The Real Deal: Five nights' accommodations (three camping, two in beach cottages), airport transfers, most meals, a two-person domed tent, sports equipment (kayak, bike, life jackets, helmets), ground transportation, entrance fees and permits, the services of a guide, and all taxes and fees, for $1,999 per person.
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When: July 11, Aug. 29, Nov. 7, Dec. 27, 2010.
The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $100. The $1,999 price reflects the rate that REI members pay; add $251 per person for nonmembers. Note that an REI lifetime membership costs only $20. The trip is rated for "moderate activity"; expect to bike, hike, or kayak about eight miles a day. Maximum group size is 12 people. Airfare is not included. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: REI Adventures, 800/622-2236, rei.com/adventures.
Why it's a deal: The trip price breaks down to about $400 per person per night—not cheap. The value is in the coordinated logistics and the included amenities: equipment rentals, most meals, an experienced guide throughout, airport transfers, entrance fees and permits, and accommodations. Also consider that last year this same trip cost $500 more—that's a 20 percent year-over-year savings.
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