Fall travel packages for adventure and romance

Travel packages for fabulous fall getaways include magic castles and Vegas-style romance. Photo: MGM Resorts International

LOS ANGELES, September 23, 2013 – Fall is nearing full splendor and the travel deals and packages for the season are coming alive with creative possibilities for some colorful renewal. 

Ultimate Romance Retreat in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has long had a lock on the romance market, especially when a night away needs to work miracles in a relationship. To that end, Bellagio is offering the ultimate romance package to couples that want to go all out for a night of romance in Las Vegas in one of this country’s most opulent and over the top hotels.

This Bellagio night of romance includes:

  • One Night Lakeview Cypress Suite Accommodations
    * Limo Transportation from and to McCarran Airport
    * Executive Suite Lounge Check-in
    * One Bottle of Veuve Clicquot
    * Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    * A 50-minute Couples Massage at Spa Bellagio
    * Prix-Fixe Dinner for two at either Picasso or Michael Mina (does not include alcohol)

Price: $995 per couple, including daily hotel fee and taxes (added nights available at prevailing rates)

(888) 987-6667

Ashford Castle in Ireland

A Hogwarts Halloween at Ashford Castle in Ireland

Spend a magical night in a five-star castle for Halloween. A package at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland runs Oct. 25 – Nov. 2. With secret rooms, soaring ceilings and over 700 hundred years of mysticism hidden behind its giant doors, Ashford Castle will have Harry Potter fans convinced they’ve died and gone to Hogwarts.

There’s the “Forbidden Forest” to explore, “House Elf” cooking lesson to have in little helpers’ Cookery School, a “Hidden Garden” treasure hunt and an afternoon “Chamber of Art” painting class. For parents there’s a romantic dinner for two.

The fun-packed packages start at $689 per room, per night in a Deluxe Family Room, based on two adults and two children under the age of 12 sharing the room. An additional charge of $126 per night may be applied for each additional child.

Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains.  It features 83 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian center, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities.

353 94 954-6003

Brush Creek Ranch & Spa

Riding for a Cure at Brush Creek Ranch

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, an all-inclusive luxury dude ranch in Wyoming, is hosting a “Cowgirl Up for the Cure,” weekend for ladies only, October 3-6, benefitting the Susan G. Komen foundation. Guests will enjoy a variety of special activity-based and educational programs on the 15,000-acre Brush Creek Ranch as well as a performance by a Country Music Association performing artist.

The Lodge is a Preferred Boutique Hotel and Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge. The weekend includes:

  • Well-appointed lodging, including cabin suites and residences
  • Various Ranch activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, shooting range, hiking, and biking
  • Educational programs focused on health, wellness and cancer prevention
  • Nightly entertainment, including a CMA entertainer to be announced, plus a Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance
  • Gourmet Rocky Mountain cuisine
  • Special guest speakers

Events kick off with a Boot & Jewelry Trunk Show, followed by participation in a wide variety of Ranch activities. Package pricing starts at $2,250 per person with $750 per person will be donated back to the Komen Denver Affiliate. Contributions made throughout the weekend will be matched dollar for dollar by supporters.
(307) 327-5284

Eurail’s 20% Discount for Italy through October

Italy is the second most popular country overall for Eurail Pass holders, while the Eurail Italy Pass remains the best-selling One Country Pass. The fleet of Frecciarossa trains makes the non-stop connection between Rome and Milan possible in less than three hours.

Traveling with the Eurail Italy Pass out of season enables easier access to Italy’s many historic landmarks, allowing the traveler to enjoy the beauty of art, tradition and sceneries unchanged for hundreds of years. Florence, Venice, Rome and Milan, Italy’s most visited destinations by Eurail Pass holders are easily accessible, as is the beautiful and varied Italian countryside. The ease of getting around via rail and the flexibility of being able to change travel plans provide the perfect ingredients for creating that unforgettable travel experience.
Contact:  www.eurailgroup.org/italy

Kids Travel for Free: Aqua Expeditions to Peru

Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s first luxury Amazon River cruise, invites children to travel with their families free of charge through November 2014 for all bookings made by September 30, 2013. The luxury family vacation company, takes guests on adventures through the Amazon and its tributaries, where sightings of wildlife such as pink dolphins, caimans and sloths are an every-day event…ideal for any adventurist-in-the-making.

Details of the promotion:

  • Child must be under 12 years old at the time of traveling
  • Booking must be made before September 30, 2013
  • Limit one child per family, sharing cabin with parents and sleeping on the sofa bed
  • Valid for bookings until November 29, 2014
  • Booking only for Aqua Amazon or Aria Amazon

Aqua Expeditions is a member of Virtuoso and The Signature Travel Network. For more information on Aqua Expeditions, visit www.aquaexpeditions.com. 


Lark Gould is an author of eight books on travel and a journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than two decades.

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Lark Ellen Gould is an award-winning journalist who has spent the last few decades reporting on news, trends and nuances in the travel industry for top travel publications with a focus on Las Vegas, California, Africa, Asia, Pacific and the Middle East.
As a veteran news reporter covering hot spots (and cool spots) around the world, Lark knows where to go – and where not to go. Follow her findings in the Communities Digital News, LLC at The Washington Times where she is an associate editor for Food & Travel; also Larkslist and Travel-Intel, a weekly news publication that goes out to the travel industry.

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