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MEDITERRANEAN

Tours & Cruises

August 24, 2003|Rosemary McClure | Times Staff Writer

A free week or companion fare aboard a luxury ship

Sail the Mediterranean this fall, visiting the playgrounds of Europe on weeklong luxury cruises with a bonus: two-for-one fares or two weeklong tours for the price of one.

The Radisson Seven Seas cruises are aboard the 350-passenger Diamond, a twin-hulled ship known for its stability.

Two-for-one sailings are:

* Sept. 12 and 26, seven-night cruises from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, to Athens, calling at Sorrento, Italy; Naxos, Santorini and Rhodes, Greece; and Kusadasi, Turkey. Discount prices start at $1,617 per person, double occupancy (with a single surcharge of $500).

* Oct. 10, seven nights from Rome to Nice, France, calling at Livorno, the port for Florence, and Portofino, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; and Monte Carlo, Monaco. Discount fares start at $1,617 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $500).

* Oct. 17, a seven-night Nice-to-Rome cruise, calling at Monte Carlo, Marseille, Barcelona, Portofino and Livorno. Discount prices are from $1,482 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $1,200).

Two weeklong cruises for the price of one:

* Buy the seven-night Sept. 5 Nice-to-Rome cruise and get the Sept. 12 Rome-to-Athens cruise free, or buy the seven-night Oct. 3 Athens-to-Rome cruise and get the Oct. 10 Rome-to-Nice cruise free. Prices are from $3,235 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $1,000).

Contact: Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; (800) 477-7500 or (800) 285-1835, www.rssc.com.

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EUROPE

Low-cost tours that take in some big-city highlights

HOP through Europe on low-cost 10-day tours that visit London; Paris; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Rome and Florence, Italy. The trips, available from November through April, excluding holidays, discount airfare for traveling companions to $99.

Cost: $975 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $350), including hotels, meals, transportation and sightseeing. Round-trip airfare from LAX is $565.

Contact: Whittier-based Village Travel Agency; (562) 945-3801.

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INDIA

Tigers, historic places on the subcontinent

Ride an elephant, visit the Taj Mahal and take a Jeep safari through a wildlife park on low-cost 11-night tours to northern India.

The tours, available through Dec. 4 and from Jan. 5 to March 31, include a two-night stay in Singapore, then Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India. The final night will be in Delhi.

Highlights will be visits to Old and New Delhi on two half-day tours, the Red Fort in Agra, the Amber Palace in Jaipur and three half-day Jeep tours in Ranthambore, a tiger reserve.

Cost: $2,445 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $300), including round-trip airfare from LAX or San Francisco, accommodations, most breakfasts, transfers and private tours with car, driver and English-speaking guide, taxes and service charges. Visa fees and airport taxes are not included.

Contact: Sito Tours and Travel of San Francisco; (877) 261-6899, www.sitotravel.com.

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UTAH, ARIZONA

Autumn beckons in four scenic Western parks

CeLEBRATE fall on a six-night tour to four Western parks: Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks and Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Sept. 28 tour includes bus and Amtrak transportation. Participants also will visit Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nev., take a six-hour Lake Powell cruise and ride the historic Grand Canyon Railway to Williams, Ariz.

Cost: $899 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $130), including shuttle service, transportation, five nights in hotels, one overnight rail trip, four meals, sightseeing, admission fees and assistance from tour director Loretta DuBois.

Contact: Los Angeles Valley College Community Service; (818) 947-2577, Ext. 4172, www.californiadiscovery.com.

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CALIFORNIA

Cowgirls, saddle up and learn Western skills

LASSO a weekend in the saddle at a 10,000-acre Santa Barbara County cattle ranch during equestrian camps for aspiring female riders. The events will be Oct. 9 to 12 and Nov. 9 to 12.

The pricey sessions, called "Cowgirl Bootcamp," will be at Alisal Guest Ranch, a down-home resort in Solvang.

Women wranglers will teach participants how to saddle up and will take them for morning rides.

Participants also will get lessons in lassoing, barrel racing, fly fishing, barbecuing, hat shaping and dancing the two-step.

Cost: $2,250 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge $1,600), including daily rides, studio accommodations, meals, in-room massage, nightly cocktail receptions, lessons and other activities.

Contact: Alisal Ranch; (800) 4-ALISAL (425-4725), www.alisal.com.

The Times is not responsible for changes in prices, dates or itineraries. These should be confirmed with travel agents, cruise lines or tour operators.

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