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Buy Eurostar Premier Ticket from Rail Europe Before December 31

White Plains, NY, November 30, 2007 - Treat yourself to a trip in Premier Class on Eurostar, the 186-mph train connecting London with Paris or Brussels, and Rail Europe will throw in a free 3-country rail pass good for 5 days of 1 st class rail travel in France, Italy and the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), worth $428.

This offer is only available online at www.raileurope.com for as long as supplies of the free rail pass last. Tickets must be purchased by December 31, 2007, and travel must take place by the end of February 2008. The tickets and rail pass must be used on the same trip and issued to the same person.

Eurostar Premier Class

Premier class ticket holders have exclusive use of Le Salon, the executive lounge at Eurostar terminals in London, Paris and Brussels with complimentary Wi-Fi access. They also have a dedicated express check-in area, where they can arrive just 10 minutes prior to boarding. Premier Class has its own separate car on each Eurostar train with power outlets at each seat. Champagne/wine and a complete meal are served at your seat (meal is appropriate for the time of day, always with two choices). Premier class one-way tickets start at $417 and are fully refundable and exchangeable.*

Eurostar launched faster service on November 14, reducing previous travel times by 20 minutes. The journey between London-Paris now takes just 2 hrs 15 min, between London-Brussels 1 hr 51 min. Times were cut as a result of the completion of High-Speed 1 track (the UK’s first dedicated high-speed rail line), including 19 miles of tunnels on the approach to Eurostar’s new central London terminal, St. Pancras International. Eurostar has carried more than 81 million passengers since service began in 1994.

3-country rail pass

The Eurail Selectpass for 3 countries included in this promotion is a flexipass, so the rail travel days may be used on non-consecutive days within a 2 month timeframe. Rail pass includes travel on trains throughout France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Certain trains (such as French TGVs, the Thalys high-speed train, etc) require reservations, which may also be purchased online from Rail Europe. Overnight trains require a separate supplement for sleeping compartments.

Rail Europe is the only railroad-owned North American source of rail travel for individuals or groups throughout Europe and the UK. Owned by the French National Railroads and the Swiss Federal Railways, Rail Europe is the largest North American seller of European rail travel. For more information, contact your travel agent or log on to (U.S.) or www.raileurope.ca (Canada) or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada). The free Eurail Selectpass promotion is only available on the website.

Note: Premier class tickets bought with this promotion are refundable only when both unused tickets and unused Eurail Selectpasses are returned.

Prices subject to change; check Rail Europe website for latest prices.

Photos: members of the press may download high-res photos of Eurostar and other European trains at http://downloads.raileurope.com/presspix/presspix.html