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Weaving Sights Into an English Textile Tour

April 15, 2001|KARIN ESTERHAMMER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Quilt artist and teacher Norah McMecking will lead a textile tour of England, departing Los Angeles on Oct. 2 and returning Oct. 15.

The tour will include stays in Cambridge, Bath and London and will allow free time in London. Participants will visit textile-related workshops with creative teachers. Special visits to the Costume Museum in Bath and the Knitting and Stitching Show in London are included.

Cost: $2,795 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from LAX, ground transportation, hotel stays, breakfasts, workshops and museum entrance fees.

Contact: Nancy King at Magic Carpet Travel; telephone (800) 276-2542.

Yucatan: Cruise

Just off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula lies the island of Cozumel. On a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship, travelers have time to visit the Mexican Caribbean and explore its crystal blue waters off the Palancar Reef or take a side trip to the mainland to visit the ruins of Tulum. Four-night cruises start running Nov. 5 and continue through April 15, 2002. Passengers leave Miami on a Monday, stop in Key West, Fla., spend Wednesday in Cozumel and Thursday at sea, and return on Friday.

Cost: from $460 per person, double occupancy. Air fare to Miami is extra.

Contact: Norwegian Cruise Lines; tel. (800) 327-7030, http://www.ncl.com.

Northwest: Rivers

The 161-passenger Columbia Queen will begin its second season of cruising the main rivers of the Pacific Northwest. From now until Dec. 28, the eight-night (one in a hotel) package takes cruisers on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers. Passengers board the day after arrival in Portland, Ore., and stops are made at Astoria, The Dalles (after passage through the Columbia Gorge and the locks of several dams) and Pendleton, Ore.; Hells Canyon in Idaho; Ft. Walla Walla in Washington; and Parkdale, Ore., at the base of Mt. Hood.

Cost: from $1,910 per person, double occupancy, including all meals and most shore visits. Air fare is extra.

Contact your travel agent or American Classic Voyages of New Orleans; tel. (800) 297-3960, http://www.columbiaqueen.com.

Himalayas: Trekking

An 18-day trek into the Himalayas is available from REI Adventures of Kent, Wash. Dates for this "Annapurna Sanctuary" trip are Oct. 5 to 21, Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 and March 7 to 24. The four to 15 participants will gather and sightsee in Katmandu, Nepal, while adjusting to the altitude. On Day 5 they fly to Pokhara. From there they hike six to eight miles (five to seven hours) daily. The first stop on Annapurna's slopes is Machhapuchhare camp (12,200 feet) on Day 9; the second is Annapurna camp (13,400 feet) on Day 10. A different route is used for the return to Pokhara.

Cost: $2,195 per person, double occupancy, including hotel and tent lodging and all meals. International air fare is extra. REI membership is $15. Nonmembers pay $2,395 for the trip.

Contact: REI Adventures; tel. (800) 622-2236, http://www.rei.com.

Paris: Art

Amadea Bailey, a bilingual, Yale-trained professional artist who tailors trips to France for individuals and small groups, will lead a trip to Paris June 10 to 19. Guests will see the Impressionist collection at the Musee d'Orsay and contemporary galleries. Meals are eaten at fine restaurants, including the St. George at the top of the Pompidou Center with views of the city. Participants also will visit fashion boutiques on the Left Bank. The tour ends with a weekend getaway to the Chateau d'Esclimont, a 16th century castle between Chartres and Versailles.

Cost: $2,400 per person, double occupancy, including luxury accommodations, daily breakfast, museum pass, welcome dinner and ground transfers. Air fare is extra.

Contact: Amadea Bailey Tours; tel. (310) 822-4504.

Montana: Canoeing

Grab a paddle and climb aboard ROW's voyager canoes, which replicate those of the early fur traders. Participants on these four-and six-day trips will follow the trail of Lewis and Clark on Montana's Upper Missouri River. Along the way, guides will point out historical sites dealing with the fur trade, gold prospecting and the Indian wars. Canoeists will stop often to hike and explore sites related to Blackfeet culture. Historians will accompany the group.

Luxury camping accommodations are set up each evening. The smooth river current makes this trip suitable for those in reasonably good physical condition. Children as young as 5 are welcome. Tours run from June 24 to Sept. 9.

Cost: from $1,165 per person, double occupancy, including camping equipment and all meals; children's rates vary by age. Transportation to Montana is extra.

Contact: ROW; tel. (800) 451-6034, http://www.rowinc.com.

Kauai: Health

Hawaii Health Getaways is offering two weeklong "Get Healthy" tours on Kauai from June 8 to 15 and Sept. 21 to 28.

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