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Five amazing travel deals to Europe, including a $144 flight. Really.

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Make 2015 the year you finally stop saying 'I'd love to see Europe!' This year could be the time you take that once-in-a-lifetime trip, or the chance to finally put your high-school French to the test. With so many possibilities ahead, let this week's best travel deals inspire you. We've found airfare to Europe from as low as $144 one-way and 6-night flight and hotel packages for two starting from $1,521. Plus, Lonely Planet is having a sale, so you can stock up on travel books too.

Norwegian Airlines Flights to Europe

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Vendor: Norwegian Airlines via Travelzoo
Price: From $142
Lowest By: $362
Expires: January 31

Is It Worth It?: Europe is synonymous with culture, history, and romance, but the cost of flights can often be prohibitive. But with one-way fares for less than $200 thanks to this Editor's Choice deal on Norwegian Airlines, the continent is yours for the taking. As the name might suggest, Norwegian Airlines is focused on flights to Scandinavia and you'll find the cheapest fares on routes to Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. But they also fly to major European destinations like London and Paris.

This price is based on departure on February 4, from New York, NY, (JFK) with arrival in Stockholm, Sweden (ARN); other departure cities are available for an additional cost. Book this travel deal by January 31 for travel through March 31. All prices, dates, and booking details were valid at the time of publication.

Berlin and Prague 6-Night Flight and Hotel Package for Two

Vendor: European Destinations via ShermansTravel
Price: From $1,736.27
Lowest By: $8,162
Expires: January 15

Is It Worth It?: This 6-night vacation starts in the edgy capital of Berlin, and then a train wisps you to the old Bohemian city of Prague. Throw in a briefcase full of money and a secret code and you're practically a character in a Bond movie! From the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to Prague's famous Charles Bridge, you'll be immersed in the unique culture and history of these two cities. For added intrigue, head to Prague's Žižkov Television Tower and take the elevator up 200-feet above ground to the chic ultra-modern bar for 360-degree views of the city and excellent martinis (shaken of course!).
This price is based on departure on January 28 from New York, NY, (JFK) with arrival in Berlin, Germany, (SXF); other departure cities are available for an additional cost. This deal includes roundtrip airfare, 3-night hotel stay in Berlin, 3-night hotel stay in Prague, train transportation between all cities, and hotel taxes. This travel deal ends January 15.

Athens and Istanbul 6-Night Flight and Hotel Package for Two

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Vendor: European Destinations via ShermansTravel
Price: From $1,520.74
Lowest By: $133
Expires: January 15

Is It Worth It?: Feeling a little more Indiana Jones than James Bond? This Editors' Choice deal to Athens and Istanbul offers you a chance to explore two of Europe's most ancient cities. Athens takes its name from the goddess Athena, who, according to Greek mythology, battled the god Poseidon for the patronage of Athens and eventually won the people's hearts when she created the olive tree. Athens is also home to one of the world's most famous temples, the Parthanon, which austerely overlooks the city from its perch on the Acropolis. A short plane ride takes you to your second destination of Istanbul, formerly Constantinople (as They Might Be Giants explains). This city, founded in 330 AD, was the capital city of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires thanks to its strategic position on the Silk Road. Today it experiences a tantalizing blend of eastern and western cultures as well as ancient and modern architecture.

This price is based on departure from Chicago, IL, (ORD) with arrival in Athens, Greece, (ATH) on February 18; other departure cities are available for an additional cost. This deal includes roundtrip airfare, 3-night hotel stay in Athens, flight to Istanbul, 3-night hotel stay in Istanbul, hotel taxes, and more. This travel deal ends January 15.

Lonely Planet Sitewide Sale

Vendor: Lonely Planet
Discount: 30% off

Is It Worth It?: If you're a travel junky like us, the thrill of planning is almost as exciting as the journey. A good guide book can make or break your trip, so check out Lonely Planet's current 30% off sale for hardcopy and electronic resources including guidebooks, phrasebooks, activity guides, and maps.

Some exclusions apply.

Paula Kerrigan is an associate travel editor for DealNews, where this article first appeared. 


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