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Switzerland, air/7 nights, from $2,139

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Zürich on Swiss Airlines, transfer to apartment, seven nights' in a rental apartment of your choice, a seven-night Swiss Pass (for local ground transportation and entrance to museums), an orientation session, and a group event, from $2,139 per person—including all taxes.

When: Oct. 14, 17, 2009; add $200 for Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; add $450 for Aug. 26.

Gateways: Boston, New York City; add $225 from Chicago, $300 from L.A.

The fine print: Includes all taxes. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $401. Some apartments offer up to quad occupancy at lower per-person package prices if you're traveling in a group. 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: We priced round-trip travel between Boston and Zürich in mid-October and found a $688 fare (Continental).

For $1,451 more including all taxes, this Untours package takes care of airfare as well as accommodations in your choice of apartments with kitchens (like this one), the Swiss Pass for transportation and sightseeing, and all trip support, including an orientation session, an airport greeting, and local support from the apartment owner.

More: Want more time? Add another week starting at $350 per person. Untours also offers packages to other parts of Switzerland.