Charms of Europe: 1 Week

Duration
7 Nights
Transport

Head off on an amazing 1 week trip exploring 3 essentially European cities with a wealth of culture to discover on our Charms of Europe interrailing route! This particular route is 8 days long, involving 7 nights in your accommodation, with no night travel. Journeys won’t take much more than a few hours each, so you won’t be stuck on a train for too long!

Route
  • London
  • Paris
  • Luxembourg
  • Bruges
  • London
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Trip Style

Want to experience quintessentially European charm with this mix of big and cosmopolitan, and quaint little cities all in the space of two weeks? With this Charms of Europe package, we’ll take you all the way there from the UK and back by rail so you won’t have to worry about arranging any flights! From Paris to Bruges via Luxembourg, you’ll see the best of what northwest Europe has to offer with this interrailing route! With at least 2 nights in each destination, you’ll get a great idea of what each city is about, whilst having time to spare for a few day trips away.  Feel free to choose this trip as it is, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!

Trip Description

See the European essentials!

If you’re travelling from the UK, make things easier on yourself and start your trip from your local coach or train station before heading to London on this charming train adventure. With a little pit-stop in Paris, you’ll get to wake up to phenomenal views of The City of Lights! Stroll around Parisian Montmartre with its Bohemian artist community and pretty red-canopied cafes. Go classic with the iconic sights of the Louvre, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! If you’ve seen it all before, head to the Pompidou Centre for your modern art fix, or sip on cocktails around Quai de Jemmapes. We promise that your bank account won’t suffer too much!

Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of the world’s smallest countries. With this scenic little country nestled in between France, Belgium and Germany, it really is a hidden gem worth seeing! This tiny little country has a surprising amount on offer, you’ll find its fortress and surrounding countryside enchanting, as well as great shopping, and unique and fine food.

Your last stop before home will be the romantic medieval canal city of Bruges. Stepping off the train into the picture perfect narrow streets, miniature houses, and intricate network of canals feels like entering a toy town. Glug your way through Belgium’s 400 delicious beers and stock up on some of the country’s finest hand-crafted chocolate. We don’t need telling twice!

Finally, you’ll get to rest your weary bones on the Eurostar back to London; just say if you need us to arrange travel from London to your hometown – we’ll do what we can!

 

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This 1 week Charms of Europe route takes you around 3 of the most European of European cities in 8 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day throughout the whole trip. Most of your train journeys will be relatively short, and we’ll always book times that allow you to make the most of each city.

London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.

London Guides
Highlights

  • See some world-famous landmarks
  • Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho

Paris (3 Nights)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
  • Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
  • Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

Luxembourg (2 Nights)

This tiny little country has a surprising amount on offer, and whilst its reputation as a financial haven may precede it, you’ll find the Unesco fortress on the old town exquisite, and the surrounding countryside enchanting, with its cute collection of castles and sleepy villages.

Luxembourg Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage Old Town
  • Walk down the picturesque Chemin de la Corniche
  • Hire a tandem and see the city on your own terms

Bruges (2 Nights)

Stepping off the train into the narrow streets, miniature houses and intricate network of bridges and canals feels like entering a beautiful little toy town. Just outside the city you can see the charming old-fashioned windmills which surround the edge of Bruges’s medieval heart.

Bruges Guides
Highlights

  • Unesco World Heritage Medieval City
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the old town
  • Sample over 400 Belgian trappist beers

London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.

London Guides
Highlights

  • See some world-famous landmarks
  • Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho

How to get there

No worries, all you need to do is make your way to and from London and we’ll take care of the rest! If you reside in the UK, we can also arrange transport between your nearest big city and London, so just let us know if you’d like us to. Alternatively, if you’d like to start or end your trip elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll work a doable route out for you.

Optional Extras

Reviews

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2 weeks ago

The team at Euroventure was outstanding! Not only were they knowledgeable and helpful, but they were always quick to respond, very accommodating, and made every part of our trip personal and meaningful. Highly recommend Euroventure and would definitely work with them again.

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3 weeks ago

I have just returned from my 1 week interrailing trip! Me and my boyfriend went on the “Iron curtain” package and it was amazing. Euroventure organised everything and made it so easy. I would highly recommend anyone that wants to see more of Europe to go with this company.

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3 weeks ago

My sisters and I had the best trip, we did a variation to the 4 week eastern traveller route and Euroventure were so helpful in making the trip suit our needs. Each hostel was great and in a good location. The info pack was such a great help and an amazing keepsake. The fact all of our travel was booked and set out meant we could spend all our efforts on experiencing everything! We truly had the best time and would 100% recommend to anyone. We’re already looking for our next trip! Thanks again for all your help - Alice, Kailey and Harriet :)

Alice Verified Reviewer

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1 month ago

The trip was amazing. The organisation and selection of hostels and type of travel was exceptional allowing for an outstanding memory

TYNE Govier Verified Reviewer

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1 month ago

OB14844 Absolutely amazing trip. Took alm the hassle out of booking trains myself. The travel pack is really good too.

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Questions & Answers

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Question:
What do I get when I book a package?
Answer:
You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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What are the hotels like?
Answer:
If you choose to stay in hotels, you'll have two options to suit your budget and comfort level. You can choose to stay in 2-3* accommodation which will include hotel chains such as Ibis Styles and Mercure. We might also book carefully selected independent hotels of the same star rating where that’s the best option. If you prefer a little bit more luxury, you can select our 4*+ option. In this case, we'll use hotel chain such as Sofitel, Novotel and MGallery, as well as selected independent hotels. Just like with hostels, all the hotels we choose are centrally located and well connected by public transport, so you’ll never end up far from the action. Our hotel prices are all room-only as standard. If you would like to add breakfast to your booking, you can do this during the booking process. Many of our hotels are also able to assist you with planning day time activities and local information - just ask at reception!
Question:
When do I pay?
Answer:
Once you’ve confirmed your package with our team via email or by phone, you need to pay a non-refundable £150 deposit per person to reserve a package. You then need to make full payment at least 90 days before the start of the trip. We can also arrange a set of instalments if you are coordinating a lot of people to pay.
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When do I receive my tickets?
Answer:
Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
Question:
I don't know what package I want! Can you help?!
Answer:
Of course. Check out our interrail planning guide and have a look at our destination guides for some of our cities. If you’re not quite sure where to start, just give us a call or email and we can provide you with expert advice on all the destinations.
Question:
Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
Answer:
With our independent Interrai packages, you’ll travel on your own or in your own group of friends. We don’t add other customers to your trip and you won’t have a guide with you. That’s not to say you won’t meet people – travelling in hostels you’re bound to meet loads of cool people, but by travelling with us you’re free to do that at your own pace. Euroventure trips are all about independence – you just follow the itinerary and do your own thing, knowing that we’re only a phone call away if you run into difficulty. If you'd prefer to travel with a group, we also run group tours in Europe and Asia. For these trips, you'll travel with a group of likeminded backpackers and at least one guide from Euroventure. With these tours, we'll travel in a group and stay together in hostels, however in each location you will have some free time to explore independently.
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