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See the Eiffel tower on an ultimate summer fling in Paris for next to nothing.
updated 4/11/2007 4:43:03 PM ET 2007-04-11T20:43:03

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through August 2007

The Deal
Just when you start to enjoy spring, it's already time to start planning your summer vacation. If your plans are to go to Europe, there's no time like the present to book a trip across the pond. Think you can't afford it? Think again, because we've found four deals – to England, France, Spain, and Italy – that will save you serious dollars on your well-deserved European vacation. Whether you prefer a pulsating city or relaxing on the coast, we've found deals to suit your tastes and your wallet. Air-land combos start at $999 for summer jaunts.

Cheap Fling in the City of Lights from $1099
Want the ultimate summer fling in the City of Lights for a song? Indeed, this season you can wander the romantic streets of Paris for next to nothing with the Virgin Vacations deals we found. Six-night vacations are priced from just $1099, with round-trip airfare from New York and a breakfast-inclusive stay at a no-frills but centrally-located hotel. The package in question is good for travel between July 1 and August 24, at the height of the peak tourist season when airfare alone is known to break the bank and could easily cost you more than $800. Lodging costs for summer stays are equally inflated so you’re saving some serious dollars with this deal.

Low-priced Jaunt to London for just $999
If you prefer British flavor this summer, here’s the lowdown on a fantastic London trip we found. EuropeASAP has a six-night escape to the British capital for just $999, including the flight from New York (other getaways are also available at extra cost); a six-night stay at a mid-range hotel; and daily continental breakfast. The base price includes lodging at Adare Hotel, a simple yet pleasant property near Hyde Park. Want to upgrade your digs? Thirteen other accommodation options are available, running up in price to $2689 for a sojourn at The Ritz, the ultimate in five-star luxury. Note that these prices are good for departures between June 26 and September 3.

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See Madrid & Barcelona for only $1369
For a sweet taste of Spanish delights this summer, we found an excellent deal on sale from Virgin Vacations. For only $1369, you can enjoy a six-night trip to the urban highlights of Spain: Madrid and Barcelona. This terrific price covers international airfare; modest but comfy accommodations in each city; the domestic flight between the destinations; and continental breakfast daily. You’ll spend three nights each in the elegant capital of Madrid and the vibrant Mediterranean gem of Barcelona. The base price includes air from New York but for low additional price you can fly from your choice of a US getaway. The price is only valid for trips taken in July and August.

La dolce vita on Amalfi Coast for $1909
What do you say to some summer fun on Italy’s scenic Amalfi Coast? You can, in fact, indulge in some serious la dolce vita with a Go-Today special we screened. This brief but sweet three-nighter for just $1909 will let you explore the many coastal towns and villages of this stunning southern Italian region. The low cost covers airfare from New York or Boston to Naples, in itself priced around $1700 during summer months; a sojourn at a superior hotel in the coastal resort of Sorrento; daily continental breakfast; and a three-day manual car rental. This price is valid for departures between June 25 and July 28. Hotel upgrades are available, too, costing up to $2599 at a deluxe property in the charming seaside town of Positano.

The Dollars
All quoted pricing is based on double occupancy. Add air taxes and fees to all these airfare-inclusive packages.

The Catch
Summer hordes included, too!

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  1. Mood lighting

    The Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Invalides are illuminated at dusk with in Paris. (Mike Hewitt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Heart of the Louvre

    The intricate ceiling of the Appolo Gallery at Paris' Louvre Museum is reflected in a display case in the foreground. Built in 1661, the gallery was not fully completed until 1851. In all, over twenty artists worked on the decoration. The Appolo Gallery gallery contains more than two centuries of French art, and houses such wonders as the French Crown Jewels, including the famous Régent (140 carats) and Sancy (53 carats) diamonds, as well as the 105-carat Côte de Bretagne ruby. (Joel Robine / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. To the heavens

    The Sacred Heart Catholic church (Basilique Sacré-Coeur) is seen on Paris' highest point, in Montmartre. The view at the top of the dome is excellent -- 271 feet above Montmartre Hill -- and is the second-highest viewpoint after the Eiffel Tower. (Benoit Tessier / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Looking glass

    This elaborate stained-glass cupola (dome) inside Magasins du Printemps department store is located above the main restaurant in the store. Installed in 1923, it is composed of 3,185 individual pieces of stained glass. (David Lefranc / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Keeping cool

