Photos: Tango time

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  1. The heart of the city

    The Obelisk is a modern monument placed at the heart of Buenos Aires. It was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. (Dennis Degnan / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Passion dance

    Two tango dancers perform in Calle Caminito, a street in La Boca district of Buenos Aires famous for this passionate dance. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Color block

    Colorful buildings are hard to miss on Caminito Street in Buenos Aires. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A place in the sun

    Sun-seekers crowd a beach in Mar del Planta - Argentina's premier seaside resort on the southern coast of Buenos Aires Province. (Yann Arthus-bertrand / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A walk on the water

    The 335-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman) was donated by Alberto L. Gonzales and his family to this city of Buenos Aires. Designed by Santiago Calatrava , it is the architect's only work in South America. (Michael Lewis / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Amazing acoustics

    The Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It has 2,367 seats and standing room for 1,000. (Hubert Stadler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Capital beauty

    Finished in 1906, the National Congress Building in Buenos Aires is four stories high and has two pavilions, one on each side. (Anthony Cassidy / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 5/21/2008 11:53:40 AM ET 2008-05-21T15:53:40

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through summer 2008

The deal
Looking for a chic and cheap city holiday? We recommend two European capitals and one in South America, all three high up on the list of the world’s top trendy destinations. The cities in question are Berlin, Lisbon and Buenos Aires, all of which you can visit this spring or summer with low-cost packages. These start at as low as $1,079, inclusive of airfare, lodging and daily breakfast.

Berlin Bargain from only $1,429
Germany’s über-cool capital is the hot urban destination for jet-setters and culture-vultures. New life has been breathed into the city so we suggest you go and check it out. If this is all old news to you and it’s the expense that’s been holding you back, here’s good news. We scouted out a six-night package that will let you live it up in Berlin this summer for as little as $1,429. Travel in July or August with the Virgin Vacations’ holiday that covers airfare from New York and breakfast-inclusive lodging at a centrally located midrange hotel.

Low-Cost Lisbon from just $1,459
Another chic European city that remains off the beaten path yet on the hipsters’ trail is Lisbon. Portugal’s capital not only has a historic ambience but it also abounds in trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques, especially in the hilly neighborhood of Bairro Alto. With the Virgin Vacations deal we found, you can explore its old and new treasures from just $1,459. This price covers roundtrip air from New York and six nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast. This low cost is valid for travel between late June and the end of August. Slideshow: Legendary Lisbon

Buenos Aires Trip for a mere $1,079
In the mood to tango? You’re in luck. Jet off to the Paris of the Pampas: the sizzling Buenos Aires! One of the world's coolest and sexiest capitals, this Argentine beauty is also a bargain to visit, especially if you go now, during the Southern Hemisphere fall. It’s a perfect time for an affordable spot of tango, first-class beef, and great-value shopping. So we recommend you head south by the end of June with the Virgin Vacations offer we found. A six-night sojourn in BA costs $1,079, with air from N.Y.; hotel accommodation; airport transfers; and daily breakfast.

The dollars
The package rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. Summer is the peak season to visit Europe so the flight itself to either Berlin or Lisbon can set you back up to $1,000, or even more. Let alone the euro-priced accommodation! As for the Argentina special — depart after June and the price goes up from $1,079 to $1,619.

The catch
It takes two to tango so you better round up a suitably chic partner for the trip.

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