Cornell's Adult University is offering a faculty-led education-vacation package called Worlds of the Victorians: A Study Tour of England. It is an 11-day program that begins May 30. Group members explore the landscapes, literary masterpieces, social conventions and politics of the period. Day trips to Leeds, Halifax and the Pennine moorlands will be taken from Harrogate, the well-preserved Victorian spa town where the group is first based. Moving south, the group will visit the cathedral and Jane Austen's residence in Winchester, as well as the architecture of Brighton and the gardens of Sissinghurst. Next on the itinerary is London and the suburb of Hampstead. The program concludes with a private dinner in the the House of Commons.
Cost: $3,560 per person, double occupancy, including all accommodations, travel within England, all breakfasts, most lunches, four dinners, admission fees, taxes, gratuities and preparatory materials. A round-trip group air fare from New York is available. Contact: Cornell's Adult University; tel. (607) 255-6260.
Studio Art Centers International is offering a tour that highlights the art, history, culture and food of Tuscany, Italy. The seven-night package, beginning May 14, includes excursions to historically important buildings of the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and private tours of villas, vineyards and piazzas. Featured are walking tours of Boboli Gardens and Florence; excursions to Volterra, Pienza, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Pistoia; visits to the Gori collection of modern sculpture and the Galleria D'Arte Moderne; a lecture on the cuisine of Tuscany; and welcome and farewell dinner receptions. The tour is limited to 20 participants.