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Travel deals: Student packages in Costa Rica, European tours

Student packages in Costa Rica, European tours and more travel deals.

College students can save when they visit Costa

College students can save when they visit Costa Rica and the hot springs at the Arenel Vocano at the Tabacon Grand Spa. Photo Credit: Alamy / Sergi Reboredo


More than 70 AccorHotel properties across the globe, including select Sofitel, Fairmont and Pullman hotels and resorts, are offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent. Savings vary by length of stay. For example, in early March, five nights at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City starts at about $932, including taxes — a savings of about $300. Book by April 6; complete travel by April 30. Seven-day advance purchase applies. Other restrictions vary by property.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a hotel credit or free 50-minute activity at more than 200 participating properties. For example, at the Royalton Park Avenue in Manhattan, receive a $50 credit for the hotel’s restaurant, Asellina; rates are from $320 a night, with taxes. At Galeria Plaza Reforma in Mexico City, guests can participate in a Mexican cooking lesson at its restaurant, Almara; rates are from $148 a night, with taxes. The credit is for $50 or 50 euros or pounds, depending on the local currency. Book by Dec. 31; stay through March 31, 2019.

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American Cruise Lines is offering savings on select departures aboard its new 175-passenger American Constitution, which launches in April. For example, save $1,200 per stateroom on the Nov. 8 and Dec. 23 departures of the 10-night American Revolution itinerary, which sails round trip from Baltimore. Rate starts at $4,705 per person double, plus $330 port charge. The ship stops in Washington; four ports in Maryland, including Cambridge, a first-time cruise destination; and three places in Virginia.

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Save up to $7,400 on two upcoming Antarctica cruises with Oceanwide Expeditions. The 19-night Falkland Islands-South Georgia-Antarctic Peninsula voyage, which departs Ushuaia, Argentina, on Feb. 17, costs $9,500 per person for a shared twin porthole cabin (original price was $16,900) and $16,150 for a single cabin (vs. $28,730). Price includes all meals, shore excursions and activities by Zodiac, lectures by naturalists and one-way airport transfer. The 14-night Antarctic Peninsula-Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale-watching voyage, which departs on March 14, starts at $8,650 for a shared cabin (was $10,850) and $14,705 for a single (vs. $18,445).

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Victory Cruise Lines is offering two-for-one rates on its Cuba 360-degree cruise. The 15-night voyage, which sails round trip from Miami on April 20 and circumnavigates the island, starts at $3,999 per person double (vs. $7,999). A $126 Cuban visa and $499 port charges are additional. Book and pay in full by Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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With Friendly Planet Travel, save up to $500 on select tours to Europe. For example, the nine-night Best of Portugal tour departing Sept. 11 is now $2,999 per person double, a $500 savings. The deal includes a $400 early-booking discount (book by March 8). The Portugal tour includes round-trip air from Newark Liberty Airport; nine nights of lodging in Porto, Coimbra, Caldas da Rainha and Lisbon; 11 meals; motorcoach transport; tours; airport transfers; and taxes. Also, save up to $650 on select air-inclusive European river cruises.

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College students can save more than 50 percent on a Costa Rica package. The Pura Vida 2018 deal costs $1,075 per person double and includes five nights split between Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Arenal and El Mangroove resort on the Gulf of Papagayo; two nights at Hotel El Presidente in San Jose; daily breakfast; unlimited entry to the thermal experience at Tabacon; eight-day car rental; 20 percent spa discount at Tabacon; and taxes. Book by April 15 at Use promo code GRAD2018; valid college ID required. Travel May 1 to June 20.

INFO 855-822-2266,

On The Go Tours has a two-for-one sale on two trips in Europe. For example, the Barcelona to Madrid trip starts at $1,998 per person double (was $3,995) and includes seven nights’ lodging in three- and four-star hotels, with breakfast; two dinners; guided sightseeing in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Salamanca, Avila and Madrid; special activities, such as a visit and tasting at San Sebastian Cider House; one-way airport transfer; private transportation; and taxes. Depart July 21. The seven-day Italian Expresso starts at $1,448 per person double (was $2,895) and includes six nights’ hotel, with breakfast; two dinners; Venice airport transfer by water taxi; tours of Venice, Verona, Lake Como and Milan; food demo and tasting in Genoa; Cinque Terre day pass; and taxes. Select departures July to September. Book by March 5.

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Prices were verified at press time, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions apply.

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