Travel Weeklys Europe E-letter: June 7, 2006

THE INTERCONTINENTAL MAR MENOR Golf Resort & Spa opened in Murcia, Spain, near Cartagena. The 64-room property features a full-service ESPA spa, six dining venues and bars and a nine-hole golf course, which will be converted into an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course in the coming months. Guest rooms incorporate Spanish and Moorish themes and offer private balconies overlooking the golf course or pool. An introductory package is available, priced from about $232 per night, including breakfast. Valid through December, the package requires a four-night minimum stay. To book, call (800) 327-0200 or visit

BELFAST CITY AIRPORT, located just outside city center, was renamed George Best Airport May 22 in honor of the citys most famous sports star. Best, a football legend who played for Manchester United, died in 2002. Belfasts Aldergrove Airport, situated about 20 miles or 30 minutes by car from the city center, remains the citys principal airport.

TOURCRAFTERS tackled the problem of getting around the top visitor attractions in Rome with a new hop-on, hop-off bus service called Ciao Roma. The tour itinerary comprises 13 stops, among them the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, Capitoline Hill, the Vatican Museums, St. Peters Basilica, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. The tours run daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the $23 tickets are commissionable to travel agents at 10%. For info, call (800) 621-2259 or visit

THE MAC, the Contemporary Art Museum of French-speaking Belgium, was awarded the title Best Museum of 2006 in Wallonia by the association of Belgian museums. The museum is housed in the Grand-Hornu Colliery, a historical mining complex and industrial heritage site near Mons. The structure consists partly of renovated buildings and new construction, and the exhibitions offer explanatory texts and guided visits in English, French, Dutch and German. For more information, go to

CONTINENTAL JOURNEYS unveiled a seven-night Discover Bulgaria tour that includes Sofia, Veliko Turnovo and Plovdiv. Priced at $799 per person, double, departures are from Sofia through Oct. 7. The tour includes accommodations, daily breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners, sightseeing with an English-speaking tour guide, motorcoach or car transportation, transfers, hotel service charges and taxes. To make reservations, call (800) 601-4343 or visit

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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