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The Deal: If you’re dreaming of exploring French vineyards or visiting historic Turkish mosques this summer, you’ll be intrigued by this deal from Uniworld. The river cruise line is offering up to $2,000 in savings per couple on a variety of summer and fall sailings when travelers purchase both a cruise (or a cruise/land tour combination) and airfare to Europe. The discount starts at $1,000 per couple for itineraries like “Burgundy & Provence” and “Enchanting Danube,” and rises to the full $2,000 per couple for longer sailings such as “Legendary Rhine & Moselle” and “Grand European Discovery.”

This deal must be booked by June 30. Travel dates vary by itinerary, but range from late June through November.

The Catch: The $2,000 discount is hefty, but that’s because the base fares are pretty hefty too. (Think $5,000 and up per person for some of the two-week voyages.) That said, remember that Uniworld’s rates include meals, drinks, shore excursions and onboard activities — so if you can get past the initial sticker shock, there won’t be too many unexpected expenses when you get onboard.

The Competition: Viking River Cruises is offering a nine-night Elbe River voyage from $2,706 per person, sailing from Prague to Berlin on November 5, 2011. Airfare is not included in this price — but given that fall is shoulder season in Europe, you should be able to find a fairly affordable flight.

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— written by Sarah Schlichter

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