Eastern Trooper: 4 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: Berlin Krakow Prague Vienna Bratislava Budapest Belgrade Zagreb Split Dubrovnik

Duration: 26 nights

Transport: This route is a 27 day trip and you’ll spend 25 nights in your accommodation and one on a night train. The rest of the time you’ll travel by train or bus during the day.

Accessibility: This route is wheelchair accessible

Sustainability: This trip only creates 209 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 880.2 ♻️

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4 Weeks

Alternative Durations: Timing not quite right? Check out these versions of the route. 

4 Weeks

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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. One of our cheapest month-long Interrailing trips, our 4 week Eastern Trooper allows you to take it all in at a leisurely pace. Each city has a great combination of nightlife, culture, and foodie treats to discover, plus you’ll end up by the Croatian coast 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 great value 4-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 5 weeks or more?

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 to 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 on the party 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 or take a ferry across to Hvar or Brac islands for a relaxing day trip.

Finally, wind your way down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik (home of Game of Thrones), where you can chill with a cocktail and watch the sun set on the trip of a lifetime!

Need to fly back from Split? No problem – you can add the return bus journey to Split at check-out, just make sure you’ve allowed yourself enough time to get there and check in (the bus is around 5 hours).

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.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
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Itinerary

Berlin (3 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.

Highlights

     See a section of the old Berlin Wall

     Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

     Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Trains to Krakow – 10 hours

Krakow (3 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.

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

    Night Train to Prague – 9 hours

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.

Highlights

    Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge

    Climb the Petrin Lookout Tower for a stunning view of the city

    Drink all the Czech Pilsner beers in the old town pubs

    Train to Vienna – 4 hours

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.

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

     Relax and swim in the river at Kaiserwasser

    Train to Bratislava – 1 hour

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.

Highlights

    Climb up to the 19th century castle

    Take a night tour to admire Bratislava’s beauty

    Do some folk-art shopping at Úľuv

    Train to Budapest – 3 hours

Budapest (3 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 at the multitude of hot baths.

Highlights

     Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas

     Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castl

     Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

    Bus to Belgrade – 9 hours

Belgrade (3 Nights)

The capital of Serbia won’t disappoint! 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.

Highlights

    Visit the 18th century Belgrade Fortress

    Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija

     Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

    Bus to Zagreb – 6 hours

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.

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

    Bus to Split – 5 hours

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.

Highlights

    See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace

    Admire the city as you approach it from the sea

    Stroll along the glittering waterfront

   Bus to Dubrovnik – 5 hours

Dubrovnik (2 Nights)

Dubrovnik is an absolute pearl with its wonderful marble streets and Baroque buildings. You won’t be anything but awe-struck at its beauty, a medieval city perched against the Adriatic and positively beaming with charm.

Highlights

    Wander the streets of the walled Old Town

    Take a day trip to beautiful Mostar in Bosnia

    Sip cocktails at the Troubadour Jazz Café as the sun sets

How to get there

The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight. Travelling by train from the UK to Berlin could also work, but travelling back by train/bus from Dubrovnik will take you a long time so bear that in mind!

If you’d prefer to fly back from Split (rather than Dubrovnik) then you can include the bus back to Split at check-out.

Need extra time in Split at the end as well? Let us know and we’ll customise this for you!