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Good Lands, Badlands and Lakota History


An ecology tour, Aug. 17 to 24, which combines natural history and Lakota history, gives the adventurous traveler a chance to explore the stark landscape of the South Dakota Badlands and the Black Hills to the north, which are a contrast of forests and rocky peaks. Participants will see herds of bison, elk and mountain goat, which still roam about. Both areas are the ancestral home of the Lakota people. Guides, who are professional naturalists and Native American teachers, will give lectures of this area as the group sees it.

Cost: $1,150 per person, double occupancy, including motel and resort accommodations near the areas of study, all meals, ground transportation and lectures. Air fare to South Dakota is not included. Contact: Audubon Center of the North Woods, P.O. Box 530, Sandstone, MN 55072; telephone (320) 245-2648.

African Culture

A tour of Eritrea, Africa, scheduled for Oct. 16 to 30, covers the little-visited nation's historical and religious traditions. Travelers will visit the ancient archeological sites of Axum and Lalibela in northern Ethiopia, and boat or scuba dive by coral reefs near the restored, picturesque city of Massawa.

Travel within the country will be challenging, but not strenuous. Accommodations are in the Italian-built capital of Asmara, located less than a day's drive from most of the major sights. In addition to the largely undiscovered sights of Asmara's commercial center, the tour will feature people-to-people matches with Eritrean families, and seminars conducted by government, business and nonprofit experts in the country's development.

Cost: $2,995 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, meals, travel within Eritrea and Ethiopia, guides and events. Charter air travel, arranged by Sather American Express Travel of Salem, Ore., is about $1,200. Contact: Thirst for Learning Foundation, P.O. Box 7157, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; tel. (800) 848-5775, and ask for Judy Rabe.

German Wines

Travel through scenic Germany and meet winemakers on a tour to the German Wine Academy in a 16th century monastery called Kloster Eberbach, outside of Frankfurt. The six-day program begins Oct. 6 and includes travel to five of Germany's 13 wine regions. Wine estate visits and tastings with winemakers, vineyard treks, cellar tours, a riverboat cruise and seminars fill the itinerary. Accommodations are in historic inns, and guests dine on regional specialties.

Cost: $1,436 per person, double occupancy, including hotel, all meals, lectures, tastings and ground transportation and a day cruise on the Rhine. Contact: German Wine Information Bureau, 79 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; tel. (212) 213-7028.

East Coast Art

See the Winslow Homer Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and take part in a sketching and painting workshop in New England on a Sept. 14 tour. Participants arrive in New York City and spend two nights in New York to attend the retrospective. The group then travels by motor coach to the old town of Litchfield, Conn., where art workshops are held by tour leader-artist Cal Fortbrook.

Tour members will have opportunities to explore, and sketch and paint in various venues in the historic area.

Cost: $1,428 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, daily continental breakfast, some meals, Metropolitan Museum entry fee, ground transportation, porterage, art instruction and lectures. Air fare to the East Coast is not included.

Contact: Sterling Tours, 2707 Congress St., No. 2-G, San Diego, CA 92110; tel. (800) 727-4359.

African Art

The Art Institute of Chicago is offering an art safari in South Africa from Sept. 16 to 28. Specifically designed to introduce an American audience to the visual and performing arts in South Africa, participants will get curator-led tours of art museums, receptions at exclusive galleries, and private teas and dinners with local artists. The trip coincides with the annual Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg. Participants will also tour Cape Town.

Cost: $4,950 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, full breakfast daily, some meals, ground transportation, sightseeing and guides. Extention available to Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta in Botswana. Not included: air fare to Africa. Contact: Meg MacDonald at Passages Unlimited, 10 Liberty Square, Boston, MA 02109; tel. (800) 232-2939.

Pacific Northwest

Corliss Tours of Monrovia is offering a weeklong Pacific Northwest tour Aug. 4 that includes a cruise to the San Juan Islands.

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