Free resource for travel agents

EDMONDS, Wash. -- The 2000 edition of "Rick Steves' Guide to European Railpasses" is available.

Providing inside tips as well as general information agents can pass on to clients, the free guide can be obtained via the mail or on the Internet. The Web site is at www.ricksteves.com.

Included in the 64-page guide are prices and features for all Eurail, Euro, rail-and-drive and country passes.

The guide also provides information on money-saving passes, including how U.S. travelers can purchase tickets in advance that could otherwise be bought only in Europe.

The guide also explains which passes are the best value for different itineraries.

It includes comparisons of rail pass, train-tickets-as-you-go, bus and car rental values, including evaluations of seven typical European trip itineraries. Additionally, the guide contains tips on taking advantage of the many resources available to travelers at European train stations.

Agents can obtain a copy by writing to Rick Steves at Box 2009, Edmonds, Wash. 98020; calling (425) 771-8303, or faxing (425) 771-0833.

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