discounted first class France rail
passes for two or more people traveling together through March 31.
The first class, four-day France Saverpass for two to five people
now costs $147 per person, down from $201. Tickets must be
purchased by March 26 and are not refundable or exchangeable. The
commission is 10%. For more information, call (888) 382-724, or
visit Rail Europe's agent Web site, at http://agent.raileurope.com
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Grand Hotel Villa Medici in Florence, Italy, is
paying 18% commission through March 28, excluding any package,
promotional and consortia rates. For reservations, call Leading
Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800, or use CRS code LW.
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Virgin Atlantic Vacations is selling a
six-night jaunt to London, priced from $399 per person. The London
Super Six-Night Fling includes roundtrip air fare from New York
(Kennedy and Newark) or eight other U.S. gateways; transfers in
London; accommodations; daily breakfasts, and fees. Added perks
include a city guide and a map, free wine tastings and use of the
Internet. Pricing is good for departures from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28.
Trips must be booked by Dec. 30, and travel must be completed by
March 15. For more information, call (888) 937-8474.
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The British Tourist Authority published a Harry
Potter map detailing attractions featured in the film, which was
released in November. The Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
-- Discovering the Magic of Britain Map features Gloucester
Cathedral, among other "supernatural" sites. To order the map, call
the British Tourist Authority at (866) 4-HEDWIG or e-mail [email protected].
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KD River Cruises of Europe took 10% off Rhine,
Danube and Elbe cruises for 2002 that are paid in full by Dec. 31.
It also waived cancellation penalties on new bookings made by Jan.
31. For example, seven-night, four-country Rhine cruises between
Amsterdam and Basel, Germany, are priced between $1,026 and $1,566,
double, down from $1,140 to $1,740. To book, call (800) 346-6525,
e-mail [email protected] or visit www.rivercruises.com.
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The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, teamed
with the Irish National Art Gallery to craft an artfully short
stay. Priced at about $725 per couple, the package includes three
nights in a double room, Irish breakfasts daily, tickets to a Monet
exhibit and an art book. Additional nights cost about $225. The
package is valid Jan. 22 to April 14. To book, call (011) 353-1
603-0600, fax (011) 353-1 603-0700, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.merrionhotel.com.
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Blue Marble Travel in Morristown, N.J., rolled
out savings of up to 20% on Europe cycling tours for young adults
booked by the end of this year for spring and summer 2002.
Commission starts at 10%; agents can opt for a $50 finder's fee in
lieu of commission. For more information, call (973) 326-9533,
e-mail [email protected] or visit www.bluemarble.org.
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London's Half Price Ticket Booth in Leicester
Square has been renamed Tkts. The booth, open
daily, offers same-day tickets to many West End shows at half
price, plus about a $3.50 service fee. Tkts accepts cash or credit
cards only. For more information, visit www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/booth.cfm.