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Travelzoo: Travelsmart With Gabe Saglie – For Sunday, December 15

Travelzoo reporter Gabe Saglie joins us with this weeks hottest travel deals.

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Escape to Middle Earth

New Zealand

Roundtrip airfare from LAX on Air New Zealand

11-night accommodations in 5-Star hotels throughout

  • 3 nights in Auckland, 2 nights in Rotorua, 2 nights in Wellington and 4 nights in Queenstown

Middle Earth inspired: tour of Matamata in Rotorua – the spectacular film set of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings triologies – and various filming locations in Wellington included. Milford Sound cruise included, and half-day tour of Auckland included. All domestic airfare and transfers also included.

  • $2799/pp($2700 off)

Travel in May; +$50 for travel July-Sep.

 

 

Yurt Stay

Yosemite National Park
Escape to Yosemite National Park — a World Heritage Site. The Park’s outdoor draws include hikes, biking trails, bird watching, nature photographers and FREE walks w/park rangers year-round.

Upgraded yurts inc. heating, private bathroom, satellite TV, full kitchen, BBQ on the deck – and sleeps 4 to 5.

  • $149 for a 2-night stay in a Hill Yurt (37% off)

Travel Jan.-April; $169 in A Meadow Yurt and $199 for a Riverside Yurt

 

The Cliffs Resort

Shell Beach (Central Coast wine country)
Famous, upscale clifftop, oceanfront hotel near quaint Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and famed Hearst Castle. Property features an award-winning Latin-themed restaurant, oceanfront swimming pool and full-service spa. Hotel is located a short drive from downtown San Luis Obispo and dozens of wineries, and it offers shuttle to/from SLO Airport and Amtrak station.

  • $99/nt. (50% off)
    • Deal features upgraded accommodations (Partial Oceanview w/private balcony)

 

Travel in February; +$10 for travel now thru Jan.

Rosarito Beach Hotel

Rosarito Beach

 

Quaint beachfront hotel located 30 miles south of the Mexican border on the Pacific Coast Highway. Oceanview studio suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and kitchens, and hotel has rooftop infinity pool. Beach aside, hotel serves as launching point for wine tours to nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine region.

  • $249 for a 2-night stay in a Studio Suite (55% off)
    • Inc. mimosa breakfast daily, 2 60-minute massages and 6 poolside margaritas

Travel through June, inc. weekends; 3-night stay for $329

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Tucson

Famed deluxe wellness retreat set on 400 lush acres (and on Conde Nast’s 2013 Gold List). Resort boasts a three-tiered pool with waterfalls, an obstacle course with climbing wall, yoga and Pilates studios and hiking and biking trails. All-inclusive: stay includes all meals, spa and fitness center access, and unlimited self-discovery activities (from yoga and meditation to nutrition and photography).

  • $1998 for 3-night escape for 2 (43% off)
    • Inc. $50 daily resort credit per person and transfers from Tucson Airport or valet parking

 

Travel through April

 

 

French River Cruise

Paris & Normandy

Roundtrip airfare from LAX (or San Diego). 7-night cruise along the River Seine aboard the 150-passenger Viiking Spirit. Guided excursions in Paris, Giverny (home to Claude Monet), Rouen (Gothic, medieval city that is the capital of Normandy), Normandy beaches (inc. WW2 landmarks from 1944 Allied invasion), Les Andelys and Conflans. All meals, inc. wine and beer w/lunch and dinner. Wi-fi included. Transfers from Paris airport to ship included.

  • $2549/pp($1645 off)
    • Each booking includes $100 onboard credit and $500 Visa gift card

Travel Nov.-Dec. 2014 (inc. Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Deal is from Viking River Cruise (voted World Best River Cruise Line in 2013 by Travel & Leisure)