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Aristotle Onassis didn't do things by halves. So when the Greek shipping magnate decided he needed a floating home, the result was "the last word in opulence," according to Egypt's King Farouk. Starting in August, deep-pocketed tourists can cruise the Med in style on the Christina O, named after Onassis' daughter. On board are 18 staterooms, a pool with a mosaic floor that rises above the water to become a dance floor, and a bar with stools upholstered in whale's foreskin. Other amenities include a spa complex, a helicopter pad and a children's playroom. Ten-night cruises through the Greek islands cost $8,750-or you can book the whole boat for $70,000 a day. For more details, see .

Switzerland can be an expensive country to visit. But budget conscious travelers can now hit the hay during the sunny season with the Swiss Farmers Federation's Schlaf im Stroh (Sleep in Straw) program. Offered during the summer months by farmers who have sent their cattle to graze in alpine pastures, the beds in barns cost $11 a night ($6 for children) including breakfast; some farms even provide organically grown straw. Travelers should bring their own sleeping bags and can book their stays directly with the farms through the federation's website, .

North America
New Jersey's industrial sprawl is becoming a tourist hotspot, thanks to a television series about a Prozac-popping mafia don. On Location Tours is offering bus tours of sites used in the series The Sopranos, including the Bada Bing (in reality, Lodi's Satin Dolls men's club) and the Satriales Pork Store in Kearney. Also included are a primer on "Mob speak," information about the show's stars and its creator David Chase, a trivia contest (winners get tapes and CDs) and a visit to an Italian bakery. The three-hour tours cost $30 and depart on Sunday afternoons from the Bryant Park Fountain on Manhattan's Sixth Avenue. See .

Few places in the world remain untouched by tourism. But in the remote rainforests of Irian Jaya (West Papua) live tribespeople who still use stone tools, live in tree houses and have little contact with the outside world. Ecotourism companies are now offering encounters with the hunter-gatherer clans of the rugged Indonesian province. Wilderness Travel offers 20-day journeys departing on Sept. 2 and Nov. 3 from the regional capital, Jayapura. Prices start at $4,595, including basic accommodation and meals. (Because of recent political unrest and violence, the U.S. State Department discourages visits to the area.) See .