Tours

8 days/7 nights, May-August 2010. Highlights: In Munich, GERMANY, Old Town, Marienplatz, Frauenkirche/attend Passionsspiele (Passion Play) in Oberammergau, performed in High German (English libretto supplied); 2,000 townspeople are the actors, musicians and technicians/in Innsbruck, AUSTRIA, Hapsburg-era architecture/in Bolzano, ITALY, dine in 13th-century Castle Katzenzungen/cable car through snowcapped Dolomite Mountains/Limone sul Garda on Lake Garda/in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s...

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15 nights, March 1-18, 2009. Highlights: In Delhi, 800-year-old Qutab Minar, Crafts Museum/holy Hindu city of Varanasi/boat on Ganges/temple carvings in Khajuraho/train to Agra and the Taj Mahal/in Jaipur, elephant ride to Amber Fort/Jaipur’s Royal Observatory, Palace of the Winds/Holi (Festival of Colors) in Udaipur/sunset cruise on Lake Pichola to Jangmandir Palace/2,000-year-old Ajanta and Ellora caves/ spice farm house in Kerala/traditional tharavad home in Kerala. Land price, $4,990....

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15 days/14 nights. Highlights: Fly Delhi-Kathmandu/city tour, Boudhanath Stupa/Patan/Pashupatinath Temple/optional flight to view Mt. Everest ($200)/trek Modi River Valley/in Birethanti, meet mayor and Nepali villagers/canoe Lake Phewa/International Mountain Museum in Pokhara/meet thangka artist/raft Seti River/Chitwan National Park on elephantback/depart from Delhi. Land only, from $2,995. From New York (add two days), from $4,195. Single supplement, $795. Overseas Adventure Travel (...

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17 days/15 nights, April-October 2009. Highlights: Visit Olympic venues in Beijing/Great Wall at Mutianyu/51,000 statues to honor the Buddha at Yungang Caves, Datong/1,400-year-old Hanging Temple on Hengshan Mountain/Ming-era walled city of Pinyao/in Chengdu, Giant Panda Breeding Research Center/in Le Shan, the tallest stone Buddha in the world/Naxi folk music performance in Lijiang/Bai Minority State Museum in Dali/Stone Forest near Kunming/depart from Shanghai. From New York, from $3,499....

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12 days/11 nights. Highlights: From Nairobi, KENYA, fly to Samburu; game drives for giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich/Sweetwaters Tented Camp at Mt. Kenya/ Chimpanzee Sanctuary/Masai Mara wildlife sanctuary, home to elephants, buffalos, leopards/Lake Manyara National Park, with hippos, tree-climbing lions and many species of birds/game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, TANZANIA/Serengeti National Park/return via Arusha. Land and internal air, $8,850. Single supplement, $750. Good Earth Tours...

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13 days/12 nights, July 2-15, 2009. Highlights: London’s British Museum/Tudor-era Christchurch estate in Ipswich/Cambridge colleges and Fitzwilliam Museum/National Stud in Newmarket/Sutton Hoo/Bronze Age artifacts in Moyse’s Hall, Bury St. Edmonds/“Constable Country” walk/ Canterbury Cathedral/Chartwell, Churchill family home/Dover Castle and secret WWII tunnels/site of Battle of Hastings in 1066. Land price, $6,399. Single supplement, $XXX. Olde Ipswich Tours (Ipswich, MA; 877/356-5163)....

9 days/7 nights, June 30-July 10, 2009. Highlights: In Dordogne region, stay in Antibes for six 3-hour morning painting classes — one-on-one instruction in water media, acrylic, mixed media, collage, earth pigments/excursions to Matisse Chapel, Picasso Museum, historic Grotte farmers’ market, Château de Monbazillac, Moulin de Larroque art paper shop. Land price, $3,100. Single supplement, $550. Art Treks (Bolinas, CA; 415/868-9558, www.arttreks.com).

9 days/9 nights. Highlights: Florence/Lucca/Leaning Tower of Pisa/medieval Siena/hilltop San Gimignano/wine tasting in southern Tuscany/Montepulciano. Land price, $1,399. Single supplement, $339. Local payment, €250 (near $318). Meal budget, €300 ($382). G.A.P. Adventures (Toronto, ON, Canada; 800/708-7761, www.gapadventures.com).