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Greek Islands, air/8 nights, from $1,399

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on the best available carrier to Athens; two nights (the first and the last) at the Polis Grand Hotel in Athens, three nights at the Kamari Hotel in Mykonos, and three nights at the King Thiras Hotel in Santorini; breakfast daily; ferry transfers; fuel surcharges; and hotel taxes and service charges, from $1,399 per person—plus airport taxes and fees of about $170.

When: Depart April 1–May 23, 2010; add $460 for May 24–June 22; $520 for June 23–30.

Gateways: New York City; add $60 for Baltimore, D.C.; $120 for Chicago, Miami; $230 for Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle; $310 for L.A., Las Vegas; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Based on Tuesday and Wednesday departures; add $50 per person each way for travel Thursday through Monday. Taxes and fees are about $170 per person. Airport-hotel transfers are an additional $53 per person each way. Based on double or triple occupancy; single supplement is $240. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Nov. 19, 2009.

Contact: Go-today.com, 800/227-3235, go-today.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between New York City and Athens is $806 with taxes for travel in early to mid-April (Swiss). For $763 more, this Go-today.com package covers airfare, as well as ferry transfers, eight nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, fuel surcharges, and all taxes and fees.

More: Optional activities include day cruises and guided bus tours, with prices from $65 to $151 per person. Extra nights in Athens start at $85 per person per night. Add $170 per person to upgrade to the Hotel Stanley in Athens, the Myconian K Hotel complex in Mykonos, and the Daedalus Hotel in Santorini.