Cheap Seats: This week's airfare bargains
Here is a sampling of airfare offerings gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Next weekend — Sept. 15-17Aarhus, Denmark: 41.50 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Aarhus.
Although it is the second largest city in Denmark, Aarthus is more like a small town, offering visitors glimpses of centuries-old architecture, modern design and nature. Step a thousand years back in time with a visit to the Church of Our Lady, which contains the oldest stone crypt in Scandinavia. Plan to spend a little time and money visiting The Old Town with 75 restored buildings —from the 17th and 18th centuries, they now hold restaurants and shops — or strolling Stroget, a pedestrian shopping street with upscale Scandinavian clothing shops.
University Park is home to the State Library, Natural History Museum and Steno Museum, with collections on science and medicine. From here you can travel to the Moesgaard Museum to view prehistoric artifacts, including a 2,000-year-old Grauballe man found in 1952 preserved in a bog. On the edge of the city, nature enthusiasts can bike or hike though the surrounding beech forest or rest on the beaches.
Next month — Oct. 13-15Gdansk, Poland: 69.38 pounds round trip
Fly Wizz Air from London Luton to Gdansk.
The Neptune Fountain in front of Artus Court highlights Gdansk’s ties to the Baltic Sea on its southern coast. With cycling tracks, zoological gardens and 14 miles of clean beaches, Gdansk offers plenty of outdoor fun. Visitors can take a leisurely walk through the Oliwa Park and explore the ancient trees, with specimens from all over the world, or visit the nature reserves and bird sanctuaries on Sobieszewo Island. For a little more adventure you can canoe or kayak the Motlawa Arm watercourse.
If you have a little extra time, take a day to explore some historical sights, including The Nowy Port Lighthouse, Highland Gate, The Grand Mill and The Royal Chapel.
Six months from now — March 16-20Tallinn, Estonia: 57.45 pounds round trip
Fly Easyjet from London Stansted to Tallinn.
Much of Tallinn’s buildings and cobblestone streets have been preserved from the Middle Ages. The focal point of culture is Town Hall Square with its cafes, open-air concerts, handmade craft fairs and medieval-style markets. Three of the four most important works of medieval art in Estonia on display can be found in St. Nicholas’s Church. The fourth, an altar, is located in the Church of the Holy Ghost. Visitors can explore the towers of Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala to experience what it might have been like to guard the town or see Maiden Tower, a Middle Ages prison for prostitutes.
Visitors to Master’s Courtyard can shop for handmade crafts and jewelry and sample sugary delights. To view artist and craftsman at work tour the medieval St. Catherine’s Passage lined with open studios.
— Heather Klinglesmith
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.