Q Our extended family of 21 would like to arrange a weeklong reunion somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (United States or Canada) in spring or summer. We'd like a place that includes breakfast and dinner at a reasonable cost. Any suggestions?
A Family resorts that include meals and activities in the package price are not common in the Pacific Northwest; most all-inclusives in this region are dedicated fishing lodges. But here are a few choices:
* Morrisons Rogue River Lodge (800-826-1963, www.morrisonslodge.com) in Merlin, Ore., is known as a fishing lodge, but it also has nearby hiking and a heated swimming pool. Cost in high season is $105 per adult per night including two meals, with discounts for larger groups.
* Tyax Mountain Lake Resort (250-238-2221, www.tyax.com) in Gold Bridge, B.C., is about four hours north of Vancouver. A seven-night package for a family of four would cost about $1,200.
* Tu Tu' Tun Lodge (800-864-6357, www.tututun.com) is a more expensive four-star resort near the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Ore.; rates for a three-bedroom house start at $285 per night and meal plans are $52.50 a day for adults, $20 per child.
My daughter is traveling to Switzerland and wants to take her Chihuahua. The airline will let her keep him under the seat during the flight. But what are the rules and laws in Switzerland? Will he be quarantined? Will he have trouble getting back into the United States?
Your daughter should have no trouble bringing her dog into Switzerland. She will have to supply a signed statement from a veterinarian guaranteeing that the dog was examined and is in good health, and show proof of rabies vaccinations. The dog must have been inoculated against rabies at least 30 days and no longer than a year prior to entering Switzerland. Puppies under five months are exempt from rabies vaccination requirements. It's also a good idea to have the dog tattooed or implanted with a microchip to verify identification. For more information, contact the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, 011-41-31-323-8502, www.bvet.admin.ch.
Getting back into the United States is also fairly straightforward unless she's returning to Hawaii or Guam, which have quarantine regulations. The dog will be examined by U.S. Customs to make sure it is disease-free, and your daughter will have to produce evidence of rabies vaccinations. Details: www.customs.gov/travel/pets.
The Web site www.pettravel.com does a good job of detailing pet immigration regulations for many countries. An aside: England, known for its strict quarantine rules, is poised to change its six-month quarantine rule for dogs arriving from the United States by the end of this year.
My family is interested in traveling to Angel Falls in Venezuela and camping there for a few days. What packages are available for such a visit? What time of year would be best?
Don R. Davis
You can get to Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall, only via boat; there are no roads into this deep jungle region. Access is available only during the rainy season, June through November, because the river is too low for boats to pass through the rest of the year.
Many visitors fly into Caracas, then take a flight to Cuidad Bolivar; from there, a charter flight will get you to Canaima, a small village that serves as a staging area for Angel Falls trips. You can also get a nonstop flight from Caracas to Canaima on Avior Airlines (www.avior.com.ve). Most independent travelers arrange their tour to Angel Falls upon arriving in Canaima; Claudio Guerra, who can be reached through the Canaima General Store, is a recommended guide.
Several U.S.-based companies offer longer trips with the tour of Angel Falls, including Venezuelan Adventures (415-331-0100, www.venzuelanadventures.com), which is run by John Benus, U.S. director of the Venezuelan Tourism Association. You can also contact Benus for general information about visiting Venezuela.
Several readers have more suggestions for African safari outfitters (Travel Q&A, Sept. 1). Phil Barnett of Washington took his family of five, including children ages 8 to 14, on a "great trip in Kenya with a fantastic guide, James 'KG' Kagambi of KG Mountain Expeditions." Kagambi, a native Kenyan, worked with Barnett to customize a two-week overland safari. Kagambi, who operates in Kenya and Tanzania, said his customized safaris start at about $90 per day per person; he can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Velma Armijo of Oakton recommends a company called 2Afrika, with offices in New Jersey. "My sister and brother-in-law went to Kenya in July on a nine-day safari through 2Afrika at a very reasonable price." A nine-day safari, including airfare, starts at about $1,800 per person. Info: 877-200-5610, www.2afrika.com.
Robert Richman of Frederick went on a photo safari last year to Botswana and Zimbabwe. "These countries would be my first choice," he said. Richman recommends Ultimate Africa Safaris (800-461-0682, www.ultimateafrica.com).
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