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May 6, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, special to the Times
Crystal Cruises' 12-day "Islands & Glaciers" cruise will feature the Vancouver TheatreSports League comedy troupe performing improv and conducting humor workshops. Dine in the Symphony's upscale Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road and Piero Selvaggio's Prego, or take in the scenery, including the Misty Fjord or the bald eagles and brown bears of Admiralty Island. Itinerary: San Francisco to Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Haines, the Inside Passage and Sitka, Alaska; Vancouver and Victoria, Canada; and back to San Francisco Dates: July 20-Aug.
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NEWS
May 5, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Join adventurer Richard Bangs on his "Three Rivers" whitewater itinerary. Besides floating through (and sometimes racing past) mountains and gorges, travelers will tour Sarajevo and Mostar and meet highland tribes. A family-friendly itinerary also is available for those with children. Itinerary: Sarajevo, Bosnia, to the Tara River, Neretva River, Mostar, Banja Luka, Vrbas River, Travnik and back to Sarajevo Dates: Aug. 25-Sept. 1 Price: $2,990, double occupancy, including lodging, local river and tour guides but not international airfare.
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Adventure Life's eight-day " Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary Celebration," led by local guide Marcos Palamino, includes attendance at the centennial anniversary and an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Itinerary: Lima, Peru, to Cuzco, Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco and Lima Dates: July 20-28 Price: $2,045, double occupancy (single supplement $400), including lodging, daily breakfast, two lunches, one dinner and six days' private guide service.
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The "Rum, Reggae and Recline" package from British tour company Black Tomato is a weeklong retreat that lets the traveler experience the Caribbean nation's sights, sounds and tastes: tropical cocktails in the private airport lounge, jerk chicken in downtown Kingston and myriad things between. At Strawberry Hill, unwind at the Living Spa or head out for a guided hike. There'll be beach time on the south coast, a visit to the famed Little Ochie seafood restaurant and a stay at bohemian Jakes Hotel, where options include going on a crocodile safari and visiting an eight-tiered waterfall.
NEWS
April 30, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Virgin Vacations' all-inclusive 14-day tour of China takes travelers on a four-day Yangtze River cruise as well as stops at the Great Wall, terra-cotta army, Forbidden City (including Tiananmen Square), Three Gorges Dam and the Snow Jade Cave. Itinerary: L.A. to Shanghai, Yichang, Xiling Gorge, Wuxia Gorge, Fengdu, Xian, Beijing and back to L.A. Dates: Departures through November Price: Starting at $2,199, including round-trip airfare to China from LAX (though other departure cities are available)
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Great Canadian Travel Co.'s six-day "Churchill Beluga Whale Tour" takes travelers to observe migrating belugas at the mouth of Canada 's far-north Churchill River. Other highlights include a "tundra buggy" excursion to see other wildlife and town tours. Itinerary: Winnipeg, Canada, to Churchill and back Dates: Departures every Saturday from July 2 to Aug. 13 Price: About $1,900, double occupancy (single supplement about $600), including hotel accommodations, airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, an airport transfer in Churchill and all sightseeing and boat tours.
TRAVEL
April 26, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During the final days of World War II, "scholar soldiers" raced to save Western civilization's greatest artifacts from being demolished or stolen by the Nazis. These fast-thinking defenders of art are the subject of "In the Footsteps of the Monuments Men," a 10-day tour of Europe that retraces their epic treasure hunt. Robert M. Edsel, author of "The Monuments Men," leads travelers to, among other notable places, the Louvre, Maastricht's St. Pietersberg mine, Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden and Altaussee's salt mines, where the caravaners rescued thousands of works.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Pacific Sports Tours is offering "a Mammoth Spring Bash Ski Weekend Bus Trip," which includes transportation, lodging, entertainment, skiing and skating. Itinerary: Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes and back Dates: April 29-31 Price: $299, including round-trip bus transit from L.A. with refreshments and movies, two nights at the Sierra Nevada Lodge, a two-day lift ticket, shuttles to and from the ski area, four meals, ice skating and miniature golf. The price does not include a $15 fee if paying by credit card.
TRAVEL
April 17, 2011
Baggage scofflaws and their scoffers Regarding "Bag-Fee Dodger" [On the Spot, March 27] by Catharine Hamm: My wife and I recently returned from a 15-day cruise. We flew to Miami, Miami to Rio de Janeiro, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Dallas, and Dallas to LAX, all on American. The American Airlines representative's quote in the article about gate agents asking passengers to check excess items is nonsense. At no time was the carry-on bag rule enforced. I saw people carrying oversized bags, two or three bags plus a laptop computer and musical instruments and tennis rackets into the cabin as carry-on luggage.
TRAVEL
April 5, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mike Darcy, the host of an Oregon radio show about gardening, serves as a guide during the Pacific Horticulture Society's " Portland 's Extraordinary Gardens" tour, which includes docent-led visits to the region's public gardens and nurseries, as well as art-filled private gardens. Highlights include the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden and an organic urban farm. Itinerary: Portland to surrounding areas, Salem and back Dates: July 9-14. Book early; trip is limited to 22 people.
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