Ski Packages

DER Tours is out with its annual winter ski packages to the famed Austrian ski resorts of Innsbruck and Kitzbühel. Prices, which include roundtrip airfare, seven nights lodging, breakfast and transfers, range from $878 to $1128 for the Pension Hörl in Kitzbühel to from $1298 to $1798 at the Hotel Goldener Grief, also in Kitzbühel. Prices depend on dates selected, single vs. double occupancy and U. S. point of origin. A week at Kitzbühel's charming little Hotel Christophorus (1993 "G" Award winner, see Gemütlichkeit, June 1993) is from $1118 to $1448.

Innsbruck choices include the hotels Goldene Krone ($908 to $1288), Roter Adler ($938-$1358), Alpin Park ($948-$1368), Maximilian ($998-$1345), Innsbruck ($1028-$1448) and Scandic Crown ($1048-$1548).

Contact a travel agent or phone 800-521-6722.

Car Buying Overseas

We have had inquiries regarding purchase of new and used automobiles overseas, especially by persons contemplating a lengthy European trip. Many cars are cheaper in Europe than in the U.S. and European sales tax is not added to cars purchased by Americans. We are told that a Toyota Camry or Volvo 760 Turbo, for example, costs about $2,000 less in Europe than in the U.S. There is, however, a 2.9% import duty and the shipping cost to get the car to the U.S. is about $500 to the East Coast. Of course, if you plan to bring a car home it must conform to federal and state safety and emissions standards. For cars overseas try:

* Iczkovits Tax-Free Cars, Claridenstrasse 36, CH-8027 Zürich. Sells Audi, Mercedes, Saab, Volvo and VW to U.S. specs.
* Shipside Tax-Free World on Wheels B.V., Shipside Building, Kruisweg 631, P.O. Box 430, 2130 AK Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Write for free catalog.
* Trasco Export GmbH, Steindamm 38, D-28719, Bremen 77, Germany. Luxury Mercedes Benz and armored cars.

September 1995