Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: March 28, 2007

IBERIA AIRLINES will launch nonstop service from Boston and Washington to Spain this spring, marking the only nonstop service to the destination from those gateways. On May 6, the new Boston-Madrid service will begin operating five days a week with an introductory fare of $549 plus taxes. The Dulles-Madrid service, also five times weekly, will kick off June 2, priced at $699 plus taxes. Both flights will use two-class Airbus aircraft.

THE FRENCH NATIONAL RAILWAYS high-speed line and the Lorraine region of France inaugurated the first phase of a high-speed rail link connecting Vaires-sur-Marne and Baudrecourt. Starting June 10, the East European TGV will cover the first 300 kilometers of the LGV at a record speed of about 200 mph. The travel time from 10 major Lorraine cities to Paris will be cut in half, and connections will also open up the national TGV network that spans France's north, west and southwest. The new service is expected to boost traffic to the Lorraine region by 40%.

ROCCO FORTE HOTELS inked a deal to sell the St David's Hotel & Spa in Cardiff, Wales, to Principal Hotels for about $64 million. The sale is due to close April 5, and the proceeds will be used to fund further expansion of the Rocco Forte brand in Europe. Hotels already under development in Munich, Geneva and Prague and a golf resort on Sicily will open within the next year.


THE MARCH GRAND OPENING of Munich's Jewish Museum marked the completion of the city's new Jewish Cultural Center complex. The museum shares the site on St. Jakobsplatz with the Jewish community's new main synagogue and community center, run by the Jewish community.  The complex also includes a Jewish school and daycare center. Three long-term exhibitions on the main floor, titled "Voices," "Places," and "Times," illustrate Jewish history and culture in Munich. The second and third floors of the museum house rotating exhibits. For details on the hotel, visit

VAGABOND TOURS created a series of guided, small-group itineraries that explore remote regions of Northern Ireland. Commissionable tours feature the Giant's Causeway, the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and surfing off the Antrim or Donegal coasts. Participants can also take in the political murals in Belfast and Derry, walk the Bloody Sunday Trail and hike through Glenveagh National Park. A six-night tour, including accommodations in a spa hotel or bed and breakfast, is priced at about $1,076 per person, double. To book, see

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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