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Eurail Off-Peak Promotion Gives 20% Discount on Rail Passes

October 1, 2014
Using Eurailpass for the overnight train from Munich to Dijon © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Using Eurailpass for the overnight train from Munich to Dijon © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Travelers residing outside of Europe can once again take advantage of a special 20% discount off the regular price of Eurail Global & Select Passes during the fall and winter season. The off-peak promotional passes are available until December 31, 2014 and pass holders can travel through March 31, 2015. The offer is applicable to all product variations and includes both first and second class.

“The Eurail Off-Peak Promotion has already proven its success over the past two years. Increasingly travelers are realizing the advantages of Europe’s off-peak season,” says Silvia Görlach, Eurail Group’s Sales and Marketing Manager. “It is a win-win situation: not only can tourists benefit from a discounted Eurail Global or Eurail Select Pass, but travelers can also profit from discounted airfares, a wider selection of affordable hotel rooms and shorter or no lines when visiting popular tourist attractions,” Görlach concludes.

Fall and winter seasons showcase Europe in a different light. Sceneries from the train turn into winter wonderlands in much of central and northern Europe, while traditions change as well. Christmas markets, winter festivals and winter sports activities can be discovered across a variety of countries. Eurail Pass holders may also choose to head towards the Mediterranean where the temperature is warmer, yet the crowds much thinner versus summer.

Eurail Global Passes are valid for travel in 24 European countries (including free or discounted travel on some major shipping lines) and offer independent travelers the flexibility to create their own itinerary whilst hopping on and off trains across Europe. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio, followed closely by the Eurail Select Pass, valid for travel in four adjoining Eurail countries, offering travelers 27 participating countries to choose from.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents.  For more information, visit: www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization which markets and manages the Eurail and InterRail Passes, is wholly owned by 30 participating railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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Eurail Pass Travelers Save Up to 40% on European Ferry Crossings on Grimaldi Lines

September 5, 2014

Eurail Pass travelers get even deeper discounts on ferry crossings between Spain, Greece, Sicily and Sardinia with an augmented partnership between Eurail and Grimaldi Lines.

Eurail’s benefit partner Grimaldi Lines offers a 20% discount on ferry crossings and a 10% discount on accommodation supplements such as Pullman seats, berths and cabins to Eurail Pass travelers who purchase a Eurail Pass on or after this date. These discounts apply to standard as well as special fares such as advanced booking offers. The discounts are also applicable in the off-season, providing even more value for money by saving 40% when booking ship passages between September 15 and December 21, 2104. Eurail Pass travelers can make reservations and redeem these special discounts via Grimaldiˈs Contact Centers and at its points of sales in Italy and Spain. For more information, please visit www.grimaldi-lines.com.

In addition, Eurail travelers can find detailed information about the Grimaldi Lines discounts on the Rail Planner App. This free and off-line app is available from the App Store or Google Play, providing travelers with valuable information such as a complete list of Eurail Pass benefits by country, a European railway timetable and more. For further details, visit: http://www.eurailgroup.org/railplanner

Grimaldi Lines, owned by the Grimaldi Group, is one of Europe’s leading shipping companies, offering ferry services to the most popular tourism destinations in the Mediterranean region. Grimaldi Lines connections are synonymous with convenience, comfort and safety, while its Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona routes, servicing Sardinia and Spain, offer facilities and services similar to those of cruise ships.

Eurail offers four types of Eurail Passes as part of its product portfolio to those residing outside of Europe: the Eurail Global Pass valid in 24 member countries, Eurail Select Pass, Eurail Regional Pass and Eurail One Country Pass. Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized Sales Agents.  Please visit: www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

 

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Uncommon Journeys Offers 13-Day Cross-Canada Trip by Luxury Train; Book by Sept 19 for Travel Bonus

August 23, 2014

Uncommon Journeys is taking reservations for a novel and exclusive train trip for Spring 2015, “Canadian Panorama” that combines a journey across Canada aboard one of the last classic passenger trains in North America, the legendary “Canadian,” a vista-dome train with dining cars under glassThis 13-day journey, offered only once, features a five-night visit to the Canadian Rockies in addition to deluxe hotel stays in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Vancouver, offering passengers the best of Canada and the Canadian Rockies.  Guests journey in comfort and elegance aboard the beautifully restored art deco splendor of the “Canadian.” complete with sightseeing, a tour manager, stylish dining, transfers.

The 13-day “Canadian Panorama” trip begin at $4,995 per person and guests who reserve by Sept. 19 will qualify for free Amtrak travel from any city in the country to Niagara Falls and for the special air travel add-on fare of $199.00 per person for travel to Niagara Falls from over 189 major U.S. cities.

