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Slowing Down in 4 European Countries

Tours & Cruises

February 09, 1997|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Want a trip where you don't have to pack and unpack every day? Visit a selection of Europe's prettiest places on a tour Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, where hotel stays are two or three days each. The first two nights are in Rudesheim, Germany, on the Rhine River, then on to 2,000-year-old Trier on the Moselle River, also in Germany. From there will be wine tasting and a day trip to Luxembourg. Next is Lake Bodensee with side trips to Switzerland. During the stay in Austria, the group will travel over the Europa Bridge to a small village in Italy. The last city is Munich, in time for the 1997 Oktoberfest closing. Guests also take a short river cruise on the Rhine, and visit famous castles and cathedrals. Cost: $3,075 per person, double occupancy, including air fare on Lufthansa, ground transportation, breakfast and dinner every day, and entrance fees. Contact: Jeannette Martin at Atlas Travel, 4150 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807; telephone (800) 76-ATLAS.

Best of China

McIntosh Tours is offering an 18-day small group tour to China departing June 4 to 21, covering Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guilin, Chongqing, Wuhan and Hong Kong. Visits will be made to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs, Summer Palace and Forbidden City in Beijing; the terra cotta horses and warriors in Xian; the Silk Embroidery Institute and historic gardens in Suzhou; Chongqing; the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River; and a visit to Hong Kong.

Tour leader John Bruscemi speaks Chinese fluently and has led tours to China many times. There will be opportunities for dialogue with local town leaders along the way.

Cost: $2,995 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, ground transportation, all meals except in Hong Kong, and entrance fees. Air fare, tips and taxes are not included. Contact Iweeta McIntosh, 3028 Fondren Drive, Dallas, TX 75205; tel. (800) 23-CHINA.

Churches and Castles

England has about 10,000 medieval churches, some of which will be visited on a tour April 14 to 24. The tour focuses on the history, culture, art and architecture of the churches in the English countryside of East Anglia, where the first New World settlers came from.

The cathedral city of Norwich, country parish churches, the university city of Cambridge, castle ruins and medieval wool towns are among the highlights.

Historian Charles Farrow will meet the tour participants in London and escort them via motor coach to Norwich in East Anglia, near England's eastern coast. The group will stay in Norwich and Cambridge and travel each day to the nearby villages. The tour will also be led by Roy Tricker, who wrote "Country Guide to English Churches."

Cost: $2,180 per person, double occupancy, including five nights in Norwich and four nights in Cambridge, full English breakfast and dinner daily, motor coach transportation, slide show and lectures, guides, hotel service charges and gratuities. Air fare is additional.

Contact: Ancestral Tours to Great Britain; 24 Murray St., Norwalk, CO 06851; tel. (800) 846-8980.

Jewish Heritage

Rabbi Debra Orenstein, writer and teacher, will lead a series of lectures on Jewish Life in the Scandinavian Capitals, Aug. 17 to 28 on Norwegian Cruise Line's Crown. Passengers visit Copenhagen; Stockholm; Oslo; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia. Optional Jewish Heritage tours at various ports of call will be available.

Cost: from $2,024 per person. Not included: international air fare and port taxes. Contact: Regency Travel, 10330 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92120; tel. (800) 362-6221.

Art Capitals

The Palos Verdes Art Center is offering two trips to art capitals this spring. The first is to Washington, D.C., from March 26 to 30. This docent-led tour features the exhibits: "The Victorians," the first exhibition of British Victorian painting in the United States; "Picasso"; "Splendors of Imperial China"; and "Six Centuries--Six Artists." It also offers private tours of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the State Department, the Hillwood Museum, the Phillips Collection and Anderson House.

Cost: $1,096 per person, double occupancy, including all tours, admissions, hotel, transfers and air fare from Los Angeles.

The second trip is to the art capitals of Eastern Europe from March 27 to April 9, and features art tours and visits in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Budapest, Hungary; and Prague, Czech Republic.

Cost: $2,425 per person with air fare or land only at $1,560 per person, double occupancy, including sightseeing in each city, special art tours, first-class hotels and 14 meals. A portion of both trips includes a tax-deductible donation to the Palos Verdes Art Center. Contact: Sharon Ryan at Uniglobe Travel; tel. (310) 543-4552 or (800) 508-0444.

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