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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2013 Issue



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In This Issue:
Big Bend National Park, Texas - National Park Service Photo from the 1940s

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  • Amelia Island Continues “Free Night, Any Night”
  • 72-Hour Visa-Free Beijing Tour
  • Real Deal Ecuador Vacation Package
  • 16 Day China Highlights Tour from $1,999
  • Voyages to Antiquity Value & Free Air
  • Gakuto Villas Early Bird Special
  • Comfort Suites PI Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free
  • Travel Gadgets - - By Nicki Chodnoff
  • AdventureSmith Pricing for Multigenerational Groups
  • Secrets Resorts $350 Air Credit
  • Tips for Cruisers
  • Up to 45% Off Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza
  • Overseas Adventure Travel Free Single Supplements
  • Save up to 60% with Geringer’s Discover India
  • Up to 50% Off for Third/Fourth Passengers
  • Finger Lakes Golf Packages
  • Cunard Three for All Sale
  • Walk Tasmania and Save $300 Per Couple
  • Aston Hotels & Resorts Summer Rates
  • Summer Values at Four Seasons


    Amelia Island Continues “Free Night, Any Night”

    Amelia Island’s “Free Night, Any Night” deals continue in 2013. You can choose from 18 properties including bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, family-owned and chain hotels, offering a free night when you book a qualifying stay. The ongoing offer allows you to use the free night with your current stay or during a return visit.

    All free night deals are based on availability and include restrictions and blackout dates. Free nights cannot be combined with any other offer. Contact the individual hotels for more information or to book a room.

    The participating accommodators include:

    Third Night Free
    Amelia by the Sea, 800/335-0984
    Amelia South Condominiums, 800/543-0664
    AmeliaVacations.com by ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, 800/741-4011
    Beachside Motel, 877/261-4236
    Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, 800/ 426-7866
    Ketch Courtyard, 904/261-0677
    Oceans of Amelia, 800/331-7428
    Summer Beach Resort, 800/862-9297

    Fourth Night Free
    Addison on Amelia, 800/943-1604
    Amelia Hotel at the Beach, 877/263-5428
    Amelia Island Williams House, 800/414-9258
    Amelia Surf & Racquet Club, 800/323-2001
    Blue Heron Inn, 904/445-9034
    Comfort Suites, 904/261-0193
    Days Inn & Suites, 904/277-2300
    Fairbanks House, 888/891-9882
    Hampton Inn, Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach, 800/426-7866
    Ketch Courtyard, 904/261-0677
    Residence Inn - Amelia Island, 904/277-2440
    Summer Beach Resort, 800/862-9297

    Amelia Island is a barrier island in northeast Florida that offers beaches, wildlife, and pristine waters. Resorts with spas, golf and exclusive dining blend with bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a Victorian seaport village, with a downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries.

    Amelia Island.


    72-Hour Visa-Free Beijing Tour

    Air China launches "Beijing 72-hour visa-free stay" excursions which can give transfer passengers a Beijing tour and an opportunity to appreciate Chinese culture.

    On Jan. 1, 2013, Beijing started a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens from 45 countries who hold the visa of, and air ticket to, a third country or region.

    Responding to the 72-hour visa-free stay policy, Air China and domestic travel operators jointly introduced one to three day excursions for transfer passengers. During the 72 hours, transfer passengers can get a peek into the history of Beijing or walk through the winding hutongs for what old Beijing must have been like. Hot pot mutton, Beijing Duck, Tanghulu – Beijing is also a place for a culinary adventure. The excursions will cover most of Beijing's classic attractions.

    As a Beijing-based airline operating into and out of Beijing Capital International Airport and a member of the Star Alliance, Air China runs a global route network with Beijing as its hub.

    Air China or the Beijing tourism hotline (0086-10) 12301.

