Rail Europe, DER offer 'rail cruises'

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Rail Europe and subsidiary Destination Europe Resources are floating two luxury "rail cruises" across the southwest of France in 2003.

The new, three-night Great Southwest rail itinerary between Bordeaux and Toulouse can be booked in either direction through November.

Highlights of the trips -- priced at $4,335 per person, double, in low season, or $4,645 in high season -- include city tours, vineyard visits, river cruises, monastery stays and tours of the castle at Carcassone.

Rates include roundtrip air from Paris to Bordeaux or Toulouse, travel on a 22-passenger luxury train, high-end hotel accommodations, gourmet meals, baggage transfers and the services of pursers and English-speaking guides.

Agent commission is 8%.

To book, call Rail Europe at (888) 382-7245 or visit http://agent.raileurope.com, or contact DER at (800) 782-2424 or www.der.com on line.

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