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LAST MINUTE TRAVEL: Winter Packages and Deals in Estes Park, Colorado

Spring may be right around the corner, but in Estes Park, CO., located adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, winter is far from over.  And unlike pricey, hard to access ski towns, in Estes Park, an easy 90-minute drive from Denver, off-peak prices make for some of the best winter deals in the Rocky Mountains.

Here are 4 discounted winter sport packages still available for a last minute winter getaway:

Snowcat Overnight Package 

Estes Park Outfitters offers private, customizable snowcat adventures with accommodations at the exclusive, luxurious High Mountain Cabin – inaccessible outside of the package.

Snowcat Overnight Package, Estes Park, CO

DEAL (Save $350): A private two-hour snowcat adventure, a chef-prepared dinner, a one night stay and breakfast. Adventures can be customized to include private cross-country or back-country skiing.The package is available while weather permits. Rates start at $695 a night for up to four people.

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EUROPE TRAVEL DEAL: Winter Wipeout Deals at Generator Hostels Starting at $7 Per Night

Generator, the world’s fastest-growing hostel brand, is offering incredible winter wipeout deals available brand-wide at their eight locations throughout Europe’s best destinations starting as low as $7 per person, per night. 

Winter Wipeout offers are available through December 31, 2013 for travel until February 28, 2014.  Starting rates for each property are:  

 

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GO SOLO AND SAVE: 40% Off Room Rates For Solo Travelers at Long Beach Lodge Resort

Finally! Savings for Solo Travelers…

 

Anyone who enjoys traveling alone, or has little choice but to do so, knows that the decision often carries a costly penaltythe dreaded ‘single supplement’, a hefty fee that hotels and travel providers add to trip rates for solo travelers.

I travel solo a lot and know that single supplements, or lack thereof, can make or break my vacation choices. So, I was thrilled to find this Spring getaway at Vancouver Islands’ Long Beach Lodge Resort offering 40% off savings for solo travelers

The deal:  From now until May 31, 2013, Long Beach Lodge Resort, in Tofino, British Columbia, is offering solo travelers 40% off room rates in the Lodge. “Solo Rates” start at $119 Cdn per night plus taxes.

 

The place:  Famous for its iconic Great Room, where guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the incredible views, Long Beach Lodge Resort is home to one of the best surfing beaches in the area. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, Long Beach Lodge Resort is set right on the ocean in Cox Bay, Tofino, BC, and provides beautifully appointed accommodations in a private, wild Pacific West Coast setting. 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, as well as meeting space and instant beach access. For more information, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.

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LAST MINUTE ADVENTURE DEAL: Southern Tanzania & Swahili Coast with Immersion Journeys

Beginning November 1, 2012, custom travel company Immersion Journeys is offering last-minute discounts on their six-night Tanzania and Swahili Coast adventure package, including airport meet-and-greet services, five-star accommodations and meals, domestic transport and game drives with an English-speaking guide, all park fees and government taxes. This is a savings of 15% off their high-season rates. (valid Nov 1, 2012- March 1, 2013). 

 

 
 

Highlights of this extraordinary adventure include three nights in the Selous Game Reserve- the largest reserve in Africa - and a stay at the luxury Serena Mivumo Lodge overlooking Steiglers Gorge, with game activities during the day including sundowners along the mighty Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers- where explorer’s caravans were likely to have once camped for the evening. 

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Save 30% On Green Season Safari to Botswana

ESCAPE WINTER CHILL WITH GREEN SEASON BOTSWANA SAFARI

Save up to 30% on this 6-night Green Season safari, with rates starting at $3,400 per person including accommodations, domestic flights, meals, game drives and more

 

Extraordinary Journeys Africa, specialists in luxury bespoke safaris to Africa, is offering an opportunity to trade in the winter chill for an escape to Botswana from November 2012 to March 2013.

During this 6-night safari, visitors will experience breath-taking green landscapes, thousands of animals in the wild caring for their newborn young and millions of birds migrating. With about an hour of rain each day, this “green season” typically attracts fewer tourists, which means a more intimate experience and warm temperatures all at rates that are 30% lower than their peak.

Pricing for this adventure is $3,400 per person for a 6-night stay in Botswana for travel between November 10, 2012 and March 20, 2013*. To receive a quote for dates between December 20, 2012 and January 10, 2013, please contact Extraordinary Journeys. 

A 50% discount is available for children 6 to 14 sharing a family room with parents, making this a great option for a family trip over the upcoming holiday and February school breaks.

