10 days/8 nights, departing Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & Dec. 13, 2008.

Highlights: In Berlin, State Opera House, Kurfürstendamm district, Reichstag/Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, where Bach was cantor, and Leipzig Christmas market/Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas market, dating from 1434/enjoy Rostbratwürste and Glühwein at the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg/medieval Rothenburg, with its year-round Christmas Shop/Olympic Stadium, Frauenkirche and Rathaus in Munich/Mad King Ludwig...


 11 days/9 nights in SWITZERLAND, ITALY and AUSTRIA.

Highlights: Ride GoldenPass Panoramic train from Lake Geneva to Gstaad, Switzerland/cheese tasting at La Maison du Gruyère/Château de Chillon, considered the best-preserved medieval castle in Europe/Rhône Valley wine country/ride Gornergrat Railway from Zermatt (view of Matterhorn)/narrow-gauge Glacier Express traverses meadows and forests from Zermatt to St. Moritz/ride Bernina Express through Engadine Pass to Tirano, Italy,...


14 days/12 nights in CHINA with 4-day cruise, March 5-18, 2009.

Highlights: In Beijing, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, day tour to Great Wall and Ming Tombs/terra-cotta warriors in Xi’an/pandas at zoo in Chongqing/board a 5-star Yangtze cruiser and pass through Three Gorges/shore excursion to Wanxian or Fengdu; kindergarten visit/Three Gorges Dam site/disembark in Wuhan; visit Historical Museum and Yellow Crane Pavilion/in Shanghai, shop in Pudong Economic Zone and on Nanjing Road;...


10-day/8-night wildlife safari, Dec. 21-30, 2008 (five departures in 2009).

Highlights: From Arusha, transfer to lodge with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro/in Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park, game drives to see flamingoes, hippos, tree-climbing lions, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, black rhinos/visit traditional Maasai boma (family enclosure)/hike into Olduvai Gorge, “cradle of humanity”/game drives in Serengeti/fly to Arusha.

Land and...


8-day/7-night singles tour, Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 2, 2009.

Highlights: From Belize City, shuttle to San Ignacio to resort in Cayo District, 2,000 square miles of forest, jungle and mountains/explore Xunantunich Mayan ruins and climb El Castillo, an ancient 130-foot structure in Mopan River Valley/paddle canoes into Barton Creek Cave to see stalactites and stalagmites and swim in far chamber/Mayan city Tikal, Guatemala/free time in Cayo District to horseback ride, hike, swim/cave tubing/...


15 days/13 nights, April 23-May 7, Sept. 3-17, 2009.

Highlights: From Shannon, travel through County Clare to Killarney/Ring of Kerry/Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills/in Cobh, Heritage Centre, Titanic Trail/Castle of Cahir, Rock of Cashel/Viking town of Waterford, crystal factory/Book of Kells at Trinity College/ancient burial ground at Newgrange/coastal Donegal/in Clifden, archaeology lecture/Burren to the Cliffs of Moher.

Land only, $4,595 April, $4,995 September. Single...


8-day/7-night walking tour (longest walking day, 7½ miles) of Tenerife Island, SPAIN. Departures through March 24, 2009.

Highlights: From the Arenas Negras (black sands), ascend El Volcán Negro to picnic in pine forest/on Degollada de la Mesa ridge, walk through limestone peaks, laurel forests/skirt Caldera of Mount Teide, walking through lava flows and pumice/ocean views, rock pools, whitewashed houses along Masca Gorge/El Palmar Valley to hamlet of Teno Alto, then atop La Gomera for...


19-day/18-night tour of NEPAL, May 13-31, 2009, includes 3-day festival. “Challenging” level of hikes (daily in rough terrain).

Highlights: In Kathmandu, Monkey Temple, ancient city of Patan, Old Bazaar/fly through Kali Gandaki gorge in Himalayas to Jomson/trek along Kali Gandaki river to Kagbeni/cross plains to Mustang village of Tanbe/walk canyons, fields and forests of Northern Mustang to Lo Manthang/1,000+ Mustang tribal members reenact Tiji Festival rituals, including dances,...