Other highlights include a visit to Tiger Hill to see the sun rise over the eastern Himalayas, a tour of the Ghoom Monastery and a morning drive to Gangtok. The tour moves on to Delhi for a trip aboard the "Palace on Wheels" train through Rajasthan.
Cost: $2,224 per person, double occupancy, including hotels, many meals and tours. Air fare to India is extra.
Contact: The Society of International Railway Travelers; tel. (800) 478-4881, Internet http://www.irtsociety.com.
William Geffrey, a lecturer and specialist in Asian cultures and former president of the advisory group to the Center for Pacific Asian Studies in Sacramento, will lead a tour to Thailand from Nov. 15 to 29. The tour will visit historical capitals of Thailand, including the archeological sites of Sukhothai and Ayuthaya and the capital of Bangkok. Also included are visits to tribal villages: Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Chiang Rai, known for its cooler climate, indigenous communities and elephant camps.
Cost: $3,890 per person, double occupancy, including international air fare, business-class domestic flights in Thailand, first-class accommodations, daily full buffet breakfasts, numerous lunches and dinners, air-conditioned ground transportation and admission fees. Contact: Asia Small Group Tours, 7715 Rio Barco Way, Sacramento CA, 95831; tel. (800) 424-9639, Internet http://www.touringasia.com.