Rug up and reap the benefits

Last updated 16:36 11/12/2012
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CHEAP CHILLS: Cosmopolitan Istanbul is included in an 11-night tour of Turkey.

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If you're keen for a wintery holiday, there are bargains to be had, writes Belinda Jackson.

NEW YORK CITY

In post-Christmas Manhattan, crowds drop off, hotel prices come down, sales take off and ice skates come into their own. It's Restaurant Week, too, in January/February, during which key fine-dining places offer fixed-price menus.

The 414 Hotel in midtown Manhattan has a "stay four nights, pay for three" deal in its queen-size rooms, from January 5 to February 28. The 414 is a small hotel comprising two townhouses with a courtyard in between. West 46th Street (46th and Ninth Avenue), from $194 a night.

The Condor Hotel is in a commercial-residential Jewish neighbourhood of Brooklyn where Hasidic tradition meets hipster gentrification. The subway is about a three-block walk from the hotel, as are a string of restaurants on Myrtle Avenue. The hotel has a seven-night offer in January and February with savings of up to 20 per cent. A twin room, with kitchenette and balcony, costs from $US167.82 ($201) a night, including taxes, dropping to $US131 ($157) a night, including taxes, for the bulk of the seven-night stay. The hotel has a lounge and garden and the room rate includes breakfast. 56 Franklin Avenue.

EUROPE

Cathay Pacific has early-bird flights to Europe via Hong Kong for those who can delay their Christmas gift to themselves until April 2013. Economy-class return flights cost from $1999 if booked by December 31 for travel between February 1 and March 31 or between May 1 and June 30. Destinations include London, Rome, Milan, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Amsterdam.

Paris apartments to rent can be well-placed gems. Stays in January mean savings, too. For example, an apartment in the 17th arrondissement about 15 minutes' walk from the Arc de Triomphe is a green oasis in the centre of the city. Originally built as a nuns' cloister, the apartment can accommodate three people and has a kitchen. Stay in January for €140 ($217) a night, twin share.

Austria is ski central. An eight-day Ski Only package in Tyrol's SkiWelt region costs from $799 a person, quad share. Includes coach pick-up from the airport or train station, breakfast daily.

Turkey encompasses cosmopolitan Istanbul, ancient Ephesus, Troy and mournful Gallipoli. A 10-day tour visits the sites. Save $180 on bookings until January 15, 2013, for travel from January 1 to March 13, 2013 and November 1 to December 23, 2013. From $1019 a person.

MEXICO

High in the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe, 20 eco-cabins meld into the environment to create Endemico, a Design Hotel in Mexico's Baja California. Remote, yes, but also just 90 minutes from San Diego by air. Get 20 per cent off the best available rate on two-night stays, or stay three nights, pay for two, until March 17, 2013. Costs from $US280 ($336) for two nights; from $US350 ($419) for three nights.

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EGYPT

Now's a great time to visit - without the crowds or the heat. Tempo Holidays has a two-for-the-price-of-one package on its 11-day Wonders of Egypt tour, which visits Cairo and Alexandria, El Alamein's World War II battlefields and includes a four-night cruise on the Nile. Book by December 31, travel until September 30, 2013. Costs from $3962 for two people.

MOROCCO

Marrakesh is the jewel of Morocco. It's winter here, so rug up and admire the snowy peaks behind the city. Save 30 per cent on three-night stays at Angsana Riads Collection Morocco until February 18, 2013 (excludes stays between December 23 and January 6).

- Sydney Morning Herald

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