VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
Kids and kayaks
Want to take the youngsters outdoors but would rather not camp? "Families With Teens" uses rustic God's Pocket Resort Lodge as home base. Guests take daily guided excursions — via sea kayak, foot and motorboat — into the surrounding wilderness to see the Inside Passage's mountains, inlets, rainforests and animals.
Dates: July 18-23
Price: $2,495 (ages 13-17 10% off), including lodging, meals, use of kayaking equipment and basic instruction, water-taxi transport to God's Pocket Resort and tour guides. The rate does not include a 5% tax, airfare, breakfast on the first day, accommodations or meals in Port Hardy, British Columbia, airport transfers or airfare to Canada.
Info: Sea Kayak Adventures, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; (800) 616-1943, http://www.seakayakadventures.com
Meals on wheels
Slow-food chef Domenico Laera accompanies this cycling vacation in Puglia, scheduled for the peak of harvest season. Highlights include tasting Pugliese food and wine, meeting farmers, visiting an olive press and taking cooking lessons.
Itinerary: Alberobello to Locorotondo, Mottola and Matera
Dates: Oct. 11-17
Price: $3,295, double occupancy (single supplement $700), including lodging, bicycle rental, most dinners, two lunches, all cultural and slow-food encounters; airfare not included.
Info: Ciclismo Classico, Arlington, Mass.; (800) 866-7314, http://www.ciclismoclassico.com
The Blue Horizons eco-resort, on the Caribbean island of Grenada, is offering an eight-day package that includes a rainforest hike and a waterfall trek or a river-tubing excursion, all led by guides. The property's tropical gardens serve as an aviary for some 20 species of birds.
Dates: Available through Dec. 15
Price: From $1,325, including the tours listed above (you can substitute the hikes or tubing trip with a Jeep tour, which includes lunch), suite accommodations, unlimited use of water-sports equipment, taxes and service charges, an in-pool scuba lesson, greens fees at the Grenada Golf Club, a welcome cocktail and an aromatherapy gift.
Info: Blue Horizons Garden Resort, St. George's, Grenada; http://www.grenadabluehorizons.com
SINGAPORE, INDONESIA AND BORNEO
Resorts and orangutans
The "Indonesian Interlude" includes a 10-day Borneo cruise with orangutan expert Biruté Galdikas; a stay at Singapore's new Fullerton Bay Hotel; and overnights at Aman resorts in Indonesia, with a tour to theBuddhist sanctuary Borobudur. Bali includes calls on craftspeople, Borneo, an orangutan encounter at Camp Leakey.
Itinerary: Singapore to Java, Bali and Borneo
Dates: Feb. 9-27
Price: For the land portion (Singapore, Java and Bali), the cost is $9,390, double occupancy (single supplement $3,230), including lodging and hotel taxes and service fees, most meals, non-air transportation (including airport transfers), guide services, entry fees and gratuities. The land-portion price does not include international and regional airfare. For the cruise portion (Borneo), cost starts at $7,335, double occupancy (single supplement 175%), including lodging, all meals, Zodiac excursions, onboard entertainment, port charges and taxes.
Info: Frontiers Travel, Wexford, Pa.; (800) 245-1950, http://www.frontiersej.com
Natural, man-made wonders
Kensington's eight-day, privately guided "Israel by Kibbutz" provides accommodations in traditional shared-work communities. Tours explore Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, where tens of thousands of birds live. Other stops include the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Nativity, the Dead Sea, Caesarea's Roman ruins and Haifa's Bahai Gardens.
Itinerary: Can be customized to include Tel Aviv, Herzliyya, Caesarea, Haifa, the Galilee, Kibbutz Shefayim, Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea
Dates: Custom departures available
Price: From $2,536, double occupancy, including lodging, airport transfers, guided tours, most entrance fees and some meals. The price does not include international airfare or gratuities.
Info: Kensington Tours, Wilmington, Del.; (888) 903-2001, http://www.kensingtontours.com