40 Best Bargain Vacations

In April, May, and June

By The Staff, Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005, 11:58 AM

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All rates and packages are accurate and available as of press time. If we get consistent feedback that an operator is pulling a bait and switch, we'll drop them. Our deadlines make it impossible to include last-minute offers, so compare the rates listed here with booking engines and tour operators to be sure you're getting the very best price possible.

What's not in the price

Service fees, security and passenger-facility charges, and visa costs are not included. Hotel, car rental, and airport taxes are generally not covered either. Such extra charges vary widely: $50 or less for a trip in the U.S., $50-$100 for the Caribbean and Mexico, $75-$125 for western Europe, $300 and up for spots where visas alone cost $100 or more (like Brazil and Russia). Also, most rates are based on midweek airfare; weekend travel can raise the price $100 or more each way. Port charges (for cruises) are almost always extra.

Be flexible

Prices depend on travel dates, and there's no guarantee your preferred dates will be available. (You can forget scoring a sweet deal around the holidays.) Once the least expensive options sell out, operators typically offer the next best price for the dates you've requested. Having a flexible schedule increases the odds of finding the lowest price.

Single travelers

Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Whenever possible, we list the single supplement--the fee you have to pay, in addition to the base price, taxes, and other charges, to get the total cost for going it alone.

Itinerary changes

Adding and subtracting nights is usually possible, for a price. The extra-night rate we list is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Also, most operators will adapt packages to suit your needs--bundling tours, excursions, meals, and entertainment--for an additional cost.

Take some responsibility

Hotels will be clean and safe, offering the basics for a basic price. Locations vary; the lowest-price hotels may not be in the center of town or right on the beach. Cruise prices are usually based on inside cabins. We encourage you to do your own research to avoid disappointment. There are many websites (TripAdvisor and Epinions, for example) that offer reviews of hotels, vacations, and cruises. If you don't like what you see, upgrades to better hotels are almost always available.

Airfare

Where flights are included, we try to list prices from a variety of airports or gateways around the country, but we don't have space for every city. Operators will often arrange connections from dozens of airports, but you have to call up or log on to their websites to find out the cost. Don't assume they'll always give you the best rate. It may make more sense to book your own connections using frequent-flier miles or a low-cost airline. Before you book, always check to see how many connections you'll have to make. Land-only prices do not include airfare. For international destinations, we've tried to give you the name of the airline wherever possible.

What all-inclusive means

As a general rule, all-inclusive resorts combine lodging, three meals per day, entertainment, and nonmotorized water sports (such as sea kayaking) into one price. Some, but not all, also include alcoholic drinks and gratuities.

USA

Philadelphia's Surreal Spring for $149

The City of Brotherly Love has rolled out the red carpet for one of Spain's most famous sons: Salvador Dalí. Timed to coincide with the 2004 centenary of Dalí's birth, the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features more than 200 works by the famed surrealist--including Premature Ossification of a Railway Station (above, right). The Boston Globe called it "the most comprehensive retrospective since the artist's death in 1989." All of Philly is joining Dalímania: Restaurants have created Dalí-themed menus, shops have designed special window displays, and hotels are offering packages that include V.I.P. tickets to the show (so you can skip the lines). Among your choices are the Best Western Center City (doubles from $149), the Latham Hotel (doubles from $169), the Radisson Plaza (doubles from $225), the Sofitel (doubles from $300), or the Rittenhouse Hotel (doubles from $325). The free Dalí Deals card offers premiums and discounts at more than 150 shops, restaurants, and attractions. Download it from the website below or find it on brochure racks around the city. When: Until May 15. Contact: Greater Philadelphia Tourism, gophila.com/dali.

Alaska Cruise for $934

Seven nights aboard the Norwegian Star, cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay on a round trip sailing from Seattle. The itinerary includes stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria. There's plenty on board to keep you occupied: restaurants, nightclubs, shops, a casino, a fitness center, and a spa. When: June 19. Details: Price is for an inside cabin and includes port charges. It does not cover flights to/from Seattle. Oceanview cabins start at $1,224. Contact: CruiseBrothers.com, 800/827-7779, cruisebrothers.com.

