Egypt, air/6 nights, from $1,459


The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Cairo on EgyptAir, three nights' accommodations at The Oasis Hotel in Cairo (including breakfast), three nights aboard the Ramses King of the Nile cruise ship in an outside junior suite cabin, all meals onboard the cruise ship, all transfers, a local flight between Cairo and Aswan (also on Egypt Air), and fuel surcharges, from $1,459 per person — plus about $178 in taxes.

When: April 21, 28, 2010; add $80 for March 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14; $170 for March 3, 31.

Gateways: New York City.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of about $178 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $199. A visa is required for travel to Egypt and may be purchased upon arrival for $15. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487,

Why it's a deal: We priced out this multicity itinerary on Kayak and found a $1,080 fare for travel in late April (EgyptAir). For $557 more, including all taxes, this package covers the airfare, the three-night hotel stay, the three-night Nile cruise, and all transfers — in one booking.

More: Add nights in Cairo from $59 per person per night. There are also some optional tours available, like a sound and light show in Cairo that starts at $40 per person.