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Expedia partners up for theme tours

Company promotes multiday adventures of iExplore, others, from staying in Ian Fleming's home to biking through national parks.

Expedia has taken the idea of Web site as travel agent one step further by promoting customizable theme trips it calls Expedia Experiences. The coordinated accommodations, activities and dining fit into a specific theme from the following categories: cultural/historical, exotic/adventure, live event, luxury/glamour, romance and sports. Rather than book online, customers are shown planned itineraries and directed to call a tour specialist partner of Expedia such as iExplore or Classic Vacations.

The packages, which do not include airfare, vary greatly in price and experience. "National Parks in Utah and Arizona," an 11-night adventure beginning at $1,199, includes activities such as mountain biking to Gooseberry Mesa and horseback riding through Bryce and Red Canyons. The $24,250 "Experience Jamaica Like a Spy" trip, by contrast, includes a stay at Ian Fleming's home, yacht and helicopter trips, a chef, a butler and valet services.