Spring Travel Packages Bloom for France, Italy, U.S., Caribbean, Puerto Rico
(Portland, Oregon) – With spring around the corner, many travelers – both families and collegiate revelers – are looking at spring break. One group has offered some tantalizing suggestions for beaches to travel to, while some tempting packages have been offered for other places in Europe and the United States (above: the Oregon coast is a spring suggestion we'd like to make at OregonTravelDaily.com).
Italian tour operator TourCrafters has put together an Italy by Train package that takes in numerous amazing cities and makes an affordable spring break for American families – including everything from the Colosseum, Rome, Florence and Venice to Disney World.
The 11-day/10-night Italy by Train package costs US$1,129 (US$985 if booked by March 1) and includes round-trip air from New York; an arrival transfer; accommodations at the hotels Brasile in Rome, Meridiana in Florence, and Malibran in Venice; daily buffet breakfast; tickets for the Eurostar train; a half-day tour in each city; a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour in Rome; service charges; and VAT tax. The package is valid from March 1 to April 15, 2011.
The hotels are comfortable, centrally-located, three-star hotels, but upgrades to first-class superior hotels are available, as are extra days. Also available are add-on air fares from other departure cities. These fares are less expensive if booked before March 1, more expensive after: US$55 or US$128 from Boston, US$95 or US$265 from Miami, US$65 or US$175 from Chicago, and US$155 or US$200 from Los Angeles.
All prices are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include city tax, airport taxes of approximately US$115, or fuel surcharges of approximately US$330, which are not included in the quoted price because they are subject to change. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information about this and other spring packages, visit www.tourcrafters.it. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.
Two great tours have popped up for France and the East Coast of the U.S. from travel company Trafalgar.
Highlights of France -14 days. Trafalgar takes you beyond sophisticated Paris to the south coast and more. Find examples of France's Roman history and walk through walled medieval towns. Explore the renowned wine and brandy regions of Bordeaux, Cognac and Normandy; take pictures of fairytale palaces and castles; and laze on the Cote d'Azur. Visit the D-Day landing beaches and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach before arriving at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse and international film festival. Priced from $2299 land only, based on double occupancy.
East Coast USA and Canada - 14 days. Discover the highlights of East Coast USA and Canada on this fascinating tour that shows you the best of New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Boston. Among exciting city tours, you'll also catch a glimpse of traditional life in Amish Country and ride the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls. Join a local guide on a sightseeing tour, viewing the Capitol, the White House and many of the capital's landmark monuments and memorials. Stops are made at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and the WWII and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Then, cross the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 300,000 people and site of the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Eternal Flame of the Kennedy grave. Priced from $2935 land only, based on double occupancy.
Call (866) 544-4434 or visit www.trafalgartours.com. Brochures can be ordered online.
The GO Group in Chicago is making some spring break suggestions that offer a respite from the winter doldrums.
Boasting some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has emerged as one of the top spots for spring break. Activities include golfing, water sports, and scuba diving off of nearby Sanoa Island. Many resorts, such as Puntacana Resort and Club, Cap Cana, Palma Real Villas, and Roko Ki offer all-inclusive deals for the budget-conscious traveler.
Cancun, Mexico, is still a popular destination, with steady temperatures of 80 degrees, nightlife that caters to young singles, and numerous resorts offering affordable, all-inclusive deals. CheapCaribbean.com offers many discounts and package deals, as low as US$599 per person for five nights.
If you are looking for a modern island that still offers the rich history and charm of the past, go to Puerto Rico. It offers miles of white sand beaches, rain forests, and mountains, as well as hiking, scuba diving, water sports, shopping, eco-tours, and nightlife. For a list of family-friendly hotels, go to www.kayak.About.com.
If the beach isn¹t your thing, head to Steamboat Springs for excellent skiing. Located in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs offers a memorable outdoor vacation coupled with genuine western hospitality. Try something new with Red Runner Dog Sled Tours or a snowmobile tour. Forgo a hotel and rent a condo, home, or townhome at www.steamboat-springs.com.
While best known for its raucous Mardi Gras, New Orleans hosts many other events found at www.nola.com/festivals, including Jazz Fest, April 29-May 8. Visitors can wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers, and visit historic buildings. The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter, and the city is also home to the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Listen to great music or go shopping at the Riverwalk and Canal Place, which has higher-end shopping and is within walking distance to the Aquarium of America's and Harrah's Casino.
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