The Uncommon Journeys adventure begins in Niagara Falls with an overnight stay at the Sheraton at the Falls, a choice location with plenty of free time for enjoying such a lovely setting.  Guests journey to Toronto the next day and enjoy a full day of sightseeing coupled with an overnight stay at the Four-Diamond rated Westin Harbour Castle with special welcome dinner at the stylish Canyon Creek Grill.  Guests then board the vista-dome liner “Canadian” at Toronto Union Station for a three-night journey west to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.  Passengers are treated to superb “Silver & Blue”  first-class sleeping car accommodations, fine dining in the last real dining cars in North America (all meals on board are included), the famous “Park Car” with its upper level vista-dome, the round-end “Bullet Lounge” and the swank “Mural Lounge” for cocktails- a grand way to cross the continent.

At Jasper, guests have an overnight stay with visits to Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon before a spectacular tour of the Rockies including the stunning Columbia Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff. Also included is the famed sno-coach ride atop Athabasca Glacier, a continued favorite among guests.  In Banff, guests are treated to the rare luxury of a four-night stay complete with sightseeing of Lake Louise,  brunch at the legendary Chateau Lake Louise,  seldom-visited Moraine Lake and a visit to the famed Banff Hot Springs.

The final stage of Uncommon Journey’s cross-Canada journey is a final night aboard the “Canadian” between Jasper and Vancouver with daytime viewing of the Rockies from the vista-dome cars- the most scenic way to tour this area.  Upon arrival in Vancouver guests enjoy an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a city sightseeing tour and a special Farewell Dinner before traveling home by train or air.

The 13-day “Canadian Panorama” trip begin at $4,995 per person.  Guests who reserve by Sept. 19 qualify for free Amtrak travel from any city in the country to Niagara Falls and for the special air travel add-on fare of only $199.00 per person for travel to Niagara Falls from over 189 major U.S. cities.

For more information or reservations, visit www.uncommonjourneys.com or call 800-323-5893.

 

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Eurail Promotion Provides Up to 5 Days Free Travel

August 6, 2014
Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes, providing unlimited rail travel across Europe © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes, providing unlimited rail travel across Europe © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

From August 1 to September 30, 2014 Eurail is offering non-European residents additional free travel days on the Eurail Global Pass Continuous and 4-Country Select Passes.

The free travel days are intended to enable passholders maximize their travel experience by discovering even more of Europe by train.

The number of extra travel days depends on the type of pass:  the campaign offers one extra travel day for the 4-Country Select Pass, two extra travel days for the 15-day Global Pass Continuous, three extra travel days for the 21-day Global Pass Continuous and five extra travel days for the one month Global Pass Continuous. This special offer is applicable to all product variations for both first and second class.

Since passes are available within a six month pre-booking period, Eurail customers can take advantage of the promotion until April 2015, and take advantage of off-peak travel.

“The advantages of shorter lines at tourism sites and lower prices are obvious,” says Silvia Görlach, Marketing Manager of the Eurail Group G.I.E.  “Visiting Europe once the large crowds have left is a completely different experience in which tourists have the chance to discover Europe, its culture and inhabitants in a more authentic and relaxed environment.”

Eurail’s Extra Days promotion runs alongside Eurail’s “Free Roaming” promotion, launched on July 7, offering the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card with a pre-paid credit of 18 Euros.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Please visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail.

Established in 2001, the Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes, providing unlimited rail travel across Europe. The organization is based in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and is wholly owned by 30 railways and shipping companies.The Group also has many partners including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

 

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Eurail ‘Free Roaming’ Summer Promotion Provides Free Roaming SIM Card

July 17, 2014

The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card© 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on http://www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card© 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail launches the “Free Roaming” summer promotion and makes it easier for pass holders to stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe. The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 7 to September 30, 2014 or as long as supplies last.

“Eurail is committed to adding value to its’ Eurail Pass products. The free Eurail SIM Card offer is one more customer cost-saving initiative to help pass holders stay connected while traveling in Europe. This promotion offers our customers the unique opportunity to avoid costly Wi-Fi or roaming charges,” explains Silvia Goerlach, Eurail Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

The Eurail Free Roaming offer includes a prepaid, pre-activated +44 (United Kingdom) and +1 (United States) SIM Card which provides free incoming calls(a surcharge of € 0.20 per minute is charged for US numbers) and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi at selected Premium Hotspots. Additionally, the customer can freely combine up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB of data as long as the prepaid credit lasts.

Once the prepaid credit has expired, the customer can recharge the Eurail SIM Card, and take advantage of the same attractive Eurail Roaming conditions. These are offered via telecommunications partner Global Roaming, which works with 67 operators in Europe and is one of the worldwide leading providers in mobile communication services. The Eurail Roaming SIM Card has coverage in 30 European countries, including all those participating in the Eurail Pass program.

