Image: Bairo Alto, Lisbon
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People walk the colorful streets of the Bairo Alto, the historical part of Lisbon. With the The Touring Unlimited package, you'll get seven nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, and an eight-day rental car from about $539.
updated 10/29/2007 10:58:00 AM ET 2007-10-29T14:58:00

The Real Deal: Seven nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, and an eight-day rental car from about $539 per person, plus a voucher for a discount of up to 50 percent off future stays at your choice of pousadas taken within a year's time.

When: Oct. 26.-Dec. 27, 2007, and Jan. 2-Mar. 19, 2008.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability. The farther in advance that you book, the more likely you will be able to find rooms at the lowest

rate at the property you most prefer to visit.

The fine print: The discount of up to 50 percent only applies to lodging and must be redeemed within a year and cannot be redeemed during holidays, such as Easter, or peak months, such July and August. Purchase is paid in euros (378 euro), and you may be charged a conversion fee by your credit card company. Taxes included. No booking fee. Collision insurance on the rental car is included. Rate based on double occupancy. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Contact: Pousadas de Portugal and Touring Unlimited, 011-35-1-218-442-001, pousadas.pt.

Why it's a deal: The car/lodging package offers a savings of 15 to 20 percent off peak-season rates and roughly 10 to 15 percent off the cost of booking your rental car and B&Bs for travel during early November. You'll also save 10 percent off meals at the restaurants in the pousadas.

Details: The Touring Unlimited package includes seven nights at a choice of participating pousadas—a loose network of converted castles, manor houses, and monasteries throughout Portugal—as well as a rental car from Avis with unlimited mileage, and a 10 percent food and beverage discount card for all of the pousadas' restaurants. Children under age 12 stay free in the same room and can receive free meals. If you add a third person, such as a teenager, to your room, you must pay about $320 more for their seven night-stay.

Plan your itinerary based on the following pousadas: Alijó, Beja, Bragança, Condeixa-a-Nova, Elvas, Guimarães (Oliveira), Marvão, Murtosa/Torreira, Proença-a-Nova, Queluz, Sagres, Santiago do Cacém, São Vicente (Braga), Sta.Clara-a-Velha, V. Nova de Cerveira, Viana do Castelo, Vila Pouca da Beira, and Vila Viçosa. You can also opt to book an alternate pousada, in which case you'll pay the standard nightly rate (most likely $130-$200 per room).

When you purchase the package, you'll receive a passport, which will be stamped at each pousada you visit. Each stamp is worth 5 percent off on a future stay at any of the participating pousadas. You can make your reservations in advance, or pick and choose as you go. While winter is off-peak season, allowing for greater availability, these properties are popular. We recommend booking ahead, which is easy. When you check out of one pousada, the staff can call ahead to check availability at other properties on your list. Most travelers start out from one of three major Portuguese cities: Porto, Lisbon, or Faro. For nine suggested driving routes and the complete list of pousadas, visit pousadas.pt. Note that the package rate is based on a manual-transmission car. You can upgrade to an automatic, but it's pricey; expect to pay as much as $600. Slideshow: Legendary Lisbon

Keep in mind that Portugal's winter temperatures are in the low to mid 50s. Before you go, check the weather forecast, the exchange rate, and the local time at BudgetTravel.com. For more information on pousadas, as noted before, visit Pousadas.pt. For more info on the country itself, visit Portugal's official tourism Web site.

Getting there: International airfare is not included. In comparison, the lowest round-trip fares (with reasonable layovers) that we've found on Kayak for Lisbon in early December are $510 from New York City (Northwest), $584 from Boston (Iberia), $612 from Chicago (American), $703 from Houston (Continental), and $791 from Los Angeles (multiple carriers).

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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