8-day/7-night tour in ITALY. Highlights: From Sicily’s Milazzo harbor, hydrofoil to Lipari Island/black beaches and thermal springs on Vulcano Island/boat ride on Tyrrhenian Sea to Stromboli Island and hike Stromboli Volcano/walk Mt. Etna’s lava tunnels and 2002 lava flow. Land only, $1,349. (No single accommodations.)

G.A.P. Adventures (19 Charlotte St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 2H5; 800/708-7761,

17 days/15 nights. Highlights: In Mumbai, Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat/in Udaipur, Garden of Maidens and boat on Lake Pichola/in Jaipur, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Amber Fort, Palace of Winds/track tigers and bird-watch at Ranthambore National Park/Taj Mahal at Agra/sensuous sculptures on temples at Khajuraho/at Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi, boat on holy Ganges/Sarnath Museum/in Delhi, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar. From $6,419 from New York. Single...


22 days/18 nights, Aug. 14-Sept. 4, 2009. Highlights: At De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, cheetahs, red and blue duikers, riverine rabbits/see the Big Five at Tembe park/Cape buffalos, giraffes, zebras at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve/200-year-old fisherman’s village of Kassiesbaai/ostriches at Oudtshoorn/Cango Caves/wine route and Stellenbosch/250 species of wildflowers at Ramskop Nature Reserve/in Cape Town, Table Mountain, Malay Quarter, Company Gardens, Boulder Beach penguins....


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,

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,

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.



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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