Tours

14 days/13 nights in SRI LANKA, Feb. 7-20, 2009. Highlights: Elephants, dancers, drummers, acrobats and more at the Nawah Maha Perahera festival in Colombo/ancient cities dating back to 5 BC/hill capital of Kandy/Dutch Fort in Galle/leopards, elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, birds in Yala National Park. From Los Angeles, from $3,295. Ceylon Express International (Huntington Beach, CA; 800/423-9566, www.ceylonexpress.com).

10-day/8-night cruise-tour. Highlights: In Cairo, King Tut at the Egyptian Museum; Old Town/Pyramid of Giza/ Sphinx/Sakkara Step Pyramid/fly to Luxor/Valley of the Kings/Temple of Queen Hatshepsut/Colossi of Memnon/sail MS Nile Dolphin to Edfu for Temple of Horus/Kom Ombo/Aswan High Dam/sail a felucca to botanical gardens on Bustan island/return to Cairo. Land and cruise only, from $1,099. From New York, from $2,299. Single supplement, add 50% of land/cruise price. Value World Tours (...

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12 days/10 nights. Highlights: Soweto/Lesedi Cultural Village/Panorama Route/Kruger National Park Game Reserve for lions, elephants, giraffes/in Swaziland, Ngwenya Glass Factory, Umfolozi Game Reserve/cruise St. Lucia Estuary, with crocodiles, hippopotami/Cape Town and Table Mountain/Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve/penguins at Boulders Beach/Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Land only, from $1,699. From New York, from $3,569. Single supplement, from $436. Gate 1 Travel (Ft. Washington, PA;...

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10-day/9-night tour in PERU includes 7-night river cruise. Highlights: From Lima, fly to Iquitos and board riverboat/wildlife viewing, including primates, black caimans, pink dolphins, jabiru storks/learn to make traditional Peruvian food/Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve/skiff tour to find nocturnal animals/visit a Ribereño village/explore rainforest/back in Lima, Cathedral, Plaza de Armas. Cruise price, from $3,048. Single supplement, from $1,898. International Expeditions (Helena, AL; 800/...

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4 days/3 nights, April 9-12, 2009. Highlights: From Longyearbyen, NORWAY, fly (weather permitting) to Barneo research station, 89 degrees north/helicopter to geographic North Pole. Champagne!/from Spitzbergen island, Norway, guided dogsled or ski-doo tour of tundra, glaciers, outposts. €12,500 (near $18,364) from Longyearbyen. PolarExplorers (Wilmette, IL; 800/732-7328, www.polarexplorers.com).

10 days/9 nights in ENGLAND’S Lake District. Highlights: Beatrix Potter’s home and haunts/John Ruskin’s home in Brantwood/ride “Lal Ratty” railway between Eskdale and Ravenglass/Wordsworth’s three homes/cruise Windermere Lake/explore Derwent, Buttermere and Crummock Waters/ excavations at Hadrian’s Wall/4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle. Land price, $4,200 for one person or $3,500 each for a group of six or more. Simply Nice Tours (Carlisle, PA; 717/243-5112, www.simplynicetours.com)....

9 days/8 nights, Jan. 20-28 & Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2009. Highlights: Seven balloon flights, with buffet lunch and wine/stay in resort town of Gstaad/fondue party/take part in 5-day Château d’Oex International Balloon Festival featuring 100-plus balloons, and parachute teams, dirigibles, hang gliders. Land price, $17,283. Single supplement, $1,920. Buddy Bombard’s Europe (West Palm Beach, FL; 800/862-8537, www.buddybombard.com).

16-day/14-night family activity tour, June 27-July 12 & July 18-Aug. 2, 2009. Highlights: Istanbul Spice Market, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace/in Cappadocia, hike Valley of Spears, visit underground city Kaymakli, Göreme Open-Air Museum/play soccer with locals in the Taurus Mountains/whitewater rafting on Koprulu River/4-day yacht along Turquoise Coast. Adult land price, $5,090; teens, $4,990; children under 12, $4,890. Internal air, $250. Thomson Family Adventures (Watertown, MA; 800/262-...

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