Eastern Trooper: 3 Weeks

Duration
21 Nights
Transport

This route is a 22 day trip and you’ll spend 20 nights in your accommodation and one on a night train. The rest of the time you’ll travel by train and/or bus during the day.

Route
  • Berlin
  • Krakow
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Belgrade
  • Zagreb
  • Split
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Trip Style

The Eastern Trooper is a great value option if you want to see some of Eastern Europe’s top cities on a budget. All of these cities have a great combination of nightlife, culture and foodie treats to discover, plus you’ll end up by the beach at the end of your trip for some well-deserved chill-out time.

Trip Description

Experience the less-visited side of Europe

On this route, you’ll get to take in the best of Eastern Europe essentials. Exploring amazing countries that were off-limits until quite recently in Europe’s history, this fast-paced 3-week Eastern Europe interrailing trip covers a real mix of destinations from grand old cities to stunning Adriatic coastal towns. If you have some more free time, why not spread the same destinations out over 4 or 5 weeks?

Hit the ground running in bohemian Berlin, one of Europe’s most historically rich cities. With more incredible museums than you can shake a stick at, you’ll have plenty of the city’s history to explore! Wander around its streets and pass what was the border between Eastern and Western Europe before the Berlin Wall fell. Counter-balance the culture and history lessons with bar-hopping and partying at the city’s many clubs – from the edgy to the downright bizarre. If you’re lucky enough, you might even get into Berghain…

Then you’ll head to Krakow, Poland. Packed with imposing and impressive architecture, homely eateries and luscious green parks – there’s plenty to fill your days with. With the city’s natural beauty, it’s hard to believe that it’s also bursting at the seams with amazing and vibrant nightlife. Whilst there, be sure take an unforgettable day trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau. We guarantee that it’ll be one of the most moving experiences you’ll ever have on your travels.

Next, head to magnificent Prague where you can soak up the fairy-tale atmosphere alongside plenty of cheap and locally-made beers. Then you’ll head to Vienna, the musical capital of Austria where coffee and cake reign supreme. A short hop across the border takes you to Bratislava to see its brilliant buildings and Disney-esque castles for yourself, before following the blue Danube as you make your way to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Take a dip and relax in a thermal bath before sinking a glass of the local wine, Tokaji. You’ll appreciate some relaxation before carrying the party on at one of Budapest’s many Ruin Bars. The final port of call along the Danube is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of Eastern Europe’s most interesting and underrated destinations.

Next up, you’ll head to Croatia, calling first at the vibrant capital of Zagreb, before heading South to the stunning city of Split perched on the shores of the Adriatic. Visit Krka National park, take a ferry across to Hvar or Brac islands.

Fancy something different? Upgrade to an Island Retreat and taste the high life… stay in one of our incredible bell tents, with access to all the delights of a private island resort. There’s everything from live music & DJs to yoga, meditation and spa treatments… or just chill with a cocktail and watch the sunset on the trip of a lifetime.

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 is a medium-paced trip, with a selection of Eastern and Central Europe’s best cities. You’ll stay in each one for 2 or 3 nights. The journeys vary in length from an hour to a full day’s travel, but don’t worry – we always ensure you’ve got enough time in each destination.

Berlin Branderburger Tor

Berlin (2 Nights)

Berlin is the alternative, cool kid of Europe and a pro at being edgy. It’s how people dress, their liberal attitudes, the graffiti, the skaters and BMXers, the art, the clubs, and the food. Berlin is also crammed full of fascinating WWII history around every corner.II history around every corner.

Berlin Guides
Highlights

  • See a section of the old Berlin Wall
  • Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag
  • Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

Krakow (2 Nights)

Krakow escaped being reduced to rubble in WWII, preserving the postcard-perfect Old Town and the cellars housing its famous bars and clubs. That’s not to say it doesn’t share a chapter of history in the nearby Auschwitz Concentration Camp which demands a humbling visit.

Krakow Guides
Highlights

  • See Europe’s largest medieval market square
  • Take photos of Poland’s best-preserved city
  • Find one of many Gothic cellar bars open until late

Prague (2 Nights)

Prague is stunning, there’s no better word to describe it. On any side street or square you’ll find unique buildings full of colourful detail. The Czech Republic is also the home of Pilsner beer, with no lack of establishments to sample it.

Prague Guides
Highlights

  • Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge
  • Marvel at the curvy design of the Dancing Building
  • Try all the Czech Pilsner beers in the Old Town pub

Vienna (2 Nights)

Vienna is crisp, clean, and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.

Vienna Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna
  • Eat real apple strudel and wiener schnitzel
  • Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for music

Bratislava (2 Nights)

Bratislavans are incredibly friendly and, as the city has not yet been discovered by the mainstream tourist (stag-dos aside), food, beer, and wine are still cheap here. It’s just as beautiful as its neighbouring Eastern European capitals, but smaller, quieter, and with an idyllic medieval feel.

