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Saddle Up for Trot Across Florida

November 13, 1994|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Travel by horse, van, swamp buggy and boat from Jensen Beach, Fla., on the Atlantic Coast to Ft. Myers Beach on the Gulf of Mexico on nine-day trips that leave on various dates April 22-Oct. 28. Participants lodge in accommodations ranging from beachfront resorts to rural motels, and dine on local fare such as fresh seafood, frog legs and catfish. Guests ride horses with a guide across cattle ranches, dairy farms, a Seminole reservation, sugar cane fields and citrus groves. The trail boss is Gordie Peer, a cowboy historian-entertainer-naturalist who has worked with Monty Montana and Clayton Moore ("The Lone Ranger"). Guests also ride in a swamp buggy that covers wilderness back roads and takes them close to alligators and bison. There is time for bass fishing, golfing and swimming. Cost: $1,999 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations, some meals, riding instruction and ground transportation. Not included: air fare to Orlando. Contact: Royal Palm Tours, P.O. Box 60079, Ft. Myers, Fla., 33906; telephone (813) 489-0344.

Asian Arts

Senior curator of Far Eastern art of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, George Kuwayama, will lead an arts tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong Jan. 9 for 18 days. The tour balances visits to museums, archeological and architectural sites, cities, beaches and mountains. Vietnam stops include Hanoi; Saigon; Hue, an ancient imperial city; the Pass of Clouds to Da Nang; Hoi, and the seaside town of Nha Trang. The group then flies to Cambodia to see the royal cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom with their enormous stoneworks, temples, shrines, palaces and royal tombs. Two nights in Hong Kong finish the trip. Cost: $6,520 per person, double occupancy, including all air fare, hotels, all meals in Vietnam and Cambodia, one dinner in Hong Kong, ground transportation and a year's membership at LACMA. Contact: Travelways, 488 S. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90048-4185; tel. (213) 653-3993.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 20, 1994 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 6 Column 6 Travel Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Ireland trip--Due to a reporting error, the point of embarkation was incorrect on Brendan Tours' two-week spring tours to Ireland and Scotland. The land-air tour, at $1,862 per person, starts from New York. Contact Brendan Tours; tel. (800) 421-8446.

African Heritage

In celebration of Black History Month, an eight-day trip to Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa leaves Feb. 5. Participants will visit the island of Goree to see the "door of no return," where slaves were held in dungeons before being shipped to the Americas. In the city of Dakar, guests will take a tour and participate in a naming ceremony in which they receive an African name. Also scheduled is a shopping trip to an outdoor market, a museum visit and lunch with a Senegalese family. Cost: $1,098 per person, double occupancy, including air fare from New York on Air Afrique, transfers, hotels, some meals and English-speaking guide. Not included: air fare to New York. Contact: Jon Haggins, Manhattan Tours, 306 W. 38th St., New York, N.Y. 10018; tel. (212) 563-2570.

Maya Ruins

An 11-day tour to explore Guatemala's Maya ruins deep in the rain forests leaves Feb. 23. Trip leader is Dan Bruce, assistant director of the Kelowna Museum in British Columbia, who is a specialist in archeology and rain forest ecology. The trip starts at the Maya ruins of Copan and Quirigua. A riverboat journey on the Rio Pasion takes guests to the Maya sites of Petexbatun, Ceibal, Punta de Chimino, Dos Pilas and Aguateca. Participants stay in a remote jungle lodge at Punta de Chimino. At the Tikal National Park, the group explores the forest trails and more ruins. Cost: $2,434 per person, including air fare from Dallas, Tex., hotels and all meals, local guide, ground transportation, air transportation within Guatemala, lecturer, pre-trip notes and maps. Not included: air fare to Dallas. Contact: Far Horizons, P.O. Box 91900, Albuquerque, N.M. 87199-1900; tel. (800) 552-4575.

Art in New Orleans

A special exhibition from Paris of paintings by the French Impressionist Claude Monet will be in New Orleans in January, and the University of Texas is arranging a study tour Jan. 26 for four days to see it. Participants will see the "Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny" exhibition; study the art, architecture and furnishings of that era in New Orleans history by touring three private residences, and visit the studio of an artist who works in the style of Edgar Degas, a contemporary of Monet. Cost: $1,245 per person, including accommodations, some meals and services of an art historian. Not included: air fare to New Orleans. Contact: University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7879, Austin, Tex. 78713; tel. (800) 882-8784.

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