Simply South Africa
Great Safaris has some great deals on 13-day safaris in South Africa. A Wildlife, Winelands and Waterfront journey that starts off in Cape Town produces immersive snippets of what great moments South Africa can create through stays at the Cape’s lively waterfront harbor before heading off to the famed wine region with a stay in the quaint village of Franschhoek. But then it is off to exciting game viewing stays in Kruger National Park and the Malelane Mountains with game drives in parks and private reserves. Rates include all accommodations, most meals, all ground transports, park entrances and guides for just under $4,000 per person, sharing.
Travel agents can ride along for free (including air from New York or Washington D.C.!) if they book three couples into this itinerary for departures between February 27 and October 31, 2013. This “Sell Three – Safari for Free” promotion is commissionable at 10% of land costs. Call: (800) 409-7755, www.greatsafaris.com.
Two-for-One to Europe with a Viking River Cruise
Europe is 50 percent off for couples or pairs who want to ride the rivers this winter on a luxury river cruise. Viking River Cruises is putting the perfect present into Christmas stockings this winter for those who book before December 19, 2012 for sailings throughout 2013. The early booking deal also includes 50 percent off international airfares from Viking departure gateways to areas served, including all transfers to and from points of embarkation and debarkation. Destinations on sale also include Russia and the Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. 2-FOR-1 cruise fares start at $1,356 per person. But fares must be paid in full by December 19. Call (866) 200-2012 or (877) 523-0549. www.vikingrivercruises.com.
How to Celebrate 12-12-12: On a Beach in Belize, of Course
A 12-12-12 package that is good for 2013. Ka’ana Belize, a boutique luxury resort on the Western border of Belize, recognizes a good chance to celebrate a date (there will not be a 13-13-13!). Guests who book starting 12-12-12 will receive three nights in the One-Bedroom Private Pool Villa for two at $2,012.12, including daily breakfast. Should two additional friends decide to join in on the Belizean trip, the party receives a free upgrade to a 2-Bedroom Private Pool Villa.
The newly opened one- and two-bedroom villas put plenty of nature and luxury into the design: both accommodations include a private garden with plunge pool. Guests at the resort also enjoy yoga sessions atop ancient Maya ruins, horseback riding along the Mopan River and spelunking in the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves. The offer is available for booking through December 24, 2012 with travel available through May 12, 2013 (but check for blackout dates).
Contact: (305) 735-2553, www.kaanabelize.com.
San Francisco for Sizzling Hearts
The best time to celebrate the love you have is while you have it. And Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in bustling San Francisco is ready to answer the call with special rates and values through Valentine’s Day. Whether New Year’s Eve or any other special occasion the rate for this date is $179 for two. That night includes a full American breakfast for two in the morning (room service or in Knuckles at the Wharf); bottle of sparkling wine; chocolate covered strawberries; turndown service (on request); and late check out to 2:00 p.m. (on request). Contact: (415) 563-1234 or toll free (800) 233-1234; Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf Website.
Ten Romantic Things To Do In San Francisco
• Enjoy a California Twilight Cruise aboard Red and White Fleet
• Walk, bike, run or skip across the Golden Gate Bridge
• Share a hot fudge Sundae at world famous Ghirardelli chocolate
• Pack a picnic lunch and bring it on board a rented boat at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake
• Stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers
• Enjoy a decadent dinner at Hubert Keller’s Fleur de Lys
• Top off the evening with one of Bubble Lounge’s 300+ Champagnes/sparkling wines
• Climb half way to the stars aboard one of the city’s iconic cable cars
• Steal a kiss atop the Filbert Steps before joining the crowd at Coit Tower to view panoramic views of the bay
• Fly a kite together at Chrissy Field and enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge
Topping the list is a Twilight Cruise, which means a two-hour cruise around San Francisco Bay watching the lights of the city and enjoying a dinner buffet. Cost is $58 per person. Call: (415) 673-2900; Red & White Fleet of San Francisco.
Four for Three by the Sea at Imanta
At Imanta, Punta de Mita receive four nights for the price of three until March 31, 2013 for bookings by January 20, 2013. Rates include breakfast, yoga, and guided kayaking/hiking.
The intimate oceanfront resort offers just 12 villas ranging from one to three bedrooms, many with private pools on 250 acres adjacent to a vast ecological reserve. Just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, Imanta offers guests a chance to experience an immersive relationship with the natural beauty of the area. Imanta is available for takeovers on an exclusive basis. Casa rates start at $800 per night.
Contact: (011 52) 329 298 4200; www.imantaresorts.com; [email protected]