he European Union expanded to 25
nations May 1, and operators are pitching product to the 10 newest
Continental Journeys has 55 independent and
escorted tours to eight of the countries, such as three-night city
stays to seven World Heritage Cities in the region -- including
Tallinn, Estonia; Budapest, Hungary; and Krakow and Warsaw, Poland
-- priced from $199 to $249 per person, land, with hotel,
breakfast, city tour and transfers.
Agent pay is 10%. For details, call (800) 995-8643 or go to www.continentaljourneys.com.
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Rail Europe and DER are
pushing train travel by railpass as the ideal way to tour the new
EU. Products include the European East Pass, which is valid on
Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Slovak and Austrian trains, at $158 in
second class or $225 in first, for five days of travel in one
Commission is 5% to 9%, depending on booking method. Contact
Rail Europe at (888) 382-7245 or http://agent.raileurope.com, or DER at (800) 782-2424
or online at www.der.com.
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Getting to the bigger EU is a little easier this summer, with
Austrian Airlines Group carrier Lauda Air adding
one flight a week between New York (Kennedy) and Vienna.
From June 26 to Sept. 12, Lauda Air will fly from Vienna each
Saturday afternoon, returning overnight on Sunday.
Austrian Airlines Group offers connections to Lithuania, Poland,
Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Cyprus; call (800)
843-0002 or visit www.austrianair.com.
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Back in "Old Europe," Avis added Swiss, Italian
and Belgian itineraries to its selection of Personally Yours
The new guides cover Geneva and the Alps in Switzerland; Greek
and Roman Antiquities and Tuscany in Italy; and Gothic Cathedrals
and Battlefields in Belgium. Avis' brochures feature routes
outlined on Michelin maps, pinpointing up to 12 towns; mileage
between towns; and descriptive passages.
To order, call (800) 698-5674.
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Clients tooling around Belgium on a self-drive tour will
probably stop in EU capital Brussels.
Summer discounts at hotels include a $129 nightly rate, with
breakfast, at the Brussels Marriott, available
daily July 17 to Aug. 2. E-mail [email protected] or visit
The Hotel Amigo offers $195, double, rates July
16 to Aug. 26; e-mail [email protected] or go to www.roccofortehotels.com.
And the Hotel Mercure's Belgian Beer
Weekend is about $118 a night, with double room, buffet
breakfast for two, two tickets to the Cantillon Brewery, four
subway tickets and a map. It's available daily in July and August;
call (011) 322-220-6908 or visit www.mercure.com.
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].