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Exploring Alaskan Ports by Bike and Cruise Ship

May 16, 1999|KARIN ESTERHAMMER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A seven-day escorted trip offered by Bike & Cruise Tours gives travelers the chance to spend the day bicycling in different ports in Alaska and the nights cruising to the next port on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Wind. The tour is Aug. 2 to 9. Ample time is allotted each day to exploring the ports by bike.

The riding terrain is moderate to rolling. Ports include Skagway, Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan. The days at sea are spent cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay.

Local Alaskan guides and a support vehicle accompany the group. Cost: cruise-only portion from $1,231 per person, including seven nights on the ship and all meals. Additional fees include air fare to Vancouver; port taxes; and bicycle tour fee and rental ($425). Space is limited to 24 riders. Non-riders are welcome to join only the cruise.

Bike & Cruise Tours, 3320 N.E. 29th St., Gresham, OR 97030; telephone (503) 667-4053, Internet http://www.bikeandcruise.com.

Italy: Venice

The art department of California State Polytechnic University is offering a trip to Venice, Italy, from Dec. 18 to 27. The trip includes a seven-course traditional Christmas banquet in the penthouse dining room of the Renaissance Danieli Palace followed by midnight Mass at St. Mark's Basilica. After a Christmas Day ascent to the heights of the snow-covered Alps, the group will indulge in a traditional country dinner at an Italian restaurant. Another feature will be a tour of the museums and synagogues of the historic Jewish ghetto with a Jewish scholar as a guide. Also included is a Vivaldi concert performed with 18th century instruments and costumes in the church where Vivaldi was choirmaster; drinks at Harry's Bar, which was frequented by Hemingway and Fitzgerald; and city tours that include palaces, art museums and cathedrals.

Cost: $3,595 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, hotel, breakfast daily and some dinners, transfers, all admission fees and guides.

Contact: Cal Poly Pomona art department, tel. (909) 869-3512, or University Educational Travel at (800) 525-0525, Internet http://www.uet.com.

Malta: Island History

Travel With the Experts Ltd. is offering "Malta--Island of History" June 19 to 26, Sept. 25 to Oct. 2 and Nov. 20 to 27. Guests will explore tombs and temples dating back a thousand years as well as see structures that bear a striking resemblance to Stonehenge. Participants will uncover and examine Malta's 7,000 years of history, a chronicle of colonizers and occupiers that included the Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Knights of St. John. Guest lecturers will give talks.

Cost: $1,699 per person, double occupancy, including seven nights deluxe hotel accommodation; breakfast daily, special lunches and dinners plus private receptions; escorted sightseeing; airport transfers; all entrance fees and charges and local taxes. Air fare is not included. Optional extensions in Malta and stopovers in London and Sicily are available.

Contact: Travel With the Experts Ltd.; tel. (800) 595-9778, Internet http://www.visitmalta.com.

Wyoming: Riding

Bar H Ranch of Driggs, Idaho, is offering five-day trail riding trips for women in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming July 28 to Aug. 1, Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, and Aug. 9 to 13. The Grand Tetons are considered a rider's paradise, with pristine meadows, high mountain passes, glacial lakes and towering peaks. This trip is suitable for riders of all experience levels.

Cost: $990 per person, including tent lodging, three meals per day, all equipment, guides and experienced horses. Air transportation to Wyoming is not included.

Contact: Bar H Ranch, P.O. Box 297, Driggs, ID 83422; tel. (888) 216-6025, Internet http://www.tetonvalley.net/barh.

Ireland: Photography

A photography tour designed to delivers the essence of Ireland by capturing local images, is scheduled for Sept. 11 to 21. The tour highlights the country's culture and sights through unscheduled stops and detours to see ancient ruins and seaside villages.

Cost: $2,250 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations, daily breakfasts, two evening meals, land transportation, photographic instruction, entrance fees and local taxes. Air fare is extra.

Contact: Taylor & O'Neill travel agency; tel. (800) 653-8808.

Ireland: Culture

Experience the culture and scenery of Ireland on a 13-night tour that leaves Sept. 5. Participants will visit Kerry, Killarney, the Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Wicklow, Dublin and the Giants' Causeway. They will also attend a performance at the National Folk Theater in Tralee and attend a 16th century-style banquet with singers and musicians in the medieval castle of Bunratty. Guests also have a chance to learn Irish dance steps and Gaelic songs.

Cost: $3,250 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, daily breakfast, some meals and sightseeing fees.

Contact: Betty Leonard at Shamrock Travel; tel. (949) 858-2278.

England: Art and Culture

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