Monthly Archives: July 2015

Eurostar expanding routes to the Alps

31/07/2015 by .

With Eurostar expanding routes to the Alps, the high-speed passenger rail service will link the UK with mainland European ski resorts  directly from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps.

This year, there are two additional Eurostar options on offer for travel to the Alps: Eurostar’s new direct service from London to Lyon, travellers benefit by travelling directly to the most connected capital in Europe, linking to some of the continent’s finest ski resorts.

For those wishing to ski in the Swiss Alps, Eurostar’s connecting service to Geneva via Lille is another way to reach the heart of Switzerland and then onto popular resorts.


For the first ski season ever, Brits can board the train at London St Pancras or Ashford International and speed across the French countryside to Lyon in just over four and a half hours on the new direct Eurostar service.

Renowned as the gateway to the French Alps, Lyon is extremely well connected linking some of Europe’s most coveted resorts including Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez and Chamrousse. With fares starting from only £89 return in Standard Class, it’s an attractive alternative to flying.

Eurostar passengers benefit from a generous luggage allowance offering each traveller two suitcases, one piece of hand luggage and skis or snowboard at no extra cost.

French Alps

Eurostar’s day and night services direct to the French Alps offer easy access to top resorts including Courchevel, Meribel and Aime-la-Plagne2 all within an hour from the station. The 2015/2016 seasonal ski services will run weekly from 19 December 2015 until 9 April 2016 and skiers looking to hit the slopes can purchase return fares from £149. The best news is that skis and boards travel for free.

The Friday overnight service arrives in the French Alps early on a Saturday morning with the return leg departing late on a Saturday evening – perfect for winter sports enthusiasts looking to maximise their time on the slopes. Alternatively, the Saturday daytime service allows passengers to sit back, relax, and enjoy stunning views of the French countryside before they arrive rested and ready to ski.

Swiss Alps

For those looking to experience the snow in the Swiss Alps this winter, skiers can travel on the  Eurostar connecting service to Geneva. With an easy connection on to a “TGV Lyria” service in Lille Europe, passengers can travel from London to Geneva in just over 6 hours with services specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between the two trains3.

The service offers passengers another way to travel to some of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps including Courchevel, Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Val Thorens, Meribel, Les Arcs, Tignes and La Plagne. Fares start from £127 return.

Tickets are available from or by calling 03432 186 186, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.


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The Glasshouse Hotel

20/07/2015 by .

The Glasshouse Hotel  is something of a Tardis: walking past the beautiful old church near Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill, you’d have no idea that the facade leads into a modern 77 room hotel, beautifully designed to both compliment the traditional exterior and to make the most of its scenic setting.

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The Canadian. A great train Journey of the World

17/07/2015 by .

The Canadian is one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world: 4,467km (2,792-mile) across Canada. Four nights, three days gazing at dense boreal forests, magnificent plains and the legendary Canadian Rockies. The steel train crosses over five Canadian states and four time zones.

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Isle of Eriska Restaurant

14/07/2015 by .

Head chef Ross Stovold has a lot to answer for as far as I am concerned. The former top man at Michelin-starred Alimentum in Cambridge has brought his Michelin magic to the Isle of Eriska restaurant, within the family owned hotel sitting on its very own Scottish island.

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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

13/07/2015 by .

Peter is the genius behind the clubhouse vegetable soup apparently. “the splash of curry powder is the secret” he whispers to me as he shows me the way to Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club first tee. Just as well he did, as these links courses can be tricky to navigate, and getting lost on the way to the first would not be good for my reputation.

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BA announces new Dreamliner first destination

13/07/2015 by .

British Airways has announced that its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First class cabin, will start flying to Delhi from October 25. As BA announces new Dreamliner first destination, the next 48-hours seats on the new aircraft in World Traveller (economy) are on sale from £516 return to Delhi, after which lead-in fares will start from £632 return.

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