Europe

Affordable Europe

written by | Posted on April 1st, 2009

With the Day pass in hand, they can head out to Schonbrunn Palace by subway for a tour of the imperial apartments and the grounds surrounding it. The tour of Schonbrunn Palace includes 40 rooms and takes approximately 50 minutes and besides the 22 rooms seen on the Imperial Tour, they’ll also see the 18th century interiors from the time of Maria Theresa—all for just $16.50.

Back in the city center, it’s time for lunch at one of Vienna’s famous sausage stands. For less than $6.50, they’ll get a delicious sausage (Kaesekrainer or Frankfurter), a roll and a beverage to enjoy either at the bar or as a picnic on a nearby bench. After lunch, suggest a walk through the inner city to take pictures of the city’s amazing architecture and enjoy a little window shopping or souvenir shopping. Finally, vacationers can top off the day at one of Vienna’s many famous coffee houses for a melange and a pastry, all for under $10.

croatia While Croatia isn’t part of the Central European marketing alliance, there’s still plenty of opportunity for affordable travel in this beautiful country, as well.

According to Nena Komarica, general manager of the Croatian National Tourist Office in New York City, “Croatia is following the trends of other European destinations and promoting affordable packages on ‘Croatia for under $100 a day.’”

Komarica suggests that you should check out Rab for your clients, “….a beautiful island situated in the Northern Adriatic, with great nature and beautiful beaches. There is a medieval summer festival called Rapska Fjera, taking place every year in July in the city of Rab.” Rapska Fjera, she explains, is an event reviving the time and spirit of the Middle Ages taking place together with a celebration held in honor of St. Christopher, patron saint of the island of Rab. The Rab Fair and Medieval Days presents customs, trades and life as it was in those long-gone days.

“The entire population of Rab dresses in medieval fashion during Rapska Fjera, taking part in events, competitions and presentations of old trades and hand-made products being exhibited on the streets of Rab,” Komarica explains. “This popular manifestation draws many tourists because of its originality and beautiful settings where it takes place.”

Here, too, she says, “The boutique-style hotel Arbiana on the island of Rab offers a great rate of $100 pp in a double or single room, based on half board, and sightseeing of the city of Rab with professional tour guide.” The hotel is located in the historical center of the city, which has a history that dates back thousands of years, and is surrounded by a charming park that borders the sea.

Still another affordable option Komarica suggests, is for your clients to try a private yacht cruise along the Adriatic, visiting islands and ports along the coast. “Skarda Cruise offers special cruise rates of $100 pp,” she explains, and clients can visit all of the country’s top attractions, including Dubrovnik, Split and Pula.

getting there & around For clients who want to create their own trip in Europe this summer, Air Berlin—Germany’s second largest airline—will be operating a new route from Berlin-Tegel to Krakow, the second largest city in Poland. Another new addition to the route network is nonstop flights from Berlin to Oslo, the capital of Norway. This is the first time Air Berlin will be serving the Norwegian market. These two new destinations reflect Air Berlin’s increasing presence in the growth market of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Starting April 25, Air Berlin departs Berlin-Tegel for Krakow every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Feeder flights to Berlin are available from numerous German and European cities, including Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Cologne-Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.

The new service to Oslo starts April 24 and from Monday to Friday, the airline will operate a daily nonstop flight from Berlin-Tegel to Oslo and return. Air Berlin is the only German airline to offer flights from Berlin-Tegel to Oslo. Feeder flights to the Berlin hub are available from nine German cities, as well as from Vienna and Zurich.

Flights to Krakow and Oslo can be booked by agents here and early bookers can be sure of getting bargain fares from just 29 euros one way, including taxes, charges and miles.

Air Berlin currently operates nonstop service from Miami and Fort Myers to Dusseldorf. This month, Air Berlin will operate four flights a week from New York and beginning in May, increase it to daily service. In addition, three flights a week from Los Angeles and Vancouver also begin operating in May. All passengers utilizing Air Berlin or LTU will be able to accumulate miles with and redeem miles for all of the companies belonging to the Air Berlin Group when enrolled with Air Berlin’s TopBonus mileage program. At present, the Air Berlin Group includes Air Berlin, LTU, Belair and NIKI.