- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2006


While Toronto doesn’t have any resemblance to the shire in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy it is the official first host city of the upcoming musical based on the book. The play, in limited previews until March 22, opens officially on March 24, and much of its three-month run at the Princess of Wales Theatre is already sold out.

The Toronto Tourism board has released a special “Lord of the Rings” hotel package that includes guaranteed premium seats to the world premiere show.

Sixty hotels are participating, with rates ranging from $161 for the Comfort Inn to $314 for the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Prices are per night, per person. The package is available through June 26. Book at www.tourismtoronto.com or call 866/843-8286.


Explore the western coast of Ireland by car with Aer Lingus’ spring vacation deals. Package prices start at $599 per person for a three-night offer. Packages includes round-trip air from New York or Boston to Shannon; economy car rental with unlimited miles; and two nights in luxury hotels and one night’s bed-and-breakfast accommodations in an Irish farmhouse. Longer package deals are available for $659 (four nights), $699 (five nights), $749 (six nights). Certain package details may differ depending on itinerary. Travel is available from April 1 through June 20. Book by Feb. 28 at www.aerpackages.com or call 800/495-1632.


Stay two nights at one of the Leading Hotels of the World’s 40 sunny properties and save almost 50 percent with the Leading Winter Sun discounts.

The four- and five-star properties include: the Hotel Ritz in Madrid ($529), Grecetol Mandola Rosa Suites and Villas in Greece ($261), Amathus Beach hotel in Cyprus ($148), and Hotel Le Maquis in Corsica ($184). Package includes daily breakfast and one dinner per qualifying two-night stay. These reduced rates are available through March 31. See www.lhw.com or call 800/223-6800.


Stay several steps away from Central Park at the Buckingham Hotel in New York City for $199 a night. The Buckingham Hotel, recognized as one of the top boutique hotels in the city, is offering this special 50 percent off rate to celebrate the final five weeks of winter.

The Central Park Winter rates are limited, and certain dates may be priced higher. Book at www.buckinghamhotel.com or call 888/511-1900.


Travel to Auckland, New Zealand, for $728 (round trip) with Air Tahiti Nui’s new direct service from New York. The introductory offer also includes a free stopover in Tahiti.

Round-trip purchase is required. Book by Wednesday. Travel is valid to Auckland on Monday and Wednesday, return Sunday, Wednesday and Friday; March 27 to June 10. See www.airtahitinui-usa.com or call 877/824-4846.

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