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March 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Victoria, British Columbia, pops with blooms in spring. Tulips, cherry trees and more can be seen around the Canadian city and at Butchart Gardens . Clipper Vacations has a ferry and hotel package that's good for visitors short on time and money. Prices start at $138 a person for round-trip ferry from Seattle to Victoria and two nights in a hotel. The deal: The Springtacular Sale is based on double occupancy and includes two round-trip Victoria Clipper ferry tickets plus two nights in the Harbour Towers Hotel.
May 5, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A West Hollywood hotel was evacuated Sunday night after a suspicious package was found on the premises, leading sheriff's deputies to close nearby streets to traffic. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call about the package at the Grafton on Sunset hotel at 7:12 p.m., and the arson/explosives unit was dispatched, Lt. William Nash said. The package, found in the lobby or near the hotel entrance,  “caught management's attention,” he said. “It looked out of place.” The hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard, just east of La Cienega Boulevard.
May 9, 2010 | By Terry Gardner
Why drive when you can tour wineries in a limo? And get lunch and a hotel room in Southern California too. The deal: The Chauffeured Wine Country Getaway Package costs $299 weeknights (Sundays-Thursdays) and $379 weekends. The price includes a guest room with two queen beds or one king with a fairway view; winery tour in a chauffeured limousine (shared with others), with tastings at three wineries; made-to-order picnic lunch; and bottle of wine on arrival. Good through Dec. 30, subject to availability.
May 2, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The "Rum, Reggae and Recline" package from British tour company Black Tomato is a weeklong retreat that lets the traveler experience the Caribbean nation's sights, sounds and tastes: tropical cocktails in the private airport lounge, jerk chicken in downtown Kingston and myriad things between. At Strawberry Hill, unwind at the Living Spa or head out for a guided hike. There'll be beach time on the south coast, a visit to the famed Little Ochie seafood restaurant and a stay at bohemian Jakes Hotel, where options include going on a crocodile safari and visiting an eight-tiered waterfall.
April 15, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
The British Museum in London has unveiled a major exhibition, "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum," focusing on the Roman home and the people who lived in these two fated cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. The museum brings together more than 250 objects, both recent discoveries and finds from earlier excavations. Many have never been seen outside Italy.  For ancient history lovers, the Montague on the Gardens , around the corner from the museum, is offering a "Pompeii and Herculaneum" package that includes a two-night stay, breakfast for two both mornings and a pair of tickets to the exhibition (about $22 each)
August 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
You know kids, it's all about them -- even on vacation. Omni Hotels & Resorts has an offer that includes free breakfast for kids and a 15% room discount for parents. Sweet! The deal: The Family Discover package could be a good excuse for a late summer getaway. It requires a two-night minimum and includes buffet breakfasts for kids younger than 12 (with an adult meal purchase). Bonus freebie: Any child who stays at an Omni also gets a Sensational Kids pack stuffed with a Frisbee, crayons and pages of puzzles and activities.
September 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Vancouver Island , Canada, is within easy reach of Seattle . Now Clipper Vacations makes it easy and cheap. Fall and winter getaways with a ferry and hotel package start at $99 a person for an overnight stay. Go for fall colors, holiday lights or anytime in between. The deal: The Big Colorful Sale includes a round-trip ferry crossing from Seattle to Victoria and one night at the Harbour Towers for $99 a person. Two nights start at $123 per person. Prices are based on double occupancy and exclude tax and fees.
August 20, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
If the cost of airfare has kept you out of Africa, this deal gets you there (to South Africa and Zambia), sleeps you in three luxury resorts, feeds you breakfast and helps you explore. The deal: South African Airways Vacations' Route of the African Sun , which offers activities as diverse as watching game and touring wine country, includes roundtrip transatlantic coach flights on South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York City (JFK) to South Africa (round-trip airfare will add $250-$300 to this if booked with this package)
February 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Lollapalooza on the flip side of the world? The 2012 mega-concert is slated for August in Chicago's Grant Park , but here's a way to get a jump on the music. Lollapalooza Chile 2012 comes to Santiago for the second time for a two-day festival March 31 and April 1 with headliners Foo Fighters , Bjork and Arctic Monkeys as well as Latin American acts such as Los Jaivas and Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas. In all, more than 50 performers and bands will take the stages (six in all)
August 19, 2013 | By Jane Engle
The “8-Day Tuscany Fly & Drive” package from Virgin Vacations lets you ramble through Italy's Tuscany region at your own pace. You'll be based in Montecatini, outside Florence. With unlimited mileage on your rental car, you'll be free to head to Florence; Pisa, with its renowned Leaning Tower; the historic towns of Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano; and other tourist favorites. Or just explore the scenic countryside. Dates: Frequent departures from Nov. 6 to March 19, 2014.
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