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    Real Deal Ecuador Vacation Package

    Gate 1 Travel offers the Real Deal nine night vacation package to Ecuador with six guided tours from $1,449 for the May 16, 2013 departure. Add $40 for Aug. 15, 22, Sep. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 24, 2013 departure dates. Add $50 for Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013 departure dates.
      The package includes all hotel and air taxes and fees and start from $1,449 per person, based on double occupancy:
    • Airfare from Miami on Copa Airlines. Additional gateway cities available
    • Three nights at the Grand Hotel Mercure Alameda Quito (your first two nights and the final night)
    • One night at Cabanas del Lago in Otavalo
    • One night at the Termas de Papallacta
    • Two nights at La Casa del Suizo at Punta Ahuano in the Ecuadorian Amazon One night at Hacienda Leito in Patate
    • One night at Hacienda La Cienega in Cotopaxi
    • All transfers and transportation within the country
    • 19 meals including nine breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners
    • Sightseeing tour including all entrance fees and English-speaking tour guides on an air conditioned bus
    • Quito city tour, and trips to the Mindo Cloud Forest, the Middle of the World, Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, and the Amazon Rainforest.

    Add a spa package at Termas de Papallacta for $45 per person including a 30-minute soak in the hot springs, a 20-minute Turkish bath in the resort's thermal steam cave, and a 30-minute neck and back massage.

    Gate 1 Travel or 800/682-3333.


    16 Day China Highlights Tour from $1,999

    China Tour offers a 16 day China tour spring through fall 2013, which includes a three day Yangtze cruise. The package, including airfare, starts from $1,999 per person, based on double occupancy.
    The package includes:
  • Flights from Los Angeles to Beijing, and Shanghai to Los Angeles on Air China Airlines or China Easter Airlines.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Inter-China flights:
    Beijing to Xian
    Xian to Chongqing
    Yichang to Shanghai
  • 14 nights’ accommodations
    3 nights Traders Upper East By Shangri-La, Beijing
    2 nights Titan Times Hotel, Xian
    3 nights down-stream Yangtze cruise on MV President Prime
    1 night Crowne Plaza Xanadu Resort, Hangzhou
    2 nights Country Garden Phoenix Hotel, Huangshan
    3 nights Pullman Shanghai Skyway, Shanghai
  • All transfers
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • 32 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Administration and entrance fees per itinerary
    • Tour highlights include:
    • Forbidden City
    • Great Wall of China
    • Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses
    • Yangtze River
    • Hongcun Ancient Villages
    • Mt. Huangshan
    • Shanghai Bund & Old Street

    Themed meals include Peking duck banquet in Beijing, Xian style noodles lunch, Shanghai cuisines, Huangshan cuisines.

    The $1,999 rate from Los Angeles is for Nov. 13 to 28, 2013, travel. Spring through fall the rate ranges from $2,299 to $2,699. Most trips come in at the $2,299 rate while June 5 to June 20 is priced at $2,699. The rates include all taxes and fees.

    China Tour or 888/ 410-4111.


    Voyages to Antiquity Value & Free Air

    Voyages to Antiquity, offering enrichment cruises, provides free airfare, including all government taxes, fees and fuel surcharges, on two Mediterranean sailings and Grand Voyages from the Mediterranean to the Far East, and several Far East Grand Voyage itineraries.

    Traditionally Voyages to Antiquity's roundtrip airfare to the Mediterranean is $595 and to the Far East airfares range from $995 to $1,195. The free airfare enhances the value plus the enrichment experience is enhanced by the Guest Lecture program and in-depth guided shore excursions. Business class upgrades are also available.

    Free airfare applies to the following regions and itineraries:

    Mediterranean:
    Athens to Rome – 16 days – June 23, 2013
    Athens to Venice – 14 days – Sep. 21, 2013

    Grand Voyage Transition Cruises:
    Rome to Cairo – 32 days – Oct. 13, 2013
    Istanbul to Delhi – 33 days – Oct. 25, 2013

    Grand Voyages in the Far East:
    Delhi to Singapore – 32 days – Nov. 15, 2013
    Singapore to Hong Kong – 33 days – Dec. 11, 2013
    Bangkok to Bali – 34 days – Dec. 22, 2013
    Bali to Bangkok – 34 days – Jan. 17, 2014
    Bangkok to Singapore – 31 days – Feb. 8, 2014
    Singapore to Safaga – 33 days – Mar. 7, 2014
    Delhi to Istanbul – 33 days – Mar. 17, 2014

    Value is a Voyages to Antiquity hallmark. Mediterranean cruise fares start from $4,895 and Grand Voyage cruise fares start from $7,450 and include free airfare, pre- and/or post-cruise hotel stays and land extensions, shore excursions with free bottled water; gratuities to shipboard staff and wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner. Select cruise-tours offer additional stateroom savings of up to $1,200.

