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Panama, air/4 nights, from $599

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Panama City, four nights at Hotel Marbella, breakfast daily, all transfers, a city tour, a Miraflores Locks tour, a full-day excursion to Anton Valley, the services of an English-speaking guide, entrance fees, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $599 per person — plus about $97 in airport taxes.

When: Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8, 2010; add $50 for Dec. 22, 29.

Gateways: Miami, New York City; add from $55 for Orlando; from $87 for D.C.; from $181 for Boston; from $232 for L.A.; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include airport taxes of about $97 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $131. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Sept. 17, 2010.

Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $375 round-trip flight between New York City and Panama City for travel in early October (Mexicana). For $321 more per person, including all taxes, this package books the airfare for you, plus four nights at the hotel and the sightseeing tours. You also benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide and included entrance fees.

More: Add a Panama Canal cruise from $130 per person.