Weve all stumbled across an unheard of vacation deal to Europe that magically doubles in price when you try to book it. However, after putting this six-night Rome and Venice package (priced from $699) to the test, the only additional expenses are airport fees and security taxes so the final sticker shock is minimal. Expect three nights of no frills accommodations at both the Venice and Rome hotels (think: fourth floor walk-up with no elevator); but you can upgrade and customize your package as you see fit by adding tours, airport transfers, and more. Both hotels include a continental buffet breakfast, and this package also covers round-trip airfare on Alitalia and a transfer flight between the two cities.
THE VALUE: Even after airport taxes, this package comes out to $819 per person a killer price considering that airfare alone hovers around $800 (or more) from New York. Plus, the transfer flight between cities shaves off another $200. Even though the included hotels are budget, they have overall positive reviews, and will cost you over $130 a night if packaged separately.
THE CATCH: The $699 starting price is only available on March 7; although there is a smattering of departures in March for just $100 more.
THE DETAILS: For more information, visit http://www.europevacations.com.
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