The Free Roaming Summer Promotion is valid for holders of a Eurail Global Pass, valid in 24 member countries or a Eurail Select Pass valid in four Countries. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. It covers nearly the entire European continent and offers travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by over thirty participating railways and shipping companies. Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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Eurail Pass Offers ‘Mediterranean Deals’ with Free Travel Days Thru Apr 30

April 16, 2014
Rail travel in France © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Rail travel in France © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail Pass travelers can now take advantage of the “Mediterranean Deals” promotion, adding one free travel day to the Italian One Country Pass and one free travel day to the Regional Passes France-Italy, France-Spain and Italy-Spain. The offer is valid for any variations of these products purchased through April 30, 2014.

As France, Italy and Spain count themselves among the most popular European tourism destinations, Eurail wants to entice its non-European customers even further by offering these special “Mediterranean Deals.” The French, Italian and Spanish railway companies offer an extensive and modern rail network, making traveling by train comfortable, relaxing and hassle free. Moreover, these Eurail Passes provide the traveler with the flexibility to choose from a selection of available travel days and dates, within a period of two months.

In March, Eurail announced that France will return to a revamped Eurail Select Pass after a one year absence. The Eurail Select Pass re-launches as a Four-Country Pass only. Starting on April 1st, only Four Country Select Passes can be purchased, with France as one of the 26 Eurail countries to choose from.

Eurail offers four types of Eurail Passes as part of its product portfolio to those residing outside of Europe: the Eurail Global Pass valid in 24 member countries, the Eurail Select Pass, the Eurail Regional Pass and the Eurail One Country Pass.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by more than 30 participating railways and shipping companies. In addition, Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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France Returns to Eurail Select Pass; Select Pass Re-launches as 4-Country Pass

March 7, 2014
France is rejoining the Eurail's Select Pass, making it a four-country Eurailpass © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

France is rejoining the Eurail’s Select Pass, making it a four-country Eurailpass © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Traveling in France with a Eurail Select Pass will be possible again from April 1, 2014. After a one year absence of France in the Select Pass offer, SNCF, the French rail operator, today announced their decision to rejoin Eurail’s revamped Select Pass.

“We are happy to welcome SNCF back to the Eurail Select Pass. France is a top tourist destination of strategic importance to the European rail network and, as such, of great significance to our Eurail Pass product. With France rejoining the Select Pass prior to the start of the high season, I have no doubt the Eurail Pass Portfolio will offer our overseas customers once again the most comprehensive way to explore Europe by rail,” says Silvia Görlach, Eurail Group’s Sales & Marketing Manager.

Revamped Eurail Select Pass

The Eurail Select Pass in its current format will cease to exist from April 1, 2014.  Instead of having the option to choose any three, four or five countries, the Eurail Select Pass re-launches as a Four-Country Pass only. Customers can tailor-make their own pass by selecting four out of 26 participating countries in which to travel, provided that they are directly connected by a participating Eurail railway or shipping line.

Three, Four and Five Country Select Passes in its current format will still be available for sale until March 31, 2014, not including France. Starting on April 1st, only Four Country Select Passes can be purchased, with France as one of the 26 Eurail countries to choose from.

Eurail Group offers four types of Eurail Passes as part of its product portfolio to those residing outside of Europe: the Eurail Global Pass valid in 24 member countries, the Eurail Select Pass, the Eurail Regional Pass and the Eurail One Country Pass. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. It covers nearly the entire European continent and gives travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from. Travelers can still take advantage of the special Eurail “Early Bird” promotion which offers non-European residents free travel days on Eurail Global Passes purchased by March 31, 2014.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by over 30 participating railways and shipping companies. In addition, Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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Eurail Offers ‘Early Birds’ Two to Five Free Travel Days for Passes Purchased thru Mar 31

February 6, 2014
Traveling by rail in Europe adds to the experience © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Traveling by rail in Europe adds to the experience © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Travelers can take advantage of a special Eurail “Early Bird” promotion which offers non-European residents free travel days on Eurail Global Passes purchased from February 1 through March 31, 2014.  Early Bird Passes have a six month pre-booking period and include 15 days, 21 days and one month periods.

This promotional offer applies to both first and second class Eurail Global Passes and are open to all travel categories: Adults, Child, and Youth, including Saver Passes intended for groups of two to five people, offering an additional15% reduction. The “Early Bird” campaign offers two extra travel days for the 15-day Eurail Global Pass, three extra travel days for the 21-day Eurail Global Pass and five extra travel days for a one month Eurail Global continuous Pass.

