Tours and cruises in Italy, Morocco and Taiwan

 
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CALIFORNIA Kosher wining and dining Enjoy good wine and food by booking the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort's \"Kosher Dinner and Wine-Tasting Package.\" Dates: Through May 30. Price: One-night package starting at $284, two-night from $458 ($229 per night), including acco...

By Avital Binshtock // 03.05.09
 

CALIFORNIA

Kosher wining and dining

Enjoy good wine and food by booking the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort's "Kosher Dinner and Wine-Tasting Package."

Dates: Through May 30.

Price: One-night package starting at $284, two-night from $458 ($229 per night), including accommodations in a deluxe suite, cooked-to-order breakfast, evening beverages, wine-tasting for two at Herzog Wine Cellars, a three-course dinner at Tierra Sur (the kosher winery's restaurant), overnight parking and high-speed Internet access.

Info: Embassy Suites, Oxnard; (805) 984-2500, www.mandalaybeach.embassysuites.com.

ITALY

Art study opportunity

Spend a month studying the art of Renaissance-era Florence with a professor who specializes in the topic.

Itinerary: Florence, Venice, San Gimignano, Arezzo, San Sepolcro, Siena.

Dates: June 15 to July 15. Book and pay by April 1.

Price: $3,100, including apartment accommodations, lectures, three units of transferable college credits, day excursions and city tours, a hotel stay in Venice, museum entrance fees, an orientation, cultural activities, welcome and farewell dinners and the use of a staffed resource center in Florence. Airfare not included.

Info: Constance Moffatt of Pierce College, Woodland Hills; (818) 710-4365, .

MOROCCO

Culture past and present

Time-travel from Morocco's mystical past to its exotic present by visiting five UNESCO sites during this art-oriented tour planned by the Bowers Museum of Art Collectors Council. You'll partake of the nation's rich architectural, artisanal, and culinary traditions.

Itinerary: Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Marrakech, Fez, Essaouira, the Sahara Desert and a loop through the less-visited south.

Dates: Sept. 20 to Oct. 11.

Price: Land-only $4,998 (single supplement $1,890).

Info: Janet Seward of the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; (949) 650-4778, sew.

ARIZONA

Canyon and history tour

Learn about Canyon de Chelly's 2,000 years of human history while experiencing its rugged natural landscape during the Thunderbird Lodge's Magical History Tour. The lodge, jointly operated by the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service, is on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona.

Itinerary: The half-day tours go into the lower halves of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto; the full-day tour adds Mummy Cave, Spider Rock and Massacre Cave Overlook. (Visitors are permitted into the canyon only when accompanied by an authorized guide.)

Dates: Through Oct. 3.

Price: $363 for the two-night package with a half-day tour; $415 for the two-night package with a full-day tour, double occupancy. Both packages include accommodations for two, continental breakfast for two, a canyon tour for two, a DVD called "Canyon de Chelly: American History, Heritage and Tradition" and tour transportation in six-wheel-drive vehicles driven by Navajo guides who point out prehistoric dwellings and petroglyphs. Guests get a 10% discount in the gift shop too.

Info: Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly; (800) 679-2473, www.tbirdlodge.com.

TAIWAN

Eight days of adventure

Traipse around the island that got away on Pacific Delight's Taiwan Discovery Program. The eight-day trip takes you to significant cultural, architectural and historical sites; natural marvels; shrines; a night market; and to meet the island's indigenous people (the Thao and Rukai). A highlight is spending the night at a Buddhist monastery.

Itinerary: Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Lalu Island, Maolin, Fo Guang Shan, Taitung, Sanhsientai, Hsiaoyehliu, Chihpen Hot Springs, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake, Tehua, Lukang.

Dates: Departure dates once or twice per month through Dec. 2.

Price: Starting at $1,899 per person, double occupancy. A modified four-day tour is available from $1,059 per person, double occupancy. Neither price includes international airfare.

Info: Pacific Delight Tours, New York; (800) 221-7179, www.pacificdelighttours.com.