Travel Weeklys Europe E-letter: Feb. 2, 2005

RAILROADED: Eurail is offering one extra free day of rail travel with six-, eight- or 10-day Eurail Selectpasses purchased from its five authorized North American sales agents -- ACP Rail International, Rail Europe, Destination Europe Resources (DER), Flight Centre and OctopusTravel.com -- from Feb. 1 to March 31. The passes are good for first-class rail travel in three to five, out of a total of 22, European countries connected by train or ferry. To book, contact Rail Europe, which offers free shipping on Web orders, at http://agent.raileurope.com or (888) 382-7245; DER at www.der.com or (800) 838-3903; ACP Rail International at (866) 9-EURAIL and www.eurail-acprail.com; Flight Centre at (866) WORLD-51 or www.flightcentre.com; or OctopusTravel.com at (877) 330-7765, and www.octopustravel-us.com.

MONEY MATTERS: As of January, Turkey dropped six zeros from its national currency, so yesterdays 1.34-million or so Turkish liras per U.S. dollar are now simply 1.34 new liras to one dollar. Take care: Both old and new lira coins and banknotes will be in circulation and use for one year, until Jan. 1, 2006, when older currency will be withdrawn. New banknotes have been issued in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 new lira denominations, and coins have been minted for 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 new kurus and 1 new lira. For more specific information, go to www.tourismturkey.org.

NEVER TOO YOUNG: VisitBritain partnered with guidebook publisher Lonely Planet to develop a new youth guide to traveling, studying and working in the U.K. The new 96-page Experience Britain guide highlights 14 cities in Great Britain, as well as a Top 5 list of things to do and see in the countryside. The guide also includes information about studying and working in Britain, as well as British pop culture, including fashion, film, music and sports. For more information or to request a copy of Experience Britain, call (877) 899-8391, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit www.visitbritain.com/rocks.

INN-SIDE STORY:

" Boutique and lifestyle hotel marketing group Design Hotels welcomed new member property Casa Camper, in the city center of Barcelona, Spain. The 20-room, five-suite hotel -- designed by architect Ferran Amat to reflect the simplicity of the traditional Mediterranean countryside -- opened between Las Ramblas and the Museum of Contemporary Art in early January. Rates range from about $229 to $320 per night. Design Hotels now counts  137 members. For reservations, call (011) 800-37-46-8357.

" GLA Hotels is offering a guaranteed U.S. dollar-rate of $350 per night through Feb. 28 -- albeit with some blackout dates -- at five small luxury hotels in England and France.  Participating properties are the Cadogan Hotel in London; Royal Riviera in St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the south of France; and the hotels Lancaster, Montalembert and Bel-Ami in Paris. For more, call (888) 452-8380 or visit www.glahotels.com.

" Radisson Edwardian opened a new $1 million spa and fitness complex at its newest London hotel, the five-star May Fair. Open to hotel guests and the general public, the spa, which uses its own Pevonia product line, offers treatments such as massage; facials and micro-dermabrasion; manicure and pedicure; medical aesthetics, such as Botox and Restalain injections; mud baths for one or two; body wraps; and spray tans. The May Fair offers a 10% discount on all treatments in multiples of six, 10 and 15, as well as other perks. For more information, rates and reservations, call (800) 333-3333, or www.radissonedwardian.com.

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