Europe -- specifically Portugal -- is more affordable than you think with this deal from Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) to Lisbon, which includes airfare and four nights from $899 for travel this winter.
If you're wondering about the weather in Lisbon in the winter months when this package is valid, the average temperatures range in the mid to upper 50s -- certainly a lot warmer than a good chunk of North America at this time of year.
With this package, you'll spend four nights at the Sana Executive Hotel, a tourist-class property outside the city center in the new commercial district. The hotel is a five-minute walk from a Metro stop that will get you to the city center.
Why is this a deal? Booking airfare alone starts at $851 from New York City with one stop, according to a search for Dec. 14 departures. In terms of hotel rates, the early booking rate for the first available departure in December totals €185.60, or $274.87 (or about $66 per night), including taxes based on double occupancy. If you booked airfare and hotel independently, the total price would be about $1,095 with taxes and fees. This package starts at $899 and once you factor in at least $107 in fees, it comes to $1,006 -- which means booking this Lisbon package would save you about $90.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent;
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from New York, Boston, or Philadelphia to Lisbon; four nights at Sana Executive Hotel; breakfast daily; and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Up to $107 in taxes and fees
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
When: Dec. 14, 2011; Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 2012
Other Gateways: Miami (add $49); Detroit (add $89); Chicago (add $100); Los Angeles (add $150)
Other Details: Add from $45 per person for a half-day city tour. It's also possible, depending on availability, to extend your hotel stay from $54 per person per night, or to upgrade your hotel to a different choice such as the four-star Mundial Hotel (add from $80 per person).
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 and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.