Spain, Portugal & Morocco, Air/Hotel/Cruise, 7 Nights, From $1,259

This tour combines a stay in Málaga with a leisurely cruise along the rugged Algarve coast to Portimão, Lisbon, and Tangier.

A view of the Mediterranean from Moroccan shores.

(Courtesy Jlycke/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare on Iberia Airlines to Málaga; a four-night stay in an inside cabin aboard the Empress cruise ship, sailing from Málaga to Portimão and Lisbon, Portugal, and to Tangier, Morocco; three nights at Hotel TRYP Alameda; round-trip transfers between the airport, harbor, and hotel in Málaga; all shipboard meals and beverages; breakfast daily at the hotel; a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket for sightseeing in Málaga; free wine and tapas at El Corte Inglés department store in Málaga; fuel surcharges (which are about $420); and hotel taxes and service charges; from $1,259 per person—plus airport and port taxes and cruise service fees of $314.

When Nov. 1, 2011; add $7 for Nov. 5, 9; $86 for Oct. 4, 12, 20, 28; $140 for Sept. 30, Oct. 8, 16, 24.

Gateways New York City; add $30 for Boston, Washington, D.C.; $45 for Chicago;
$85 for Atlanta; $100 for Houston; $150 for Miami; $210 for L.A. and Seattle; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print
Airport taxes of $115, port taxes of €100 (about $142), and cruise service fees of €40 (about $57), which are to be paid onboard, add up to an additional $314. Child rates start from $133 per person for kids under 2 years of age and from $480 per child between the ages of 2 and 11. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is not available. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By June 15, 2011; add $130 to book by July 30.

Contact TourCrafters, 800/621-2259,     

Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares between New York and Málaga are about $868 with taxes for travel in early November (multiple airlines). Add to that about $396 per person, including taxes, for a four-night cruise from Málaga with the same itinerary, and $226 per person, including hotel taxes, for three nights at Hotel TRYP Alameda, and you’d be paying a total of $1,490 if booking the components of this package separately. For $83 more, this TourCrafters’ package covers the international airfare, a four-night all-inclusive cruise, three nights’ hotel, plus daily hotel breakfast, round-trip airport-port-hotel transfers, sightseeing bus tickets, complimentary wine and tapas, fuel surcharges, and all hotel taxes and fees.

Optional activities include excursions to Gibraltar ($70 per person), Ronda ($60 per person), Granada ($120 per person), Sintra and Cascais ($42 per person), and Tétouan ($66 per person). A two-night extension in Málaga starts from $129 per person. Upgrade your package to four nights in an outside cabin aboard the Empress and three nights at the Petit Palace Plaza Malaga for an additional $327 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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