Kauai for $843

Air from L.A., a six-day car rental, and five nights in a garden-view one-bedroom at the Best Western Plantation Hale Suites, just off Waipouli Beach on Kauai's east coast. The suites have complete kitchens, living rooms, and private lanais. There are three pools on the property; golf and tennis are available nearby. When: April 20-May 26 ($843); June 16-Aug. 24 ($980). Other Gateways: Denver ($1,027/$1,147), Chicago ($1,167/$1,291), New York ($1,171/$1,272). Details: Land-only price from $366. Extra nights from $116. Single supplement from $276. Contact: Pleasant Holidays, 800/448-3333, pleasantholidays.com.

Las Vegas for $159

Air from Burbank, L.A., or San Diego and three nights at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, at the north end of the Strip. When: Wednesday or Saturday departures March 30-April 13 and April 23-May 21. Other Gateways: Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio (from $259); Long Island/Islip, Manchester, Providence (from $294). Details: Extra nights from $30. Single supplement from $105. Contact: Southwest Airlines Vacations, 800/423-5683, swavacations.com.

New York City for $473

Air from D.C. and three nights at the Wellington Hotel on Seventh Avenue at 55th Street, not far from Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and Central Park. When: Monday departures April 4-June 20. Other Gateways: Boston (from $476); Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (from $546); Charlotte (from $570). Details: Extra nights $104. Single supplement $224. Contact: US Airways Vacations, 800/352-8747, usairwaysvacations.com.

Sarasota for $116

Three nights in a deluxe room (with two queen beds and a full kitchen) at the Captiva Beach Resort on Siesta Key, just outside Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast. The family getaway package also includes the use of two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, sand toys for the kids, and five children's video rentals from the library. When: Until April 15 ($191); April 16-30 ($153); May 1-Dec. 18 ($116); excluding holidays. Details: These prices are per person, based on a family of four, and do not include airfare. A romance package for two--including three nights' lodging, a bottle of wine upon arrival, dinner for two at a local restaurant, breakfast in bed one morning, two in-room massages, beach chairs and umbrella rentals, among other extras--starts at $289. Contact: Captiva Beach Resort, 800/349-4131, captivabeachresort.com.

Canada

Banff for $547

Alaska Airlines flights from Seattle to Calgary, Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle transfers to Banff (two hours away), and three nights at the Banff Caribou Lodge. The hotel is a 10-minute walk--or a free shuttle ride--from downtown shops and restaurants. When: Wednesday or Saturday departures from April 1-June 15. Other Gateways: L.A. (from $599); Boston, New York (from $678); Orlando (from $710). Details: Extra nights from $56. Single supplement from $157. Contact: Alaska Airlines Vacations, 800/468-2248, alaskaair.com.

Montreal for $579

Air Canada flights from New York, three nights at the Best Western Hôtel Europa (three blocks from the historic quarter of Old Montreal), and a museum pass, valid for admission to 30 museums and attractions as well as unlimited use of public transportation for three consecutive days. When: April 1-June 30. Other Gateways: Chicago ($599), Miami ($619), Atlanta ($639), L.A. ($739). Details: Extra nights $50. Single supplement $199. Contact: Maxxim Vacations-Gray Line, 800/567-6666, maxximvacations.com.

Mexico

Cancún for $364

American Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, and five nights in an oceanview room at the Carisa y Palma, a beachfront condo hotel with a restaurant/bar, pool, and tennis court. When: April 1-15 ($364); May 5-30 and June 1-30 ($385). Other Gateways: Philadelphia ($443/$462), New York ($484/$504), Baltimore ($493/$513). Details: Extra nights from $68. Single supplement from $170. Contact: Vacation Travel Mart, 800/288-1435, vacmart.com.

Mazatlán for $439

America West flights from Phoenix, transfers, and two all-inclusive nights at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel, with five restaurants, three bars, a disco, a huge pool, tennis courts, and lots of water sports. When: Select Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday departures until June 29. Other Gateways: L.A. (from $461). Details: Extra nights from $98. Single supplement from $120. Contact: America West Vacations, 800/235-9298, americawestvacations.com.

Puerto Vallarta for $435

Alaska Airlines flights from L.A. and four nights at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa, with a pool and swim-up bar. The beach is a short walk away. When: April 3-Dec. 19. Other Gateways: Chicago ($556, with American flights from April 3-Dec. 15), Denver ($624, Delta, April 3-June 27), New York ($653, Delta, April 3-June 27). Details: Extra nights $88. Single supplement from $235. Contact: Pleasant Holidays, 800/448-3333, pleasantholidays.com.

