Price: $7,295 per person, double occupancy (single supplement $695), includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Arusha; accommodations; transfers; meals. It does not include tips and taxes.
Sip and stir
Take a cooking class in the kitchen of a 12-room Umbrian inn and sample wines of Italy on a trip that should please gastronomes and oenophiles. The trip, focused on food, wine and culture, is led by Stanford University professor Giovanni Tempesta. It kicks off in Rome before heading to the Umbrian region, where the group will stay at the 18th century Villa Pambuffetti and visit the Marmore waterfalls. In Amalfi, participants will watch traditional coastal festivities honoring the patron saint. The dramatic Gothic duomo of Orvieto is another stop. The cathedral's interior frescoes include Luca Signorelli's masterpiece "The Last Judgment."
Info: Little World Travel, Belmont, Calif.; (888) 292-0664, www.littleworld.com.
Dates: June 14 to 29
Itinerary: Orvieto, Perugia, Spello, Otranto, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera, Montefalco, Amalfi.
Price: $4,998 per person, double occupancy (single supplement $700), includes accommodations, transportation, activities and museum and sightseeing fees, and two meals a day with wine. It does not include airfare from LAX to Rome or hotel transfers.
For kids with ASD
Martin Lisius' Tempest Tours team, which has been chasing storms since 2001, will offer a trip tailored for children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents. It's a nod to his 9-year-old daughter, Maddy, who has ASD. He was spurred in part by inquiries from parents whose ASD kids are fascinated by weather. Some parents of kids with ASD avoid taking their children on trips, he notes. This is an opportunity for kids and parents to feel comfortable "because everybody is going to be in the same boat." They'll also be in the same vans, dashing around Tornado Alley "wherever the weather will be." (Tornado Alley is roughly the Great Plains area between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains; Lisius says storms in early July often are concentrated in eastern Colorado.) Two guides and a tour director accompany the group, with the tour director leading the way using GPS, Doppler radar and other equipment to pinpoint brewing storms. Lisius says since 2003, the storm-chasing crew has spotted 66 tornadoes.
Dates: June 29 to July 6
Info: Tempest Tours, Arlington Texas, (817) 274-9313, www.tempesttours.com.
Itinerary: Varies. For this trip, participants will meet in Denver.
Price: $1,995 for double (single $2,095) includes accommodations, ground transportation and a chase team T-shirt. It doesn't include airfare or food.