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Wales of a Tale or Two in Britain

February 12, 1995|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A seven-day journey into the heartland of Celtic myths and legends of ancient Wales starts April 23 in Cardiff, Wales, and is escorted by folklore specialists Kelly and Bob Wilhelm. Daily countryside excursions focus on stories of the search for the Holy Grail and the elusive Red Dragon, a symbol of Wales. Participants will stay at the historic Old Gwernyfed, a restored 16th-Century Elizabethan manor. Evening storytelling will be around the fire in the banquet hall. Cost: $2,089 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations, breakfast and dinners, and ground transportation. Not included: air fare to Wales. Contact: Storyfest Journeys, 18934 Rolling Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742; telephone (800) 277-7035.

Easter in Guatemala

The Collectors Council of The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art of Orange County is sponsoring a trip to Guatemala April 12-23. The group will spend Easter weekend in the colonial town of Antigua witnessing a religious procession where people stroll through "carpets" of flowers laid in the street.

The trip provides a cultural mix of visits to native villages and markets, museums, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenagno along with an optional extension to the archeological sites of Tikal National Park. Cost: $1,900 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, hotels, sightseeing, transfers, boat trips and transportation, and membership to The Bowers Museum and the Collectors Council. Meals are not included. The Tikal extension is $350 extra. Group size is limited 20. Deposits due March 1. Contact: Bowers Museum Collectors Council, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, Calif. 92706; tel. (714) 650-4778.

Beautiful Borneo

A 16-day wildlife tour to the island of Borneo leaves Los Angeles June 24. The tour will be escorted by Robert Gustafson, a retired botanist from the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, and Laurel Woodley, a biologist and science teacher at Harbor College.

The tour concentrates on the northern portion of the island in Sabah and Sarawak, with an optional hike to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Guests will have an opportunity to watch green turtles lay their eggs, observe orangutans and proboscis monkeys in the wild, visit a butterfly farm and see the world's largest flower, the rafflesia. Cultural history tours of the island are also included. Cost: $3,350 per person, double occupancy, including air fare, accommodations, transportation, most meals and guides. Contact: Geostar Travel, 1240 Century Court, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95403; tel. (800) 624-6633.

Horsy Rides

Two four-day horseback rides through Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley, Ariz., will take place April 14 and April 18. Hosted by a Navajo family in their own canyon at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, guests stay in the canyon and sleep in the Johns' family 40-foot hogan at Antelope Ruins. Day rides of three to six hours will take riders to parts of Canyon de Chelly not open to the public, where they will see ancient ruins with wall art and archeological sites of the Anasazi and Navajo civilizations. Groups are small (maximum 12) and horses are provided. Cost: $1,150, including horse, guides and lodging at the hogan. Not included: transportation to Arizona or meals. Contact: Judith Connelly, Bastrop Farms, Route 1, 1390 Cardinal Drive, Paige, Tex. 78659; tel. (512) 303-0378.

French in France

Learn French at the Sorbonne in Paris and explore the Ile-de-France region on a one-month travel/study tour departing June 30. The program includes all levels of courses at the University of Paris where one to seven college units can be earned through Palomar College, San Marcos, Calif. No previous knowledge of French is necessary. Three one-day excursions are taken to Pierrefonds, Senlis and Chantilly; Chartres and Versailles; Provins and Moret. The tour will be led by French professor Marie-Elisabeth Clark, a native of France. Cost: $2,290 including accommodations with French families or in university dormitories, one meal per day, metro and bus passes and cultural performances. An optional three-day excursion to Brittany and Normandy is also available for $180. Not included: air fare to France. For information, contact Clark at Palomar College, Foreign Languages department, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos, Calif. 92069; tel. (619) 744-1150, Ext. 2390. Program arrangements are made through ACCENT, 425 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, Calif. 94105; tel. (415) 904-7756.

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