Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Sept. 26, 2007

MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL GROUP will manage a new hotel in downtown Milan, Italy, set to open in 2010. The 104-room Mandarin Oriental, Milan will be housed in three restored 19th century buildings on Via Monte di Pieta, within walking distance of top tourist and shopping attractions. Facilities will include the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, an indoor swimming pool and fitness center, several restaurants and a 100-seat ballroom. The property will be owned and developed by the Statuto Group, a private Italian real estate company.

RAILAGENT.COM trimmed select BritRail passes by 20% when purchased by Feb. 15 for travel between Nov. 1 and Feb. 29. The off-peak pricing is valid for the BritRail Consecutive Pass and Flexipass and the BritRail England Consecutive Pass and Flexipasses. The four-day, second-class, adult BritRail Consecutive Pass, for example, starts at $232. To book, go to www.railagent.com.

THE JIVA HILL PARK HOTEL opened this summer on the France-Switzerland border, about 10 minutes from the Geneva airport near the French village of Crozet. Situated in its own 70-acre park, the property features a modern, minimalist decor in its 28 guest rooms and six freestanding suites as well as nearly 200 original works or art. The hotel is equipped with a wellness center, heated pool, conference center and restaurant. Activities include tennis, golf, horseback riding and boating as well as hiking and skiing nearby. Rates start at around $395 per room, double. For more info or to book, visit www.jivahill.com.

UNTOURS added three new destinations for 2008: Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and Florence, Italy. Sample prices start at $2,689 for two weeks in Florence, from $3,479 for a Barcelona-Madrid Sampler and from $4,479 for a Florence-Rome-Venice Sampler. Prices are per person, double, and include roundtrip air from New York, ground transportation, transfer assistance, apartment accommodations and on-site staff support. To book, go to www.untours.com.

TRAVEL BOUNDS new Vatican City Tour, one of five new guided tours in Rome this year, enables visitors to skip the lines at important attractions. The tour, which costs $72 per person, is limited to groups of up to 20. Other new sightseeing tours in Rome from Travel Bound include the Dark Heart of Rome, an evening walking tour focusing on legends and history; Crypts and Catacombs, including the Cappuccini chapel, Domitilla Catacombs and the crypt of San Clemente; and Angels and Demons, based on Dan Browns best-selling novel of the same name. Travel Bounds 150 tours and 1,600 hotels in Italy are sold exclusively through travel agents. Visit www.booktravelbound.com for more.

Europe Editor: Felicity Long

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