Adventures in kayaking
Enjoy the outdoors with kayaking and rafting vacation packages to Idaho and Ottawa offered by Adventure Schools. The trip to Idaho costs $1,400 and runs from July 9 through July 17. It features kayaking with raft support, and rafting on the Salmon and Snake rivers. The Salmon River is the longest free-flowing river in the continental United States and runs through some breathtaking canyons. The trip to Ottawa ($800) runs from Aug. 13 through Aug. 20 and is for kayakers only. It offers challenging "big water" but is also described as "beginner-friendly."
The company also offers lessons for beginners preparing for either trip, and other river trips will be offered. For more information, contact Adventure Schools at (410) 383-2969.
The stage is set in Macau
One of the oldest theaters in Europe, Dom Pedro V Theatre, has re-opened after an extensive restoration. Located in Macau, Portugal, the theater, restored by the Orient Foundation, still conforms to its original neo-classical style but has the latest additions in modern lighting and electronics. Plans call for the renovated theater to be used as a venue for Macau's annual Arts Festival and Music Festival.
Completed in 1859, the theater was designed by Pedro Germano Marques and named after the reigning monarch of Portugal, Pedro V. The building, modeled after the court theaters in Europe, stands in a tree-shaded courtyard opposite St. Augustine Church. After its official opening, Macau earned a place on the international circuit for touring operas, and served as the site for many premieres.
C7 For more information on Macau, call (800) 331-7150.
Looney Tunes cruise
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, the Tasmanian Devil, Tweety and lots of other legendary Looney Tunes cartoon characters entertain and mix with passengers on the Big Red Boat. The Big Red Boat's seven-night cruise and Orlando Theme Park vacation offers a choice of three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas, Key West or Mexico; three or four nights at either a Disney World hotel or other Orlando and Tampa hotels; admission to the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks or Universal Studios Florida and Sea World; round-trip coach airfare; and an Alamo rental car with unlimited mileage. For more information, contact Premier Cruise Lines, Ltd., 400 Challenge Road, Cape Canaveral, Fla. 32920, or ask your travel agent.
A tour with high spirits
One way to spend a balmy afternoon in Puerto Rico is to take the Bacardi rum distillery tour. This tour, which showcases the world's largest rum distillery, exposes visitors to the history of rum production and the quality and safety measures involved in producing it.
Visitors are transported by tram from the firm's pavilion to the first floor of the distillery, a tall white building known as the Cathedral of Rum. There, visitors will see how rum was produced almost 100 years ago and learn about the significance of Bacardi rum's famous bat device.
Escorted to the fifth floor, tourists will enter the Hall of Rum -- a collection of the beverages made by the Bacardi Corp. -- and see all the various types of rum: light, dark, black, anejo and reserve. Excursionists then proceed to the second floor to witness the birth of rum by learning about the fermentation of molasses. The 45-minute tour concludes with a visit to the Bacardi Family Museum, where visitors will learn about the family history, see a short video about the bottling process and walk through the actual bottling plant. Complimentary drink samples made from don Facundo's famous potable at the Bacardi rum bar will be offered after the tour.
The Bacardi rum distillery, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers free tours Monday through Saturday. For more information about the tour, contact Awilda Padilla at (809) 788-1500, Ext. 5229.