Where to head for the holidays

The Baltimore Sun

It's time to get moving for the holidays with this week's deals:

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is part of the Roosevelt Hotel's Radio City Christmas Show Package, with a one-night stay and two show tickets, for $467-$898, depending on the date chosen. Offer is available through Dec. 30. Call 800-694- 1812 or go to theroosevelt hotel.com and click on "Packages/Special Offers."

Cezanne and van Gogh headline the MoMA Package at the Shoreham Hotel, where one night's accommodations and two tickets to the Museum of Modern Art and the Central Park Zoo start at $339, valid through Dec. 31. Call 800-553-3347 or go to shorehamhotel.com.

The Mayflower Park hotel in downtown Seattle offers a room, weekday parking and discount coupons, for $149, valid through Dec. 30. Call 800-426-5100 or go to mayflowerpark.com and click on "Special Promotions."

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel's Holiday Shopping Package starts at $189 (if booked online) for one night's accommodations and a $100 Macy's gift card, valid through Dec. 30. Go to starwood hotels.com/sheraton.

Once again the Fairmont Washington, D.C., has turned its courtyard into a light-filled garden for the holiday season. In keeping with the theme, the hotel is offering a Holiday Lights and Delights Package that wraps up one night's accommodations with hop-on and -off sightseeing transportation, for rates starting at $219 per night, depending on the date selected, through Jan. 6.

If Mother Nature cooperates, Russia will be blanketed in snow for the Dec. 26-Jan. 6 Russia Winter Wonderland tour offered by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The itinerary concentrates on St. Petersburg and Moscow, and historic cathedrals and imperial palaces. The excursion is $5,995, including accommodations, most meals and transportation within Russia, as well as sightseeing. Visa fees and airfare are additional. Call 617-495-2463 or go to hmnh.harvard.edu/travel.

For a memorable start to the New Year, the Society of International Railway Travelers plans a Dec. 27-Jan. 3 journey through Mexico's Copper Canyon on the Sierra Madre Express. The five-car train traverses tunnels, tight curves and bridges as it climbs to reveal panoramic views of the canyon. The excursion runs round-trip from Tucson, Ariz., with the $3,695 fee covering accommodations and most meals and tips. Call 800-478-4881 or go to irtsociety.com.

The Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Christmas Markets Danube River Cruise is an Old World tour that leaves the holiday rush behind. Starting at Regensburg, Germany, and ending in Vienna, Austria, the cruise takes in churches, cathedrals and Christmas markets, with onboard musical entertainment befitting the season. Offered by Gutsy Women Travel, the tour is $2,219, including airfare from New York, the cruise with an upper-deck cabin and meals, and some sightseeing. Air taxes and fees, port charges, gratuities and some excursions are additional. Call 866-464-8879 or go to www.gutsy womentravel.com.

Note: For most hotels, tax and tips are extra. Prices are generally per person, based on double occupancy.

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