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.
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.
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.
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.
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