Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: October 26, 2005

BIG PAY ON IBERIA STAYS: Spanish Heritage Tours is paying 12% to 15% commission on its fall and winter offerings to Spain, Portugal and beyond. Sample pricing includes an air-inclusive, four-night stay at a four-star resort on Portugals Algarve coast from $589 per person, double, with departures Nov. 1 to March 31. All four- to six-night deals include roundtrip air fare from New York (Kennedy), accommodations with breakfast daily, and hotel service charges and taxes. Supplies of the Spanish Heritage Tours Fall/Winter Getaways brochure are available by calling (800) 456-5050 or visiting www.SHTours.com.

WINDOW SEAT: Delta announced new Europe service for 2006 from Atlanta and New York (Kennedy), including, from Atlanta: Dusseldorf, Germany; Copenhagen; Edinburgh, Scotland; Nice, France; Athens; Dublin/Shannon, Ireland; and Venice, Italy, and, from New York (Kennedy): Budapest, Hungary; Dublin/Shannon; Manchester, England; and Kiev, Ukraine ... German airline OLT, of Bremen, joined the $99 EuropebyAir FlightPass program (www.europebyair.com, (888) 321-4737) bringing participation to 23 carriers. OLT flies from Bremen to Munich, Berlin and Nuremberg in Germany, as well as Brussels; Copenhagen; London (City Airport); Toulouse, France; Zurich; and Debrecen, Hungary ... New all-business-class transatlantic carrier MAXjet Airways (www.maxjet.com) lowered introductory one-way fares between New York (Kennedy) and London (Stansted) to $679, plus taxes and fees, a $100 savings; the first U.K.-bound flight takes off on Nov. 1.

MANY TAKE IT EASY: EasyGroup said new travel ventures EasyCruise and EasyHotel are enjoying near-full occupancy through November. EasyCruise -- nearly 90% booked for the final months of its Mediterranean routes -- now sails to the Caribbean for the winter. Meanwhile, bookings at the first two EasyHotels, in London and Basel, Switzerland, exceeded 90% in their respective first months of operation. The London venue, open since August, offers rooms from about $35 a night; occupancy was 97% in August, 98% in September and 93% Oct. 1 to 18. The EasyHotel in Basel opened Sept. 5 with rates from $19 and was 97% full its first month. For more, see www.easy.com.

 

CIE ADDS ITALY: Ireland and Britain specialist operator CIE Tours International added escorted tours of Italy to its product lineup. The six-night Italian Heritage -- to Venice, Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence and Bologna -- starts at $2,293 from New York or Boston, or $2,350 from Chicago, with Sunday departures, April 9 to Nov. 26. The 10-night Italian Tradition -- which adds Sorrento -- starts at $2,916, New York or Boston, or $2,973 from Chicago, with Sunday departures, April 9 to Nov. 26. All rates are per person, double. Contact CIE Tours -- which pays agents 10% on land and varying commissions on air -- at (800) CIE-TOUR or www.cietours.com.

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