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Dublin, air/4 nights, from $399

A short getaway to the Irish capital, where you can visit ancient castles and St. Patrick's Cathedral, sample Guinness, or explore the lush countryside.
The Ha'Penny Bridge on the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.
The Ha'Penny Bridge on the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.Peter Morrison / AP

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on an Air France, Aer Lingus, or Delta carrier to Dublin, four nights' accommodations, full Irish breakfast daily, fuel surcharges, and hotel taxes, from $399 per person—plus estimated taxes and fees of $140.

When: Nov. 1, 2009–March 31, 2010; add $100 through Oct. 31, 2009.

Gateways: New York; add $30 for Boston; $60 for Chicago, D.C.; $230 for San Francisco; flights from other cities are available at a higher rate.

The fine print: Additional taxes and fees can range from $98 to $175 per person, depending on the airline, but the average cost is $140. Airport-hotel transfers are not included, so your best bet is to take a bus (about $4 per person each way) or cab (about $21 per person each way). Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $200. A $25 concierge fee will apply to all bookings made through the call center. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Sceptre Tours, 800/221-0924,

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between New York and Dublin is $516 with taxes for travel in early November (Delta). For an additional $23, this Sceptre Tours package covers airfare as well as four nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, and all taxes.

Lodging: Four nights at the 280-room Regency Dublin Hotel, less than two miles from the city center and about a 10-minute walk from Croke Park Stadium. Guests can work up a sweat at the fully equipped gym, swim a few laps in the pool, or relax in the Jacuzzi.

At the end of a long day of sightseeing, grab a nightcap at the on-site Appian Lounge before retiring to your room for a good night's sleep. Upgrade your accommodations to four nights at the posh 304-room Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane for an additional $50 per person.

More: No activities are included in the package rate. Optional activities available through Sceptre Tours include visits to the Jameson Distillery (about $15 per person), the Guinness Storehouse (about $20 per person), and Trinity College (about $10 per person). Need more time to explore Ireland? Additional nights at the Regency are $50 per person.

Before you go: The weather from November through March tends to be rainy and cool, with average temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees. Note that there are lots of sales held each November.