Eurostar announces its UK trade partners for The Da Vinci Code movie

14 May 2006

--lastminute.com, Leisure Direction and Thomson Cities and Short Breaks are offering a range of unique Da Vinci Code packages
--Eurostar is Global Partner for Columbia Pictures' The Da Vinci Code which releases globally on 19 May 2006
Eurostar the high-speed train service which links the UK with France and Belgium, today announced its major trade partners - lastminute.com, Leisure Direction and Thomson Cities and Short Breaks - who are providing a unique range of Da Vinci Code packages for people who want to have their own experience of visiting some of the locations of one of the most eagerly awaited movies of all time.
Based on Dan Brown's best selling book, Colombia Pictures' releases The Da Vinci Code worldwide on 19 May and Eurostar is Global Partner for the movie.
Lastminute.com
Lastminute.com is the UK's leading online travel and leisure retailer offering holidays, Eurostar travel, flights, hotel accommodation in the UK and overseas, city breaks as well as gifts and tickets for theatres and attractions. As well as selling package holidays on behalf of 130 Tour Operators, lastminute.com offers customers the opportunity to tailor-make travel combining different flight alternatives with more than 80,000 hotels worldwide.
For the Da Vinci Code, lastminute.com is offering a great selection of breaks to the French capital which include: Eurostar travel, accommodation in a wide range of Parisian hotels and a special walking tour.
Leisure Direction
Leisure Direction is one of the UK's leading independent tour operators. It offers short break holidays throughout the UK and Europe, as well as a comprehensive self-catering programme featuring holiday villages, campsites and villas throughout France, Spain and Italy. It also offers an extensive ski programme in France.
Leisure Direction is offering a range of Da Vinci Code packages from two star family-run hotels to four star luxury hotels. Optional extras include a two hour guided walk or a full day guided minibus tour, free entry to the Louvre and a Da Vinci Guide.
Thomson Cities and Short Breaks
Thomson Cities and Short Breaks offers short breaks to over 68 cities across Europe, Eastern Europe, the States and the Arabian Gulf. Packages are based on either return tickets on Eurostar or from 22 UK airports.
For the Da Vinci Code film launch, Thomson Cities and Short Breaks is offering free Eurostar Quest upgrades along with hotel room upgrades at selected hotels including Le Senat and the Westminster, free night offers at selected properties including the Franklin Roosevelt and the Terrass, and a special Da Vinci Code tour.
Eurostar's Head of UK and International Sales, Emma Harris, commented: "The excitement is really building up for the global release of The Da Vinci Code movie on 19 May. We are delighted that our trade partners lastminute.com, Leisure Direction and Thomson Cities and Short Breaks have recognised the huge potential of tailoring packages which take fans in the footsteps of the film. We know that many thousands of travellers will book a break to have their own Da Vinci Code experience."
Eurostar's Head of UK and International Sales, Emma Harris, commented: "The excitement is really building up for the global release of The Da Vinci Code movie on 19 May. We are delighted that our trade partners lastminute.com, Leisure Direction and Thomson Cities and Short Breaks have recognised the huge potential of tailoring packages which take fans in the footsteps of the film. We know that many thousands of travellers will book a break to have their own Da Vinci Code experience."
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Notes to Editors:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Marne-la-Vallée and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last eight years at the World Travel Awards.
3. In 2007, with the completion of the UK high-speed line to London St Pancras, journey times will be reduced still further. London to Paris will be 2hrs 15mins, London to Brussels will be 1hr 51mins and London to Lille 1hr 20mins.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com , call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office, +44 (0)20 7922 4494, press.office@eurostar.co.uk