WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Kids can ride northwest Europe's high-speed rails free this summer with a new promotion from Rail Europe here and subsidiary DER, based in Rosemont, Ill.

As many as four children under age 12 can ride free of charge with each adult traveling in first class on the high-speed Thalys train between select cities in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Tickets must be booked in North America from June 5 to Aug. 31 for travel between July 15 and Aug. 31.

Travel agent commission is 5% to 8%.

Sample routes from Paris (Gare du Nord station) valid with this offer include Amsterdam, the Hague and Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium; and Cologne and Dusseldorf, Germany.

First-class fares on the Thalys depend on the specific city pairs; for example: Paris-Brussels costs $116; Paris-Amsterdam, $156; and Brussels-Cologne, $64.

To book or for more information, visit Rail Europe's agent Web site at http://agent.raileurope.com or call (888) 382-7245.

For DER, visit www.der.com online or call (800) 782-2424.

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