The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 12, 1986 · Page 33
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The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 7 New Zealand trails offer hikers different packages Travel Q&A By The New York Times Question: We have seen information on hiking the Milford trail in New Zealand with commerical ventures and also heard of the Freedom Walk. Which is better for accomplished hikers? Answer: A New Zealand tourist official explains that the Milford Track Walk and the Freedom Track Walk are along the same trail. The names distinguish the different hikers' huts — and different prices — that apply. Both walks are organized by the Tourist Hotel Corporation of New Zealand in cooperation with the Fiordland National Park, the site of the trail, in South Island. (The 3,761-square-mile park, which contains many sounds, mountains rivers and lakes, is the largest in New Zealand.) Hikers who go on the escorted Milford Track Walk, a five-day package, need only carry personal belongings. Meals are provided and linens are supplied during their three nights in huts along the 33-mile route, which runs from Te Anau Lake to Milford Sound. The fourth night is spent at a hotel in Milford Sound. The cost is about $275, and $188 for children under 15. The Freedom Track Walk is for hikers prepared to carry their sleeping bags, food and cooking utensils. They stay at three huts other than those used on the Milford package, and the huts are not equipped with linens. No guide is provided. The cost is about $30 a person. Whichever plan hikers choose, they must register at the T.H.C. Te Anau Hotel before setting out. The hike is through hilly country but is not considered difficult. Free brochures about visiting New Zealand are available from the New Zealand Tourist Office (630 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10111; 212-586-0060). Question: My 15-year-old son would like to spend about four weeks with a soccer program in France this summer. How can I find one? Answer: Most young soccer players who go to Europe travel with a group, usually their team, on a trip arranged by a tour company that specializes in sports and other trips for high school and college students. .The individual looking for a soccer vacation in France needs to Travel Getting there (Continued from Page 6) room for less than $50 or $60 in season. The Chamber of Commerce at Old Mallory Square can help (305-294-2587). One of the more elegant places is the Pier House at 1 Duval (305-2949541) on the Gulf of Mexico, where a double occupancy room at the height of the season will run $190 to $275 and $300 and penthouses with two bedrooms up to $325. At the opposite end of the city facing the Atlantic is the Casa Marina (1500 Reynolds Street, 305296-3535), which is huge and is even now being enlarged. High season rates are $145 to $190 for rooms, $390 to $415 for suites. The Reach is a new hotel on Simonton Street on the ocean (305296-5000) with double-occupancy rooms at $135 to $225 and suits at $235 to $500. Five airlines fly to Key West from Miami; there is no direct service from New York. Eastern Airlines recently put in one flight a day in a Boeing 727 that leaves Miami for the 33-minute flight to Key West. The variation in fares is enormous, but generally you can make the round trip for around $75. Regular tourist fare is $109 one way. Eastern reservations is 800-327-8376. Previously the only jet service was by Piedmont Airlines (305-2941295), which charges $75 round trip with a special $45 one-way trip in the evening. Flights also are offered by Provincetown-Boston Airlines, Southern Express Airlines and Gulf Air. By highway, the drive from Miami is 157 miles, across 42 bridges, one of them seven miles long. Comedy cable channel a possibility LOS ANGELES (AP) — Need a laugh at 3 a.m.? Tom Kay is working on plans for a 24-hour comedy cable channel. Kay said he hopes to do for comedy what MTV has done for rock music. The format, he said, will "showcase a laugh every half minute, 120 laughs per hour and 2,880 laughs a day." "I know the public needs a ser- vice like the Comedy Channel. Laughter is one of life's great pleasures, and it's a lot healthier than Valium," he said. Kay said the proposed channel would feature all kinds of humor, from standup to films to comedy sketches. He will present the service to the National Cable Television Association meeting in March. make arrangements by approach• ing one of the organizations there that run youth programs. Among these is the Union des Centres de Plein-Air (62 Rue de la Glaciere, 75640 Paris, Cedes 13, France; telephone, 43.36.05.20), a government body that operates sports and other open-air activities. Another youth organization run by the Government is Occaj, or Organisation des Centres Culturels et d'Animation de la Jeunesse (11 Rue de Vienne, 75008 Paris; 43.87.06.59), which is in charge of many camps and vacation villages for youth. Information can also be sought from the Federation Francaise de Football (60 bis, Avenue d'lena, , 75783 Paris, Cedex 16; 47.20.65.40). Vacationers looking for a camp in a specific area can write to the tourism committee of the region. The addresses of regional committees are available from the French government Tourist Office (628 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10020; 212-757-1125). Among companies that arrange European soccer trips—mostly in Britain and Germany—for groups is Campus Holidays (242 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, N.J. 07043; 201-744-8724 or 800-526-2915). The players attend a soccer camp, 'Love Boat' crew waiting for renewal LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Love Boat" will sail into a 10th season on ABC for three, two-hour movies. But it still hasn't been determined whether the show will be back as a regular series. "The show has not yet been picked up as a series, but it also hasn't been turned down," said Rachel McCallister, a spokeswoman for the producers. There will be some changes on "The Love Boat," however. Fred Grandy, who plays "Gopher" the purser, is leaving the show to run for Congress in Iowa. Lauren Tewes will return after a two-year absence as cruise director Julie McCoy, replacing Pat Klous who had filled in as the cruise director. FLORIDA Bus Tour departing from Salina March 15-26 ALASKA Air Motorcoach-Cruise departing from Wichita Aug. 15-Aug. 27 Call or write for a free brochure. TRAYLOR TRAVEL 126 N. Santa Fe Salina 913-825-0537 play matches against local teams and stay in private homes, then stay in hotels during a bus tour. The cost of a two-week visit is about $530 a person, including all meals. Air fare is extra and varies according to season; round trip fares to London next summer are expected to start at $458. Custom Tours International (193 East Avenue, Norwalk, Conn. 06855; 203-866-4818), which operates special-interest trips, offers soccer vacations for groups in the Netherlands and England. They are usually of 10 days or two weeks and include coaching sessions, four to six games with local clubs, tickets to a professional game and some sightseeing. The •accommodations are on a campus, with families or in hotels. The cost of the land arr- rangements is from $500 to $600 and includes breakfast and dinner. * * * Readers are invited to send written questions about travel to Q&A, Travel Section, The New York Times, 229 West 43d Street, New York, N.Y. 10036. Questions may be answered only through the column, not by mail or telephone. Call us for all your travel needs. 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