Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: June 21, 2006

VISITSCOTLAND IS PROMOTING two new daily nonstop flights from the southern U.S. to Scotland. Delta Air Lines new service, which kicked off June 5, operates from Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Edinburgh Airport, marking the carriers first entry into the Scottish market. Scottish airline Flyglobespan began service from Orlando Sanford Airport to Glasgow Airport June 2. No-frills class is priced from $175 one way, including all taxes; premier pricing starts at $339; business seats are priced from $599.;

TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE WORLD CUP events in Germany, the $890 million Berlin Hauptbahnhof opened May 26 after a 10-year construction project. Europes newest and largest rail station, Berlin Hbf is expected to serve 300,000 people a day with 1,500 departures of local, regional and long-distance trains. Also new is the countrys fifth high-speed rail line, which will be fully operational in December, cutting travel time between Nuremburg to Munich to one hour. Various German Railpass options from Rail Europe are commissionable, paying from 5% to 9% on electronic bookings.

GO BARGING TRIMMED RATES BY $650 per person on a six-night cruise through the south of France on its Aug. 27 departure aboard LImpressionniste barge. The lower rates start at $3,300 per person for a Junior Suite. Families or small groups who seek to charter the entire 12-person vessel receive a $5,000 discount on the July 30 and Aug. 13 departures. Barges are air-conditioned and feature the services of a multilingual crew, including chef and tour guide. Commissionable rates include meals, wine with lunch and dinner, an open bar, daily excursions and transfers.

DESIGN HOTELS, A BERLIN-BASED COMPANY that represents more than 140 hotels worldwide, marked the grand opening of The Levante Parliament hotel in Vienna. The 70-room property, which retains its 1908 façade, features contemporary art and design inspired by the Viennese Modernist movement. Art works include photographs by Curt Themessl as well as glass art by Ioan Nemtoi, for whom the NEMTOI Restaurant-Bar was named.

Also on-site are a fitness center and courtyard garden.


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