Tours & cruises in Morocco, Turkey and Hong Kong


Whitewater rafting, fine dining

Mix two parts roughing it with one part the good life to get this two-day “Tuolumne Wine on the River” tour from OARS. It’s an exciting 18-mile whitewater adventure on California’s Tuolumne River, near Yosemite, that rewards rafters for a hard day’s work with gourmet food-and-wine dinners by the Ahwahnee’s former executive chef and the owner of Chatom Vineyards.

Dates: Various departure dates

Price: $590, including river guidance, use of rafting equipment, all meals, as well as transfers from the meeting point (La Casa Loma River Store). The cost does not include the use of camping equipment (which may be rented from OARS) or gratuities.

Info: OARS, Angels Camp, Calif.; (800) 346-6277,


A trip through the past and present

Even if you’re not a student, you can join Riverside Community College’s educational tour of Morocco. The 10-day trip does have an academic bent, and collegians can earn one credit for attending. The focus is on architecture, history and culture, though natural wonders, such as the Atlas Mountain’s forests, Merzouga’s dunes and the Western Sahara’s vast expanses, get their due. Highlights include navigating Marrakech’s colorful, aromatic bazaars, touring the imperial city of Rabat and dining at the film-famous Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

Itinerary: Casablanca to Rabat, Fèz, Atlas Mountains, Merzouga and Marrakech

Dates: June 18-29

Price: $3,450, including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, accommodations in upscale hotels, all breakfasts, most dinners, porterage, land transportation by motor coach, the services of tour guides and museum admissions, but not airport taxes and airline fuel surcharges.

Info: Riverside Community College District, Riverside; (951) 222-8340,


An archaeological adventure

This 10-day " Istanbul & Coastal Turkey” tour is packed with impeccably preserved, and particularly important, archaeological sites, among them 5,000-year-old Troy, the Acropolis, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, many palaces and temples and the house where the Virgin Mary reputedly spent her final days. Travelers experience the baths of Faustina, soak in Pamukkale’s hot springs and traverse Bosporus, the world’s narrowest strait, all while absorbing the best possible convergence of Western and Eastern tradition.

Itinerary: Istanbul to Canakkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale and back to Istanbul

Dates: Departures July 23, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3

Price: From $1,899, including round-trip airfare, airport transfers, tour-guide services, motor coach transportation, daily breakfast, most dinners, entrance fees to certain attractions and hotel lodging, including taxes, service charges, tips and baggage-handling. Other taxes aren’t included, nor are optional add-on tours.

Info: Go Ahead Tours, Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 590-1161,


Island hopping by ship

Enjoy a well-rounded selection of Caribbean islands at a doable price. America’s Vacation Center’s sale on Celebrity Cruises lets you partake in a weeklong trip aboard the eco-conscious Celebrity Solstice, which docks at desirable ports and features real grass on the top deck for boccie ball, putting practice and picnics.

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; and back to Fort Lauderdale

Dates: Departures Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Price: Starting at $599, double occupancy, including onboard lodging and meals but not including taxes, fees, fuel surcharges, tips or airfare. Mention code 9012 to get $50 in shipboard credits, an onboard coupon book and the possibility of free upgrades.

Info: America’s Vacation Center, Miami; (888) 489-3497,


Sights and sounds of city

Spend a week in Hong Kong to soak in all the bustle of this ever-productive metropolis. Highlights, amid ample leisure time, include the open-air Stanley Market, the Aberdeen floating fishing community, the Buddhist Po Lin Monastery and Victoria Peak.

Dates: Departures through Dec. 31

Price: Starting at $1,276, double occupancy (single supplement starting at $350), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, upscale hotel accommodations, guide-led motor coach tours and some meals. The cost does not include certain optional activities, such as a harbor cruise, a Macau excursion or a nighttime city tour.

Info: Ritz Tours, Alhambra; (800) 900-2446,