The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Madrid on United Airlines, three nights at the Hotel Praga in Madrid (two nights upon arrival and one upon return), three nights at Parador de Calahorra in the Rioja wine region, a four-day rental car with a manual transmission from Auto Europe, breakfast daily, hotel taxes, airport taxes and fees, and fuel surcharges, from $1,148 per person.
When: Oct. 24, 2010.
Gateways: New York City; add $50 for D.C.; $53 for Boston; $112 for Miami; $126 for Houston; $129 for L.A.; $177 for San Francisco; $185 for Phoenix; $308 for Seattle; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $368. Additional departure dates are available, but prices may vary by date. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: European Destinations, 877/267-2247, europeandestinations.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $664 round-trip fare between New York City and Madrid in late October (United Airlines). For the same dates, a two-week rental car from Auto Europe starts at $166. For $318 more than the airfare and the car costs, this package covers the airfare and car rental, plus six nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees.