The tour, which begins Sept. 22, will visit the Art Institute of Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., site of the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway.
The group will take a cruise of the Chicago River with an architecture docent, who will point out more than 40 famous buildings that can be viewed from the riverfront. The group will also tour some of the buildings, including the Sears Tower, the tallest building in North America.
Cost: $1,398 per person, double occupancy ($356 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from San Diego, hotel, some meals, ground transportation, entrance fees and admissions, Oceanside museum contribution, airport transfers from Oceanside, baggage handling and hotel taxes. Airport taxes, government fees and a $30 membership fee to the museum are not included.
Contact: For tour information, call the Oceanside Museum of Art, (760) 721-2787, http://www.oma-online.org/news.html . For reservations, contact STS International Tours, Vista, Calif.; (800) 620-9995, http://www.stsinternationaltours.com .
Mexico as marineland
Kayak with whales and sharks in the Gulf of California on a weeklong getaway.
The road trip, which begins Sept. 10, passes through the wine-producing region of Santo Tomás and the agricultural area of San Quintín on the way to Cataviña for a one-night stay. The group will arrive the following day at Bahía de los Ángeles and travel by 28-foot fishing boats to La Única, a camp of palm-thatched huts and hammocks in an isolated cove, for three days of snorkeling, swimming and hiking.
The return trip takes tourgoers north to San Quintín for one night, with a stop for lunch in Ensenada the following day.
Cost: $1,495 per person, double occupancy ($95 single surcharge), including ground transportation from San Diego, hotels and accommodations, most meals, boat transfers, excursions and guides.
Contact: Baja Discovery Tours, San Diego; (800) 829-2252, http://www.bajadiscovery.com .
Ancient ruins, active volcano
See Greek and Roman ruins and villages of Sicily on a nine-day tour of the island.
The tours, now through Oct. 28, visit Palermo, the medieval hill town of Erice, Cefalù, Messina, Syracuse, Trapani, Taormina, the active volcano Mt. Etna, and Monreale.