If you don't mind a little winter chill, you won't want to miss this six-night Prague deal from European Destinations (tel. 877/267-2247; www.europeandestinations.com). For a starting price of $897, you'll get round-trip airfare from D.C. and six nights' hotel.
Bundle up if you plan to take advantage of off-season travel to the City of a Thousand Spires (average January temperatures in Prague are in the low 30s). Stay at the Plaza Alta, a four-star hotel just outside the city's Old Town, which is accessible via the tram near the hotel.
You can spend the days wandering in and out of Dvorák Museum, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. After taking in the amazing architecture in the UNESCO-preserved city center, duck inside cafés for a pastry and a warm drink. At the day's end, a hearty Czech meal (complete with beer) will feel like a welcome reward for a day out and about in the cold.
Can't leave from D.C.? No problem. European Destinations lets you easily customize this package. Make the trip longer or shorter, or change the departure date altogether. All of this is possible. Feeling like you need to go before Christmas? The company also discloses the a 14-day pricing history for all of its trips, so you can easily see that departures from Boston and Chicago, for example, aren't much more than the starting price for this trip ($931 and $948, respectively). You can also see that flying from Los Angeles costs about $1,034 for departures in January.
Why is this a deal? A Kayak search for airfare reveals a flight from $735 on Delta (the flight this package uses) that has one layover in New York-JFK, including taxes and fees. If you booked the hotel's regular nightly rate, a six-night stay comes to about $324-$333 per person. If you booked airfare and hotel separately, the Prague package would cost about $1,059-$1,068 per person -- so this European Destinations package easily saves you about $162-$171 each.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C. (Reagan) to Prague; six nights' hotel; breakfast daily; hotel taxes; government air taxes; and fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Airport-hotel transfers and meals
When: Jan. 12, 2012
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Single Supplement: $111
Other Details: 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.