Explore Italy or cruise Hawaii

Deals of the Week

December 31, 2006|By Boston Globe

This week's deals go from hot to cold:

Here's a chance to see two of Italy's most lovely cities - Rome and Florence - without the summertime tourist hordes. From Jan. 8-Feb. 8, TourCrafters' midweek Rome & Florence Super Bargain package starts at $519 per person land-only, or $899 air-and-land from New York. The package includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tours, first-class train from Rome to Florence and hotel fees. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Aloha makes a seven-night, round-trip journey from Honolulu, visiting Kauai, Maui and the Big Island along the way, with all shipboard meals and shows included. Prices on expedia.com start at $399, with several other Web sites and agencies offering similar savings on NCL Hawaii cruises. Airfare is not included. Go to ncl.com.

Tennis anyone? The Barbados Sugar Hill Tennis Package allows tennis lovers to combine quality time on the courts with a Caribbean vacation. Stay in a villa apartment or townhouse and get tennis lessons and court time, a full-body massage for one person, lunch and dinner for two, and round-trip airport transfers. The package is available through March, and prices start at $2,460 per week. Call Altman Villa Rentals at 866-360-5292 or go to aaaltman.com.

Ski buffs are always looking for new and exciting destinations. Feb. 3-April 14, the Humber Valley Resort in Newfoundland is featuring a five-night ski package in a three-bedroom chalet - many with fireplaces, saunas and outdoor hot tubs - that comes with a three-day lift pass for $398 per person with six people sharing, or $546 per person for three people. Go to humber valley.com or call 709-686-8100.

ResortQuest, which specializes in vacation rentals, has a variety of deals at Western ski resorts. For instance, at Colorado's Breckenridge and Keystone, a Stay & Ski package costs $104 per night per unit. Mention the package when booking a reservation and automatically receive discounted lodging plus free ski rentals. The offer is valid through April 30, with some dates excluded, but stays must be booked by Feb. 28. Call 800-506-7813 and mention booking code DBM EP2. For resort information, go to resortquest breckenridge.com or resortquestkeystone.com.

If you'll be renting a car for a ski vacation, Avis and National have discounted rates and free ski rack rentals at participating locations for pickup by April 30. For weekly rentals, save $50 off SUVs and $25 off other car classes. Travelers can save up to $20 on weekend rentals with a minimum rental of three days. For information, go to avis.com or nationalcar.com.

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