Operators release myriad offerings, new releases

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ahiti Legends, which was founded in 1996 and expanded to include France Legends in 2001, formed an umbrella company called Legends and continues to expand its product line.

Watch for Legends to soon release three new brochures on Italy, Fiji and Bora Bora cruises (private yacht cruises).

The company also expanded its FIT product line to include the rest of Europe beyond France and Italy. For more information, visit Legends' Web site at www.legendsluxurytravel.com.

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Nomadic Expeditions, a Monroe Township, N.J.-based adventure operator of expeditions to Mongolia, Tibet, Bhutan, Siberia and China, is offering two departures of its From Yak to Kayak itinerary to Mongolia.

The trip features several modes of transportation, such as riding on a Bactrian camel through the Gobi desert, horse-trekking through the Khoridal Saridag Mountains and kayaking on Lake Hovsgol Nuur. The yaks contribute by pulling carts that transport gear.

The trip begins in Mongolia's capital of Ulaanbaatar. Land-only rates start at $2,700 per person, double, depending on the number of guests.

Up to 15 participants are permitted. The departures are June 16 and July 14. Air from New York to Ulaanbaatar via Beijing is available for about $1,500.

More information is available on the company's Web site at www.nomadicexpeditions.com or by calling (800) 998-6634.

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In conjunction with United Airlines' new service to Costa Rica, General Tours is running a short-term promotion featuring two-night packages to San Jose.

The plans are priced from $399 per person, including roundtrip air, airport transfers and accommodations with breakfast at the Rincon del Valle.

The packages are available at the same rate from 75 cities east of the Rockies.

In addition, General Tours is offering a variety of two-night extensions, priced as follows: Arenal Volcano ($299), Jaco Beach ($199), Corcovado National Park ($622) or Tortuguero National Park ($272).

The offer is good for travel through the end of May. For more information, visit General Tours' Web site at www.generaltours.com.

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Maupintour's sister company, Gutsy Women Travel, said it sold out its Florence and Tuscany program so quickly that it added five other Italy programs.

The new itineraries are Florence and Tuscany, Montecatini, the Amalfi Coast, Cooking School in Rome and Cooking School in Sicily. The one-week programs are priced from $2,499, including air.

Watch for the new programs to soon appear on the company's Web site, www.gutsywomentravel.com.

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Travcoa released four brochures that are part of its Golden Jubilee Collection, a series of single-departure tours built around specific events or destinations that are new for the company.

The four new programs are the Dalmatian Coast; the Amazon River and the Pantanal; Iceland and Greenland; and Tribal China.

All of the programs are scheduled for 2004 departures.

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ASTA's executive committee adopted the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

The code was created by the group End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes in conjunction with the World Tourism Organization and Scandinavian tour operators.

It has been adopted by 49 tour operators worldwide, including three in the U.S.

The code requires travel companies to maintain an ethical policy regarding sexual exploitation, report violations and otherwise participate in helping to curb the abuse.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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