Caribbean

Week in Bermuda for $806

Worry-Free Vacations is putting this normally budget-busting island within reach for folks from the Detroit area. You get Northwest Airlines flights, transfers, and seven nights at the Harmony Club, a beautifully landscaped hotel with a restaurant and lounge, a pool, tennis courts, a sauna, and a Jacuzzi. Mile-long Elbow Beach--protected by coral reefs and famous for its pale pink sand--is a 15-minute walk away, though most visitors zip around by scooter (rentals are available nearby starting at $50 per day). Owing to the still-strong British influence, Bermuda has a more formal atmosphere than the Caribbean islands. At the Harmony Club, guests dress for dinner: shorts, T-shirts, and sneakers are not allowed. When: Saturday departures: April 9 (from $806); April 16, 23, 30 ($1,058); May 7, 14 ($1,118); May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 ($1,148). Other Gateways: None. Details: No extra nights. Single supplement from $800. Contact: Worry-Free Vacations, 888/225-5658, worryfreevacations.com.

Curaçao for $1,079

Air Jamaica flights from New York, transfers, and five all-inclusive nights at Breezes Curaçao Resort Spa & Casino, with three restaurants, a nightclub, three pools, tennis courts, and a dive shop. When: April 4-June 30. Other Gateways: Atlanta ($1,099); Baltimore ($1,119); Chicago ($1,139); Boston ($1,149); L.A. ($1,269). Details: Extra nights $120. Single supplement $300. Contact: Air Jamaica Vacations, 800/568-3247, airjamaicavacations.com.

Dominican Republic for $445

American Airlines flights from New York and four all-inclusive nights at the Playa Naco Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata. The resort has eight restaurants, several bars, tennis courts, and a gym. Motorized water sports are included (banana boat, waterskiing, etc.). When: April 1-30 ($490); May 1-26, May 31-June 30 ($445). Other Gateways: D.C. (add $124), St. Louis (add $132), Chicago (add $209), L.A. (add $292). Details: Extra nights $52. Single supplement $120. Contact: Beach Destinations, 877/433-4378, beachdestinations.com.

Jamaica for $670

Charter flights from Chicago, transfers, seven nights at the beachfront Legends Negril, and a $50 food and beverage credit (per room). The small resort on Seven Mile Beach has a restaurant and bar, two pools, and a golf course nearby. When: Wednesday departures April 6-June 29. Other Gateways: None. Details: Kids 12 and under stay for free. No extra nights. Single supplement $290. Contact: Apple Vacations, book through a travel agent, applevacations.com.

Central America

Ecuador & the Galápagos for $2,450

Spend three days touring mainland Ecuador, including Quito, the market town of Otavalo, and nearby Indian ruins. Then go island-hopping for five days in the Galápagos, among the iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and turtles that inspired Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Take walks on shore, guided by the tour's naturalist, and snorkel off Isla Española. Djoser's new 11-day package covers American or Continental flights from Miami to Quito, transfers, guided sightseeing in both cities with transportation by private bus, five nights' hotel (three in Quito, one in Otavalo, and one on the island of Santa Cruz), flights from Quito to the Galápagos, and four nights aboard the Darwin Explorer (cabins have A/C and private baths). You'd better book early, as the maximum group size for these new tours is just 16. When: April 20, May 25 ($2,450); June 29, July 27 ($2,600). Other Gateways: L.A. (add $100), Houston (add $175), New York (add $195), Austin (add $225). Details: The land-only price is $1,995. Add roughly $250 for expenses (meals and entrance fees). No extra nights. Single supplement $550. Contact: Djoser, 877/356-7376, djoserusa.com.

Costa Rica for $699

Transmeridian charter flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati, D.C., Louisville, Orlando, Toledo, Rockford, or Syracuse, transfers, and seven nights at the four-star Flamingo Beach Resort, overlooking the Pacific, in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region. The hotel offers a pool, tennis courts, fishing, and water sports. When: Most Saturday departures April 2-June 25. Other Gateways: None. Details: No extra nights. Single supplement $310. Contact: Vacation Express, 877/784-3786, vacationexpress.com.

