Take a tour of Germany with nights at the opera Wagner: A firm in Toronto and another in Wisconsin offer tours that take travelers to the Bayreuth Festival.

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What tour companies offer trips to southern Germany to performances of Wagner operas at the Bayreuth Festival this year?

Rudolph Travel Service in Toronto is running a number of tours this year that include the festival. A six-night tour Aug. 17-24 that includes orchestra seats for "Die Meistersinger," "Tristan und Isolde" and "Parsifal" costs $4,700 a person in double occupancy (airfare extra on all tours). An 11-night tour Aug. 11-23 and Aug. 17-29 that includes the same operas plus the four in the Ring Cycle costs $8,950, and an eight-night tour featuring the Ring cycle only, offered Aug. 11-20 and Aug. 20-29, costs $5,760.

All tours include hotel accommodations, two meals daily, sightseeing and lectures.

A no-frills seven-night tour starting Aug. 12 and including orchestra seats to the Ring operas costs $3,950 a person in double occupancy. Hotel and breakfast are included, but no other meals or sightseeing.

For information and reservations, call (416) 964-3553; fax (416) 964-3601.

A company called Value Holidays in Mequon, Wis., had space as of the third week in May for a tour Aug. 19-30 that includes tickets to all four operas in Wagner's Ring cycle in Bayreuth. The trip, an escorted bus tour, also includes sightseeing in Heidelberg, Nuremberg and Munich. The price of $5,498 a person, double occupancy, includes air fare from New York, hotel and some meals. Information: (800) 558-6850 or fax (414) 241-6379.

We want to go to Toronto in July. Do any boats travel from Toronto or a city near Quebec?

While there are no cruises to Quebec starting in Toronto, there is a six-night, seven-day cruise along the St. Lawrence River originating in Kingston, where Lake Ontario flows in the St. Lawrence.

The trip, aboard the 66-passenger Canadian Empress, is operated by St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, 253 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Z4; (800) 267-7868.

En route, the ship stops for visits to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y.; the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and Fort Wellington in Prescott, Ontario.

The fare, based on double occupancy, is $1,223 to $1,620 (in United States currency), with the rate depending on the location of the cabin and the season.

To get from Toronto to Kingston, you can drive or take Via Rail. Running time for the 158-mile trip is two hours to two hours and 20 minutes. Boarding the ship does not start till 5: 30 p.m. The train fare is $71 for first class and $40 for economy, plus tax; if you travel any day but Friday and Sunday and book at least five days in advance, the fare is $24.40.

Passengers interested in shorter trips from Kingston can take the cruise to Ottawa (five nights) or Montreal (four nights).

An article I read about Thai massage noted that Wat Po welcomed Americans as students. Do you have information on Thai massage schools in smaller cities such as Chiang Mai?

There is a Thai massage school in Chiang Mai, the Foundation of Moh Shivagakomarpaj, Old Chiang Mai Traditional Hospital. It is situated at 78-1 Across Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, Chiang Mai-Hod Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50000; telephone (053) 275085.

There are two courses each month, running either from the first of the month to the 10th or the 17th to the 27th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price is 2,770 baht, or about $111. Courses are given in English as well as in Thai.

Applicants need to supply a copy of their passports and four photos. At the end of their course, after a three-hour test and a six-hour practical examination, the student will be awarded a certificate in Basic Thai Massage.

It is also possible simply to get a massage at the school. The cost of a 90-minute massage in an air-conditioned room is about $8.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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