“Last year’s Early Bird promotion proved very successful, boosting sales in March of the Global Pass by an astounding 96%. The opportunity to receive extra travel days motivated nearly twice as many customers to buy the Eurail Global Pass. This year we expect even more travelers to take advantage of this promotional offer. The aim is to maximize the customer’s travel experience by offering these extra days to discover even more of Europe by train,” explains Silvia Goerlach, Eurail Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

Generating over 55% of total sales revenues, the Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. With its 24 participating countries, it covers nearly the entire European continent (including free or discounted travel on some major shipping lines) and gives travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from. The diversity of Europe is easy to explore via rail with the Global Pass, from historic and quaint world heritage sites to back-country nature sites and architecturally striking and historic capital cities.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail and InterRail Passes, is wholly owned by 30 participating railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

See also: Inside Tips on traveling Europe by train: A Q&A with Eurail and slideshow

 

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Eurail Offering 20% Off Passes Sold by Dec 31, for Travel Through Mar 31, 2014

November 6, 2013
Travelers can take advantage of a 20% discount off the regular price of Eurail Global and Eurail Select Passes booked from November 1 through December 31, 2013 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Travelers can take advantage of a 20% discount off the regular price of Eurail Global and Eurail Select Passes booked from November 1 through December 31, 2013 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Travelers can take advantage of a 20% discount off the regular price of Eurail Global and Eurail Select Passes booked from November 1 through December 31, 2013. The Off Peak promotional passes can be used for European rail travel until March 31, 2014 and are open to all travel categories: Adult, Child and Youth, including Saver Passes intended for groups of two to five people with a further 15% reduction, and for both first and second class travel.

“Due to the success of last year’s Off Peak promotion, we are confident that this special offer will attract more travelers to Europe during the upcoming winter season. Not only can tourist’s benefit from a discounted Eurail Select or Eurail Global Pass, they’ll notice fewer crowds when visiting popular tourist attractions” explains Silvia Goerlach, Eurail Group’s newly appointed Sales and Marketing Manager.

At this time of year pass holders choose to visit European Christmas Markets, experience the Northern Lights in Scandinavia or head towards the Mediterranean where the temperature is warmer. Traveling from one city centre to another, tourists can absorb the European landscapes and enjoy the comfort and stress free environment of travelling by rail.

Eurail Global Passes are valid for travel all over Europe in 24 countries and offers the independent traveler the flexibility to create their own itinerary whilst hopping on and off trains across Europe. The Eurail network encompasses to 233,000 kilometers of track (144,000 miles) on the European continent. Nearly 96,000 passengers have already travelled with the Eurail Global Pass this year, representing an increase of almost 30% over 2012 figures.

For shorter vacations, Eurail offers passes for trips to only a few countries too. The Select Pass is available for combinations of three to five countries and is also included in the 20% Off Promotion. Eurail Passes are available from Eurail Group’s worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents.  For more information visit: www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail and InterRail Passes, is wholly owned by thirty participating railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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TourCrafters’ Has 10-Night $2,085 Italy by Train Package for Fall

August 14, 2013

Autumn–when air fares are  lower and the weather is idyllic—is the perfect time to travel to Italy. So TourCrafters, the Italian specialists, have designed an Italy by Train package that covers the highlights… and packs in a lot of extras.

The 10-night, land-only package, which has daily departures from September 1 to October 31, costs $2085 and includes: an arrival transfer; daily buffet breakfast; four nights’ accommodation in Rome; 48-hour Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Rome; a walking tour of Rome; 2nd-class train ticket to Florence; four nights’ accommodation in Florence; cooking class with dinner; full-day tour to the Cinque Terre; full-day tour to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti; 2nd-class train ticket to Venice; two nights’ accommodation in Venice; and a walking tour of Venice.

The hotels chosen for this package are all 4-star deluxe and are conveniently located. Rome’s Quirinale is an historic hotel with classic décor and a passageway to the Rome Opera House in its leafy garden.  The recently-renovated Hotel Kraft in Florence is a modern hotel with a rooftop garden and swimming pool.  And Venice’s Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal is an elegant hostelry near the train station, with roof terrace and an internal courtyard.

But it’s the extras that make this package so special.  The included tour to the Cinque Terre, for example, visits five picturesque fishing villages on a beautiful stretch of the Italian Riviera that is a World Heritage Site.  Another day there’s a tour of the Tuscan countryside, to see the splendid rose-colored city of Siena, the photogenic village of Monteriggioni, and the medieval town of San Gimignano, as well as the luscious landscape of churches and castles, olive groves and the vineyards that produce the celebrated Chianti wine.  There are also several optional tours available.

All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, do not include air fare and are subject to availability.  For more information about the Italy by Train package, visit http://sales.tourcrafters.com/itinerary.lasso?ID=203.  For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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