    To accommodate the demand from single guests, Voyages to Antiquity has increased the single cabins to 26. Further, single supplements in double occupancy cabins start from 25 percent.

    The lecturers and speakers who accompany guests on the voyages are selected for their knowledge of the areas visited and their ability to bring the history of these civilizations and cultures to life.

    Assisting the main speakers aboard ship and on land is a team of classical history graduates. They are on hand to answer questions and assist the guides on sightseeing trips.

    Voyages to Antiquity or 877/398-1460.


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    Gakuto Villas Early Bird Special

    Book now and save during the 2013/2014 winter ski season at Gakuto Villas in the Hakuba Valley of Nagano, Japan.

    Early birds received 15 percent off bookings in December 2013 and January and February 2014. The discount rises to 20 percent off stays in March 2014.

    The 12 contemporary-style villas are two-story houses each with two bedrooms, a kitchenette, free high-speed internet and shuttle bus service. A bilingual staff is onsite. Gakuto Villas are a few minutes’ walk from the lifts of the Sakka Kita One Quad of the Happo One ski resort.

    There is a limited availability for villas valid for this promotion and the promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. To get the early bird rates you must like the Gakuto Villas Facebook page or share a Gakuto Villas photo.

    Gakuto Villas.


    Comfort Suites Paradise Island Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free

    The all-suite Comfort Suites in Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas lets kids stay, play and eat free with access to all amenities at the Atlantis Resort.

    This value added offer is available for new bookings only, in all rate categories and is available until Dec. 23, 2013. Rates start at $150 per night.

    The kids stay, play and eat free offer is for children under 12 years of age who stay with parents in their room. There is a maximum of two children per room. Kids have full use of all Atlantis facilities including Aquaventure and Children's Play Area.

    In addition to the daily free hot buffet breakfast served to all, children can lunch at Caruso's (full choice of Children's Menu or credit towards selection on full menu). Dinner is offered at several nearby restaurants. A list of participating restaurants will be available at check-in. One child dines free per paying adult and gratuities are not included.

    Comfort Suites Paradise Island has 229 newly renovated junior suites that include flat screen cable televisions, free wireless internet access, and a free breakfast daily.

    Comfort Suites Paradise Island or 242/363-3680.


    Travel Gadgets - - By Nicki Chodnoff

    Whether traveling for business, pleasure or both, it’s all about saving time and money to make that trip a little bit better.

    Whether you're making your way by plane, train, automobile, or even your own two feet, it's the little things that count. Trip no longer seem complete without tech accessories. Here are two sidekicks to help make the journey pain-free

    Hu Mn Wallet: Mini photo humnwallet-black_zps247ef3eb.png

    If you are looking for a slim, light aircraft-grade wallet that will fit in your skinny jeans, this may be your choice. Hu Mn Wallet: Mini is a minimalist currency, ID and credit card holder that’s customizable. Plus it is RFID blocking, which for many of us doesn’t mean much now. But when more credit card companies switch to RFID cards, it may be a game changer. It will block RFID scanners, which scammers will have to steal credit card and ID information. If you only use one plate, you won’t get the benefit of RFID blocking, where the material that you want to block must be inside of the plates.

    The Hu Mn features aluminum plates that are held together by an elastic band. The plates have slots in the sides to allow you to add as many plates or few as you like. Various colors are also available.

    To use the wallet, you open it like an expanding file. You need to be careful when you use it because your credit cards, IDs or cash can fall out if you can’t keep your hands under the bottom edge or stretch the elastic band too far.

