Florence, Air, 4 Nights, From $941
Soak up Renaissance culture—and a little bit of Italian sunshine—in the Tuscan capital.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Florence on Virgin, four nights in Florence at Hotel Meridiana, daily breakfast, and fuel surcharges, from $941—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $115.
When Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2011, Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 2012 ($941); add from $10 for Dec. 14, 2011, Jan. 4, Feb. 8, 15, 2012; from $110 for Dec. 21, 2011, Mar. 14, 2012; from $150 for Mar. 21, 2012; from $190 for Dec. 28, 2011.
Gateways Boston ($941); add from $48 for New York; from $68 for Philadelphia; from $102 for Washington, D.C.; from $111 for Chicago; from $146 for L.A.; from $161 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Does not include up to $115 in airport taxes and fees, a Florence city hotel tax of $17, or airport transfers (which average $35 per person each way). Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $86. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Contact Virgin Vacations, 888/937-8474, virgin-vacations.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from Boston to Florence starts from $823 with taxes for travel in mid-November (Alitalia). Add to that $188 per person, including tax, for four nights at Hotel Meridiana, and you'd be paying $1,011 for just the airfare and accommodations. For $62 more than that, this package covers the flight, four nights' hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees, and has the convenience of all-in-one booking.
More Additional activities are available for a fee, including a morning city tour of Florence that visits Piazzale Michelangelo, the Accademia di Belle Arti (to admire Michelangelo's David), and the Piazza del Duomo for $63 per person, and a tour to the gorgeous towns of Siena and San Gimignano in the Chianti area for $77 per person. Hotel upgrades are available from $30 per person. Extend your stay from $2 per person per night with a special.
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