Deals of the week
It's a Christmas miracle! OK, that may be overstating the case, but it's certainly surprising that there are vacation deals to be had over the impending holidays -- and this week's podium reveals a couple of beauties:
GOLD: A free night in a hotel isn't usually found on Christmas wish lists, but the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Toronto makes a case for a last-minute amendment with its "A Gift from Santa" package. Not only do you get to stay for free on Dec. 25 (when two additional nights are booked between Dec. 23 and 27 at rates starting at $495 a night), but there's also a host of complimentary extras: A designer-led tree decorating, table setting and gift wrapping workshop on Dec. 23; a gingerbread house-making and cookie-decorating class for the kids on Dec. 24 (pictured below); tours of Santa's secret sweet shop on Dec. 24; and "Wine Roulette" -- a blind taste test of some very fine vintages -- on Dec. 24. If all that doesn't make you merry, then expect to encounter a ghost or three...
SILVER: Ski resorts are at their busiest -- and most expensive -- over the holidays, which is why the Fernie Lodging Company's fourth-night-free offer from Dec. 22 to 28 is such a treat. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern B.C., Fernie Alpine Resort has already received more than 3 metres (!!!) of snow, making for great schussing. With the deal, four-night stays start at around $950 at on-hill lodges like Timberline and Snow Creek (pictured at left).
BRONZE: Looking beyond the holidays -- and into Europe's wallet-friendly low season -- Eurail is knocking 20 per cent off its Eurail Select Pass and Eurail Global Pass, in both first and second class, when purchased by Dec. 31 for travel through March 31, 2013. The Select Pass starts at $249, and can be used for five, six, eight, 10 or 15 days of rail travel to three, four or five adjoining countries within a two-month window. The Global Pass, meanwhile, is $389 and up and lets you visit up to 23 countries.
-- Adam Bisby
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