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Winging It to Britain for WWII Air Enthusiasts

February 11, 2001|KARIN ESTERHAMMER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

An air show, aviation collections, castles, cottages and cathedrals are on the itinerary of a trip to England from Sept. 5 to 13. Travelers will visit the Shuttleworth Classical Aircraft Restoration Centre near Cambridge and the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Operations Center in Uxbridge. The tour includes the Duxford Air Show. Also on the itinerary are London and Cambridge. Time is scheduled for shopping and independent sightseeing.

Cost: $2,698 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare, hotels, ground transportation, entrance fees and some meals.

Contact: Jerren Travel Service, 2 Hidalgo, Irvine, CA 92720; telephone (714) 731-8020, Internet http://www.jerrentravel.com.

Yosemite: Photography

A winter photography tour of Yosemite National Park will be conducted from Feb. 23 to 26. It includes guided photo walks and tours of Yosemite Valley.

Cost: $280 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations for three nights and Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Guests provide their own transportation.

Contact: Image Quest Photography Tours, 1164 Alvira St., Los Angeles, CA 90035; tel. (323) 377-7565.

France: Tennis Match

Advantage Tennis Tours has planned a 10-night tour leaving for France April 16. Participants will spend five nights in Monte Carlo and have reserved center court seats for three days at the Monte Carlo Tennis Open. There will be an opportunity to play tennis at a private club.

In the second half of the tour, guests will stay in a country-style home in Provence. Excursions are planned to Avignon, Arles and St.-Remy.

Cost: $2,895 per person, double occupancy, including hotel, daily breakfast, tournament tickets, entrance fees and wine tastings. Air fare is extra.

Contact: Advantage Tennis Tours, 33 White Sail Drive, Suite 100, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677; tel. (800) 341-8687 or (949) 661-7331, http://www.advantagetennistours.com.

Spain: Museums

Covina Hills Travel is offering a tour to northern Spain from March 7 to 19. Travelers will fly from Los Angeles to Barcelona for the first three nights and will visit the Olympic Village, Sagrada Familia, La Rambla and the Picasso Museum.

Tour members will also have a dinner with flamenco entertainment. The tour will continue to Zaragoza and Pamplona before spending three nights in the seaside resort of San Sebastian in the heart of the Basque region. A day in Bilbao for a visit to the Guggenheim Museum is a highlight of this tour.

Participants will also spend two days in La Rioja, Spain's wine district, where accommodations are in a converted 12th century hospital. The tour ends with a two-night stay in Madrid with visits to the Prado and Royal Palace.

Cost: $2,059 including air fare from Los Angeles. Accommodations are in first-class hotels with daily breakfast, two dinners and one lunch.

Contact: Brian O'Connor of Covina Hills Travel; tel. (626) 967-2755 or (800) 688-8728, http://www.covinahills.com.

England: Flower Show

Visit one of Britain's most extravagant flower shows with a master gardener and British gardens specialist Celia Baca from May 20 to 27. Participants will spend two days at the flower show. Other time can be used for city tours and shopping.

Cost: $1,467 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles to London, airport transfers in London, accommodations in Sloane Square, full English breakfast daily and two-day admission to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Contact: Celia's Getaways: tel. (714) 901-3510.

Costa Rica: Art

Art Trek offers art instruction to painters and art lovers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica from April 5 to 16. Guests can renew their art skills and spirit at a rain forest retreat with views of the Caribbean coast. Tropical flowers, birds, butterflies and wildlife abound.

The course, titled "Rain Forest as Landscape," offers instruction in combining water-based media with drawing media. Artist and instructor Pamela Lanza has taught drawing and mixed media painting classes at UC Berkeley and San Francisco Art Institute Extension programs for six years and is represented by the Terrain Gallery in San Francisco.

Cost: $2,650 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations, most meals, all transfers and ground transportation within Costa Rica, excursions and instruction. Air fare is extra.

Contact: Carol Duchamp at Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924; tel. (415) 868-9558 or (888) 522-2652, http://www.arttreks.com.

Greece and Turkey

USC classics professor Dick Caldwell's Sporades Tours has a summer tour that combines Greece and Turkey. Two weeks will be spent in Greece (from June 19 to July 2), with stops in Athens, the Peloponnesus, Delphi and two islands. The Turkey portion (from July 1 to 14) includes Samos, the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, a yacht cruise and Istanbul. Participants don't have to pay for the tour until their arrival, and they can take part in portions (and pay only for time spent with the tour) or all of the tour.

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