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Ski and See Italy From Snowy Slopes

October 08, 1995|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Two 10-day ski trips to Italy are planned for Jan. 10-20 or Jan. 17-27 with Carlucci's Italy. Guests will stay in Cortina, a small town in northern Italy that is surrounded by the Dolomite Mountains. This region has 464 ski lifts to choose from and was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Participants will also spend two days exploring Venice. Optional side trip to nearby Innsbruck, Austria, is also available.

Cost: $1,179 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, accommodations, a ski pass for six days for all lifts, daily breakfast, airport transfers and Italian-speaking hosts. Contact: Carlucci's Italy, 27121 Arena Lane, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; telephone (714) 707-5824.

Tulips and Art

Join members of the Palos Verdes Art Center in the Netherlands April 24-May 3 for an exhibition of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), one of the important painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Participants will visit other museums in Amsterdam and throughout Holland; stop in Delft, the town famed for its blue pottery, and take a five-night cruise through the fairy-tale beauty of the Dutch waterways during the height of tulip season.

Cost: $1,898 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air from Los Angeles, art lectures and all meals aboard the Rhine Princess. Each room is an outside cabin with large picture windows. The price also includes a tax-deductible donation to the art center. Contact: Sharon Ryan, Argo World Travel, 31239 Palos Verdes West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275; tel. (800) 651-0377.

More Netherlands

A tour to the Netherlands and Belgium to trace the development of the art of painting from the 15th through the 17th centuries, is scheduled to coincide with the International Johannes Vermeer Exhibition (March 1-June 2). The 10-day tour, which leaves on May 2, focuses on seeing the works of the Flemish painters, primarily the achievements of Vermeer and his 17th-Century contemporaries. Participants begin the tour in Brussels and follow the development of painting in the 15th Century. Visits are added to Brugge--birthplace of Flemish art--and Gent. An excursion is also made to Antwerp, where Rubens lived. Then the group travels to Delft and Amsterdam. En route , art historians will lecture.

Cost: $2,900 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, breakfasts, sightseeing, a concert and motor-coach transportation. Not included: air fare to Holland. Contact: Protours, P.O. Box 3306, 2601 DH Delft, The Netherlands; tel. 011-31-15-143797, fax 011-31-15-130532 for information. For reservations, call Travel Arrangers of Pasadena, tel. (818) 793-1466.

Old New Mexico

The Los Angeles Zoo is sponsoring a natural history tour to northeastern New Mexico Nov. 8-12. Tours of Santa Fe, Native American pueblos, trading posts and Latino villages. In addition, participants will view the feast day ceremonies at Jemez Pueblo, where hundreds of Native American participate in a dance.

Cost: $850 per person, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, travel in New Mexico by van, and accommodations each night in the town of Taos.

Contact: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027; tel. (213) 666-4650.

Ancient Egypt

Spend the holidays in Egypt for 17 days to visit sites of antiquity with Leon Rosenstein, a San Diego State University professor. The tour leaves Dec. 17 and starts in Cairo to visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo.

Also on the itinerary is a drive through the Sinai Desert to visit St. Catherine's Monastery; explore Alexandria on the sea; visit Meidum Pyramid and the Oasis of Fayoum; fly to Luxor to take a five-day cruise on the Champollion Nile cruise ship and sail from Luxor to Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and to Aswan to visit the great temples at Abu Simbel. The group will spend New Year's Eve in Cairo and enjoy a free day before flying home.

Cost: $3,596 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, hotels, the Champollion Nile cruise ship, most meals and sightseeing. At the end, tour members may take the London extension, a five-day stay in a bed and breakfast, returning Jan. 7; cost $489.

Contact: Charles Smith, Classical Alliance of the Western States, P.O. Box 3494, Anaheim, CA 92803; tel. (714) 956-2067.

Yosemite Park

Image Quest Tours will conduct an autumn photo trip to Yosemite National Park Oct. 19-22. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph Yosemite's waterfalls, which are still flowing due to last winter's record snowfall. Members will also photograph Yosemite's autumn colors and the Merced River, and views of Half Dome, El Capitan and Glacier Point.

Cost: $215 per person includes instructors from the park's natural history association, guided walks, accommodations for three nights at Yosemite Lodge and Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Contact: Image Quest Tours, 1164 Alvira St., Los Angeles, CA 90035; tel. (213) 939-2819.

Southeast Asia

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