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Alberta and British Columbia escape

Enjoy a 7-night guided tour that makes stops in scenic Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, Kelowna, and the Okanagan Valley, a wine-growing region, in British Columbia, from $886.

The Real Deal: Two nights' accommodations at the Sandman Hotel in Edmonton; one night in Revelstroke; three nights in Kelowna; one night at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbook; ground transportation and transfers by motor coach; baggage handling; and guided sightseeing excursions, like tours of Banff National Park, Historic O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C., and the Okanagan Valley, along with wine tastings, a farm tour, and a visit to a sculpture park; from $886 per person—plus about $44 in taxes.

When: Sept. 6, 2010.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of about $44 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $409. Prices are converted from Canadian dollars and were accurate as of press time. Maximum group size is 50 people. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: The Great Canadian Travel Company, 800/661-3830,

Why it's a deal: This package breaks down to about $127 per person per night and includes accommodations, plus experiences that might be hard to book on your own, like a wildlife excursion in Banff National Park and a visit to Laurel Packinghouse, home of the BC Orchard Industry Museum and the BC Wine Museum.