    Another drawback is that there is no place to put your coins. In addition to an aircraft metal, a carbon fiber version wallet is now available

    Price: The HuMn wallet mini starts at $78 for the two plate version.

    ShaveTech USB Travel Shaver  photo shavetech-logosize_zps72030f23.jpg

    Technology has come to shaving. If you travel with an electric shaver, it means packing a charger. And if you are traveling to a foreign country add in an adaptor plug, or several, if you’re traveling to several countries which may need different adaptor plugs.

    ShaveTech’s rechargeable travel shaver gives you an option. It’s small – about the size of a cell phone and has a flip out charger built in. The charger lets you juice up through any USB port – on your computer or your car. Or a USB charger which you may have for your phone. It takes about four hours for a full charge and you’ll get several shaves per charge. When you’re done shaving, the charge plug swivels back into the shaver to stay conveniently out of the way.

    The shaver can be particularly helpful if you are concerned about your appearance and prone to "five o'clock shadow." Instead of running back to your hotel, you can pull the USB Travel Shaver out of your pocket and shave before an evening meeting, dinner, or social engagement.

    As for as how well does it shave – don’t throw away your regular blade shaver or electric shaver. It’s not meant as a replacement but as a convenience for travel. Tough beards may need multiple passes. The shaver works well and has a cool high-tech look.

    Price: The black or white ShaveTech shaver is $29.99 on the company’s website. As the time of this review, no retail locations were listed.

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    AdventureSmith Pricing for Multigenerational Groups

    AdventureSmith Explorations, the active travel company that matches adventure-seeking clients and small expedition ships, suggests summer cruise options from Alaska to Australia that are ideal for multigenerational families.

    Booking early helps families get the trips they’re interested in, plus there are savings that come with early season bookings.

    Ecuador - Galapagos Cruise aboard the Eric/Letty/Flamingo: The 20-passenger, eco-certified Eric, Letty, and Flamingo are sister ships offering naturalist guides, easy nature hikes and snorkeling on eight-day cruises. Each naturalist takes up to 10 people on all shore excursions and shares insights about wildlife and natural history. On select summer departures, savings can be 15 percent for adults and 15 to 25 percent for children.

    Alaska - Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: This eight-day trip from Juneau to Ketchikan explores the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage by kayak, skiff, foot and small ship or yacht. Families with children under age 12 should consider the "Kids in Nature" cruises where kids ages 12 years and younger receive a 25 percent savings.

    Peru - Amazon River Cruise aboard the Delfin I: This river vessel carries eight passengers in four suites, each with private terraces and two with private whirlpool baths. Activities include night safaris, wildlife watching, kayaking, swimming in the river, interacting with local children, fishing for piranhas and exploring the rain forest. Two rooms can be interconnected for families. Children receive 20 percent off the standard rate.

    Australia - Great Barrier Reef aboard the Coral Princess II: This cruise combines exclusive reef sites on a comprehensive Great Barrier Reef itinerary. The cruise can be for, five or eight days hopping among islands. Kids cruise free on select summer departures.

    When booking small ship cruises, families should consider cabin locations and bed configurations. Arrive at the embarkation destination the day before cruise departure so the start of the cruise is relaxing for everyone. Always ask for an upgrade when checking in. AdventureSmith ships will provide upgrades to unsold cabins that were restricted during the booking process.

    AdventureSmith Explorations or 800/728-2875.


    Secrets Resorts $350 Air Credit

    The Secrets Resorts and Spas air credit promotion is valid on all new reservations made by May 31, 2013, for travel through Dec. 22, 2013, at all Secrets Resorts & Spas. A minimum three night stay is required and this promotion applies only to packaged bookings with air. Bookings receive a $50 air credit per night, per room.

    Secrets Resorts and Spas are adults-only resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with an oceanfront settings.

    This entire promotion is combinable with the Gatherings, Getaways and Groups promotion and includes $200 or $400 in resort coupons based on the room category booked. The promotion is subject to availability and can be modified or closed at any time. Blackout dates and restrictions do apply and may vary by resort. Rates can change at any time.

