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New Wilhelm Tell Express Tour Package from Rail Europe

White Plains, NY, July 27, 2007 - A getaway to the breathtaking lake and mountain scenery of Switzerland is just the antidote to the summer doldrums.

Named after the legendary hero of Swiss independence, the new Wilhelm Tell Express Tour hotel and rail package from Rail Europe takes you from the jagged peaks and pine forests of the German-speaking Alpine heart of Switzerland (Lucerne) to the palm-fringed lakeshores and charming villages of the Italian-speaking south (Lugano or Locarno).

Offered May through October, the tour includes 1 st class tickets on the fabled Wilhelm Tell Express scenic route connecting Lucerne and Lugano/Locarno, two nights in 3-star hotels (one each in Lucerne and Lugano/Locarno; upgrade to 4-star hotels available), and 1 st class transfers by rail from any Swiss airport or border point to the starting and ending points of the tour. The tour package is priced at $395 US/$492 CAN per person (based on double occupancy), including mandatory seat reservations and a light meal on the boat. The journey may be booked in either direction.

Children under 16 travel for free with a paying adult. As a bonus, purchasers of the Wilhelm Tell Tour receive a 50% discount on any additional rail, boat, bus or cable car ticket if they wish to extend their stay in Lucerne or Lugano/Locarno.

Two cultures, two styles of travel

The 6-hour Wilhelm Tell Express is a study in contrasts: not only between German and Italian regions of Switzerland, but also in the pace and style of travel.

First you glide leisurely between Lucerne and Flüelen on star-shaped Lake Lucerne aboard an elegant old-fashioned paddle steamer - with a light meal prepared in the beautifully restored boat restaurant.

Then you ride a train in wall-to-ceiling panoramic cars along the amazing Gotthard rail line, an engineering marvel with 32 tunnels and 13 viaducts through mountains, steep ravines and precipitous cliffs. Over the short course of 17.4 miles, the Gotthard line - celebrating its 125 th anniversary this year -- climbs 694 yards through spiral and horseshoe-shaped tunnels.

Pan Gottardo rotating seats - a multimedia experience

To celebrate 125 years of the Gotthard line, a special Pan Gottardo panoramic observation car with 26 rotating seats is available on two departures daily in both directions. The seats allow an infinitely adjustable range of viewing angles. Headphones with a choice of languages provide information on sights, landscape and how the railroad was built. Flat screen panels show entertaining films throughout the journey.

For more information or to book the Wilhelm Tell Express Tour package, or any other Swiss or other European rail product or rail pass for individual or group travel in more than 30 countries across Europe and the UK, consult a travel agent or log on to Rail Europe's web site, (in the U.S.) or (Canada) or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

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