Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Sept. 13, 2006

EURAIL GROUP G.I.E. will take on the management of InterRail products as of April 1. The two entities will continue to be branded separately, but Eurail is expected to combine elements of both to create new passes and services. InterRail, which was founded in 1972, was originally designed for young travelers looking for inexpensive, second-class travel but has since dropped its age requirements.

UNIWORLD is offering free air fare from New York and other departure gates on European Jewels Grand River Cruises departures on Oct. 28 and 30 and Nov. 8 and 11. The offer is valid from New York and other Zone 1 gateway cities, such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Washington (Dulles), Philadelphia and Newark. Prices start at $2,998, with other gateway cities available for additional costs. For more info, visit www.uniworld.com.

UNITED VACATIONS added participating hotels to its European portfolio and unveiled its roster of winter 2007 European vacations. The properties include Ibis St. Catherine in Brussels, Mercure Piazza Bologna in Rome and Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center in Milan. A sample four-night package to Prague includes roundtrip air, accommodations, daily breakfast, the services of United Vacation's London service office and 24-hour traveler assistance. The package starts at $659 per person, double, from New York, not including international fees, taxes and other charges. More information is available at www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

BUDDY BOMBARD'S EUROPE is reporting a 200%-plus increase in travelers on its Swiss Winter Alpine Adventures programs for 2006 compared with the previous year. In addition to daily hot-air balloon rides through the Swiss Alps, the winter program includes five nights' accommodations at the five-star Grand Hotel Park outside Gstaad; picnic lunch with wine served onboard; and champagne receptions at each location.  An eight-night version of the package includes participation in the Chateau d'Oex International Balloon Festival. Rates for 2007 are $9,767 per person, double, for five nights, $14,313 for eight nights. Visit www.buddybombard.com for more details.

CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL unveiled an escorted, six-night Irish Spirit tour, priced from $960 with air from New York or Boston, $698 land-only. The tour, which departs through Dec. 6 and from Jan. 24 through April 27, include accommodations, full Irish breakfast daily, five dinners, escorted sightseeing via motorcoach, local taxes, hotel service charges and baggage handling. The price also includes a dinner show at the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, a Shannon River ferry ride and a catamaran cruise of Killary Fjord. To book, visit www.cietours.com.

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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