Rates & Dates: Nordique Tours' plan spends Christmas at Santa's workshop


Clients can spend the Christmas holiday in Kuhmo, Finland, visiting Santa's workshop in full swing with the Traditional Christmas plan offered by Nordique Tours, a division of Picasso Travel, running Dec. 22 through Dec. 28. The itinerary includes a visit with Santa and his elves at his workshop, a Christmas concert and a host of Christmas and outdoor activities.


Accommodations are at the Hotelli Kavevalla on Lake Lammasjarvi. Rates are $1,239 per person, double, for six nights' accommodations; daily breakfast and dinner, one brunch, two lunches and one late-night buffet; airport transfers; and all Christmas activities.

Nordique Tours

Phone: (800) 995-7997


Manhattan's Buckingham Hotel is offering guests in the city the chance to see the world-famous Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall with the Rock the Night Away plan.

The two-night plan is valid Dec. 17 to 29 and is priced at $900 per deluxe suite.

The Rock the Night Away plan includes accommodations for four as well as four tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Buckingham Hotel

Phone: (888) 511-1900 and use code Christmas Spectacular


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The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, located on a Native American reservation in Sanata Ana Pueblo, N.M., created the Festival of Luminarias package, valid Nov. 27 to Dec. 30 with rates starting at $199 per night.

The plan celebrates the 16th century Christmas tradition of lighting luminarias, which today consist of votive candles inside sand-filled paper bags.

The package includes overnight accommodations, a $25 resort credit, 10% savings at the Galleria Tamaya, $20 in slots play at the nearby Santa Ana Star Casino, valet parking and resort service fees.

Also included is a welcome gift of a souvenir luminaria, biscochitos (New Mexico's state cookie), a Southwestern holiday ornament and holiday cards.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Spa

Phone: (888) 591-1234 or (505) 867-1234


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New York's Salisbury Hotel, built on top of and owned by the Calvary Baptist Church here, created the People of Faith promotion, valid Jan. 1 through March 14.

The package highlights the role the church has played in the history of the hotel, from its ownership to the building itself.

Nightly rates start at $169 per room, double, for Sunday through Wednesday stays and $179 for Thursday through Saturday stays.

The rate covers a guide to noteworthy sites of spiritual heritage around New York, which also can be downloaded from the hotel's Web site.

In addition, guests are invited to the church's visitors' center, located steps from the property's entrance on West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), as well as to any services at the church.

The Salisbury Hotel

Phone: (888) NYC-5757


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The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H., is offering the Ski Free package in January for stays Sunday to Thursday.

The package, priced at $79 per night, double, covers breakfast, lift tickets and trail passes.

Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

Phone: (866) 380-6798, use promotional code SKIFREE


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The Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia) is offering incentives for clients and 15% commission for agents who book its Holiday Special package, valid Dec. 20 to Jan. 2.

The plan, priced from $519 per night for a five-night minimum stay, includes a $100 food-and-beverage credit per booking and a Family Fun Pass to the Tube Park in Whistler.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Phone: (800) 441-1414


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While the guys are parked in front of the TV, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is offering women the Football Widows Revenge weekend package, valid for two-night stays through Feb. 5.

The plan covers accommodations for two, use of a private poolside cabana, spa treatments, chocolate martinis, dinner for two at Zen, breakfast for two and strawberries and champagne upon arrival.

The package is priced from $250 per person, per night.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Phone: (800) THE-OMNI or (407) 390-6664


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Tauck World Discoveryis offering reduced rates for single travelers on 16 cruise and tour itineraries in 2007.

The rates are available on 47 departures throughout 2007 on six Mediterranean cruises, eight of Tauck's European itineraries and two programs each in the U.S. and Canada. Shown here is Edinburgh, a stop on Tauck's A Week in Scotland plan.

Single travelers save an average of about $1,088 per person off standard single pricing and as much as $3,000 per trip.

Tauck World Discovery

Phone: (800) 214-5158


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