July 27, 2014

What’s the deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

– With Vacations by Rail, celebrate the Rocky Mountaineer’s 25th anniversary with perks worth up to $2,500 per couple. Book a Rocky Mountaineer package (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf service) of at least seven nights by Aug. 31 and select from one of three special options. For example, with Life of Luxury, book a coastal package or Circle Journey and receive upgraded hotels worth $2,500 (Gold) or up to $325 (Silver). With To Dine For, receive a free dinner at your first hotel, plus free hotel breakfasts (valued at up to $985 or $600, respectively). And with Relax and Stay, receive one or two extra nights in Seattle or Vancouver ($835 or $360 value). Prices vary. For example, the nine-day Canadian Rockies Getaway (Silver level), which travels round trip from Vancouver, costs $9,617 per couple for 2015 departures starting April 27. Price includes four days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train; eight nights in a hotel; tours including Icefields Parkway, Banff and Yoho Park; summit helicopter “flightseeing”; admission to Vancouver Lookout; rail station transfers; national parks pass; four train meals; and taxes. Info: 877-929-7245.

– Mission Point Resort, a lakefront property on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, is offering a Pure Michigan Package through Oct. 19. Rates start at $484 double and include two nights’ accommodations; daily breakfast; two-hour bike rental; admission to the Tower Museum and the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum; round of golf; round-trip ferry tickets on the Star Line (all of the above for two people); $100 food and beverage credit; and taxes and fees. Two-night minimum stay required. Info: 800-833-7711,

– Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in New York’s Hudson Valley is offering a Summer Sojourn package with room discounts of 25 percent. Stay at least two nights Sunday through Thursday, until Aug. 27. Prices vary. For example, two nights in the Rook’s Nest cottage in mid-August is now $634, including taxes and fees – a savings of $212. The deal also includes lunch for two (valued at about $40) and 25 percent off one spa treatment per person. Rate includes breakfast and afternoon tea. Info: 845-795-1310,

– Adventures on the Gorge is offering two-for-one prices on Labor Day rafting trips on West Virginia’s Upper or Lower New River. For the all-day outings on Sept. 1, two guests pay $139 (plus about $22 taxes and fees), a savings of about $70. The trips include transportation to the river, rafting equipment, lunch and professional guides. Info: 855-379-8738,

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