Tours

10 days/9 nights, May 8-17, 2010. Highlights: 6-night river cruise aboard M/S Casanova, beginning in Rotterdam and Delft, HOLLAND/visit windmills of Kinderdijk/in BELGIUM, medieval Bruges/Antwerp/Brussels/100 varieties of tulips and more at Keukenkhof Gardens near Amsterdam/fly to Munich, GERMANY/2,000 performers recreate Christ’s Passion in Oberammergau. Land/cruise, from $5,299. Single supplement, $900.

General Tours (Keene, NH; 800/221-2216, www.generaltours.com).

9-day/9-night tour in France and Spain, Oct. 3-11, 2009. Highlights: In FRANCE, explore Biarritz’s Les Halles marketplace with a chef; learn to cook Basque specialties/in Bayonne, visit a chocolatier/go wine tasting/shop in markets of St. Jean Pied du Port and St. Jean du Luz/in San Sebastian, SPAIN, do a “tapas crawl.” Land price, $3,695. Single supplement, $400.

Your Great Days In Paris (Medford, MA; 781/391-6183).

8-day/7-night cruise-tour, May 24-31, 2009. Highlights: Board M/V Helvetia II in Basel, SWITZERLAND/ Cruise up the Rhine and visit Baden-Baden, Speyer, Andernach, Mannheim, Neustadt and Freiburg, enjoying seven classical music performances of orchestral and chamber works. From £2,660 (near $3,853). Single supplement, from £540 ($782).

Martin Randall Travel (Voysey House, Barley Mow Passage, London, W4 4GF, U.K.; phone 020 8742 3355, www.martinrandall.com).

14 day/13-night culinary tour of ITALY, Sept. 23-Oct. 6, 2009. Highlights: In Emilia Romagna region, explore Etruscan history in Bologna/pasta cooking lesson/day trip to independent REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO/visit a caseficio, where Parmesan cheese is made/learn about, cook with and taste the wine and food of the Veneto region/attend workshop on Barolo wine in Piedmonte region/Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Church of San Lorenzo in Toreno. Land price, $5,575. Single supplement, $650.

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13-day/12-night tour of TURKEY and SYRIA, May 15-27, 2009. Highlights: In Istanbul, TURKEY, cruise Bosphorus Strait and tour Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque/fairy chimneys and cave dwellings in Cappadocia/Göreme Open Air Museum/in Aleppo, SYRIA, medieval souk, fifth-century St. Simeon’s Basilica/Krak des Chevaliers Crusaders castle/Roman ruins in Palmyra/Umayyad Mosque, Old City, Azem Palace in Damascus. Land only, $3,750. Single supplement, $775.

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10- to 13-day guided tours and custom itineraries in AUSTRALIA. Options include the Kimberley; WWII bombing sites in Darwin; northern Queens­land; Kangaroo Island; a working cattle station stay, and Aboriginal art exploration. $3,165-$6,681 per person, double, including in-country transportation, accommodations, most meals, guide and driver.

Essential DownUnder Travel (Weaverville, NC; 877/977-4505, www.essentialdownunder.com).

17 days/15 nights, Sept. 4 & 21, 2009. Highlights: In Rio, Jardim Botanico with 700 orchid species/in Santa Teresa, hummingbirds at Leitão Museum/the Muriqui Project, conserving the northern muriqui (primate)/marmosets, capuchin monkeys, sloths in Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve/giant anteaters, pampas deer, maned wolves in Serra da Canastra National Park/Caraça Natural Park for titi monkeys, many bird species/colonial city of Ouro Preto/the Pantanal, home to 1,000+ animal species/boat...

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15-day/14-night tour of IRELAND, May-September 2009. Highlights: Dublin tour/Boyne Valley and Newgrange/Wicklow’s Mt. Usher Gardens/sixth-century monastic settlement in Glendalough/Waterford Crystal Factory/medieval Kilkenny/Blarney Castle/Lakes of Killarney/Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head/jaunting cart through Killarney National Park/Muckross House museum of 18th-century life/Cliffs of Moher/fly to Insihmore island/”Twelve Bens” mountains/in Drumcliff, Yeats Center/13th-century Boyle Abbey/...

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