    Tourists soak their feet in a reflecting pool at Place du Trocadero, an area of museums and gardens. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Sights from the Seine

    A "Bateau Mouche" tourist boat travels near the Paris Justice court. These boat tours are a popular, but relaxing way to view the sights of Paris along the Seine River. (Benoit Tessier / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Museum of masterpieces

    Originally a royal fortress for kings, and open to all since 1793, the Louvre is one the world's greatest art museums, housing 35,000 works of ancient and Western art, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space. More than 6 million visitors see the Louvre per year. (Mike Hewitt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Shopper's haven

    Local art, food and other goods are sold in passage Jouffroy, across Boulevard Montmartre. Originally designed to protect pedestrians from mud and horse-drawn vehicles, the passages (shopping arcades), arre located between the Grands Boulevards and the Louvre. (Amélie Dupont / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Modern art

    A view of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Its 1977 factory style architecture contrasts with the surrounding buildings of Paris' oldest district near Notre-Dame cathedral. It has a public library, and the French National Museum of Modern Art. (Loic Venance / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Holy architecture

    One of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture is the Notre Dame Cathedral, attracting 13 million visitors each year. The name Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in French. (Stéphane Querbes / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Practical protectors

    The famous stone statues of Notre Dame. (Amélie Dupont / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Tranquil gardens

    The Jardin des Tuileries is Paris's most central garden. Its fountains, sculptures, cafes, formal gardens, and central location, make it a popular destination for visitors and locals. (Amélie Dupont / Paris Tourist Offi) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Tuileries Palace

    Tuileries Palace encloses the western end of the Louvre and the formal gardens that make up Jardin des Tuileries park, stretching from the Louvre to the Place de Concorde, and bordered by the Seine. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Moulin Rouge

    The cabaret Moulin Rouge was built in 1889, in Paris' red-light district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy. The Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the can-can dance. (David Lefranc / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Flowing with history

    The Fontaine des Mers at one of the main public square, Place de la Concorde. At 20 acres, it is the largest square in Paris. (Henri Garat / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Honoring warriors

    The Arc de Triomphe stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Elysees. The arch honors soldiers who fought for France. The names of generals and wars fought can be found on the inside and top of the arc. Underneath, is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I . (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Coffee break

    People walk past a boulangerie (bakery) in the Montmartre district in Paris. (Michel Euler / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Paris blues

    A piece of renowned French Roquefort blue cheese is displayed in a shop in Paris. (Philippe Wojazer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Pricey real estate

    The Place Vendome is an octagonal square located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Eglise de la Madeleine. The bronze spiral column at the center of the square was constructed in 1810 by Napoleon to celebrate the French army’s victory at Austerlitz. Within the square are apartments, and posh hotels and high-end retailers, including Cartier, Chanel, and Bulgari. (Benoit Tessier / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. French connection

    The high-speed rail network in France goes to several Parisian train stations, including Gare Du Nord shown here. The name was derived by the idea that travelers would be able to travel to Belgium, Netherlands, Northern Germany and the Scandinavian countries. It is the busiest railway station in Europe, and the third -busiest in the world. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. The grandest address in Paris

    The Pere Lachaise cemetary (Father Lachaise Cemetery) on the eastern edge of the city, is named after the Jesuit Father Lachaise, King Louis XIV's confessor. Many famous people are buried here, including Musset, Chopin, Moliere, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Balzac, Jim Morrison. (Amélie Dupont / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Impressive collection

    The Musée d'Orsay is one of Paris' most popular museums, housed in the former railway station, the Gare d'Orsay. The museum houses an extensive collection of sculptures and impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne. (David Lefranc / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Grand design

    The Grand Palais (Big Palace) was built for the World Fair of 1900. The building is best known for its enormous glass-domed roof, making it one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks. The Grand Palais was the work of three different architects, and is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world. (Marc Bertrand / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Prestigious avenue

    The Louis Vuitton department store is located on the stunning Champs-Elysees, one of the world's most famous and beautiful streets. (Mike Hewitt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Le Pantheon

    Le Pantheon was originally intended to be a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve to fulfil a vow made by Louis XV while he'd fallen ill. It was used for religious and civil purposes until 1885 and now functions as a famous burial place. (David Lefranc / Paris Tourist Office) Back to slideshow navigation
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