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Sicily, Air, Car, 6 Nights, From $1,299

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Palermo, Sicily, at dawn.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Palermo and from Catania to New York City on Delta (partners can also be used); three nights at the Artemisia Palace Hotel in Palermo, a 15-minute walk from the city center; three nights at the centrally located Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo in historic Catania; seven-day economy manual-car rental including unlimited mileage, third party liability insurance, collision damage, theft-protection reduction, waiver reduction, local taxes and airport charges; airline fuel surcharges; and daily breakfast; from $1,299 per person—plus up to $57 per vehicle in car rental fees and $130 in airport taxes and fees.

When Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2012 ($1,299); add $30 for Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2011, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 2012; add $40 for Dec. 12, 26, 2011, Jan. 2, 2012.

Gateways New York City ($1,299); additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Additional airport taxes and fees of $130 and car rental fees of $57 add up to an extra $187 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $300. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

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

Why It’s a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip multicity airfare from New York City to Palermo and Catania starts from $905 in early January (Delta). Add to that $445 per person including taxes for three nights at the Artemisia Palace Hotel, and $430 per person including taxes for three nights at the Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo, and you’re paying $1,780 for airfare and accommodations alone. For $294 less, this package gives you airfare, six nights’ accommodations in two Sicilian cities, seven days with a rental car, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.

More Upgrade to the modern Mercure Palermo Centro and UNA Hotel Palace, known for its rooftop garden with great views of Mt. Etna, from $140 per person. Vehicle upgrades are also available—add $112 for a compact manual car, $241 for a midsize manual car, $525 for a minivan manual car, or $525 for a premium automatic car.

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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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