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 www.cietours.com.
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 www.tourismturkey.org.
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 www.radissonedwardian.com.
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 www.rafaelhoteles.com.
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 www.perillotours.com.
Editor: Felicity Long
Phone: (781) 659-1301
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