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Gendarmenmarkt, one of the city's prettiest squares, to see the impressive 18th-century French Cathedral and German Cathedral. Walk along Kurferstendamm, Berlin¹s most famous shopping street lined with upscale shops and quaint cafes. For more shopping, explore trendy Mitte and stop by the Hackescher Markt or try Ka De We, Europe¹s biggest department store. In the evening, be sure to experience the city¹s sizzling nightlife by grabbing a drink at Newton Bar and then heading to Felix, an upscale dance club great for people watching.
What to see
Take a guided tour of the city to see the sights that have been rebuilt by internationally known architects -- Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Parliament Building, Holocaust Memorial, and DZ Bank are just a few. For a good dose of culture, visit the German Historical Museum and the Jewish Museum. Learn about the history of the Berlin Wall at the former border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. Art buffs won¹t want to miss a trip to some of the world¹s finest museums, including the classic Gemaldegalerie, the contemporary Hamburger Bahnhof, and the extraordinary Pergamon Museum, filled with archaeological gems.
Where to eat
Facil (The Mandala Hotel, 3 Potsdamer Strasse, Tiergarten; 49 30 5900 51234), is popular for its modern glass cube dining room and creative German cuisine. Enjoy traditional Alsatian dishes at the charming Alt Luxembourg (31 Windscheidstrasse, Charlottenburg; 49 30 323 8730). Lutter & Wegner (56 Charlottenstrasse, Mitte; 49 30 202 9540), one of Berlin¹s most beautiful, historic restaurants, features French, German and Austrian dishes. Make a reservation for dinner at Borchardt (47 Französische Strasse, Mitte; 49 30 2038 7110), a celebrity favorite known for its solid French cuisine.
This package includes round-trip airfare, six nights hotel accommodations at HEP Berlin and breakfast daily. Book by November 12, 2007 and travel by March 2008. Blackout dates apply. For details, call 1-415-750-5449 or visit www.europeasap.com.
Las Vegas Luxury
Stay at the Wynn Las Vegas the only casino resort in the world to have the Mobil 5-Star and the AAA 5 Diamond rating and bask in its luxurious amenities.
This package includes round-trip midweek airfare, three nights hotel accommodations at the Wynn Las Vegas, and round trip airport transfers. Book by December 28, 2007 and travel through December 31, 2007. For details, call 1-888-271-1584 or visit www.libertytravel.com.
Fun-Filled Disney Cruise
From $389 (cruise only)
Sail from Port Canaveral, Florida aboard the Disney Wonder and visit Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay, Disney¹s private island.
This three-night special is valid for select sail dates in November and December. Per person pricing is based on double occupancy in an inside stateroom and includes accommodations, meals, entertainment, and port charges. For details, call 1-800-cruises or visit www.cruisesonly.com.
Get 30 percent off mid-week accommodations and ski-lift tickets at Mont Tremblant in Quebec if you book the Glide Into Winter package by Nov. 15 and complete travel by Dec. 20. For example, a three-night package with lodging at La Tour des Voyageurs and three-day lift tickets starts at $656 a couple, including taxes. 866-311-2165; lessuitestremblant.com.
From the start of the ski season to April 12, midweek nightly rates at the Village at Squaw Valley, Calif., will start at $179 a person (double occupancy) and will include two adult lift tickets or a $73 spa credit. Added nights will include the tickets or spa credit. For children younger than 12, lift tickets are $5 each. 877-297-2140; thevillageatsquaw.com
Two people can get in a full day of skiing or snowboarding at Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts, and two nights' lodging at nearby Porches Inn, North Adams, for the "ski and stay" package that costs $329 during the week and $459 on weekends. In addition to skiing and accommodations, the price includes breakfasts and afternoon refreshments. Indulge in an après-ski swim in the heated outdoor pool or warming drinks by a bonfire.413-664-0400 porches.com
Resorts at or near Big Sky, Mont., are featuring various packages for the coming ski season, through April 15. The 320 Guest Ranch, with a total of 87 sleeping rooms in 59 modern cabins, log homes and a chalet, is close to downhill and cross-country skiing at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. Nightly rates for the Big Sky Great Value Ski & Stay Package are from $165 for single occupancy, $264 double, $363 triple, and $462 quad. The price includes breakfast, a full-day lift ticket to both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin and access to the free shuttle to the ski mountains. Children 10 and younger stay and ski free. 800-243-0320; 320Ranch.com
At River Rock Lodge, the "ski value" package for the season includes lodging, breakfast, all-day pass and transportation to the slopes, for daily per-person rates of $84 (quad occupancy) and "$111 (double). Children 10 and younger stay and ski free.. 866-995-4455; riverrocklodging.com
Staff and wire reports