Far & Wide looks to build on France success

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MIAMI -- Introduced last winter, Far & Wide Travel Corp.'s France program exceeded its revenue projections by 50%, according to company executives.

The newly released brochure for 2003-2004 includes a number of additions, including the following.

• France by Rail is a package that includes two nights' accommodations in Paris, a four-day (or seven-day) rail pass, daily breakfast and two or more nights accommodations from a selection of hotels in France. Itineraries are put together to fit the customer's needs through Far & Wide's France By Design department.

• French Villas are available at a cost of $700 to $2,000 per unit total cost for two people. Villas for four are available for $1,000 to $5,000 per unit. Roundtrip air from New York starts at $448 per person.

• A Fly & Drive package includes roundtrip air from New York to Paris and returning from Nice; three nights in Paris, three in Aix-en-Provence and three in Nice; a one-way TGV train ticket from Paris to Aix-en-Provence, a six-day manual transmission car rental and daily breakfast. Prices start at $1,359 per person, double.

• A London & Paris package includes three nights accommodations in each of the two cities; air transportation from New York to London and Paris to New York; a one-way second class Eurostar ticket from London to Paris and daily breakfast. It's priced from $1,099 per person, double.

• Spain, France and Italy, an escorted tour with 16 nights hotel, 16 breakfasts and dinners, with visits to Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona, Spain; Aix-en-Provence; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Pisa, Florence, Rome, Assisi and Venice, Italy; the Alps; Lake Geneva, Switzerland; and Paris, with all transportation. The price starts at $2,289 per person, double.

• A Cruise & Land package is offered with a choice of two itineraries along either the French Riviera or the Italian Riviera. The package includes two nights accommodations in Nice, France, and a seven-night Star Clipper cruise with all meals on board. Prices start at $2,459 per person, double.

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