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Getting to/from the Alps

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Hey, I wouldn't mind a thread of how all go and come back to the Alps, more for those driving or going by train. - I did not see a thread of this - apologies if there is one!!! I have some posts on my blog, but I would like to see what others do normally going to the Alps. I love going through the Eurotunnel and then driving - we tend to overnight in France in our way to go to Italy. Chaumont to be precise, lovely small town - then we go to Pila, just a bit further of crossing the Mont Blanc Tunnel and end up our holidays on Courmayeur.

Those going in the train to France, how do you do it? I would like to hear. Thanks! Smile
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There might be before the Olympics 2026 there might be a new train in the Dolomites (for those maybe flying into Venice) - I've heard about it a couple of years ago from people in Cortina, but people in Trentino and Sudtirol laughed at me thinking that Belluno (the province where Cortina is in) would never get their stuff together - Here is a post I've written: https://www.the-ski-guru.com/2019/07/05/dolomites-train-project-ready-2026-olympics/
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We drive from NE England and take a lunchtime Eurotunnel. We then overnight somewhere in or near to Reims and complete our drive to Serre Chevalier the next day. Usually make it a 2 week trip and take our dogs with us.
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I would love to take our dogs with us- not sure if we can as we stay in a house on the outskirts of Aosta, and what do we do with the dog on top of the mountain with the dog- we would have to be taking turns (as we used to do when our boys were babies and did not do more than one hour ski lesson and a couple of runs with us!)- And after Brexit, how more difficult would be to take your dog with you, you reckon?
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@Martina10, we go to our own place, so treat it just like being at home, but many places are dog-friendly in Europe. I guess it depends on how contented your dogs would be to remain behind in a strange place, and whether you drive to the lifts every day or not. Not all resort allow dogs on the lifts either. Ours have a good long walk before we got out, and then they are usually zonked out for a few hours. We come back about 3-3.30pm most days, but we're only 200m from the pistes and chairlift. Some days we will eat at the restaurant at the foot of the lifts, and bring them over for a leg stretch and a pee. They already have their pet passports and that won't change, but they may need an additional blood test to check the rabies vaccine has worked.
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@Martina10, train is actually very easy. Go to https://www.thetrainline.com/ type in London as your starting station and the nearest station to the resort and you have uncle called Robert. For some reason the website will not consider train journeys inside the UK. It is much better than the old raileurope website

You cannot book tickets until 3 months before your journey so plans cannot be made yet. However my son came back from Les Arcs by train last year. The route was Les-Arcs to Bourg st Maurice by funicular; Bourg to Chambery; Chambery to Paris; Across Paris by metro; Paris to London; across London by underground; London to Swindon, then walk. It took 15 hours and is not recommended if you have much luggage. It is not cheap, but he reports it as relaxing and comfortable.

You may need some knowledge of geography for example Cluses is the staion for Flaine, Pieve di Cadore, for Cortina and perhaps Brixen for other parts of the Dolomites.
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Martina10 wrote:
There might be before the Olympics 2026 there might be a new train in the Dolomites (for those maybe flying into Venice) - I've heard about it a couple of years ago from people in Cortina, but people in Trentino and Sudtirol laughed at me thinking that Belluno (the province where Cortina is in) would never get their stuff together - Here is a post I've written: https://www.the-ski-guru.com/2019/07/05/dolomites-train-project-ready-2026-olympics/


Of course as you probably know Cortina used to have a railway going to it which closed in the early 1960s (the old station building area is now the bus station in the middle of town).
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I did not know that Alastair, thanks for the tip! I know that the people of Trentino and Sudtirol were incredulous of something coming to work if Belluno was in it!
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Hells Bells, not sure, at home our dog (he is 1 just now), stays in a crate and is fine, I am afraid of him chewing something he should not - with us he falls asleep. Pila and Courmayeur, both have a gondola and tram to go up to the base area so up to there it would work - we can always go to where all restaurants are a bit higher up through a tunnel (last year I did my MCL on the first day of skiing - a boarder run into me) so I know all this bc I could not ski! I would love to bring my pooch! I've read - actually I did a post a while ago, and my vet told me that apart of having to do the test blood (that is very expensive by the way), you might need a temporary export certificate to take your dog out and that might take up to 4 months to get hold of (all together). Mine has the rabies vaccine that lasts 3 years so as it was given to him before Easter, I should not prove that it is OK (I hope>...) https://www.the-ski-guru.com/2018/11/08/pet-travel-scheme-update-eurotunnel-passengers/
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Of course as you probably know Cortina used to have a railway going to it which closed in the early 1960s (the old station building area is now the bus station in the middle of town).


And the track a cycle track. This may be lost if the railway line was reopened.

It was a narrow gauge railway from Toblach in the north to Calalzo di Cadore in the south and was originally built so both sides could supply the war effort. I'm not sure when it moved to a common gauge. There is a main line station at Toblach. The railway line was still in operation when the last time Cortina hosted the Olympics.
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Cool, I did not know that. There is a train to Trento, but from Verona I guess. I never took trains there, so I cannot say.
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