SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 1998 - LOS ANGELES TIMES
By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Tours for the Thinking Person
10 Top Head Trips
Sure, you could go lie by the beach for a few days somewhere
on your next vacation. But this year is also your chance
to see Siberia with a scientist, Chichén Itzá
with a museum curator, baseball with the Smithsonian,
Petra via private jet.
are a sampling from the hundreds of tours offered to
the thinking traveler by museums, other cultural institutions
and for-profit tour operators. Having recognized educational
and cultural travel as a growth field, those organizations
have been steadily adding alternatives to the marketplace.
For the last four years, this section has run a January
roundup of 10 top tours sponsored by museums. This year,
we're relying on the same expert for our top 10 trip
picks - Ann H. Waigand, publisher of The Educated Traveler
newsletter-but we've broadened the field to include
all thinking trips, no matter the sponsor.
Tours are in chronological order. Prices listed here
are per person, presuming double occupancy, and are
subject to change. Some prices include many meals and
excursions, some don't. Also bear in mind that tour
operators generally reserve the right to cancel or change
Every year, Waigand lists hundreds of thinking trips
in a Directory of Museum sponsored Tours and a separate
Directory of Special Interest Travel. The directories
come with the cost of a subscription to The Educated
Traveler, P.O. Box 220822, Chantilly, VA 20153; telephone
(800) 648-5168. Cost is $48 yearly for six issues.
Island Hopping In the Cyclades: a Family Trip
July 2 to 18. Hellenic Adventures, a tour operator based
in Minneapolis. Price. $3,995 to $4,385, excluding air
fare to and from Athens. Most meals included. For more
information, contact the tour operator at (800) 851-6349
or (612) 827-0937.
This is a family tour in every sense: The leaders are
Hellenic Adventures owner Leftheris Papageorgiou, his
wife Jane, and their son, Alexandros (age 12). There's
a good mix of activities on this tour (essential when
traveling with children), such as holding a footrace
at the original Olympic site; visiting the oracle at
Delphi; sailing on a 70- foot motor-sailer (children
might enjoy watching, or helping with, the sails); snorkeling,
swimming, fishing, walking in and around on an island
itinerary that includes Kea (a.k.a. Keos), Syros, Tinos,
Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Ios and Santorini. There are
five days of cruising in all.
© 1998 Los Angeles Times. Reprinted by permission.