Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Sept. 27, 2006

CHOICE HOTELS EUROPE unveiled the four-star Clarion Hotel Sea Lion Pescara in Montesilvano on the Adriatic Sea in Italy's Abruzzo region. Prices for a double room start from about $160, including daily breakfast. The hotel features 74 standard, business and superior rooms as well as suites with free wireless high-speed Internet access and balconies. Other features include four fully equipped meeting rooms for up to 250 people, a private beach, an outdoor pool with poolside bar, Jacuzzi, fitness center, squash and baby club. For information on Clarion Hotel Sea Lion Pescara, visit www.choicehotelseurope.com.

THE KENNEDYS MUSEUM, honoring the life and political career of President John F. Kennedy, will open in Berlin Nov. 11. Located on Pariser Platz close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, the 4,300-square-foot museum will display a private collection of artifacts once belonging to the Kennedys, including more than 1,000 photographs, historical documents, books and films. A major focus will be JFK's visit to Berlin in June 1963, scene of his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. For information, e-mail [email protected].

BRITRAIL is trimming rail prices this winter by 25% on Consecutive Day, FlexiPass, England only and London Plus passes. Passes, which can be combined with Senior, Youth, Child and Family Pass discounts, are available through Dec. 31 for travel between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28. A sample four-day, standard-class BritRail England FlexiPass costs $165 or $246 for first class. Travel agents who book on www.agentbritrail.com through Nov. 30 can earn free hotel vouchers, BritRail Pass protection and $15 bonuses on orders of more than $575.

 

FINLAND'S LAPLAND is gearing up for the holidays with four- to six-night tours that include, depending on the tour, such highlights as visits to reindeer farms and Santa's Village, snowmobile safaris and an ice breaker cruise. Continental Journeys' four-night, air-inclusive Christmas in Lapland-Rovaniemi package starts at $2,299, $1,799 for children age 14 and younger. Five Stars of Scandinavia's four-night Rovaniemi land-only package is priced from $1,195, $600 for children 14 and younger, and a six-night, deluxe escorted Maupintour package is priced at $4,219. For a list of operators selling Finland, visit www.itcgo.com/finland/sellingfinland.htm.

UNITED VACATIONS is dropping prices by as much as $350 on Europe vacations booked through Oct. 31 for travel from Oct. 1 to Nov. 19, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17 and throughout 2007. Sample vacation packages include roundtrip air on United Airlines, accommodations, daily breakfast and 24-hour traveler assistance. Four-night London packages begin at $549 per person, double, from New York, $574 from Boston, $619 from Washington, $659 from Chicago and $729 from Denver, San Francisco or Los Angeles, with the promotional code FALLSALE. To book, visit www.unitedvacations.com.

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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