The four-day "Raft Supported Wilderness Lodge Trip" from Rogue Wilderness Adventures affords the perks of a good hike without the pain. With gear packed on a raft, the trail on a gentle downhill gradient and a lodge (with bed and shower) awaiting every evening, you can focus on the Rogue River Canyon's magnificent fall colors and abundant wildlife as you hike from lodge to lodge. Another option is to experience the journey from the boat and brave the rapids with your gear.
Itinerary: Black Bar Lodge to Marial Lodge, Paradise Lodge and Foster Bar Takeout
Dates: Multiple departures in September and October, and in May and June 2011
Price: $949, including three nights' lodging in double-occupancy rooms with private baths, all meals, guidance and round-trip transportation to the trailhead from Merlin, Ore. The price does not include transit to Merlin, a 3% Bureau of Land Management fee, a $10 Forest Service fee or alcoholic beverages.
Info: Rogue Wilderness Adventures, Merlin, Ore.; (800) 336-1647, http://www.wildrogue.com
PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO
Ceiba Del Mar's "Mystical Mayan Adventure" package includes yoga classes, meditation sessions and a spa treatment. Take advantage of the Mayan Riviera resort's rich natural surroundings by borrowing the property's outdoor equipment, or by opting for one of several regional adventures (which cost extra).
Dates: Nov. 7 to 11
Price: Starting at $1,593, double occupancy ($2,093 single occupancy), including four nights in ocean-view lodging, seven yoga classes, four meditation sessions, a spa treatment, 15% off subsequent spa treatments and the use of land and sea sports equipment. Mention the code "Yoga Retreat" when booking. The price does not include airfare, meals or a 19% tax.
Info: Puerto Morelos, Mexico; (877) 545-6221, http://www.ceibadelmar.com
Hanging with orangutans
Visit distant cousins in their jungle home during Baobab Expeditions' 10-day "Orangutans and Turtles" expedition, which also includes a Kinabatangan River cruise and a visit to Selingan Island, a sanctuary for endangered reptiles. You'll quickly make your way out of urban Kota Kinabalu and into a rainforest teeming with exquisite plant and animal life, including a spectacular array of birds, pygmy elephants and some of humankind's closest relatives.
Itinerary: Kota Kinabalu to Sabah, the Danum Valley, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, the Bukit Melapi Lodge, Sepilok Nature Resort, Selingan Island and back to Kota Kinabalu
Dates: Departures Nov. 9, 2010; April 3, 2011; and Nov. 9, 2011
Price: Starting at $3,321, double occupancy, including accommodations, transfers, most meals, guidance, entrance fees, carbon offsets, membership to the Royal Geographic Society and a donation to the Orangutan Appeal conservation project. The price excludes airfare, beverages and gratuities.
Info: Baobab Expeditions, Lake Success, N.Y.; (516) 622-2279, http://www.baobabexpeditions.com
Pyramids and tombs
Friendly Planet Travel's nine-day "Pyramids & Nile Cruise" covers the highlights of Egyptian civilization during a land-and-river voyage that traces more than 6,000 years of human history. You'll marvel at the pyramids and Tut's tomb, of course, but also at the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, the Aswan High Dam and modern Cairo.
Itinerary: New York to Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Abu Simbel and back to New York by way of Cairo.
Dates: Departures Dec. 25, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 9, April 6 and April 27
Price: From $2,099, double occupancy (single supplement ranges from $400 to $700), including airfare from New York and intra-Egypt flights, transfers, accommodations on land and aboard the ship, most meals, tours, professional guidance and fuel surcharges. The rate does not include an Egyptian visa ($28) or taxes or fees (including a $100 security fee). The price will increase $300 after Oct. 20.
Info: Friendly Planet Travel, Jenkintown, Penn.; (800) 555-5765, http://www.friendlyplanet.com
Enjoy luxury lodging on Kensington Tours' "Malta Highlights." You'll spend your nights in the capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site; days will be filled exploring the often-overlooked Mediterranean nation, accompanied by a private guide and driver. Attractions trace back to the 16th century and include gardens, churches, palaces, archeological sites, azure marine waters and natural features on the island of Gozo.
Itinerary: Valletta to Mosta, Mdina, Gozo and back to Valletta
Dates: Depart any day.
Price: From $1,690, double occupancy (single supplements about 150%), including upscale accommodations, private guide and driver services, transfers, breakfasts and a dinner show. The rate does not include international airfare, gratuity or most meals.
Info: Kensington Tours, Wilmington, Del.; (888) 903-2001, http://www.kensingtontours.com