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River of Classical Sites--the Danube

October 22, 1995|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A 12-day cruise on the Danube, which flows through Germany, Hungary and Austria, leaves March 28. The first night is spent in Munich, and time is set aside for sightseeing and a beer-hall banquet. Passengers then take a train to Passau, Germany, to board the Danube Princess for a seven-day cruise. The itinerary calls for stops in Budapest, Hungary, which is called "Queen of the Danube," and Vienna, the city of Mozart. Returning to Passau, participants will take another train to Salzburg and spend two nights there. A "Sound of Music" tour also is scheduled, to see film sites of the classic musical.

Cost: $2,885 per person, double occupancy including air fare from Los Angeles, cruise, transfers, hotels and first-class train fare. All meals are included. Contact: Claudette Crowther, Romancing the Rivers of Europe Tours, 1005 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, CA 90013; telephone (805) 684-6685.

Twain's America

St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., is hosting a learning-cum-leisure cruise down the Mississippi March 1-7. The program, "Discover Mark Twain's America," will offer lectures on the works of Mark Twain and seminars on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Twain fans will travel from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the American Queen, a replica of America's steam-powered paddlewheelers. The journey will include ports of call to Francisville's Rosedown Plantation; Natchez; Vicksburg and Magnolia Mound, a working plantation in Baton Rouge.

Cost: from $1,251 per person, double occupancy, including all meals and programs on board. Not included: air fare to Memphis. Contact: Pamela McKee, St. John's College Advancement Office, P.O. Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404; tel. (410) 626-2506.

Colorful Guatemala

An 11-day exploration of the indigenous culture and rituals of Guatemala leaves Dec. 21. Participants will visit Chichicastenango on market day; Lake Atitlan, a weaving village in Solola; the colonial city of Antigua, and the Mayan temples and pyramids at Tikal and Guatemala City.

Cost: $1,799 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, hotels, all sightseeing, transfers and guides. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 626 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92667; tel. (800) 243-7227.

Broadway Bound

The El Camino College Theater Department will host a New York theater tour from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, which will include orchestra seats to three Broadway shows, one off-Broadway show, and after-show seminars with actors, directors, producers and other artists in New York theater. Scheduled shows include "Moon Over Buffalo" with Carol Burnett and "The Master Class" with Zoe Caldwell.

Cost: $1,270 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, hotels, tour guides to accompany small groups through New York, an acting workshop, and all taxes, transfers, tips, a porterage service and personal health and accident insurance.

Contact: Ron Scarlata, El Camino College Theater Department, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506-0001; tel. (310) 660-3704.

African Safaris

Several 19-day safaris to the game parks of Kenya and Tanzania are available on various dates in January, June, July and August. Led by Leonard Moite, a native of Kenya and a professor of economics at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the itineraries focus on the national parks and game reserves. Participants will visit Kenya's Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru national parks; Treetops Lodge, and the Mt. Kenya Safari Club. The Tanzania tour program includes the game reserves of Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti Plain. A three-night stay in Nairobi at the Serena Hotel will provide participants with the opportunity to meet Kenyans, visit the National Museum of Kenya, Giraffe Manor and kazuri (beads) shops. The group also will visit schools, African villages and markets, and coffee and tea plantations. Moite will give informal lectures on contemporary social issues in Kenya and Tanzania. Optional extensions are available to Mombasa, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Victoria Falls and South Africa.

Cost: from $4,850 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare to Nairobi, ground transportation, hotels, most meals, museum and park entrance fees. Contact: Kenya Study Safaris, 30037 Via Borica, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275; tel. (310) 377-6790.

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