updated 5/30/2008 10:01:20 AM ET 2008-05-30T14:01:20

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The deal
Looking for a summer holiday somewhere in Europe? If so, we suggest you bypass Western Europe for a little East. We found three fantastic specials for discounted tours to the cities of Eastern Europe. All come with airfare, hotels and breakfast, and include a Prague holiday for $1,229; a Budapest vacation for $1,499; and an escorted tour to several cities of Eastern and Central Europe for just $3,069.

Prague getaway for $1,229
Virgin Vacations offers an outstanding Prague special now priced at only $1,229. This six-night escape to the stunning “golden city” of Eastern Europe covers roundtrip air from New York; midrange lodging at a conveniently located hotel; and daily continental breakfast. You will spend a week exploring this UNESCO-protected cultural and heritage sight, considered one of the most picturesque capitals in the world. The package is valid for travel between late June and late August, at the peak of Europe’s summer season.

Budapest vacation for $1499
For a getaway to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, described by Frommer’s as “a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place”, we recommend a weeklong package now on offer by Virgin Vacations. Priced from just $1,499, it is good for departures from New York between late June and late July. This special features accommodation at a three-star property for six nights plus continental breakfast daily. Later summer trips cost just a little extra — $1,629 — but drop again to $1,199 for departures after September 5.

Eastern Europe tour for $3,069
To see several cities of Eastern and Central Europe in one fell swoop, we recommend the 12-night escorted tour by Virgin Vacations. Priced at $3,069 for summer departures (between July 11 and September 5), this trip features a variety of inclusions. Those are: flight from New York to Vienna and back from Prague; airport transfers; lodging for the length of stay; eighteen meals; and a selection of tours and excursions. En route, you’ll visit the following cities: Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. We’ve checked the cost of airfare to the above destinations during the summer season and calculated that it can run as high as the quoted package prices, with breakfast-inclusive lodging! So in light of the inclusions they cover, all three deals above save you a serious chunk of change.

The catch
Pints of beer not included.

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