Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: April 11, 2007

GOLDEN TULIP HOSPITALITY signed an agreement to operate the Golden Tulip Antwerp Centre, set to open in September. The 12-story, 174-room property is a part of a multifunctional project located on the Lange Kievitstraat in the city center, within walking distance of the diamond district. Hotel features include meeting and conference facilities, a wellness and spa center and the Branche restaurant, bar and lounge


REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP will operate a new Radisson hotel in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, that is scheduled to open by the end of 2007. The 81-room property will feature 56 standard rooms, 16 junior suites, eight suites and one presidential suite as well as a restaurant and bar. Nearby attractions include the Volga-Don river cruise passenger port, the river promenade, restaurants, bars, clubs and the central market.

CONTINENTAL JOURNEYS unveiled an escorted 14-night grand tour of Bulgaria and Romania priced at $1,939 per person, double, land only. The tour kicks off in Sofia and ends in Bucharest, and includes accommodations, most meals, sightseeing, an English-speaking tour escort, hotel taxes and service charges. Nine departures are scheduled from May 12 to Sept. 8. Transatlantic air is available through Continental Journeys, as are additional nights in Sofia and Bucharest. 

EURAIL GROUP introduced two additional Regional Passes designed to allow passengers to visit two bordering countries with one pass. The two new combinations are Czech Republic-Germany and Germany-Poland, bringing the total number of Eurail Regional Passes to 20. The Czech Republic-Germany pass links Berlin and Prague; the Germany-Poland pass links Berlin and Warsaw.

TOURCRAFTERS is trimming prices on Italian hotel stays for the peak summer season. Pay for three nights and get a fourth night free at Romes three-star Hotel Brasile or at the five-star Hotel Parco dei Principi, between July 1 and Aug. 31. Similar deals are available at seven other four- and five-star hotels in Rome. Free nights also are available at hotels in Florence and Venice.

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