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Explore Western Canada, from $1,500

Explore Western Canada on this guided tour that stops in Banff, Jasper, Vancouver, and Whistler. Highlights include a night at a working cowboy ranch and wildlife viewing.

The Real Deal: Nine nights' accommodations in simple lodges and hotels, including the Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center in Seattle, where the trip begins and ends; a 10-day guided tour with stops in Vancouver, Whistler, Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, and Kelowna; ground transportation; and sightseeing activities.

Highlights include a night at a working cowboy ranch, wildlife viewing at Jasper National Park, and lots of guided hikes. Rates start at $1,500 per person—including all taxes and fees.

When: June 2, 2010; add $375 for June 12, 23, Sept. 4; $560 for July 3, 14, 24, Aug. 4, 13, 25.

The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on single or double occupancy; solo travelers will be paired with another traveler of the same sex. Maximum group size is 13. Airfare to Seattle is not included. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Intrepid Travel, 800/970-7299,

Why it's a deal: The trip price breaks down to about $167 per person per night and includes a lot of adventurous experiences (elk- and bear-watching in Jasper National Park, wine tasting in Kelowna) that might be hard to book on your own. Note that the June 2 departure is 20 percent off the regular package rate.

More: Add nights in Seattle from $134 per room.