    Spa treatment coupons are broken down in two coupons worth $40 and one coupon worth $20. Only one coupon can be redeemed per spa treatment. To use coupons for romantic dining, one $40 coupon and one $20 coupon may be combined, for a discount of $60 off one romantic dining experience. When using coupons towards wine purchases, only coupons worth $10 may be used and cannot be combined. So one $10 coupon can be applied toward one bottle of wine.

    Resort coupons cannot be applied toward beauty salon services, spa products, telephone charges, dolphin experiences, gift shop purchases, boutique purchases, internet service, marina services, dive shop, medical services, car rentals and travel agency services.

    Resort coupons must be redeemed at the time of reservation or service. Resort coupons do have any cash or commercial value, are not refundable and non-transferable. They are not applicable for tips, taxes, private functions and/or special events.

    Secrets Resorts & Spas or 866/GoSecrets..

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    Tips for Cruisers

    With cruise disasters all over the news in recent months, Travel Guard, a provider of travel insurance, wants to help you prepare for the unexpected as you plan for your next cruise. Here are a few tips:

    Keep an eye on the weather: While it may be 85 degrees and sunny in the port of your destination, winter weather back home can easily disrupt your travel plans. Travel during hurricane season can also present problems, as evidenced during Superstorm Sandy, which affected more than 50 cruise sailings over 10 days, according to Cruise Critic. If you are unable to reach your destination in time to catch your cruise due to flight delays or cancellations, a travel insurance policy may help reimburse for unused prepaid expenses and cover the cost of any additional transportation expenses required to get you to your destination or next port.

    Plan for adequate time between your flight and your cruise: Whether you're traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Santorini or any points in between, allow adequate time between your flight and your ship's departure, perhaps planning to arrive a night or two in advance. In the event that weather delays or cancellations result in missing the cruise's departure, travel insurance may help cover the cost of and arrange flights so that you can catch up with your ship.

    Carry on the necessities: Pack a carry-on bag with the necessities you don't want to be without (change of clothes, swimsuit, essential toiletries and medications) in case your luggage doesn't make it to your destination before your cruise departs. Even with the carry-on bag, inconveniences can still occur. Your travel insurance may assist by helping fill emergency prescriptions for medications and helping find your luggage if it has been displaced. Travel insurance may help cover the cost of necessities if your luggage is delayed.

    Secure important documents: Since a cruise typically involves visiting multiple destinations or countries, bring your passport and keep it safe. If you plan to use your driver's license or photo I.D. as your main form of identification while in port, lock your passport in the safe in your cabin. If you prefer to use your passport at all times, consider purchasing a money pouch that you can wear underneath your clothes. It's also a good idea to bring a copy of your passport and multiple credit cards. If at any point during your trip your passport or credit cards are lost or stolen, your travel insurance provider may help obtain emergency cash and a replacement passport.

    Wash up: Falling ill on a vacation is never fun, especially if you are at sea. So it's important to take precautions to keep from getting sick. One of the most basic and effective means of preventing illness is washing your hands regularly, both on and off the ship. Hand washing is effective in helping to avoid the flu, common cold, Norovirus and other airborne bugs.

    Don't go overboard (with food, drink or sun): While it's easy to go back for seconds and even thirds at the midnight buffet, it's just as easy to get sick to your stomach. Eating until the point of fullness and limiting the intake of rich foods are good ways to prevent spending your vacation regretting overindulgence. The same goes with alcohol, which, in addition to physical sickness, can often be involved in other accidents that could require medical attention. Too much sun can also hamper your cruise. Be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat and stay hydrated. If things do get to the point where you need help, your travel insurance provider may work with your on-board physician to assist with your case, including connecting you with a local doctor, if necessary.

    Listen to your body: If you feel sick before leaving for your cruise or while sailing, don't ignore your symptoms. See a doctor for the best advice and course of action for travel. If you get seriously ill or injured on board or in port and require emergency services off of the ship, a comprehensive travel insurance policy may include emergency assistance services such as making arrangements for evaluation with a local English-speaking doctor and transport you back home when medically necessary, even if this includes an emergency evacuation.

