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Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam from $1,999

This nine-night air/train/hotel package divides your time between three European capitals, each with its own flavor and sense of fun.
Biking through the heart of Amsterdam
Enjoy the fun of Amsterdam with this 9-night package that includes stops in Berlin and Prague.Photo courtesy of Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

The real deal: Round-trip international airfare (arriving in Prague and returning from Amsterdam), one-way rail transportation in second class between Prague and Berlin and Berlin and Amsterdam, daily buffet-style breakfasts, hotel taxes, service charges and fuel surcharges, from $1,999 per person — plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $155.

When: April 1–May 31; Aug. 31–Oct. 25, 2009; add $300 for June 1–Aug. 30. Note that April 10–13 and May 20–23 are closed-out dates for Hotel Victoria in Prague (prices will be higher if available); April 9–14 are closed-out dates for Express by Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre (prices will be higher if available).

Gateways: D.C., New York City; add $235 for Miami; $315 for Chicago; $355 for Houston; $365 for Denver; $385 for L.A.; $499 for Seattle; additional gateways are available.

The fine print: Taxes are estimated at an additional $155 per person. You'll receive open-ended rail tickets that are valid for travel on any scheduled passenger train traveling between the stations listed on the ticket; you can look up possible train schedules here. Seat reservations are optional and are not required on most of the trains.

Airport-hotel transfers are not included but can be purchased for an additional $69 per car each way in Prague; $231 per car each way in Berlin; and $155 per car each way in Amsterdam (limit three passengers per car). Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $549. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability. All bookings must be made at least 14 days prior to departure date.

Contact: Austrian Airlines Vacation Center, 800/790-4682,

Why it’s a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, multicity flights from New York City — arriving in Prague and returning from Amsterdam — start at $627 with taxes for travel in early April (Northwest) and $825 in early September (multiple carriers).

For an additional $1,329 or $1,527, depending on the time of year you go, the Train Trio package covers international airfare as well as two one-way rail tickets; nine nights' accommodations divided between Prague, Berlin, and Amsterdam; daily breakfast; hotel taxes; service fees; fuel surcharges; and airport taxes. You also get the convenience of booking all these elements at once through Austrian Airlines Vacation Center.

Itinerary: Begin with three nights at the 42-room Hotel Victoria in Prague, only three stops by tram (or a 15-minute walk) from Wenceslas Square or Republic Square. A train ride brings you to Berlin, where you'll check into the 251-room Express by Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre, a short walk from Potsdamer Platz, for a three-night stay. Then catch the train to Amsterdam, for three nights at the 50-room Hotel Avenue or the 75-room Hotel Bellevue.

More: No sightseeing tours are included; choose from a variety of optional activities, such as a three-hour walking tour of Prague from $26 per person or a two-hour bus tour of Berlin with 15 stops throughout the city for $40 per person. Choices in Holland range from a $30-per-person half-day historical tour on a bicycle to a half-day tour of The Hague and Delft from $57 per person.

If you'd like to extend your stay, additional nights start at $70 per person for a double and $122 for a single room at Hotel Victoria in Prague, $90 per person for a double or $175 for a single room at Express by Holiday Inn City Centre in Berlin, and $122 per person for a double and $189 for a single room at Hotel Avenue or Hotel Bellevue in Amsterdam.

Before you go: For up-to-date travel information, visit the official tourism Web sites of the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.