Guatemala for $727

American Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, five nights at the Hotel Princess Reforma in Guatemala City, a full-day excursion (includes lunch) to Chichicastenango market and Lake Atitlán, and a half-day tour of colonial Antigua. When: Thursday departures until Dec. 9. Other Gateways: Atlanta, Dallas, L.A. (add $50); Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia (add $60); Denver, San Francisco (add $130); Chicago, Detroit (add $180); Phoenix, Seattle (add $230). Details: Add $40 to travel Friday-Wednesday. Extra nights $35. Single supplement $226. Contact: Tara Tours, 800/327-0080, taratours.com.

Nicaragua for $688

American Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, and five nights with breakfast daily at Villa Isabella in San Juan del Sur, a tiny surfing and fishing village on the Pacific Coast, two and a half hours south of Managua. When: April 1-30 ($722), May 1-June 30 ($688). Other Gateways: Dallas ($756/$724); New York ($883/$856); L.A., San Francisco ($936/$911); Chicago ($946/$921); Seattle ($1,070/$1,050). Details: Add $25 each way to travel Friday-Monday. Extra nights $38. Single supplement $267. Add three days in Nicaragua's former colonial capital, Granada, for $86 (includes transfers and two nights at the Hotel Colonial). Contact: Capricorn Leisure, 800/426-6544, capricorn.net.

South America

Buenos Aires for $599 Copa flights from Miami (via Panama City), transfers, five nights of three-star lodging (at the Regis Hotel, near the Galerías Pacífico), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: Until June 17. Other Gateways: New York (add $190), L.A. (add $230). Details: Extra nights from $25. Single supplement $120. Stop over in Panama City and see the canal for $122 more (includes one night at the Hotel Marbella, transfers, and a half-day tour of the Miraflores Locks). Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.

Brazil for $799 Air from Miami to Salvador, transfers, seven nights in a luxury room at the Marriott Renaissance Costa do Sauipe Resort (30 miles north of Salvador), daily breakfast, one greens fee, a horseback-riding excursion on the beach, a tour of nearby Praia do Forte, and unlimited tennis. When: April 3 and 24, May 1 and 15, June 26 ($799); April 10, May 29, June 12 ($899). Other Gateways: New York, Orlando, Philadelphia ($949/$1,049); Chicago, Houston, L.A. ($999/$1,099); Atlanta, Cleveland, D.C., Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco ($1,099/$1,199). Details: Add $170 for taxes. No extra nights. Single supplement $300. Contact: Traveland, 800/321-6336, traveland.com. [Editor's note: This story was accurate when it was published. However, since publication, Traveland has since ceased operation.]

for $799

Peru Tour for $739

LanPeru flights from Miami, transfers, seven nights' lodging at tourist-class hotels (three nights in Lima and four in Cuzco), breakfast daily, one dinner, guided sightseeing by private bus, half-day tours of Lima and Cuzco, and local flights between cities. When: April 12, May 3 ($779); June 7 ($739); June 28 ($869). Other Gateways: New York (add $171), L.A. (add $206). Details: These are cash-discount prices; add $25 for credit card payments. Build your own itinerary by adding optional tours: full-day Machu Picchu ($139), Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ($39). Extra nights from $24 (depending on international flight schedules, additional overnights in Lima may be required). Single supplement $161. Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Europe

Prague for $788

Czech Airlines flights from Montreal, New York, or Toronto, transfers, six nights at the three-star Hotel U Sladku (a 15-minute walk to Prague Castle), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: April 1-May 31 ($788); June 1-30 ($1,171). Other Gateways: Boston, D.C. (add $46); Chicago (add $110); Miami, Orlando (add $146); Denver (add $182); L.A., San Francisco (add $256). Details: Extra nights $35. Single supplement $103. Contact: Summit International Travel, 800/247-1142, summittours.com.

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.

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.

Asia

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.

India Tour for $999

Air India flights from New York to Delhi, transfers, assistance from an on-site tour director, six nights in five-star hotels (two each in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur), breakfast daily, a farewell dinner, and guided tours of the Taj Mahal and the Fatehpur Sikri. With the exception of the tours mentioned above, days are free to explore on your own. When: April 12, 26, May 3, 17 ($999); June 7 ($1,299). Other Gateways: Chicago, L.A. (add from $100, because flight schedules require at least one extra night in Delhi before tour begins). Details: These are cash-discount prices; add $50-$65 for credit card payments. Extra nights $60 in Delhi. Single supplement from $150. Add four nights in Kathmandu for $599, including flights, five-star hotels, and touring. Contact: Friendly Planet, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.

