Value-added amenities include kitchens and on-site laundry facilities at the condominium resorts; the free Aston Aloha Book with $2,500 in savings on dining, shopping, activities; and offers for kids with Aston’s Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program.

      Spring Special Savings per night rates from:
    • Oahu from $99 (for travel Apr. 7 to June 8, 2013)
    • Maui from $99 (for travel Apr. 7 to June 19, 2013)
    • Kauai from $99 (for travel Mar. 1 to June 30, 2013)
    • Big Island from $169 (for travel Mar. 1 to June 19, 2013)
    • Lake Tahoe, CA. from $95 (for travel Apr. 14 to June 13, 2013)
    • Lake Las Vegas, NV. from $100 (for travel Mar. 2 to May 23, 2013)

    Rates vary by dates and islands. Blackout dates and some restrictions apply. Prices shown are per night, do not include taxes and fees, are subject to change without notice, and cannot be combined with any other promotions.

    Aston Hotels & Resorts.

    Paul Gauguin Cruises Sale

    BOOK BY MAR 2 - - Receive greater savings on select sailings of Paul Gauguin Cruises' small ships, the m/s Paul Gauguin and the m/v Tere Moana. Book by Mar. 2, 2013, to take advantage of this offer.

    Savings are $700 to $4,350 per person off on top of the previously advertised special offer of 50 percent off standard all-inclusive cruise fares on all sailings of both ships.

    Aboard the Gauguin, rates include airfare from Los Angeles. You sail to French Polynesia on seven-night Tahiti and the Society Islands voyages or a 14-night itinerary visiting three archipelagos, the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands.

      7-Night Tahiti and the Society Islands:
    • May 4 and 11, 2013 from $3,795 per person
    • June 1, 8, 2013 from $3,945 per person
    • July 6, 13, 2013 from $4,045 per person.
      14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands
    • May 18, 2013 from $5,195 per person.
      Or you can choose from four European voyages aboard The Moana, on seven-night itineraries along the southern coast of the continent from Barcelona to Istanbul.
    • 7-night Barcelona to Rome Apr. 20, 2013 from $2,195 per person.
    • 7-night Rome to Venice May 11, 2013 from $2,695 per person.
    • 7-night Athens to Istanbul May 28, June 8, 2013 from $2,845 per person.
    • 7-night voyage Athens to Rome June 15, 2013 from $2,845 per person.

    The single supplement is 100 percent and amounts to $1,495 for a seven-night cruise and $2,595 for a 14-night cruise.

    All fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, reflect promotional savings, and are for new bookings only. Rates are subject to availability, may not be combinable with offers, and are capacity controlled.

    Third guest in a stateroom sails free, but must pay airfare, fees, taxes and surcharges.

    Port security and handling charges are not includes. Costs are $89 for a seven-night cruise and $178 for a 14-night cruise.

    Air and cruise ship fuel surcharges may apply, the cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Paul Gauguin Cruises

    Paul Gauguin Cruises or 800/848-6172.

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    Springtime In Washington, DC

    Destination DC, the tourism and marketing office for the nation's capital, has 22 hotel partners to welcome springtime visitors. These hotels offer discounted room rates through May 31, 2013. Hotel reservations can be booked online or by phone 877/442-5666.

    Among the hotels offering springtime packages focusing on experience and value:

    Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters: Includes breakfasts for two; 50 percent off valet parking; two Cherry Blossom cocktails; 15 to 25 percent off in hotel restaurants; and upgrade to studio suite with kitchenette (based on availability).

    Comfort Inn & Suites near Union Station: One tote bag with cherry blossom fleece travel blanket, free breakfast, free WiFi.

    Embassy Row Hotel: Breakfast for two; cherry blossom greeting cards and stamps; two one-day Metro passes; two cherry cordials; free WiFi.

    The highlight of DC's springtime calendar is the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Mar. 20 to Apr. 14, 2013, honoring the gift of the cherry blossom trees from the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan, to the people of Washington, DC. The nation's largest springtime celebration "pinks" the city with free and family-friendly events such as the Blossom Kite Festival – Mar. 30; Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – Apr. 6; and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri Japanese street festival – Apr. 13, 2013.

    Springtime in Washington, DC or 202/789-7000.

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