Four Travel Agents Chosen as Finalists in Rail Europe and Eurail Contest

by Jessica Montevago

Rail Europe, distributor of European rail products in North America, and Eurail, have chosen four travel agent finalists in the final phase of the “My Dream Itinerary” contest to win a mini-fam.

Participating agents were asked to create itineraries that would motivate others to see Europe by train. The best overall itinerary of the four finalists will be used to lead the mini-fam for the four winning travel agents to Europe and a leather Tech Wallet from Mark and Graham. The one “My Dream Itinerary” Grand Prize winner also gets to have their itinerary used for the mini FAM, plus earns bragging rights for Best Overall Eurail Global Pass itinerary, and a two-piece set of monogrammed luggage in their choice of luggage color from Mark and Graham.

The next step in the contest invites travel agents and consumers to select the best overall experience using the new Eurail Global Pass from among the four finalists’ itineraries. Voting runs from June 3 to 28, 2019 on the contest website. Voting is open to the travel trade, consumers, friends and family; one vote per person per day is allowed and is subject to registration.

As part of the voting phase, each of the four finalists will co-present their itinerary in a webinar for agents. Agents who attend one or all four of the webinars hosted by the finalists earn a $20 Amazon gift card for attending. Registration is available at

The Final Four
The finalist itineraries include: 

  • “European Chocolate & Cheese” from Wendy Weir of The Travel Agent Next Door: 10-day Adult itinerary including six rail days using the Eurail Global Pass – Adult 7-days of travel in 1-month, Flexi pass, 1st- or 2nd-class. Travel to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Lausanne, Bologna and the Parma region of Italy, Venice, and Florence.
  • “Birthday Special” from Leanne Esau of Uniglobe Phillips Travel: 10-day Family itinerary including six rail days using the Eurail Global Pass – Adult and Youth (Children +12) 7-days of travel in 1-month, Flexi pass, 1st- or 2nd-class (Note: Children under 12 travel FREE with an Adult.) Travel to London, Berkshire, Amsterdam, Paris, Chantilly, Lucerne, and Zurich.
  • “Pastries, Port & Paella” from Barton Matthews of Eurobound: 7-day Senior (travelers over 60) itinerary including seven rail days using the Eurail Global Pass – Senior 7-days of travel in 1-month, Flexi pass, 1st- or 2nd-class. Travel to Toulouse, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Lisbon, and Porto.
  • “Historical and Cultural Gems of Europe” from Rachel Tramel of The Travel Authority: 6-day Youth itinerary including five rail days using the Eurail Global Pass – Youth 5-days of travel in 1-month, Flexi pass, 1st- or 2nd-class. Travel to Budapest, Zurich, Geneva, Lyon, Barcelona, and Madrid.

All entries were judged from May 23 to June 2, 2019 based on originality, creativity, popularity, ease of use in a training webinar, and reason for the submission.

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