Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Jan. 3, 2007

AMERICAN AIRLINES will launch daily, nonstop service between Chicago and Shannon, Ireland, on May 1. The Boeing 757 service will complement Americans existing daily, nonstop Chicago-to-Dublin flight, which began in May 2006. American currently operates Shannon service in conjunction with the Chicago-to-Dublin flight and will revert to that service in October, after the summer season.

CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL added Sicily to its 2007 portfolio with a weeklong package. The escorted tour is priced from $898, land-only; $1,529, with air from New York and Boston, and $1,656 from Chicago. The itinerary includes three nights in Taormina, two nights in Palermo and one night in Agrigento. Departures are scheduled for selected Saturdays from Feb. 17 through Dec. 22. Activities include a tour and wine tasting in Marsala and visits to the Benedictine Abbey of Monreale, Valley of the Temples, the slopes of Mount Etna and Neapolis Archaeological Park Greek Ruins in the ancient city of Syracuse.

UNITED VACATIONS is trimming $100 per couple on air-hotel packages for winter travel to Germany. The offer is available for trips from Chicago to Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. The Winter Savings Vacation to Germany packages must be booked by March 15 for travel through March 28, using the promotional code DESAVE50 at time of booking. Sample vacations include roundtrip air with Wednesday and Thursday departures, four-night hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. Prices start at $664 to Frankfurt per person, double, with restrictions.

ALL EIGHT MEMBERS of the Leading Hotels of the World in Paris are participating in a Leading in Paris promotion with savings on hotel stays of as much as 30%. Properties include the Hotel Raphael, Hotel Le Bristol, Hotel de Crillon, Hotel Fouquets Barriere, Hotel Lancaster, Le Meurice, Hotel Plaza Athenee and Ritz Paris. Prices, which start at around $460 per night, are valid until April 30.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL unveiled golf packages in Portugal and Spain. A one-night package at the Mallorca Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa in Spain includes full breakfast for two and daily greens fees per person. Priced from about $227 per room per night, the special is valid through April. A similar package at the five-star Denia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa, also in Spain, is priced from about $227.
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