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California Wine Country, Air/Hotel/Car, 5 Nights, From $589

Enjoy a scenic drive through northern California, visiting Monterey Bay and the vineyards of Sonoma County.

Sonoma

Wine tasting in Sonoma.

(Courtesy drhc13/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip international airfare on American Airlines to San Francisco; two nights at Hotel Pacific in Monterey; three nights at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County; breakfast daily; an economy-size rental car for six days, including unlimited mileage and roadside assistance; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $589 per person—plus estimated airport and rental car taxes and fees starting from $106.  

When May 29, 2011; add $70 for Sept. 4; $90 for Oct. 23, 30; $100 for Aug. 14, 21; $110 for May 22; $120 for Aug. 28; $130 for May 8, 15, June 5, 12, 19; $140 for Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 16; $150 for Oct. 2, 9; $160 for Aug. 7; $200 for July 3; $230 for June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31.  

Gateways Chicago; add $60 for Atlanta; $95 for Houston, New York City; $100 for Seattle; $175 for L.A.; $190 for Miami; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print
Additional taxes and fees of about $106 (estimated airport taxes and fees of $50 and car rental fees of $56). Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $371. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.          

Why It’s a Deal
According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between Chicago and San Francisco starts from $339 with taxes for travel in late May/early June (American Airlines). Add to that $220 per person, including taxes, for two nights at Hotel Pacific in Monterey; $157 per person, including taxes, for three nights at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa; about $138 per person, including estimated taxes, for a six-day mid-size car rental; and your total would be $854 if you were to book the components of the package separately. For $159 less, this Gate 1 Travel package includes the round-trip flight, five nights’ hotel with breakfast daily, six-day car rental, all taxes and fees—plus the convenience of one-stop shopping.

More Optional activities are not offered with this package. The cost for additional nights starts from $112 per person per night at Hotel Pacific in Monterey and $94 per person per night at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa. Add $200 per person to upgrade to two nights at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay and three nights at the Embassy Suites Napa Valley. Land-only packages start from $399.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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