The Real Deal: Fourteen nights in a studio apartment in a farmhouse near the town of Spoleto—either the ground-floor La Lavanda or the second-floor La Salvia—plus a starter supply of groceries, an economy-size manual-transmission car rental with unlimited mileage for two weeks from Avis, basic collision damage waiver insurance (CDW), an orientation session, home-cooked food at a group luncheon, a tour of an organic farm, a driving map, and the services of a local Untours representative, from $1,315 per person—including all taxes and fees.
When: Through Oct. 21, 2009.
The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Upgrade to an automatic car for an additional $221 per person. Add super CDW coverage for an additional $241 per car. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is an additional $1,173; per-person prices for triple and quadruple occupancy may be lower. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Untours, 888/868-6871, untours.com.
Why it's a deal: The package price breaks down to about $94 a night, including taxes and fees. You get the convenience of one-stop shopping and the reassurance of having local Untours staff on hand, plus this special $1,315 rate amounts to a discount of up to $351 per person compared to regular rate for this package.
More: Tack on an extra week in Umbria for an additional $781 per person. Extra weeks in a different region of Italy or another country are offered at an additional cost. Here's a complete list of available extensions and the rates.
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