Eastern Trooper: 4 Weeks

Duration
28 Nights
Transport

This route is a 29 day trip and you’ll spend 27 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
  • Dubrovnik
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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 – our 4 week option allows you to see them 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 leisurely 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 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? Instead of staying in Split, why not 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… 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.

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 our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a mid-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 (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.

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 (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.

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 (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 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. Fancy something different? Upgrade to an Island Retreat, before continuing to Dubrovnik to end your trip.

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

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.m.

Dubrovnik Guides
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 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/bus from Dubrovnik will take you a long time so it’s best to fly.

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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.
Question:
Are transfers to Europe included?
Answer:
Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
Question:
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 🙂
Question:
What are the night trains like?
Answer:
The night trains are a great way to save time by travelling overnight in a comfortable environment. As far as availability allows, we try to get our customers into individual bunk beds in mixed lockable compartments of 6 people, with bedding included. If you want to travel in single-sex compartments or with fewer people this can be arranged as well at an extra cost. There are toilets located at one or both ends of the carriage and there is a guard that will supervise the corridor, check your tickets and let you know when you’re arriving. Sometimes the guards will take your passport and ticket off you when you get on – don’t panic – this is a safety precaution and they’ll always get them back to you in the morning.
Question:
What are the hostels like?
Answer:
For a detailed article about what travelling in hostels is like go to our hostels guide It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare to arrive in a foreign city with nowhere to stay – that’s why we book and all your accommodation in every city in advance. Booking with us means no nasty surprises – you won’t have to worry about hostels being full or even just being a bit dodgy! All our handpicked hostels are centrally located and within easy reach of public transport.  We only use the best, most modern and sociable hostels along the way which we have personally visited to make sure they’re suitable. Most travelers stay in dorms with other backpackers, unless you’ve specified that you want private rooms, with all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel. Most will have free wifi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and you can also get involved in various activities put on by the hostels, such as pub crawls and city tours. Once you’ve booked your package, we will send you your travel pack, which includes all the information on the specific hostels and how to get to each one.
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