Sceptre Tours (tel. 800/221-0924; takes you to Italy this fall for eight nights, from $1,399 per person with airfare and a weeklong car rental.

After you arrive in Rome, you'll pick up the rental car and drive to a suburb outside of Rome, where you'll spend two nights at Villa Vecchia. The hillside villa is about 12 miles from the city by car. From there, you'll head out of the city to the countryside of Tuscany for four nights at La Fattoria degli Usignoli. This four-star property, in Reggello about 17 miles from Florence, was built in the 14th century. Wind your way through the countryside to Park Hotel Bolognese, in the walled town of Treviso, about 15 miles from the famed canals of Venice.

Why is this a deal? If you were to book the airfare independently, mid-September flights start at $847 with one stop (nonstop flights start from $1,353). Eight nights' hotel come to €1,266 ($1,667), or $833.50 per person. If you booked this package independently, expect to pay at least $1,680.50 per person just for airfare and hotels. Adding the car rental (about $450 for two people) brings the trip price to about $1,906 per person. Compare that to the Sceptre Tours package price (from $1,399), and you can easily save about $507 per person.

Trip Type:

Air-inclusive; independent

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip flights from New York to Rome (returning from Venice); eight nights' hotel (two nights at Villa Vecchia near Rome; four nights at La Fattoria degli Usignoli, in Tuscany; two nights at Park Hotel Bolognese, near Venice); a seven-day car rental (Ford Focus or similar) with unlimited mileage; airline fuel surcharges, hotel taxes and fees; government taxes and fees

What Else You Will Have to Pay: Meals and gratuities

When: Monday to Wednesday departures Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 2012 (from $1,399); April 1-30, May 1-30 (from $1,499)

Book By: As soon as possible for best availability

Single Supplement: $650

Other Gateways: Check with Sceptre Tours

Other Details: Add $149 per person for eight breakfasts, a wine tour and tasting at Castello di Verrazzano in Chianti, and a wine and cheese tasting at Castello di Meleto (also in Chianti).

All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.