- The Washington Times - Friday, March 24, 2006

HEAD FOR SPAIN

Soak in all that Barcelona, Spain, has to offer with Go-today.com’s six-night, seven-day vacation package. Rates start at $919 per person for a standard-class hotel, airfare, daily continental breakfast, fuel surcharge and all hotel taxes. For $200 more, travelers can upgrade to a superior-class hotel. Book by April 20, travel through Oct. 31. Certain travel dates may be priced higher. Visit www.go-today.com.

READY FOR TAKEOFF

Maxjet Airways is scheduled for takeoff April 3, kicking off its inaugural service from Washington Dulles International Airport to London Stansted Airport. To celebrate the new service, Maxjet is offering a $999 introductory rate for service anytime through Dec. 31. Rate includes all taxes and fees. Book by April 2. Visit www.maxjet.com.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Latinescapes.com is offering a Costa Rica travel package for the outdoor adventure traveler. The six-day, five-night package includes a five-day 4x4 rental, two nights in San Jose, three nights in Manuel Antonio, a rafting tour on the Naranjo River, daily breakfast, English-speaking guides and airfare. Package costs are about $935 from Dulles or Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, all taxes included. Book by March 31, travel anytime before Nov. 30. See www.latinescapes.com or call 800/878-9986.

DOWN UNDER

See up to four cities in Australia for $1,299 with the Aussie Air Pass. The price is good for Zone 1 travel in Australia, which includes Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and others. Zone 2 (northern Australia) and Zone 3 (western Australia) are available for $1,499 and $1,699. Aussie Air Pass includes round-trip travel from Washington to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and then up to three flights within Australia. Taxes not included. Price also is dependent on the date of travel. Book by Sept. 30 on www.qantas.com or call 800/227-4603.

ROMANCE

If you want to add a little romance to your next stay at a Sofitel Hotel, you might want to talk to one of the new romance concierges. Available at properties in New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, these specialized concierges are on site to assist in room preparation and a variety of other romantic notions. Romance packages start at $165 for the So In Love offering, which includes Sofitel’s satin sheets, chocolate-dipped strawberries, drinks for two and a scented candle. Call the individual Sofitels for more information or see www.sofitel.com for location information.

CELEBRATING MUM

Celebrate Mother’s Day — May 14 —with a trip to London on British Airways’ Mother’s Day package, which includes round-trip airfare, three nights at the three-star Royal National Hotel, daily continental breakfast, a Kensington Palace pass, and afternoon tea at London’s first teahouse, Fortnum and Mason. Package price is $675 per person, taxes not included. Book by May 5, travel though May 28. See www.ba.com or call 877/428-2228.

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