Feb 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

Oz on $110.93 a Day United Vacations, in association with the Australian Tourist Commission, is offering a 15-day Ultimate Road Trip package for a mere $1,664. But act now: The deal is for travel dates between February 24 and March 21, 2003. The bargain price includes airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney, four nights in Sydney, followed by a five-day road trip—rental car and hotels included—culminating in four nights in Melbourne, your departure city. Expect austral-summer heat and 600 miles of beaches between Sydney and Melbourne. Contact: United Airlines, 800-917-9246,

Frutti di Malta Ah, Malta in February... Well, maybe $699 for a flight from New York, Boston, or D.C., a seven-night stay at any four-star hotel in the cities of Valletta, Sliema, or St. Julian, and crisp Mediterranean breezes will seduce you. Hike to tiny fishing villages along the craggy coastline, or scuba dive in the caves along Gozo, one of Malta's three inhabited islands. The offer includes breakfasts and is good through March 31, 2003. Contact: The Malta Tourist Office, 877-466-2582,

Reserve La Ré;serve Bankruptcy has its benefits: The new owners of Ski La Ré;serve, a resort in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec whose previous owners filed Canada's equivalent of Chapter 11 in the nineties, are trying to lure new skiers with their Weekend Package. Stay Friday and Saturday nights at the modest slopeside, 65-room Hôtel Montcalm, enjoy dinners and breakfasts, and ski at La Ré;serve for two days, all for US$161. Not bad for a mountain with a respectable 1,000 feet of vertical, 70 acres of terrain, and about 100 inches of snow annually. Contact: Hôtel Montcalm, 866-424-1333,

Zemu With a View

SEE 28,309-FOOT KANCHENJUNGA from Sikkim's Zemu Glacier on this 21-day trek from Mercury Himalayan Explorations. Follow the Zemu Chu River through valleys full of rhododendrons, cross 17,000-foot passes, and try to spot snow leopards stalking blue sheep. Cost: $3,600 per person. Contact: Mercury Himalayan Explorations, 212-223-9200, (Read about further glacial exploits by Mercury founder Colonel Narinder Kumar in "The Coldest War".)

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