- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2007


Spend 11 nights cruising through Ukraine for $1,099 with Value World Tours’ special fall discounts. The 11-night excursions cruise the Dnieper River aboard the 260-passenger MS Marshal Koshevoi, with scheduled stops at Kiev, Kanev, Kremenchug, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Sevastopol, Yalta and Odessa. The $1,099 cruise is available Aug. 3 through 14. Other prices available include Sept. 5 through 16 for $1,299 and Sept. 26 through Oct. 7 for $1,199. Book at www.valuecruises.net or call 800/795-1633.


The Clifton Inn near Shadwell, Va., outside Charlottesville, is offering a special mind-and-body weekend April 13 through 15 for couples looking to relax and recharge.

The package includes two nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast and afternoon tea, two 30-minute massages, a five-course dinner for two and a yoga class. Rates start at $890 per couple, excluding gratuity and taxes. Book at www.cliftoninn.net or call 434/971-1800. Clifton is a member of the Relais & Chateaux organization of upscale properties.


The Queen Mary 2 will call the Big Apple home for 18 months after it completes its maiden world cruise April 10. While based in New York, Cunard’s flagship will offer trans-Atlantic crossings to Southampton, England; Le Havre, France; and Hamburg, Germany and also multiday cruises to the Bahamas and Panama. Fares for select trips start at $749 per person. Book at www.cunard.com or call 800/728-6273.


Fly to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport or to Boston for $39 each way with JetBlue Airways. Sale fares are good for travel Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through June 13. The carrier offers five nonstop daily round-trip flights to both cities from Washington Dulles International Airport, with additional connecting options available to Boston. A 21-day advance purchase is required. Book at www.jetblue.com or call 800/JET-BLUE.


Save 50 percent on stays at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler by booking a room through www.travelzoo.com. Rates start at $138 per night. Discount rates are available April 19 through May 31, but certain blackout dates apply. Book at www.fairmont.com and use promotional code PRTVZ1 or at www.travelzoo.com.


On May 12, a week after the running of the Kentucky Derby, horse-racing enthusiasts will turn their attention to the richest race on the National Steeplechase Association circuit, the Iroquois Steeplechase. The race, at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn., features a matchup between two of the top horses on the circuit, Sur La Tete and McDynamo, and a purse set at $415,000. To purchase tickets, see www.iroquoissteeplechase.org or call 615/343-4231.


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