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Tours & Cruises

January 08, 2006|Maggie Barnett | Times Staff Writer

NEW YORK

It's show time in the Big Apple

TAKE in a Broadway show or three on a theater tour of Manhattan that begins April 24.

The eight-night trip includes three new Broadway shows.

Actor and tour leader Stan Mazin said it was too early to tell what shows would be available during the tour, but if Chita Rivera's show "The Dancer's Life" was still playing, it would be on the itinerary. Mazin worked on the show "Bajour" in which Rivera starred in 1964.

"Jay Johnson is doing a show ['The Two and Only'] at the Helen Hayes Theater, and it's fabulous. We'll see that," he said.

The group will have lunch at the venerable Tavern on the Green restaurant; participants also will have time to do some shopping and sightseeing on their own in the city.

Cost: $1,975 per person, double occupancy ($625 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, hotel, some meals, show tickets and airport transfers.

Contact: Stan Mazin Tours, Sherman Oaks; (818) 990-4499.

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SCOTLAND

An Arts and Crafts tour

STUDY the Arts and Crafts movement of 19th century Scotland on an eight-night trip that begins April 18.

The tour will explore the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the William Morris group and others in the Arts and Crafts movement, which strove to show the value of finely designed objects in an era of increasing industrialization and mass-produced items. The group will be joined by Arts and Crafts movement experts.

Participants will tour Queen's Cross Church and Mackintosh Hill House, both in Glasgow. They will visit Greywalls Hotel, a country house near Edinburgh designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1901. The home, which features a peaceful garden, has operated as a hotel since 1948.

Other sightseeing stops include the National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.

Cost: $3,595 per person, double occupancy ($575 single surcharge), including hotels, most meals, ground transportation, gratuities and service charges, and a $200 tax-deductible donation to the Foundation for the Study of the Arts and Crafts Movement at Roycroft Inc. Airfare to Glasgow from Los Angeles is not included.

Contact: Ashton-Drye Tour Associates, Orchard Park, NY; (716) 667-3359, www.ashtondrye.com.

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COSTA RICA

Raw nature

by land, sea

CYCLE down the side of a volcano on a mountain bike trip through Costa Rica that begins Feb. 5.

The six-night tour takes cyclists through diverse geography; other activities include whitewater rafting excursions, sea kayaking at Playa Carrillo on Samara Bay, hiking in ecological preserves and indulging in spa treatments.

Cost: $1,995 per person, double occupancy ($595 single surcharge), including accommodations, mountain bikes and some meals. Airfare from Los Angeles is not included.

Contact: TrekTravel, Waterloo, Wis.; (866) 464-8735, www.trektravel.com.

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SOUTH KOREA

Monuments and more

VISIT the historical monuments of South Korea on seven-night tours that depart Saturdays year-round.

Stops include the island of Jeju, the cities of Busan, Gyeongju and Seoul, plus Mt. Sorak National Park.

On Jeju, participants will travel the Dokkaebi (Mysterious) Road and visit villages; in Busan, they will visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, parks, castles, tombs and travel north to the Bomun Lake Resort. Other stops include Gyeongju, and the national park at Mt. Sorak.

Cost: $1,890 per person, double occupancy ($540 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, hotels, meals and baggage handling.

Contact: Info Tour, Los Angeles; (213) 383-5511.

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PUERTO RICO

San Juan's lively scene

DISCOVER the history of old San Juan and the vibrant contemporary art scene of the city on a six-night tour of Puerto Rico that begins March 12.

Participants tour archeological sites in San Juan and the restored lighthouse at Cabo Rojo. The tour includes hiking in El Yunque, the Caribbean National Forest, which is home to 50 species of orchids, and in Bosque Estatal de Guanica and other protected areas.

Cost: $945 per person, double occupancy (singles not available), including guesthouse accommodations, some meals and ground transportation. Airfare from Los Angeles to San Juan and a $25 introductory membership fee are not included.

Contact: Sierra Club Outings, San Francisco; (415) 977-5522, www.sierraclub.org/outings.

The Times is not responsible for changes in prices, dates or itineraries. Send information to Tours & Cruises, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, or write via e-mail to travel@latimes.com.

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