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Greece, air/cruise/7 nights, from $1,815

This fall, spend seven nights island-hopping in the Aegean Sea on a 40-foot yacht.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Athens on Alitalia; seven nights aboard a 40-foot, three-cabin yacht (the Bavaria 44 or the or Gib'Sea 44), sailing round trip from Glyfada, with stops on Anghistri island, Poros island, Hyrda island, Aegina island, and Moni island; a skipper escort throughout the sailing; round-trip transfers between the airport and the Glyfada pier; laundry; mooring taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges; from $1,815 per person — plus about $382 in additional taxes and fees.

When: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 2010.

Gateways: New York City; add $25 for Boston; $125 for Chicago, Miami; $275 for L.A.

The fine print: The additional taxes of $382 per person break down to $160 for airport taxes and fees, and $70 to $222 in port taxes. Meals are not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $420. Boats hold six passengers. Bookings must be made at least one week prior to departure. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Sept. 10, 2010.

Contact: TourCrafters, 800/621-2259, tourcrafters.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found an $848 round-trip flight between New York City and Athens in early September (multiple airlines). For about $1,349 more (depending on the fluctuating port taxes), this package covers the airfare, plus a seven-night sailing on a small yacht, a skipper escort, round-trip transfers, and all taxes and fees.

More: Several hotel options are available for a stay in Athens before or after the trip; rates vary by travel date and hotel.