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Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


Cycling in the north

Go for a lazy spin through Ferndale farmlands or sweat out a 100-mile loop through the redwoods. The May 10 Tour of the Unknown Coast offers cyclists five different rides for different skill levels and free camping at the beginning and end of the trip. The farm tour is suggested for families with young children: Roads are closed to cars, and snacks and drinks are provided at the turnaround. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the ultra-challenging "century" ride, which climbs 10,000 feet.

Info: Tour of the Unknown Coast; (707) 845-6117,

Date: May 10.

Price: Camping is free for participants May 9 and 10, with RV hookups for $15, at Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. The rides cost $15 for the 10-mile farm tour, $15 for the 20-mile ride, $35 for the 50-mile ride, $35 for the 100-kilometer ride and $40 for the 100-mile challenge.


Women to the Isles

Stroll to an active volcano, dip a toe in waters off the island of Palea Kameni and browse boutiques during a tour that's intended to appeal to the female traveler. Gutsy Women's eight-night Greek Isles trip includes dinner with a local family in Athens, ruins-hopping and a cooking class on Mykonos. Or opt for a mule ride to the village of Manolas on the island of Therasia. You can quickly become civilized again with a tasting session on Santorini of locally produced wines and cheeses.

Info: Gutsy Women Travel, Fort Washington, Pa.; (866) 464-8879, www.gutsywomen.

Dates: May 29 to June 7.

Itinerary: Santorini, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, Therasia, Mykonos, Delos, Athens.

Price: $4,899 per person, double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from New York to Athens, internal flights, ferry from Santorini to Mykonos, accommodations, all transfers, eight breakfasts, four dinners, one reception; doesn't include airfare from L.A. to New York, airport taxes, fees or tips.


Take family to Ixtapa

Take a flying leap on a trapeze while the tots learn about endangered sea turtles and baby crocodiles at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. Club Med is offering a Family Escapes deal, good through April 30, on a seven-night vacation at the resort. The offer is good at some other Club Meds; savings vary depending on location.

Info: Club Med, U.S. offices in Coral Gables, Fla.; (800) 258-2633,

Dates: The offer is good through April 30 for travel dates between April 26 and Nov. 1.

Itinerary: Ixtapa.

Price: $625 per person for family of four; does not include airfare.


Musical rafting

Raft among the red-rock canyons and cliffs of Canyonlands National Park, stopping along the way for Celtic, traditional and classical music in singular settings. The Moab Music Festival's annual Musical Adventure River Raft Trip features six musicians, including a fiddler, flutist and bagpiper, performing barefoot on a sandy bank or in a boat for a floating concert. Nights are spent camping in tents, and a naturalist will be on hand for guided hikes to Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs and side canyons.

Info: Contact the festival office at (435) 259-7003,

Dates: June 15 to 18 with optional extension.

Itinerary: Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.

Price: $2,500 per person, includes a $1,250 tax-deductible contribution to the Moab Music Festival, for education as well as community programs. Doesn't include the transportation to Moab.


North African history

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage through an oasis and go shopping at the local souk during a 15-day trip to this North African country that targets travelers age 50 and older. Groups of 10 to 16 will visit the ruins of Carthage; Kasserine Pass, the site of a key World War II battle; Matmata, a town of underground houses, built in caves for protection from summer heat; and three World Heritage sites, including the labyrinthine medina of Tunis, with its palaces, mosques and mausoleums.

Info: Overseas Adventure Travel, Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 873-5628,

Dates: October through December; first trip Oct. 3 to 17.

Itinerary: Tunis, Carthage, Sousse, Kairouan, Tozeur and Douz oases, and the island of Djerba.

Price: $2,895 per person, double occupancy (single supplement $350); if you book by April 30, it's $300 less per person. Includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, accommodations, 30 meals, group activities, land transportation plus an internal flight, local guide. Doesn't include taxes, some meals and tips.

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