Image: Cherry blossoms
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Cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin in Washington near the Jefferson Memorial.
updated 3/22/2007 10:29:41 AM ET 2007-03-22T14:29:41

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through Spring 2007

The deal
With spring officially here, we can look forward to fresh flowers and cherry blossoms. While you could stay home and admire the change in season, why not celebrate the end of winter with a fun springtime holiday? We've found a handful of terrific packages at home and abroad, good for departures through mid-May. Pick between flower-filled air-land combos to London, Amsterdam or Tokyo, from just $739, or stay close to home and visit D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival, where four-star hotel deals now start from a mere $319/night!

London’s Chelsea Flower Show for $849
Every May, London hosts the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, showcasing fabulous gardens and vibrant horticultural displays that set the latest in garden design trends. This year, you can admire this extravaganza in its full glory — for under $1,000! Virgin Vacations offers a six-night air-land combo priced at a sweet $849. Good for departures May 21-23, this deal is chockablock with great-value inclusions. Covered in the cost is the following: accommodations; airfare from New York; daily continental breakfast; and one full-day entrance to the Flower Show (May 24, 25 or 26). Accommodation is at My Place Hotel, a cozy property in an elegant Victorian-style building centrally located in Earl’s Court.

Spring Flowers of Amsterdam for $739
Want to catch the spring flowers blooming in the lowlands of Holland? Amsterdam is a treat to visit at this time of year, as its numerous gardens explode with color. With the deal we found on EuropeASAP, you can go Dutch and save some serious dollars to boot! At just $739 for a four-night sojourn with airfare, a this spring escape is priced to go, especially since airfare alone can be costlier than this combo! Good for travel between April 1 and May 17, the deal includes air from New York; accommodation at a budget hotel; daily breakfast; and a local map and guide. Want to upgrade your digs? Seven additional upscale accommodation options are available, running up to $1,019 for a stay at superior Holiday Inn Amsterdam.

Cherry Blossoms in D.C. from $319/nt
Slideshow: Dreaming of D.C. You don’t need to travel far for a spectacular flower show! From March 31 through April 15, Washington D.C. is hosting its annual Cherry Blossom Festival, marking the 95th celebration of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of D.C. Several hotels are honoring the occasion with special deals: The prestigious Hay-Adams, described by Fodor’s as an “Italian Renaissance-style landmark structure” where room-only rates run north of $500, offers a Cherry Blossom Package from $319/night with lodging (two-night minimum stay), complimentary parking, and a special amenity. Another plush property has a Cherry Blossoms Bloom Package: the top-rated Mandarin Oriental with an exclusive view of the Tidal Basin. Their weekend deal starts at $379/night, with accommodation; American breakfast; valet parking; and cherry treats.

Tokyo Spring Fling for $949
Slideshow: Japanimated To spot the cherry blossoms right at the source, we recommend a spring foray to Tokyo. Frommer’s claims it’s “an exquisite time of year when all of Japan is set ablaze in whites and pinks ... a magnificent fanfare of plum and cherry blossoms.” Now you can visit on the cheap with the Asian Affair Holidays special we found: a Tokyo spring special starts at just $949! In addition to midweek airfare from Los Angeles (just $1,118 for weekend departures), this deal covers airport transfers; five nights’ lodging at deluxe Tokyo Hilton International; and a half-day city tour. This particular price is valid for departures between April 1 and April 30, perfectly timed for the best of cherry-blossom season.

The dollars
All quoted pricing is based on double occupancy. The air-land deals exclude air taxes and fees while hotel packages exclude hotel taxes, fees and gratuities.

The catch
Spring flowers are short-lived so book today and jet off before you miss them!

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