Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Aug. 29, 2007

CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL is offering travel agents and a companion a 50% discount on any of its Ireland & Britain escorted tours for travel Nov. 1 through March 9. Sample tours include the four-night Taste of Ireland package departing Dec. 15, priced at $299, land. Rates include accommodations, daily full Irish breakfast and three dinners including a medieval banquet. The trip also features entertainment in Bunratty Castle, tea and scones at a farmhouse, a guided tour of Dublin and visits to Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. To book, visit

THE ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS will hold its 10th International Istanbul Biennial from Sept. 8 to Nov. 4. The event will host more than 100 artists from 35 countries in such venues as the Ataturk Cultural Center and the Istanbul Textile Traders Market. The show also will include conferences and workshops as well as a series of performing arts events and a nightcomers program that displays videos in different sections of the city each night. For more info, visit

THE 60-ROOM RADISSON EDWARDIAN LEICESTER SQUARE HOTEL in London reopened after a six-month, $12 million renovation. Guest room updates included new beds and upgraded bathrooms as well as new furnishings and decor. Other improvements include air conditioning, a bar and restaurant, fitness center, business center and conference rooms.  Introductory rates from about $330, valid weekends through Sept. 9, include full English breakfast for two and VAT of 17.5%. To book, go to

THE 124-ROOM CASANOVA HOTEL, an 18th century property in Barcelonas city center, is set to reopen in October after an extensive face-lift. An introductory rate of $190 per night is available from November through March. The price, which is subject to availability, includes buffet breakfast, Casanova cocktail, WiFi and late checkout. Taxes and service charge are not included. For more, go to

PERILLO TOURS released its Italy vacation brochure for 2008, which includes off-season departure dates from November to April that trim rates by up to $2,800 per couple. A 13-night Italy Off-the-Beaten Path tour, for example, features a visit to LAquila in Abruzzo, lunch in Montereale, an Italian cooking class in Torgiano and a wine tasting in Montalcino. The tour, which includes accommodations, daily breakfast and most dinners, is priced from $4,099. For more information, visit

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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