Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: April 25, 2007

AIR FRANCE AND COSTA CROCIERE signed an agreement to coordinate their schedules and boost the number of seats on Air France flights reserved for Costa cruise passengers. Costa Crociere is Air France's top partner for air-inclusive cruise packages, while Air France is Costa's principal airline in terms of revenue and number of passengers. In 2007 Air France flights will account for more than 20% of Costa's air transport budget.

SWISS DELUXE HOTELS, which represents 36 five-star hotels in Switzerland, reported a strong 2006-07 winter season despite lackluster snowfalls. An internal survey of member hotels showed that, on average, the number of overnight stays increased by more than 10% compared with the previous year. Several properties, such as the Gstaad Palace, Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa and the Suvretta House in St. Moritz, recorded their best seasons ever. City hotels such as the Palace Luzern, the Eden au Lac and Baur au Lac in Zurich and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone in Geneva, also posted strong seasons.

RAIL EUROPE unveiled commissionable Web-only fares, saving as much as 10% off prices at the company's call center. The fares are available on all rail passes, point-to-point rail tickets and city transport/tour products for travel throughout Europe and the U.K., including best-sellers like Eurail Passes, France Railpasses, Eurostar tickets and Paris Visite. Agent commission on European rail products starts at 5%for electronic bookings. To book the rates, visit http://agent.raileurope.com.

TRAFALGAR created a nine-night Greek Island Hopper itinerary that includes three nights each in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Highlights include a walking tour of the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch in Athens. The land price starts at $1,665 per person, double, including accommodations, buffet breakfast daily, two dinners, transportation by air-conditioned coach and high-speed express ferry and the services of a tour director. Also available is a new Express Check-In service that enables passengers to complete tour registration forms in advance online at www.trafalgar.com.

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS trimmed $2,000 per person from its Aug. 11 voyage to Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast if booked by June 30. The voyage features seven nights aboard the 34-guest Callisto and three hotel nights in Plitvice Lakes National Park and in Zagreb. The trip is priced from $5,998 to $7,998 per person with the discount. Prices include accommodations, most meals, local transportation, guides and group transfers. International air fare also is available through International Expeditions. For details, visit www.IEtravel.com.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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