Raft trips on the Main Salmon, Idaho's "River of No Return," are on the agenda this summer of Echo, The Wilderness Co., 6529 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Calif. 94609, phone (415) 652-1600. From early June through September, five- and six-day trips are scheduled, for UC Berkeley Alumni, Outward Bound, parents and kids, adults only, other special-interest groups and the general public. A few outings are planned on inflatable kayaks, for those who want an otter's-eye view of the river. Prices range from $549 to $719; youth rates and group discounts are available.
'The Compass Rose'
Royal Viking Line, 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 94111, offers "The Cruise of the Compass Rose," a 106-day around-the-world voyage aboard the Royal Viking Sea, sailing from San Francisco on Jan. 10, 1986. Ports of call are Los Angeles; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Grenada; French Guiana; Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; South Africa; Madagascar; Kenya; the Maldives; Sri Lanka; Madras, India; Andaman Islands; Singapore; Pattaya, Thailand; Hong Kong; Shanghai, China; Japan; Honolulu and Lahaina, Hawaii; back to California and then on to Acapulco, Mexico; Costa Rica; Curacao; Virgin Islands, Fort Lauderdale and concluding in New York. Fares for the full cruise begin at $21,099; segments may also be booked.
American President Lines has inaugurated two itineraries with passenger-carrying cargo-liners. Both are two-week voyages: one from Yokohama to Guam, Keelung, Busan and return; the other from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, Singapore, Jakarta, and back to Singapore and Hong Kong. Fares start at $1,190 for travel aboard the modern, air-conditioned container ships. Contact American President Lines, Passenger Department, 1950 Franklin St., Oakland, Calif. 94612.
The 1986-87 America's Cup Regatta in Western Australia is a long time away, but the word is to book early for accommodations in Perth or Fremantle. Australia's win of the cup in 1983 broke a 132-year winning streak for the U.S.A. team. There are 24 challengers (including nine from North America) entered in the competition, October, 1986, through February, 1987. AeroTours International, P.O. Box 602, Lenox Hill Station, New York 10021, phone (800) 223-4555, arranges flights, accommodations, packaged programs, tours, yacht charters and other services in connection with the event, for individuals or groups. Call or write for a brochure.
The fiords and bays of southeast Alaska will be visited on natural history cruises aboard a custom-built 50-foot ship, the Delphinus, which carries up to 10 passengers and a crew of three that includes a naturalist guide. The group will explore the most remote waterways of the region, guided by Ron Storro-Patterson, marine biologist. The Delphinus carries skiffs that can be used to go ashore for hiking, beachcombing and wildlife viewing. The cruises depart June 30, July 9, July 20 and Aug. 1. The cost is $1,490 plus round-trip air fare. For details contact Mountain Travel, 1398 Solano Ave., Albany, Calif. 94706, phone (415) 527-8100 in California or (800) 227-2384 from outside the state.
Europe on a Budget
Percival Tours, 1 Tandy Center Plaza, Fort Worth, Tex. 76102, phone (800) 433-5656, has 10 budget tours to Europe offered in cooperation with Travor Tours Agency of Lucerne, Switzerland. Geared to those who want to see the most of Europe in the shortest time, the offerings range from a 16-day "Center of Europe" tour priced from $799 to a 25-day "Grand Europe" tour priced from $1,290 (plus air fare). The $799 tour visits London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Lake Lucerne and Paris. Longer tours visit England, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. Prices include daily breakfast, some dinners, sightseeing, accommodations and motor-coach transportation.
Prices and schedules should be confirmed with airlines, cruise lines, tour operators or travel agents.