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Mediterranean Coast Air/Hotel/Cruise, 14 Nights, From $1,699

Sail along the coasts of Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Malta, plus stay two nights at a Barcelona hotel.

Barcelona's Park Guell
Barcelona's Park Güell (Jack Hollingsworth/Corbis)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Barcelona on a major carrier, such as American, Continental, Delta, or Air France; two nights at the H10 Marina Barcelona or a similar hotel in Barcelona; a round-trip sail from Barcelona with stops in Rome (Italy), Athens (Greece), Ephesus (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), and Valletta (Malta); 12 nights in an inside cabin aboard the Norwegian Jade; all shipboard meals and nonalcoholic beverages (except for soda); breakfast daily at the hotel; round-trip airport-hotel-ship transfers; and port charges; from $1,699 per person—plus estimated cruise and air taxes of $307.

When Jan. 2, 2011; add $30 for Dec. 12, 2010; $80 for Jan. 23, 2011; $130 for Feb. 13; $250 for Mar. 6; $300 for Mar. 27; $550 for Apr. 17.

Gateways New York City; add $150 for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami; $200 for Dallas, Houston; $250 for Denver, L.A., Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Cruise taxes of $107 and airport taxes of $200 add up to an additional $307. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $1,500. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Online Vacation Center, 800/780-9002, onlinevacationcenter.com.

Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, a round-trip flight between New York City and Barcelona starts at $646, with taxes, for travel in late December/early January (Continental). Add to that the $1,999 brochure rate for the 12-night round-trip Mediterranean sail from Barcelona (NCL) and $231 per person, with taxes, for two nights at the H10 Marina Barcelona, and you'd be paying a total of $2,876 if you were to book the package components individually. For $870 less, this package includes the airfare, two nights' hotel in Barcelona, the 12-night Mediterranean cruise, round-trip airport-hotel-port transfers, and all taxes and fees.

More An optional shore excursions package that includes guided tours in Rome, Athens, Ephesus, Cairo, Valletta, and Mdina (Malta) is $699 per person. Add $180 per person to upgrade your shipboard accommodations to an ocean-view stateroom or $400 per person for a cabin with a balcony. To request further modifications to the package, contact the tour operator directly.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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