You can give the gift of European rail travel this holiday season with travel deals on Cyber Monday offered by Rail Europe. One of the best gifts I ever received in my late teens was a Eurail Pass. It allowed me and a friend to explore the classic European cities to our hearts content without having to worry about hefty ticket prices to get from one city to the next. And it’s not just for your college-age children, rail travel is so reliable and readily available throughout Europe (and beyond) that families might find riding the rails even more convenient than traveling by car.
For families ready for a European adventure, this Cyber Monday — Dec. 2, 2013 — through Dec. 6, Rail Europe is offering special pricing on passes throughout Europe.
FREE Vatican/Rome City Card with the purchase of Trenitalia tickets
Valued at more than $130, the Vatican Rome City Card allows for fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and a choice of the St. Peter’s Basilica or Vatican Gardens Tour. It also includes entry into any two of Rome’s favorite attractions: the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum, Capitolini Museums, Borghese Gallery or National Museum of Castel St. Angelo. Travelers also will enjoy free access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Use coupon code: ROMEFREE during checkout to receive the free city card.
$100 off Global and Select Eurail Passes with Coupon Code CYBER2013
The best-selling Eurail Global Pass offers unlimited First Class train travel in more than 20 European countries, while the Select Pass gives you the option to choose extensive rail travel on the national rail networks of 3, 4, or 5 adjoining countries connected by train or ship. Use coupon code CYBER2013 at checkout.
Rail Europe Gift Cards
For the first time, Rail Europe is offering gift cards for rail travel. For Cyber Monday, you can purchase $250 or $500 gift cards and receive an extra $50 on the card.
I have long been a proponent of traveling in the off-season, especially with family. I know that there’s school and holidays, and it’s cold, but it is such a great way to experience Europe’s true charm. It’s precisely the absence of tourists that makes it so much more authentic. In the summertime, every city is buzzing with activity. In the winter, you see children riding the train on the way to school, locals exploring the markets and businessmen escaping for a drink at lunch. These small but significant daily activities are what truly give visitors a glimpse into life in Europe.
All of this leads to my excitement that Rail Europe is currently offering three different promotionsfor travel in France, Switzerland and Germany during the holidays. Details on the promotions are below…and if you don’t fancy winter travel, there’s always the gift of a rail pass for the summertime.
RAIL EUROPE EXCLUSIVE: FIRST CLASS FRANCE-SWITZERLAND DELUXE PROMO
Details: First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass offers first class train travel within a one-month period at a special price aboard two very extensive rail networks as well as on the high speed Lyria trains that connect them. Plus, enjoy a wide selection of bonuses which includes free entrance to over 400 museums, and discounts on many mountain railways, cable cars and city passes in Switzerland, as well discounts on castles, shows, attractions, museums and city passes in France.
Promo (booking) dates: Book tickets from September 19- December 20, 2013
Travel dates: Rail passes must be validated within 6 months of purchase date at the rail station by a railway official.
Details: REI will offer 5 days of travel for the price of 4. Travelers can score an extra day of travel at no cost with the purchase of a First Class 4-Day Swiss Pass and enjoy 5 consecutive days of unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel system. In addition to sailing along the majestic Swiss countryside along rail routes such as the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line or Wilhelm Tell Express, travelers enjoy public transportation in 75 Swiss cities, get a 50% price reduction off most mountain railways, and free admission to more than 470 museums in Switzerland. Prices begin at $482 USD.
Promo (booking) dates: September 3 through December 20, 2013
BAVARIAN BARGAINS THIS WINTER! 20% Off Select German Rail Passes
Details: Now offered at 20% off, a German Rail Pass Promotion for 7, 8, 9 or 10 days within 1-month is an even more remarkable deal for an unmatched rail experience aboard one of the most modern rail systems in the world. Travelers will ride freely across Germany, with extensive travel on the national rail network of Germany where quaint villages, beautiful countryside, and storybook Bavarian castles are among the sites to see. Plus, get 20% off admission to castles in Bavaria! Lock-in these fairytale prices worthy of such a magical destination.
Promo (booking) dates: October 1- December 5, 2013
Travel dates: Valid for travel from October 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014