Athens and Santorini, air/6 nights, from $1,209

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on British Airways or another available carrier to Athens, three nights each at the 142-room Candia Hotel in Athens (the first two and the last) and the 20-room King Thiras in Santorini, a round-trip transfer by hydrofoil ferry between Athens and Santorini, continental breakfast daily, fuel surcharges, and hotel taxes and service charges, from $1,209 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $130.

When: April 23–May 16, 2010; add $20 for May 17–23; $70 for April 1–22; $90 for Sept. 2–30; $370 for May 24–31; $460 for June 1–30; $520 for July 1–Sept. 1.

Gateways: New York City; add $27 for Chicago; $47 for Miami; $67 for Dallas; $165 for L.A.; $205 for Denver; $212 for Phoenix; $272 for Seattle; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Airport taxes and fees start from about $130. Airport-hotel transfers are an additional $30 per person each way. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $382. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

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 fares between Athens and New York start from $907, including taxes, for travel in late April (Swiss). For an additional $432, this Go-today.com package includes airfare, as well as six nights' hotel, a round-trip boat transfer between the two destinations, breakfast daily, hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, and all airport taxes and fees.

More: Optional activities include a sightseeing tour in Athens ($81 per person); a cruise to Aegina, Poros, and Hydra with lunch ($138 per person); and a tour of Athens by night ($93 per person). Extra nights in Athens start at $40 per person at Candia Hotel, while extra nights in Santorini start at about $37 per person at King Thiras. Hotel upgrades start at $240 per person for three nights each at Kaningos 21 Hotel in Athens and at Daedalus Hotel in Santorini.