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DriveAway launches Euro-Drive!

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DriveAway is excited to announce the launch of Euro-Drive in 2019. DriveAway will not only have the Peugeot Open Europe and Renault Eurodrive brands available exclusive for long term car hire in Europe, they will also have both the Citroën Euro Pass and the DS Euro Pass programmes as preferred products. This now makes DriveAway the only distributor globally in a position to sell these four brands in one market dealing directly with the manufacturers.

Clients can choose from a range of over 60 vehicles which are available for all types of travellers planning an extended trip of 21 days or more to Europe in 2019. Travellers will enjoy a BRAND NEW vehicle, unlimited kilometres, full comprehensive insurance with nil excess, free additional drivers  and the freedom to travel through over 40 European countries including Eastern Europe.

Contact the Euro-drive specialists at DriveAway on 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au/euro-drive for prices, information and conditions.

Remembering 100 years since the guns fell silent and the great war ended

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Remembrance Day, this Sunday, 11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of WW1.

One of the most historically significant sites from WW1 is the French region of the Somme and the northern region of Belgium known as Flanders.

It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in history with rich culinary traditions.

Through this area runs the Western Front, a series of trenches built by the Germans in WWI stretching 700km from the Belgium coast to the Swiss border.

UTracks, the active Europe specialist, has an eight day self-guided “Cycle the Western Front” itinerary exploring this fascinating region.

Following the Western Front along quiet roads and bike paths, this reflective cycle journey first stops at Villers Bretonneux, where in April 1918 the Australian Corps successfully stopped the advancing German troops.

En route to Flanders you can stop to visit museums, cemeteries and moving memorials dedicated to the brave soldiers who fought in WWI. Whilst the historic focus of this self guided cycle is firmly on the sights of importance for Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and British people, there are so many more reasons to visit the spectacular region.

The warm welcome from the locals, the tantalising cuisine where local ingredients are sourced to produce satisfying meals, and the varying hues of the landscape are what make this ride so special. In the evening, stay in a selection of handpicked hotels and take time to stroll around the interesting town centres to gain further appreciation for the impact of the war history on the region. Completing the cycle in the charming Belgian town of Bruges is a fitting end to the journey.

Cycle the Western Front is priced from $2390 per person (twin share).

More info at www.utracks.com or 1300 303 368.

2019 Euro-Drive Earlybird Sale on now!

In 2019, DriveAway have even more European vehicles for you to choose from for your clients. The Euro-Drive range is ideal for those travellers looking to drive throughout Europe for 21 days or more… You’ve heard it right here, 7 FREE days on all models and  50% off delivery and collection fees – that’s savings for your clients of up to $565.

Drive a Citroen C3 Aircross from just $65 per day for 28 days or a Peugeot 2008 from just $73 per day for 28 days. Choose from a variety of vehicles to suit any type of traveller planning an extended trip this European summer. These deals are only available until 21 December, so be quick and book.

Euro-Drive Manager at DriveAway, Jenny Bonomi says, “Our Euro-Drive range provides brand new vehicles to travellers looking to drive throughout Europe. The best thing about 2019 is our extensive range and all-inclusive NEW vehicles for our agent partners to book for their clients, including the new Peugeot Rifter which is available in a 5+2 seater. We encourage our partners to book in early for 2019 on the Earlybird pricing – the savings are worth it & availability is limited!”

Contact the Euro-drive specialists at DriveAway on 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au/ for more prices, information and conditions.

Rail Plus Announces Eurostar Early Birds and Agent Incentive

With the release of early bird Eurostar fares starting at AU$75 one way or up to 20% off, stores have until 23 November 2018 to receive a $50 Woolworths gift card for every $1,000 of Eurostar sales booked with Rail Plus.

Early bird bookings must be made by 23 November 2018 and travel completed between 13 November 2018 and 3 April 2019. Terms and conditions and blackout dates apply.

See Rail Plus Specials for more information and updates. Agents requiring additional training Eurostar tickets and routes can do so with the Rail Expert Program.

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