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Travel by: Various through June 2008
Spring is almost here with its flower blooms and cherry blossoms galore. While you could stay home and admire the change of seasons, why not celebrate spring this year with a fun holiday? We found a handful of terrific packages at home and abroad, valid for departures through early June. Pick between flower-filled air-inclusive packages to London or Tokyo, priced from just $989. Or head to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival, where a discounted four-star hotel package starts at a mere $429/night!
London’s Chelsea Flower Show for $989
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 a song! Virgin Vacations offers a six-night package priced at just $989. Good for departures May 19–21, this deal is chockablock with inclusions: lodging at a conveniently located midrange hotel; airfare from New York; daily continental breakfast; and one full-day entrance to the Flower Show (May 22, 23 or 24).
Cherry blossoms in D.C. from $429/night
You don’t need to travel far for a spectacular flower show. From March 29 through April 13, Washington D.C. is hosting its annual Cherry Blossom Festival that commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of D.C. The prestigious Hay-Adams, described by Fodor’s as an “Italian Renaissance-style landmark structure”, honors the occasion with a special deal. At this property where room-only rates run north of $500, a Cherry Blossom Package is available from $429/night, with lodging, complimentary parking and breakfast, and a special amenity.
Tokyo spring escape from $1,240
To catch 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.” You can visit on the cheap with the Asian Affair Holidays special we found: a Tokyo spring special starts at just $1,240 for travel between April 1 and June 5. In addition to midweek airfare from Los Angeles (just $1,360 for weekend departures), it covers airport transfers; five nights’ lodging at deluxe Tokyo Hilton International; and a half-day city tour.
The package rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. The quoted rate for the hotel package is for a double room. For the deals to London and Tokyo, it’s the roundtrip airfare that adds value to the package costs. The flight from L.A. to Tokyo could easily cost you as much as $900 during this time of year! As for the D.C. hotel deal, it’s the package inclusions that make it worthwhile, as well as the reduced rate.
Spring flowers are short-lived so book today and jet off before you miss them!
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