Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Aug. 16, 2006

PETER DEILMANN CRUISES is offering free air fare and free shore excursions on 20 sailings in 2007 aboard the five-star MS Deutschland. Destinations will include the Mediterranean; the Baltic Sea and Russia; Norwegian Fjords; the British Isles; Europe; and the Canary Islands. Free air is valid from 17 U.S. gateways, with air supplements available from an additional 34 cities in the Midwest and West.  The free shore excursions are valued at up to $600 per person, and free airport-ship transfers also are available.  Packages are priced from $3,140 per person, double, for a six-night Canary Islands cruise. Visit www.deilmann-cruises.com.

THE ATHENAEUM hotel in London is marking the completion of a recent refurbishment by offering discounted rates for travel agents through Dec. 31. The renovation of the lobby, bar, restaurant and lounge comes on the heels of upgrades to the property's apartments.  Travel agents rates of $175 for an apartment and $99 for an executive guest room are available when requested in writing with an IATA number. For more, go to www.athenaeumhotel.com.

BARCLAY INTERNATIONAL GROUP added 14 apartments to its Paris portfolio, priced from $184 a night with a one-week minimum stay. Most apartments offer cable TV, dishwashers and washing machines, and some also are equipped with microwaves; freezers; wireless, high-speed Internet; and VCRs. The apartments are commissionable at 10%. Visit www.barclayweb.com.

FRANCE IS INVESTING $207 million to restore the setting of Mont St. Michel, the 1,300-year-old abbey that sits atop a granite formation off the coast of Normandy. The six-year project will push back silt and sea grass that have encroached on the World Heritage Site.

LONDON ZOO will debut two multimillion dollar exhibits in 2007: the $10 million Gorilla Kingdom exhibit, featuring Western lowland gorillas in a central African setting; and the $4 million Rainforest Lookout, offering a canopy and ground-level rain forest experience, complete with monkeys, birds and reptiles. The Zoological Society of London, which runs London Zoo, is seeking to partner with travel sellers to promote the new exhibits.

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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