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A creative approach to Paris

Awaken the artist within during a nine-day tour of the City of Light.

The Nov. 11 Paris tour is designed for women in the creative arts. Participants will meet for discussions on the Left Bank near the spot where Gertrude Stein held her post-World War I salons.

"A big part of the trip is to help women expand their network," said tour leader and former Paris resident Karen Kane, who will set up meetings with gallery owners and auditions for performing artists during the tour.

The group will tour places such as Dada artist Man Ray's studio and Musee de la Vie Romantique, dedicated to writer George Sand. Participants will visit the Pompidou Centre and view the Impressionist collection at the Musee Marmottan Monet. The itinerary also includes an organ concert at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Cost: $2,499 per person, including hotels, some meals, excursions and Paris airport transfers. Airfare to Paris is not included.

Contact: Paris by Design, Cambridge, Vt.; (800) 430-5436, www.parisbydesign.com.

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A spree in Guadalajara: Shop the mercados till you drop on a four-night trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, that begins Nov. 9.

The tour will include visits to Tlaquepaque and Tonala to seek out ceramics, blown glass, fabrics and antiques.

Cost: $975 per person, double occupancy ($300 single surcharge), including hotel, some meals, ground transportation, guides and airport transfers. Airfare to Guadalajara is not included.

Contact: Now Voyager Travel, Huntington Beach, Calif.; (800) 872-7847, www.yourvoyagenow.com.

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Broadway nights, art sites: See the Broadway musical "Spamalot" and a lot of art on a weeklong tour of New York City.

Participants in the Dec. 16 trip visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art and take in Broadway hits including "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Los Angeles artist Diane Calder leads the group to galleries in SoHo and Chelsea.

Cost: $1,920 per person, double occupancy ($825 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, hotels, some meals, ground transportation and airport transfers.

Contact: Broadway Melody Tours, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; (323) 227-8370. Travel arrangements made by En Route Travel, Pacific Palisades.

Maggie Barnett/Los Angeles Times

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