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Europe: Escape to London and Paris with hotel and air package

February 23, 2012|By Terry Gardner | Special to the Times

London will be rocking this summer, and Paris is always abuzz, but in the spring or fall? You get to see a city as a truer version of itself. This deal from Gate 1 gives you both cities at a good price.

The deal: Gate1 Travel has an Eight Day London & Paris by Rail package priced from $1,479 (based on double occupancy and New York departures) that includes roundtrip coach air (including taxes and fuel surcharges); six nights' accommodations in a mid-range property; breakfast daily;
train transportation from London to Paris through the Chunnel.  Tours and upgrades can be added at extra cost.
 
When:  Departures April 1-Oct. 22.

Caveat: This deal requires Instant Purchase Air that is non-refundable and there is a minimum $200 penalty for any airfare changes (plus any extra cost for new flights). At time of booking, airfare must be paid in full along with a $100 non-refundable deposit per person on the land package. Note: Gate 1 says airfare fluctuates daily, so prices vary. Full payment is due 45 days before departure (so any spring bookings would need to be immediately paid in full and are non-refundable).

Tested:  I tested the deal online and by phone; phone was easier for me. The lowest package prices are in April, September and October. When I tested the package for an April 23 departure from Los Angeles, the package cost $1,489 per person (from New York) plus a $91 air supplement from LAX (with connecting service on US Airways) for a total of $3,160 for two people. When I checked online, nonstop service from LAX to Heathrow on American with a return flight on Iberia (connecting through Madrid) only slightly increased the airfare price, so you may want to ask about nonstop flight options.

Info: Gate1 Travel, (800) 682-3333.

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