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Save Up to 66% Off Sailing Adventures in Costa Rica & the Caribbean

I was telling a friend recently how much fun Star Clippers’ tall ship sailing adventures are. Then I spotted this great travel deal and had to share…

Trade your scarves and shovels this fall and winter for balmy breezes and palm-fringed shorelines with a tropical getaway to the Caribbean and Costa Rica aboard a glorious tall ship. On select seven-night sailings from November through March aboard all three Star Clipper ships, guests can take advantage of exceptional savings and book a SetSail cruise-only rate starting at just $1,299 per person, double occupancy. That represents 66 percent off brochure rates. 

 

Bookings must be made by Nov. 15, 2012, to take advantage of these savings, so don’t wait until the snow starts to fall to reserve your cabin. 

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Early Booking Travel Credit Offered on American Safari Cruises’ Yacht Adventures in Hawaiian Islands and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés

Advance planning for a winter escape to warmer climes pays off for travelers booking an un-cruise adventure with American Safari Cruises. The line is offering travel credits of $500 per couple on its yacht in the Hawaiian Islands or $300 per couple in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés aboard the newest addition to the fleet, the Safari Endeavour.

The 86-guest Safari Endeavour will spend its first winter exploring wildlife rich Sea of Cortés on weeklong Baja’s Bounty expeditions roundtrip La Paz, Baja, Mexico. Transfers are included from either Los Cabos or La Paz airports. Highlights include snorkeling with sea lions, water sports activities, and viewing dolphins and whales. Guests making a new reservation by September 30, 2012 receive a $300 travel credit per couple.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer embarks on its second season of Hawaiian Islands cruises sailing seven-night inclusive Hawaiian Seascapes adventures between Hawaii, the Big Island and Lana’i with two days of activities on Moloka’i. Flexible yacht itineraries focus on the leeward side of the eastern-most Hawaiian Islands. A $500 travel credit per couple is offered on Hawaii sailings. Both travel credit offers are for new bookings made by September 30, 2012 for travel November 2012- April 2013.

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Free Admission To National Parks

Start your new year with a free visit to a national park! All 397 national parks across the country will offer free admission from January 14 - 16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, plus 14 other days in 2012.

You can literally walk in Dr. King’s footsteps at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site  in Georgia, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trailnbsp; in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial

Other parks that will hold special events honoring Dr. King that weekend include the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey, Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee, and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC.

“Dr. King led the fight to realize his dream of a nation free of discrimination, where every citizen was able to enjoy the inalienable rights promised to all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “Dr. King’s story and those of so many others whose efforts changed our country are preserved in the national parks, places where history happened.  I hope every American can take advantage of the upcoming fee free weekend and visit their parks to experience their history firsthand.”

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Antarctica in 2012 Just Got A Whole Lot More Affordable

For years, Antarctica - the “blue continent” at the bottom of the world - has topped my travel wish list.

With ten departures, and savings up to $8,200, these Antarctic cruise deals from Quark Expeditions, the leader in Polar adventures, might be just the ticket to getting there in 2012. 

Save up to 40% on this 12-day Antarctic adventure that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Like adventurers of old, the voyage crosses the Drake Passage to explore the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula and the mysterious South Shetland Islands. Passengers meet up with at least four different species of penguin, countless seals and “big ice” in all its Antarctic splendour.There’s also a full slate of adventure activities, including kayaking, camping, mountaineering and cross-country skiing. February 10-21, 2012, from $6,354 per person.

Quark Expeditions (888) 892 0334.

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PACK YOUR WOOLIES: Winter Deals From 4 Top North American Ski Resorts

Tis’ the season for a winter adventure. Hit the slopes and save with these package deals from resorts in some of North America’s top ski destinations.

1. Sign up for the The Best of Winter in Four Days Flat package at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, and get three nights lodging, two days of resort skiing, one day of self-guided snowshoeing with free snowshoe rentals, a day of dog sledding, and a round of happy hour drinks, for up to four people. Offering a vast amount of terrain and an escape from long lift lines, this ski resort in Montana’s Rocky Mountains combines luxury with affordable rates and features an exceptional spa, dining options & a variety of lodging, along with the Biggest Skiing in America.

2.  At the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole in Wyoming, their five-day and five-night skiing/snowboarding Ultimate Untracked Trio includes resort skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain, snowcat skiing, back-country skiing, and heli-skiing. The luxurious ski-in/ski-out resort in Wyoming’s Teton Mountains features world-class dining, full-service spa retreat, unforgettable service & signature amenities, along with incredible access to epic ski terrain & winter adventures.

