Tours

12 days/11 nights. Highlights: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of the Sun Park in Beijing/Great Wall/Xi’an Terra Cotta Army/in Chengdu, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base/Jiuzhaigou National Park/traverse Tibetan Plateau/giant pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve/Moon Bear Rescue Center in Chengdu. Land and internal air, $6,995. Single supplement, $1,595. Natural Habitat Adventures (Boulder, CO; 800/543-8917, www.nathab.com).

12 days/10 nights. Highlights: Tunis medina/Carthage/Mosque of Oqba Ibn Nafi in Kairouan/Roman amphitheater in el Djem/Roman ruins in Sbeitla/Red Lizard train through Atlas Mountains/Jeep to Tamerza oasis/dunes of Ong Jmel, location for movies, including “Star Wars”/Sahara camel ride and overnight tent camp/ troglodyte Ksours/markets on Jerba/Tunis’ National Museum of the Bardo. Land price, from $2,295. Single supplement, $425. Cross-Culture Journeys (Amherst, MA; 800/491-1148, www....

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9 days/7 nights of in-depth learning and hands-on service in PERU, departing March 14 & 21, 2009. Highlights: Learn about rainforest ecology, traditional medicine, tribal cultures/create watercolor and sketch art/fish for piranha in Orejone Village/fly from Lima to Iquitos and sail 50 miles to Explorama Lodge/visit a Yagua village/meet the shaman at ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden/work on community project in a Ribereños village/canopy walk 100 feet aboveground. Land, $2,798. Single...

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11 days/10 nights in ICELAND, June 15-25, 2009. Highlights: Thingvellir National Park, site of world’s oldest democratic Parliament/Gullfoss waterfall/hot springs in Hveravellir/midnight sun in Akureyri/whale watch in Husavik/ducks, falcons, puffins, terns at Lake Myvatn/Vatnajokull glacier/ Reykjavik city tour/swim in Blue Lagoon. Land, $5,995. Single supplement, $895. Eldertreks (Toronto, ON, Canada; 800/741-7956, www.eldertreks.com).

13 days/11 nights, March-October 2009. Highlights: Galway walking tour/the Burren/Cliffs of Moher/Ring of Kerry/woolen mill/sheepdog demonstration/fishing villages of Kells, Dingle/Blarney Castle/medieval English market in Cork/family visit in Cobh/Waterford Crystal Centre/Dublin’s Trinity College. From $2,345 from New York. Single supplement, from $545. Grand Circle Travel (Boston, MA; 800/959-0405, www.gct.com).

9-day/7-night tour of Tuscany, ITALY. Departs June 5, Sept. 18 & Oct. 9, 2009. Highlights: Cooking lessons in Siena, Chianti/winery visits in Chianti, Montalcino/chocolate tasting in Colle Val d’Else/olive oil tasting/two nights’ Florence. Land, $3,199. Single supplement, $940. Andiamo (Staten Island, NY; 714/524-0490, www.goandiamo.com).

(INDIA) — 15 days/14 nights, Aug. 25-Sept. 8, 2009, includes Ladakh festival. Highlights: From Delhi, fly to Leh, capital of Ladakh region/15th-century Thikse Monastery/in Hemis, Ghang-Chub-Sam-Ling gompa/sacred Buddhist paintings in Likir and Alchi gompas/11th- century Lamayuru Monastery/home visits in Hemishakpatachan/Ladakh Festival in Leh/hot springs in Nubra Valley/Pangong Lake on Tibet’s border/Tibetan refuge camps/bird-watching at Tsoker Lake. Land, $3,695. Single supplement, $750....

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19 days/17 nights, April 10-30, 2009. Highlights: From Shanghai, fly to Longsheng, home to Yao ethnic minority/Ming and Qing dynasty buildings in Guilan/cruise among karst formations on the Li River/12 ethnic minority peoples in Xi­shuangbanna/temples in Dao Yang Park/Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, home of the Naxi people/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Shangri-la (Zhongdian). $5,395 from Los Angeles. Single supplement, $990. In Focus with Michele Burgess (Huntington Beach, CA; 714/536-6104, www....

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