Day 1, Sunday
Embarkation at 4pm on German Motorail at Dusseldorf for the overnight journey to Alessandria.
You drive your car onto the train. All cabins are two-berth (bunks!), and each carriage has a shower and toilet. There are a limited number of cabins with en-suite facilities which will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first- served basis.
Sadly the catering facilities on the train are always understaffed resulting in huge delays and therefore I now recommend participants have a late lunch at the Holiday Inn next to the station (there’s a good restaurant) and arm themselves with picnic materials (and appropriate beverage!) for the evening.
This normally results in a party atmosphere as we travel along the edge of the Rhine, with splendid views of the islands, castles, and river traffic.