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England and Scotland, 5 nights, from $749

A guided tour that packs in Cambridge, York, Jedburgh, Abbotsford, Edinburgh, Gretna Green, Grasmere, Chester and Stratford-upon-Avon.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Two nights at the Hilton London Metropole and one night each at the Ramada York Fairfield Manor, the Ramada Edinburgh Mount Royal and the Ramada Chester; breakfast daily, two 3-course dinners; round-trip airport-hotel transfers; sightseeing in Cambridge, York, Jedburgh, Abbotsford, Edinburgh, Gretna Green, Grasmere, Chester and Stratford-upon-Avon; transportation by private bus; the services of a professional driver/guide; and hotel taxes, from $749 per person — plus a fee of $9.

When: Nov. 8, 15, 29, 2009, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, 28, 2010; add $50 for Dec. 6, 2009.

The fine print: Airfare is not included. There is an additional shipping and handling fee of $9 per person. Based on double occupancy; deduct $35 per person for triple occupancy; no single supplement. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Sceptre Tours, 800/221-0924, sceptretours.com.

Why it's a deal: The package rate breaks down to about $150 a day and includes five nights' accommodations divided between London, York, Edinburgh, and Chester; breakfast daily; two 3-course dinners; guided sightseeing tours; all transportation; and the services of a professional driver/guide. Plus, you get the convenience of having all the details coordinated for you.

More: Optional activities range from $100 to $120 per person and include a tour of the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels and a sail aboard the Britannia with dinner in Edinburgh. If you'd like to include airfare in your package, add $750 per person, plus $200 in taxes, for a round-trip flight from New York City on Delta. Extend your stay in London from $105 per person per night.