One-week hotel packages for a thrifty $99. That's the offer from a Europe tour operator. Figures out to about $14 per person per day, double occupancy. Accommodations based on superior tourist-class/first-class hotels with private baths. Continental breakfasts, service charges, taxes included. Cities range from London and Paris to Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Milan, Brussels, Florence, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Geneva, Zurich. Brochures from Travel Bound, 599 Broadway, Penthouse, New York 10012, or telephone toll-free (800) 223-6243.
Mexico's $1 Fares
Aeromexico is giving the airline away. They'll fly you to 19 scattered destinations for a buck a flight. There's a catch, of course: You must pay the regular air fare between here and Mexico. After this, it's dollar days. The airline offers the $1 flights to Cozumel, Mazatlan, Chetumal, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Uruapan, Villahermosa, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Cancun, Guadalajara, La Paz, Loreto, San Jose del Cabo, Manzanillo, Merida, Mexico City, Acapulco. No advance purchase necessary. No limit on the number of flights. Only one restriction: You must figure your itinerary at the time you purchase your ticket in the United States. From LAX, Aeromexico flies direct to La Paz, Los Cabos, Guadalajara, Cancun, Loreto, Manzanillo, Merida, Mexico City, Monterrey. Details by dialing toll-free (800) AEROMEX.
Insurance by Phone
Speaking of Mexico, a San Ysidro insurance broker has introduced a phone-a-policy service for motorists crossing the border. Instant insurance by dialing a toll-free number. Here's how it works: First you apply for an identification card with the insurance company. After this, give your I.D. number when calling the office and a policy number will be issued immediately. (Motorists in Mexico must be insured or else be able to prove financial responsibility in case of an accident. That's the law.) Write to Oscar Padilla Insurance Services, 120 Willow Road, San Ysidro, Calif. 92073.
It's that time of year again. Golden Spike, the company with the private railroad cars, is planning a couple of tours to the Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Departures Oct. 2, 9. These are five-night trips featuring Pullman sleeping accommodations. Included in the $595 package are meals while traveling, a hotel in Albuquerque and a tour of Santa Fe. Golden Spike's train will include an observation dome/lounge car. Same people are doing a four-day trip to the Napa Valley (Sept. 26-29) for $395. Contact Golden Spike, P.O. Box 3429, Fullerton, Calif. 92634, or telephone (714) 680-5090.
Deak-Perera, the big money changer, figures the dollar has peaked. As a hedge against falling values, DP suggests travelers buy foreign currency now for trips they're planning to take. An executive told us that Deak-Perera is anticipating "a gradual but extended decline in the dollar's buying power." To help customers earn interest on their purchases, Deak-Perera will place the funds in an interest-bearing account until the travelers are ready to take their trips. Contact Deak-Perera, 677 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90017.
Travelers planning to take in the fall foliage scene in Connecticut can write ahead (better hurry) for a free pocket-size guide to hotels, motels, inns, resorts. More than 175 lodgings listed alphabetically by town. This is in celebration of the state's 350th anniversary. The guide lists addresses, telephone numbers, rates. To assist motorists, there's a map in the centerfold showing major interstate highways, attractions. Contact the Connecticut Hotel-Motel Assn., 410 Asylum St., Suite 228, Hartford, Conn. 06103.
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Scotland--Norman G. Axe, Santa Monica: "A lovely restaurant with an excellent Scottish show, McTavish's Kitchens, Tweeddale Complex, High St., Fort William, Scotland."
Scotland--Lynn Shackelford, Los Angeles: Enjoyed Niblick restaurant at the Links Hotel, 1 Golf Place in St. Andrews, Scotland. "A full meal will cost less than $12. Near the 18th green of the historic Old Course."
Scotland--Bob and Cathy Stenber, Huntington Beach: Enjoyed Auchterarde House, Auchterarder PH3 1DZ (near Gleneagles), Scotland. "A baronial mansion furnished with antiques. Beautiful views of the rolling hills. Six-course dinners about 20. One night's stay for two people, including a full breakfast, costs 50."
England/Scotland--Margaret Rehm, Vista: "A great bed and breakfast, 11 Railway St., in Berwick-on-Tweed, England, which is on the border between England and Scotland. About $11 per person."