Tours & cruises in Italy, the Cayman Islands and Napa

Special to The Los Angeles Times


La dolce vita -- at a discount

Experience the Mediterranean Sea and the Amalfi Coast while saving money with Hotel Raito’s Autumn Break package, which discounts standard room rates by 20%. The recently renovated hotel has three ocean-view restaurants, a spa with Turkish baths, boat rentals and 77 guest rooms and suites, many of which have balconies and views of the water.


Info: Hotel Raito, Vietri Sul Mare; 011-39-089-763-411, www.ragosta.

Dates: Sept. 28 to Oct. 31.

Price: Doubles start at about $340 a night (two-night minimum), including a welcome dinner, a buffet breakfast, entrance to the spa’s facilities, 10% off spa treatments, amaretto cookies at turndown and shuttle service to and from the beach.


Scuba on down for some very close encounters

Plunge into Westin Grand Cayman’s Dive! Westin package, which gets you up to 35% off overnight stays that take advantage of the Caribbean island’s scuba opportunities. The resort on Seven Mile Beach provides nightly entertainment, a kids’ club, a full- service spa and a restaurant rated four diamonds by AAA.

Info: Westin Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island; (345) 945-3800,

Dates: Through Oct. 20.

Price: Starting at $274 per night, per person, based on island-view accommodations, which includes a daily two-tank daytime dive, one nighttime dive, a sunset sail aboard the Spirit of Cayman catamaran, a commemorative shirt and a one-year subscription to Scuba Times.


The sisterhood of the traveling oenophiles

Get away with your female friends to toast the 20th anniversary of Virginia Wine Month. The waterfront, British Colonial-style Tides Inn on Chesapeake Bay is hosting women for a weekend package that includes an array of wine-related perks.

Info: Tides Inn, Irvington; (800) 843-3746,

Dates: Weekend nights through Nov. 15.

Price: $335 per person, per night, plus tax, including two nights in a Vista Suite, breakfast for two, two manicures and two pedicures with a glass of Virginia wine, a self-guided tour of six local wineries with a picnic-basket lunch (keep the basket), six bottles of wine and two T-shirts.


When it’s past time for a major pamper . . .

After stuffing yourself at the French Laundry, unwind at Yountville’s Villagio Inn & Spa, just down the street from the legendary restaurant. The Villagio, a Mediterranean-style resort, is offering 25% off the best available rates for its interior courtyard rooms and suites, which have a fireplace and sunken bathtub.

Info: Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville; (800) 351-1133 (mention Code 25 Preferred),

Dates: Book by Sept. 30 for stays through Dec. 31.

Price: Doubles begin at $315 (usually $420) a night, double occupancy, which includes a bottle of wine, a breakfast buffet and afternoon tea and coffee.