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*Bali, from $1,299
Cathay Pacific Airways flights from L.A. or San Francisco; transfers; seven nights' hotel (two in Sanur Beach and five in Ubud); a cooking class; a one-hour massage; two hours of volunteering at a local school; and a painting, dance, or craft class. Add from $180 for fuel surcharges. When: Until May 31 ($1,299 per person, double); June 1–Aug. 21 ($1,699). Other Gateways: Portland, Seattle (add $140); New York (add $200); Boston, D.C., Denver, Salt Lake City (add $240); Chicago (add $400). SS: $300. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227,

*Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand, from $2,099
Cathay Pacific Airways flights from L.A. or San Francisco to Bangkok, transfers and local transportation, six nights' hotel, fuel surcharges, a massage and Grand Palace tour in Bangkok, and a cooking class and a full-day tour with an elephant ride in Chiang Mai province. Why it's a deal: The Chiang Mai tour is free. When: Aug. 16–Dec. 9 ($2,099 per person, double). Other gateways: Many. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227,

*Buenos Aires, from $1,224
American Airlines flights from Miami or New York, transfers, six nights at the Tryp Buenos Aires hotel, breakfasts, a city tour, and a tango show with dinner. Mention BTG75. Why it's a deal: The dinner tango show is free. When: Aug. 1–Dec. 10 ($1,224 per person, double). Other gateways: L.A. ($1,274), Seattle ($1,294), D.C. ($1,324), San Francisco ($1,394). Contact: Capricorn Leisure Corp., 800/426-6544,

*Buenos Aires & Iguazú Falls, from $1,628
LAN Argentina flights from Miami to Buenos Aires, transfers and some local transportation (bus, ferry, plane), six nights' hotel (five in Buenos Aires and one in Iguazú Falls), a half-day cooking class, an Evita tour, a two-hour tango lesson, a day trip to Uruguay, and breakfast daily. Add $150 for fuel surcharges. When: Until June 15 ($1,628 per person, double); June 16–Aug. 20 ($1,828). Other Gateways: New York (add $100); D.C. (add $150); L.A. (add $200); San Francisco (add $220); Chicago, Denver (add $260). SS: $330. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227,

*London, from $614
Three nights at the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel; breakfast; a blowout at the Sanrizz salon; a champagne afternoon tea in the Park Room; and a VIP Selfridges card for coat check and shopping delivery to your hotel. Mention GGK. Why it's a deal: Booking all the components independently would cost $96 more. When: Until Dec. 31 (from $614 per person, double). Contact: Grosvenor House, 011-44/20-7499-6363,

*Melbourne & Yarra Valley, Australia, from $929
A seven-day itinerary with transfers, six nights split between the Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley and the Langham Melbourne hotels, a three-day car rental, and a Cellar Door Pass valid for winery tours and tastings at six wineries. You'll receive a $100 credit valid for sightseeing tours, spa services, or hotel upgrades. Book by Sept. 30 and mention TSGOWW. Airfare isn't included. Why it's a deal: You receive the $100 credit at no extra cost. When: Until Sept. 24; Sept. 28–Oct. 29; Nov. 8–Dec. 29 ($929 per person, double). Contact: Travelscene, 866/914-4460,

South Africa, from $3,999
South African Airways flights from D.C. or New York to Cape Town (via Johannesburg), transfers and local transportation, eight nights' lodging (four nights in Cape Town, two nights in the Franschhoek wine country, and two nights on safari at Jackalberry Lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve), four game drives, and breakfast daily. Highlights include a Huguenot Chocolate Factory tour and tasting; a beading and wire-art workshop where you'll make a key chain and two other souvenirs; high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town; and a manicure, pedicure, and massage at Mangwanani Spa. In May, you'll receive a $250 voucher for Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Taxes and fuel surcharges are an additional $570. When: Apr. 1–30 ($4,299 per person, double); May 1–31 ($3,999); June 1–Aug. 31 ($4,699). Other Gateways: Boston, Chicago (add $50); Houston (add $100); L.A. (add $150). Contact: SAA Vacations, 888/722-4872,

*Tuscany, from $930
Six nights in Tuscany (two each at Hotel Badia di Pomaio, Hotel Villa Aurea, and Arco Naturale Country House), a seven-day car rental, breakfasts, a wine tasting, a cooking class, a dinner, and more. Book a third night at Villa Aurea (until June 30) and a third weekday night at Arco Naturale for free. Airfare isn't covered. When: Mar. 15–31 (from $930 per person, double); Apr. 1–May 31 (from $949); June 1–Aug. 31 (from $980). Contact: TourCrafters, 800/482-5995,

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