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A Look at Vietnam and Its Artists


A 15-day art tour of Vietnam to visit studios and galleries of emerging artists whose work reflects the French colonial period leaves May 26 and is guided by a Vietnamese art expert. Participants will also visit master craftsmen at a lacquerware workshop. Stops are made at the ancient imperial city of Hue, where the dynasty of the Nguyen emperors began; the Cu Chi tunnels; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, and a boat cruise in Ha Long, with its limestone islands and grottoes. Cost: $3,999 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, ground transportation, hotels, meals and entrance fees. Other tour dates are available. Contact: VivaUSA International Tours, 1840 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92706; telephone (800) 360-8482.

The Reich's Furor

A 12-day "Ruins of the Reich" tour Oct. 10 travels through Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Passengers will see the most important remains of the German Third Reich. Itinerary includes a city tour of Berlin; the Nazi Party Day Grounds in Nurnberg; Berchtesgaden, where Hitler's Eagle's Nest home is; visits to the infamous concentration camps at Mauthausen (Austria) and Dachau (Germany); the city of Prague; the memorial at Lidice (Czech Republic), and in-depth visits in Munich (Germany), the former capital of the Nazi movement. Cost: $2,995 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip transatlantic air fare, all travel within Europe by air-conditioned motor coach, hotels, museum admission fees and all meals except lunches and two evening meals. Contact: Josephine Cowdery, Northstar Tours, Box 810, Lakeville, MN 55044-0810; tel. (612) 469-4398.

Git Along Lil' Doggies

Heritage Tours is offering a cattle-drive experience to outdoor enthusiasts May 16-21. This is a six-day adventure to a working ranch under the big skies of Montana. Cowboy wanna-bes will ride on a 40,000-acre open range in a real branding roundup and cattle drive next to pink sandstone cliffs near the site of Custer's Last Stand. The group will be entertained around the campfire and eat meals from an authentic horse-drawn chuck wagon. Cost: $1,285 per person, including all meals, orientation, tents, horse and tack. Contact: Heritage Tours and Travel, 1948 W. Ben Holt Drive, Stockton, CA 95207; tel. (209) 957-1948.

Aviation and Heritage

Explore the castles, cottages and cathedrals, and participate in V-E Day celebrations on a trip to England April 30 for 13 days. Travelers will visit Winchester, Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford upon Avon and Oxford, before attending the Duxford air show, the largest World War II aircraft show in England. A day is also spent at the Shuttleworth Collection's V-E Day Air Celebration show, a grass airfield in Bedfordshire where pre-WWII aircraft are flown. The last two days of the trip are spent exploring London. Cost: $2,099 per person, double occupancy, including air fare from Los Angeles, breakfasts and dinners (except in London), hotels, admissions and guides. Similar trips, May 5 and June 5, are available. Contact: Jerren Auble Travel Service, 2 Hidalgo, Irvine, CA 92714; tel. (714) 731-8020.

Holland in Michigan

The annual Tulip Festival in Holland, Mich., where residents of Dutch descent wear native costumes, provide special entertainment and parades, is part of the 10-day "Springtime in Michigan" tour departing May 10. Other stops on the tour include a stay in Dearborn to visit Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, Grand Rapids to visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, a stop at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park, an overnight stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a boat ride through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and an overnight stay in the Bavarian-style town of Frankenmuth. Cost: $1,389 per person, double occupancy, including all hotels, taxes, admissions to all attractions, 15 meals, baggage handling and tour director. Not included: air fare to Michigan. Contact: Corliss Tours, 436 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016; tel. (800) 456-5717.

Talking Turkey

A 15-day historic journey through the landscapes, architecture and traditions of Turkey will leave May 25. Turkey boasts more ancient Roman cities than Italy, more Greek ruins than Greece, many of which are seen along with Istanbul and Aegean resorts. The tour is led by Frank Tysen and Barbara Rubin. Cost: $2,775 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, air fare within Turkey, hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transfers, sightseeing, guides, and airport and hotel porterage. Contact: Fun & Fantasy Tours, 15012 Del Gado Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; tel. (818) 501-4100.

Mayan Ruins

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