Plan on getting your hands dirty during Adult Research Week at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez. Participants excavate and examine artifacts of the ancestral Pueblo people; visit southwestern Colorado sites, including Mesa Verde National Park; and spend a day in the lab.
Dates: Sept. 2 to 8
Dig into history
Price: $900 to $1,150 per person, includes cabin lodgings, meals, local transportation and entry fees, and permits.
Info: The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez; (800) 422-8975, www.crowcanyon.org.
Lobster in Baja
Do lunch in Puerto Nuevo, the self-described "lobster capital of Baja," on a daylong bus tour that begins in San Diego. Participants head to Lobster Village, where they dine on lobster and margaritas. There's also time for shopping.
Date: Sept. 6
Price: $79 per person, includes round-trip bus transportation from San Diego, lobster lunch and one margarita.
Info: Baja California Tours Inc., La Jolla; (858) 454-7166, www.bajaspecials.com.
Pedal past vineyards, then stop and sample the wines, during a two-wheeled tour of Burgundy.
Dates: Sept. 9 to 14
Itinerary: Biking is mostly along flat, quiet roads. The trip begins in Dijon, France, and concludes in Paris, with stops in Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges and the Morvan and Chablis areas of Burgundy.
Price: $4,995, double occupancy, includes hotels, transfers, bike rentals and all meals; excludes air transportation to and from France. Single surcharge $900.
Info: Butterfield & Robinson, Toronto, Canada; (800) 678-1147, www.butterfield.com.
Sail the B.C. coast
Ship out on the 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf for a tour of the Great Bear Rainforest where it touches the coast of British Columbia.
Dates: Sept. 10 to 18, Oct. 2 to 7, Oct. 9 to 14 and April 24 to May 6
Itinerary: The schooner cruises fiords and channels, and passengers go ashore in the rain forest, which is home to the rare, white spirit bear. The trip includes whale watching and visits to Native American communities.
Price: $1,800 to $5,850 per person depending on length of cruise.
Info: Maple Leaf Adventures Victoria, Canada; (888) 599-5323, www.mapleleafadventures.com.
A far-out freighter
A freighter has no rock-climbing walls or spa facilities, but passengers will find loads of quiet time and sea air on a cruise of up to 84 days aboard the Peking Senator or Penang Senator. Each has four cabins that can accommodate eight passengers. Cruises depart from and return to Long Beach or Oakland and sail to the Mediterranean by way of Asia. The voyage can be sailed in seven-day segments.
Dates: Departures are scheduled Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Other departures available.
Itinerary: Includes Tokyo; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Barcelona, Spain; and Osaka, Japan.
Price: Round trip from Long Beach, about $9,553 per person, double occupancy, including taxes and fees; single fare, $10,017. Long Beach to Tokyo, 14 days, about $1,914 per person, double occupancy; single, $1,794.
Info: Freighter World Cruises Inc., Pasadena; (800) 531-7774, www.freighterworld.com