By far the most popular route with Inntravellers, and it is easy to see why, as it combines good-value fares with civilised departure times from London, a comfortable high-speed TGV journey, splendid mountain scenery and an overnight stay in gastronomic Turin.
Leave London St Pancras at around 8 or 9am and arrive in Paris in time for lunch, before taking your seat on the mid-afternoon TGV to Turin. Leaving the Paris suburbs behind, TGV glides between wheatfields, then through Burgundy’s forests, meadows and vineyards. After circling Lyon, you leave the high-speed line to climb eastwards towards Chambery. From Chambery, you enjoy some of the best Alpine scenery winding around the Isère valley, passing below towering peaks before entering the Fréjus tunnel.
Shortly after, you emerge in Italy, following a mountain stream along the narrow Susa Valley between two mountain ranges. The long, narrow valley opens out onto the plain, shortly before you arrive at Turin Porta Susa station at around 8.30pm, just in time for dinner.
It was among Turin’s elegant boulevards that the Slow Food movement first began to promote locally grown, artisanal and seasonal produce, so it makes a fitting start to your Slow Inntravel holiday. The Grand Sitea
hotel is ideally situated with a wealth of good restaurants within an easy stroll. After dinner, you could take a stroll around the Baroque Piazza San Carlo with its historic coffee houses, then follow the grand porticoes of the Via Roma to the Palazzo Reale, the former seat of the Dukes of Savoy, often floodlit at night.
From Turin’s Porta Nuova station, many onward journeys involve a high-speed Frecciarossa
train with compulsory reserved seating, travelling direct to the region of your choice or with a change at Milan’s impressive Centrale station. For some of our more rural holidays, you are also likely to have a change from your high-speed train to an onward connecting journey by local regionale
train. These local services don’t require reservations and make many stops as you head deeper into the countryside.