A museum sleepover
Bed down next to the baby brontothere at the San Diego Natural History Museum. "A Day in Pompeii" Family Camp-In gives parents and kids after-dark access to the museum's new exhibition in its first West Coast appearance. Campers can roam the 10,000-square-foot exhibit, which mimics a day in Pompeii, the ancient city buried in the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius. There are 250 artifacts, including body casts, gold coins, statuary and a large garden fresco. Overnighters will sleep in the Fossil Mysteries area of the museum, with its replicas of prehistoric creatures.
Info: (619) 255-0203, www.sdnhm.org.
Date: June 13.
Price: Open to ages 5 and older; $99 per adult-child pair, $40 per each additional person. Maximum two children per adult. Includes an evening snack and continental breakfast.
Join literary lights for reading, writing and the Rocky Mountains at three workshops. Writing the Rockies: The Gunnison Creative Writers Workshop comes to the Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison from June 5 to 8. Max McCoy, author of 14 novels, including the original "Indiana Jones" adventures, is keynote speaker. Readers in the Rockies and the Crested Butte Writers Conference will be held in Crested Butte from June 20 to 22. Highlights of the Crested Butte conferences include presentations and conversations with authors such as John Shors, Karen Joy Fowler, Susan Wiggs and Mario Acevedo.
Info: Writing the Rockies information and registration at (970) 943-2016, www.western.edu/writingtherockies. Readers in the Rockies and Crested Butte Writers Conference information, registration at (970) 349-9296, www.readersintherockies.com.
Date: June 5 to 8, June 20 to 22.
Price: Writing the Rockies registration is $250 or $75 for a single day. Some on-campus lodging is available for $35 per person per night. Crested Butte Writers Conference (including Readers in the Rockies) is $225; $205 before May 29. To attend only Readers in the Rockies, $75.
Hearts and heritage
Go cheek to cheek to the sounds of swing, Dixieland and jazz during a Mediterranean cruise that aims for romance. The 105-passenger Andrea will sail along the Riviera, among Italian islands and to the Dalmatian Coast. Sites visited include Carcassone, a preserved walled city in France, and Split, Croatia, with its 3rd century Diocletian's Palace. Single supplements will be waived, based on availability.
Info: Elegant Cruises & Tours, Port Washington, N.Y.; (800) 683-6767, www.elegant.
Date: Aug. 22 to Sept. 3.
Itinerary: Port calls include Sete, France; Marseille; Portofino, Italy; Bastia, Corsica; Capri; Gallipoli; Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia.
Price: $3,992 per person, double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from New York, all meals on board, complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner.
Of monks and trunks
Venture outside your usual clique with a 16-day Thailand trip that introduces participants to Buddhist monks as well as members of hill tribes in the Golden Triangle. They'll also have a meet-and-greet with elephants before boarding the animals for a stroll in the northern forests of Thailand. But it's a leisurely passage by pachyderm, says spokeswoman Priscilla O'Reilly. The trip is aimed at those 50 and older and takes an unhurried pace. Other highlights: a Thai cooking class, a river cruise aboard a wooden barge and dinner at a local home.
Info: Overseas Adventure Travel, Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 873-5628, www.oattravel.com.
Date: Aug. 4 to 20.
Itinerary: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai.
Price: $1,695 per person (if booked by May 31; after that it's $1,995), double occupancy (single supplement $295), includes round-trip airfare from L.A., an internal flight, 33 meals, accommodations, activities, guide, land transportation, 5% credit toward a future trip (at least $99 per person).