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Spain & Western Mediterranean Cruise, Air, 10 Nights, from $1,709

This Europe travel deal gives you time in Madrid and Barcelona before you cruise off to France and Italy.

public art in barcelona

Barcelona's incredible architecture will be just one of the highlights with this travel deal.

(Courtesy Olney20866/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Vacation package to Spain and the Western Mediterranean includes multi-city airfare into Madrid and out of Barcelona on Delta; two nights in Madrid at TRYP Madrid Cibeles Hotel; three nights in Barcelona at abba Sants Hotel; five nights’ cruise in the Western Mediterranean aboard the Liberty of the Seas, with stops in Cannes (Monte Carlo), Livorno (Pisa/Florence) and Civitavecchia (Rome); train between Madrid and Barcelona; 10 breakfasts, four lunches, five dinners; hotel to port transfer; hotel taxes; airport taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges; from $1,709—plus up to $85 in cruise taxes and fees.

When Apr. 27, May 2, 2012 ($1,709); add from $130 for May 7, 17, 2012; from $370 for May 22, 2012.

Gateways New York ($1,709); add from $41 for Miami; from $52 for Boston; from $102 for Chicago; from $212 for Atlanta; from $368 for Phoenix; from $439 for Houston; from $563 for L.A.; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $85 in cruise taxes and fees and round-trip airport transfers (which average $82 per person round-trip). Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $766. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By No book-by date; by availability only.

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

Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest multi-city airfare from New York into Madrid and out of Barcelona starts from $725 with taxes for travel in late April (Delta). Add to that $138 per person, including tax, for two nights at TRYP Madrid Cibeles Hotel, $226 per person for three nights at abba Sants Hotel, $319 for a five-night Western Mediterranean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, and $98 for train travel from Madrid to Barcelona, and you’d be paying $1,506 for just travel and accommodations. For just $203 more than that, this package covers the flight, five nights’ hotel accommodations, inter-city train travel, and a five-night cruise, plus 19 meals, hotel to port transfer, all taxes and fees, and offers the added convenience of all-in-one booking.

More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a half-day jaunt from Barcelona to Montserrat Mountain from $74 per person, and a Tuscan wine tasting (while in port at Livorno) from $63 per person. Upgrade your cabin aboard Liberty of the Seas from $80 per person.

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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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