Istanbul, air/4 nights, from $739


The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, four nights at the 55-room Celal Sultan Hotel in Sultanahmet, breakfast daily, hotel taxes and fees, and fuel surcharges, from $739 per person—plus about $72 in airport taxes and fees.

When: Feb. 23, March 1; add $24 for March 14.

Gateways: New York City.

The fine print: Airport taxes and fees cost approximately $72 per person extra. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $111. Package must be booked at least 15 days prior to departure date. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Feb. 28.

Contact: Central Holidays, 800/539-7098,

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a round-trip flight between New York City and Istanbul for $1,260 in early March (Turkish Airlines). For $449 less, this package covers the airfare, plus four nights' hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees.

More: For an additional $170 per person, you can add a full-day tour of Istanbul, including lunch, a half-day cruise on the Bosporus, and round-trip airport transfers. You can upgrade to the Ottoman Hotel Imperial for an additional $110 per person.