The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Air France; six nights at the Comfort Hotel Gare de L'Est in the 10th arrondisement near the Strasbourg St.-Denis and Château d'Eau Métro stops; continental breakfast daily; a scenic one-hour cruise along the Seine with Bateaux-Mouches; a ticket to the "Paradis à la Folie!" revue at the Paradis Latin nightclub, with a champagne toast; a wine-and-cheese tasting at Galeries Lafayette; and hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, and service charges, from $999 per person—plus airport taxes and fees of $170 to $240.
When: Through Dec. 10, 20–23, 2009, Jan. 5–March 24, 2010; add $90 for Dec. 11–19, 2009; add $100 for Dec. 24, 2009–Jan. 4, 2010.
Gateways: New York City; add $30 for Boston, Philadelphia; $50 for Baltimore, D.C.; $100 for Dallas; $120 for Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami; $180 for Atlanta, Portland; $220 for Denver, L.A., Omaha, San Francisco, Seattle; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees range from $170 to $240 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $160. For travel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, add up to $35 per person each way. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No booking deadline.
Contact: Air France Holidays, 800/237-2623, airfrance-holidays.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a round-trip flight from New York City to Paris for $619 in early December (Finnair). A six-night stay at the Comfort Hotel Gare de L'Est costs about $268 per person. This package covers airfare and the hotel, plus breakfast daily, a cruise, a cabaret ticket, a wine-and-cheese tasting, fuel surcharges, and all taxes and fees for at most $352 more.
More: Hotel upgrades include the Comfort Hotel Lamarck for $30 per person and the 19th-century Timhotel St. Georges for an extra $100 per person. You can extend your stay at Comfort Hotel Gare de L'Est for about $50 per person per night.