Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Oct. 25, 2006

CLIENTS CAN TRAVEL an extra day for free when they purchase a six-, eight- or 10-day Eurail Selectpass from Rail Europe in North America by Dec. 31. Rail travel days can be used nonconsecutively within a two-month period up to six months after purchase, and the offer is valid for all versions of the Eurail Selectpass. North American travelers going to Italy this fall and winter can save up to 20% on rail passes purchased in the U.S. from Rail Europe.  The Trenitalia Winter Promotion must be booked before Feb. 28 for travel from Nov. 1 through March 31. To help travel agents sell these and other European rail products, Rail Europe offers online training on the company's agent Web site, under Agent Resources.

THE MAY FAIR HOTEL in London's West End is set to reopen Nov. 2, following a $140 million restoration. The 406-room, five-star property, which first opened in 1927 with King George V and Queen Mary in attendance, features 10 new suites and 80 new guest rooms, including 10 with outdoor terraces and ornamental gardens. The hotel also will feature an Asian-inspired spa, the largest private theater in London and the biggest Baccarat chandelier in Europe. A package, including breakfast and an Edwardian Freedom Pass, is priced from about $354 per room per night. To book, visit

SPANISH HERITAGE TOURS is boosting travel agent commissions to 15% on all Canary Islands air-inclusive packages through the end of 2006. A six-night package at the five-star Mediterranean Palace on Tenerife costs $1,199, per person, double, including air from New York, accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast, hotel taxes and service charges.  A two-night extension to Madrid is priced from $359 per person, including roundtrip airport transfers, four-star hotel accommodations, buffet breakfasts, half-day city sightseeing tour, hotel taxes and service charges. To book, visit

THE HOTEL D'ANGLETERRE was named Denmark's Leading Hotel for the third time by international travel agents at the 2006 World Travel Awards. Situated in Copenhagen's Kongens Nytorv square, the property has hosted well-known guests from President Clinton and Winston Churchill to Hans Christian Andersen and Bruce Springsteen. The hotel features a full-service spa, meetings facilities and a restaurant serving modern French cuisine. A double room is priced at around $438, including use of the fitness center. To learn more, visit

PORTUGAL'S RIBATEJO REGION near Lisbon has developed four self-drive wine routes. The Gothic Treasure route will focus on Santarem, the Gothic royal summer capital, with its historical buildings; the Bulls and Horses route combines bull fighting with vineyard touring; By the Tagus follows the river where the Romans grew grapes; and Manueline Treasures takes in Templar castles as well as vineyards. For additional info, go to

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

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