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Robert J. Lurtsema, the host of National Public Radio's ''Morning Pro Musica, '' will be the guest musicologist on a tour of England from May 7 to May 23, 1982, featuring performances at the Brighton and Malvern Festivals.

Organized by Esplanade Tours of Boston, the tour will include eight nights at Brighton's elegant Grand Hotel and seven nights at the Lygon Arms in Broadway, a coaching inn since the time of Henry VIII, located in the heart of the Cotswolds.

As well as attending theater, opera, and symphony performances, participants will be entertained by local hosts in private homes, and extensive sightseeing of nearby areas will be conducted by expert guides.

Highlights of the Brighton Festival include performances by the London and Hungarian State Symphony Orchestras and a major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's set and costume designs for the theater and ballet. The Malvern Festival will feature the Amadeus Quartet, Vivaldi Chamber Ensemble, and the Borodin Trio performing chamber works by Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi, and Beethoven, as well as symphonic productions by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The tour, which costs $2,495 per person sharing a room, includes accommodations, most meals, tickets to special events, transportation in England , and sightseeing. Further details are available from Esplanade Tours, 38 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 02ll6, or by telephoning (617) 266-7465.

Although the Altona Fish Market is one of the most picturesque sights of Hamburg, West Germany, it is too rarely seen by tourists. Following a tradition that began in 1703 when a magisterial decree permitted Hamburg fishermen to sell their catches on Sunday mornings, the market is open only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Located west of the city's center, between St. Paul Landungsbrucken and Grosse Elbestrasse, the market sells not only fresh fish but fruit, flowers, and antiques. Promptly at 10 a.m. it all disappears.

On May 16 the streets, boulevards, and riverbanks of Paris, from the Bois de Bologne to the Bois de Vincennes, become the backdrop for the 42-kilometer Marathon de Paris for the seventh consecutive year. The marathon is open to US runners, both amateur and professional.

The May 12 to 19 package covers round-trip Air France fare to Paris, the Marathon registration fee, six nights at the first-class PLM St. Jacques Hotel, daily continental breakfast, airport/hotel transfers, transportation to the race , and a Marathon tee shirt.

The all-inclusive price from New York is $960, based on hotel double occupancy. Departures on the one week program are also offered from Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. To make reservations, contact Air France or your travel agent.

A bicycle tour around Lake Geneva, Switzerland, offers one a sense of achievement, physical fitness, tasting new foods, superb scenery, and quaint villages. The itinerary is interesting and varied, and the route is mostly along country lanes. There is the fun of visiting two countries, Switzerland and France, and of getting to know such well-known resorts as Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, and Evian-les-Bains. Yvoire, a medieval French town, is a highlight of the tour, as is Chillon Castle. The tour also crosses the Rhone Delta, through one of Switzerland's important nature reserves.

Participants are issued the best Swiss-made bicycles from the Cilo factory in Lausanne, and these are adjusted to each rider. Twelve tours will be offered in 1982, with between 10 and 25 participants on each tour. A total distance of 118 miles will be covered in five days. A multilingual guide leads each tour. For more information, write Welcome Swiss Tours, 7 Avenue Benjamin Constant, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland, or telephone (021) 20-68-21.

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