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Escape the Snow and Save in Cabo This Winter

With the winter season quickly approaching, Cabo San Lucas-based hotel collection Solmar Hotels and Resorts, are offering savings at three of their award-winning properties.

Now through March 31st Grand Solmar Lands End Resort & Spa, Playa Grande Resort & Spa and The Ridge Luxury Villas encourage travelers to embark on a fun-filled beach getaway with the following travel packages:

Playa Grande Resort & Spa 

The Ridge Luxury Villas and Playa Grande Resort & Spa:

Guests planning a minimum 3-night stay at Playa Grande Resort & Spa or The Ridge Luxury Villas will receive a $200 resort credit to be used throughout the resort as follows:

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Save in St. Kitts with Fall and Winter Hotel and Island-Wide Deals

With the official start of autumn behind us and winter on its way, the Caribbean island of St. Kitts is encouraging travelers not to let their vacation planning “fall” through the cracks by offering some wallet-friendly fall and winter deals, plus a “Fall in Love with St. Kitts & Nevis” value-added program designed to help visitors save on their stay.

Here are a few of the offers from individual hotels now available on St. Kitts:

  • Bird Rock Beach Hotel – Low season rates begin at just $90 per room, per night based on double occupancy from now through December 19, 2011.  Plus, on stays of at least 4 consecutive nights, the 5th night is free. 
  • Ocean Terrace Inn – From now through November 30, 2011, the property’s “August Specials” provide three low-cost options for accommodations: Room only rate of $89 based on single occupancy; Room only rate of $100 based on double occupancy with up to 2 kids 12 and under able to stay free; or a Bed & Breakfast rate of $118 for a standard room based on double occupancy with up to 2 kids 12 and under able to stay free.

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Galapagos Winter Break For Under $2000 From ROW Adventures

For those of you who don’t believe the old saying, “once in a lifetime opportunity,” this offer from ROW Adventures may make you want to reconsider…

Check out this wonderful 6 and 7-day trip aboard the M/S Encantada to the Galapagos Islands with adventure travel company ROW Adventures on highly-desirable winter vacation dates, December 24th and 28th. The 6-day trip is priced at just $1890 and the 7-day trip is only $2080 per person*. It’s the perfect way to spend your winter break. *Round-trip airfare from Ecuador to the Islands is included along with two hotel nights in Guayaquil. Booking deadline August 25, 2011.

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LAST MINUTE TRAVEL DEALS: Santa Fe Winter Fiesta

Winter may be Santa Fe’s best kept secret, but it won’t be for long with winter deals like these. 

The first annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta takes place February 18 - 27, 2011 throughout Santa Fe’s historic streets and in the nearby Rocky Mountains. 

Each day will be a celebration of the season with daily special events focusing on Santa Fe’s bountiful outdoor opportunities, Native American and Spanish cultures, the region’s savory and diverse cuisine, the city’s performing arts, and Santa Fe’s endless fine arts. 

Lots of winter events and Santa Fe Specials are available plus hotel packages with value pricing and additional savings opportunities around town, including: 

A Winter Fiesta Pass lanyard ($20) is the key to savings for many events, venues, classes and programs.

For more Santa Fe information and Winter Fiesta deals visit: www.SantaFeWinterFiesta.com

 

Source: Santa Fe Conventions and Visitors Bureau 

 

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Windstar 7-Day Caribbean Sailings from $999

Escape the winter blues for less with savings from Windstar Cruises. Enjoy 2-for-1 fares starting at $999 for select voyages departing Barbados and St. Martin. Offer expires January 31, 2011.

Southern Caribbean Explorations

Barbados - Barbados, 7-days

Category B staterooms from $999*, Savings up to 64%

January 23-March 27, 2011 on the Wind Surf

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Caribbean Adventures

St. Martin - St. Martin, 7-days

Category B staterooms from $1,249*, Savings up to 64% 

January 22-April 2, 2011 on the Wind Spirit

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About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.

 

Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.

 

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Ceiba Del Mar Resort Rolls Out Romance Package for Last-Minute Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day lovers who follow their hearts south of the border to Mexico’s luxurious Ceiba del Mar Beach Spa and Resort for Valentine’s Day will fall for the ocean-view accommodations, Yucatan edibles and spa indulgences featured in the boutique resort’s Romance Experience.

