Some 250 hotels which offer discounts to older travelers are listed in Vacations for Senior Citizens 1998, a free booklet available from Switzerland Tourism. Write, phone, fax or email: 222 No. Sepulveda Blvd. #1570, El Segundo CA 90245, tel. 310-640-8900, fax 335-0131.

  • The four-star Sunstar Park Hotel in the Swiss resort town of Davos offers an attractively-priced fall package beginning August 15. The arrangement includes seven nights, daily breakfast buffet, daily four-course dinner, and welcome cocktail for 565 Sfr. ($377) per person double occupancy. Use of the hotels swimming pool and sauna is free. Depending on season and room category, normal double occupancy, half-board prices at this hotel range from about $70 to $340 per person per day. Tel. +41/081/413-1414, fax 413-1579.
  • Norvista, the tour division of Finnair, currently offers an early-booking discount of $100 on winter programs that brings prices as low as $499 for a week in Prague, round-trip transatlantic air from New York included. Bookings must be made by September 30 and travel must begin by March 31, 1999. The Prague package provides five nights at the budget-class Aparthotel Denisa, daily breakfast, transfers and a city tour. Additional weeks start at $150. The hotel can be upgraded for an additional charge. Contact: 800-677-6454.
  • The Lippizzaner Studfarm in Piber near Graz celebrates its 200th anniversary on September 24-27, 1998. Piber is the breeding farm for the Lippizzaner Stallions, famous for their performances at Vienna's Spanish Riding School. The Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys Choir will perform daily during the event. Contact: Graz Tourist Office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Austrian National Tourist Office at 212-944-6880.
  • A 100-year-old steam train will run twice this fall September 5 and 19 from Vitznau on Lake Lucerne to Mt. Rigi. A special "steam supplement" of 15 Sfr. ($10) is being charged. Reservations are highly recommended. Contact: Rigi Railway CH-6354 Vitznau, telephone: +41/041/399-8787, fax 399-88700.