This week's Smart Deal is a special package for Frommers.com readers, brought to you courtesy of Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com). This Spain tour covers three cities in 8 days during February or March, when it's less crowded but not as cold as you might think.
The $200 discount is certainly a selling point for this package, which starts at a mere $1,299 for Frommers.com readers (it's regularly priced at $1,499). This air-inclusive escorted tour starts in Madrid before heading south to the Andalusia cities of Granada and Seville.
Some of the special features of this tour showcase Spain's unique cultural and religious heritage, including the Prado Museum, the Alhambra Palace, Mosque of the Caliphs, Cathedral of Seville, and Church of Santo Tome. The accommodations aren't too shabby either: the Agumar Hotel is a four-star spot in a quiet neighborhood close to Prado Museum and the Atocha train station. Large and comfortable rooms make up the Hotel Granada Center in the city of the same name, and for historic Seville, you'll stay at Melia Lebreros, the city's largest first-class hotel.
Are you concerned about the weather? In February and March, the temperatures in Spain don't drop to freezing. In fact, Seville can feel downright balmy for February -- in the upper 60s. If you'd like to see more, Gate 1 has a handy-dandy list of average temperatures for cities in Spain.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; escorted
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip flights from New York City to Madrid; six nights' hotel (three in Madrid, one in Granada, two in Seville); six breakfasts and one dinner; airport-hotel transfers; sightseeing per itinerary in an air-conditioned coach; services of an English-speaking tour manager; local guides in all major cities; entrance fees per itinerary; and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Airport taxes and fees, which can add up to $102 per person
Book By:Sept. 10
When: Feb. 13, 27, 2011; March 6, 13, 2011.
Other Details: You must use promo code FRCE200 in order to receive the Frommers.com discount of $200 off Gate 1's advertised price.
Departures from other gateways are also possible, including Boston (add from $21), Chicago (add from $61), Miami (add from $122), and Los Angeles (add from $179).
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.
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