Travelzoo, a publisher of travel deals, is recommending that travelers go a little farther afield than Cancun or Panama City Beach for Spring Break. The company reports significant deals for travel to Europe in the spring, as well as discounts on spring cruises. Here is Travelzoo’s report on five European destinations offering value for Spring Break, along with links to sites where you can find deals (and our notes on prices from Miami). Prices are for midweek flights, when fares are lowest:
1. Dublin: Guinness straight from the source. St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. You'll come back from the Emerald Isle with a lilt in your speech and a few extra bucks in your pocket --roundtrip fares in March from New York City are about $500 (we found $756 from Miami).
2. Istanbul: Travelzoo has been seeing some unreal fares to Istanbul -- close to $600 roundtrip from the States, taxes included ($880 from Miami). That leaves plenty of coin to shop the city's bazaars or plan a boat ride through the Bosphorus.
3. Berlin: Once a symbol of Cold War confrontation, Berlin is now an art mecca featuring aggressively priced hotels and a chic "boho" vibe. Some of the best works of art are beyond museum walls -- the Berlin Cathedral and Reichstag dome are among the must-sees in the German capital. March fares out of NYC are around $765 on Lufthansa ($866 from Miami).
4. London: Summer fares to London will skyrocket, but spring fares are still affordable. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic often have the best fares to see Big Ben -- but if you are flying from the LA, look at Air New Zealand. This carrier often has fares for less than $800 roundtrip -- only about $100 more than fares out of NYC (Fly.com found flights on USAirways from Miami at $787).
5. Barcelona: Barcelona is a city where eating and drinking until the wee hours of the night is... just your average Tuesday night. Fill the days with Gaudi, walks through the Barri Gotic and tapas. Current fares are about $700 from New York to this Catalan city on the Mediterranean coast and just $750 from Seattle or San Francisco (we found $687 from Miami).