If you are vacationing in Europe this month, lucky you. In May, the weather is usually pleasant, costs are often lower, and most destinations are less congested. The same holds true for September. But whenever you go, look for savings along with the sights.
The Royal Scotsman luxury train is offering a 50-percent companion fare for its four-day, Edinburgh round-trip Classic journey, July 18-22. The regular price is $5,580 per person fully inclusive, which means a savings of $2,790. There are several stops and many perks, along with fine dining, as the train makes its way along the countryside. Call 800- 922-8625 or visit www.royalscotsman. com and click on Special Offers.
With Austria celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, the Sofitel Vienna has added a Mozart Package starting at $428 per person, including two nights in a double room with breakfast; a 72-hour Vienna Card, including free use of public transportation and museum discounts; and a carriage ride. The package is available all year. Call the hotel at 011-43-1-716- 16-812. The Web site is sofitel.com.
Europe isn't just for adults. Grand European Tours, which says its itineraries appeal to all ages, is taking 10 percent off for travelers ages 8-16 on the land portion of each trip departing in August. Among the offerings is 10 days in Italy beginning at $2,099 per person before the discount and including round-trip airfare, first-class hotels and 11 meals. Visit getours.com or call 888-522-3950.
For those who can act quickly, TourCrafters has three specials to Spain through May 30. The Barcelona Springtime Special starts at $799 for four nights and covers round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C., to Barcelona, accommodations at a centrally located hotel, daily breakfast and hotel service charges and taxes. The three-night Madrid Deluxe Special starts at $809 and includes midweek airfare to Madrid, accommodations at the five-star Hotel Occidental Miguel Angel, daily breakfast and hotel service charges and taxes. The seven-night Madrid & Costa del Sol Special starts at $999 and includes a five-day car rental along with accommodations. Call 800-482-5995 or visit tourcrafters.com for information.
For those who dare to drive in Europe, Auto Europe is discounting by up to 12 percent any rental service for 40 countries booked online. For details and other discounts, visit autoeurope.com and click on Specials & Packages or call 888-223-5555.