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Cruise the Yangtze in style (and pay less)

Exploring the Yangtze on Victoria Cruises.

Savings on the Yangtze

The buy: Victoria Cruises is offering off-season prices throughout 2012 on some departures of the three- or four-night Three Gorges Highlights and six- or eight-night Grand Yangtze Discovery itineraries.

The savings: 30 per cent.

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The catch: You have to pay in full at least 90 days prior to departure.

Why it's worth it: After the discount is factored in, private balcony superior staterooms start at $616 a person, based on double occupancy. The discounts also apply to shore excursions booked 90 days prior – a package with all standard excursions costs $63 a person on the Three Gorges Highlights program or $168 a person on the Grand Yangtze Discovery cruise.

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Family Day special

The buy: The Sheraton Centre Toronto has put together a special package for Ontario's Family Day holiday for $149 a night.

The savings: 25 per cent.

The catch: It is available only Feb. 17 to 20.

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Why it's worth it: The hotel is offering a variety of free activities including swim classes in the large indoor/outdoor pool; family yoga classes; art classes in the lobby on Saturday and Sunday with interactive arts and crafts; and movies in a theatre setting.

Book it: Call 1-866-716-8101 and mention the DEAL100 rate plan or visit

. $49 deals for 49 hours

The buy: Panorama Mountain Village in Invermere, B.C. is holding a 49-hour sale with $49 pricing on a range of items.

The savings: 30 to 35 per cent.

The catch: You have to book between 4 p.m. (MST) Feb. 12 through to 5 p.m. (MST) Feb. 14 for travel through April 15. The price is based on a double occupancy minimum and a two-night stay.

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Why it's worth it: With more than four metres of snow on the ground, conditions are fantastic and the $49 price is available per person for accommodation, lift tickets, ski or snowboard lessons, equipment rentals for two days, childcare and dining.

Book it: Call 1-888-776-7730 or visit

Havana plus the beach

The buy: Cuba specialist Hola Sun is holding a Sun and City Combos sale.

The savings: 20 per cent.

The catch: It only applies to departures in April.

Why it's worth it: The trips combine the long white beach of Varadero for four days with three days in Havana, one of the most historic cities of the Caribbean. A range of hotels is available in each destination with prices starting at $558 for Club Acuario and Brisas Del Caribe, up to $938 for the Nacional and Melia Varadero and $1,108 at Hotel Parque Central and Iberostar Laguna Azul. Prices include flight from Toronto, all-inclusive resort in Varadero and breakfast and dinner in Havana.

Book it: Hola Sun sells only through travel agencies. For more information, visit agency sites such as or

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