18 days/16 nights, Oct. 25-Nov. 12, 2008.

Highlights: In Seoul, Namsangol Village, Jogyesa Temple, Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace, “Cookin’” percussion performance at Nanta Theater/in Seoraksan National Park, cable car to Biryong Waterfall, Gweongeum Fortress/cruise Lake Chungju/Gosu Cave/National Museum, Cheomseongdae observatory and Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju/2,000+ dinosaur footprints in Sangjoga/fall color at Hwawomsa Temple in Gwangju/Songgwangsa, one of Korea’s oldest...


18 days/16 nights includes 4-day cruise. Departures through Feb. 16, 2009.

Highlights: Touring in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, tango at Esquina Carlos Gardel/Paran River delta catamaran/fly to Ushuaia; explore Tierra del Fuego/embark M/V Australis, sail Beagle and Murray channels to Cape Horn National Park/Zodiac to Piloto and Nena glaciers/Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island/disembark in Punta Arenas/three nights’ Torres del Paine National Park/fly to Puerto Montt, CHILE, in Lake...


7 days/6 nights, Oct. 12-18, 2008. Longest walking day: six hours, 10 miles (alternate transportation offered).

Highlights: Walk along the River Fowey to Polrun village/coast walk to Menabily estate, inspiration for Manderlay in Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”/follow Smugglers’ Path in Lansallos to fishing village of Polperro/from Durgen, ferry to Helford, a village with many thatched cottages, and walk along Frenchman’s Creek/follow Lizard Peninsula to Kynance Cove.

 Land only...


8 days/7 nights, Dec. 1-8, 2008.

Highlights: From Cordon Bleu chefs, learn to prepare and enjoy regional Tuscan dishes such as taglierini alla cerrettiera (carters’ pasta), panzanella (bread salad) and castagnaccio (chestnut cake)/Florence museums, shopping, 19th-century synagogue/Siena day tour.

Land price including class, $3,095. Noncooking spouse, $2,995. Single supp., $550.

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14 days/13 nights.

Highlights: In Helsinki, FINLAND, tour includes Church in the Rock, historical center/medieval Porvoo/ferry to Tallinn, ESTONIA; 13th-century Dome Church, Rocca Al Mare open-air museum, baroque Kadriorg Palace/historical manor houses in Lahemaa National Park/Turaida, LATVIA, with its walled castle and “Folk Song Garden”/Art Nouveau architecture in Riga/in LITHUANIA, Hill of Crosses, Thomas Mann House in Nida, seaport of Klaipeda/14th-century Trakai Castle, now the...


15 days/13 nights, Oct. 17-25, 2008 & March 5-14, 2009.

Highlights: In Tripoli, Jamahiriya Museum/Berber village of Ghadames, “The Jewel of the Sahara”/ruins of Qasr al-Ghoul (Castle of the Ghost)/pottery making; troglodyte houses in Gharyan/Roman ruins at Leptis Magna/Byzantine village of Villa Sileen/fly to Benghazi to see the Great Man-Made River/Greek city of Teucheira, dedicated to goddess Cybele/mosaics at Qasr Libya/Hellenistic ruins at Ptolemais/drive through Jebel al-...


11 days/10 nights in North and South Korea, Sept. 19-29 & Oct. 3-13, 2008.

Highlights: From Beijing, fly to P’yongyang for city tour, Mass Games/Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Juche Tower/captured “spy ship” USS Pueblo/Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) pavilions in Moranbong Park/drive “Reunification Highway” to Panmunjon in the DMZ/Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum/fly to Seoul via Beijing/5,000 years of history at the National Museum of Korea/traditional tea ceremony/Changdeokgung...


For singles of all ages. Anyone who wishes to avoid the single supplement will be matched with a roommate. On these examples, all prices are land or cruise only.

London & Countryside: six nights in London, July 26-Aug. 2, with day trips to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Canterbury, Leeds ($1,499; single supplement, $713).

Castles on the Rhine: 8-night Rhine cruise, Aug. 2-10, through Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland (from $2,174; supp. from $1,379).