The Alpine Exploratory team takes care to travel in the same way as clients are likely to. This means taking the same trains and traveling through the same airports. Our evolving system for recces is taking into account these cities bordering the Alps. We love to pass through or even better purposefully to spend time in these cities, either side of our visits. New cities are added to our Travel Notes which clients receive on booking.
Cities vis a vis mountain villages
The Exploratory system
Mountain villages are easy to get around and have clean air; the lifestyle on trek is purposeful yet relaxing. Hitting a bustling city straight after a trek can be a shock and sometimes a let down, so we advise caution! Please ask us to advise on what you'll find in each city.
Among the more manageable cities are Basel, Turin, St Gallen and Graz. Stepping off the train at the Hauptbahnhof can be daunting in Munich or Vienna, as two enormous cities bordering the Alps, but a quick walk or tube in the right direction can work wonders!
City temperatures often above 30C in the European summer, with a dry Continental air, can be stifling. We have grown used to the lifestyle; workers seem to adopt a slower pace. Bars and cafes have shady tables outside. Sandals and light, loose clothes are a tip for after your trek!
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