Via the Alps
Inspired by the great British weather I decide to undertake a Railbookers rite of passage – to Italy via the Swiss Alps. I made my way on the London DLR to London City Airport, fantastic for its tiny size and smaller queues, and set off for Zurich airport. The grey clouds and rainy weather melted away as we head over France and into Switzerland, touching down in Zurich airport where the sun most definitely had his hat on. After a 15 minute journey from the airport I was in the centre of Zurich.
“Italy via the Alps” has become perhaps the signature Railbookers holiday in recent times, and it was one I had long been keen to try out for myself. I had had the idea of exploring Tuscany for a while, but had decided to take in Verona for a couple of nights first. I had visited the city briefly a few years previously and been very impressed, and had decided that I needed to return to do it more justice, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.
There are some train journeys that carry a certain reputation before them, but arguably none have the reputation for glamour, style and sophistication of the Orient Express to Venice. Anticipation was certainly in the air as Gareth and I arrived at London Victoria, suited and booted, ready to begin the trip. We were immediately amused to see a Dutch couple waiting to check-in clad in denim – we were sure a quiet word would ensue and we were not disappointed. The passengers performed a quick change worthy of a West End musical.