11 days/10 nights in ICELAND, June 15-25, 2009. Highlights: Thingvellir National Park, site of world’s oldest democratic Parliament/Gullfoss waterfall/hot springs in Hveravellir/midnight sun in Akureyri/whale watch in Husavik/ducks, falcons, puffins, terns at Lake Myvatn/Vatnajokull glacier/ Reykjavik city tour/swim in Blue Lagoon. Land, $5,995. Single supplement, $895. Eldertreks (Toronto, ON, Canada; 800/741-7956,

13 days/11 nights, March-October 2009. Highlights: Galway walking tour/the Burren/Cliffs of Moher/Ring of Kerry/woolen mill/sheepdog demonstration/fishing villages of Kells, Dingle/Blarney Castle/medieval English market in Cork/family visit in Cobh/Waterford Crystal Centre/Dublin’s Trinity College. From $2,345 from New York. Single supplement, from $545. Grand Circle Travel (Boston, MA; 800/959-0405,

9-day/7-night tour of Tuscany, ITALY. Departs June 5, Sept. 18 & Oct. 9, 2009. Highlights: Cooking lessons in Siena, Chianti/winery visits in Chianti, Montalcino/chocolate tasting in Colle Val d’Else/olive oil tasting/two nights’ Florence. Land, $3,199. Single supplement, $940. Andiamo (Staten Island, NY; 714/524-0490,

(INDIA) — 15 days/14 nights, Aug. 25-Sept. 8, 2009, includes Ladakh festival. Highlights: From Delhi, fly to Leh, capital of Ladakh region/15th-century Thikse Monastery/in Hemis, Ghang-Chub-Sam-Ling gompa/sacred Buddhist paintings in Likir and Alchi gompas/11th- century Lamayuru Monastery/home visits in Hemishakpatachan/Ladakh Festival in Leh/hot springs in Nubra Valley/Pangong Lake on Tibet’s border/Tibetan refuge camps/bird-watching at Tsoker Lake. Land, $3,695. Single supplement, $750....


19 days/17 nights, April 10-30, 2009. Highlights: From Shanghai, fly to Longsheng, home to Yao ethnic minority/Ming and Qing dynasty buildings in Guilan/cruise among karst formations on the Li River/12 ethnic minority peoples in Xi­shuangbanna/temples in Dao Yang Park/Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, home of the Naxi people/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Shangri-la (Zhongdian). $5,395 from Los Angeles. Single supplement, $990. In Focus with Michele Burgess (Huntington Beach, CA; 714/536-6104, www....


12 days/11 nights, April 26-May 7, 2009. Highlights: Cape Peninsula/Winelands/Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned/stay in a glass tree house at Phinda Private Game Reserve/Zulu culture and crafts/day cruise on St. Lucia estuary/see “big five” at Londolozi Game Reserve. Land, $6,692. Internal air, $1,629. Single supplement, $2,401. Game Plan Africa (Atlanta, GA; 800/593-1148,

14-day/13-night tour of ARGENTINA. Highlights: City tour of Buenos Aires/Iguazú Falls/fly to El Calafate, gateway to Patagonia/Glaciers National Park/cruise Lake Argentino, where ice blocks fall from Perito Moreno glacier/fly to Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park/3-night cruise aboard M/V Mare Australis, sailing Beagle Channel, Strait of Magellan/on Hornos Island, Cape Horn National Park/view Piloto and Nena glaciers via Zodiacs/penguin colony on Magdalena Island. Land, from $2,200....


11-day/10-night cruise, May 23-June 2, 2009. Highlights: Seabirds nesting on Hebrides islands/Neolithic sites/Iona Island/Orkneys/Shetlands/Isle of Lewis. Cruise only, from $3,495; single cabins, from $6,295. Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc. (Port Washington, NY; 800/683-6767,