40 Best Bargain Vacations
In April, May, and June
Brussels & Amsterdam for $899
Air from New York, three nights in Brussels (at the Ibis Brussels, off Grand Place) and three in Amsterdam (at the Ibis Amsterdam Stopera), breakfast daily, and rail transportation between the two cities (standard class, with reserved seats). When: Thursday departures from April 7-May 26 ($899) and June 2-30 ($1,299). Other Gateways: Miami (add $21), L.A. (add $212). Details: These are cash-discount prices; add $30-$40 for credit card payments. Extra nights from $69 Brussels, $106 Amsterdam. Single supplement from $351. Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Budapest for $749
Czech Airlines flights from Montreal, New York, or Toronto, transfers, six nights at the three-star Hotel Sissi (five minutes by metro or tram from the city center), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: April 1-May 31 ($749), June 1-30 ($1,119). Other Gateways: Boston, D.C., Philadelphia (add $59); Cleveland, Detroit (add $109); Charlotte, Cincinnati (add $119); Atlanta, Chicago (add $139); St. Louis (add $149); Miami, New Orleans (add $179); Houston (add $219); Dallas, Denver (add $229); Salt Lake City (add $289); Seattle (add $309); L.A., San Francisco (add $319). Details: Extra nights from $59. Single supplement from $129. Contact: Tatra Travel, 800/321-2999, czech-vacations.com.
Croatia for $1,480Air from Boston or New York, transfers, 11 nights of three-star lodging (two nights in Split at the Hotel Split, four on the island of Hvar at the Hotel Palace, and five in Dubrovnik at the Hotel Kompass), breakfast and dinner daily, and round-trip ferry tickets for Hvar. When: April 1-May 31 ($1,480); June 1-30 ($1,580). Other Gateways: D.C. (add $80); Chicago (add $160); L.A., San Francisco (add $200). Details: Extra nights $80 Hvar, $105 Split, $120 Dubrovnik. Single supplement from $220. Contact: Travel Time, 800/354-8728, traveltimeny.com.
London & Paris for $689
Air from New York to London, three nights at the Adare Hotel (near Paddington Station and Hyde Park), an onward flight to Paris, three nights at the Timotel Nation Hôtel (near Place de la Nation and Gare de Lyon), and breakfast daily in both cities. When: April 4-May 30. Other Gateways: Boston, D.C., Philadelphia (from $739); Chicago, Miami, Houston (from $829); Denver, L.A., Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle (from $879). Details: Your hotel stay can't extend past June 1. Extra nights from $40 in either London or Paris. Single supplement from $220. Contact: EuropeASAP, 415/750-5449, europeasap.com.
Malta & Tunisia for $1,269
Virgin Atlantic and Air Malta flights from Boston, D.C., or New York to Malta (via London), transfers, flights between Malta and Tunis, and seven nights of four-star lodging. Spend three nights on Malta at the Kennedy Nova Hotel with breakfast daily and four nights in Hammamet, Tunisia, at the Abou Nawas Hotel with breakfast and dinner daily. When: Thursday departures April 7-28 ($1,269) and May 5-June 23 ($1,399). Other Gateways: Miami, Orlando ($1,279/$1,499); L.A., San Francisco ($1,299/$1,539). Details: Extra nights $38 Malta, $50 Hammamet. Single supplement $175. Contact: Amelia International, 800/742-4591, ameliainternational.com.