This is by far the most popular route among 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
You leave London St Pancras at around 8 or 9am and arrive in Paris in time for lunch, before taking your seat on an afternoon TGV to Turin. Leaving the Paris suburbs behind, these high speed trains glide between wheat fields, then through Burgundy’s forests, meadows and vineyards. After circling Lyon, you leave the high-speed line to climb eastwards towards Chambéry, beyond which lies some of the best Alpine scenery – you pass below towering peaks before entering the Fréjus Tunnel.
Shortly afterwards, you emerge in Italy, passing through a long, narrow valley between two mountain ranges and on to a plain. You arrive at Turin at around 9pm, 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, within an easy walk of a wealth of good restaurants. After dinner, you could stroll around the Baroque Piazza San Carlo, 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 a local regionale
train for the final leg. These local services don’t require reservations and make many stops as you head deeper into the countryside.