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Collette Vacations’ Spain Classics tour includes not just airfare, accommodation and sightseeing, but also lunch with a flamenco dancer and a ‘paella experience’ with a cooking demonstration featuring the famous Spanish rice dish. The 11-day itinerary starts with two nights in Madrid (with a day trip to the UNESCO Heritage Site and former medieval capital of Toledo), then winds its way to Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Lladro and Valencia, and ends with two nights in Barcelona. Collette has put the May 11 departure of Spain’s Classics on sale, with savings of up to $ 300 per couple, bringing the lead-in rate down to $ 2,899 per person, double occupancy. Airline taxes, fees and surcharges total an additional $ 544. The booking deadline is Feb. 28. See collettevacations.com.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
High-end Dallas shopping destination NorthPark Center has teamed up with a handful of the city’s best hotels for shop-and-stay packages this February, offered exclusively to Canadians as part of ‘Canada Appreciation Month’. One of the best deals, at The Adolphus, leads in at $ 159 per night (all prices U.S.), double or triple occupancy, and includes discounts for on-site restaurants (hoteladolphus.com, promo code WHPROMOA, access code *NEY1$ ). Plus, the Adolphus – like the other properties in the promotion – will throw in $ 50 in NorthPark gold shopping coins. The Warwick Melrose Hotel (warwickmelrosedallas.com, promo code CANADA), the Four Seasons Resort & Club (fourseasons.com) and the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (rosewoodhotels.com) are also taking part. Guests are asked to show their Canadian passports at check-in, where they will receive even more deals to local attractions courtesy of the Dallas CVB. See any of the hotel web sites for details.
The Niagara region is celebrating Icewinefest through the end of the month with special events (including tastings) at local wineries as well as accommodation packages at local hotels. Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Icewine Festival getaways start at $ 295 and include accommodation, dining and events, while St. Catharines Tourism’s packages include accommodation and Discovery Passes, from $ 99. See visitniagaracanada.com.
BEST BUY OF THE WEEK
The New York City hotel deals just keep coming. At The Out NYC, one or two night stays qualify for a 15 per cent discount, three or four night stays, a 20 per cent discount and five nights or more, a 25 per cent discount. Rates start at $ 179 per night (all prices U.S.). The promotion runs through the end of February with some black-out dates. See theoutnyc.com.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Sunquest: Puerto Plata, air & hotel, $ 949 (+$ 396 taxes & fees) (Jan. 26). sunquest.ca
Nolitours: Roatan, air & hotel, $ 769 (+$ 264 taxes & fees) (Jan. 31). nolitours.com
Signature Vacations: St. Maarten, air & hotel, $ 1,335 (+$ 320 taxes & fees) (Feb. 28). signaturevacations.com
Transat Holidays: Manzanillo, air & hotel, $ 469 (+$ 354 taxes & fees) (Jan. 30). transatholidays.com
Hola Sun Holidays: Varadero, air & hotel, $ 928 (+$ 274 taxes & fees) (Feb. 9). holasunholidays.ca
Sunwing Vacations: St. Pete’s, air & hotel, $ 395 (+$ 313 taxes & fees) (Feb. 8). sunwing.ca
Sell Off Vacations: Three-night Nassau, air & hotel, $ 389 (+$ 418 taxes & fees) (Feb. 6). selloffvacations.com
itravel2000: Cozumel, air & hotel, $ 649 (+$ 357 taxes & fees) (Feb. 22). itravel2000.com
WestJet Vacations: Anaheim, air & hotel, $ 799 (+$ 192 taxes) (Feb. 11). westjetvacations.com