Bratislava Guides
Highlights

  • Climb up to the 19th century castle
  • Take a night tour to admire Bratislava’s beauty
  • Do some folk-art shopping at Úľuv

Budapest (2 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover in any of the multitude of hot baths.

Budapest Guides
Highlights

  • Relax in the 15th century thermal spas
  • Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
  • Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

Belgrade (3 Nights)

The capital of Serbia won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the all-night party scene and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see the world’s largest Orthodox church or just wander around the bohemian town centre, with its arty cafes and hipster foodie hangouts.

Belgrade Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the 18th century Belgrade Fortress
  • Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija
  • Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

Zagreb (2 Nights)

A city of flowers and fountains with a curious Mediterranean feel, Zagreb is a year-round destination with a museum-café-theatre culture by day and a lakeside party by night. In winter, a tram ride out of the city provides scenic hiking and skiing opportunities.

Zagreb Guides
Highlights

  • Catch a 360-view from the Lotrščak Tower
  • Stroll through the beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery
  • Have a coffee in Kino Europa, Zagreb’s oldest cinema

Split (3 Nights)

Even though Split is a port for many Croatian islands, sitting elegantly between the Adriatic and the mountains, the country’s second city has two Unesco World Heritage sites within its walls, a marble waterfront walkway, and a buzzing atmosphere around its bars and pubs.

Split Guides
Highlights

  • See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace
  • Admire the city as you approach it from the sea
  • Stroll along the glittering waterfront

How to get there

The quickest and cheapest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a budget flight. Use a search engine such as Kayak or Skyscanner to do this. Travelling by train from the UK to Berlin could also work, but travelling back by train from Split will take you a long time so it’s best to fly.

Optional Extras

Reviews

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I recently returned from the Central Europe tour and I couldn't have asked for a better trip with Euroventure! I booked a group tour so it gave me the chance to meet likeminded people plus you don't have the stress of arranging everything. I highly recommend this if you're apprehensive about travelling alone. I feel so much more confident to travel solo in the future thanks to this trip. Our tour leader Tom was fantastic, making sure the trip ran smoothly and made great recommendations on food and things to do in every city as well as advising which metro links and stops we would need to go to, to get to certain places. While remaining professional throughout the trip, he was very friendly, extremely patient and a good laugh. I will definitely be booking another trip with Euroventure in the near future.

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4 days ago

Just returned from my month long trip round Europe. The Euroventure team tailored my trip to my every need, the customer service during the booking process was excellent and any changes or queries I had were quickly and efficiently dealt with. My trip was amazing, the hostels booked were great, the team were responsive when I got lost on the trains in Poland and the travel book provided was unbelievably helpful. I could not have hoped for a better experience and would highly recommend Euroventure to anyone planning a trip. Cannot wait to start planning my next trip with them!

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4 days ago

Just finished the Central Europe trip. Tom was a great tour leader and very knowledgable. Both Tolly and Amy provided excellent customer service throughout. Would recommend this trip for any first time solo travellers as it offers the chance to see many beautiful cities. Will be booking with Euroventure again.

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1 week ago

I have just returned from my solo 4 week whole hog trip. As this was my first solo travelling adventure I booked with Euroventure and they made everything stress free for me by booking all my travel and accommodation so all I needed to focus on was enjoying my time in Europe. The handbook is great and had lots or recommendations for activities and where to eat. During the whole trip I felt very independent but was assured by the knowledge if I had any problems I could contact them. (Luckily I didn’t need to). If the prospect of travelling solo for the first time is a bit daunting I’d recommend Euroventure , a great company to help you travel around Europe.

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I couldn’t fault Euroventure at all. I did the Whole Hog 6 week trip, and they were so helpful from start to finish. The handbook you receive before your trip is so useful I used it everyday and the team went above and beyond to make it personal and a stress-free trip. Every problem I faced I rang Euroventure and they always put me at ease and had a solution. Definitely will use them again!!!

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Questions & Answers

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Can I go on a Euroventure if I am under 18?
Answer:
Yes, generally you can go on a Euroventure if you or some of your group is under 18, however you must inform us before you book if this is the case. Our partner hostels and hotels have different rulings regarding under 18s, for example some do not allow minors to share dorms with strangers (meaning you’d need to go in a private room with your group, and pay the extra cost), and some don’t allow minors at all, meaning we have to use an alternative hostel. Others are fine to have under 18s as long as they carry a note of permission from a legal guardian. If you’re in any doubt, just ask us for a quote and we’ll let you know if it’s fine for you to travel with us ?
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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!
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