 

The Romance Experience package includes:

A refreshing welcome champagne cocktail upon arrival;
A four-night stay in a luxury, ocean-view suite with upgrade if available;
One private-by-candlelight dinner for two with bottle of wine, featuring a presentation of artisanal Mexican edibles prepared by a local chef and served amid a romantic indoor/outdoor backdrop just steps from the Mexican Caribbean and a white-sand beach ideal for hand-in-hand strolls at sunset; and
One 50-minute Love & Indulgence Couple’s Massage Spa at the wellness aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar. This premium spa therapy takes place in a special couples-only treatment room. Lovers also are welcome to enjoy the facilities at their leisure, including a fully-equipped gym an advanced hydrotherapy circuit.

 

Rates for the Romance Experience start at $180.00 USD (per person, per night) plus 14% taxes and a 5% service charge based on double occupancy. 

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New Year Fare Sale at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air

Low fares starting at $29 available for travel through February

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have launched a New Year’s sale with airfare to several popular Hawaiian destinations starting at $159. Fares are available for travel throughout the Lower 48 states and Hawaii, and are good for travel between Jan. 11 and Feb. 17, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 12, 2011, and are available for purchase today at alaskaair.com and horizonair.com.

Sample one-way fares:

$29* between:

San Jose and Sacramento, Calif.

$ 49* between:

Los Angeles and San Jose

Spokane, Wash., and Portland, Ore.

Spokane and Seattle

$ 59* between:

Boise, Idaho, and Portland

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Book a Caribbean Adventure With AirTran Airways' New Sale Fares

AirTran Airways, today launched a sale for travel to select Caribbean destinations with special low fares. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at airtran.com, from their local travel agent or via AirTran Airways’ reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.

These special fares are available for purchase through January 13, 2011, and are good for travel fromJanuary 11, 2011, through May 24, 2011. Off-peak sale fares are valid for travel on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to the Caribbean and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from the Caribbean. Peak sale fares are valid for travel daily. Like all AirTran Airways fares, prices included in this sale are available for one-way travel and do not require a roundtrip purchase or an overnight stay. These sale fares require a 14-day advance purchase.

Following is a sample of one-way sale fares*.  All fares are valid in either direction:

 

Sample Fares:

Off-Peak

/Peak

 



 

Akron/Canton - Punta Cana

$139

$159

 

Atlanta - Aruba

$129

$159

 

Atlanta - Cancun

$89

$99

 

Atlanta - Montego Bay

$109

$119

 

Atlanta - Nassau/Paradise Island

$79

$89

 

Atlanta - Punta Cana

$109

$129

 

Atlantic City - Cancun

$119

$149

 

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Aruba

$149

$179

 

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Bermuda

$99

$129

 

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Cancun

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Yellowstone Lodge Rooms as Low as $49 This Winter

Experience Yellowstone National Park this winter at budget-friendly rates. 

Yellowstone National Park Lodges is offering a special rate of $49 for rooms with shared bathrooms in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Jan. 4 through March 6, 2011 with the exception of Feb. 18-21, 2011. Rates are normally $87 per night for single or double occupancy.


Yellowstone’s winter season began Dec. 18, 2010 with the opening of Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel opens Dec. 21, 2010. The lodges provide the only wintertime accommodations within the park. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will close for the season March 7, 2011, and Old Faithful Snow Lodge will close March 6, 2011.

To qualify for the special rate rooms must be reserved before January 14, 2011 using the promotional code “WOB49.” Reservations can be made by calling 1-307-344-7311 or toll-free 1-866-439-7375 or online atwww.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com using the promo code box. This rate cannot be combined with other specials or packages. 

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is located five miles inside the park’s northern entrance and is convenient for visitors who want to drive to the Lamar Valley to view wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife. The road from Gardiner, Mont. to Mammoth Village and on to Cooke City, Mont. is the only road plowed all winter. Just outside Mammoth Village are groomed cross country ski trails and access to the park’s interior via snowcoach and snowmobile.

Complete details about winter accommodations, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone can be made by calling (1) 307-344-7311 or toll-free 866-439-7375or online at www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.

 

Source: Xanterra Parks & Resorts

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Kids Fly Free to Telluride

American Airlines Brings Kids to Telluride for Free

Telluride Ski Resort and American Airlines are back with the ever popular Kids Fly Free Program this winter. American, Continental, Delta and United Airlines are also offering some of the most aggressive First Class fares in recent history, with rates as low as $632 to get to the slopes of Telluride.


Telluride boasts some of the best non-stop access of any destination ski resort, with daily direct flights from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, and now Atlanta, as well as direct flights from Newark and Los Angeles on the weekends.

 

From January 5 - February 16 and February 27 - March 10, 2011, kids ages 2-12 will fly free with an accompanying adult ticket on American Airlines flights into Telluride’s Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ).

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