Travel Steals & Deals


To Paris and beyond
Air France and Eurail have created a flexible fly/rail plan for European travel through December 15. Travelers who purchase a "Eurail Fly" package receive round-trip transportation to Paris, a one-way flight to any of 60 other European cities, and a Eurail pass valid for four consecutive days of unlimited first-class rail travel. Price range from $820 per person for departures from New York or Washington, D.C., to $985 for departures from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Call 800-462-2577 for more details.

Florida before the crush
Florida's "high season" begins just before Christmas, so now is your chance to make a warm-weather visit at off-season prices. The "Sonesta Island Spree" package at the Sonesta Beach Resort (800-766-3782) in Key Biscayne includes accommodations, breakfast, and dinner for $99 per person (double occupancy) per night. It is valid until December 17 and requires a minimum stay of three nights. The "Maingate Great Fall Rate" at the Radisson Inn Maingate (800-333-3333), located one mile from the Walt Disney World Resort, is $49 per room until December 20. At the Indian River Plantation Beach Resort, on Hutchinson Island north of Palm Beach, the "Island Funaway" package costs $292 per couple and includes two nights accommodations, full breakfast, unlimited golf and tennis, and a cruise excursion. It is available through December 15 from 800-444-3389. And for $344 per couple the "Tropical Adventure" package at the Radisson Suite Beach Resort (800-333-3333) on Marco Island includes two nights accommodations, breakfast, bicycle rentals, and cocktails. The price is valid until December 23.

The complete New Zealand
Cosmos Tourama (800-851-0728) is selling a 16-day tour of New Zealand for as low as $2,051 per person. The "New Zealand in Depth" package includes round-trip transportation from Los Angeles, accommodations, daily continental breakfast, one lunch and two dinners, and a sightseeing program. Departures are scheduled through December 17.

Worldwide hotel sale
Inter-Continental Hotels (800-327-0200) has special sale prices at its hotels around the world. The "Heart of the City Winter Spectacular," at Inter-Continental hotels in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, offers nightly room rates as much as 60 percent off the standard price. Winter Spectacular rates are valid until January 31, 1995, guaranteed in U.S. dollars, and include full breakfast, all taxes, and service charges. At Inter-Continental's North American properties and affiliated hotels, the "Leisure Option" rates include the choice of a upgrade to a suite, free parking, or a $25 food and beverage credit. Leisure Option rates are valid until at least December 22.

London in a hurry
"Taste of London" packages from British Airways Holidays (800-359-8722) offer 3- or 6-night vacations that include round-trip airfare to London, airport transfers, hotel accommodations, daily continental breakfast, a pub lunch, and a pass for unlimited use of London's mass-transit system. From November 1 to December 30, the prices for 3-night trips start at $499 per person (double occupancy); 6-night holidays begin at $699.

This column originally appeared in Travel Holiday magazine.

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