Japan Tour for $1,899

Korean Air flights from L.A. to Tokyo, all transfers, and eight nights' lodging split between Tokyo (at the Asakusa View Hotel, with nine restaurants and bars, a pool, and a gym) and Kyoto (Rihga Royal Hotel; seven restaurants and bars, and a pool), breakfast daily, one lunch, Shinkansen (bullet) train between cities, and guided sightseeing throughout, including city tours and an excursion to Mount Fuji and Hakone-Izu National Park. When: April 5, May 3 and 17 ($1,899); July 5 ($2,199). Other Gateways: None. Details: No extra nights. Single supplement from $299. Contact: Smartours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.

Vietnam for $899

Cathay Pacific flights from L.A. or San Francisco to your choice of either Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) or Hanoi, transfers, four nights in Saigon (at the three-star Saigon Royal Hotel, or similar) or Hanoi (at the three-star Halong Hotel, or similar), breakfast daily, and a half-day city tour. When: Until May 31 ($899), June 1-30 ($1,099). Other Gateways: Portland, Seattle (add $50); New York (add $100); Denver, Salt Lake City (add $160); Boston, D.C., Philadelphia (add $180); Chicago, Detroit (add $280). Details: Add $50 for weekend travel. Extra nights from $25. Single supplement $140. Free stopovers in Hong Kong are allowed in either direction. Or choose to spend six nights split between Saigon and Hanoi starting at $1,179, including lodging, breakfast daily, flights between cities, and two half-day city tours. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.

South Pacific

Bora-Bora for $1,419

Air Tahiti Nui flights from L.A. to Bora-Bora (via Papeete), transfers, lei greetings, and five nights in an air-conditioned oceanview room at Le Maitai Polynesia, on Matira Point near the town of Vaitape. The resort has two restaurants and a bar. The use of snorkeling gear, kayaks, and outriggers is included. When: Monday or Wednesday departures April 2-May 26. Other Gateways: None. Details: Extra nights from $128. Single supplement from $300. Upgrade to a beach bungalow from $139 more; an overwater bungalow starts at $397 more. Contact: Islands in the Sun, 800/828-6877, islandsinthesun.com.

Fiji for $1,013

Air New Zealand flights from L.A. to Nandi and five nights in a garden-court bure (bungalow) at the Club Fiji Resort, with a bar, restaurant, pool, and lots of water sports. When: April 1-May 22 ($1,013), May 23-June 12 ($1,052), June 13-Aug. 22 ($1,152). Other Gateways: None. Details: These are cash-discount prices; add $35 for credit card payments. Extra nights from $72. Single supplement from $213. Contact: Sunspots International, 800/334-5623, sunspotsintl.com.

Australia & New Zealand

Australia for $1,999

United Airlines flights from New York to Sydney, domestic flights within Australia, eight nights split between Sydney (Park Regis Hotel) and Cairns (Mercure Harbourside), a Sydney Harbour cruise, and an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. When: April 1-Sept. 30. Other Gateways: For the same price, you can also depart from airports in Ala., Conn., D.C., Del., Fla., Ga., Mass., Md., Miss., N.C., N.H., N.J., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Va., Vt., or W.Va. Details: Extra nights $95 in Sydney or Cairns. Single supplement $475. Eight nights split between Sydney and Melbourne start at $1,549, with air from the East Coast. Contact: Swain Tours, 800/227-9246, swaintours.com.

New Zealand for $1,389

Air New Zealand flights from L.A. to Christchurch (return flight is from Auckland), a 13-day Spirit 2 camper van rental (with two berths and a kitchenette), and tickets for the ferry crossing between Picton, on the South Island, to Wellington, on the North Island. When: April 1-25 ($1,779), April 26-28 ($1,599), April 29-Aug. 26 ($1,389). Other Gateways: San Francisco (add $125); Las Vegas, San Diego (add $135); Seattle (add $275). Details: Extra days with camper van from $47. Single supplement from $260. Upgrade to a Spirit 2 Deluxe (with toilet and shower) for $91 more. Contact: ATS Tours, 800/423-2880, atstours.com.