    Keep the whole family in mind: According to CLIA's most recent Cruise Industry Update3, the greatest passenger growth is expected to come from families, including multigenerational families. Traveling with kids can bring unexpected circumstances. A travel insurance plan can help ease the concerns these circumstances bring. Cruisers with concerns about potential health issues that their parents may face, whether they are joining the cruise or staying at home, can rest assured that travel insurance may help should grandmom or granddad need medical help while at sea or if the entire family needs to leave the cruise early should an emergency situation arise at home.

    Travel Guard or 800/826-1300.


    Up to 45% Off Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza

    The Ushuaia Beach Hotel in Ibiza, Spain, considers itself party central. On Playa d'en Bossa beach, you can watch international DJs perform from your room balcony. The hotel consists of two adjoining lodgings: The Ushuaïa Club, featuring a poolside stage and the Ushuaïa Tower 2013 (formerly Fiesta Hotel Playa d'en Bossa), with sea and beach views.

    Now you can see and be seen with discounts up to 45 percent. The offer is subject to availability.

    Stay between May 1 and 23, 2013, or Oct. 7 and 31, 2013, and you receive a 15 percent discount if you book 45 days in advance.

    Between May 27 and Oct. 6, 2013:
    Stay more than two nights and receive a 25 percent discount,
    Stay more than three nights and receive a 40 percent discount
    Stay more than five nights and receive a 45 percent discount.

    The offers only apply to bookings made before Oct. 31, 2013.

    Ushuaia Beach Hotel.


    Overseas Adventure Travel Free Single Supplements

    To accommodate the growing number of solo travelers aged 50 and older, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) offers free single supplements on all of its adventures and pre-and-post trip extensions. With OAT, single travelers can save $500 to $5,000 over comparable vacations with single supplement fees.

    In addition to free single supplements, OAT offers a free matching roommate program, a free online travel companion program, a Lowest Price Guarantee that refunds you if a departure is reduced in price after you book, and a Solo Traveler Challenge that guarantees the best price for solos for a comparable international vacation. OAT trains all of its guides to welcome, integrate, and assist solo travelers on every trip and departure.

    OAT offers Americans 50 and older culturally-rich adventures in small groups of 10 to 16 travelers by land and 14 to 25 by small ship with per diems from $93 a day and eight adventures that begin at less than $150 a day. OAT destinations include more than 30 countries in South and Central America, Africa, the Far East and Middle East.

    Overseas Adventure Travel or 800/955-1925.


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    Save up to 60% with Geringer’s Discover India

    Geringer Global Travel offers a 12-day “Oberoi Exotic Summer Vacation” with savings up to 60 percent off nightly rack rates at Oberoi properties for travel through Sep. 30, 2013. Prices for the 12-day trip start from $3,945 per person, based on double occupancy, and include hotel accommodations, meals per the itinerary, intra-India airfare, activities per the itinerary, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees per the itinerary and all applicable taxes.
      Highlights include:
    • Oberoi accommodations (Delhi; Agra;Jaipur; Udaipur; Mumbai)
    • High tea with a local family in Agra
    • Elephant ride at Amber Fort
    • Cooking demonstration and dinner
    • Udaipur art gallery visit and discussion on contemporary art
    • Guided walk in Jaipur to discover local crafts, regional food and interact with local artisans in their workshops
    • Guided walk through Nizzamuddin Basti in Delhi

    The trip starts with sightseeing through Old and New Delhi. On the third day you depart for Agra with a visit to Kacchpura Village and the Taj Mahal. In Jaipur you visit the “ghost city” and Amber Fort for an elephant ride and City Palace Museum. On the seventh day, depart for Jodhpur and visit the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada memorial, the Clock Tower Market and Sadar Market. Next you visit the White Marble Temples and Fatehbagh Palace at Ranakpur. In Udaipur, visit the City Palace Museum and a private boat ride on Lake Pichola. The second to last day, you fly to Mumbai for the remainder of the trip.

