The planet-friendly way to extend your European travels

Spoiler alert: Most Intrepid tours don’t start right outside your front door. But we believe that getting to and from your journey’s start and end points should be part of the journey, and now you can do it while also reducing your footprint.

We have entered into a collaboration with By the way, a UK-based slow travel company and fellow B Corp, to help our travelers reduce or eliminate flights to and from their trips by taking the train instead. Byway runs a number of incredible train journeys across Europe, many of which connect perfectly to Intrepid journeys, particularly between London, one of our biggest gateway cities, and a few of our top European destinations, Italy and Spain.

Why connect by train?

It’s better in so many ways. On average, traveling by train from London to Venice leaves an environmental footprint of around 7 kg of CO2 per person. passengers, whereas the same trip by plane generates 177 kg of CO2. Emissions are nearly 96% lower for this one-way train ride! Even if there are no intercontinental trains (yet!), eliminating connecting flights is a really good step to lower your impact.

But riding the rails is also such an incredible way to get around – a little slower, more relaxed and the view from a train window as you weave your way through new landscapes, far off the roads… you can’t beat it.

Whether you’re based in the UK or flying into Gatwick or Heathrow from overseas, Byway offers a whole host of planet-friendly routes to get you to some of Intrepid’s most popular travel destinations in Italy and Spain and back again after your trip.

Expandable travel highlights in Italy and Spain

London to Venice – Hiking in the Dolomites – Venice to London
This 8-day hiking tour through Italy’s Dolomites starts and ends in Venice. You can get between London and Venice – back and forth – by train without going back. On the way there, spend four days traveling through Brussels, Ulm and Innsbruck. On the way back, you need another four days travels on the rails home via Milan, Chur and Zurich.

London to Rome – Premium Tuscany – Venice to London
See the best of Tuscany on an 8-day Premium Tuscany tour from Rome to Venice, and extend your trip at both ends with a 3-day train journey from London to Rome via Cologne and through the Rhine Valley and a 4-day trip back to London via Milan, Chur and Zurichthrough the spectacular Swiss Alps.

London to Venice – Italy Real Food Adventure – Rome to London
Pair an 8-day Italy Real Food Adventure from Venice to Rome with two very different train journeys to and from London. First you need to use four days traveling through Paris, Zurich, Chur, Tirano and Milan. After your fearless ride, go back to London via Munich, Cologne and Brussels.

London to Seville – Highlights of Andalusia – Granada to London
Experience the highlights of Andalucia on an immersive tour from Seville to Granada, and book your trip with a 3-day commute from London to Seville via Lille, Avignon and Madrid. Extend your travels with a 4-day return trip to London from Granada via Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Girona and Paris.

When you book an Intrepid trip in Italy or Spain, we’ll let you know about good Byway connections after you’ve booked. Learn more about travels with Intrepid and Byway.

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