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City Hop in Canada Via Discounts

March 13, 1994|HANK KOVELL

Canadian Airlines has introduced special fares for travelers over age 60 with a generous 60% discount off full economy-class fares within Canada.

Stopovers in two cities--between the city of origin and the final destination--are permitted at no additional cost. For example, a passenger flying from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, may stop in Calgary and/ or Toronto for several days en route. The round-trip price is normally $1,426, but is reduced to $570 with the discount. An accompanying passenger of any age traveling the same itinerary receives the same discount. The discount requires a minimum seven-day advance purchase, with a minimum stay of seven days. For reservations and information, call (800) 426-7000.

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Mature travelers are becoming a significant segment of the membership of American Youth Hostels (AYH), which offers special incentives--including a senior citizen membership rate of $15--for applicants over age 54. Regular adult membership is $25. Seniors get full benefits of residence at youth hostels all over the world, where many hostels have private rooms for families or couples. Reservations can be made in advance at 6,000 hostels in 70 countries around the world, including 200 in the United States.

Members are also eligible for discounts on air fares, railroads, ferries, car rentals, restaurants and festivals. New members will receive a copy of "Hosteling--North America," which lists complete details on 238 hostels in 36 states, Washington, D.C., and 11 Canadian provinces.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday March 20, 1994 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 6 Column 6 Travel Desk 2 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
Aquarium expansion--Due to a reporting error, an item in last week's Mature Traveler column incorrectly stated that the Monterey Bay Aquarium had undergone an extensive expansion. The first phase of the expansion will not be finished until 1996, with final completion of the project scheduled for 1998.

Meanwhile, AYH is offering a free copy of "AYH 1994 Discovery Tours," which lists more than 35 cycling, hiking and backpacking trips in the United States, Canada and Europe. For a free copy of the tour booklet and a membership application, write to AYH, 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica 90401, or call (310) 393-9913.

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The Bergen Line's Norwegian Coastal Voyages, which cruise the 1,250-mile scenic west coast of Norway between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes, above the Arctic Circle, is offering a discount to passengers over age 67. Fares vary with the season and type of cabin booked. The per-person price during April is $2,340; during the summer high season (June through August), it's $3,010. Prices include round-trip air fare from Los Angeles and a six-day one-way coastal voyage by ship, visits to Oslo and Bergen and a train connection between the two cities. For information, call (800) 323-7436.

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A Palm Springs stage presentation is comprised of professional entertainers whose ages range from 50 to 87. "The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies" is a two-hour vaudeville-style review with lavish production numbers, extravagant costumes, juggling, comedy, magic and even a dog act. Many of the performers are retired stars of Las Vegas showrooms and Hollywood feature films. Some appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

The show is presented daily and will run through May 28. Performances are held in the historic 688-seat Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Matinee performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and evening shows are at 7. Prices range from $24.50 to $37 per person, depending on seat location and performance time. For information, call (800) 967-9997.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Northern California has undergone an extensive expansion program and now features new exhibits. The regular admission fee of $11.25 is reduced to $8.25 for anyone over 65. For a free brochure, write to Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey 93940-1085; tel. (408) 648-4888.

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