Deals of the week
As soon as the budget-busting December holidays wrap up, prices on just about every type of trip suddenly take a nosedive. The main exceptions are sun-and-sand vacations (and even those can get cheaper; stayed tuned for more on this), which is why this week's podium covers a cut-rate ski trip, snowy getaway and exotic guided adventure tour:
GOLD: It makes a lot of logistical sense to explore Peru and the Galapagos Islands (pictured below) as part of the same trip, and if Toronto-based adventure tour operator G Adventures takes you there in 2013 you can score a free one-way flight (worth about $500) between the Peruvian capital, Lima, and Quito, the gateway to Ecuador and the Galapagos. And with up to 30 days between the company's various itineraries to the two destinations, travellers have the option to explore either city, and the surrounding regions, at their leisure.
SILVER: The venerable Deerhurst resort two hours north of Toronto is a haven for snowy activities -- think downhill and cross-country skiing, sleigh and pony rides (pictured), skating, dog-sledding and snowmobiling, among other things. And through March 17, the "Winter Your Way" package offers a $100 resort credit per night to use on some of the aforementioned activities, as well as on dining and spa services. With a nightly rate that starts at $169 (based on double occupancy, with up to two kids able to stay for free), the package can be like getting a room at the upscale resort for less than half the usual price.
BRONZE: Book two or more nights of midweek accommodations at Mont Tremblant before Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. EST, and you can save 35 per cent on lodgings as part of the Quebec ski resort's "48 hour Flash Sale." Until Valentine's Day, this brings nightly rates down to as low as $97. Your wallet, and maybe even your love life, can thank me later...
-- Adam Bisby
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