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October 28, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
Winter is the cheapest season to visit Europe , and with Italy's Tuscany region on sale for less than $1,500 a week, including air and luxury lodging, why not go? After all, popular places such as Pisa can be downright bearable in winter, with average highs in the 50s. The deal: Sceptre Tours' " Luxury Tuscan Package " includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Pisa; six nights at the well-regarded Il Borro estate in the Tuscan countryside; and a rental car. Prices from New York or Newark start at $899 per person plus tax, based on four people traveling together, according to the tour company's website.
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July 19, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a trip that lets you tool around the Emerald Isle in style and sleep in luxury digs without mortgaging your castle. With the “ Ultimate Luxury Chauffeur Ireland ” vacation, you get the use of a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for touring the countryside and transporting you from one destination to the next. You'll stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the G Hotel in Galway, the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. Trip highlights include Dublin's Temple Bar area and cultural sites; the imposing Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast; the 15 th century Bunratty Castle and 19 th century Bunratty Folk Park; and Blarney Castle and its renowned stone.
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June 14, 2009 | Jane Engle
For cheap travel to Ireland, or nearly anywhere in Northern Europe, go in winter. At these prices, you might not mind the cold. And if you do, just duck into the local pub. The deal: The Dublin City Package from Sceptre Tours comes with round-trip airfare between New York and Dublin, four nights at the Regency Hotel and a full Irish breakfast each day.
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October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spending Christmas in a remote farmhouse doesn't sound particularly inviting, except when that farmhouse sits on a vast winery in Tuscany. Il Borro , an extensive estate owned by the Ferragamo family of fashion fame, makes wine and olive oil, and provides luxury lodgings for guests. It's also the name of the medieval village. Sceptre Tours offers a six-night trip for a minimum of four people that includes a stay in a two-bedroom farm house and a rental car. You can explore the gardens and grounds of the estate and tool around villages from Florence to Siena.
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October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spending Christmas in a remote farmhouse doesn't sound particularly inviting, except when that farmhouse sits on a vast winery in Tuscany. Il Borro , an extensive estate owned by the Ferragamo family of fashion fame, makes wine and olive oil, and provides luxury lodgings for guests. It's also the name of the medieval village. Sceptre Tours offers a six-night trip for a minimum of four people that includes a stay in a two-bedroom farm house and a rental car. You can explore the gardens and grounds of the estate and tool around villages from Florence to Siena.
TRAVEL
November 30, 2008 | Avital Binshtock
ALASKA Cruise through the frontier Explore America's last great frontier with Vacations to Go's Alaska cruise. The 14-day voyage hugs the coast, then goes inland. Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada, to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska. Dates: Eight trips depart between May and August.
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July 19, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a trip that lets you tool around the Emerald Isle in style and sleep in luxury digs without mortgaging your castle. With the “ Ultimate Luxury Chauffeur Ireland ” vacation, you get the use of a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for touring the countryside and transporting you from one destination to the next. You'll stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the G Hotel in Galway, the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. Trip highlights include Dublin's Temple Bar area and cultural sites; the imposing Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast; the 15 th century Bunratty Castle and 19 th century Bunratty Folk Park; and Blarney Castle and its renowned stone.
TRAVEL
January 7, 2001 | ARTHUR FROMMER
It is now too late, realistically, for the very best of the transatlantic deals: The time to visit Europe at the lowest possible cost is January and February, when air fares and hotel charges hit bottom. But bargains, despite marginally higher rates, still can be had in March and April. A sampling: * Ireland: You fly midweek on Aer Lingus from Los Angeles to Shannon, arriving in the Emerald Isle with a fistful of vouchers entitling you to six nights of overnight accommodations at farmhouse B&Bs.
