We scope out the week’s best travel bar­gains.

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL -


Rail Europe is of­fer­ing free travel days with the pur­chase of a Eu­rail Global Pass and a 20 per­cent dis­count on its Ger­man Rail Pass. Buy a 15-day Eu­rail Pass (adult ticket is $781), which al­lows travel in 24 coun­tries, and re­ceive two free ex­tra days of travel; with a 21day-pass ($1,006), earn three ad­di­tional days; and with a month-long pass ($1,239), get five ex­tra days. Deal ap­plies to first-class adult tick­ets and first- and sec­ond-class tick­ets for trav­el­ers ages 12 to 25; a sec­ond-class youth pass starts at $509. Book by March 29, and start travel within six months of pur­chase. For the Ger­man Rail Pass, the dis­counted price ap­plies to five or six days of train travel over a one-month pe­riod. Price starts at $247 per adult for a five-day sec­ond-class pass, a sav­ings of $61; pur­chase by March 29 and com­plete travel by May 31. Info: 800-6228600, www.raileu­rope.com.

With CW, for­merly known as Coun­try Walk­ers, save $500 on two Gala­pa­gos ad­ven­tures in May and Oc­to­ber. For the Gala­pa­gos Land-Based, a sev­en­day walking tour, solo trav­el­ers now pay $4,873 and cou­ples pay $10,246, in­clud­ing taxes. De­part May 25-31 or Oct. 19-25. For the 13-day Ecuador High­lands & Gala­pa­gos Duo, pay $8,173 for sin­gles and $16,846 per cou­ple; de­part May 25-31 or Oct. 19-25. Both trips in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tions, all meals with lo­cal wine and beer at din­ner; in­ter­nal air­fare; guides and more. Book by March 22 for the May dates and Aug. 16 for the Oc­to­ber de­par­tures. Info: 800-464-9255,


The Ja­maica Tourist Board is of­fer­ing free nights at 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing ho­tels with its Get Happy in Ja­maica promo. Book three nights at any of 13 prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Gold­en­Eye, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Re­sort and Spa, and Straw­berry Hill, and re­ceive a free fourth night. At Coy­aba Beach Re­sort and Ho­tel Mock­ing­bird Hill, book four nights for a free fifth. And at Jakes Ho­tel, Vil­las & Spa, San­dals Re­sorts and the Tryall Club, book six nights and earn a free sev­enth. Sav­ings vary: For ex­am­ple, rates at Straw­berry Hill start at $283, in­clud­ing taxes and fees. Book by March 15 for travel April 1 through June 30. Info: 800-526-2422,

www.vis­it­ja­maica.com. Use promo code GetH­appy. SEA

Take a South Pa­cific cruise aboard the 332-pas­sen­ger Paul Gau­guin and get 50 per­cent off the rate plus free air­fare on Air Tahiti Nui be­tween Los An­ge­les and Papeete, Tahiti. The pro­mo­tion ap­plies to five itin­er­ar­ies, with de­par­tures through­out the year. For ex­am­ple, with the dis­count, the seven-night Tahiti & the So­ci­ety Is­lands cruise starts at $3,995 per per­son dou­ble (plus $89 port charges) for the Dec. 7 and 14 de­par­tures. Air­fare from Los An­ge­les typ­i­cally costs about $1,316. Info: 800-848-6172,

www.pgcruises.com. Princess Cruises has a sale

on Alaska cruises, with re­duced rates on the cruise and the air­fare, when booked through Princess eZAir. For ex­am­ple, on the 10-day cruise tour de­part­ing Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, on June 15 and end­ing in Fair­banks, Alaska, pay $991 per per­son dou­ble (down from $1,980) for an in­te­rior cabin aboard the Sap­phire Princess. Taxes in­cluded. In ad­di­tion, book by Feb. 14 and re­ceive $150 sav­ings on air. Info: 800-774-6237,



South African Air­ways has spring sale fares from Washington Dulles to des­ti­na­tions in seven African coun­tries, in­clud­ing South Africa, Mozam­bique and Zim­babwe. Prices vary by city. For ex­am­ple, a di­rect flight to Jo­han­nes­burg is $1,140 round trip, in­clud­ing taxes; other air­lines are match­ing on con­nect­ing flights, but fare typ­i­cally starts at about $1,800. De­part Mon­day through Thurs­day (week­ends are slightly higher) April 1 through May 31. Book by Feb. 17. Info: 800-722-9675, www.fly­saa.com. PACKAGE

In­sight Cuba is of­fer­ing free air­fare from Mi­ami to Ha­vana, val­ued at $450 to $700, on se­lect tours. The pro­mo­tion ap­plies to four itin­er­ar­ies, in­clud­ing the April 27 and Sept. 14 de­par­tures of the seven-night Scenic Cuba tour, which vis­its the west­ern province of Pi­nar del Rio, and the Sept. 20 de­par­ture of the eight-night Cuban Mu­sic & Art tour, which ex­plores the cul­tural scene from Ha­vana to San­ti­ago de Cuba. Prices vary. For ex­am­ple, the Sept. 14 de­par­ture of the Scenic Cuba tour is $3,195 per per­son dou­ble, and the Cuban Mu­sic & Art Tour leav­ing on Sept. 20 is $4,295. Round-trip air from Washington to Mi­ami, priced sep­a­rately, starts at about $165. Info: 800-450-2822, www.


This week’s best travel bar­gains around the globe.


High art: Check out Ha­vana as part of a dis­counted Cuba tour.

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