From Edinburgh Castle's military tattoo to London theater performances, Maupintour offers 10 tours to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tours to the Emerald Isle include a banquet in a medieval castle, two nights in Dublin, evening entertainment and treasures off the beaten path. Land rates are from $1,298 for eight days to $2,498 for 15 days. A "Highlands and Islands" itinerary goes from the Channel Islands in the south to the Isle of Skye in Scotland; 16 days for $2,969. Britain by rail is a 17-day excursion on trains including the Flying Scotsman, the Line to the Isle and the Aberdonian; $3,475. A 15-day tour to Cornwall, Devon and Wales costs $2,798. Ireland, Scotland and England, 15 days, is $2,875. Prices are land only, per person double. Maupintour's toll-free phone is (800) 255-4266.
Camping tours of the Australian Outback are offered by 4 WD Discovery Tours, P.O. Box 4, Forest Range, South Australia 5139, Australia (fax: 08 297 2310). Featured are campside meals with wine, air-conditioned vehicles and comfortable tents or hard-top accommodations. Tours, which range from four days to four weeks, can cater to families or special-request itineraries. Scheduled all-year departures head for Simpson Desert and Coongie Lake, Cooper Creek, Red Centre, the Northern Flinders Ranges, the Andamooka opal fields, the Coorong and South Coast, Victoria and beyond. One tour is a 28-day itinerary following in the footsteps of early explorers around "Australia's Great Deserts." It departs July 1 and costs $3,159. Air fare from the United States is extra.