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In Yosemite, Ansel Adams Gallery offers photography workshop

February 01, 2009|Avital Binshtock


Photography workshops

Enhance your digital photography skills at the Ansel Adams Gallery's one-day workshops.

Dates: Feb. 20 and 22.

Price: $225, including instruction from Michael Frye, author of "The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite."

Info: The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park; (888) 361-7622,


Wine country getaway

Savor a two-night stay at the Farmhouse Inn and two Michelin-starred dining experiences: one at the inn's restaurant, and one at Cyrus.

Itinerary: Two nights in a luxury cottage, breakfast, a five-course dinner for two at Farmhouse Restaurant and a five-course tasting menu for two at Cyrus.

Dates: Through Feb. 28, Sundays through Tuesdays or Thursdays through Saturdays (except holidays and blackout dates).

Price: $750 per couple, not including beverages, taxes or gratuities.

Info: Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Forestville, Calif.; (800) 464-6642,


For Pink Floyd fans

Get groovy during the "Great Gig in the Sea," a Pink Floyd-themed cruise aboard Carnival's Imagination with highlights that include an outdoor acoustic show, performances by tribute bands, a light show, special-guest appearances and themed parties.

Itinerary: Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, and back.

Dates: May 1 to 4.

Price: From $389 per person, double occupancy, including all performances, plus $100 in taxes, fees and gratuities.

Info: Kiqstart Music, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (800) 851-9622,


Balinese cultural tour

Partake of the rich Balinese lifestyle during a 12-day cultural trip, the highlight of which is a Full Moon Temple Ceremony on Buddha's birthday.

Itinerary: You'll visit Ubud and villages such as Ahmed, Bedulu and Tenganon; witness colorful ritual processions; participate in music, dance and medicine workshops; snorkel; shop; explore caves; hike to waterfalls and rice fields; and swim in the "springs of immortality" at the Tirta Empul temple.

Dates: May 1 to 12.

Price: $3,700 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip airfare, transfers, ground transportation, villa accommodations, all breakfasts, three dinners, excursions, workshops and entrance fees. Price does not include airport taxes.

Info: Tribal Music Tours Inc., South Pasadena; (626) 799-4795,


Amsterdam in bloom

Stop to smell the flowers -- millions of them -- with the "Tulips in Bloom: Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens" tour, which takes place when Amsterdam's gardens are in full bloom. In honor of the 400th anniversary of New Amsterdam (i.e., New York), Keukenhof Gardens will display a floral tribute to the U.S.

Dates: May 14 to 21.

Price: Starts at $1,999 per person, including airfare, transfers, accommodations, breakfast and private motor coach. The price does not include $90 to $310 in taxes and fees. Book by Feb. 6 to get 5% off.

Info: Go Ahead Tours, Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 590-1161, www.goaheadtours.comawe.

-- Avital Binshtock


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