Basel, Switzerland to Rome, Italy in December is out of "booking horizon?"

My wife and I are trying to arrange travel from Basel, Switzerland to Rome, Italy for December 28th, 2012, but the website says it's out of the booking horizon. When will this trip be available for purchase? How far in advance can I book this trip on this site?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 27, 2012 15:12
    Hi Erin,

    A connection from Basel to Rome would involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Zurich and then once in Milan. These trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    However, December is the time of year when the annual Winter schedule changes occur with some of the national rail networks of Europe, including the national rail network of Italy. As a result of the Winter schedule change, it will take longer to update many trains in Italy operating after (approximately) December 9th or 10th into the international booking system, even though you'll be within the usual 90 day booking window for these trains. Therefore, if your intended travel is after Decmeber 9th or 10th, you would just enter an earlier date to get an idea of cost and schedules when performing your search.

    We expect the schedules for such trains to be updated into the international booking system some time by mid to late November, at which point you would be able to purchase the tickets. Please continue to check our website periodically to see when these trains will become available to book. Please note this is an expected and annual occurrence that affects all travelers.
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