Splitting Costs on a Yugoslavia Trip

Hughes is a 30-year veteran travel writer living in Sherman Oaks

Yugotours has introduced a series of vacation packages to Yugoslavian resorts priced well below its regular Prime of Your Life Vacations for seniors.

The new program has no age requirement, but mature travelers over age 60 qualify for an additional $50 discount. Same for a spouse of any age.

The "special value" program, the company says, is "for people who are really counting their pennies . . . providing basic needs at low cost."

Hotels used are "superior tourist," rated just below first-class. The only meal provided is continental breakfast. Options are available, allowing vacationers to choose additional activities.

Two-week stays divided between Opatija or Lovan, plus Dubrovnik, all on the Adriatic Coast, range from $1,237 to $1,687 from Los Angeles. A three-week program that adds Bled, in the Julian Alps, runs $1,337 to $1,937, also priced from Los Angeles.

Departures are scheduled weekly from April 25 through May 30, and Aug. 29 through Oct. 24. Prices include air fare, hotels, transfers, taxes and tips.

An eight-page brochure giving details of the packages also describes the optional trips from each resort that can be taken by motor coach or rental car.

For a copy, contact Yugotours, Suite 1105, 3440 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010, toll-free (800) 872-8598 or (213) 383-2438.

Mature-oriented Retirement Explorations has changed its name to Lifestyle Explorations, founder and director Jane Parker said. The company's program for 1990 includes in-depth, study-the-country-and-people trips to Uruguay and Argentina, Costa Rica and Portugal's Algarve and Costa Del Luz.

For a free brochure explaining all trips, write to Lifestyle Explorations, P.O. Box 57-6487, Modesto, Calif. 95355, or call (209) 577-4081.

Lorraine Alton of World Key Travel in Agoura Hills started a seniors club last year for the full-service travel agency, and her first tour of 1990 is to Austria.

Set to leave May 28, the 20-day trip--tailored just for seniors--covers Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz and Velden. Escorted by a former resident of Austria, the tour includes many events and attractions that most appeal to older travelers, Alton said.

Included are opera and other concerts, plus theater outings, a visit to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Vienna Boys Choir and many other extras seldom found on the usual Austria tours.

For more information, contact World Key Travel, 28025 Dorothy Drive, Agoura Hills, Calif. 91301, (800) 444-8728.

Two nights for one are offered to senior travelers (age 62 and over) at the Sheraton Royal Scandinavian Inn in Solvang, now through Feb. 15. The offer is good Sunday through Thursday only, and it is not offered in combination with any other senior discount.

Rates normally start at $66 a night, single or double. So that's a 50% discount for a two-night stay. Call (800) 624-5572 for information or reservations.

A similar offer is tendered by the Comfort Inn in Santa Cruz, except this two-for-one deal is for those age 60 and over. The newly opened Comfort Inn, a division of Quality Inns, has rates from $59 and up.

Again, the offer, good through February, is not in combination with other senior discounts. Call (408) 426-2664.

Calico Tours, a member of the Senior Travel and Recreation Activities Council, includes rooms at the Mirage Hotel for its two-day motor-coach tour to Las Vegas, March 13-15. It's priced at $199 per person, double, slightly lower for members of the Calico Travel Club.

Pickups are provided in Van Nuys, Glendale and at the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. For more information, call Peggy Kronenberger at (213) 478-5865.

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