Travel Deals of the Week
by New York Daily News
PHILIPPINES EXPLORATION Immerse yourself in island culture with the eight-night Philippines Island Hopping package offered by Orient Flexi-Pax Tours. Guests stay two nights at the Dusit Hotel Nikko in Metro Manila, three nights at the Seawind Resort in Boracay and three nights at the Maribago Bluewater Resort in Cebu. Travelers also receive a guided tour by private car through Manila and Cebu and a trip through the chocolate hills of Bohol. Airfare and transportation between islands are included. Rates from New York start at $2,105. Available through December. 1-800-545-5540.
CALIFORNIAN CHRISTMAS Celebrate the holidays at the Viceroy Palm Springs in Southern California. Guests booking the Sun-Kissed Holidays With Your Honey package receive a five-night stay in a one-bedroom villa, chilled Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival and daily breakfasts in or out of bed. They can also enjoy a 60-minute couples' massage at the resort's spa, a round of golf for two or two extra spa treatments, a four-course candlelight dinner for two with wine and a festive Christmas or New Year's dinner for two for $3,999. The plan is available Dec. 21-26, and Dec. 28 through Jan. 2. www.viceroypalmsprings.com.
HISTORICAL RIDE Civil War buffs and equestrians can explore the Virginia countryside on horseback with the Virginia Hunt Country Trail Ride package from Cross Country International. Riders receive daily guided tours through the "Constitution Route," where Gens. Grant and Lee met for the first time. After the rides, guests can relax for four nights at The Willow Grove Inn, designated as a Virginia landmark and located on a historic 37-acre plantation. Meals, daily rides and horses provided. Packages start at $1,795. Available through Dec. 31 and mid-February through December 2008. www.equestrianvacations.com.
SENIOR SPECIAL Travelers 50 years and older receive a discounted rate at the Gateway Canyons Resort in western Colorado. For $199, guests receive two nights' accommodations at the Dolores River Inn, a tour of the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum and a $50 credit to be used in the resort's restaurants, Outpost General Store or Outfitters Shop. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy mountain- and rock- climbing, river sports, hiking, mountain-biking and horseback-riding near the resort, in the center of Red Rock Canyon country. Available Sundays through Thursdays through Nov. 1. www.gatewaycanyons.com.
VERMONT VACATION Stay three nights at The Equinox Resort on 1,300 acres at the base of Mount Equinox in Manchester Village, Vt., for only $333. Guests can enjoy treatments like the Mountain Man Facial at the resort's full-service spa, play the 18-hole golf course, try archery or learn falconry at the British School of Falconry. The package is available through May 22 for guests arriving on Sundays or Mondays. It does not include a $25-a-day room and resort fee. www.equinoxresort.com.