Northern California, Air/Car/7 Nights, From $789

Explore Northern California’s classic sights, from Monterey and Big Sur on up to Napa and Sonoma wine country, on this self-guided road trip.

Big Sur

The Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to San Francisco on American Airlines, or cheapest available carrier; three nights in Santa Rosa at Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa; two nights in Monterey at Hotel Pacific; two nights in San Francisco at the Pickwick Hotel; five breakfasts; six-day car rental with unlimited miles and roadside assistance; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $789—plus up to an additional $107 in airport, car, and parking taxes and fees.

When Aug. 28, 2011 ($789); add $20 for Sept. 4; $30 for June 5; $40 for Oct. 23, 30; $50 for Aug. 21; $70 for June 26; $80 for June 12, 19; $90 for Oct. 16; $100 for Oct. 2, 9; $110 for July 10, Aug. 7; $140 for Sept. 18, 25; $170 for July 3; $180 for July 31.

Gateways Chicago ($789); add from $20 for Phoenix; from $40 for Washington, D.C.; from $50 for Dallas; from $85 for St. Louis; from $140 for New York City and Miami; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include estimated airport taxes and fees of $60, car rental fees of up to $28 per person, and $19 per person parking at Hotel Pacific. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $595. Car rental return is on day 6, and travelers must pay for their own transfer to the Pickwick Hotel. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

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Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare between Chicago and San Francisco starts from $389 with taxes for travel in late August (American Airlines). Add to that $169 per person, including taxes and fees, for three nights at Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa; $209 per person, including taxes and fees, for two nights at Hotel Pacific; and $193, including taxes and fees, for two nights at the Pickwick Hotel, and your total for airfare and accommodations alone is $960 when booked separately. For $64 less than airfare and accommodations alone, this package covers the flight, seven nights' accommodations, five breakfasts, a six-day car rental, and all associated taxes and fees.

More Extend your stay at Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa for, on average, $95 per person per night, based on double occupancy; or at the Pickwick Hotel for, on average, $75 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Hotel upgrades are available for the entire trip from $250 per person. Car upgrades are available from $38.

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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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