Finding the folk art of Bali

Times Staff Writer

Admire the brightly colored crafts and intricate carvings of Balinese artisans on a 15-day tour with folk-art collector Gordon Frost.

Participants on the trip, which begins Aug. 15, will stay in Ubud, the arts capital of Bali. They will visit museums and galleries by day and attend dances and listen to Balinese gamelan music at night. They also will join villagers at temple festivals and ceremonies.

“I try to take people to places and villages they might have missed,” said Frost, who has been leading tours to Bali for 19 years.

The group will travel to the village of Pengosekan, known for its paintings; to the woodcarving village of Mas; to Celuk, home to silver and gold craftsmen; and to northeastern Bali, where weavers create double ikat textiles.


Cost: $2,981 per person, double occupancy ($455 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, accommodations, most meals and ground transportation.

Contact: Gordon Frost Art Collection & Tours, Point Reyes, Calif.; (415) 663-1919;




A gourmand’s Inside Passage

SAIL and sip en route to Alaska on an eight-day food-and-wine theme cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Juneau.

The trip, which leaves Aug. 6, features cooking demonstrations by chef Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s restaurant in Seattle and wine pairings with winemaker Casey McClellan of Seven Hills Winery in Washington state’s Walla Walla Valley.

The Zaandam, a 1,440-passenger, 780-foot cruise ship, will travel the Inside Passage, stopping at Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, and cruising Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Guests can book optional shore excursions, including a helicopter tour of Mendenhall Glacier, whale watching and wildlife expeditions or dogsled tours.

Cost: $1,075 to $2,222 per person, double occupancy ($393 to $1,765 single surcharge), including cabin accommodations, meals and ground transportation from Seattle to Vancouver, port fees and taxes. Airfare to and from Los Angeles and shore excursions are not included.

Contact: Ultimate Journeys LLC, Seattle; (866) 858-5687;




Film fans’ open-air fest

HOBNOB with filmmakers, stars and movie fans at the Locarno International Film Festival on a weeklong trip that begins Aug. 5 .

The festival, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, draws an international crowd to watch new films on a giant outdoor screen in Locarno’s Piazza Grande.

Stephen Farber, host of Landmark Theatres’ “Reel Talk” film previews, will lead tour participants in discussions after the screenings.

The group also will attend private meetings with industry members.

Participants will take a boat trip to the Borromeo Islands on the Italian side of Lake Maggiore. Another outing will be to visit Bellinzona, known as the city of three castles.

Cost: $2,475 per person, double occupancy ($400 single surcharge), including hotel accommodations, most meals, festival pass and excursions. International airfare and airport transfers are not included.


Contact: Let’s Travel, Santa Monica; (800) 458-7477,



On the path of the ancients

EXPLORE classical ruins and the nomad Berber culture on a 16-day tour of Libya with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The tour begins Sept. 10 in London, where participants will examine artifacts in the Libyan collection at the British Museum. The group will be accompanied by Linda Komaroff, LACMA’s curator of Islamic art.

Members then fly to Tripoli to view the ruins of the Roman ports of Leptis Magna and Sabratha on the Carthaginian trade route.

They will travel south through the Jabal Nafusa mountain range to the desert oases of Nalut and Ghadames.

Other stops on the itinerary are in the region of Cyrenaica, settled by Greek immigrants and later occupied by the Romans, and Cyrene, Apollonia.

Cost: $5,985 per person, double occupancy ($1,140 single surcharge), plus a $600 tax-deductible donation to LACMA.

Included are international airfare from Los Angeles, internal airfare, hotels, most meals, excursions, Distant Horizons guide, local guides, ground transportation and drivers.

Contact: Distant Horizons, Long Beach; (800) 333-1240,


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