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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.

Tuscany Highlights

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.

Cost: from $1,350 per person, double occupancy, including hotel accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, admissions and lectures. Air fare is not included. Contact: Studio Art Centers International; tel. (813) 367-3451.

Cigar Cruise

A cigar smoker's cruise called Smoke on the Water, aboard Crystal Cruises' Crystal Harmony leaves March 2 with a trans-canal cruise from Acapulco, Mexico, ending in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 12. The 10-day itinerary includes Guatemala, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

Guests take a shore excursion to a cigar factory in Honduras, and attend lectures by Richard Carleton Hacker, author of "The Ultimate Cigar Book."

Cost: from $2,191 per person, double occupancy, including air fare to Acapulco and the return from Fort Lauderdale. Contact: American Business Consultants; tel. (800) 884-7340.

Ancient Spain

Hike through Spain to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela with Spanish Steps, a tour company based in Aspen, Colo.

This 11-day trek scheduled for various dates in April, May and June, offers history, sightseeing and a comfortable daily hiking pace of nine to 12 miles for both novice and seasoned hikers.

Known as the Camino de Santiago, this ancient route winds through culturally rich villages, vineyards and scenic terrain from the Pyrenees to the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula.

Cost: $1,695 per person, double occupancy, including guides, lodging, meals and ground transportation. Air fare is not included. Contact: Judy Colaneri at Spanish Steps, P.O. Box 8653, Aspen, CO 81612; tel. (970) 923-6859.

The Times is not responsible for changes in prices, dates or itineraries. These should be confirmed with travel agents or tour operators.

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