Backpacking through Europe this summer? Before booking your trip, get on track with these newest passes, products and activities from the leading European rail authority, Rail Europe (www.raileurope.com):
Reserve a seat from Barcelona to Berlin while you’re still in Rome with Rail Europe’s new iPhone app and mobile site (free, www.raileurope.com/mobile). Choose routes connecting 35 European railways and book tickets directly from your phone, then store a digital trip itinerary for easy access even when you’re offline. The app also provides updated transit alerts and gives you tips for things to do and see along the way.
With Rail Europe’s France Rail Pass Premium (from $376), you can enjoy first-class train travel and a month of on-call concierge service. While they’re busy scoring you discounted tickets to area museums, you’re taking in the sights.
A handful of new travel excursions (from $218) includes Rail Europe’s nine-hour tour around the coastal villages of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre, and day trips to France’s wine-producing Loire Valley. The seven-night Switzerland Rail Adventure combines rides aboard three scenic trains with overnight stays in various Swiss towns.
Learn the history of Pompeii’s ancient streets or meander a bustling Paris market with downloadable audio walking tours from iJourneys.com ($15 each).