updated 10/1/2008 9:35:49 AM ET 2008-10-01T13:35:49

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare, five nights' accommodations, some meals, winery tours, and transfers, from $2,149 per person—plus taxes of about $109.

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When: Through Dec. 9, 2008.

Gateways: Miami; add $30 for L.A.; $60 for Houston; $70 for New York City; $90 for Denver; $120 for Seattle; $130 for Chicago; additional gateways are available.

The fine print: Based on weekday departures; add $25 per person each way for weekend travel. Breakfast daily, all meals while in Santa Cruz, hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, winery tours, and all transfers are included. Additional airport taxes and fees are $109 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $650. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Nov. 13, 2008; the starting rate is subject to availability after this date.

Contact: LAN Vacations, 800/435-3593, lanvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares between Miami and Santiago, departing in early November, start at $629, including taxes (multiple carriers). For an additional $1,629, LAN Vacations covers round-trip international airfare as well as five nights' hotel accommodations, some meals, all lodging and airport taxes, all local transfers, and winery tours. Plus, you benefit from the ease of one-stop shopping.

Trip details: The Santiago and Santa Cruz Wine Tour package includes round-trip airfare on a LAN Airlines carrier and five nights' accommodations divided between Santiago and Santa Cruz.

The tour begins in the Chilean capital, a city of 5 million, where remnants of the past coexist with modern architecture and a metropolitan lifestyle. Your home for the next three nights will be the recently renovated Hotel Galerias in the bustling downtown.

The 162 earth-toned rooms have wide, double-paned windows (to block out the sound from the busy street below) and standard amenities. Guests have access to an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, a hair salon, laundry service, a restaurant, and a bar.

The package doesn't include any city tours, so you'll be free to explore on your own. A few attractions to check out: the monuments and Governor's Palace at Plaza de Armas, Central Market, National Museum of History, Parque Metropolitano at San Cristóbal Hill, and La Chascona, the home of writer and native son Pablo Neruda.

While based in Santiago, you'll set out on a day trip to the Maipo Valley, where you'll visit some of the region's many wineries. You'll learn firsthand about the wine-making process; tour vineyards, production plants, and wine cellars; and sample the finished products.

The second half of the trip is centered on Santa Cruz in the Colchagua Valley. The fertile region is known not only for its wines, but also for picturesque lakes, rivers, and beaches. You'll stay two nights at the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza across from the town's main square. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily are included at the hotel.

The trip continues with guided visits to the nearby Colchagua Museum and tours of two wineries along the Colchagua Wine Route, where you can stroll in the vineyards and taste the local wine. While at the Santa Cruz Winery, you'll also see exhibits of Aymara, Easter Island, and Mapuche art, and take a cable car to nearby indigenous villages. The scenery viewed from the cable car is an attraction in its own right, so be sure to have your camera handy.

A driver will pick you up at your hotel in Santa Cruz to take you back to Santiago to catch your U.S.-bound flight. Not ready to leave? You can extend your stay at Hotel Galerias in Santiago from $73 per person per night and at Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza from $105 per person per night.

Before you go, visit Chile's official tourism Web site.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.


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