LESS: Rail Europe Group companies Rail Europe and DER
debuted an exclusive off-season discounted two-day France Railpass,
bookable through Dec. 5 for travel through Jan. 31. The two-day
France Railpass costs $99 in second class or $129 in first; the two
travel days dont have to be consecutive and may be used within a
months time. As a booking incentive, every French rail pass online
booking nets agents a $5 Amazon.com gift coupon. Agents also get commission of
4% to 9%, depending on booking method, with highest pay on
electronic bookings. To book, contact Rail Europe at http://agent.raileurope.com or (888) 382-7245;
or DER at www.der.com or (800) 838-3903.
SPECIALS: For those NOT headed to France itself, Air
France Holidays extended its 2-for-1 Sightseeing Special for
October bookings. Agents now can enhance a non-France vacation by
booking select sightseeing tours by telephone at a 2-for-1 price by
Oct. 27. Contact a reservation specialist at (800) 237-2623 and
mention promo code AFH0913; the offer does not apply to online
bookings, and commission is paid to travel agents only on paid
sightseeing, not on the free companion sightseeing. Sample
sightseeing products include canal cruises in Amsterdam; a half-day
Budapest, Lisbon or Brussels city tour; a visit to the Hans
Christian Andersen Eventyrhuset Museum in Copenhagen; and roundtrip
boat rides to Ostia, Italy, or Tiber River dinner cruises in Rome.
For reservations, call 800-2-FRANCE (800-237-2623). For information
only, visit www.airfrance-holidays.com.
BARGES: Go Barging announced its new British Isles
barge-hopping program for inland waterways in England, Scotland and
Ireland. Rates for barge cruises start from $2,350 per person for a
classic six-night vacation; whole boat charter rates cost from
$14,400. Prices includes en-suite accommodations, a champagne
welcome, three gourmet meals a day with fine wines, open bar, use
of all facilities on board including touring bikes, shore
excursions, admittance fees and local transfers. Cruises are
available year round. For more, call (800) 394 8630 or visit www.gobarging.com.
FAMILY: Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, is
offering two Family Mid-Term Breaks, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 and Feb. 15
to 18, for parents visiting with two children ages 12 and under.
The two-night breaks are priced at 1,400 euros (about $1,666) for a
deluxe room with two queen-sized beds or 1,700 euros (or $2,025)
for two connected standard rooms. Rates include four breakfasts and
dinners, a selection of four activities, and tax and gratuities.
Activity options include equestrian, such riding or grooming
lessons; clay-pigeon shooting (for those over age 14); archery;
falconry; golfing on a 9-hole course; and fly fishing. For more,
call (011) 353-94 954-6003 or visit www.ashford.ie. To reserve, call (800)
346-7007, or contact The Leading Hotels of the World at (800)
745-8883 or www.lhw.com.