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March 16, 2008 | By Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dublin, Ireland We careened through the hectic maze of a traffic circle and spun off onto a seemingly quiet side road. A yellow-and-blue double-decker bus, its horn blaring, thundered toward us. "What's he doing on our side of the road?" I screamed to my friends. "We're on his side of the road," one answered. Could it be? The three of us had been in Ireland less than two hours and were about to be incinerated in a head-on collision. We swerved off the highway onto a dusty shoulder as the bus blew by. St. Pat may have cast the snakes out of Ireland, but he didn't do anything to improve highway safety.
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August 19, 2001 | For more deals, see our Web site, www.latimes.com/travel.
You can spend six nights in Ireland for $729 per person, double occupancy, under the "Emerald Package" from New York-based Sceptre Tours. The package includes round-trip air from Los Angeles on Aer Lingus, vouchers for six nights at B&Bs and a rental car with unlimited mileage. The price is good for travel Oct. 16 to Dec. 1; $50 less for travel between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. Telephone (800) 221-0924, Internet http://www.sceptretours.com.
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October 28, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
Winter is the cheapest season to visit Europe , and with Italy's Tuscany region on sale for less than $1,500 a week, including air and luxury lodging, why not go? After all, popular places such as Pisa can be downright bearable in winter, with average highs in the 50s. The deal: Sceptre Tours' " Luxury Tuscan Package " includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Pisa; six nights at the well-regarded Il Borro estate in the Tuscan countryside; and a rental car. Prices from New York or Newark start at $899 per person plus tax, based on four people traveling together, according to the tour company's website.
TRAVEL
June 14, 2009 | Jane Engle
For cheap travel to Ireland, or nearly anywhere in Northern Europe, go in winter. At these prices, you might not mind the cold. And if you do, just duck into the local pub. The deal: The Dublin City Package from Sceptre Tours comes with round-trip airfare between New York and Dublin, four nights at the Regency Hotel and a full Irish breakfast each day.
TRAVEL
November 30, 2008 | Avital Binshtock
ALASKA Cruise through the frontier Explore America's last great frontier with Vacations to Go's Alaska cruise. The 14-day voyage hugs the coast, then goes inland. Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada, to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska. Dates: Eight trips depart between May and August.
TRAVEL
March 16, 2008 | By Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dublin, Ireland We careened through the hectic maze of a traffic circle and spun off onto a seemingly quiet side road. A yellow-and-blue double-decker bus, its horn blaring, thundered toward us. "What's he doing on our side of the road?" I screamed to my friends. "We're on his side of the road," one answered. Could it be? The three of us had been in Ireland less than two hours and were about to be incinerated in a head-on collision. We swerved off the highway onto a dusty shoulder as the bus blew by. St. Pat may have cast the snakes out of Ireland, but he didn't do anything to improve highway safety.
TRAVEL
January 7, 2001 | ARTHUR FROMMER
It is now too late, realistically, for the very best of the transatlantic deals: The time to visit Europe at the lowest possible cost is January and February, when air fares and hotel charges hit bottom. But bargains, despite marginally higher rates, still can be had in March and April. A sampling: * Ireland: You fly midweek on Aer Lingus from Los Angeles to Shannon, arriving in the Emerald Isle with a fistful of vouchers entitling you to six nights of overnight accommodations at farmhouse B&Bs.
TRAVEL
May 3, 2009 | Avital Binshtock
EUROPE Rhine River cruise Float down one of Europe's great waterways from near its source to the sea on Sceptre Tours' "Romantic Rhine" cruise, sightseeing at towns and taking in the Rhine Gorge's scenery. Info: Sceptre Tours, Lynbrook, N.Y.; (800) 221-0924, www.sceptre tours.com/vacations/ river-cruises-romantic-rhine Rates: Several seven-night departures between May 30 and Nov. 7.
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May 20, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Deals to Europe are rare in summer, but here's an airfare, car rental and hotel package to Ireland that just might fit the bill. The deal: Los Angeles travelers receive round-trip airfare to Dublin or Shannon, one night's stay at a hotel, five nights at Irish farmhouse bed-and-breakfasts (there are 450 to choose from) and a rental car with unlimited mileage. The package is $1,099 in May, June, September and October and $1,199 in July and August.
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