Enjoy wildlife splendor

Follow in Obama's footsteps to Yellowstone National Park and see the season's best wildlife; in September, about 20,000 elk come out to mate. Xanterra's four-night Fall Wolf and Elk Discovery package takes you to them and to see the regal wolves that roam the vast land.

Dates: Starting Wednesday and Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Price: $619, double occupancy, including four nights at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel; three breakfasts, three lunches and one dinner; the services of a wildlife-biologist guide during hikes and educational presentations; a welcome gift and in-park transportation.

Info: Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Greenwood Village, Colo.; (307) 344-7311 or (866) 439-7375,


Istanbul and beyond

Immerse yourself in a 15-day journey through Turkey that includes sufficient time in Istanbul, one of the world's oldest cities -- and still one of its most vibrant. In the capital, you'll visit the Hippodrome, the 15th century Topkapi Palace, the Byzantine-era Hagia Sofia church and the iconic Blue Mosque. Then it's along the Aegean coast to Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus and beyond to get a feel for what ancient Roman and Greek life must have been like.

Itinerary: Istanbul to Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia and back to Istanbul

Dates: Departures Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec. 4, plus a variety of dates in 2010.

Price: Starting at $1,875, including airfare, transfers, the services of licensed tour guides, 13 nights in hotels, most meals, bus transportation, entrance fees to attractions, a Go Ahead travel bag and membership in the company's World Traveler Club. Taxes not included.

Info: Go Ahead Tours, Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 590-1161, www.goaheadtours.


A Caribbean adventure

Board the fully loaded Carnival Destiny for an affordable five-night getaway over blue Caribbean waters. Then absorb the sounds of steel drums, the sights of powdery beaches and the tastes of tropical drinks.

Itinerary: Miami to Georgetown, Grand Cayman to Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Dates: Departs Oct. 10; other departure dates available at higher prices

Price: From $349, double occupancy.