The Real Deal: This tour includes one night in Bayfield, Wis., and three nights on various Apostle Islands, such as Sand or Oak islands; sleeping in tents that can accommodate up to four individuals; all meals; five days of sea kayaking to islands on Lake Superior; guided tours of lighthouses, sea caves, and nature trails; a basic sea kayaking instruction course; all equipment; wet suits; camping fees; the services of guides; and all taxes and fees; for $685 per person.
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The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single tents available at no extra charge. Dinner is not included on the first night: Allow an additional $15 per person for a restaurant meal. Travelers must bring their own sleeping bag and pad. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: The Northwest Passage, 800/732-7328, nwpassage.com.
Why it's a deal: Other kayaking trips like these can cost about $150 a day (roughly $750 for five days) and do not include meals or equipment. In comparison, the cost of this five-day Northwest Passage package breaks down to $137 a day and includes all equipment and most meals.
More: Optional activities include motorboat tours to additional islands ($40 per person) or your choice of comedy shows, concerts, or family matinees at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield ($20 to $32 per person). Additional nights, only available to groups of four or more, start from $138 per person per night.
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