The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Rome on Lufthansa or similar; five nights at the , a renovated 18th-century estate in the town of Cortona, with access to the hotel's Turkish bath, sauna, and outdoor pool; breakfast daily; one lunch or dinner; a bottle of wine upon arrival; a six-day rental car with a manual transmission from Hertz or similar; collision damage waiver insurance; one 40-minute massage at the Villa Aurea Antistress Wellness Center; free parking; hotel taxes and fees; rental taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges, from $1,399 per person — plus about $189 in airport taxes and fees.
When: Wednesdays Feb. 24, Nov. 24, 2010; add $100 for Mar. 3; $160 for Nov. 3–17; $200 for Mar. 10–24; $280 for Apr. 7–May 12, Oct. 6–27; $360 for May 19; $370 for Mar. 31, May 26, Sept. 15–Oct. 27; $700 for Sept. 8; $860 for June 2–23; $900 for June 30, July 7–21; $1,200 for July 28, Aug. 4–Sept. 1.
Gateways: New York City; add $20 for Boston, Philadelphia; $80 for Orlando; $99 for Chicago, Detroit; $100 for Atlanta, Chicago, Miami; $120 for Dallas; $130 for Denver, Houston; $135 for Minneapolis; $225 for L.A., San Francisco, Seattle; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees cost about an additional $189 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $499. Gasoline costs are not included in the package price. Some car rentals also include personal accident and theft insurance. Read 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: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $627 round-trip flight between New York City and Rome in late February (multiple airlines). For the same dates, a five-day rental car with a manual transmission starts at $380 from Hertz. For $581 more than booking these two components independently, this covers the airfare and the rental car, plus five nights at a four-star hotel, a 40-minute massage, six meals, a bottle of wine, and all taxes and fees.
More: Upgrade to a car with an automatic transmission from about $175 per person. Room upgrades include a deluxe double for an additional $180 per person, and a suite for an additional $320 per person. Extend your stay at the Villa Aurea for approximately $119 per person per night, based on double occupancy.