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Drinking in Romania's Dracula Legend

February 19, 1995|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Learn the truth about Dracula on two 22-day tours, March 28 and Sept. 6, to Romania. The tour will trace the life of Prince Vlad Dracul, known in history as Vlad the Impaler. It will include four days in Istanbul, Turkey, whose history and culture are interwoven with that of the Balkan countries, as well as visits to Bucharest and many other Romanian cities. Cost: $4,500 from New York, including air fare, hotels, meals, guides, transfers, tips and taxes. Not included: air fare to New York. Contact: Herodot Travel; telephone (415) 381-4031.

Asian Eclipse

Orient Lines' Marco Polo will sail Oct. 24 to Southeast Asia to see a total solar eclipse. "Asian Eclipse '95" will be a 17-day cruise expedition combining the astronomical event with visits to Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as well as Kota Kinabalu on Borneo's northern coast. Cost: $3,495 per person, double occupancy, including 10 days aboard ship, three nights in Bangkok before sailing, two nights in Singapore at the end of the voyage and selected shore excursions in each port of call. Not included: international air fare. The eclipse will be viewed from the South China Sea. A panel of astronomy experts will accompany the expedition. Call Orient Lines, tel. (800) 333-7300.Riding in Ireland

Learn to ride or enhance your equestrian skills on a five-day trip to the Clonshire Equestrian Center in County Limerick, Ireland. The package is available year-round. Riders get at least three hours of training each day in classes of no more than three students riding Irish thoroughbreds. In winter, indoor facilities are used. Trail rides into the countryside are included. Cost: $1,395 per person, including six nights' accommodations and two meals daily in the nearby Dunraven Arms hotel. Not included: air fare to Ireland. Contact: Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations; tel. (800) 828-8768.

Proper English

A 12-day ladies' tour of England departs Los Angeles Sept. 26th. Tour will include a three-night stay in York at a Georgian hotel with a guided tour of York and Yorkminster, a ghost walk and visits to Castle Howard and the Yorkshire area. Three nights are in the Cotswolds at a 17th-Century country manor with visits to the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton potteries. Also included are visits to Bath and Stratford, and Warwick Blenheim castles with ample shopping opportunities. The trip will end with a five-night stay in London. Included is a full-day tour of London with afternoon tea on the Thames and dinner at the Sherlock Holmes pub. This tour will be escorted and will have local guides in York and Bath. Cost: $2,685 per person, double occupancy, including air fare from Los Angeles, breakfast daily, four dinners, all entrance fees and guides. The tour is limited to 20 participants. Contact: Janet Grilli, Vista Verde Travel, 2816 Palos Verdes Drive North, Lomita, Calif. 90717; tel. (310) 530-0520.Italy's Best

A 16-day Italy tour that visits Rome, Florence, Amalfi, Venice, Stresa and Assisi leaves June 18. The tour also includes visits to Verona, Padua, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano and Capri. Participants will have the opportunity to attend concerts of Italian music or other cultural events. Prof. Albert Benzie of Grossmont College will give informal lectures at museums, churches, palaces, castles and birthplaces of great artists. Also included is a one-day excursion to Locarno and Lugano in Switzerland; a half-day visit to the Roman castles of Nemi, Castelgandolfo, Frascati and Tivoli; a sightseeing trip to the Palladian villas along the River Brenta, and the Amalfi coast by road and motorboat. Cost: $2,985, per person, double occupancy, including round-trip Los Angeles-Milan-Rome air fare, hotels, daily breakfasts and dinners, air-conditioned motor coach, all tips, entrances to main museums, luggage handling, sightseeing and funicular ride to a Capri village. Contact: Dr. Albert Benzie, 800 Prospect St., 3-A, La Jolla, Calif. 92037; tel. (619) 454-1434; or write to: Lenore Howell, The SDSU Continuing Educational Center at Rancho Bernardo, 16776 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 110, San Diego, Calif. 92128.

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