Travel trips include 11 days in Colombia for $1,999, including air

Cartegena is on the itinerary for a Colombian trip offered by SmarTours.
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Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•SmarTours has an 11-day/10-night exploration of Colombia that’s priced from $1,999 per person double occupancy, including airfare from Miami. The tour spends two nights each in Bogota and Medellin and three nights each in the Coffee Triangle and Cartagena. Sale prices are in effect until July 23 and reflect a discount for paying by check. 800-337-7773,

•Road Scholar’s Rejuvenation Retreat for Women focuses on learning relaxing and healing methods such as meditation and movement classes for energy and flexibility. Held in Santa Cruz, Calif., the program runs four or five days, depending on date, with pricing from $475 per person double occupancy. Included are lodging, meals, lectures and hands-on experiences. 800-454-5768,

•The EAA AirVenture, July 20-26, annually draws more than 50,000 aviation enthusiasts from around the world to Oshkosh, Wis., for what’s billed as the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.


•Enter for a chance to win a seven-night stay in Hawaii with Aston Hotels & Resorts at

•The Petaluma Music Festival is July 31 to Aug. 1 in California’s always popular Sonoma County.

•G Adventures lists what it says are six of the world’s greatest treks at

•The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African & African-American Art in Cambridge, Mass., will display “Black Chronicles II” from Sept. 23 to Dec. 11. The exhibit features British photographs of black subjects in the 19th and early 20th century.

•The Sonesta Collection’s new Sonesta Bee Cave Austin in Texas is offering 25 percent off two-night stays through Sept. 7.

•Find information on amusement parks and thrill rides in Colorado at

• has lots of information on planning a Mediterranean cruise at

•Castles and medieval towns are the draws on the Castle Road, from Mannheim, Germany, to Prague.


•Zimfest 2015, the 24th annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and dance, will be Aug. 13-16 in Monmouth, Ore.

Prices include taxes and fee unless otherwise noted. Deals and websites listed here have been checked for availability as of press time, but the listings are not endorsements.

Phil Marty is a freelance reporter.