40 Best Bargain Vacations
In April, May, and June
Turkey Tour for $1,899
Air from New York to Istanbul, transfers, 12 nights of four-star lodging, breakfast daily, eight dinners, guided sightseeing, entrance fees, and transportation by private bus or van. Itinerary includes three nights in Istanbul; two nights each in Cappadocia, Antalya, and Kusadasi; and one night each in Ankara, Pamukkale, and Canakkale. When: May 3, 24 ($1,899); June 28, July 19 ($2,199). Other Gateways: L.A. ($1,999/$2,299), Seattle ($2,099/$2,399). Details: Extra nights $60. Single supplement $350. Contact: Troy Tours, 800/748-6878, troytours.com.
Vienna & Florence for $1,099
Austrian Airlines flights from D.C. or New York to Vienna, three nights at the four-star Hotel Atlantis (near Westbahnhof), an onward flight to Florence, three nights at the three-star Hotel Victoria (a few steps from Piazza San Lorenzo and its famous open-air market), and breakfast daily in both cities. When: April 1-May 26 ($1,099), May 27-Aug. 31 ($1,299). Other Gateways: Chicago ($1,398), Atlanta ($1,468), L.A. ($1,574). Details: Extra nights from $135 Vienna, $204 Florence. Single supplement from $339. Choose a Vienna/Venice combo package starting at $200 more. Contact: Austrian Airlines Vacation Center, 800/790-4682, austrianair-vacations.com.
Africa & Middle East
Cape Town & Namibia for $1,999
South African Airways flights from Atlanta or New York to Cape Town, transfers, breakfast daily, three nights at the Portswood Hotel on the V&A waterfront, a full-day excursion to the Cape of Good Hope and the Kirstenbosch Gardens, an onward flight from Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia, one night at the Windhoek Country Club, three nights at the Swakopmund Hotel, a half-day desert tour, a sundowner champagne-and-oyster tour, and a return flight from Windhoek to the U.S. (via Johannesburg). When: April 1-May 31 ($1,999), June 1-30 ($2,699). Other Gateways: Baltimore, D.C. (add $140); Boston, Chicago (add $180); Dallas, Denver, L.A. (add $260). Details: Extra nights from $105. Single supplement from $250. Add a four-day Etosha safari for $725 (includes transfers; one night each at Okaukuejo Camp, Namutoni Camp, and Mokuti Lodge; breakfast and dinner daily; game drives, and sightseeing). Contact: Lion World Tours, 800/387-2706, lionworldtravel.com.
Kenya for $1,995
Air from New York to London (on Virgin Atlantic) and from London to Nairobi (on Kenya Airways); all transfers and local transportation; five nights' lodging (one night at the Serena Mountain Lodge in the foothills of Mount Kenya, one night at the Lake Nakuru Lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park, and three nights at the Siana Springs Intrepids, a luxury tented safari camp at Masai Mara National Park); entrance fees; six game drives; and all meals while on safari. When: April 1-May 31 ($1,995), June 1-30 ($2,465). Other Gateways: Boston (add $100); Orlando (add $150); L.A., San Fran-cisco (add $200). Details: Stopovers in London are permitted in either direction, $75 per stop. Single supplement $250. Add four days on Zanzibar starting at $595, including flights. Contact: 2Afrika.com, 877/200-5610, 2afrika.com.
Isn't It Time You Took a Look at Kuala Lumpur? For $799
Malaysia's bustling capital is rarely thought of as anything other than a quick stopover for business travelers or for beachgoers on their way to the nearby islands of Penang or Langkawi. But KL--as the city is known--has more to offer than meets the eye, from the bird and butterfly parks of Lake Gardens, to the beautiful hand-printed batiks at Chinatown's Central Market. And of course there's its most famous landmark, the 88-story Petronas Towers, where the very brave can walk across a sky bridge connecting the two buildings. Sayang Holidays is bundling Singapore Airlines flights from L.A. or San Francisco, transfers, five nights at the three-star Hotel Malaya in the heart of Chinatown, breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: Until June 5. Other Gateways: Denver, Phoenix, Seattle (add $175); New York (add $200); Boston, D.C., Chicago (add $295); Dallas, Miami, Orlando (add $325). Details: Extra nights $30. Single supplement $150. Free Singapore stopovers. Add three nights on Penang, starting at $249 more (includes flights, transfers, four-star hotel). Or add two nights on Langkawi and one night in Singapore, starting at $299 more. Contact: Sayang Holidays, 888/472-9264, sayangholidays.com.