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Barging Along While France Floats By

May 11, 1997|KARIN DOMINELLO | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Cruise up the Saone and down the Rhone in France by river barge on a tour that runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. Participants will spend two nights at the Concorde Grand Hotel in Lyons before embarking on the luxury barge Princesse de Provence. All cabins are on the A deck with full windows. The cruise stops at quaint villages, including Macon and Tournon. Ample time is spent in Avignon and Arles.

Cost: $2,985 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles to Lyons, some meals on land, all meals on the cruise and a guide. Contact: Claudette Crowther, Carlson-Wagonlit Travel Center, 1005 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; telephone (805) 684-6685.

Cycle San Juan Islands

A bicycle tour for nature and wildlife lovers on the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state runs Aug. 8 to 15. Traveling in two small groups, participants will begin with two days in Victoria, Canada, to troll through the Butchart Gardens before ferrying to Washington. Members cycle through the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound and see scenic coastlines, the Cascade Mountains and breaching Orca whales between the islands. Guests have a choice between camping or staying at inns.

Cost: $1,808 per person, double occupancy, for those staying at inns; the camping trip is $1,059 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, ferry and other transportation, most meals and taxes. Contact: Adventures With Alice Travel, 1082 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, CA 93001; tel. (800) 549-9071.

Air Space in Russia

Flight enthusiasts can bone up on Russian aerospace and aircraft history on St. Petersburg Travel's Russian Aviation and Moscow Aeroshow Tour. Departing from New York on Aug. 15, the 14-day program visits Moscow and St. Petersburg. Highlights include the Moscow Aeroshow, the Russian Air Force Day celebrations, Monino Air Force Museum, Gargarin Air Force Academy, the cosmonaut training center at Star City, World War II memorials, the State Research and Space Production Center, the Central Museum of Armed Forces, the Central Naval Museum, the Hermitage, the Kremlin, the Moscow Circus, St. Basil's Cathedral and meetings with World War II aces and aviation archivists.

Cost: $3,195 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from New York, transfers within Russia, accommodations, two meals per day, sightseeing and entertainment. Contact: St. Petersburg Travel; tel. (714) 650-8320.

Biking Yosemite

A photography and bicycle tour of Yosemite Valley runs June 5 to 8. Participants will make easy tours over Yosemite's level bike paths and roads, and the trip leader will tow the group's camera equipment in a bicycle trailer.

Cost: $175 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations at Curry Village and Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Contact: Image Quest Photography Tours, 1164 Alvira St., Los Angeles, CA 90035; tel. (213) 939-2819.

English Writers

Study the works of such renowned English writers as D.H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and William Wordsworth and explore the places that inspired them during English literature summer school programs in the South Yorkshire town of Sheffield. The two-week course, offered July 12 to 26 and Sept. 6 to 20, is taught by professors from Sheffield University. Participants attend five off-campus excursions, including visits to several of the writers' homes and a performance of Shakespeare at Stratford.

Cost: $1,290 per person, including accommodations at local homes, food, tuition, excursions, a weekend in York and theater tickets. Air fare is not included. Contact: English Experience; tel. (800) 371-6004.

Ancient Fiji

Crow Canyon Archeological Center in Cortez, Colo., is offering an archeological tour to Fiji June 22 to July 5. Participants will study the archeology and culture of Fiji and examine the evolution of warfare on the islands.

The program will allow ample time to explore the Fijian Islands, visit villages to meet native Fijians, participate in traditional ceremonies or snorkel on coral reefs.

No prior archeological excavation experience is necessary. Daily work at the site will be supplemented with lectures on pottery, Fijian prehistory and ethnography, and local culture. Two days off in the middle of the program will give participants a chance to visit Viti Levu, the main island, or other islands.

Cost: $2,295 per person, double occupancy, including all meals on Waya island, lodging in shared thatched huts at the Octopus Club resort, use of recreational equipment, and most ground transportation. Contact Crow Canyon Archeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321; tel. (800) 422-8975, Ext. 146.

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