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Amtrak increases rates on Auto-Trains

Amtrak's Auto-Train rates will increase Tuesday for the peak period of travel to Florida. The Auto-Train takes cars and their owners between Lorton, Va., just south of Washington, to Sanford, Fla., just north of Orlando.

The one-way fare for adults and children over 16 goes to $155, up from $140. The fare for children goes to $78 from $70.

The new one-way fares for vehicles are $175 southbound, $115 northbound. The lower northbound rate reflects the fact that more autos head south during that period; the auto rates reverse from Feb. 18 to June 15 with the tide of travelers heading north.

Besides the basic rates, a limited number of lower fares are available to those booking early. Discounted one-way fares are $125 for adults, $63 for children; discounted round-trip fares are $175 and $88.

Amtrak's number is (800) 872-7245.

Golden Companions, a companion network for mature travelers, now is targeting the "younger mature set" by lowering its membership age limit to 45 from 50. Since 1987, the company has operated a confidential mail-exchange service that helps people find traveling companions. For a free brochure or a $2 sample newsletter, contact Golden Companions, Box 754, Pullman, Wash. 99163.

British tour guides for six nation now available to U.S. drivers

The Automobile Association of Britain has long provided useful books of maps for British motorists. Now American drivers can take advantage of the British expertise in a new series of guides, written for Americans by the association.

The series, "Driving Tours," covers Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Each book contains as many as 30 mapped tours starting and finishing at a major city and highlighting interesting places along the way.

The books, published this month by Prentice Hall Travel, cost $17.95 each and are just arriving in bookstores.

13-night adventure to explore culture and cuisine of Indonesia

For an exotic vacation this winter, the cruise agency Landry & Kling has developed "The Culture and Cuisine of Indonesia," a 13-night trip with Ruth Law, an author of cookbooks, as host.

The trip, which leaves San Francisco Dec. 1, costs $7,400 a person and combines a 10-night cruise of Indonesia with a two-night pre-cruise program at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Bali, free shore excursions in five ports of call and flight from San Francisco to Bali and return from Singapore, where the cruise ends. All meals, liquor, wine and tips are included. The ship to be used is Cunard's Sea Goddess II, which has 58 suites for up to 116 passengers. Information: (800) 448-9002.

From Nov. 1 to April 1, travelers to Spain can save on lodging at some of the 40 government-operated paradors throughout the country.

Based on a minimum of two nights' stay, rates range from $140 to $156 per night, double occupancy, and include breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner. The same rates apply to single occupancy.

During the period there are blackout dates when the special rates will not be available.

For more information, prices and reservations, contact Marketing Ahead Hotel Representatives, 433 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; (212) 686-9213.

New Zealand on $1 a day (plus air fare)

An eight-day trip in New Zealand for $1? It's possible if you buy an Air New Zealand round-trip ticket from Los Angeles to Auckland between now and Dec. 10. Through November, the rate is $1,245. In December it's $1,476.

The $1 rate covers an eight-day/seven-night lodging plan and a rental car.

Other packages are available, including a two-week bus trip for $46 a day.

For more information, contact New Zealand Central Reservations Office, (800) 351-2323 or (213) 338-1538.

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