    Geringer Global Travel or 877/255-7438.


    Up to 50% Off for Third/Fourth Passengers

    BOOK BY MAY 10 - - Bring the whole family on a Royal Caribbean International cruise with the reduced third- and fourth-guest fare offer.

    For new U.S. and Canadian bookings through May 10, 2013 aboard select Royal Caribbean ships, the reduced third- and fourth-guest fares offers up to 50 percent savings for departures on Sep. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. Reduced third- and fourth-guest fares start at $99 per guest for three-night Bahamas cruises and $199 per guest on four- to seven-night Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean and Europe cruises.

    Royal Caribbean International or 800/327-2056.


    Finger Lakes Golf Packages

    Play the Ravenwood Golf Club or Bristol Harbour and don’t worry if you weren’t able to take a mulligan on your tee-shot, it is guaranteed here.
      From $159 per person, based on double occupancy, each package includes:
    • One day of golf and one night of overnight accommodations at the Ravenwood Golf Club & Holiday Inn Express & Suites, in Victor, NY, or
    • Bristol Harbour Resort & the Bristol Harbour Resort Hotel, Canandaigua, NY
    • $50 gas card per two some
    • Unlimited golf, cart and range (All carts equipped with Prolink GPS or Uplink GPS)
    • Lunch at the course
    • Valid Sunday thru Thursday, until May 23, 2013. All packages are based on double occupancy and availability.
    • Reservations and tee times Ravenwood Golf Club, 585/924-6168 or Bristol Harbour Resort, 800/288-8248.

    Play and Stay on the Finger Lakes Golf Trail. Explore the Finger Lakes region and play four challenging golf courses available to the public through the Finger Lakes Golf Trail: Bristol Harbour, Greystone, Ravenwood and Mill Creek. Each course delivers a memorable experience.

      Starting at $279 per person, the Play and Stay on the Finger Lakes Trail includes:
    • Three,18-hole rounds of golf (cart and range included)
    • Two nights’ accommodations at the participating hotel of choice
    • Participating Golf Trail courses:
    • Greystone Golf Club – Walworth, NY
    • Bristol Harbour – Canandaigua, NY
    • Ravenwood Golf Club – Victor, NY
    • Mill Creek Golf Club – Churchville, NY
      Participating lodging properties:
    • Hampton Inn and Suites – Victor, NY
    • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Victor, NY
    • Bristol Harbour Resort Hotel – Canandaigua, NY
    • Woodcliff Hotel and Spa – Fairport, NY

    Packages are available for stays May 19 through Oct. 7, 2013. Rates are based on double occupancy and availability. Finger Lakes Golf Trail, 866/969-3548 Ext. 7.

    Play and Stay the Links at Hiawatha Landing, New York State's premier public golf course. In Apalachin, NY, the course is a day trip for many across New York and Pennsylvania.

      The one night package includes:
    • Two rounds of golf at the Links with cart
    • One night lodging at Owego Treadway Inn.
    • Breakfast
    • Rates for Monday to Thursday stays start from $149 per night and $185 for stays Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
      Two nights packages with lodging at the Owego Treadway Inn include three rounds of golf at the Links with cart and breakfast each day.
    • $245 for stays Monday-Thursday
    • $299 for stays Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • E-mail or call Golf Package Director Erin Hunter, 800/30-golf-3.

    The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Webster, NY’s Stay & Play Golf package starts at $159 and lets you test out the Brookwoods Country Club, now a semi-private facility.

      The package includes:
    • 18 holes of golf with cart and a half-hour of Driving Range time ($30 golf fee on weekdays, $39 golf fee on weekend)
    • Free shuttling
    • A standard room starts at $129 while a spa suite starts at $154
    • Free hot breakfast
    • Hotel amenities include indoor heated pool, exercise room and outdoor patio.
    • Contact Carolyn Courtright, 585/872-8211.


