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Tuscany, Air/Hotel/Car, 6 Nights, From $1,189

A self-guided drive through Italy’s scenic countryside dotted with charming villages and historic treasures.

Tuscany

Lavender fields in Tuscany.

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The Real Deal Round-trip international airfare on Air France or Alitalia Airlines to Pisa; six nights at the Grand Hotel Plaza in Montecatini; breakfast daily; an economy-size manual rental car for seven days, including unlimited mileage, third party liability insurance, collision damage waiver reduction, theft protection reduction, and local taxes for the car rental; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,189 per personplus airport taxes and fees and additional car rental fees of about $217.  

When Apr. 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2011; add $10 for Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 12, 19; $140 for Sept. 14; $150 for Sept. 28; $210 for Apr. 20; $270 for Apr. 13; $410 for June 1, 8, Jul. 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24; $540 for May 25, June 15, 22, Aug. 17; $570 for June 29, Jul. 13; $640 for Jul. 6.  

Gateways New York City; add $50 for Miami; $60 for Houston; $126 for L.A.; $160 for Seattle; $170 for Chicago; $290 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print
Airport taxes and fees of $160 and car rental fees of $57 add up to an additional $217. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $400. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

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

Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between New York City and Pisa starts from $821 with taxes for travel in late April and early May (Alitalia). Add to that $553 per person for six nights, including hotel taxes and breakfast, at the Grand Hotel Plaza in Montecatini, and about $168 per person, including estimated taxes, for a seven-day mid-size car rental, and your total would be $1,542 if you were to book the components of the package separately. For $136 less, this Gate 1 Travel package includes the round-trip international flight, six nights' hotel with breakfast daily, seven-day car rental, all taxes and feesplus the convenience of one-stop shopping.

More Optional activities are not offered with this package. Additional nights at the Grand Hotel Plaza are about $75 per person per night. Upgrade to six nights at the Grand Hotel Croce di Malta from an additional $300 per person. Land-only packages start from $439 per person for six nights' hotel and a car rental for seven days. Add $450 to upgrade to an automatic car rental for seven days.

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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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