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Visiting the countryside and staying in ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, will be featured in a tour by Geo Expeditions that will go to the Japan alps, the old mountain town of Takayama and to Tokyo and Kyoto. Participants on the 15-day trip will also explore shrines in Nikko National Park. In addition, two days will be spent in Kawaguchi Ko at the base of Mount Fuji.

The trip will then proceed north to Chubu Sangaku National Park, stopping along the way at a family-owned hot springs resort, or onsen, on the Azusa River. In Takayama, participants will visit reconstructed samurai houses and a farmers' market. The trip will end in Kyoto, where the group will be taken to shrines, temples, villas, gardens and to see folk arts and crafts. Departing May 12 and Sept. 15, 1991, cost is $2,261 per person, double occupancy. Air fare is extra. For more information, contact Geo Expeditions, P.O. Box 3656, Sonora, Calif. 95370, (800) 351-5041.-0

"Springtime in Dixieland" has been planned by Global Adventures, 350 N. El Camino Real, No. 36, Encinitas, Calif. 92024, April 17 to May 7, 1991. The itinerary includes historical homes and visits to such gardens as Magnolia and Middleton Place, Charleston, S.C.; Calloway, near Atlanta, and the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C. In addition, the group will stop in Gatlinburg, Tenn., for a look at the Great Smoky Mountains.

Other cities on the trip are Charlottesville and Natural Bridge, Va.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah and Atlanta, Ga.; Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C. Cost is $2,545 per person, double occupancy, including air fare from Los Angeles to Washington. For more information, call Global Adventures at (800) 347-9468.


Thailand and Laos will be the destinations of an 18-day trip, Feb. 11 to March 1, 1991. Participants beginning their tour in Thailand will be taken to Buddhist ruins, teak forests, the Khmer Empire ruins, remote villages, shops, markets, museums, a bazaar and an elephant training camp.

Among the stops in Thailand will be Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Korat, Khon Kaen and Udorn, and Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos. Cost is $3,860, including round-trip air from Los Angeles. Flights in Thailand and Laos, accommodations, most meals and sightseeing are part of the price. For more information, contact Revel Travel, 449 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.


A "Great Eating Adventure" is the theme of a trip to Hong Kong sponsored by Orient Flexi-Pax Tours for the "Hong Kong Food Festival." Highlights include visits to food markets, Chinese cooking classes and festival street fairs, plus a cruise across Victoria Harbor, a tour of Hong Kong and excursions to Des Voeux Road West and Nam Pak Hon. The eight-day trip will depart March 11, 1991.

Cost is $2,495, including round-trip air from Los Angeles and accommodations at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. The package includes daily American breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, sightseeing, excursions, transfers and guides. For more information, contact Orient Flexi-Pax Tours, 630 3rd Ave., N.Y., N.Y. 10017, (800) 545-5540.


Holland America Line's Rotterdam has scheduled a 55-day "Grand Circle Orient Cruise" for the spring of 1992. The ship will sail from Los Angeles on March 23, 1992, for the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Orient. Ports of call include Suva, Fiji; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Bali and Java, Indonesia; Singapore; Hong Kong; Shanghai and Xingang, China; Osaka and Yokohama, Japan; Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle and Honolulu.

Extended stays have been planned for Hong Kong (two days), Shanghai (two days) and Xingang (three days). Cost is from $8,496 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Holland America Line, 300 Elliott Ave. West, Seattle, Wash. 98119.


A 24-day tour of Spain organized by the Pacific Horticultural Foundation will focus on Moorish gardens in Seville, Cordoba and Granada, and on wildflowers in Andalusia and the Sierra de Guadarrama. It will be led by Christopher Brickell, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society. Other cities to be covered by the group that will leave April 14 and return May 5, 1991, include Madrid, Segovia, La Granja, Avilla, Toledo, Cuenca, Antequera, Malaga, Marbella and Ronda.

Cost is $3,960, excluding air fare, from Los Angeles. Accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, buses, luggage handling at airports and hotels, tours and guides are part of the price. For more information, contact Andersen Tours, 23 Orinda Way, Orinda, Calif. 94563.


Three hours of watercolor painting every day for advanced as well as beginning artists will highlight a 17-day trip, July 17 to Aug. 2, 1991, being offered in Bali and Java, Indonesia, by Art Trek, P.O. Box 807, Bolinas, Calif. 94924. Participants will paint at on-site locations and receive instruction on technique, composition, brushes and figure drawing.

The trip begins on Bali in Ubud. From Ubud, the group will travel to Java and the villages of Jogjakarta and Surakarta, afterward returning to Bali. Cost from Los Angeles is $3,250, including air fare. For more information, contact Art Trek.


Los Coyotes Travel will focus on the "Classic Old West," departing March 15, 1991, for Tucson, Ariz. The weekend trip, Friday to Monday nights, includes an overnight on Amtrak's Sunset Limited to Tucson from Los Angeles, plus visits to Old Tucson movie sets, Mission San Xavier Del Bac, the Arizona-Sonora Living Desert Museum, OK Corral and the cities of Tombstone, Bisbee, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Cost is $349 per person, double occupancy. A motor coach, two breakfasts, baggage handling, taxes, tips for drivers and the return flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles is part of the price. For more information, contact Los Coyotes Travel, 8350 Los Coyotes Drive, Buena Park, Calif. 90621, (800) 346-4317.


An eight-day natural history trip to the Florida Everglades and Keys has been planned for March 2-9 by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. The itinerary includes Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Big Pine and Key West islands, Dry Tortugas and Ft. Jefferson National Monument.

Travel will be by van, canoe and airplane, with daily one- to two-mile nature study walks. Cost is $1,590 per person from Miami. Air fare is extra. Van transportation, accommodations, some meals, entrance fees and baggage handling are part of the price. For more information, call Glaza Tours, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. 90027-1498, (213) 664-1100.