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    Through May 31, 2013, Cunard’s Europe Three For All Sale offers savings of up to $400 on air travel per stateroom (when booked through Cunard CompleteAir) and $400 in on board credit and free gratuities for two people, regardless of accommodation, on select 2013 Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

    Queen Elizabeth offers 10- to 14-day cruises to destinations throughout the Mediterranean, including overnight stays on select itineraries. Voyages include the Holy Land Explorer, Greek Isles & Aegean Treasures, Pearls of the Black Sea and Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders.

    All three Cunard Queens travel to Northern Europe and the Baltics, with roundtrip voyages from Southampton or Hamburg. Queen Mary 2 sails to Norway and other ports, while Queen Victoria explores the North Cape, and Queen Elizabeth circumnavigates the British Isles to the Norwegian fjords.

    Sale fares on these select cruises start at $1,399 per person. All voyage fares are per person, based on double occupancy. Fares for other voyages will vary.

    Cunard or 800/728-6273.


    Walk Tasmania and Save $300 Per Couple

    Book a three-day Tasmanian walking holiday with Australian tour operator, Life's An Adventure's and save $300 per couple with their super early bird deals on Bay of Fires, Freycinet and Maria Island experiences.

    On the east coast of Tasmania, in the north you'll find the Bay of Fires with burnt orange rocks contrasting against the water. A few hours down the coast, lies the white beach of Freycinet's Wineglass Bay and further south are the fossil cliffs and peaks of Maria Island.

    Life's An Adventure walking tours are designed for the avid walker who wants an affordable, fully guided walking experience with some creature comforts. Your overnight bags are carried for you, so you only walk with a small day pack. And you take part in candlelit dinners under the stars served with Tasmania's Ninth Island wines.

    Life's An Adventure's new season kicks off September 2013. You can save up to $300 per couple or $150 per person by booking by June 30, 2013, on the three-day Bay of Fires, Maria Island or Freycinet Tasmania walking holidays.

    The all-inclusive three-day packages start from $849 per person for the Bay of Fires itinerary, for bookings made and paid in full by June 30, 2013. A 10 percent discount is available if you book multiple Tasmanian tours together.

    Life's An Adventure.


    Aston Hotels & Resorts Summer Rates

    Aston Hotels & Resorts lets you pick a destination and “Splash into Summer” with summer rates at its 26 properties throughout Hawaii, South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Lake Las Vegas, NV. Summer deals must be booked by July 31, 2013, for travel June 9 through Aug. 25, 2013.
      “Splash into Summer” Nightly Rates:
    • Oahu from $131
    • Maui from $99
    • Kauai from $99
    • Hawaii Island from $179
    • South Lake Tahoe, CA from $179
    • Lake Las Vegas, NV from $80

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

    Aston condominium resorts offer fully-equipped kitchens and on-site laundry facilities. At all Aston Hawaii properties, you receive Aston’s free Aloha Book with more than $2,500 in savings on dining, shopping and activities. Plus, kids stay free and receive exclusive offers with Aston’s Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program when accompanied by a paying adult.

    Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe offers a free daily kid’s camp.

    Aston Hotels & Resorts or 866/774-2924.

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    Summer Values at Four Seasons

    This summer, Four Seasons gives you options to please every member of the family, from kids and teens to parents and grandparents.

    Special offers at participating Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world include free nights, spending credits, and extras such as free meals and spa treatments, tours, and toys for the kids. The special offers are valid June 15 to Sep. 15, 2013. Many offers extend beyond this period. Package terms, conditions and dates are available online.

    Every Four Seasons offers family-friendly services and amenities. Kids for All Seasons is a supervised program for children at all Four Seasons resorts and select urban hotels. Many properties offer additional programming such as movie nights, kid-friendly tours and excursions, and professional babysitting services when the adults want some alone time. Many locations have teen centers stocked with games and movies that host theme parties especially for younger guests. Four Seasons allows you to pack light, with baby gear including cribs and strollers, loaned at no charge, along with special child-size robes to match Mom's and Dad's.

    Connecting rooms are often available at a special price, and many resorts offer residence rentals, giving families their own living spaces for private time spent together, along with multiple bedrooms to accommodate everyone.

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