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Fruitful Sightseeing Through the Big Apple


Central Park in spring and the best of Broadway are on tap on a trip to New York City April 4 to 10. Participants will have orchestra seats for three Broadway plays: "Titanic," winner of four Tonys, including the best musical, "Chicago," winner of best revival of a musical and five additional Tonys, and a third play to be announced. Guests will also attend a performance by the New York Philharmonic with guest conductor Andre Previn. Three days are spent on walking tours with New York guides, including tours of Ellis Island and NBC Studios. Accommodations are at the Edison Hotel.

Cost: $1,490 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, transfers, hotel accommodations, four cultural events, city guides, tours to Ellis Island and NBC Studios.

Contact: Mira Costa College Community Services Department, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056; telephone (760) 757-2121, Ext. 6820.

River Recitals

Classical concerts--on board and on land--highlight a May 30 to June 6 cruise aboard the River Cloud along the Main and Rhine rivers in Germany. Singers and pianists will include Michael and Zora Svetlev, Brian Hunter, Boris Martinovic and Max Barros. Shore events are a Mozart festival in Wurzburg, an organ recital in Amorbach, "Carmen" in Wiesbaden, a chamber concert at Schloss Engers and a ballet "Coppelia" in Cologne. There are also daily sightseeing tours.

Cost: from $4,125 per person, double occupancy, including cabin, meals, shore excursions, performances, fees and airport transfers. Air fare is extra.

Contact: Dailey-Thorp Travel, 330 W. 58th St., Suite 610, New York, NY 10019; tel. (212) 307-1555.

Italy's Lakes

A trip to Italy is being offered by Historic Tours July 7 to 20. Participants will begin in Italy's Lake District. At lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda guests will take boat rides and visit 16th century villas and botanical gardens. The canals of Venice and the sites of Bologna will be visited before the tour heads to Florence. The artworks of Ghiberti and Michelangelo, the gardens of the Medicis and historic villas will be visited. Tours of Siena and Rome are also scheduled.

Cost: $3,294 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, motor coach, first-class hotels, full breakfasts daily, welcome and farewell dinners, and porterage and entrance fees.

Contact: Don Eslinger, Historic Tours, 16142 Woodstock Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; tel. (714) 846-9595.

Great Irish Houses

Ireland . . . Behind the Scenes is hosting a 14-night decorative arts tour Aug. 27 to Sept. 10. Accommodations, private lunches, dinners and receptions will be held in unique settings, such as Luttrellstown Castle, Glin Castle and Humewood Castle.

Owners of great Irish houses will welcome guests and provide insight on architecture, history and furniture. Guests will dine with Desmond Guinness, an authority on Irish houses, at Leixlip Castle and with Desmond FitzGerald, president of the Irish Georgian society, at his ancestral home, Glin Castle.

Participants also will have time to play golf.

Cost: $5,900 per person, double occupancy, including most meals, deluxe motor coach, Irish guide, baggage handling and private limousine transfer from Dublin. The tour begins in Dublin and departs from Shannon. Not included: air fare to Ireland and driver/guide gratuity.

Contact: Patsy Malone at Ireland . . . Behind the Scenes, Box 50812, Montecito, CA 93150; tel. (888) 610-6000.

Baja Bash

The "Two-Nation Vacation" combines San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, in a three-night tour departing April 13.

In San Diego, the group will visit Old Town, staying at the Vacation Inn and visiting Bazaar Del Mundo with dinner at the Spaghetti Factory in the Gaslamp District. In Mexico, the group will spend two nights at the Estero Beach Resort, have a lobster lunch in Puerto Nuevo, and visit Ensenada's Guadalupe Valley, including a tour, tasting and lunch at the Cetto winery, and a tour of the valley's Russian Museum. A shopping spree on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana and lunch at Tijuana's Guadalajara Grill finish the tour.

Cost: $264 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip motor coach transportation to Ensenada, hotels and some meals.

Contact: Baja California Tours; tel. (619) 454-7166.

St. Patrick's Day

Short on blarney? Replenish your supply by kissing the famous stone, and celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Ireland during festive St. Patrick's Week. All Roads of Travel is offering a tour March 12 to 20.

Participants will tour castles, cathedrals and landscapes in Killarney, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Connemara and Limerick.

Cost: $790 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations with private bathrooms, breakfast daily, some meals, entertainment in Dublin, motor coach transportation and all sightseeing fees. Air fare is not included.

Contact: Cassie Bacher, All Roads of Travel; tel. (916) 486-8786.

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