Private jet tour a 'home for the holidays'

ST. LOUIS -- Three of Europe's most storied cities -- Interlaken, Switzerland; St. Petersburg, Russia, and Vienna -- are highlights of Intrav's Christmas and New Year's in Europe by Private Luxury Jet tour.

The trip departs Dec. 21 from New York to Zurich, Switzerland, on Swissair. There participants board their privately chartered 737, redesigned for just 44 guests.

On-board amenities include two-by-two seating, gourmet meals, premium wines and champagne.

The 11-night itinerary takes guests to Interlaken for Christmas; to St. Petersburg, where Peter the Great built his "window on the West," and to Vienna for a New Year's celebration.

In Interlaken, travelers will have the chance to take a sleigh ride in the surrounding mountains, with lunch at an alpine restaurant. There also will be journey on Europe's highest rail, the Jungfraujoch Railway, which provides spectacular panoramas of the Alps.

In St. Petersburg, a visit to the Hermitage Museum at a special opening time has been arranged. A chartered train will take visitors from St. Petersburg to the grounds of Pavlovsk Palace, where a troika will whisk them through the park to the palace for a tour.

A city tour of St. Petersburg will include a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral, with lunch at the elegant Noble Nest restaurant, as well as a tour of Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin's murder.

In Vienna, guests will visit the Imperial Treasury, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Apartments of Schonbrunn Palace.

Special events on the agenda include gala dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; in St. Petersburg, a caviar reception and tour of Peter and Paul Fortress Cathedral, dinner in the Grecian Hall of Pavlosk Palace and a performance at the Marriinsky Theatre, and in Vienna, a traditional Austrian dinner in Grinzing, as well as a gala New Year's Eve ball at Schwarzenberg Palace with a five-course dinner and a New Year's Day brunch.

Accommodations will be the Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau in Interlaken, the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and the ANA Grand Hotel in Vienna.

The rate is $12,000 per person, double, which includes private car transfers between passenger's home and home-city airport; first class roundtrip flights between home city and the nearest U.S. Swissair gateway; business class air to Zurich, returning from Vienna; private charter flights in Europe; deluxe accommodations; all meals; gratuities; all special events, and sightseeing.

The single supplement cost is $1,600. For information, contact Intrav at (800) 456-8100 or visit www.intrav.com.

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