Kenya, Air, Safari, 6 Nights, From $2,199
Spend a week exploring the natural splendors of Kenya with this package deal, which includes safaris on both land and sea.
The Real Deal Vacation package to Kenya includes round-trip air from New York to Nairobi; three nights (two at the beginning of the trip, one at the close) at the InterContinental Nairobi; one night at the Lake Naivasha Country Club; two nights at the Keekorok Lodge in the Maasai Mara National Reserve; twelve meals (five breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners); all domestic transportation within Kenya; a comprehensive touring program, including nature-viewing drives and a boat safari on Lake Naivasha; and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $2,199 per person.
When Nov. 3, 2012 ($2,199); Oct. 6, 2012 ($2,299); Oct. 20, 2012 ($2,499); Sep. 8, 2012 ($2,599); Aug. 11, 2012 ($2,699).
Gateways New York City (from $2,199).
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. A $50 Kenya Visa fee is not included and must be paid separately. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $399. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Jun. 20, 2012; add $300 for bookings made after Jun. 20.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows that round-trip airfare between New York City and Nairobi starts at $1,003 in early November (multiple airlines). Three nights at the InterContinental Nairobi starts at $540 per person; one night at the Lake Naivasha Country Club starts at $95 per person; and one night at the Keekorok Lodge starts at $153 per person. Altogether, you'd be paying at least $1,791, including taxes and fees, just for airfare and lodging. For $408 more, this travel package arranges everything—gets you the international airfare, six nights in hotels and safari lodges, all domestic transportation, most meals, tours (including boat and land safaris), and all taxes and fees included.
More Add pre- or post-tour nights at the InterContinental Nairobi for $200 per room, per night, plus a $100 change fee and the difference in airfare. Friendly Planet also offers a three-night extension to Istanbul, during which you'll stay at the Kent Hotel or similar. The extension package includes daily breakfast and guided tours of Istanbul's historic markets and landmarks, and costs $599 per person, plus a $20 Turkey Visa fee, to be paid separately. Extension package is available for Sep. 8 and Oct. 6 departures only.
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