ARMENIA, GEORGIA AND TURKEY
A historical perspective
Armenia." Religious enthusiasts, architectural aficionados and history buffs should be satisfied by this odyssey of Christian anthropology. The itinerary is packed with ancient ruins and modern urban enclaves that have risen and fallen near Mt. Ararat and Lake Van. One must-do is watching the Divine Liturgy delivered by an Armenian clergyman in the Sanctuary of the Holy Cross Church.
Itinerary: Yerevan, Armenia to Akhaltsikhe and Vale, Georgia; Posof, Artahan, Kars, Van, Mush, Varto, and Erzurum, Turkey; and back to Yerevan
Dates: Sept. 9-14
Price: From $650, double occupancy, including lodging, transportation, transfers, some meals, entrance fees and the services of a tour guide. The price excludes airfare, visa fees and beverages.
Info: Sima Tours, Philadelphia; (610) 359-7521, http://www.simatours.com
Exploring the island
The three-night "Active Cayman Sampler" offering from Cotton Tree, a boutique hotel, allows travelers to experience the Caymans' ecological diversity on land and in the water. By day, kayak through mangroves or by night take a bioluminescent tour. A guided Land Rover excursion traverses the island for five hours, hitting highlights including blow holes and restaurants. A day trip to Cayman Brac showcases rare wildlife.
Dates: Available through Sept. 30
Price: Starting at $2,980, double occupancy, including lodging, your choice of a kayaking or bioluminescence outing, the trip to Cayman Brac, the Land Rover tour, daily continental breakfast and airport transfers. The rate does not include airfare and taxes.
Info: Cotton Tree, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; (345) 943-0700, http://www.caymancottontree.com
PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
A holiday on Iberian Peninsula
Uniworld's 12-day "Portugal, Spain, & the Douro River Valley" cruise starts with a tour of Lisbon, then cuts inland to explore religious sites, universities, vineyards, gardens, restaurants and museums. While aboard the Douro Spirit, meals and performances continue to immerse travelers in the region's rich culture.
Itinerary: Lisbon to Coimbra, Porto, Bitetos, Régua and Pinhão, Portugal; Vega de Terron, Spain; Barca d'Alva, Portugal; Pinhão, Régua and Porto
Dates: Departures July 21-Oct. 27
Price: Starting at $2,549, double occupancy, including lodging, most meals (and dinner drinks), tours and shore excursions, and all land and water transportation, including transfers. The price does not include airfare, port charges ($98), visa fees or gratuities.
Tours and cruises in Europe, Grand Cayman and the U.S. Southwest
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