If you're thinking of doing Europe in '88, here's what you'll be paying for a Eurailpass (good for train travel in 16 Western European nations):
--15 days, $298.
--21 days, $370.
--One month, $470.
--Two months, $650.
A second-class Eurail YouthPass for persons under 26 years of age:
--One month, $320.
--Two months, $420.
In addition, the 15-day Eurail SaverPass (valid for two or more persons traveling together between Oct. 1 and March 31) costs $210 per person. The SaverPass is also valid any time when three or more people travel together.
New, beginning Jan. 1, is a Flexipass costing $310. (Ask your travel agent for details.)
Week's Best Buy
Here's a bargain for the traveler zeroing in on Mazatlan. Rates for a room at Hotel Tropicana start at $10.50 per person a night (double occupancy). Air conditioning, telephones, balconies. Restaurants offer seafood, Mexican, Italian and international menus. Live music, Spanish classes, a rooftop garden.
Hotel Tropicana, Rodolfo T. Loaiza No. 27, P.O. Box 501, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
DER Tours is wooing the winter vacationer with a flight from LAX to Munich with Lufthansa that includes seven nights in a hotel in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. Continental breakfasts, dinners daily. The price ($839) includes a car rental for a week and a flight bag. Write to DER Tours, 11933 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90025 or call toll-free (800) 252-0606 (California) or (800) 421-4343 (nationwide).
Pan Am Holidays (in cooperation with Pan American World Airways) is producing a similar package that includes the flight to Munich, transfers to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, seven hotel nights, breakfasts, ski lift discounts, etc. Your travel agent can fill you in on the details.
Information on other winter tours is available from the German National Tourist Office, 444 S. Flower St., Suite 2230, Los Angeles 90071. Telephone (213) 688-7332.
New Mexico has published another magazine-size guide (132 pages) that's packed with vacation ideas. A section on skiing deals with downhill and cross-country destinations, ski rentals, lift passes, accommodations. Other pages devoted to guest ranches, hotels/motels/lodges. For easy reading, attractions are divided into regions. A two-page map will help with your travel plans. For a free copy write to the New Mexico Tourism & Travel Division ED & TD, Room 751, Joseph M. Montoya Building, 1100 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, N.M. 87503 or call toll-free (800) 545-2040.
This note from Janice Ilsley of the Christmas House Bed & Breakfast in Rancho Cucamonga: "An invitation is extended to see the house in a firelight tour today (Sunday) between 3 and 7 p.m. The spirit of Christmases past will come alive, complete with musicians, figgy pudding and a wassail bowl."
This is an old three-story Victorian that rises in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Features seven fireplaces, period antiques. If you haven't captured the mood of the season yet, this should do the trick.
Christmas House, 9240 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 91730. Telephone (714) 980-6450.
A Letter From Britain
Geoff and Betty Berry of Britain write: "We run a small bed and breakfast establishment in the southwest of England. Beautiful country. Lots of history. We would be very pleased to receive visitors from America and to provide them with excellent accommodations and food in cottage surroundings and to provide transport when and where necessary. Our rates are 10 per person a night and from 5.50 per person for dinner ($17.50 and $9.50 U.S. at today's exchange rate)." Write to the Berrys c/o Rectory Cottage, Combe Florey, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3JD England.
Hawaii's Auntie Malia
This tip from Hank Kovell, a regular contributor to our section: "A delightful little lady known in Hawaii as Auntie Malia gives free lessons in quilting and ancient Hawaiian games on the mezzanine floor of the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki. Demonstrations of folk art/ancient crafts. She operates a shop (mini-museum) that's staffed by her and her two daughters. A good spot to escape the frenetic pace of Waikiki." Kovell says Auntie Malia "is an authority in the ancient art of tapa cloth making as well."
Nevada has a new guide that lists special events, attractions throughout the state. Contains toll-free hot lines for Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City plus dozens of other destinations. Information on state/national parks, camping, hiking, fishing. In addition, there's a calendar of events, show schedule, directory of museums and galleries, and a roundup of restaurants: Basque, Cajun, French/continental, German, Italian, Oriental, etc. For a free copy write to the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Capitol Complex, Carson City, Nev. 89710 or telephone toll-free (800) 237-0774.