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Rails on the Trails of South Africa's Cities


You can experience South Africa by luxury train on the six-night "World in One Country" tour. The tour includes two nights at the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg; three nights at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town; and one overnight on the train journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, visiting Soweto, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town City and Table Mountain. Tours are available through Sept. 30.

Cost: $1,365 per person, double occupancy, including all meals and beverages, transfers between hotels and airports, and sightseeing fees. Air fare to Africa is extra.

Contact: ETT Tours; telephone (800) 551-2085 or (914) 758-1777, Internet

Italy: Cinque Terre

Carlucci Tours has planned a 12-night vacation to the Italian Riviera and Lake Region from Sept. 9 to 22. Participants will spend three nights at a lakeside hotel in the town of Baveno on Lake Maggiore, visiting the picturesque Borromean Islands and Stresa.

The next three nights will be spent in the secluded Cinque Terre at a modern hotel in Monterosso al Mare. Guests can explore the other quaint fishing villages by hiking an ancient footpath above the sea through olive groves and vineyards, or by taking a boat or train.

In the Italian Riviera town of Santa Margherita at a seafront hotel on the Gulf of Tigullio, participants will take a cruise to Portofino. The last three nights will be spent in the lakeside village of Tremezzo on Lake Como to visit the Villa Carlotta and its gardens.

Cost: $3,299 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles on Alitalia, all lodging with private bath, all breakfasts and five dinners, transfers by private motor coach and guides. The group is limited to 20.

Contact: Carlucci Tours; tel. (520) 854-3081.

Canada: By Boat

Four-, five- or six-day cruises on the St. Lawrence River, departing from Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec City, take passengers through some of Canada's heartland.

Departures begin May 17 and continue through late October. Ports of call include Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Boldt Castle, Brockville, Fort Wellington, Upper Canada Village, Coteau Landing, Trois Rivieres, Ogdensburg, Montebello, Hull, Oka, the Carillon Lock and Cape Madeleine.

Cost: from $899 per person, double occupancy, including port charges, cabin and all meals. Transportation to Canada is extra.

Contact: Callaway Travel & Cruises in Toronto; tel. (800) 667-4523 or (905) 820-7745.

New York: On Parade

Spend Thanksgiving in the Big Apple, Nov. 20 to 24, and attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The package includes four nights at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in the heart of the theater district. The tour includes a full day of sightseeing--Wall Street, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Central Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Meals include a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner and lunch at Tavern on the Green. Free time is set aside for shopping.

Cost: $1,885 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, hotel, some meals and sightseeing.

Contact: Main Street Tours at 1751 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite N, Torrance, CA 90501; tel. (800) 300- 6246 or (310) 212-0791, Internet

Greece: Bible History

Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises and Golden Sun Cruises have joined to offer a 12-day "Footsteps of St. Paul" itinerary, with weekly departures through October.

Departing from Athens, travelers ride by motor coach to Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo, via the National Road, passing the ancient cities of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova.

A night in Kalambaka allows for a visit to the monasteries of Meteora. The next stop is Verghina, where archeologists have unearthed a theater thought to be the site of Macedonian King Philip II's murder at the wedding of his daughter, Cleopatra. During a three-night stay in Thessaloniki, the tour visits Philippi, Kavala and Pella. A morning visit is made to Macedonia before heading back to Athens, passing through Larissa, Lamia, Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla.

The cruise portion of the itinerary, aboard Golden Sun's 580-passenger Aegean I, stops at Mykonos, Rhodes, Ephesus and Patmos.

Cost: from $1,499 (depending on hotel and cabin category) per person, double occupancy, including most meals, transfers, entrance fees, hotel service charges and taxes, and services of local hosts. All meals are included while on board the Aegean I.

Contact: Zeus Tours and Yacht Cruises, 209 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018; tel. (800) 447-5667 or (212) 221-0006, Internet

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