12 days/11 nights, April 26-May 7, 2009. Highlights: Cape Peninsula/Winelands/Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned/stay in a glass tree house at Phinda Private Game Reserve/Zulu culture and crafts/day cruise on St. Lucia estuary/see “big five” at Londolozi Game Reserve. Land, $6,692. Internal air, $1,629. Single supplement, $2,401. Game Plan Africa (Atlanta, GA; 800/593-1148,

14-day/13-night tour of ARGENTINA. Highlights: City tour of Buenos Aires/Iguazú Falls/fly to El Calafate, gateway to Patagonia/Glaciers National Park/cruise Lake Argentino, where ice blocks fall from Perito Moreno glacier/fly to Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park/3-night cruise aboard M/V Mare Australis, sailing Beagle Channel, Strait of Magellan/on Hornos Island, Cape Horn National Park/view Piloto and Nena glaciers via Zodiacs/penguin colony on Magdalena Island. Land, from $2,200....


11-day/10-night cruise, May 23-June 2, 2009. Highlights: Seabirds nesting on Hebrides islands/Neolithic sites/Iona Island/Orkneys/Shetlands/Isle of Lewis. Cruise only, from $3,495; single cabins, from $6,295. Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc. (Port Washington, NY; 800/683-6767,

11-day/9-night cruise of NETHERLANDS and BELGIUM. Highlights: Rembrandts in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum/7,000,000 flowers in Keukenhof Gardens/van Gogh art in Kröller-Müller Museum, Nijmegen/in BELGIUM, Antwerp, Bruges. From $2,609 from East Coast; single supplement, from $1,899. Grand European Tours (Lake Oswego, OR; 800/552-5545, 

16 days/15 nights, five Balkan countries. Highlights: In GREECE, Athens, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora/in MACEDONIA, Ohrid/in ALBANIA, Tirana, Shkodra/in CROATIA, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park/in SLOVENIA, Lake Bled, Ljubjlana, Zagreb. Land only, $3,695; single supplement, $1,160. Bestway Tours & Safaris (Burnaby, B.C., Canada; 800/663-0844,

19-day/18-night tour of IRAN, April 3-21 2009. Highlights: Six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Persopolis/National Jewels Museum, Tehran/Isfahan/Yazd/Caspian Sea villages. Land and internal air, $5,495; single supplement, $795. ElderTreks (Toronto, ON, Canada; 800/741-7956,

14 days/12 nights in Iraq, March 22-April 4, 2009. Highlights: Erbil Citadel, Civilization Museum/archaeological sites/picnic with locals/meet high-ranking Kurdish officials. Land only, $5,860; single supplement, $1,140. Distant Horizons (Long Beach, CA; 800/333-1240,

13 days/11 nights. Highlights: Delhi’s Qutab Minar, Red Fort/pink city of Jaipur/Amber Fort/Agra’s Taj Mahal/Khajuraho Temples/Hindu holy city of Varanasi. From $3,890 out of JFK or LAX; single supplement, from $950. Worldview Tours (Newport Beach, CA; 800/373-0388,