Greater Fort Lauderdale Hotels Offer Travel Packages Fit For A ‘King’

King Tut Packages feature special amenities and passes to the ‘Mummy’ of All Exhibitions

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — King Tut, the ‘Original King of Bling,’ is making his way to Greater Fort Lauderdale this December and you can make plans to join him. A number of Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels are offering unique hotel packages that include VIP passes to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (MoAFL) along with accommodations and other special amenities.

The exhibition features rare artifacts discovered during the excavation of Tut’s tomb, including a golden diadem (crown) inlaid with colored glass and semiprecious stones; one of four miniature viscera coffins, also made of gold and inlaid with colored glass and semiprecious stones, that once contained the king’s mummified organs; and a painted wooden mannequin of the young king. The exhibition will also showcase more than 70 objects from other graves of members of the 18th Dynasty, including Tut’s great-grandparents. The exhibition debuts December 15, 2005, and will remain through April 23, 2006.

Greater Fort Lauderdale area Marriott Hotels & Resorts, official hotel sponsor of the King Tut exhibition, are offering a special package with rates starting at just $149 per room, per night, including two “front of line” VIP tickets to the King Tut exhibition, two audio tours, and 10% off any museum gift shop purchase. Packages are valid from December 14, 2005 to April 23, 2006. For information or reservations call 800-583-0171 or visit http://www.marriottse.com/. Participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts include:

* Coral Springs Marriott Hotel & Golf Club, rates start at $149 per room,
per night

* Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Courtyard, rates start at $149 per room, per
night

* Renaissance Plantation, rates start at $169 per room, per night and also
include 10% off Starbucks coffee and meals in Bin 595, Eclectic Grille &
Wine Bar in addition to standard package amenities

* Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott, rates start at $179 per room, per night

* Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, rates start at $199 per room, per
night

* Renaissance Fort Lauderdale, rates start at $199 per room, per night

A wide variety of Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels and resorts, from luxury hotels and beachfront resorts to waterfront Superior Small Lodging(R) properties, are also offering unique King Tut packages, including:

* The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale, the newest member of Starwood’s Luxury
Collection, is offering two unique packages available exclusively
through http://www.americanexpress.com/travel, the American Express
Travel website. The “Live Like a King” package, available from
December 15, 2005 through April 23, 2006, includes two tickets to the
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, two nights
accommodations in a beautiful oceanfront Luxury Suite or in a Grand
Deluxe Room at The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale, two “Mummy Wrap” treatments
at Spa Atlantic, a welcome “Tut-tini” cocktail at the hotel’s Trina
Lounge, “Pharaoh’s Feast” dinner for two at Trina Restaurant, a special
King Tut souvenir amenity and a luxury transfer to and from the hotel to
the museum. The “Live Like a King” package is $2,579 for the Luxury
Suite or $1,869 for the Grand Deluxe Lower Room, double occupancy for
two nights.

* The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale and American Express Vacations are also
offering an “Exhibit Essentials” package, which costs $1,125 and
includes two nights in a Grand Deluxe Lower room and King Tut exhibition
tickets for two. Both packages will begin selling via the American
Express Travel website beginning September 15, 2005. Go to
http://www.americanexpress.com/travel to make your reservation. For
more information on The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale, visit
http://www.luxurycollection.com/atlantic. Must be 21 years of age to
receive “Tut-tini” cocktail. Package benefits are not transferable or
redeemable for cash. See http://www.americanexpress.com/kingtut
(American Express Travel website) for full details.

* The Lago Mar Resort and Club, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning
resort, is offering a special two-night “King Tut” package from
December 16, 2005 through February 2, 2006. The package, offered at
$595 plus tax, includes double occupancy accommodations in a luxurious
one bedroom suite, two tickets to the King Tut exhibition, dinner for
two in the award winning Acquario restaurant, daily breakfast and all
gratuities. The package is based on availability and excludes holidays
and special events. For more information or to make a reservation call
800-LAGO-MAR or visit http://www.lagomar.com/.

* The Pillars at New River Sound, a Superior Small Lodging(R) property
located on the New River, is offering a three night “King Tut”
exhibition package for $525 (double occupancy), which includes
three nights accommodations in a poolside room, two tickets for the
King Tut exhibition, one “Egyptian Dinner” for two at the Secret Garden
(not including wine), two one-day Water Taxi passes and daily
continental breakfast for two. The package is available from
December 15, 2005 through April 23, 2006 and blackout dates apply. For
information or to make a reservation, call 954-467-9639 or visit
http://www.pillarshotel.com/.

* Days Inn Bahia Cabana Beach Resort & Marina, located just steps from
Fort Lauderdale beach, is offering a special rate and entree at the
hotel’s world-famous waterfront restaurant in celebration of the King
Tut exhibition’s arrival in Fort Lauderdale. From December 15, 2005
through April 23, 2006, guests can enjoy a standard room for $143 per
night (single or double occupancy). Hotel or restaurant patrons can
choose to “eat like a king” with the King Tut Crab Cake Oscar topped
with jumbo lump crab meat and asparagus plus the choice of a side for
$18.95 (available for lunch or dinner). For information or reservations
call 800-323-2244 or visit http://www.bahiacabanaresort.com/.

* Embassy Suites Hotel – Fort Lauderdale is offering special package
rates for the King Tut exhibition starting at $179 (double occupancy)
which include transportation for two to the Museum of Art, Fort
Lauderdale, daily breakfast and nightly manager’s reception. For
information or to make a reservation, call 954-527-2700 or visit
http://www.embassysuitesftl.com/.

* The La Quinta Inn, Fort Lauderdale – Coral Springs is offering a “King
Tut Treasure” package, which features a 20% discount on a spacious
deluxe room with balcony, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and
an entry into a contest to win the La Quinta Inn – King Tut Treasure,
which is valued at more than $400. The King Tut Treasure includes
several official King Tut souvenirs a $50 Target gift card and two free
nights at any La Quinta Inn nationwide. The winning reservation will be
chosen on April 23, 2006. To book this package, call 954-753-9000 and
ask for the King Tut rate or promo code KNGTUT. Package is valid until
April 25, 2006.

For more information, to order tickets, or to enter to win a trip for two to Greater Fort Lauderdale including passes to the Tut exhibition, visit http://www.sunny.org/tut. To secure advance tickets for the ‘Mummy of all Exhibitions,’ or for more information on group tickets visit http://www.kingtut.org/tickets.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, and sponsored by Northern Trust Corporation.

For more information on Greater Fort Lauderdale, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; call 800-22-SUNNY U.S. and Canada) or log onto http://www.sunny.org/.

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